Jesus Did NOT Preach More About Hell Than Anything Else

Jesus Did NOT Preach More About Hell Than Anything Else October 16, 2019

 

You hear it all the time: “No one spoke more about Hell than Jesus!”

But, is that true? Is Jesus really our primary source for the doctrine of Hell?

No.

And yes.

It’s complicated.

On the one hand, yes, Jesus is where those who teach the Doctrine of Eternal Torment go to most often for verses that support their view. That is true. So, in one sense one could affirm that “No one spoke more about Hell than Jesus!” in as much as the verses used to prove that view are taken from the mouth of Jesus.

However….

When Jesus talks about places where “the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched”, and when he describes that place where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth,” where “the smoke rises forever and ever,” what Jesus is talking about is NOT about what happens to anyone after they die.

How do I know this? Because the Bible tells me so.

Just look at Old Testament prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah and others and you’ll see them using the exact same language that Jesus does. But, here’s the thing: None of those prophets are using those phrases to describe what happens to anyone after they die.

So, what ARE they describing? In every single case, those Old Testament prophets used that exact language – known as “Apocalyptic Hyperbole” – to warn people of an imminent attack of an invading army that would destroy their city and take them captive into slavery.

For example:

“And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the
men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not
die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.” (Isaiah 66:24)

This is about an actual, literal destruction. It does not describe a spiritual judgement. It describes, in very poetic terms, what would happen when those armies invaded and destroyed the people in that land.

So, when Jesus uses that same language [in Mark 9:43-48] to warn the Jewish people of his day about the coming invasion of Jerusalem by the Roman armies [which he did in the Olivet Discourse and which happened about 40 years later in AD 70, exactly as he warned them it would], he is not speaking about what happens to anyone after they are dead.

This language is always reserved for warning real people about real-world destruction that will take place in their lifetime.

Not only that, but the context of Isaiah chapters 60-66 (where this verse above is found), references the
coming of the Messiah, the destruction of the temple, and the inauguration of the New Covenant—all of which have already been fulfilled.

As author and New Testament scholar Steve Gregg demonstrates:

“That these events have a first-century fulfillment was the view of the New Testament writers, who often quoted from this section, invariably applying its statements to their own times.” [See “All You Want to Know About Hell” by Steve Gregg].

He then goes on to provide examples:
• Isaiah 61:1-2 fulfilled in Luke 4:18
• Isaiah 61:11 fulfilled in Mark 4:28
• Isaiah 65:1-2 fulfilled in Romans 10:20-21
• Isaiah 65:13-14 fulfilled in Luke 6:20-25
• Isaiah 66:1-2 fulfilled in Acts 7:49-50
• Isaiah 66:20 fulfilled in Romans 15:169

So, this passage in Isaiah 66:24 that Jesus quotes in Mark 9:43-48 is about an event which has already taken place in 70 AD, when the Jewish Temple was destroyed by the Romans. It’s not about what happens to anyone’s soul after they are dead.

Every other reference Jesus seems to be making about a place of Eternal Torment can be traced back to this same misunderstanding of Apocalyptic Hyperbole. Jesus is not describing what happens to anyone after they die. Jesus is describing the fate of people alive at the time if they did not repent of their desire to rebel against the Romans and bring about the Kingdom of God by force.

So, the truth is this: No one spoke more about the coming destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 than Jesus. And no one in the New Testament is more misquoted on the topic of Eternal Torment than Jesus who never actually had anything at all to say about such a thing.

Why? Because not only did Jesus not believe it, he knew that this was not taught anywhere in the Old Covenant scriptures and that the idea had crept into Judaism from pagan sources and corrupted the Jewish people’s idea of who God was and what God was like.

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Keith’s next book, “Jesus Undefeated: Condemning the False Doctrine of Eternal Torment” releases Nov. 9, 2019 on Amazon and features a Foreword by author Brad Jersak.

Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. Today, He and his wife are returning to El Paso, TX after 25 years, as part of their next adventure.

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  • Aloha

    The argument is not that Jesus spoke about Hell more than anything else.
    It’s that He spoke more about Hell than Heaven.

    Seems to be true, but I enjoyed your analysis of where teachings about Hell come from. I guess Paul didn’t have a lot to say on the topic.

  • Bruce Brian

    Keith, I enjoy reading many of your articles, but when I read about you having “walked away from the organized church,” I wonder what I should think about that. First, I think the “organized church” you mentioned is the institution of the church, the structure that many pastors feel take more time and money than they deserve, and institutions might cause many of us to feel like walking away, but we endure. I am tempted to admire you for walking away to start a fellowship that gave 100% of it offerings to the poor, but my concern is how long that fellowship lasted before it dwindled or became institutionalized. I participate in the maintenance of the institutional structure of the church, despite its ability drain energy from the church as community, believing “without community, nothing changes; without institutions, nothing lasts.” Perhaps you can tell your audience how long your fellowship lasted before it either became institutionalized or faded. My guess is that it will reinforce my idea that maintaining institutions is bothersome, but they earn their keep.

  • Herm

    Bruce, you have my attention, what did the Messiah teach regarding the value of earth institutions, especially relative to his students?

  • Bruce Brian

    Herm, thank you for your response. My concern with your question is whether the views that Jesus had of the religious institutions of his day became normative for the early church. We might say that the founders of the early church saw institutions of as good, whether or not particular ones were. They established the church as an institution, evidently believing institutions were good, fallen and in need of redemption. As Paul wrote in Colossians: For in Christ all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities (institutions); all things have been created through him and for him…and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. The church, as an institution, evidently participates in the redemptive work of Christ, which is why most of us continue to serve Christ in the church.

  • Nimblewill

    O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

    I’m no expert but I think the only time Paul ever used the word Hades, most often translated hell is translated grave here.
    He never uses it anywhere else. James uses the word Gehenna to speak of the tongue and Peter uses Tartarus as a prison for fallen angels. All are translated as hell in different places of the NT. The only time Jesus uses Hades is in the parable of Lazarus and the Rich man. Every other time Jesus uses Gehenna.

  • As Aloha correctly says below, it’s more that “Jesus spoke more about Hell than He did about Heaven”.

    And, in fact, He did not speak more about Hell than He did about Heaven.

    A simple look in a concordance will reveal that the word Heaven is used far more often than the word Hell, at least in the 1978 New International Version (NIV) (that’s the Bible that my concordance is for). Granted, many of the bad-news mongers will say ‘Ah, but…’ (there’s always an ‘Ah, but…’) ‘…Jesus often spoke indirectly about Hell, in [this passage and this passage]’, but much of that sort of thinking consists of reading assumptions into the text, which assumptions should not be made. They are interpreting the Scripture in the light of their own ideas, which many of us do, certainly, but that just illustrates my point that so much of it is assumption-driven. I am sure that I too am prone to that sort of thing!

    Jesus did not speak more about Hell than either ‘anything else’ or about ‘Heaven’. In fact, in my view, much of what Evangelical doctrine uses as evidence for Hell is nowhere near what was meant by the original authors/speakers in the original languages, in any context: historical, cultural or story-situational. You only have to look at the King James Version and compare it with the NIV – especially the Old Testament – to see that many of the instances of the word ‘Hell’ have been replaced with the original language word (for example, Sheol) or with its proper English equivalent (the pit, the grave). This is increasingly apparent in more modern translations, including newer translations of the NIV, where the word ‘Hell’ is becoming replaced by ‘Gehenna’, thus allowing the reader to interpret the passages themselves without predisposing them automatically to think of ‘Gehenna’ as what we moderns think of as the ‘flames of Hell’. There is certainly scholarly disagreement on what the locals at the time of Jesus would have understood by the word, so how can we, 2,000 years later, assume a definite interpretation of those Hell passages simply from a surface reading of an English translation, separated by 2,000 years of time and a vast gulf (see what I did there? 😉 ) of cultural difference.

    In short, Jesus did not speak more about Heaven than He did about Hell, and to suggest that He did is either misguided due to ignorance, or deliberately misleading. I would like to be charitable and assume the former…

  • In fact, what bothers me more is this question: If Hell is real, then why did Jesus not speak about it *even more* than He is alleged to have done?

    Hell is the very worst thing there could ever be. There is nothing worse than Hell, if it is indeed real. Imagine every bad, evil and horrible thing, person, act, deed, situation you and anyone else has ever seen, add them all up, and amplify that a million-fold, and then make it last for ever and ever and ever. In fact, it is so bad that the Good News (the Greek word ‘Gospel’ translates literally as ‘Good News’) would have to be called the Bad News – simply because, according to the belief in the Hell-doctrine, the vast majority of all the people who have ever existed will end up in Hell. This is because generally the people who believe in the Hell doctrine also believe literally that “… small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Mt 7:14) and other such parables (and it WAS a parable, and misinterpreted in my opinion) – ‘Life’ in this case being taken as meaning ‘Heaven’, or at least not Hell (which would be eternal death).

    The doctrine, and that Scripture, mean, in other words, that most of humanity are to be condemned to eternal conscious torment because their circumstances, for whatever reason, dictated that they did not hear, receive, believe and/or act on/live out the ‘good news’ before they died (and that ‘deadline’, pun not intended, is also a gross assumption). This interpretation and combination of both the Hell doctrine and the ‘narrow way’ doctrine would mean, in fact, that actually we are not only fighting a losing battle but that we are indeed doomed to failure before we even begin. Most people will indeed be lost to Hell, according to that doctrine AND according to that Scripture that it is based on. The Bible says that ‘few are those who find it’, so why would we feel there is any point in fighting against that? Maybe to pluck those who can be saved from the fire, but still – what a wasteful doctrine! Do we really think that God would create, lovingly, (see Psalm 139) loads of human beings only to consign/condemn 99.9% of them to eternal torment? Because this doctrine means that the majority of humans will be lost. It’s a narrow way, we are told, and that’s the end of it. We can’t change it, and therefore it will happen that way – few will be those who find it. That’s what it says, and there is no getting away from it. Most of humanity is doomed, if that Narrow Way passage means what it has traditionally been interpreted as actually meaning.

    So, you see, If Hell really is how the standard evangelical doctrine portrays it, it would have to be the absolute central doctrine of all Scripture. It would be the most important thing there is, even more important than the knowledge of God’s love. There would be room for nothing else than Hell, Hell, Hell, because the thing of very first importance would be to ensure that not one. single. soul. ends up in such a terrible place.

    But the Old Testament does not actually mention it by name; Jesus mentions it only in a very few passages where it can be shown that actually we may have His meaning wrong anyway; the Gospel of John does not mention it even once; and Paul is almost entirely silent on it. And not one evangelistic sermon in Acts or anywhere else mentions it. The emphasis on Hell in Scripture is nothing like what it should be if it were actually real, because, as we have seen, it would be the single most important thing that Jesus would ever have to tell us.

    And even then, because of the Narrow Way doctrine, all of our efforts at evangelism are doomed to failure, and in fact Jesus – if it’s true that only about 0.1% of people will be ‘saved’ – is also a failed Saviour, AND God got it wrong, has lost most of humanity to Hell forever, and is therefore also a failure for making such a botched plan. Unless His plan all along was to have a torture chamber where He and the Elect could go and watch forever.

    Is that really what we believe?

    [Edit: the idea of 0.1% of people being ‘saved’ is based on a very generous estimate of the number of people on the planet who have said – and meant – the ‘Sinner’s Prayer’. The actual number is probably considerably less than that. And even the Sinner’s Prayer is no guarantee for many Evangelicals; there are also all the other hoops to jump through such as the infallibility of Scripture, keeping short accounts, being a member of the only Church in town that has all their ducks lined up properly; you get the picture]

  • Herm

    Heaven compared to Hell is a concept of mankind that misrepresents the consequences from applied Good or Evil relational attitudes.

    Heaven is spirit as is where God (who is spirit) lives. Earth is carnal as is where Man (who is carnal) lives. The Messiah accepted the temporal carnal image of Man 2,000 years ago. Mankind was graced the eternal spirit image of God, possibly 200,000 years ago. Man and God communicate through their shared image awareness and influence.

    Jesus teaches the attitude of love necessary to live eternally through the Spirit of truth living with and in receptive children of Man (carnal) who have been born again as receptive children of God (spirit). The Christ is a receptive child of God (spirit) who was born again as a receptive child of Man (carnal). All children of God are receptive to love and be loved of and by God and Man. Only those who do not know the love of God in their lives give any value to the unloving concept of eternal torture.

    Only for children of God on earth does Jesus the Christ have all authority on earth and in heaven. Relational law is equally consequential in carnal as it is in spirit. God does not enforce the law. God teaches the natural consequences from Good (constructive) as versus from Evil (destructive) attitudes. Those who are truly receptive to the consequences of in everything do first to all others as they would have all others, of Man and God, do to them will live in spirit eternally. Those who cannot will cease to be aware and influential when their carnal life will surely cease to be aware and influential.

    Matthew 5:43-48 NIV
    “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ [44] But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [45] that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. [46] If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? [47] And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? [48] Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    If my heavenly Father loves his enemies, I can’t imagine why he would suffer eternal grief suffering his enemies to eternal torture.

  • Do you mean why He ‘wouldn’t’ suffer eternal grief? 😉

  • Herm

    By his choice, even his enemies, born of water, will not suffer eternal grief, as well as his children, born of water and spirit, will not suffer eternal grief. :)))

  • Iain Lovejoy

    I can’t see how Mark 9:43-48 can be anything other than about Gehenna, since Jesus actually names the place expressly, three times, in the passage and he is expressly talking about personal sin. Nothing it could possibly refer to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD. (NB There never was any rubbish tip in the vale of Gehenna outside Jerusalem, that is a repeatedly debunked medieval myth.)
    It’s perfectly true, however, that Jesus never talked about hell, since this is a concept that entirely post-dates the Bible (NT included). What Jesus talked about (on a number of occasions, albeit not constantly as some would make out) was Gehenna. The issue is what he meant by it, whether he did indeed mean what we would now call “hell”, or the (in principle) temporary place of punishment / purging / repentance prior to entering into heaven that Gehenna was, or was developing into, in Jewish thought or (as some would have it) the ultimate annihilation of the sinful soul that rejects God.
    I’d agree that the original context of Isaiah quotes makes it unlikely that they are intended to be literal, but that goes to what Jesus meant by ” Gehenna “, it doesn’t make it anything to do with the fall of Jerusalem
    On a side note, the translating this passage as ” the worm shall not die and the fire shall not be quenched is, as far as I can tell, out-and-out wrong: the original is in the present tense and actually says “the worm is not dead and the fire is not quenched” so means no more than they are still there and haven’t gone away, not that they last forever.

  • Rod Bristol

    Both fire and worm consume discards. Yes, Mark 9:42 – 50 speak of personal accountability. Using hyperbole, Jesus says something like “don’t blame your eye or your hand for your abusive behavior. Since it would have been better if the abuser who causes another to sin had not been born, they will be discarded and consumed, unless they repent.” “Everyone will be salted with fire” suggests that recognizing the pain we inflict on others, symbolized by fire and gnawing worms, can lead us to repent.

  • Herm

    Thanks Bruce, I began my awareness of the spiritual in a “Christian” structured institution. I developed my influence to where I was a trained, sprinkled, immersed and ordained active authority in the “Christian” multiple institutionalized movement. At age 50, having done all my community expected of me, I exceeded all the institutions that supported my occupation, marriage and purpose. I had nothing and nothing more to look forward to. Prostrate I thanked God for raising me to that point where I could truly savor all the grief of loss, which I could not have borne as a child. I then asked that the Holy Spirit, who I had invited to help throughout my life before, come to stay with me until the end of my life, with no longer any pauses, even when I thought I was sinning. I wanted no separation between God and myself ever, again. For the first time in my life I began to grow filled with the Teacher preparing me, without pause, for the truth (not theology, doctrine, or dogma) as I am ready to accept it.

    My first thought, relative to any purpose institutions might serve mankind and/or God, is that whenever we give an institution a name it takes on a life of its own. The institution will then fight to grow and survive, eventually regardless of the foundation intentions of those who originally formed to name the institution. That is why your comment got my attention.

    Paul made many errors when we compare Jesus’ chronicled ministry, in the gospels (from four different perspectives), with his letters directed toward his startup institutions. Children do that when they first get to flex their influence with their siblings, even with nothing but good intentions. The other ruling disciples and apostles made clear mistakes, also. Paul/Saul was the only apostle with an education that valued the carnal structure of a religious institution. There were three major denominations of Judaism during Jesus’ and Paul’s walk on earth; Pharisee, Sadducee, and Essene. Each with differing theological and doctrinal structure. Paul understood Pharisee.

    You wrote, “The church, as an institution, evidently participates in the redemptive work of Christ, which is why most of us continue to serve Christ in the church.

    Which denomination within the “Christian” movement, “evidently participates in the redemptive work of Christ“? Could it possibly be that unity of spirit in God comes to children born of the Spirit in spite of the many perspective institutions performing under the authority of their self ordained name of the Christian church?

    How do you read this?

    “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

    John 4:21-24

    Oh, wait, none of those structured institutions of worship speak to Jesus being capable of administering his own church today, for he has yet to return, right? …. at minimum implied.

    How do you read this?

    “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

    John 14:15-21

    If most of you, who continue to believe they serve Christ in the “Christian” church, saw to know and accept him, as follows…

    After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

    Acts 4:31

    … why do they remain dependent upon their denominational church institution’s theology and doctrine to interpret the word of God for them?

    Read Matthew 23:1-12 relative to Jesus’ church structure (which is spirit) especially considering who serves who. If Jesus is among us, who is the greatest? What do infant children have to serve Jesus and our Father with, except their love and faith that they will not be left orphaned?

    Jesus and my Father serve to instruct me in the ways to live with and in all others eternally. I don’t serve them except through all the love I have for them of my spirit self (heart, soul, strength, mind).

    “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

    John 16:12-15

    Hopefully this goes through without “Pending”. I end here with the fact that God serves us all bound by love. God is real. You are truly loved, just as you are.

  • Bruce Brian

    Herm, i have several responses to your message, but my primary concern, as I read your message, is that your experience with the Holy Spirit seems to be only between you and the Holy Spirit. If my reading is correct, you are a church of one. If someone in my congregation claimed to be a church on one, I would tell them they are in very bad company; we need to take Jesus seriously when he said, “When two or more are gathered in my name, I am with them.” Our pilgrimage in Christ is not solitary. We grow in Christ in relationships with each other, and those relationships embody the tension between institution and community. Communities empowers people in the relationship to grow and institutions guide and sustain the growth. We need the discernment of more than one person when we engage truth.

  • Ah, I see. Got ya; thanks Herm 🙂

  • Herm

    Bruce, your logic is carnal. In the Spirit, all of God, spoken of in your Bible of Man’s testimony, is in each other, including the Son, the Father and all of the Son’s sibling students (disciples), children of God born (baptized) first of the water (carnal on earth) and then in the Spirit in heaven. You tell me, please, one institution of “Christianity” that in everything does first to all others as they would have all others do to them. Children of God all carry their cross first for others today as they would have others carry their cross for them, in the example of their brother Christ.

    In the Spirit, this is literally meant as written in modern English:

    Luke 14:25-27
    Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: [26] “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. [27] And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

    If anyone, regardless of institutional denomination, hates blind allegiance to the carnal tribal, blood born, religious, and national self-serving family institutions, and in everything does to others as they would have others do to them (including carrying their own cross of sacrificial love for all others of Man), they will live as the Messiah’s sibling students forever, never to be left orphaned, as many have been from many family institutions of mankind.

    Mankind is many separated into institutions of “family” answering to many heads of family authority. All of God are one bound in all love for one another as themselves answering to one Lord God having all authority on earth and in heaven.

    As far as discernment in God is concerned, not available in Man, the Spirit of truth fills all of God, including the one Father and the one Instructor, forever, that each may learn as each can bear.

    I had grown to learn from Man that the Holy Spirit could be invited, and I grew to faithfully depend on his support in my ministries. Though sprinkled and immersed by the doctrinally ordained institutions, I was not baptized to be filled by the Holy Spirit (my one Teacher), without pause, without end, until Jesus did so for me. I am saved from the many institutions of mankind vying for my allegiance over my single allegiance to my family of God, who loves their merciful neighbor as themselves.

    The Law and the Prophets apply to God and Man in spirit (the image of God graced mankind) and carnal relationships. Life in spirit can be many united and bound by love (empathy, compassion, support, forgiveness of another as one’s self). Life in carnal is subject to individual shells that cannot merge, without pause, without end, forever, even when bonded by love for one another. All carnal life of awareness and influence will cease as each elemental body returns to ash and dust. All life of awareness and spirit, united in the Spirit of God, will live eternally.

    If we are to discuss God in the spirit of truth, no matter if the Spirit of truth is filling you or not, we must use logic that works different from carnal Man. Mankind can bear much more truth today than they could 2,000 years ago. Thanks for your honesty and sincerity.

  • Bruce Brian

    Herm, Thank you for the time you have invested in this correspondence. I have more to say, but I don’t think this discussion is useful; we don’t agree,and further correspondence will only reinforce our disagreements. Grace and peace, Bruce

  • Syd Barrett

    After seeing my Mom pass away of pancreatic cancer, I’ve taken a few steps back and really evaluated my life, my faith and the issues that you’ve spoken of so well in your post. I haven’t been to church since April or so, and I don’t see any reason to go back.

    The god of Conservative Christianity is a tyrant.

  • Mark Hodge

    Jesus always spoke in parables to the masses and the KJV word ‘hell’ occurs 23 times in 23 verses in your custom selection ‘ in ‘The New Testament” in the KJV. The absolute truth about hell is found in Rev 20:14 KJV – And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. | The ‘lake of fire’ is explained in 2Pe 3:10 KJV – But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. | Basically in the end God destroys the entire creation with fire… 2Pe 3:6-7, 12-13 KJV – Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. … Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Rev 21:1 KJV – And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. | Only the saved nations will occupy paradise… Rev 21:24, 27 KJV – And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. … And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.