Jan's Bible Notes

Isaiah 61

1-2 This chapter contains several important truths for the New Testament Christian. Do you see the Trinity in 1? Who is speaking? We know it is Christ because He applies this quote to Himself in Luke 4:16-21. So Isaiah is prophesying that this is what the Messiah will do when He comes. It is probably primarily speaking of Israel; their nation was often afflicted and held captive by other nations, but when Christ returns the second time, that will change, and Israel will be the primary nation on earth.

We know from the New Testament that Jesus offers this good news to all, Mt. 11:28-30. Does this mean Jesus will literally wrap a bandage around those who are hurting, or that any prisoner who believes on Christ will instantly be released from jail or prison? Why type of good news does He bring? Freedom from what, Rom. 6:15-23? Is this "year" a 12-month period, or would it mean a period of time, an "age"?

Jesus reads this passage in the synagogue, stopping after 2a. Why is that significant? The part about vengeance is left out; He did not fulfill that part at His first coming, but will at His second coming. We see how in one verse of prophecy, two separate events are mentioned, thousands of years apart, which perhaps Isaiah himself did not even understand as he gave this prophecy. We see how the New Testament interprets the Old Testament, and specifically how Jesus interpreted Isaiah for us. What time period is this chapter about? Millenium. Yet because of Jesusís action, we know that 1-2a also applies specifically to His life on earth.

3 After it mentions the day of vengeance, what is mentioned next in 2 and 3? Comforting those who mourn; how are these specifically identified? Those in Zion. Who, Zech. 12:10-14? Why will they mourn?

Can you see how these three verses might make Isaiah wonder how this could possibly be? He probably didnít know that these events would cover thousands of years; it must have sounded impossible to him, but he recorded it as God told him. This is another evidence of divine inspiration; the Bible is not a man-made book. No man could have written this; itís not humanly logical, and no one could have written something like this that would actually end up being literally fulfilled. These three verses are very important in helping us understand prophecy and how to interpret it. If the middle of this sentence can continue a pause of 2,000 years, how many verses might we be misinterpreting because we have not yet seen how the Lord will ultimately fulfill these prophecies? We need to be careful in assuming we KNOW.

4-9 Here are more details about Israel at the time of Christ's second coming. Apparently the men of Israel will serve as priests before God to the rest of the nations. Will injustice go on forever, 8? When we see injustice that make our blood boil, and it is not made right, we can remind ourselves that a day is coming when God will right all wrongs. Why does He allow it now? Ever since Gen. 3, God has allowed us to sin, and to suffer the consequences of sin. Man chose sin, and He does not interfere with man's free will. But a day is coming when things will be different. This knowledge helps us to have patience in this life.

10-11 The Old Testament does not tell of the church age to come, when all people, Jews and Gentiles, will be part of the body of Christ; that is a "mystery" that God reveals later, Eph. 3:4-6. But it "foreshadows" the church age, hinting at it. In 10, we find reference to the bridegroom and the bride. Who is the bridegroom and who is the bride, Mt. 25:1-13, John 3:28-29, Eph. 5:22-33, Rev. 19:7? We also find an extended story of a bride and bridegroom in the Song of Solomon, a book that pictures the love story of Christ and the church.

10 also speaks of being clothed in salvation and righteousness. What similar language do we find in Rom. 13:14, Eph. 4:24, 6:11-14, Col. 3:10-14, I Thes. 5:8? Isn't it amazing how many parallels can be found between the Old and New Testaments?

Isaiah 62

1-3 It is unclear here whether "I" is Isaiah speaking or the Lord speaking (through Isaiah). Who is being spoken about? When will these things take place?

4-5 ďBeulahĒ means "married;" it goes on to talk about who is married. What was Israel's past like? What will her future be like? The Old Testament often uses the symbolism of Israel as the wife (often an unfaithful wife) of God, of Jehovah. The New Testament speaks of the church as the betrothed virgin bride of Christ; the wedding has not yet taken place. When will it take place? Rev. 19:7-9. Do you think the song Beulah Land is really focusing on the fact that Israel belongs to God and is His wife, so to speak? The song is about standing on a high mountain in beautiful Beulah land and looking over into heaven.

6-7 Here is an interesting teaching about prayer. Is it Godís will to establish Israel? Are they supposed to be asking God to do it? How much should they be asking? Just because we know that God is going to do something doesnít mean that we shouldnít pray for it. Pray for God to send Jesus soon ("Thy kingdom come," Mt. 6:10; "Come, Lord Jesus," Rev. 22:20), to save the lost, to make this world right again, to transform us into Christ's image. Does "remind" mean that God forgets? The connotation is to earnestly make mention (Strong's), that there should be no silence from us on this matter until God brings it about.

8-12 Does God have future plans for Israel, for Jerusalem? Many say no, but there is abundant evidence that His promises to them WILL be fulfilled in the future. When the Old Testament talks about salvation in regards to Israel, 11, is it referring to an afterlife in heaven and being saved from eternal punishment in the lake of fire? No, it is usually talking about being saved from her enemies: deliverance, liberty, safety. But those in Israel who are believing WILL have eternal life with God. Eternal life is only through a personal faith relationship with God's Messiah--Jesus Christ. When He returns, He will bring His what and His what, 11? His reward is to believers, and His recompense is to unbelievers.

Isaiah 63

1 Someone is asking what? We will see in this chapter that it appears to be the future endtime righteous remnant--believing Israel. Does this verse describe His first or second coming? Where does He come from? Edom is another name for who? Esau, the rejected son, symbolic of the fleshly nature, the ungodly man. Jacob represents the spiritual man, the one who follows God. How does God feel about the ungodly? Mal. 1:2, Rom. 9:13.

2-6 Who is speaking? What time period do we have here? The Tribulation, the pouring out of Godís wrath. Whose blood is on His garments--His own or His enemies? What did He do to them? Why? Did God have a temper tantrum, or does He have righteous anger against sin, evil, and evil-doers? So they (Israel) see Him coming from Bozrah, a city in Edom/Moab, covered with blood; what has happened there? Is. 34:1-8, Zech. 14:3, Rev. 16:16, 19:15,19.

7-10 Now Isaiah speaks on behalf of Israel. How can this be said right after 2-6? Are these two aspects of God contradictory? They must go hand in hand. Even when He is pouring out His wrath on evil men, He is still loving and kind and worthy to be praised. Some people have trouble with this--salvation and wrath; these are two sides of the same coin. A truly loving and righteous God MUST punish evil.

Do you see the Trinity in this section? Does 10 shed some light on Eph. 4:30? Isaiah is reminding the Jews how God chose them. But what happened? This wording gives us an interesting insight into how God works. When we disobey, He becomes like our ďenemyĒ. Is He REALLY our enemy? Or is He acting as a loving Father who is disciplining His child?

The Holy Spirit was in the midst of God's people but not indwelling individual believers; where did God dwell at that time, Ex. 25:8-22? How did Jesus explain that the role of the Holy Spirit would change, John 14:17?

11-14 This eventually caused them to think back on what God had done in the past. What is the purpose of God's discipline in our lives--to hurt us, or to bring about positive change (even though it may be painful)?

15 Captive Israel asks God to act on their behalf again. Do we really need to ask God to "look down from heaven and see"? Doesn't the Bible say God does this all the time? Often our prayers reflect our human doubts and lack of understanding. Is this a problem to God? Psalm 103:14. Christians often ask God to do things that He tells us He is already doing. As we come to understand this more, we might change our prayers to acknowledge and thank Him that He IS doing this, instead of begging Him to do what He has already told us.

16 The Jewish captives recognize and confess that they are not living as true Jews while they are in captivity, and have not been true to God and living in the covenant relationship God made with Abraham and Jacob/Israel. But they still recognize God as their Father.

17 They have strayed, their hearts were hardened. Is it really God's fault? Don't we often blame God for our problems, when we are reaping what we have sown, or what fallen mankind sowed back in Genesis 3.

18 Back home, their temple has been destroyed (remember, Isaiah is prophesying what is 100 years in the future).

19 Itís been a long time since they lived in a right relationship with God. Have we ever gotten so far from God, for so long, that it seems impossible to return to Him? Is it impossible? Satan whispers this lie to us. But I John 1:9 tells us otherwise.

We can also see the prophetic application in this chapter to the Jews during the Tribulation, since the opening six verses seem to point to that time, using the same language we read in Revelation. This prophecy points out that in that future time, Israel is disobedient, is being disciplined, they are still Godís chosen people, but God has temporarily taken on the role of their ďenemyĒ to turn them around.

Isaiah 64

1-3 Whom is being addressed? Whom is Isaiah speaking for? Who is the we/us in this chapter? Israel. This is a prayer for mercy--confession. What do they want Him to do? Deal with enemy nations--things like He did in the past. Where else have we read about mountains quaking at God's presence? Ex 19:18, Judg. 5:5, Ps. 68:7-8.

Besides in Israelís history, at what other time does the Bible talk about God coming down, the nations trembling, the heavens rent (torn, as a piece of cloth), mountains quaking? This speaks prophetically of the seven years of tribulation. Believing Israel will pray this at that time.

Is it biblical to pray for the Lord to return, to make things right on this earth, to come quickly? Here is a precedent for just such a prayer. Why do they pray this? Because they are overwhelmed by their troubles. Jesus also tells us to pray for His return; what does the Lord's Prayer tell us to ask for, Mt. 6:10? In one sense, His kingdom is already among us who believe, in a spiritual sense. For His kingdom to fully come--the physical reign of Christ on earth--He must come the second time. Before this happens, He must snatch up the church before the appearance of the Antichrist and the 7 years of tribulation. So every time we pray "Thy kingdom come," we are praying this. In I Cor. 16:22, "Maranatha" is Greek for "our Lord come," with the connotation of divine judgment coming. How does the Bible end, Rev. 22:20? So even though only God knows His timetable, we are to pray for Him to bring this about.

When we ask God to help, 3, does He always act in the way we want or expect? God acts on behalf of what kind of person,4? Doesnít it seem that this is one of the big things God is working on developing in our lives? The Bible speaks often about trusting and waiting on the Lord. In the Old Testament, those who believe in God are referred to as the righteous, those who do righteousness. This is not talking about an unbeliever who tries his best to do good. Is there any other God besides the God of the Bible, the God of creation, of the Trinity, of the resurrection?

5-7 God meets with what kind of person? If God seems far from you or is not answering your prayers, what might be the reason? Does God actually leave us? What causes Him to appear to be hidden from us? What do they admit (confess)? Do these verses sound familiar, from another part of the Bible? Read Rom. 3:10-12. Can anyone be "good enough," compared to God's holy standard of sinless perfection? What about our best human efforts to do what is good and right? Is this saying that unbelievers aren't capable of doing anything good? Of course not. But do those good deeds count for anything in God's accounting ledger? Man's best is always tainted by the sin nature we were born with. So if there is no one who calls on God's name, how did we get saved? Didn't we believe and call on His name? Who actually initiated this--us or God? Mt. 22:14, John 6:37, Eph. 1:4,5, I John 4:19.

What does the end of 7 say about how God may deal with our sins? What New Testament verse states this principle that is found throughout the Bible, applying to both believers and unbelievers? Gal. 6:7. Even though our sins are forgiven, might they bring consequences in our lives?

8 Compare Jer. 18:3-10, Rom. 9:20. Paul obviously knew the Old Testament; New Testament Christians need to study it also. It has much to teach about what God is like and how He works in our lives. God not only created us but He continues to mold us. Rom. 8:28-29, 12:2. Isn't their confession--"we are the clay, and You our potter"--similar to what Jesus tells us to pray in the Lord's Prayer--"Thy will be done"?

9-11 Jerusalem and temple are in ruins; a prophecy of the future captivity.

Isaiah 65

1-2 Who is this talking about? At first glance it sounds like the Gentiles; reading further, context sounds like disobedient Israel. We have biblical evidence that both meanings are in view here. We have often seen that various passages have multiple layers of meaning, none contradictory, often referencing different periods of time. As God was speaking these words through Isaiah, at that time they appear to be addressed to disobedient Israel. But as Paul quotes them in Rom. 9:24-26 and 10:20, the Holy Spirit (the author of all Scripture) inspired him to reveal that now, in the church age, we see that God had in mind, in the future, that Is. 65:1 refers also to the Gentiles; Is. 65:2 refers to Israel. The Gentile nations were not seeking the God of Israel, but God permitted Himself to be found by Gentiles anyway. John 10:16. Israel has been temporarily set aside and God is dealing primarily with Gentiles in the church age.

We see that God in His sovereignty plans and initiates the finding, although it appears to us humans that people with their free will are the ones seeking God. John 6:44, 15:16. It is both, whether we can understand that concept or not. Remember, the infinite holy God is revealing His nature to finite, fallen human minds; no wonder we can't comprehend it all. So is God findable and knowable by all? Rom. 1:19-20.

What do rebellious people do? What is wrong with that? What should they (we) do instead?

3-5 What did they do that provoked God? What does provoke mean here? Ticked off? Bugged? Strong's: wrathful, angry, vexed, troubled, grieved, sorrowful. Does God have the right to feel this way when His people are hypocritical, worshipping other gods while claiming to be holy? ďHolier than thouĒ is actually a biblical phrase.

6-7 How do these verses relate to Gal. 6:7?

8 He is going to destroy SOME of them (His servants, Israel). Which part will be destroyed and which part won't?

9-10 Which part is referred to here? What will they inherit? God's mountain is Jerusalem.

11-12 Which part is referred to here? Sounds like people who do not look to God, but to other things. Fortune, Destiny: two gods that Israel worshipped, setting food and drink before them. And so what IS their destiny? Compare Mt. 22:14, John 10:27, 15:16. What else did they do? Is God a righteous Judge? Gen. 18:25, Ps. 7:11.

13-16 How does He contrast these two groups? Who will slay the unrighteous group? What awaits the other group? When will this happen? Compare Mt. 13:24-30, 36-43, 49-50. What time period is Jesus describing in Mt. 13? The kingdom. When does the earthly kingdom begin? Rev. 19:1-20:6. Immediately following the Second Coming of Christ. Only the righteous will be left on earth at the start of the kingdom, still in their mortal bodies; the unrighteous will be removed, or slain, by God's angels. Those who were caught up to be with the Lord prior to the 7 years of tribulation are already in their immortal bodies, I Thes. 4:15-17, having escaped the time of God's wrath, I Thes. 5:9.

How is God described twice in 16? This concept is rejected by many today, but God has not rejected it. On first glance, this appears to be saying that when this period of time comes, the surviving believers will not remember the horrors of the past seven years of tribulation. But whose sight does it say they are hidden from? God will no longer choose to bring to mind the past sins and failure of His people.

17-25 Conditions during the millenial kingdom are described here. In a limited sense, things will be made new in the Millenium, because much of the curse will be removed from the earth; the desert will bloom, there will be plenty of water. Animals will not kill each other or us, but will once again be herbivorous as they were before the Flood; perhaps this implies that humans will also be vegetarians as in the beginning.

17 When does Rev. 22:1 place the new heaven and new earth? Following the Millenium Kingdom. Again one wonders if this verse is saying that people at that time will not remember previous sadness. But in the context of 16, it seems to be again saying that God will choose not to bring to His mind the previous state of the earth and its inhabitants; He is making all things new.

We have seen that the Old Testament prophets only saw the future distantly, the big picture, but were not given the details of timing, as in not distinguishing Christís first and second comings. Note changes during Millenium: very long lifespans, little or no sickness and sorrow, work will be fruitful, people will outlast the work of their hands, close fellowship with the Lord. Who specifically does this passage refer to in 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23? In 23, these people are the offspring of who? Apparently those believers who came through the Tribulation and who first populated the Kingdom. This passage does not state whether or not these conditions apply to the whole earth at that time; Israel IS promised to be blessed above all nations in this age.

19 This verse DOES speak of the absence of sorrow and tears at that time. How can people not have sorrow when they remember some things? Perhaps they will not choose to think of sorrowful things; perhaps they will have control of their memories instead of being at the mercy of them as today. Either they wonít think of past things, or if they do, they will see them in a different light--in the light of God's plan for the ages. Also Rev. 7:17 speaks specifically of those martyred during the Tribulation.

20 The KJV reads, "the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed," where the NASB reads, " the one who does not reach the age of one hundred will be thought accursed." The word for "sinner" includes the meaning of "missing the mark," which is one definition of sin; in this case, the mark is apparently to reach the age of 100.

24 God knows what we need and what we are going to pray for before we pray; His actions are not limited to waiting until AFTER we pray. It sounds here like it is being said specifically of this group at this time. Yet we know it is true for us too because the Bible tells us that God is all-knowing, all-powerful and not limited by time. We saw an example of this in Gen. 24:15. So is it the end of the world if we forget to pray for someone that we intended to pray for? Is God already at work in that person's life, regardless of whether or not we remember to pray for them every day? Have you ever had the experience of getting an answer to prayer, then realizing that the wheels that set that event in motion began happening long before you even prayed for it?

Isaiah 66

1 Heaven: Very little is said in the Bible about going to heaven, as we think of it. In the New Testament, John speaks of it, in his Gospel and in Revelation. John 14:2-3 was apparently a new idea to the disciples. The other Gospels speak of the kingdom of heaven and of our reward in heaven. In the Old Testament, heaven is spoke of often as the place where God dwells, and often is used in the phrase "the God of heaven and earth." The Old Testament does not speak of the expectation of going to heaven. God promised His people Israel a never-ending kingdom on earth; we see Israel constantly looking for that earthly kingdom, which is still future.

The story of Lazarus and the rich man tells of what two places, Luke 16:22-28? So before Christ's resurrection, where did the righteous go at death? Where did the unrighteous go? When Jesus died and rose from the dead, we are told in Eph. 4:8-10 that He led a host of captives when He ascended; who would those be? The Old Testament believers offered sacrifices that pointed to the future Lamb of God and His sacrifice; apparently Jesus appeared to them as the fulfillment of their faith. So where do the unrighteous remain?

Hades is also called hell (see Strong's); what happens at the end of the 1000-year earthly kingdom to people in hell, Rev. 20:11-15? Who else will already be there, 20:10? What does Rev. 18:20 tell us about where the Old Testament saints are now? According to Mt. 8:11, who will be present in the kingdom of heaven? Are they Jews? So we know that the Old Testament saints that preceded the nation Israel are also in heaven now. Apparently the unending earthly kingdom will continue through eternity on the new earth, and will be the primary location of saved Israel. Where will be the primary home of the church--the bride of Christ? Rev. 3:7-12, 21:1-2.

1 What does the imagery of throne and footstool tell us about God, in connection with the heavens and the earth? What perspective does it give about God and us? The Jews returning to Israel from the captivity will seek to rebuild the temple; will God actually dwell there? Does God NEED a place on earth to dwell? So whose benefit is the temple really for? Does God NEED our church? Why does He want us to assemble? Does He need us to do "big, important" things for Him?

2 Does God have hands, John 4:24? What important truth are they (and we) reminded of here, similar to Psalm 19:1? Is this truth accepted by all, or still up for debate? The Bible reminds us of this foundational truth over and over, in the Old and New Testaments. What kind of person will God look at with pleasure, with favor? Humble: (Strong's) lowly, needy, poor, afflicted. Aren't we ALL in this condition? But do all admit this? What is the opposite of humble? This sin is mentioned often in Scripture as something God hates. What was Satan's sin, Ezek. 28:1-6? Contrite: (Strong's): smitten, dejected.

Are we to place our confidence in Self? When we recognize and admit what Self is truly like, shouldn't we feel like that? So is it good or bad to feel that way about yourself? Do you think humility should be the mark of a Christian? How can we become humble? Compare Ex. 10:3, Prov. 6:3 (Strong's: be bowed down, afflicted, weakened, submitted, silenced, prostrated). If we do not humble ourselves, how else might we become humble? What other related word starts with "hum-"? Humiliation: (Strong's) shame, confusion, dejection, blushing, disappointed, confounded, confused, bring reproach. Does God ever work to bring this about in our lives? How does it feel? Why does He do it--because He wants us to feel bad? How should we respond if He uses the circumstances of our lives to do this?

What sort of attitude should we have toward God and toward His Word? Can we just "take it or leave it"? Don't many people, even Christians, do just that? How seriously or lightly should we approach the Bible? Why? Why would God want us to tremble at His Word? Should there be a certain amount of fear involved? What type of fear? The Bible often says to "fear the Lord." What are some other words that have a similar meaning that might help us to understand this concept?

3 "But." Isaiah contrasts a different kind of man. This man sacrifices, doesnít he? So whatís the problem? What else does he do besides sacrifice? How does God feel about his sacrifice? What should we learn here? If we do the "right" religious rituals but our heart is not right with God, how much good do those things do for us? Are these people the way they are because they can't help it?

4 Certain men made a choice, 3; now, in response to their choice, who makes a choice? What is God choosing to do here? KJV: "punishments" is "delusions." Where else does the Bible speak about God bringing delusion? II Thes. 2:11. Would God bring delusion to anyone who truly wanted to believe? What principle do we see here from Gal. 6:7? Does God call everyone, or only the elect--only those who will be saved? Is. 65:12, Mt. 22:14. Does God hold us responsible for our choices?

5-6 What sort of conflict do we see between those with true faith and the religious fakers? What is wrong with what the fakers tell their brothers? It is obviously not said in sincerity; it is said mockingly. The fakers hate, exclude, and mock the true believers. Have you seen this in church circles, in the Christian world? What is being said here about the two types of people? Recompense is a reward, getting what one deserves.

7-9 likens the bringing forth of the nation of Israel to childbirth, which God is directing until it is complete. Mt. 24:8, what term is used for the events that signal the end times? The nation of Israel was born BEFORE the labor pains came. The true nation and everything God has promised them will be found in the millenial kingdom.

9-13 Jerusalem is likened to a mother, and the people of Israel to her small nursing children. What time clue does 12 give?

14-16 How does God feel toward His enemies at that time? Is the Messiahís coming in 15 the first or second coming? Not specified here; the prophets were not shown the details of the timetable, just the events. Donít you suppose when Christ came the first time, the Jews were expecting that ALL these predicted events would happen at that time? Is this fire speaking of hell, or of God's judgments on wicked men at the end of the Great Tribulation? Does the Bible teach that God is ONLY love? Might "love" include "tough love"? If God loves all men, why might He be willing to be so angry as to rebuke and execute many? Is God's anger sinful, like ours? What is God's anger directed against? Is He right and just to be angry in that way and to punish in that way? Compare 16 to Rev. 19:21.

17 This garden is obviously a place of idolatrous worship; the "one in the center" could possibly be the false god or the priest. Remember that God is speaking to His chosen people, Israel; they know the Law, but many chose to engage in idolatrous practices as well as not following the dietary restrictions God gave. Godís anger seems often directed more at the sinful religious person than the sinful godless person. What does Luke 12:47-48 say about how God will judge? Do you know Christians that say they trust Christ as their Savior, say they read and believe the Bible, but also engage in purposeful sinful behavior and even hold unbiblical beliefs? How does God feel about this?

18-19 Three times God's what is mentioned? The time is coming that what will be gathered together? For what purpose? So what does that tell us about God's great eternal purposes? Everything that happens is to show what? How can everything that happens fit into that scheme? God knows everyone's what and what? Is it possible to fool or deceive God? Why does He tell us to confess our sins if He already knows everything we do and think?

20 We read in many Old Testament prophecies that the Gentile nations will help Israel return to the land in the end times.

21-23 What aspect of the Mosaic system that we no longer need will be re-instituted in the Millenium, 21? What else, 23? Other passages speak of sacrifices; apparently these things look BACK to the cross, just as in the Old Testament they looked FORWARD to the cross. Observing the Lord's Supper serves that function for us today. What do these verses tell us about Israel? Is God through with Israel? His promises are as enduring as what?

All mankind will do what? This is the same word often translated "worship." "Worship" and "bow down" are frequently used together in Scripture; does "worship" mean singing? Might singing be part of our worship? Is it necessary for us to physically bow down? Why did people bow down? In our culture, equality is stressed; our leaders are just men, no higher than the ones they lead. But in past cultures, rulers were on the highest level and slaves on the lowest; others were somewhere in between. Everyone knew their place and kept it. Less important people lowered themselves in front of more important people, by bending the knee or bowing the head or body, or to a more extreme degree, by even prostrating oneself on the ground. They were acknowledging the other person's greater importance and their lesser degree of importance. What does this tell us about what worship is? What should be our attitude toward God? How should we approach prayer?

24 Iím wondering if this refers to what we see in Ez.39:12-22 or Rev. 19:18,21. These men are described as having what against God? The Bible uses several words for sin, each with a different shade of meaning. In Strong's we read: break away from authority, apostacize, trespass, quarrel, offend, rebel, revolt. So is this talking about our sin nature that causes every person to miss the mark, or is this purposeful, deliberate sin--knowingly choosing to go against God? Isaiah ends his prophetic messages with a warning against this type of sin. What does he say are its consequences? "Not die" and "not be quenched" parallel the idea of eternal punishment found throughout the Bible. What is that place called and who will end up there, Rev. 20:15? Many people do not believe in hell or that God would really punish anyone. People can believe what they want, but they can't say the Bible does not teach this truth. Does God want any person to choose this fate, I Tim. 2:4, I Pet. 3:9? The Bible says we will all be held responsible for our choices.

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