Commentary on
6.5 Satan Deceives the Wicked in Fighting Against the Saints in the Beloved City, But All are Destroyed: The Second Death!

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Green - The thousand years (See Section 6.2, Section 6.3, & Section 6.4)
Orange - Satan released from the bottomless pit (See Section 6.2)
Blue - The second resurrection, the resurrection of the wicked. (See Section 6.4)
Dark Blue - Satan tempting the wicked.
Red - If any man follows Satan. . .
Blue/Green - The New Jerusalem, the beloved city, coming down from God out of heaven.
Light Blue - The resurrected wicked surrounding the saints in the beloved city.
Pink - God Judging the wicked
Brown - The second death (See Section 6.3)
Purple - The lake of fire and brimstone
Grey/Blue - Tormented day and night for ever and ever - What does forever mean in the Bible.
Gold - The beast and the false prophet (See Section 3.8 and Section 3.9)

After the thousand years are finished, the wicked are raised to life in the second resurrection and Satan is effectively let loose since he now has people to deceive. Satan will urge them to take the beloved city which is the New Jerusalem. Revelation 21 tells how that city comes to the earth from heaven at this time.

The wicked surround the saints in the city when God begins His finishing work of Judgment. The books are opened and all those who do wickedly, which are already outside the city, are destroyed by fire and brimstone. This is the second death! The wicked will never again be alive. They will cease to exist.

Click to understand what might be meant by: tormented day and night for ever and ever.




The Wicked Experience the Second Death!

Following the 1000 years, the wicked will be brought back to life. This is the second resurrection where the second death will have power, because the wicked will be forever destroyed.

Earlier, in Section 5.9, we saw that all the wicked who were yet alive, were killed the first time when Jesus came to take the righteous people back with Him.

  1. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth, and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 2 Thessalonians 2:8.
  1. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. Revelation 19:21.

In verse 5 below, we see that the wicked will not live again until the thousand years are finished.

  1. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
  2. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
  3. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Revelation 20:4-6.

Also, if we look at verse 6, above, we see that all those who were taken by Jesus, all those who were raised by Jesus in the first resurrection would never experience death again. They will not experience the second death. Only the wicked who were either killed by the brightness of Jesus' coming or who were already dead (they did not experience the first resurrection) will eventually experience the second death.

Now, after the thousand years are done, we know that the wicked are raised to life (Revelation 20:5), but they are raised to life only to experience the second death. They will face judgment!

  1. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
  2. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
  3. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
  4. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:12-15

Notice that the second death is connected with the wicked being put in the lake of fire. The wicked cannot be tormented day and night for ever and ever if it is suppose to be when they die the second death.


Tormented Day and Night for Ever and Ever

Notice that some parts of Revelation say that the wicked will suffer torment for ever and ever while other portions of Revelation say that the wicked experience the second death.

11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Revelation 14:11

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10

6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. Revelation 20:6

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Revelation 20:14

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation 21:8



Jesus Himself says we should fear God who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell, when the wicked are destroyed!

  1. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

If the wicked are destroyed, both soul and body, as Jesus says, they cannot be tormented for ever and ever.

In addition, if you click on the following link: Hell Fire, does it last forever? You will see that in all the rest of the Bible, over and over again, that the wicked are destroyed. They will perish. They will be burned up until they will be ashes under the soles of your feet. They will be no more. They will cease to exist, etc.

So does Scripture disagree with itself. No, The answer lies in our understanding of the word forever. Click to see: tormented day and night for ever and ever.



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