You know Paul I agree whole heartedly with what you have stated. I know that when you trace that verse in Phillpians back to it's old testement roots. Not only does it knock out that fantasy of a forced confession from hell that Jesus is Lord; it completely destroys it.
Isa 45:22-24 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (23) I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. (24) Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
The confession is not just Jesus is Lord but it is in Him we have righteousness and strength. And this confession is going to be sworn to. Now in the Hebrew the word swear is:
A primitive root; properly to be complete, but used only as a denominative from H7651; to seven oneself, that is, swear (as if by repeating a declaration seven times): - adjure, charge (by an oath, with an oath), feed to the full [by mistake for H7646], take an oath, X straitly, (cause to, make to) swear.
"Surely one shall say" Who is that one who will be saying this?
Ephesians provides the answer to this question.
Eph 1:10-11 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: (11) In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Christ which includes the church who are his body who are in Him will be confessing this. 1 cor 12:12 Eph 1:20-23.
This is in no way shape or fashion a tortured swear from the depths of hell's torment. No this is the greatest covenant that god has ever made with man when he sware by himself that every knee will bow and every tongue will swear that in the Lord Jesus Christ we have righteousness and strength, and this confession will bring us all into the glory of the Father that he gave to Jesus.
How can anyone by any stretch of the imagination still swallow that lie that those in hell are going to be forced into a confession that Jesus is Lord, and not be partakers of his righteousness and strength that is found in him?
Grace and peace Patrick