« Last post by Seth on December 11, 2013, 06:25:25 PM »
there is a psalm that says God makes his servants into fireflames. This is quite interesting if we note the conventional description of hell as a place of flames. What if the devil and his angels (who are the only ones to go to hell imho), become flame beings in hell and only suffer loneliness and nothingness there? That they are, being flames, shut up in a world of flames? This seems to say, hell is like a storage space where the truly evil have to suffer abandonment from God until they realize their evil and praise God for their punishment..
What do you think?
Hell itself is nonexistent. The image of "flames" or "fire" I believe represents judgment in a general sense (not literal fire). Paul said that the saints shall judge the world and angels. The manner in which they judge the world is through the tongue, which is why we have an image of fire like tongues in the Pentecost event, settling upon the heads of the disciples. The Gospel message is a judgment against sin. It's a message of peace, but those who enjoy their sin and love the darkness HATE any talk against sin.
So, from my perspective, the flaming fire scriptures are not about people being put into literal fire, but it represents a judgment upon themselves according to their own works.
His anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised. Surely WICKEDNESS burns like a fire; it consumes briers and thorns, it sets the forest thickets ablaze, so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke (Revelation talks about this smoke too). By the wrath of the Lord Almighty the land will be scorched and the people will be fuel for the fire; they will not spare one another. On the right they will devour, but still be hungry; on the left they will eat, but not be satisfied.