Peter 3, we certainly are in a prison here, and look out through the bars, as the Prisoner of Chillon looked over the lake to the green isle and the singing birds. Why are we shut out from intercourse with other worlds and other orders of intelligence? Apparently it is the effect of sin. We are in an abnormal state of durance and probation. Earth is out of harmony with God. The great harp of the universe has one of its strings out of tune and that one discordant string makes a jar through the whole. All things in heaven and earth shall be reconciled when this one jarring string is keyed right and set in tune by the hand of love and mercy. See Leitch, God?s Glory in the Heavens, 327-330.
The final state of the wicked is described under the figures of eternal fire ( <402541>Matthew 25:41); the pit of the abyss ( <660902>Revelation 9:2, 11); outer darkness ( <400812>Matthew 8:12); torment ( <661410>Revelation 14:10, 11); eternal punishment ( <402546>Matthew 25:46); wrath of God ( <450205>Romans 2:5); second death ( <662108>Revelation 21:8); eternal destruction from the face of the Lord ( <530109>2 Thess. 1:9); eternal sin ( <410329>Mark 3:29).
<402541> Matthew 25:41 ? ?Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels?; <660902>Revelation 9:2, 11 ? ?And he opened the pit of the abyss; and there went up a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace.
They have over them as king the angel of the abyss: his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek tongue he hath the name Apollyon?;
<400812> Matthew 8:12 ? ?but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast forth into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth?;
<661410> Revelation 14:10, 11 ? ?he also shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is prepared unmixed in the cup of his anger; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment goeth up for ever and ever?; <402546>Matthew 25:46 ? ?And these shall go away into eternal punishment.?
<450205> Romans 2:5 ? ?after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up for thyself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God?; <662108>Revelation 21:8 ? ?But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death?; <530109>2 Thess. 1:9 ? ?who shall suffer punishment even eternal destruction from the
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