What is the lake of fire?
There are four verses where we find the occurrence of the expression “lake of fire” in the Bible. Let’s take them one at the time and see what exactly is the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:10 King James Version (KJV) “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.”
In this Scripture, we are told that three entities are thrown into the lake of fire, the devil, the beast and the falseprophet. We are also told that they are tormented forever and ever, which is for eternity, so the torment never ends.
Revelation 20:14 (KJV) “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
Here we are told that death and hell (Greek hades) are also thrown into the lake of fire. Also we are told what the lake of fire is. It is the second death. The second death is different from the first death, which is death inherited from Adam. This death is not final because there is a resurrection.
Since there is no third death then the second death would imply a final death from which there is no resurrection.
Notice that an important clue here is that death is thrown into the lake of fire. Death is not a person but a condition. Therefore the lake of fire cannot be a literal place but also a
Revelation 20:15 (KJV) “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Here we are told that whoever was not found in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire. Life is contrasted with death, book of life with lake of fire, second death.
Revelation 21:8 (KJV) “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.”
Here it discusses characteristics of those thrown into the lake of fire (murderers, fornicators, liars, etc.) Again we are told that the lake of fire is the second death.
What are we to conclude? It seems simple and clear that those who and what are thrown into the lake of fire are all evildoers and evil things. Therefore, the lake of fire is a final and permanent death or destruction. Whatever goes into the lake of fire will never bother God’s servants again as they die and stay dead. Hallelujah!