WHY is death THE LAST ENEMY that will be destroyed?
1 Cor 15:26 – “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.”
Have you ever thought about that?
Well, there is a very good reason for that. And it makes all the sense in the world.
But before I get to it, let’s remember that those who teach that we have an immortal soul (we don’t), also believe that those unfortunate ones who find themselves cast into the Lake of Fire, will be tormented forever, and ever, and ever… UNENDINGLY!
Why is this belief of ETERNAL TORMENT so prevalent in most churches today (actually Sunday churches)?
Well, the idea grew out of the erroneous belief that we possess inherent immortality by way of an IMMORTAL soul. So, if we are UNDYING, then those cast into the Lake of Fire will be burning forever and ever- BECAUSE THEY CAN’T DIE!
And as a result of this twisted and perverted belief, A LOVING and MERCIFUL God becomes a God of ETERNAL Torture.
Thank God this isn’t true!
So let’s quickly debunk these myths of the immortality of the soul and eternal torture.
The bible says that the Wages of Sin IS DEATH (Rom 6:23). And since we’ve all sinned, we are all appointed to die ONCE (Hebr 9:27). But the Lake of Fire comes AFTER judgment and AFTER everyone has already died the first and natural death.
The LAKE of FIRE, however, inflicts the Second Death (Rev 20:14), which is the reward of unrepentant sinners (Jn 15:6). Death is THE OPPOSITE of Life. And so the unfortunate sinners who will pay the ultimate price will be cast ALIVE into the LAKE of FIRE where THEY WILL DIE the SECOND (and final) DEATH.
God’s Word says that the Lake of Fire IS THE SECOND DEATH. To DIE is the diametrical opposite of UNDYING. It’s pure INSANITY at the most absurd levels for anyone TO EQUATE DEATH in any way, shape, or form, with LIFE. So for anyone to think that being cast alive into the Lake of Fire- whose purpose is to inflict the Second Death by means of utter annihilation- is somehow suppose to mean unending LIFE or LIVING, needs a lesson in logic and simple reasoning.
Since WE KNOW through scripture that the sole purpose of the Lake of Fire is to inflict DEATH and ANNIHILATION, we then will understand WHY Death is the LAST ENEMY that will be destroyed in it.
LIVING, BREATHING, UNREPENTANT human sinners are going to be cast ALIVE into this ANNIHILATING Lake of Fire FIRST, but afterward- after they have been destroyed, Death WILL ALSO be utterly destroyed in its consuming flames (Rev 20:14).
So, WHY is Death “THE LAST” Enemy that will be destroyed?
BECAUSE if it were destroyed BEFORE lawless sinners were cast ALIVE in there, then there would be no more death in existence to inflict on them the Wages of unrepented Sin- which is the Second Death.
Then, if that were the case, sinners would truly be tormented forever and ever, WITHOUT ever being able to die since death no longer existed because it had already been destroyed.
But, because the bible isn’t going to cause any contradictions within itself- sinners are destroyed FIRST in this Lake of Fire- while there is still death to cause them to die- and then, Death, the last enemy, is destroyed LAST – but not before it has accomplished all of its purposes.
Folks! A soul isn’t immortal:
Ezek 18:4 – “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.”
Amazing how the flow of scripture runs in total harmony through every page of the bible.