Thou Shalt Not Surely
By G. Kirkpatrick
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The gospel, as we know it today, has been established by the church system, and is based on man's precepts as to what the Word of God is all about. The preachers come out of denominational seminaries with a head full of church doctrine with rules and regulations, and no Spiritual direction for those they are supposed to teach, so the error in the church is passed down from one graduating class to the next. Anyone who sees God's Word differently is labeled a heretic, and is not allowed to speak in their church system. So the same lies and misconceptions are taught as truth, and the ill-informed go blindly along as sheep before the slaughter.
From the beginning God has desired a personal relationship with His creation, man. In order to understand God's creation, we must understand the book of Genesis. God gave His direction to man in the garden. God's Adam creation was created both male and female.
"Male and female created He them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created." Genesis 5:2
God created male and female on the same day, and called both the male and the female of His creation "Adam". He only gave one commandment to His creation:
"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Genesis 2:16-17
God not only told man what He did not want them to do, He also told them the consequences of what would happen if they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that was "they would surely die."
Many have taught the fruit of that tree was an apple. But the fruit of the tree God forbid man to eat of is the knowledge of good mixed with evil. Like every other book in the Bible, the book of Genesis is a Spiritual book. As Paul informed Timothy:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." II Timothy 3:16
All scripture is profitable for doctrine:
God gave man His Spiritual book, and from it man was to form His doctrines He would live by. Unfortunately, man has taken his doctrines from the man-made denominational orders.
All scripture is given for reproof.
The word reproof means "evidence by which a thing is proved or tested." Every belief man has must be tested and proven by God's Word. If our beliefs do not line up with the Word of God, then what we believe in and put our faith in is wrong.
All scripture is given for correction.
Correction brings restoration to a right place in God to improve life and character.
All scripture is also given for instruction in righteousness.
This inspired instruction is given that we might learn from God's Word what is right and acceptable in His sight.
God warned man in the beginning that if he partook of the knowledge that seemed to be good, yet was mixed with evil that they would surely die. Yet the church system continues to put out messages they have received through the mail or purchased at so-called Christian bookstores. Though these messages seem to be good, they are not Spiritually inspired food to feed the flock. They are only messages which tickle the ears of the unlearned, uncommitted, and uncorrected flock.
Feeding these mixed messages of good and evil to God's people have destroyed them spiritually, so they will never have a relationship with their God. These become weak, and many have fallen away because they feel the church has failed them.
The church is no longer a vital, living entity in their lives. It is simply a form religion, held in check by fear. What fear is held over the people? It is the message of an eternal hell, where man will spend an eternity in torment if they do not follow the man-made doctrine of the church system. All these fears have to do with dress codes, the length of hair, building programs, foreign missions, etc.
Thus, the people in the church systems today believe the lie the serpent spoke to Eve. God informed His creation Adam if they partook of the knowledge of good and evil they would surely die. When the serpent came to Eve, he completely changed what God spoke, and Eve believed the serpent rather than God.
"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." Genesis 3:1-3
The woman was not ignorant of God's words. She even added they were not allowed to even touch the tree or they would die. Then the serpent told Eve the lie the church system still believes today:
"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:" Genesis 3:4
The serpent told Eve she would never die. Eve had no conception of death. Why? Because there was no death in the garden. So Eve assumed she had eternal life. Then the serpent further tempted Eve by promising her:
"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:5
The serpent promised Eve her eyes would be opened and she would be as gods, knowing good and evil. The church system has followed this same idea, believing knowledge will make them gods, to lord over the people and require them to do as they say. Yet their lives do not exemplify the life of Christ.
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." Genesis 3:6
The woman saw the tree was good for food
She saw it was pleasant to the eyes.
She saw it was a tree to be desired to make her wise.
Where else in God's Word do we find this same scenario? The beloved John explained the things that were not of the Father, but were of the world:
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." I John 2:16
Eve saw the tree was good for food.
This is the lust of the flesh.
She saw the tree was pleasant to the eyes.
This is the lust of the eyes.
She also saw the tree was to be desired to make one wise.
This is the pride of life.
All these things that were an allurement to Eve were not of the Father, but were worldly desires. These are the things that are still in the church system today. Today the lust of the flesh in the church system is the teaching of prosperity, demanding everything from God to please the flesh.
The lust of the eyes is to desire everything they see to look like, act like, and become everything they see the world possess.
The pride of life is when one desires to have a title. Many church leaders desire to be called reverend, even though God's Word informs us:
"He sent redemption unto His people: He hath commanded His covenant for ever: holy and reverend is His name.." Psalm 111:9
There is only one who sent redemption unto His people and commanded His covenant - - - and that is Jesus Christ - - - and holy and reverend is His name - - - and none other. Titles have become a big thing in the church.
Every church has its church board which determine what can or cannot be taught from the pulpit. Preachers are hired and fired by the board or the dictates of the congregation. What ever happened to God appointing those whom He has anointed to preach His Word? Man has taken God's place in the church, and has built big mausoleums to satisfy their vanity, and fulfil their pride of life.
We cannot blame Eve altogether because her husband was with her, and he, too, willingly partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The serpent promised Eve that when she partook of the tree her eyes would be opened and she would be as gods. Upon partaking of this tree, God's Adam creation eyes were indeed open. But to what?
"And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." Genesis 3:7
Because of this disobedient act, Adam and Eve saw they stood naked before their God. God's Spiritual anointing was gone, and all that remained was a physical, fleshly shell void of eternal life. Adam and Eve tried to make a covering for their disobedience with fig leaves. Ever since the Garden of Eden man has tried to make his own covering for his disobedience to God's Word. He has done this with good works, sacrifices he makes to try to win God's favor, and doing his duty by attending church once a week. Ancient Israel had this same mind set when they tried to win God's favor with their sacrifices. The prophet Samuel informed them:
"And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." I Samuel 15:22
To obey is better than sacrifice. Then what sacrifice is acceptable before God? The Psalmist informs us what God will accept for our sacrifices:
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise." Psalm 51:17
All our giving of time, money and effort is not acceptable before God if we do not have a broken spirit and a contrite (humble) heart. This is not taught in the church system today. Their pride is in who they are and where they go to church, their home, the fancy car they drive, and how they make a living. God does not look at their opulence. God looks at His creation man by the knowledge they have acquired in His Word, and how they have applied it in their lives.
Adam and Eve fell from God's grace when they believed the serpents lie that they would not surely die. How will the church system be judged when they perpetuate this same lie, teaching the people they will spend all eternity in hell in torture and torment, never dying? God's Word expressly and emphatically teaches those who reject God and His Word are destined to be totally destroyed.
In interviewing pastors across this nation, not one could explain what the second death mentioned four times in the book of Revelation means. The first rendering of the second death was in the letter written to the church at Smyrna.
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death." Revelation 2:11
The overcomers need have no fear of the second death. The word second means "the second time." The word death means "the end of life or the loss of life." Jesus continues His revelation to John:
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Revelation 20:6
The second death will have no power over those who are holy and blessed by the Lord and are part of the first resurrection. Who are those who are part of the first resurrection? Paul qualifies these in his letter to the Romans:
"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." Romans 6:13
When this was translated from the original Greek, one word was left out. The original Greek manuscript reads, "Neither be yielding your members instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but yield yourselves to God as from among the dead alive and your members instruments of righteousness to God." As you notice it was written "to yield ourselves to God as from among the dead alive.
Those who have yielded themselves to righteousness before God are alive from among the dead. The dead are all around us. Those who have not received their new life from Christ Jesus are still dead in their sins. In his letter, to the Ephesians, Paul made this very clear:
"And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;" Ephesians 2:1
Paul stated God has quickened (made alive) those who were dead in trespasses and sin. Paul continued:
"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;" Colossians 2:13
Again, Paul makes it clear, those who remain in their sins are dead in the eyes of God. In his letter to the Romans, Paul reveals to us:
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin." Romans 6:6-7
There are two places we can be. We can be dead in our sin - - - or dead to sin. Those who are dead in their sins will taste of the second death. But the second death will have no power over those who have crucified the old man. Jesus' promise to John on the Isle of Patmos was that those who have been resurrected from among the dead will be priests unto God and to Christ and will reign with Him for one thousand years. So who are those who will take part of the second death?
"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." Revelation 21:8
The fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murders, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars will partake of the second death. They will all have their part in the lake of fire and brimstone. The church system calls this place of fire, hell - - - but Jesus revealed to John:
"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." Revelation 20:14
Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire which is the second death. If hell is the lake of fire, how do you cast hell into hell? So their must be some misunderstanding as to what hell is.
There are three words used as hell in the New Testament:
hades, genna, and tartaroo.
The word TARTAROO is only used once in II Peter 2:4.
The word HADES is used eleven times
and the word GEENNA translated Gehenna is used twelve times.
Let's look at these two words:
Hades or Pluto - the god of the lower regions
use of this word: the grave, death, hell
In Biblical Greek it is associated with Orcus, the infernal regions, a dark and dismal place in the very depths of the earth, the common receptacle of disembodied spirits. Nothing here indicates a lake of fire for eternal punishment.
Geenna, translated Gehenna
Gehenna was originally the valley of Hinnom, south of Jerusalem, where the filth and dead animals of the city were cast out and burned. This is a fit symbol of the wicked and their future destruction. It is plain to see this was a place of total destruction, not a place of eternal torment.
As we review what is taught about hell, we find what is taught is that all who do not go to heaven go to hell, a place of eternal punishment. Then we need to ask, "What part of man goes to this place of eternal torment?" From the beginning, God told man that because of his sin, he would return to the dust from which he was taken.
"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it was thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." Genesis 3:19
This is confirmed throughout the Word. The Psalmist writes:
"Thou hidest Thy face, they are troubled: Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust." Psalm 104:29
When man dies, his flesh, his earthly body returns to the dust. The prophet Job declared:
"If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness." Job 17:13
"All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust." Job 34:15
All flesh will perish and turn again to dust. The all-wise Solomon informs us:
"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again." Ecclesiastes 3:20
All would agree the body after death returns to dust (earth) from which it was taken. All then would have to agree it is not the body of flesh that goes to a place of eternal torment.
Since man is spirit, soul and body, and since we know the body will not be in a place of eternal torment, this leaves us with the spirit and the soul. The all-wise Solomon again tells us our spirit shall return to God who gave it.
"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Ecclesiastes 12:7
The spirit goes back to God who gave it. The spirit is eternal.
So this leaves the only part of man who would spend eternity in torment, and that is the soul. What is the soul? From the creation, the Lord reveals the soul of man:
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 2:7
God breathed life into man, and he became a living soul. The soul is man's innermost being. It is the seat of emotions and passions. If the teaching of hell as the church teaches is right, then it is the soul that spends all eternity in a place of torment? Jesus informs us:
"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28
It should be plain to all those who study the Word of God that the soul of man is not eternal. Jesus tells us we are to fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Let's look at this Scripture more closely. The word destroy is the Greek word APOLLUMI and means "to put out of the way entirely, abolish, put an end to, ruin, render useless, to kill, to declare that one must be put to death." These are the souls of those who Paul spoke of when he wrote to the Thessalonians:
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power;" II Thessalonians 1:8-9
As Paul writes, God will take vengeance on those who do not know Him and on those who do not obey His gospel. These will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord. So those who teach "Ye shall not surely die" but spend eternity in hell are furthering the lie Eve believed in the garden.
Jesus said to fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna, the place of total destruction, not eternal torment. In Luke's address to the early church, he speaks of Moses declaration:
"And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people." Acts 3:23
Let's consider another Scripture that speaks about the torments of hell. What about the beggar and the rich man?
"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence." Luke 16:22-26
The beggar was a righteous man. The rich man was an unregenerate man who did not know God, nor obeyed His gospel. In hell he lifted up his eyes. The word used for hell in this Scripture is the Greek word HADES. As stated before this word is used as Hades or Pluto and signifies the grave, death and hell.
The rich man was in torments. The word torment means "acute pain, or the pain of disease." What was in torment? The rich man wanted Lazarus to dip his finger in water to cool his tongue. It was the rich man's tongue that was in torment.
The word flame is the Greek word PHLOX and is only used six times in the Bible. Three times it refers to Jesus' eyes being a flame of fire - - - Revelation 1:14, 2:18 and 19:12. Once it is used as God's ministers being flames of fire - - - Hebrew 1:7. The fifth time was speaking of Moses at the burning bush where the flame did not destroy the bush - - - Acts 7:30. And the last time in Luke where the rich man's tongue was in torment. James tell us:
"Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiled the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell." James 3:6
It was the rich man's tongue that was on fire. It had defiled his whole body while he enjoyed the things of this life.
Another aspect we need to consider is that we are led to believe Abraham's bosom is in heaven and the rich man was in hell. But we see by Luke 16:26:
"And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence." Luke 16:26
It should be obvious Lazarus and the rich man could see each other. So if the rich man was in hell and Lazarus was in heaven, then heaven and hell must be in the same place with only a great gulf dividing them. No, they were both in Hades, the place of the dead, waiting for the resurrection of the dead - - - those who died in the Lord and those who died in their sin.
Jesus spoke of the first resurrection of those who were resurrected from among the dead, but there is still a day of judgement.
Another Scripture used to try to prove an eternal place of torment is:
"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, then having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where there worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." Mark 9:43-44
The word worm is the Greek word SKOLEX and means "worm, that kind which preys upon dead bodies." The worms are what destroys the flesh in the grave, and they do not die until the flesh is completely destroyed in the grave. Again the word used for hell in this Scripture is the Greek word GEHENNA, a place of total destruction.
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul explained what man can expect if he rejects the free gift of God.
"Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things." Philippians 3:17-19
The word destruction is the Greek word APOLEIA and means "destroying, utter destruction, a perishing, ruin." Those who mind earthly things, whose god is their belly, and who seek after their own glory will be utterly destroyed. Again we see those who do not know God and who do not obey His gospel will be utterly destroyed. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul explains:
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Hebrews 9:27
All the souls of men who have ever lived will be part of the Great Judgment of God.
"And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works." Revelation 20:11-13
God has a set of books from which he will judge the unrighteous whose names are found in those books. Then God has another book called The Book of Life. There He will find the names of those written there before the foundation of the world.
The dead, those without Christ, were judged by the things written in the books. Those who perished in the sea, those who were killed, and those who died were judged out of the book or books. Those who were judged out of the book entered into life. Those who were judged out of the books had a different fate. As Jesus revealed:
"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:14-15
Those souls judged out of the books were cast into Gehenna, the place of total destruction to be destroyed.
Those who teach the soul is eternal are continuing to keep the lie alive that the serpent told to Eve, saying "Thou shalt not surely die." Those who have rejected God's salvation will surely die in the lake of fire. As Jesus informed us:
"Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." Matthew 25:41
The lake of fire was not prepared for God's creation. It was prepared for the devil (the serpent, satan) and his angels. It is man's choice to become part of the lake of fire because they determined not to know God and obey His gospel.
When the soul is destroyed, the eternal spirit returns to God who gave it. The spirit is eternal and is freed from the soul after the Great White Throne Judgment.
God has a promise for all those who know their God and obey His beautiful gospel. What is that promise? It is a changed body. Paul revealed this change of the body to the church at Corinth. This change will take place in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.
"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." I Corinthians 15:54-57
Those who are part of this change will not feel the sting of death because they have overcome the law of sin in their lives. We can only overcome the sting of death (destruction) through our Lord Jesus Christ.
"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." I Corinthians 15:26
Death has been the enemy of God's creation from the Garden. But when sin is overcome in our lives, then we will not have any part of the second death. It is only after the great white throne judgment, when those whose names are written in the books are judged and cast into the lake of fire, that the enemy death will be ended.
Those whose names are written in the book of life will enter into eternal life.
Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." Revelation 2:7
Those whose names are in the book of life will again partake of the tree of life in the midst of the paradise of God. Again Jesus revealed to John:
"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be His God, and he shall be My son." Revelation 21:7
The overcomers will inherit ALL things. These are the sons of God who will make up God's Kingdom and inhabit His Holy City, New Jerusalem. These have been redeemed from among men, who follow the Lamb wheresoever He goeth ,and are the firstfruits unto God and the Lamb, Revelation 14:4. God has the promise of life to all who will accept His way. Praise the Lord!
It should be plain to all who read this that hell is not a place of eternal torment as has been taught. Those who will not enter into God's eternal Kingdom will be cast into the lake of fire (not hell) so the soul can be destroyed and the spirit return to God who sent it.
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