An essay donated by Mathew James
Is Hell an eternal damnation
or are there three woes?
Interpretation of passages from Revelation:
When the sixth seal gets opened the elect are sealed. They are protected from the next three events, which are the three woes. The seventh seal is opened next and the first four angels pour out destruction on the earth. The first woe begins with the fifth angel and the opening of the bottomless pit. This is when the Ring of Fire will be opened. And out of its bottomless pit will fly giant locusts, which will have the power of scorpions. These demons will be used by GOD to torment the ungodly. The Book of Revelations, chapter 9, verses 5 to 12 read; ‘And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.’ At this time the ungodly people of the world will begin to be tormented. It will truly be the beginning of hell on earth!
The second woe begins with the sixth angel. During this event one third of the unsaved are destroyed. But there are still many unsaved people left on the earth, which GOD will not let die yet. These unsaved people are much deeper in their sins then the unsaved people who were destroyed during the first woe. The second woe will be much more painful then the first woe. At this time the Two Witnesses will reveal themselves and they become visible to all people. And as they ascend up to heaven an unimaginable fear will fall upon all the unsaved people remaining on the earth. The second woe will then be over and the third woe will be coming quickly. There is a remnant of unsaved people who are only tormented during the first woe and then destroyed. Then there is a remnant of unsaved people who exist through the second woe and then destroyed. Then there is the final remnant of unsaved people who will exist through all three woes before they are destroyed. They are the people who were the worst. They will need to be tormented during all three woes. This is how the deeds of humankind are weighed out.
The third woe is the final punishment on those who deserve it the most. It will also bring an end to the fourth world and usher in the fifth world. It may be hard to see, but read Revelations chapter 19, verses 20 and 21 and it explains just what happens at the very end. ‘And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.’ The Beast and the False Prophet are both cast alive into the Lake of Fire. The ‘them’ which received the mark of the beast and the ‘them’ which worshipped his image are the unsaved people that are tormented through all three woes. They will be slain by the sword of the Lamb at the end of the third woe. The Word of GOD is what comes out of the Lambs mouth and it is a mighty sword. And then they will be slain and their mortal bodies will be eaten by the fowls. They do not receive eternal bodies. But GOD will torment some of the people in the third woe for as long as HE sees fit.