Matthew 25:46 “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal”

Everlasting isn’t an issue here, but the “punishment” is!

Nothing exists in the New Testament that wasn’t foretold in the Old Testament!

And nowhere in the Old Testament; or even ancient Rabbinical writings, do we ever see this ETERNAL TORTURE PIT!

This idea is superimposed on the text through its Greek/Hellenist translations from the original Aramaic writings.

The message in this verse is likewise mentioned 1st Corinthians 3:11-15

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; EVERY MAN’S WORK shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be REVEALED BY FIRE; and the fire shall try EVERY MAN’S WORKS of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, HE SHALL SUFFER LOSS: but HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; yet so as BY FIRE.

This is believer and unbeliever, and this fire will try/test EVERY MAN’S WORKS (NOT JUST THE UNBELIEVER) so that we see THE WORKS which survive this FIRE produce the rewards, but the WORKS which do not survive this FIRE are BURNT UP, but the man who has such works IS SAVED!

The Greek word for “Punishment” in Matthew 25:46 is  κόλασις kolasis kol’-as-is, from the root word κολάζω kolazo kol-ad’-zo, and is a term used in Horticulture (the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use) and properly refers to the lopping-pruning-trimming of the undesired parts of vegetation (or even to the lopping-pruning-trimming of the wings of birds) which leaves only the desired fruit/offspring.

This same idea is referenced in Revelation 14:10 “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb”

Where we see the word “tormented” that is from  βασανίζω basanizo bas-an-id’-zo from the root word βάσανος basanos bas’-an-os; which FIRST refers to the “touchstone” which is a black siliceous stone used to test the purity of gold or silver by the color of the streak produced on it by rubbing it with either metal.

Consider the metaphoric nature/usage of Revelation 14:10 and simply ask yourself this question “Are the Holy Angels and the Lamb (Christ) likewise in this eternal torture chamber?

Consider also Jude 1:7 “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire”

Eternal, in this verse (and in Matthew 25:26) is from the Greek word αἰώνιος aionios ahee-o’-nee-os; which refers to something: 1) without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be 2) without beginning 3) without end, never to cease, everlasting.

We know that these cities and the people in them, had a beginning and an end; now ask yourself another question; are as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them, still on fire today?

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