Hi Denise, Stephanos and others. Maybe I'm wrong but it seems to me that The judgements of God could be investigated. I will be pulling out a lot from a marvelous book: God's Eonian Purpose by Adlai Loudy, which can be purchased from Concordant Publishing Concern. 1. THE JUDGEMENT OF THE CROSS, where all mankind are involved, and on the basis of Christ's death (and resurrection),
the results are Justification and Conciliation. 2. THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, for the ecclesia, the body of Christ, where we will be gain award or loss (not loss of salvation) on the basis of our deeds as Christians. 3. THE GLORY THRONE JUDGEMENT, when Christ returns to the earth in power and great glory. The subjects are:
the living nations ("sheep and goat")who will be judged on their treatment of Christ's brethren during the tribulation. Some nations wil be "saved", others chastened in the fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Nothing is said that they stay alive after being cast into the fire.
I also believe that the "tares" and the "bad fish" spoken of in the parables in Matt 13:37-50, will be judged by Christ at this time. It doesn't say in the scriptures, but all humans will be rightly judged. 4.THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT, where "the rest of the dead" are resurrected and stand before Christ, seated on the great white throne with all his angels around him. It is this that I believe Paul in Rom 2:2-16 is describing how these will be judged according to truth, according to their deeds
and according to the Paul's evangel. There will be "indignation and fury, affliction and distress, on every human soul which is effecting evil, both of the Jew first and of the Greek, yet glory and honor and peace to every worker of good, both to the Jew first, and to the Greek." CLNT Now, since all these will be judged fairly and completely, it follows, as we read in Rev 20:14,15, "if anyone was not found written in the scroll of life, he was cast into the lake of fire."
CLNT. The lake of fire is the second death.
These people had lived once, died, and resurrected to be judged. There is no continuing torment forever, or even eonian.
They are DEAD. However, we do read in Rev 14:9-12 that those worshipping the beast and its image, and is receiving its mark, will be tormented in fire and sulfur, and the fumes of their torment are ascending for the eons of the eons. Perhaps they are thrown alive into the lake of fire, just as described for the beast and the false prophet
(both humans) in Rev 19:20,21
Well, enough food for thought. Arnold