The following articles are related to the topic of PUNISHMENT

A Rebellion in Heaven

Does the Bible indicate there was, at one time in the past, a rebellion among angels in heaven? Though there is no detailed historical record of such an event, there are key pieces of evidence that surely indicate there was some sort of revolt against God among the angels, and that such resulted in very serious consequences for the offenders. ... read more »

Elisha and the Lads of Bethel

In the book of 2 Kings, there is an intriguing narrative that has generated considerable controversy. Concerning the prophet Elisha, the text reads as follows: And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, ... read more »

Will a Properly Trained Child Never Go Wrong?

Does Proverbs 22:6 teach that a properly-trained child will never go wrong? Is the "rod" mentioned in Proverbs 13:24 literal or figurative? Is it a form of abuse to spank a child? Proverbs 22:6 reads as follows in the American Standard Translation: Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will ... read more »

Timothy McVeigh’s “Invictus”

Timothy McVeigh is dead. His ashes were secretly deposited into Earth's bowels, to return to the dust whence they came (Gen. 3:19; Eccl. 12:7). His soul has entered a new domain where there is no place for arrogance, defiance, or "coping" with the environment (Lk. 16:23ff). To the very end McVeigh exhibited no public remorse. According to a news report, ... read more »

What About the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24:21?

"If Matthew 24:5-33 refers to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, as some contend, how does one explain verse 21 - that this was the worst calamity in history?" Many scholars have argued the case that the earlier portion of Matthew 24 has to do with the impending fall of Jerusalem (accomplished in A.D. 70 when invaded by the ... read more »

How Will God Judge Those Who Never Hear the Gospel?

On the judgment day, what will God's response be to those who never had chance to hear the gospel? No one out of his own reservoir of knowledge and wisdom can emphatically state how God is going to judge any specific case. For example, did Judas die lost? The New Testament is clear that he perished (Jn. 17:12; Acts 1:25). ... read more »

Revelation 6:9-11 – Are the Dead Ones’ Souls Sleeping?

There is much Bible evidence to demonstrate that the soul is entirely conscious in the after-death state. One of the biblical contexts which sheds light on this subject is Revelation 6:9-11. Read this narrative very carefully "And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of them that had been slain for the word of ... read more »

Jeremiah 1:5 – Jeremiah’s Call

Jeremiah, known as the "weeping prophet" (cf. Jeremiah 9:1), was one of God's greatest spokesmen in the 7th century B.C. The main mission of this man of God was an attempt to turn rebellious Judah, the southern kingdom, from her course of apostasy and destruction. That failing, he would urge his people to submit to their deserved punishment, the Babylonian ... read more »

Jude 1 – The Possibility of Apostasy

While yet within the bliss of Eden, Adam was warned of God that he should not eat of the produce of "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" - lest he die. In a later conversation with the tempting serpent, Eve repeated this prohibition. Satan disputed the Lord's utterance, alleging that these first human beings would "not die" ... read more »

The Theology of Demons

As we observed in an another article, "Demons: Ancient Superstition or Historical Reality?", the term "demon" appears to come from a Greek root form meaning "to know." Plato, in his Cratylus (i.398), suggested that the word is derived from daemon, "knowing." Whatever else, therefore, may be said of demons, they were intelligent beings; they "knew" certain truths. A consideration of ... read more »