1. Will all the dead be restored to life?
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive,” I Corinthians 15:22.
2. What does Christ say about this subject?
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation,” John 5:28, 29.
3. Why will the wicked be restored to life?
“When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die,” Ezekiel 18:26.
NOTE: By the above statement, we learn that it is necessary for the wicked to have a resurrection in order that they be punished for their own sins which they have committed. The death by which the human is being overcome today is not for their sins, but was pronounced upon them because of the transgression of our foreparents in the garden of Eden. Hence it is necessary that they come from the grave to receive their just recompense of reward, which will be death.
4. Has God promised to punish the wicked?
“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible,” Isaiah 13:11.
“Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered,” Proverbs 11:21.
5. How will the wicked be punished?
“For the wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16.
6. What example have we of the punishment of the wicked?
“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,” Jude 7.
NOTE: These people who are set forth for an example “suffered the vengeance of eternal fire.” Not that the fires remain burning, but the result, consumption and death remain eternally. There are no fires now burning on the sites of these accursed cities, neither did the Lord remove these people from the earth to some place (no one knows of) called hell, to punish them. They received their punishment on the earth, and the punishment of the wicked will be on the earth as we will show later.
7. Were the above cities to be an example to those who live ungodly?
“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly,” II Peter 2:6.
8. How does Christ express the same thought?
“But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed,” Luke 17:29, 30.
9. How did the smoke of these burning cities appear to Abraham?
“And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord: and he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace,” Genesis 19:27, 28.
10. What does the Psalmist say of the punishment of the wicked?
“Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup,” Psalm 11:6.
11. Will there be any place for the wicked?
“For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be,” Psalm 37:10.
12. When this prophecy is fulfilled, where and in what condition will the wicked be?
“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch . . . . And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts,” Malachi 4:1, 3.
13. Where will the wicked be rewarded?
“Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner,” Proverbs 11:31.
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