The Second Death: The Lake Of Fire And Brimstone

This message was written by my cousin, Edward.

Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

Brothers and sisters, the characteristics of those who are not in Christ through faith, the unbelieving are described. These unbelievers are destined for the LAKE OF FIRE, eternal DEATH after God’s final judgment (Revelation 20:12-14, The Great White Throne Judgment). All those names are not written in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:15) are judged according to their works (Revelation 20:12), and are shown to be worthy of endless death (Romans 6:23).

“What is the second death?”

The second death is mentioned on multiple occasions in the book of Revelation and is synonymous with the lake of fire.

It is a “death” in that it is a separation from God, the Giver of life. It is called the “second” death because it follows physical death. Revelation 21:8 above explains the second death in the most detail.

Three other places in Revelation also mention the second death:
1. Revelation 2:11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.

In this verse Rev. 2:11, Jesus promises that believers (“overcomers”, see 1 John 5:4) will not experience the lake of fire. The second death is exclusively for those who have rejected Christ. It is not a place believers in Christ should fear.

2. Revelation 20:6 speaks of the second death in relation to a future period called the Millennium. Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priest of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

This verse notes three facts. (1) Those who die for their faith in Jesus during the Tribulation will later be resurrected to enter the millennium and live with Him. (2) These martyrs will escape the lake of fire or second death. (3) They will reign with Christ.

3. Revelation 20:14-15 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

The second death is a reference to the lake of fire where those who are separated from God by their sin will dwell for eternity. The Judgment was recorded in Scripture as a warning to unbelievers to seek the salvation that Jesus Christ provides.

If you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I would like to extend this invitation to you to receive the gift of salvation today. You can do so by praying and truly believing the prayer below, or by praying to God in your own Words.

I confess that I have sinned against You, and I know that there is nothing I can do by my own efforts to change my condition. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross for my sins; And that He rose from the grave on the Third Day to grant me eternal life. I know You love me, God, and I love You. I place my faith and trust only in You to conform my heart to Your will; And to order my steps everyday, from this day forward. Thank You , Lord, for saving me.

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