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I Will Teach You the Fear of the LORD
by Victor Torres

* updated with part 2 on Aug 06, 2014

Psa 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.


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I Will Teach You the Fear of the LORD
by Victor Torres

Psa 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Introduction

More than 10 years ago now, my dad unexpectedly died. He was only 56 years old. Back then, I belonged to a church that believed that only their members will be saved and everyone else will be tormented in the lake of fire forever. My dad did not belong to that church, so I was deeply troubled and started to question the teaching that a loving and merciful God would really do that to the vast majority of His creation, including my dad.

Here’s a verse that is widely used by churches who believe in eternal torment:

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.

By God’s mercy, He has opened my eyes and I have learned that there is a part of this verse that is grossly mistranslated, and that is the phrase forever and ever. The phrase should read for the ages of the ages, because the word ever is translated from the Greek word aion and an aion has a beginning and an end. Here are some Scriptures that clearly demonstrate this. I want to point these out because they are crucial to the correct understanding of Rev 20:10.

Act 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world (aion = age) began.

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world (aionios, adjective form of aion = eonian) began,

Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world (aion = age)?

Mat 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world (aion = age); and the reapers are the angels.

These grievous mistranslations blinded me to believe the false doctrine of eternal torment. For more on this topic, I have included links to some studies in the reference section.

Once I believed the truth of the salvation of all (1Ti 4:10, 1Co 15:22, 1Jn 2:2, Joh 3:17), my understanding of Godly fear dramatically changed as one of reverence only.

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He who fears has not been perfected in love.

I used to understand this verse as saying that all fear needed to be cast out as a sign of spiritual maturity, including the fear of His punishment. It is the purpose of this paper to try that spirit.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

What is the fear of the Lord?

Deu 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Pro 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

So to fear the Lord is to walk in all his ways, to love Him and serve Him with all your heart and soul, to not be wise in your own eyes and to depart from evil.

What is our reward if we fear the Lord?

Deu 6:2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.

If we fear the Lord our God, our days will be prolonged. Our Lord’s words are spirit and life (Eze 37:14, Joh 6:63). This promise does not tell us that we would live to be 100 or 120 years old. This promise tell us that if we endure till the end, regardless of what age we die, we will be in the first resurrection and we will reign with Him as kings and priests when He returns.

Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

But if we don’t walk in all his ways and depart from evil, we are promised that we will be punished.

Pro 24:21 (ESV) My son, fear the LORD and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise,
Pro 24:22 for disaster will arise suddenly from them, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

So our motivation to fear the Lord should be two parts, the reward of being included in the first resurrection and ruling with Christ in the millennium and to avoid the diseases of Egypt (typifying Babylon). If we deny the second part of that motivation, we are taking away from the word of God (Deu 4:2).

Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Written for our admonition

Everything that happened to physical Israel was written for the admonition of the spiritual Israel, God’s elect.

1Co 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
1Co 10:6 Now these things were our examples (types), to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
1Co 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
1Co 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
1Co 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
1Co 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

The admonition certainly includes the threat of God’s punishment if we do the things that they did. If we commit fornication (1Co 10:8), physical or spiritual (believing in false doctrines), we will fall.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them as types, and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.
1Co 10:12 Therefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

An excellent story that is written for our admonition is the story of King David in 2Sa 11. In the heels of his victory against powerful kingdoms, King David decided that he can now relax and let other people fight for him.

2Sa 11:1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

2Sa 11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

The story goes on to tell how David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Women in scripture usually typifies the church, in this case, Bathseba typifies the great harlot Babylon. The spiritual admonition for us in this story is to remain vigilant at all times, or we will be easily seduced by the lies of the devil preached in Babylon (Pro 28:15, Rev 3:9).

1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

The zeal of Nehemiah and the people of Israel in rebuilding and guarding the walls of Jerusalem should be the pattern of our diligence and zeal in building and defending our spiritual house.

Neh 4:22 During this time I told the men in charge that they and all their helpers had to stay in Jerusalem at night, so that we could guard the city at night as well as work in the daytime.
Neh 4:23 I didn’t take off my clothes even at night, neither did any of my companions nor my servants nor my bodyguards. And we all kept our weapons at hand.

We are always at war against spiritual wickedness in the heavens (Eph 6:12), so we must put on the whole armour of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph 6:11).

2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Those whom the ages have come upon never take their election for granted. They know that it is totally up to God who stands and who falls (1Sa 2:6).

Rom 11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
Rom 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
Rom 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

The elect knows that the “once in grace, always in grace” doctrine is a false doctrine. And they know the true function of grace:

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared [aorist tense] to all men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

The word “teaching” there in Titus 2:12 should actually be translated chastening or disciplining as in these verses:

Heb 12:6 for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges every son whom He receives.”
Heb 12:7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, for what son is he whom the father does not chasten?

1Co 11:32 (ESV) But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

With fear and trembling

God knows if we will be faithful until the end even before we were born (Psa 139:16). He is the one who works all things after the counsel of His own will (Eph 1:11, Exo 15:17) and gives us the will and ability to do His good pleasure (Phi 2:13, 2Ch 30:12). But that doesn’t preclude this admonition:

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

When we are punished by God for our disobedience, we are grieved into repenting.

2Co 7:9 (ESV) As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
2Co 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
2Co 7:11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.

Whether the punishment is incurred by ourselves or by others, it should produce a fear in us to not commit the same sin again (Luk 13:1-5). It should produce a zeal in us to enact the necessary measures to prevent us and those we love from committing the same sin (Rev 2:5).

Neh 5:9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Reward for obedience, punishment for disobedience. These invisible things of God are clearly understood if we pay attention in the physical types given to us.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

The first physical type given to us to understand the fear of punishment is our parents. Godly parents are encouraged to include spanking as a form of discipline (Pro 22:15).

Pro 13:24 He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him seeks him with correction.

Pro 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

When I was a teenager, I got addicted to gambling. But I was blessed with a father who didn’t spare me of the spanking I desperately needed. When I grew up, I wrote him a letter thanking him for the discipline that he provided. My parents didn’t limit their discipline with punishment but they also made it a point to reward good behavior. They always gave us money whenever we get good grades from school.

Heb 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

God has also given us the governments of this world as another physical type to understand Godly fear.

Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same (reward):
Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil (punishment).

We are commanded to subject ourselves to these higher powers or receive damnation for ourselves.

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Rom 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

If our subjection to these rulers is based on our fear of God, it will keep us in the narrow way and should give us the strength to resist these rulers whenever they command us to disobey God, as exemplified by the Hebrew midwives who disobeyed the king of Egypt for fear of God.

Exo 1:17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them but gave the men children their lives.

We will be rewarded like them if we fear God rather than men.

Exo 1:20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and waxed very mighty.

On the other hand, like King Saul, we will be punished if we fear the people more than we fear God.

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.”
1Sa 15:24 Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.

The Lord admonishes us directly regarding this truth:

Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna = lake of fire).

We should be diligent in applying all these within first, clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside will be clean also (Mat 23:26, Psa 51:10). We should know the laws of our King who sits on the throne of our hearts and judge ourselves with His statutes. If we find anything that is not in accordance to His will, we must humble ourselves and be quick to repent, and do things that show our repentance (Mat 3:8, Act 26:20).

Ecc 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Ecc 8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:
Ecc 8:13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

We should not be ignorant of the devil’s devices

1Co 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

Like ancient Israel, we will be destroyed of serpents (false doctrines) if we tempt Christ. Wait a second, when did ancient Israel tempt Christ? The answer is that Christ is the God of the old testament. We are told that He is the firstborn of every creature in Rev 3:14 and then He created all things in Col 1:16.

Remember our Lord’s reply when the devil tempted Him to cast Himself down from the top of the holy city?

Mat 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Mat 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Notice how the adversary operates. He quotes some Scriptures (Psa 90:11 and 12) and then he turns around and tempts our Lord to violate another Scripture (Deu 6:16). We should learn a very important lesson from this exchange, and that is we must diligently study the words of God and meditate on them day and night, for this will enable us to find the sum of His words regarding any subject.

Psa 119:160 The sum of Your Word is true; every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

The devil used the same tactic to deceive Eve. He told her a truth, that if she eats of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, she will be like God, to know good and evil (Gen 3:22). But he mixed this truth with a lie “you shall not surely die” (Gen 2:17, Eze 18:20).

This is the same strategy that he uses to twist 1Jn 4:18. That crooked serpent tells us that since perfect love casts out fear, it follows that we should cast out all fears, including the fear of God’s punishment if we disobey Him. But do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked:

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption (punishment); but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (reward).

God has appointed teachers and overseers within the church to not only remind us that we will be rewarded if we are faithful to His words, but also to warn us that God will surely punish us if we do not repent of our disobedience.

Gal 4:9 (JUB) But now, having known God, or rather being known of God, how do ye turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, in which ye desire again to be in slavery?
Gal 4:10 Ye observe days and months and times and years.
Gal 4:11 I am afraid for you, lest I have bestowed labour upon you in vain.

2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
2Co 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

How long shall we murmur against the Lord?

1Co 10:10 Nor murmur as some of them also murmured and were destroyed by the destroyer.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Pro 9:10, Job 28:28), and my brother Steven Crook has just given a study called “The Sanctuary” as part of the Awesome Hands series (see link in reference section). In that study, he shares the wisdom that after the Lord has delivered us from a trial which results in a stronger faith, He usually gives us a more intense trial to strengthen that faith some more.

Knowing this truth, that the trying of our faith is for our own good and maturity (Jas 1:3), should be enough admonition to subdue the tendency of the carnal mind to complain. This grumbling attitude that we initially have is demonstrated once again by ancient Israel right after the Lord has performed so many miracles to deliver them from the hands of the Egyptians.

Exo 15:22 Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
Exo 15:23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah.
Exo 15:24 And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?

Moses is a type of Christ, and this event should remind us of the times those Jews who believed on Christ had murmured against Him.

Joh 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
Joh 6:42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
Joh 6:43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw (drag) him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

What our Lord is saying is that it is through much tribulation that we must enter the kingdom of God (Act 14:22). Anyone who teaches otherwise is a false prophet (Isa 30:10).

The fear of the LORD is for our good

The word fear, like every word in the bible, has a positive and a negative meaning. It is the purpose of this study to focus on the positive application of fear. I have provided links in the reference section of studies that deal with the negative application of the word fear in greater detail.

The word of God shall never pass away, we are commanded to fear Him always, for our own good (Deu 5:29, Deu 14:23).

Deu 6:24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.

God uses punishment to instill Godly fear in our hearts, so that we would not depart from Him.

Jer 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:
Jer 32:40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

The fear of the Lord is good, and we must be careful to not call good evil, or call evil good.

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

I hope that I have clearly demonstrated above that the fear of the Lord’s punishment is not something that we cast out as a sign that our love is being perfected.

Let us now consider other Scriptures that could be used by the enemy to deceive us that all fear is not good for us.

Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

If we look at the preceding verses, we will have a clearer idea what is being talked about as the spirit of bondage again to fear:

Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Rom 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body (dying daily, circumcision is of the heart), ye shall live.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

We are all born subject to vanity, in bondage to the service of our flesh. This is typified by Israel when they were under Egypt.

Exo 1:13 (CEV) and made them work so hard
Exo 1:14 that their lives were miserable. The Egyptians were cruel to the people of Israel and forced them to make bricks and to mix mortar and to work in the fields.

Eph 2:3 (ESV) among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

During this stage in our lives, we are truly miserable, in constant fear of losing our lives and our worldly possessions. But after we are given the Holy Spirit in earnest, we are no longer debtors or slaves to our flesh, but to God.

Exo 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,
Exo 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

1Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you have of God? And you are not your own,
1Co 6:20 for you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

The Spirit of Truth teaches us that this world is passing away along with its desires. This truth sets us free from lusting after anything that this world can offer us.

1Jn 2:17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (= Deu 6:2 “keep all His statutes…that our days will be prolonged”).

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

The Spirit of Truth teaches us that this world is passing away along with its desires. This truth sets us free (Joh 8:32) from lusting after anything that this world can offer us.

We are truly free when we no longer fear death or suffering or anything that man can do to us (Isa 51:12, Rom 8:31).

Psa 118:5 Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free.
Psa 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Here’s apostle Paul encouraging Timothy to use the gift that the Lord has given him, and not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord and to share in suffering for the gospel.

2Ti 1:6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,
2Ti 1:7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2Ti 1:8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,

Our Lord set us an example on dying daily to the sinful flesh we are given, the same sinful flesh He was given.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

The only fear that we need to have is the fear that made the Father hear our Lord’s prayers, the fear that our Lord puts in the hearts of His elect (Jer 32:40), the fear of God the Father.

Heb 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

One event to all

So does the fear of the Lord involve torment? I’ll let you judge for yourself:

Mat 18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
Mat 18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
Mat 18:25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
Mat 18:26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
Mat 18:28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
Mat 18:29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Mat 18:30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
Mat 18:31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Mat 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Mat 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
Mat 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Mat 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Our heavenly Father will deliver us to the tormentors if we don’t forgive from our hearts every single person who has wronged us.

Here’s the correct translation of Rev. 20:10

Rev 20:10 (YLT) and the Devil, who is leading them astray, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where are the beast and the false prophet, and they shall be tormented day and night–to the ages of the ages.

So the Devil, the beast and the false prophet are tormented day and night in the lake of fire. But who is the beast?

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Why would God tell us that the serpent (the devil) is more subtle (cunning) than any beast of the field right before he deceives Eve? I’ll let the bible answer this question:

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

Rev 13:18 (JUB) Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for the number of man; and its number is six hundred sixty-six.

That’s right, the beast is you and me and every human being who ever lived. There is one event to the righteous and to the wicked (Ecc 9:2), and man must live by every word that proceed out of the mouth of God (Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4). So, what Rev 20:10 is actually saying is that we will all be tormented for our sins for as long as necessary for us to repent.

But only some of us will repent in our respective lifetimes. Only a few are shown that they are chief of sinners (1Ti 1:15) and vessels of clay marred in the Potter’s hand (Jer 18:4). Most people think they are doing wonderful works and they have no need for repentance (Mat 9:13).

Luk 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

The truth is all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Everyone needs to repent. Praise the Lord for He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2Sa 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The rest will be tormented, terrified in the lake of fire until they see themselves as the beast who they worship (Rev 13:4), reduced to nothing and repent.

Zep 2:11 (GNB) The LORD will terrify them. He will reduce the gods of the earth to nothing, and then every nation will worship him, each in its own land.

References / Further reading

Ages of the Ages

The Salvation of All

Fear Not

You Shall Receive Power Part 1

You Shall Receive Power Part 2

Awesome Hands Part 61 – The Sanctuary

Is Depression Common to God’s Children?

Fear Part 1 (Mitch Kuhn)

Fear Part 2 (Mitch Kuhn)

We Welcome Your Comments

  • Georgie

    Thank you brother Victor. this is a great sum of Godly fear, and i found it very helpful. YsitC, Georgie

  • MitchellKuhn

    Thank you!

    See below Victor.

  • Victor Torres

    You’re very welcome Georgie.

    Glad to be a helper of your joy.

    Your brother in the Christ,

    Victor

  • Mary

    Thanks you.

  • MitchellKuhn

    You’re welcome.