“For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
“But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings, and you shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
“And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ASHES under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says the Lord of hosts.
“Remember you the LAW of Moses My servant, which I [Jesus] commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
“Behold, I will send you [one in the power of] Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord;
“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” (Malachi 4:1-6).
If God’s law is forgotten at the ‘end of this age,’ a fire will burn the UNRIGHTEOUS up. When fire consumes, it leaves ashes and smoke – inert gases. Notice also Psalm 37:20: “But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into SMOKE shall they consume away.” The natural process is that anything turns to ash and smoke upon burning.
When Jesus was teaching during His earthly ministry, he gave a parable and said: “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you. Insomuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me [feed, clothe, etc.]. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from Me you cursed [death penalty], into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:40-41). Read all of Matthew 25.
This fire will burn until all combustible material is burned up; it will naturally go out. All cast into it will become ashes and smoke. The saints of God will walk upon these ashes as they become a part of the eco-system again. God said “from earth you are taken and to earth you will return.” The wicked will return to dust [ashes] from which they were made. The righteous will receive their NEW BODY (I Corinthians 15).
The saints will receive a new body as Christ promised. For what purpose will we receive a new body? “… And has MADE US KINGS and PRIESTS unto God and His Father …” (Revelation 1:5-6). “… And has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall REIGN on the EARTH” (Revelation 5:9-10). “And I [John] saw thrones, and they sat upon them; and judgment was given unto them [over the population after Christ comes]; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4). V.5 last – “This is the FIRST resurrection.”
After Christ’s thousand year reign offering salvation to mankind who had never known the truth, He will release Satan to deceive mankind once again. All who will not stay firm in belief in Christ as the one and only Savior will receive their final punishment.
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [were thrown], and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). In the Greek language, forever and ever means as long as the circumstances exist. When the combustible material is burned up, the fire goes out. People who rebel against God will be tormented with eternal DEATH!!!
This blessed event that Christ will bring with Him is described in Revelation 22:12-13: “And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Don’t be caught dead in the Lake of Fire!!!