Lake of Fire
A Biblical Argument – The Law of Jubilee
Although the logical argument is simple, many of us want more evidence. By the sound of it, the lake of fire and second death has something to do with judgment and sin. What does the Bible say about judgment of sinners? Most Christians would probably answer they will be sent to eternal hell, unless you believe in Jesus. But can it really be that black and white? First let’s look at the verses many of us know:
Romans 3:23 – for all did sin, are come short of the glory of God -- (YLT)
Romans 6:23 – for the wages of sin [is] death, and the gift of God [is] life age-during in Christ Jesus our Lord (YLT)
John 3:16 – for God did so love the world, that His Son -- the only begotten – He gave, that every one who is believing in him may not perish, but may have life age-during. (YLT)
Romans 10:9-10 – that if thou mayest confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and mayest believe in thy heart that God did raise him out of the dead, thou shalt be saved, for with the heart doth [one] believe to righteousness, and with the mouth is confession made to salvation (YLT)
These verses are pretty famous among Christians. They are commonly used to convince non-believers. If you confess that Jesus was God and believe it, you will be saved (from eternal hell). Simple right? But something doesn’t add up. If God created each and every one of us with individual talents and unique abilities, and knows we are all sinful, that means he also knows the vast majority of us would reject him. So he created us knowing the majority would be going to hell forever? So is God really a loving God, or is he one or wraith and hate? Christians that have experienced God’s love would probably argue more of the former than the later. But what about non-Christians? Here is the answer: the Law of Jubilee. The law of Jubilee can be found in Leviticus:
Leviticus 25:8-13 – And thou hast numbered to thee seven sabbaths of years, seven years seven times, and the days of the seven sabbaths of years have been to thee nine and forty years, and thou hast caused a trumpet of shouting to pass over in the seventh month, in the tenth of the month; in the day of the atonements ye do cause a trumpet to pass over though all your land; and ye have hallowed the year, the fiftieth year; and ye have proclaimed liberty in the land to all its inhabitants; a jubilee it is to you; and ye have turned back each unto his possession; yea, each unto his family ye do turn back. A jubilee it [is], the fiftieth year, a year it is to you; ye sow not, nor reap its spontaneous growth, nor gather its separated things; for a jubilee it [is], holy it is you; out of the field ye eat its increase; in the year of this jubilee ye turn back unto his possession. (YLT)
Romans 7:14 – for we have known that the law is spiritual, and I am fleshy, sold by the sin (YLT)
Basically, the law of Jubilee says that no man can loose his land inheritance through debt. If a man becomes so poor he has to sell part of his property; his nearest relative is to come and buy back what the man sold. This saves the man temporarily, but he is still in debt to his relative. Then in the year of Jubilee which occurs every 49 years, the land would revert back to him all debts were to be cancelled. This is God’s most important law.
From Romans 7 we know that God’s law is not to be taken as literal, but spiritual. Spiritually, this law can be referring to all of our lives and our sin. Debt refers to sin. Blood relative refers to Jesus who pays for our sin. Finally, the year of Jubilee mandates that at some point in history ALL of creation will be set free of sin and all will be restored! So how can hell be eternal if it breaks God’s law? God CANNOT break his own law. The law of Jubilee also has many prophetic implications, but I will not discuss that now.
Side Note: Daniel’s seventy weeks is actually ten Jubilee cycles, or 490 years. Jesus set us free on the Cross at the end of Daniel’s seventy weeks in 33 AD. The forty and fifty Jubilee cycles are also important. The Pentecostal Age from the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 till the Tabernacles Age is also forty Jubilee cycles.
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