The American Wisdom Series

Pamphlet #4410

My Hi-lite:  Matthew 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.

The Greek word for "destroy" is "apollumi" which comes from the same root word used in Satan's name Apollyon in Rev. 9:11? "Apollumi" means to perish as in destroy fully to the point that it is no more, such as Satan will be when he perishes in the lake of fire (Ezek. 28:18-19). That is why Satan is called the "son of perdition (apoleia)" because he is the son who has been sentenced to perish.

destroy, G622 ????????? apollumi ap-ol'-loo-mee
From G575 and the base of G3639; to destroy fully (reflexively to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively: - destroy, die, lose, mar, perish.
Rev 9:11 "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."
G623 ????????? Apolluon ap-ol-loo'-ohn
Active participle of G622; a destroyer (that is, Satan): - Apollyon.
You see, Dante's Inferno is an imagination of a man and is not scriptural in the least. Oh, there is a lake of fire but that lake does not come into existence until after the Millennium when the incorrigibly wicked shall be blotted out... as in gone forever!

Hey wait a minute! That is not commonly taught by the majority of Christianity (who teach that the wicked are going to be barbequed for ever and ever)! So what? God's Word says over and over again that the wicked are consumed away, that they PERISH! Even the most quoted verse of the Bible declares it to be so: Thus saith the Lord in John 3:16 "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." Yes, the word perish in John 3:16 is "apollumi" which now you know means to "destroy fully".

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