So, What Does the Bible Say?
No, the Devil is not in charge of Hell and he also will be cast into the fire as well.
It’s in the Bible, Revelation 20:10, NKJV:
“The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
Hell is not a place in the center of the earth; it is an event on the face of the earth.
It’s in the Bible, Revelation 20:9, NKJV:
“They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.”
“Eternal fire” refers to the results that are eternal, not fire that is eternally burning. Sodom and Gomorrah suffered eternal fire but they are not burning today.
It’s in the Bible, Jude 7, NIV.
“In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”
It’s in the Bible, 2 Peter 2:6, NKJV:
“and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly.”
The fire will be unquenchable, but when there is nothing left to burn it will go out.
It’s in the Bible, Matthew 3:12, NKJV:
“His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Jerusalem was destroyed with unquenchable fire, but it is not burning still.
It’s in the Bible, Jeremiah 17:27, NIV:
“But if you do not obey Me to keep the Sabbath day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.”
The entire earth will be cleansed by fire.
It’s in the Bible, 2 Peter 3:10, RSV:
“And then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.”
The Bible describes God’s destruction of the wicked as being foreign and unusual of a God who is love.
It’s in the Bible, Isaiah 28:21, KJV:
“For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do his work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act.”
God does not enjoy seeing anybody destroyed, and has done everything possible so that nobody would have to be.
It’s in the Bible, Ezekiel 33:11:
“Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’”
God does not desire for anyone to perish and waits to give everyone time to change.
It’s in the Bible, 2 Peter 3:9:
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
But there is coming a time when God will rid the world of sin, of wickedness, fear, death, sorrow, and pain.
It’s in the Bible, Revelation 21:4, NKJV:
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”