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How long will the devil, beast and false prophet mentioned in Revelation 20 be tormented?

The devil was cast into the lake of fire along with the beast and false prophet and they will be tormented forever and ever. Does this mean tormented for eternity?

Revelation 20:10

NKJV - 10 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.

Clarify Share Report Asked May 17 2020 Mini Anonymous

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The Greek wording used in the verse cited in the question is (in English characters) "eis ton aionon", which literally means "to the ever", indicating a future period with no conclusion. The closest renderings of its sense in English would thus indeed be (as suggested in the question) "forever and ever" or "for eternity".

May 17 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
"Forever and ever" (Greek, εἰς τούς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων) is a combination of the double plural seems to be peculiar to the N. T.)): (Romans 16:27 L T); Galatians 1:5; (Philippians 4:20); 1 Timothy 1:17; (2 Timothy 4:18; 1 Peter 4:11); Revelation 1:6, 18; 4:9; 5:13; 7:12; 10:6; 11:15; 15:7; 19:3; 20:10; 22:5.

It means forever because you must compare it with the cross-reference which the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) lists, Matthew 25:41.

May 18 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Aurel Gheorghe
Forever in Revelation 20:10 taken within its Scriptural context does not mean eternity. 

God’s word was written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek not in English. Although most of the English translations are accurate and reliable, in a few instances it has been difficult for translators to find English expressions to convey the exact meaning of the original text, just as some English expressions are hard to translate in other languages. For example, one might say “my hands are tied” - most likely means that "circumstance prevent me, " although someone not familiar with the expression might think something else. When faced with difficult expressions, best approach is to seek the meaning of terms as they are used by the Scriptures themselves. 

The ‘forever and ever” it’s Jewish expression that means a space of time or an uninterrupted period. In several other places the Bible uses “forever” a definite period rather than eternity. And here are just a few examples: 

A servant will serve his master forever (Ex 21:1-6) 

David was made king forever (1 Chron 28:4; 29:27, 28) David was king for only 40 years

Samuel served the Lord forever (1 Samuel 1:22) Samuel served only as long as he lived

Jonah was in the belly of the fish forever (Jonah 2:6) Jonah was detained for only 3 days and nights

Naaman’s leprosy will cling to Gehazi forever (2 Kings 5:27) – Gehazi had leprosy as long as he lived

Sodom and Gomorrah "serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire” (Jude 7). Sodom is not burning today although was punished with eternal fire. 

The judgment on Edom (Isa 34:9, 10) - the prophecy, just like the one in Revelation 20:10, tell that Edom will burn "night and day it shall not be quenched; its smoke shall go up forever" – however, Edom (modern Jordan) is on fire today. 

The devil and his followers will burn in fire as long as God will allow it - for some the punishment will last longer than the other (Luke 12:47, 48).

May 20 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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