What happens to the wicked after the second resurrection? Do they go to a place called hell? Are the wicked there already? If so, why does the Bible speak of a second death?
The first verse in the Bible that speaks of a second death is in Revelation 2:11.
Revelation 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
It is JESUS speaking here and He says of Himself.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
The words that JESUS speaks are life. They are truth as He said of Himself.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
We must believe the words of JESUS them! This is important at we are taught a lot of man's theories that do not line up with what JESUS said. Did He not say that we must be as a little child?
Matthew 18:3-4 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Do not children believe what their parents tell them? Then we must also believe what JESUS says in the Word of GOD.
So what is this second death that JESUS is speaking of? We saw in the study on 'Death' that it is a sleep as JESUS said it.
Mark 5:39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.
John 11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
John 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
Therefore the second death is an eternal sleep. One that the wicked will never wake up from! The first resurrection is where we as Christians want to be.
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
The second death has no power on those that are in the first resurrection! This is where we must strive for, the first resurrection!
Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
How can the wicked have eternal life if the lake of fire is the second death? It is because the Christian denominations don't understand what death is!
So there will be no more death on the new earth or on Heaven when all is completed. Death will have no more power over those that are in the first resurrection. So who are those that partake of the second death?
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
With these verses been so explanatory, how did this version of 'hell' come into the Christian faith? It is not what JESUS believed in or taught so why are men teaching this false doctrine?
As we can clearly see, the wicked will be no longer after the second resurrection. They will all be gone for eternity. What a loving Father in Heaven we have in not boring the wicked forever. The doctrine on hell has placed a bad character on GOD. A loving and just GOD will not burn people forever!
We can see that from a few verses in the book of Revelation the theory on death and hell that the majority of the Christian world are taught is incorrect. Study the Word of GOD to see the truth.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.