THE THREE ANGELS’
14. GOD’S CONSUMING FIRE
GOD’S PUNISHMENT BY FIRE
And the third angel followed them, saying with a
loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his
image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in
his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the
wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture
into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be
tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence
of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for
ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night,
who worship the beast and his image, and
whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
IS THIS FIRE EVERLASTING?
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did
eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted,
they builded; But the same day that Lot went out
of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from
heaven, and destroyed [them] all. Even thus shall
it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Same punishment: REVELATION 14:9-11?
But the men of Sodom [were] wicked and sinners
before the LORD exceedingly.
WHAT WICKEDNESS WAS SODOM &
GOMORRAH GUILTY OF?
GENESIS 19:5 [Guilty: Sexual immorality]
And they called unto Lot, and said unto him,
Where [are] the men which came in to thee this
night? bring them out unto us, that we may know
GENESIS 19:33-35 [Guilty: Incest]
And they made their father drink wine that night:
and the firstborn went in, and lay with her
father; …Let us make him drink wine this night
also; and go thou in, [and] lie with him, that we
may preserve seed of our father. And they made
their father drink wine that night also: and the
younger arose, and lay with him; and he
perceived not when she lay down, nor when she
SODOM AND GOMORRAH: GUILTY OF
And they said, Stand back. And they said [again],
This one [fellow] came in to sojourn, and he will
needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee,
than with them. And they pressed sore upon the
man, [even] Lot, and came near to break the door.
EZEKIEL 16:49, 50 [Guilty: Covetousness &
Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom,
pride, …neither did she strengthen the hand of the
poor and needy. And they were haughty, and
committed abomination before me: therefore I took
them away as I saw [good].
WHERE DID THE FIRE COME FROM?
GENESIS 19:24, 25
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon
Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out
of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all
the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and
that which grew upon the ground.
Third angel’s message: Fire and brimestone
Third angel’s message: Smoke ascends for ever and
ever [REVELATION 14:11].
Third angel’s message: Wicked being tormented
SIMILARITIES: SODOM & THE THIRD
Angelic visitations: Messages of warnings prior to
the cities destruction
Messages delivered: Precise order as those of
Illustration: Sodom & Gomorrah probable or
possible …REVELATION 14:9-11?
First: Fire and brimestone descends & destroys the
Second: Smokes ascend to heaven
DOES THE BIBLE EVER CONTRADICT
Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about
them in like manner, giving themselves over to
fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set
forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of
2 PETER 2:6
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into
ashes condemned [them] with an overthrow,
making [them] an ensample unto those that after
should live ungodly.
HARMONIZATION: BURNING BY
ETERNAL FIRE AND REDUCING TO
Are the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah still burning
Have the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah being
reduced to ashes?
Fire: Eternal results
HAS THIS ETERNAL FIRE EVER GONE
DEUTERONOMY 4:23, 24
Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the
covenant of the LORD your God, which he made
with you, and make you a graven image, [or] the
likeness of any [thing], which the LORD thy God
hath forbidden thee. For the LORD thy God [is] a
consuming fire, [even] a jealous God.
HEBREWS 12:28, 29
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be
moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve
God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
For our God [is] a consuming fire.
And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud
covered the mount. And the glory of the LORD
abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it
six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses
out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the
glory of the LORD [was] like devouring fire on
the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an
oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do
wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh
shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it
shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto
you that fear my name shall the Sun of
righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye
shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall
be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I
shall do [this], saith the LORD of hosts.
GOD’S CONSUMING FIRE: ROOT
But he answered and said, Every plant, which my
heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of
your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the
beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there
is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he
speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father
1 JOHN 3:8
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil
sinneth from the beginning.
GOD’S CONSUMING FIRE: SUSTAINER
JOHN 15:1, 2
I am the true vine, and my Father is the
husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth
not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that
beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth
GOD’S CONSUMING FIRE: NADAB &
And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured
them, and they died before the LORD.
O.T. EXAMPLES: DISOBEDIENCE/PUNISHMENT
Is the experience of Nadab and Abihu going to be similar
to the end-time destruction by fire?
Were they drunk with wine prior to their destruction?
N.T. EXAMPLES: DISOBEDIENCE/PUNISHMENT
Are the inhabitants of earth going to be drunk with wine
prior to their destruction?
Will this allow them to distinguish between the HOLY
GOD’S CONSUMING FIRE:
VENGEANCE ON THE DISOBEDIENT
2 THESSALONIANS 1:7-9
And to you who are troubled rest with us,
when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from
heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire
taking vengeance on them that know not God, and
that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting
destruction from the presence of the Lord, and
from the glory of his power;
REVELATION 20:9, 10
And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and
compassed the camp of the saints about, and the
beloved city: and fire came down from God out of
heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that
deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and
brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet
[are], and shall be tormented day and night for
ever and ever.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand,
Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels....
THIRD ANGEL’S MESSAGE: CHOOSE
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and
the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty
men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid
themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the
mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks,
Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that
sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the
Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and
who shall be able to stand?
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor
the trees, till we have sealed the servants of
our God in their foreheads.
WHO WILL LIVE IN THE PRESENCE
OF GOD’S CONSUMING FIRE?
...Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?
who among us shall dwell with everlasting
burnings? He that walketh righteously, and
speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of
oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding
of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of
blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He
shall dwell on high: his place of defence [shall be]
the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him;
his waters [shall be] sure.
2 PETER 3:10-14
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the
night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with
a great noise, and the elements shall melt with
fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up. Seeing then [that] all
these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of
persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation
and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the
coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens
being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements
shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we,
according to his promise, look for new heavens and
a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such
things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in
peace, without spot, and blameless.
Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see
The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath
surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall
dwell with the devouring fire? who among us
shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
1 JOHN 3:2, 3
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it
doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we
know that, when he shall appear, we shall be
like him; for we shall see him as he is. And
every man that hath this hope in him
purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
HEBREWS 12:28, 29
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which
cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby
we may serve God acceptably with reverence
and godly fear: for our God [is] a consuming
THREE HEBREW BOYS: FIREPROOF
PSALMS 119:9, 11
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by
taking heed [thereto] according to thy word. Thy
word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
A FIREPROOF CHARACTER: FIREPROOF
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also
loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he
might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of
water by the word, That he might present it to
himself a glorious church, not having spot, or
wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy
and without blemish.
2 CORINTHIANS 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass
the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same
image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of