Perpetual fuel to the flames of hell!

Perpetual fuel to the flames of hell!

(Thomas Brooks, “London’s Lamentations” 1670)

Our earthly fire destroys and consumes whatever is cast
into it. It turns all combustibles into ashes. But the fire of
hell is not of that nature. The fire of hell consumes nothing
which is cast into it. It rages—but it does not consume or
destroy either bodies or souls.

“Men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long
to die, but death will elude them.” Revelation 9:6

They shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
They shall cry to the mountains to fall upon them and
to crush them to nothing! They shall desire that . . .
the fire which burns them—would consume them to nothing,
the worm which feeds on them—would gnaw them to nothing,
the devils which torment them—would tear them to nothing!
They shall cry to God, who first made them out of nothing,
to reduce them to that first nothing from whence they
came! But “their Maker has no compassion on them,
and their Creator shows them no favor.” Isaiah 27:11

They shall always be burned—but never consumed.

Ah, how well would it be with the damned, if in the fire
of hell, they might be consumed to ashes! But this is their
misery—they shall be ever dying, and yet never die; their
bodies shall be always a-burning—but never a-consuming!
It is dreadful to be perpetual fuel to the flames of hell!
What misery can compare to this—for infernal fire to be still
a-preying upon damned sinners, and yet never making an
end of them! The fierce and furious flames of hell shall burn
—but never annihilate, the bodies of the damned. In hell
there is no cessation of fire burning, nor of matter burned.
Neither flames nor smoke shall consume or choke the
impenitent. Both the infernal fire, and the burning of the
bodies of reprobates in that fire—shall be preserved by
the miraculous power of God!

“Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath!”
1 Thessalonians 1:10

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to
receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 5:9

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