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35. The Second Death



"The Second death" is the casting of reunited souls and bodies into "Gehenna" for ever and ever, also referred to as to "taste of death" or to "see corruption."


We should be wanting to avoid "the Second Death":
Revelation 2:11; 20:6,14; 21:8.

In other words avoiding being cast into the "Lake of Fire":
Revelation 20:14; 21:8.

To avoid the "Second Death," one has to have part in the "first resurrection" (Revelation 20:6).


References to the following are also speaking of this "second death":


Taste of death

Matthew 16:28 - "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom."

Mark 9:1 - "And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power."

Luke 9:27 - "But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God."

These passages may refer only to physical death, depending on when one regards the "kingdom of God" as coming - whether it came within the lifetimes of those hearing these words, or whether it is still to come at Christ's second coming. If the latter, these passages must therefore only refer to men never "tasting" of spiritual death.


John 8:52 - "Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death."

John 11:25,26 - "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"

All men still die physically in this life (the "first death"). So in these passages, to "taste of death" and to "never die" must refer only to a spiritual death, i.e. the "Second Death."


Hebrews 2:9 - "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."

We see here that Christ has "tasted death" in the place of those who will never have to, i.e. the true believers, the elect. This must therefore only refer to a spiritual death.


Not see corruption

Psalm 16:10 - "For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."

Psalm 49:9 - "That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption."

Acts 2:27 - "Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."

Acts 2:31 - "He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption."

Acts 13:35 - "Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."

In all the above, Christ is referred to, but Psalm 49:9 refers to anyone, so long as a ransom is found. Hence we see that this also refers only to spiritual death.


Death shall feed on them

Psalm 49:14 - "Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah."