FEEDBACK: DOES REVELATION 6:15-17 TEACH ANNIHILATION?
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Actually, recently the new teaching is that Revelation 6:15-17 is proof that those left behind on 5/21 may commit suicide. It is then added that this will be the end of their conscious existence.
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Letís consider Revelation 6:15-17. We read there:
15† 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;
16† 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:
17† For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
You have to read Revelation 6:15-17 carefully and think about what God is saying there. I believe if you do, then you will find that it is a proof that the teaching of annihilation is not true.
If annihilation were true then people could simply escape the sufferings of the wrath of God by committing suicide. Yet these people are hiding in rocks and mountains, and hoping that those rocks and mountains will hide them from God.
If annihilation were true, why would they do that? Why would God make a big point of telling us that they are doing that? Hiding in rocks and mountains is no way to commit suicide. They could simply commit suicide by stabbing themselves or hanging themselves or shooting themselves, etc., and be done with it.
They are running and hiding from God and hoping that the rocks and mountains will hide them from God. That is no way to commit suicide. You donít commit suicide by hiding in a cave and calling out to it to fall on you.
The language of Revelation 6:15-17 shows that the people want to commit suicide. They want the rocks and mountains to fall on their bodies and to destroy them. If anything can destroy our bodies, it is having rocks and mountains fall on them. So, the people want to commit suicide. They want to be annihilated.
If suicide were possible on Judgment Day, there are many ways that people can accomplish it. Hiding in caves and calling out to them is no way to commit suicide. The fact that they are doing this shows that suicide will not be possible on Judgment Day. And, if suicide is not possible, then the teaching of annihilation is not true to the Bible.
You have to read Revelation 6:15-17 and think carefully about what God is saying there. I believe when you do that you will find that it is a proof that annihilation is not true.
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Maybe people who teach this think that the unsaved don't realize that annihilation is true?
Could it be that annihilation is true and yet these unsaved people don't realize that annihilation is true?
When a super horrible thing happens there will always be some people that try to commit suicide. For example, when the stock market crashed in 1929 some investors jumped out of windows of tall buildings. In other cases of extreme individual problems, like family, health or work problems, a certain percentage of people will commit suicide. We read about this from time to time. In fact, I knew someone that did this a couple of years ago.
The situation is so bad in Revelation 6:15-17 that the people there want to commit suicide. They are asking the rocks and mountains to fall on them. Mountains and rocks falling on a person will certainly destroy his body. So, these people want to commit suicide. Certainly a large percentage of them will try to shoot themselves or stab themselves, or hang themselves or fall on a sword, or jump out of a building window or off a cliff, etc. Because they are calling on the rocks and mountains to fall on them, we know that they do want to commit suicide.
If suicide is possible, then others will see that people are successful in this endeavor and will also destroy their bodies to escape God. Since the people of Revelation 6:15-17 want to be annihilated, as it became known that suicide is possible, they would go ahead and commit suicide. So, I don't believe that this argument can fit. If suicide is a possible way to escape God, the people in Revelation 6:15-17 would quickly learn about it (if they had not tried it already themselves). These people want to be annihilated. They want to commit suicide, so many would try it. And, if they were successful, others would follow suit.
However, God has given the language of Revelation 6:15-17 to emphasize that on Judgment Day there will be people that want to be annihilated and are willing to be crushed by rocks and mountains, and yet are hiding, indicating that they are not able to commit suicide.
Another fact to keep in mind is this: If annihilation were true, then the resurrection of the unsaved will be something like their corpses being thrown out of the graves. The unsaved people would see these corpses or remains and know that annihilation is true and would know that they don't need to hide from God. They can simply annihilate themselves by committing suicide.
Maybe people who teach this think that the unsaved fear physical death and so are hiding from God.
These people in Revelation 6:15-17 want the rocks and mountains to fall on them and crush and destroy their bodies. If these people were afraid of the pain of their bodies being destroyed, they would seek a less painful solution than having rocks and mountains fall on them, like shooting themselves. They are hiding from God, but they are also willing to have their bodies destroyed. So, they are not hiding for fear of having their bodies destroyed. They want the rocks and mountains to fall and destroy their bodies.
Shooting yourself in the head is a pretty quick and painless way to commit suicide. That is a much less painful way to commit suicide than to have rocks and mountains fall on you.
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