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Luke 3:17 – The Unquenchable Fire That Burns Up the Chaff

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Luke 3:16 John answered them all, “I indeed baptize you with water, but he comes who is mightier than I, the latchet of whose sandals I am not worthy to loosen. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire,
Luke 3:17 whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor, and will gather the wheat into his barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” — World English.

John did NOT use the word “hades” here, and this is only indirectly related to the Bible hell; there is certainly nothing there about anyone being in eternal conscious suffering (whether referred to as eternal torment, eternal torture, eternal roasting, or whatever) while dead. One does have to use the great spirit of human imagination and twist what is said in order to make it appear that John the Baptizer was speaking about an place of eternal conscious suffering after death.

The “threshing floor” is symbolic, the wheat is symbolic, the barn is symbolic, and the chaff is symbolic. Likewise the “unquenchable fire” is symbolic. God’s jealous unquenchable fiery zeal for righteousness is as eternal as He is eternal, and that symbolic fire burns up (it does not cause eternal conscious suffering) that which is not righteous.(Deuteronomy 4:24; Psalm 79:5; Ezekiel 23:25; 36:5; 38:19; Zephaniah 1:18; 3:8) God’s zeal burns up, destroys; it does not cause eternal suffering.

Yahweh, the only true God (John 17:1,3), has given all authority and power, with the exception of being the Most High (1 Corinthians 15:27), to His son. — Psalm 2:6-8; 45:7; 110:1,2; Isaiah 9:6,7; 11:2; 42:1; 61:1-3; Jeremiah 23:5; Daniel 7:13,14; Matthew 12:28; 28:18; Luke 1:32; 4:14,18; 5:17; John 3:34; 5:19,27,30; 10:18,36-38; Acts 2:22; 10:38; Romans 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:27; 2 Corinthians 13:4; Colossians 1:15,16; 2:10; Ephesians 1:17-22; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:2,4,6,9; 1 Peter 3:22.

Therefore, Yahweh performs His works through, by means of, the one whom he ordained, His son, Jesus Christ.— Psalm 2:6; 45:7; Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 11:27; 28:18; Luke 10:22; John 1:17; 3:35; 13:3; 16:15; Acts 4:27; Romans 3:24; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 15:27; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Ephesians 1:3,17,20-22; Colossians 1:3,13,20; Hebrews 1:1,2; 1 Peter 4:11.

Thus, when Jesus cleansed the threshing floor of the Jews, he did so with unquenchable fire, a fire of jealousy for what is right, which, like that of his Father, burns up, destroys, that which is unrighteous.

John the Baptist stated: “He [Jesus] will baptize you [Jews] in the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16.) Those Jews who proved to be of faith were baptized with holy spirit; the baptism of fire and destruction was for a totally different class. The faithful of the Jews were to receive the baptism of the Holy spirit, and the unfaithful majority of them were to receive the baptism of fiery trouble, and they did receive it a little further along. After the holy spirit, coming upon the infant Church at Pentecost, had searched, sifted and gathered out of the Jewish dispensation all of the true “wheat,” gathering it into the barn of the Gospel (spirit) dispensation, then the fire came upon the “chaff.’ (Luke 3:17.) The apostle speaks of this, calling it wrath, saying, “Wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.” (1 Thessalonians 2:16) That wrath brought the destruction of Jerusalem, the dispersion of the Jews and centuries of persecution of the Jews, but it did not bring anyone into an eternity of conscious suffering.

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  1. agree with you.

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