BIBLE’S MESSAGE UNCOVERED

By the Scripture's Own Writers

Definition

Complete submergence, immersion, dipping (1) in water [or (2) into death with Christ, (3) into His body, (4) with holy spirit, (5) into the Greater Noah in a new system of things, (6) into destruction as by fire]. Christian water baptism is an outward symbol, as a testimony before witnesses, of the baptized one's complete, unreserved and unconditional dedication and agreement to do the will of Jehovah God, the Universal Sovereign, through Christ Jesus His King. It means his own will is buried (as by the immersion in water) and he comes up from the water to do only God's will and walk in newness of life thereafter.

Complete Immersion, Being Dipped, Not a Sprinkling

From Greek, baptisma, "to dip, submerge, immerse."

Romans 6:3, 4 "Do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through our baptism into His death."

Colossians 2:12 "You were buried with Him in His baptism."

Matthew 3:16 "After being bap­tized Jesus immediately came up from the water."

Mark 1:10 "Immediately on coming up out of the water He [Jesus] saw the heavens being parted."

John 3:23 "John also was bap­tizing in Aenon near Salim, be­cause there was a great quantity of water there."

Acts 8:36, 38, 39 '"Look! a body of water; what prevents me from getting baptized?' . . . they both went down into the water, . . . and he baptized him. When they had come up out of the water ... he went traveling."

Exodus 14:19, 22 "The waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.... and the pillar of cloud removed from before them, and stood behind them.'

1 Corinthians 10:1, 2 "Our forefathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea and all got baptized into Moses by means of the cloud and of the sea."

Genesis 7:16 "They that went in [to the ark], went in male and female of all flesh, as God com­manded him: and Jehovah shut him in."

Instituted, First Performed by Jehovah God in Noah's Day

1 Peter 3:20, 21 "The patience of God was waiting in Noah's days, while the ark was being constructed, in which a few peo­ple, that is, eight souls, were car­ried safely through the water. That which corresponds to this is also now saving you, namely, bap­tism."

Genesis 6:17 "I [Jehovah], behold, I do bring the flood of waters upon the earth."

2 Peter 2:5 "He brought a deluge upon a world of ungodly people."

Men Authorized to Perform. Three witnesses corroborate:

JOHN:

John 1:32, 33 "John [the Baptizer] also bore witness, saying: "... the very One who sent me to baptize in water said to me, "Whoever it is upon whom you see the spirit coming down and remaining, this is the one that baptizes in holy spirit." ' "

JESUS and JEHOVAH GOD:

Matthew 3:15-17 "Jesus said to him: 'Let it be, this time, for in that way it is suitable for us to carry out all that is righteous.' . . the heavens were opened up, and He saw descending like a dove God's spirit coming upon Him. Look! also, there was a voice from the heavens that said: 'This is My Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.' "

An Elementary Christian Doctrine

Hebrews 6:1, 2 "For this reason, now that we have left the elementary doctrine about the Christ, let uspress on to maturi­ty, not laying a foundation again, namely, repentance from dead works, and faith toward God, the teaching on baptisms."

Entire Nation of Israel Dedicated to Jehovah by Baptism into Moses at Red Sea

1 Corinthians 10:1, 2 "Our forefathers ... all got baptized into Moses by means of the cloud and of the sea."

1 Chronicles 17:21, 22 "What one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem unto Himself for a people, . . out of Egypt? For Thy people Israel didst Thou make Thine own people for ever; and Thou, Jehovah, became their God."

Exodus 19:8 "All the people an­swered together, and said, All that Jehovah has spoken we will do."

Deuteronomy 5:29 "Oh . . . that they would fear Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!"

John the Baptist Baptized Only Jews and Proselytes

Malachi 4:5, 6 "I will send you Eli­jah the prophet before the great and terrible day of Jehovah come. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers."

Luke 1:16, 17, 76, 77 "Many of the sons of Israel will he turn back to Jehovah their God. Also he will go before Him with Eli­jah's spirit and power, to turn back the hearts of fathers to children and the disobedient ones to the practical wisdom of right­eous ones, to get ready for Jeho­vah a prepared people."

Matthew 11:14 "This [John the Baptist] is Elijah who is destined to come."

Also: Matthew 17:12, 13.

Acts 13:24 "John, in advance of the entry of that One, had preached publicly to all the peo­ple of Israel the baptism of those repenting."

John's Baptism an Admission of, Repentance for, Sins by Natural Jews Against the Law Covenant and a Preparing of Them for Jesus as Greater Moses and Leader

Matthew 3:8 "So then produce fruit that befits repentance."

Acts 19:4 "John baptized with the baptism of those repenting, telling the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus."

Romans 10:4 "Christ is the ac­complished end of the Law, so that everyone exercising faith may have righteousness."

Galatians 3:24 "The Law has become our tutor leading to Christ."

Acts 3:22, 23 "In fact, Moses said: 'Jehovah God will produce for you from among your broth­ers a prophet like me. You must listen to him according to all the things he speaks to you.'"

Jesus' Own Baptism New, Different

Hebrews 7:26 "Such a high priest as this was suitable for us, one of loving-kindness, guileless, un- defiled, separated from the sin­ners, and become higher than the heavens "

1 Peter 2:22 "He committed no sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth."

Luke 3:21 "Jesus also was bap­tized and, as He was praying, the heaven was opened up."

Jesus' Baptism His Full Dedica­tion to Do Newly Revealed Will of God, Fulfill Types and Shadows of Law

Hebrews 10:5-9 "When He comes into the world He says: 'You did not desire sacrifice and offering, but You prepared a body for Me. . . . Look! I am come (in the roll of the book it is written about Me) to do Your will, O God.' ... He does away with what is first that He may establish what is second."

Matthew 5:17 "Do not think I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I came, not to destroy, but to fulfill."

Colossians 2:17 "Those things are a shadow of the things to come, but the reality belongs to the Christ."

John's Baptizing Continued in Harmony with That of Jesus' Disciples until John's Death

Matthew 11:12 "From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of the heavens is the goal toward which men press, and those pressing forward are seizing it."

Luke 7:26-30 " 'What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and far more than a prophet.' . . . (And all the people and the tax collectors, when they heard this, declared God to be righteous, and were baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and those versed in the law disregarded the coun­sel of God to them and were not baptized by him.)."

John 3:27, 30 "John said,'... That one must go on increasing, but I must go on decreasing.'"

Jesus Directed Baptism and Commanded Continuance of It

John 3:26; 4:1 "They came to John and said to him: 'Rabbi, the man that was with you across the Jordan, to whom you have borne witness, see, this one is baptizing and all are going to Him.' Now, the Master became aware that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John."

Matthew 28:19, 20 "Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit."

Baptism by Jesus' Disciples until A.D. 36—for Jews, Related Sa­maritans and Proselytes Only

Acts 2:37, 38, 41 "Peter said to them: 'Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins,. .. ' Therefore those who embraced his word heartily were baptized."

Acts 9:18 "He [Saul] recovered sight, and he rose and was bap­tized."

Acts 22:16 "Rise, get baptized and wash your sins away by your calling upon His name."

Acts 8:27, 35, 36, 38 "Philip opened his mouth and, starting with this Scripture, he declared to him the good news about Jesus. Now as they were traveling over the road, they came to a certain body of water, and the eunuch said: 'Look! a body of water; what prevents me from getting baptized?'... and he bap­tized him."

After A.D. 36 Jews and Uncircumcised Gentiles on Same Basis

Daniel 9:24-27 "Seventy weeks [455 B.C.-A.D. 36] are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city, . . . And he shall make a firm covenant with many for one week [A.D. 29-36]."

Acts 10:45, 47, 48 "The faith­ful ones that had come with Peter who were of those cir­cumcised were amazed, because the free gift of the holy spirit was being poured out also upon people of the nations. Then Peter responded: 'Can anyone forbid water so that these might not be baptized who have received the holy spirit even as we have?' With that he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ."

Acts 18:25, 26 "This man [Apollos] . . . went to speaking and teaching with some correctness the things about Jesus, but being acquainted with only the baptism of John. . . . Priscilla and Aquila . . expounded the way of God more correctly to him."

Acts 19:2-6 "They said to him: 'Why, we have never heard whether there is a holy spirit.' And he said: 'In what, then, were you baptized?' They said: 'In John's baptism.' Paul said: 'John baptized with the baptism of those repenting, telling the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.' On hearing this, they got baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands upon them, the holy spirit came upon them."

Acts 15:7-9 "Peter . . . said to them: 'Brothers, you well know that from early days God made the choice among you that through my mouth people of the nations should hear the word of the good news and believe; . . . And He made no distinction at all between us and them, but purified their hearts by faith.' 

Repentance Must Precede, but Sins Not Washed Away by Baptism

Acts 17:30 "God . . . now . . .is telling mankind that they should all everywhere repent."

Acts 20:21 "I thoroughly bore witness both to Jews and to Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus."

Acts 26:20 "I went bringing the message that they should repent and turn to God by doing works that befit repentance."

1 Peter 3:21 "That which corre­sponds to this is also now saving you, namely, baptism, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the request made to God for a good conscience,) through the resurrection of Je­sus Christ."

Hebrews 6:1, 2 "Let us press on to maturity, not laying a foundation again, namely, repentance from dead works, and faith toward God, the teaching on baptisms."

Immersion Symbolizes Complete Dedication, as Did Jesus' Baptism

1 Peter 2:21 "In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you, leaving you a model for you to follow His steps closely."

Matthew 16:24 "Then Jesus said to His disciples: 'If anyone wants to come after Me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake and follow Me continually.' "

Luke 9:23 "If anyone wants to come after Me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake day after day and follow Me continually."

A Necessary Step of Obedience for All Christians, Including the Other Sheep

Matthew 3:15 "Jesus said to him: 'Let it be, this time, for in that way it is suitable for us to carry out all that is righteous.'"

Micah 4:1-5 "Many nations shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of

Jehovah, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths."

1 Peter 3:20 "In Noah's days, ... a few people, that is, eight souls, were carried safely through the water."

Genesis 6:18; 7:7, 13 "I will estab­lish My covenant with thee; and thou shall come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark.”

1 Corinthians 10:1, 2 "All passed through the sea and all got baptized into Moses by means of the cloud and of the sea."

Exodus 12:37, 38 "The children of Israel journeyed ... And a mixed multitude went up also with them."

In the Name (Recognizing the Office, Authority) of the Father

Psalm 83:18 "Thou alone, whose name is Jehovah, are the Most High over all the earth."

Psalm 36:9 "With Thee is the foun­tain of life."

Hebrews 10:7 "I am come ... to do Your will, O God."

1 Peter 3:21 "That which cor­responds to this is also now sav­ing you, namely, baptism, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the request made to God for a good conscience,) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ."

Hebrews 11:6 "He that approaches God must believe that He is and that He becomes the Rewarder of those earnestly seeking Him."

John 5:43 "I have come in the name of My Father."

John 10:25 "Jesus answered them: '. . The works which I am doing in the name of My Father, these bear witness about Me.' "

Luke 11:2 "Father, let Your Name be sanctified."

In the Name (Recognizing the Office, Authority) of the Son

Isaiah 55:4 "Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples."

Philippians 2:9-11 "God exalted Him to a superior position and kindly gave Him the name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father."

Revelation 19:16 "He has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords."

Hebrews 5:9, 10 "He became re­sponsible for everlasting salvation to all those obeying Him, because He has been specifically called by God a high priest after the like­ness of Melchizedek."

Isaiah 9:6 "His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

John 4:42 "This man is for a certainty the savior of the world."

John 2:2 "He is a propitia­tory sacrifice for our sins, yet not for ours only but also for the whole world's."

In the Name (Recognizing the Function and Purpose) of the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 5:18 "Keep getting filled with spirit."

Galatians 5:16, 18 "Keep walking by spirit and you will carry out no fleshly desire at all. Furthermore, if you are being led by spirit, you are not under law."

Galatians 6:8 "He who is sowing with a view to the spirit will reap everlasting life from the spirit."

2 Peter 1:21 "Prophecy was at no time brought by man's will, but men spoke from God as they were borne along by holy spirit."

John 6:63 "It is the spirit that is life-giving; the flesh is of no use at all. The sayings that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."

1 John 5:6 "The spirit is the truth."

Ephesians 6:17 "Accept... the sword of the spirit, that is, God's Word."

Not in the Name of the One Baptizing nor of Any Man or Organization

John 4:2 "Jesus Himself did no baptizing but His disciples did."

1 Corinthians 1:13-15 "Does the Christ exist divided? Paul was not im­paled for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I am thankful I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name."

Acts 10:47, 48 "Then Peter re­sponded: 'Can anyone forbid wa­ter so that these might not be baptized who have received the holy spirit even as we have?' With that he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ."

Not to Be Urged on Anyone —Must Be a Freewill Decision

1 Corinthians 1:17 "For Christ dis­patched me, not to go baptizing, but to go declaring the good news, not with wisdom of speech, that the torture stake of the Christ should not be made useless."

Acts 8:36-38 "Now as they were traveling over the road, they came to a certain body of water, and the eunuch said: 'Look! a body of water; what prevents me from getting baptized?' With that he commanded the chariot to halt, and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him."

John 17:3 "This means ever­lasting life, their taking in knowl­edge of You, the only true God, and of the one whom You sent forth, Jesus Christ."

Infant Baptism Unscriptural

Romans 10:13, 14 " 'Anyone that calls upon the name of Jehovah will be saved.' However, how will

they call upon Him in whom they have not put faith? How, in turn, will they put faith in Him of whom they have not heard?"

Hebrews 11:1, 6 "Faith is the as­sured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld. . . . Moreover, without faith it is im­possible to win His good pleasure, for he that approaches God must believe that He is and that He becomes the Rewarder of those earnestly seeking Him."

Matthew 13:15 "They have shut their eyes; that they might never see with their eyes and hear with their ears and get the sense of it with their hearts and turn back, and I heal them."

Acts 3:19 "Repent, therefore, and turn around so as to get your sins blotted out."

Psalm 51:5 "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."

1 Corinthians 14:20 "Brothers, do not become young children in powers of understanding, but be babes as to evil; yet become full-grown in powers of understanding."

Baptism Must Be Followed by Works of Faith

Matthew 4:17 "From that time on, Jesus commenced preaching and saying: 'Repent, for the Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.' "

Isaiah 61:1, 2 "The spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; be­cause Jehovah hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to pro­claim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the year of Jehovah's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn."

Ecclesiastes 5:4, 5 "When thou vow a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools: pay that which you vow. Better is it that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay."

Hebrews 6:1, 2 "Now that we have left the elementary doctrine about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying a founda­tion again."

Luke 9:62 "Jesus said to him: 'No man that has put his hand to a plow and looks at the things behind is well fitted for the King­dom of God.' "

Hebrews 10:38 “‘But My righteous one will live by reason of faith,' and, 'if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.' "

2 Corinthians 6:1 "Working together with Him, we also entreat you not to accept the undeserved kindness of God and miss its purpose."

Psalm 116:13, 14 "I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of Jehovah. I will pay my vows unto Jehovah, yea, in the presence of all His people."

Dedicated Ones Baptized for Pro­tection into the (Within the New System of Things) Greater Noah (Christ) and Who Is Also the Greater Moses

Hebrews 11:7 "By faith Noah, after being given divine warning of things not yet beheld, showed godly fear and constructed an ark for the saving of his household, and through this faith he con­demned the world, and he be­came an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith."

Zephaniah 2:2, 3 "Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of Jehovah come upon you, before the day of Jehovah's anger come upon you. Seek ye Jehovah, all ye meek of the earth, that have kept His ordinances; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye will be hid in the day of Jehovah's anger."

Isaiah 26:20 "Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast."

1 Peter 3:20, 21 "The ark ... in which . ., eight souls, were car­ried safely through the water. That which corresponds to this is also now saving you, namely, baptism."

Hebrews 3:4-6 "Of course, every house is constructed by someone, but He that constructed all things is God. And Moses as an attend­ant was faithful in all the house of that One as a testimony of the things that were to be spoken afterwards, but Christ was faith­ful as a Son over the house of that One."

Baptism with Holy Spirit—God First Baptizes His High Priest

Matthew 3:13-17 "After being bap­tized Jesus immediately came up from the water; and, look! the heavens were opened up, and He saw descending like a dove God's spirit coming upon Him."

Luke 4:18 "Jehovah's spirit is upon Me, because He anointed Me."

Acts 10:38 "Jesus who was from Nazareth, how God anointed Him with holy spirit and power, and He went through the land doing good and healing all those op­pressed by the Devil."

Isaiah 42:1 "Behold, My servant, whom I uphold; My chosen, in whom My soul delights: I have put My spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Gen­tiles."

Psalm 133:2 "It is like the precious oil upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard; that came down upon the skirt of his garments."

Spirit Baptism for Body Mem­bers (Underpriests) Not Direct from God, but Through Christ

Acts 1:5 "John, indeed, bap­tized with water, but you will be baptized in holy spirit not many days after this."

Acts 2:1-4, 32, 33 "Now while the day of the feast of Pentecost was in progress they were all together at the same place, and suddenly there occurred from heaven a noise just like that of a rushing stiff breeze, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. . . . and they all became filled with holy spirit.. .. 'This Jesus . . because He was exalted to the right hand of God and received the promised holy spirit from the Father, He has poured out this which you see and hear.' "

John 14:16, 17 "I will request the Father and He will give you another helper to be with you forever, the spirit of the truth."

John 15:26 "When the helper arrives that I will send you from the Father, the spirit of the truth which proceeds from the Father, that one will bear witness about Me."

John 16:7, 13 "If I do not go away, the helper will by no means come to you; but if I do go my way, I will send him to you."

2 Corinthians 1:21 "But He who guar­antees that you and we belong to Christ and He who has anointed us is God."

Baptism into Body of Christ for 144,000 Only, Done by Baptizing Them with Holy Spirit

Galatians 3:27, 28 "All of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. ... for you are all one in union with Christ Je­sus."

Ephesians 4:4, 5 "One body there is, and one spirit, even as you were called in the one hope to which you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism."

1 Corinthians 12:13 "For truly by one spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink one spirit."

1 John 2:20, 27 "You have an anointing from the holy One; all of you have knowledge. And as for you, the anointing that you re­ceived from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but, as the anointing from Him is teaching you about all things, and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught you, remain in union with Him."

Baptized into Christ's Death, Destiny of the 144,000

Romans 6:3, 4 "Do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through our baptism into His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised up from the dead through the glory of the Father, we also should likewise walk in a new­ness of life."

Colossians 2:12 "You were buried with Him in His baptism, and by rela­tionship with Him you were also raised up together through your faith in the operation of God, who raised Him up from the dead."

Luke 12:50 "Indeed, I have a baptism with which to be bap­tized, and how I am being dis­tressed until it is finished!"

Mark 10:38, 39 " 'Are you able to drink the cup which I am drinking, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am being baptized?' They said to Him: 'We are able.' At that Jesus said to them: 'The cup I am drinking you will drink, and with the bap­tism with which I am being baptized you will be baptized.' "

Philippians 3:10 "So as to know Him and the power of His resurrection and a sharing in His sufferings, submitting myself to his kind of death."

1 Corinthians 15:29 "Otherwise, what will they do who are being bap­tized for the purpose of being dead ones? If the dead are not to be raised up at all, why are they also being baptized for the purpose of being such?"

2 Timothy 2:11 "Certainly if we died together, we shall also live together."

Baptism with Fire (to Destruc­tion) Not the Baptism with Holy Spirit

Joel 2:28-31 "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the hand­maids in those days will I pour out My spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of Jehovah comes."

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 "It is righteous on God's part to repay tribula­tion to those who make tribula­tion for you, but, to you who suf­fer tribulation, relief along with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with His powerful angels in a flaming fire, as He brings due punishment up­on those who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus."

Luke 3:16, 17 "He will baptize you people with holy spirit and fire. . . . the chaff He will burn up with fire that cannot be put out."

Daniel 9:26, 27 "And the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and even unto the end shall be war; deso­lations are determined. . . . and even unto the full end, and that determined, shall wrath be poured out upon the desolate."

Isaiah 1:9 "Except Jehovah of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, we should have been like unto Gomorrah."

Baptism into Destruction for God's Enemies at Armageddon and at End of 1,000-Year Rule of Christ

Matthew 13:30 "In the harvest season I will tell the reapers, First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up, then go to gathering the wheat into My storehouse."

Malachi 4:1 "For, behold, the day comes, it burns as a furnace; and all the proud, and all that work wickedness, shall be stubble; and the day that comes shall burn them up, saith Jehovah of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch."

Zephaniah 3:8 "All the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy."

Jude 7 "Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities about them, after they in the same manner as the foregoing ones had committed fornication excessively and gone out after flesh for unnatural use, are placed before us as a warning example by undergoing the judi­cial punishment of everlasting fire."

Revelation 19:20 "The wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who render worship to its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur."

Revelation 20:7-10, 14, 15 "As soon as the thousand years have been ended, Satan will ... go out to mislead . . . And they advanced . . . and encircled the camp of the holy ones and the beloved city. But fire came down out of heaven and devoured them. And the Devil who was misleading them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulphur, where both the wild beast and the false prophet already were; and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And death and Hades were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. Furthermore, who­ever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire.'

Hebrews 12:29  "For our God is also a consuming fire."

2 Peter 3:6, 7 "The world of that time suffered destruction when it was deluged with water. But by the same word the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men."

Luke 17:26-30 "Just as it oc­curred in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of man: . . . and the flood arrived and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it occurred in the days of Lot: ... it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed them all."

Exodus 14:26-28 "Jehovah over­threw the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters re­turned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, even all the host of Pharaoh that went in after them into the sea; there remained not so much as one of them."

Revelation 11:8 "The great city which is in a spiritual sense called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also impaled.

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