§ Anti-Reconciliatory Expectations of Terminal Enmity


  1. Demons express expectancy only of future torment according to the time of judgment (Mt. 8:29) and of being destroyed (Lk. 4:34). (No creature knowledgeable of his current or future judgment in hell or the Lake of Fire exhibits knowledge of terminality to his sentence and none is stated at any trial evidenced, thus contradicting any post-death expectation of universal reconciliation among the damned. How is it that no damned creature beyond the grave exhibits any knowledge of such a possibility or of an act of God seeking to reconcile him to God? If universal reconciliation were true, and God was using hell and the Lake of Fire to try to “preach the gospel” to the damned to “win” their salvation out of the Fire, there should be some hell-wide conscious evidence of it by some hell bound creature, just as surely as the earth is being evangelized now. There is none.)


  1. No further comfort or satisfaction or laughter past this life exists for the rich (Lk. 6:24-25; 16:25), but they are destroyed like a fading flower and burned (Jas. 1:10-11; 5:1-3). Nor is a rich man’s faith expressed from hell able to save him. (Lk. 16:27-31).


  1. Soul forfeiture is terminal because nothing may be given in exchange for it (Mt. 16:26). (Thus no payment through punishment in hell may retrieve the lost soul consigned thereto. This further disproves the Universalist assertion that the parable of the unmerciful debtor shows that one will have to pay off his unforgiven sin under the torment of hell. Please review PART 3 § Salvation Adjudicated Only Upon Terrestrial Life Action, Point 81.)


  1. Salt once lost of its character essence is unredeemable, fit only for trampling under foot (Mt. 5:13; Mk. 9:49-50; Lk. 14:34-35). (As trampling under foot is an act of anti-reconciliatory enmity, and being the only purpose left to those identified as savorless salt, Jesus is denying the doctrine of eventual universal reconciliation.)   


  1. God maintains an attitude of terminal enmity between the holy and profane, destroying the profane (Ezk. 28:16) and decrying all priests who would seek to reconcile them by conflation (Ezk. 22:26). (Universalists eliminate all distinction between God’s dealings with His holy covenantal people and the rest of the unholy world, treating the world population as one indiscriminate mass, subject to one unholy (non-separating) “love” by which the world is to be non-exceptionally brought into a non-selective, non-exclusive effectual salvation, contrary to the vast forest of biblical exposition on the separational nature of salvation.)   


  1. The Lord hates the violent (Ps. 11:5), the wicked (Ps. 139:19-24) and the immorally profane (Heb. 12:16 (Mal. 1:3; Rom. 9:13)).(Hatred is an anti-reconciliatory attitude opposed to love.  Because God possesses hatred for anyone, His love is not unexceptionally universal.)



§ Divine Terminal Regret


  1. God expresses retroactive terminal regret for actually having made man (Gen. 6:6-7), for having delivered the larger rebellious nation of Israel (Dt. 9:14) and for the birth of Judas (Mt. 26:24). (The presence of terminal regret in the divine heart precludes the possibility of God’s hope, expectation or overriding intent of effecting universal reconciliation with all men to be His driving divine purpose. For if God knew from before Creation that He was going to bring every man to reconciliation with Him even if by means of the Lake of Fire as necessary, there is no way He could ever have regretted creating even one man. The conclusion of a Universalist savior could only ever be that, no matter how evil a man might become, it is better that he was created than that he had never lived.  There is neither room nor explanation in the Universalist construct for divine terminal regret except to deny that God “really meant what He said.”)



§ Anti-Reconciliatory Heart Hardening


  1. God directly hardens the heart of Pharaoh and the Egyptians (Ex. 4:21; 10:1; 11:10; 14:4,8,17; Rom. 9:18), expresses His direct purpose of 1) receiving glory by the sign and wonder of their terminal (Ex. 14:13; Dt. 11:4) destruction (Ex. 10:1; 11:9, 14:4,17-18; Dt. 34:11-12; Jer. 32:21; Rom. 9:17), and of 2) impressing the Egyptians with the knowledge of His forcible Lordship (Ex. 14:4,18 [later Ezk. 29:6-9; 30:8,19,25-26; 32:15]) as a God of war (Ex. 15:3); wherein God further memorializes this terminal destruction for all future generations of the redeemed, including the immortals beyond the grave in consort with the Lamb’s victory (Ex. 15:1; Dt. 7:18; Rev. 15:2-4). (Therefore anti-reconciliation is established as a permanent divine attitude and basis of glory even in the heavenly realm, precluding the possibility of universal reconciliation. Were Universalist salvation the eternal plan of God, all heaven would know it and no anti-reconciliatory attitude could be harbored there by way of post-terrestrial memorialization of divine enmity with any man or population.)


  1. Christ was established for the ripened sealed fall, blinding and hardening of many (Mt. 13:13-15; Lk. 2:34; Jn. 9:39; 12:40; Ac. 4:11; Rom. 9:33), being the savor of death unto the perishing (II Cor. 2:15-16 Jn. 8:19,21,23-24, 26, 37-47,55) and the rock of stumbling to appointed doom of certain men (I Pt. 2:7-8Mt. 21:41-42). (That Christ was raised up to seal anti-reconciliatory purposes toward certain men precludes the possibility of universal reconciliation as the driving purpose of the divine heart.)


  1. God is able to cause people to walk in His ways by sovereignly choosing to give them a new heart (Ezk. 36:27) yet He specifically conceals saving truth from crowds of people to prevent them from being converted (Mk. 4:11-12) and gives them spirits of stupor and incoherence that will prevent them from ever believing the truth to become saved (Rom. 11:8). (God’s purposed intent to prevent certain masses of people and individuals from coming to salvation disproves the proposition that God is unthwartably determined to effectually “save all men” (as Universalists superficially interpret Paul’s words (Rom. 5:18; I Tim. 2:4,6; 4:10; Tit. 2:11) and Peter’s expression (II Pt. 3:9). Universalism has no room for a concept of divine salvation prevention. Under no condition could or would a Universalist God act to prevent salvation.)


  1. God deludes the perishing in judgment unto their destruction (II Th. 2:10-12).



§ Anti-Reconciliatory Expressions of Terminated Existence


  1. To perish is to no longer or ever again exist in life (Jer. 10:11; Am. 8:14).


  1. To be extinguished/snuffed out/made extinct (Heb. da`ak / kabah) is to never rise again from hell (Is. 43:17 / Ezk. 32:718  Job. 18:5-6; 21:17; Ps. 118:12; Pr. 13:9; 20:20; 24:20).


  1. The end destiny of the enemies of the cross is destruction (Php. 3:18-19); the end of the wicked and of evil doers is to perish (Job 4:9), perpetual ruin (Ps. 9:6); destruction and terror (Ps. 73:17-20), to be ended / cut off / no more (Is. 1:28 17:1429:20;66:17), wretched and evil (Mt. 21:41; II Cor. 11:15), to be burned (Heb. 6:8) and the end of the son of perdition is death (II Th. 2:8), all outside the contemplation of salvation (I Pt. 4:17-18). (There is no further existence after one’s existence has come to an end, thus there is no universal reconciliation. See further below § The Existential Termination of the Wicked.)


§ The Irretrievably Forfeited Salvation of Apostates


  1. Apostates are a class which having known and then fallen away from saving truth will never be able to repent or come to the truth (I Tim. 1:19-20; 4:1-2; 5:24-25; II Tim. 2:15-18; 3:2-9; 4:3-4; Tit. 1:10-16; Heb. 3:12,16-19; 6:4-6; 10:38-39; 12:16-17,25; II Pt. 2:1-22; I Jn. 2:18-19). (The inability to repent again after falling away from first salvation precludes the possibility of universal reconciliation in any domain.)






  1. The last state of a man can be worse than his original state (Lk. 11:26; II Pt. 2:20). (There is no state after the last. No length of time can alter the meaning of “last.” Thus the possibility of a man suffering the worse for having been born precludes the possibility of universal reconciliation.)




  1. False teachers who are covered by the blood of Christ through provisional salvation are nevertheless marked out for condemnation “long beforehand” (II Pt. 2:1; Jude 3) and their natures are never changed by the blood (II Pt. 2:22). (If the blood applied in the lifetime of false teachers is unable to alter their pre-ordained condemnation and to change their nature, and if the blood of Christ is the only means to salvation and if salvation is opposed to condemnation (e.g., Jn. 3:17), then the condemnation of false teachers through judgment to the Lake of Fire can only be both permanent and non-remedial.))


§ The Existential Termination of the Wicked


  1. The existence of the wicked is terminally ended according to the following descriptors: Job 4:9(ended);11:20; 20:5(perish in perpetuity); 27:20-21(gone); Ps. 1:4(chaff); 9:3-617(memory blotted out, perished, destroyed in perpetuity in hell); 36:12 (cannot rise); 37:9(cut off),10(be no more), 20(perish/vanish away), 28,34(cut off), 36(be no more / not to be found), 38(cut off); 52:5(break down in perpetuity/uprooted); 58:3-10; 59:13(be no more); 68:2(perish as smoke); 73:17-20 (end is destruction/terror); 92:7,9 (destroyed / perish); 94:23; 104:35 (consumed / be no more); 106:18 (consumed by flame); 119:119(removed as dross); 145:20 (destroyed); Pr. 2:22 (cut off / uprooted); 5:22-23; 10:7(memory rots), 25(is no more); 11:3 (destroyed); 12:7 (be no more); 13:9 (lamp extinguished—see Is. 43:17; Ezk. 32:718); 14:11 (destroyed); 24:20 (no future / extinguished); Is. 1:28(ended); 17:14(are no more); 29:5(dust/chaff blown away), 20(ended/finished/cut off); 41:12(nothing / non-existent); 48:19(cut off/destroyed from God),22(no peace); Jer. 9:16(annihilated); Lam. 5:7(no more); Ezk. 28:18-19(incinerated); Nah. 1:12,14-15(name cut off completely/pass away in death) Mt. 21:41(wretched end),44(broken to dust); 22:7(destroyed); Lk. 19:27(slain); Php. 3:19(destruction); II Th. 2:8(death).




  1. Jesus came to fulfil the law and the prophets, not to abrogate them (Mt. 5:17). (This means the Lord came to fulfil, not abrogate all Old Covenant prophecies of terminal destruction of the wicked, and therefore that the grace of God does not extend otherwise to abrogate their annihilation. Had the gospel of grace been meant to embrace an idea of the eventual “posthumous salvation” of all the wicked, it would have been incumbent on the apostles to directly explain their contradiction of the Prophets against whose declarations of terminal annihilation of the wicked their case for universal salvation rested. Not a single apostle challenges any of the terminally enmitous language expressed by the Old Testament prophets.)


  1. Those who sink to death by means of adultery never return to life again (Pr. 2:18-19; cf. Rev. 21:8; 22:15 “pornos”). (Solomon confirms not only that those who die in adultery can never return to reconciled age-enduring life, but that therefore those cast into the Lake of Fire as sexual perverts of any kind cannot return. The Lake of Fire is terminal.)   


  1. God destroys those who destroy the earth (Rev. 11:18). (The acts of the earth’s destroyers are anti-redemptive, thus also then are God’s acts of destruction upon the destroyers. Therefore to destroy cannot mean to purge or to restore. The concept of destruction is inescapably inherently anti-reconciliatory. Please see further PART 8 § The Dynamics of Fire as Redemptive Refining and Non-Redemptive Burning, Point 151.)


  1. God’s wrathful acts of judgment are acts of anti-reconciliation upon the unreconciled (Rev. 6:16-179:18,20-21; 11:18; 16:9,11,21). (Men are destroyed because they are unreconciled, not in order to reconcile them. Thus God’s judgments upon the unreconciled are anti-reconciliatory in disproof of universal reconciliation.)


§ The Book of Life and the Divine Terminal Forgetfulness of the Wicked 


  1. To be blotted out of the book of life (Rev. 3:5) is to be never forgiven forward while expunged from all memory in unending perpetuity among the living (Dt. 29:20 w/Ex. 32:32-33; Job 18:17; 24:20; Ps. 9:5; 34:16; 69:28; 88:5; 109:13-15; Pr. 10:7; Is. 14:20; 26:14; Jer. 18:23; Am. 8:7). First expressed toward the antediluvians (Gen. 6:7), to be blotted out of all memory is synonymous with terminal destruction / extinction (Ex. 17:14; Dt. 25:19; Num. 24:20; I Sam. 15:3,18), including of the works of idolatry (Ezk. 6:6) and is oppositely commensurate with the terminal blotting out of all memory of sin and its mournful effects ([Neh. 4:5]; Ps. 51:1,9; Is. 25:8; 43:25; 44:22; Ac. 3:19; Col. 2:14; Rev. 21:4) and with the remembering of the righteous to time out of view (Ps. 112:6). (Thus to be blotted out of the book of life is a co-extensively permanent anti-reconciliatory action, contrary to the Universalist assertion that God can add blotted out names back into the book.)


  1. The elect are written into the book of Life before earth’s foundation (Rev. 13:8 cf. 17:8), all others upon birth (Ex. 32:31-33; Ps. 69:27-28), following which the names of all the others are blotted out at the confession (Rev. 3:5 w/Lk. 12:9), and thereafter, being no longer written therein, they are cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:15). (As all life is birthed in the flesh and in the spirit within the flesh (Jn. 3:5-7), no record or means exists for being added to the book of life through flesh birth a second time after death (cf. Jn. 3:4).)


  1. The “forgetting of the former things” in the age(s) to come does not include or envision the reconciliation of the damned, but includes also the forgetting of them predicated on their accursedness (Is. 65:15-17).


  1. Terminal destruction is memorialized to “all generations,” even to time out of view (Ps. 106:30-31; 136:10). (Thus universal reconciliation is not possible unto “all generations.” In this non-exceptional application of the word “all,” Christian Universalism falls on its own sword. Because there are no generations to come in which terminal destruction will not be memorialized and there is no recorded cessation of the reproducing of generations to come, there is therefore no such thing as universal reconciliation.)


§  The Anti-Reconciliatory Position of Divine Love 


  1. Divine love is characterized by militant jealousy and anger, manifesting itself destructively wherever it must in the defense of its own integrity based in holiness and righteousness (S.S. 8:6 Ex. 20:5; Jn. 2:15-17), forming the basis of God’s premier identity as a God of war (Lord of Hosts /Armies – 274x NASB). (Therefore universal reconciliation is antithetical to and expresses a false caricature of divine love and the heart of God. It promotes a false love (anti-love).)  

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    Chris Anderson
    New Meadow Neck, Rhode Island

    First Love Ministry

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