Question Ninety Five

Question? In 2 Thessalonians 1:9 does the words everlasting destruction mean annihilation?

By: Robert Serreyn

(2 Thessalonians 1:8,9) In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: (9) Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.


NO, The Greek word for “Destruction” is OLETHROS and it means PUNISHMENT.

The Lord Jesus will place JUDGEMENT upon all the lost which will stand before him at the Great White Throne Judgement WILL RECIEVE an EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT in the Lake of Fire.

Those that TEACH that the lost will be ANNIHILATED after death DENY the doctrine of EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT and the literal reality of hell and the Lake of Fire.

The Bible states in Matthew 7:13,14 that MOST people are going to hell rather then heaven.

Matthew 7:13,14

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat:(14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it

In Summary, lets concluded it this way:

Hell AWAITS for those WHO:

– Add Water Baptism to the Gospel.(Baptismal Regeneration)

– Substitutes the Gospel with Good Deeds or ANY Religious / Humantarian merits

– Combine Works with the Gospel. (Lordship Salvation)

– include ANYTHING to or other than but Trusting in Christ Alone as the Complete Payment for their sins.

– Do Not Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hell AWAITS for ALL those that die WITHOUT trusting Christ ALONE as saviour.

Don’t be a FOOL and allow Satan to make you a PERMANENT resident of hell.

Trust Christ NOW and receive the Royal Inheritance that AWAITS you.
Eternal Life is a GIFT AWAITING to be received. – John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8,9.

(John 1:12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

(Ephesians 2:8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:(9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Salvation is GIVEN to only those who Trust in Christ ALONE by BELIEVING that Jesus DIED on the cross and shed his blood, was BURIED, and 3 days later RESURRECTED from the dead. – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

(1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;(2) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.(3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;(4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

“For God So Loved the world that he gave his begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth on him shall not perish but have everlasting life” – John 3:16

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” – Acts 16:31

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins. the MOMENT you believe(TRUST in Christ ALONE) you receive eternal life.

-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8

-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24

BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9

“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23