“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.” (Daniel 12:2)
Some claim that the Old Testament knows nothing of a resurrection, but this promise of God clearly refutes such a notion. Not only will some be raised to everlasting life, but some to everlasting shame and contempt!
What a bitter end this will be for those who now look with contempt upon the Bible. The Hebrew word translated “contempt” is used only one other time, in the very last verse of Isaiah, but is there translated ‘abhorring.’ “And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me.
For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh” (Isaiah 66:24).
There is probably no doctrine of the Bible more hated by unbelievers than the doctrine of everlasting punishment. It was this teaching (not the imaginary evidence for evolution) that turned Charles Darwin away from God. Nevertheless, it was verified by Christ Himself. “It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire: Where . . . the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:47-48).
Christ will say to the “goats” on His left hand, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. . . And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41, 46).
Paul also warned that those who “on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).
Everlasting contempt, everlasting fire, everlasting punishment, everlasting destruction, these await all who reject God and His saving word, through Christ.
How much better to “awake to everlasting life!”
SOURCE: Institute for Creation Research by Henry Morris, Ph.D.