Due to symbolism in the Scriptures, people often take it literally to mean something aside from what is meant to drive home the point. In an example, I will show you why people believe in a burning Hell; then I will show you what the burning Hell they conceive really is.
“When the 1,000 years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. Their number is like the sand of the sea. They came up over the surface of the earth and surrounded the encampment of the saints, the beloved city. Then fire came down from heaven and consumed them. The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:7-10 (HCSB)
Hell is not fire and brimstone. Hell is an abyss. It is total and complete darkness, solitude and separation from God and all others. It’s solitary confinement in the Spirit Realm and there is no
escaping it. Think about it. When you die you leave the container we are in while on the Physical
Plane which is your physical body. When you leave that container you are then transformed into
your Spiritual Body. Fire and brimstone are physical elements that cannot harm a spiritual body.
So what would the point would there be in Hell being fire and brimstone if it cannot harm you? The above Scripture’s 10th verse is where the misconception arises. To fully understand the torment of forever, you have to understand what the “lake of fire” really symbolizes. That is given without symbolism. Now let’s look at Revelation 20:14-15 “Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” (HCSB)
So, what is the Lake of Fire? “This is the second death, the lake of fire.” The “second death” is a death of annihilation from existence. You don’t get reanimation from that death. You have simply been completely destroyed, and are out of creation’s existence; that also means out of Yahweh’s memory, for He is the one with the power to reanimate.