I know that Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in hellfire but in that case, how do they interpret scriptures such as Revelation 20:10, which says

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV)

According to Jehovah's Witnesses, what is this verse a description of?

  • You are aware of the fact that revelation is written largely in symbolic language right?
    – Kris
    Jan 5 '18 at 12:59
  • yes @Kris but not everything(?) in it is symbolic. I have been told by some born-again Christian friends that this passage refers to tormenting so I wanted to hear what JWs think of it.
    – ben.g
    Jan 6 '18 at 17:15
  • Fair enough I’m glad you found the answer by 4castle helpful
    – Kris
    Jan 6 '18 at 23:40

To find out what the "lake of fire" is, continue reading down to verses 13 and 14 (KJV):

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

These verses explain what Jehovah's Witnesses believe. The "lake of fire" means "the second death," which is the condition of eternal destruction. (2 Thessalonians 1:9) As you may notice, it's not the same as hell, because hell is thrown into the lake of fire. Death and hell are destroyed forever.

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