The Fire of Gehenna and the Tongue

by John and Ruth Greene

family strife stressIn scripture, Yahshua [Jesus] uses the word ‘gehenna’ 11 times to describe the opposite to life in the the Kingdom of Father YHWH. (Mark 9:43-48) It is represents a condition where both soul and body are destroyed eternally, (Matthew 10:28) symbolized by unquenchable fire. (Mark 9:43) This ‘gehenna’ is a condition that is permanent and cannot be reversed. (“The Disciple and Hell: The Parables of Matthew 25“; “Woes of the Hypocrites“)

“For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.

fireSee how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” – James 3:2-8, NKJV

The Book of James connects the power of what you say with gehenna. (James 3:6) How? The gehenna of the heart and soul is said to set the tongue on fire, and the tongue in turn sets on fire the entire “course” or “wheel” of life. This is not the kind of fire that purifies you. The tongue easily steers your life now and your prospect for eternal life. Only the fire of gehenna purifies the unclean and unrepentant (spiritually wicked) through destruction. The spiritual laws of YHWH remove spiritually poisoned people from the future of His Kingdom! (“A Tough Tongue Creates Tough Times“; “Listening and Doing as a Disciple“; “Healing Wounds That People Can’t See“; “Forsaking Bitterness“)

“Now I say this to you because anyone that is angry with his own brother without reason will be subject to the Judgment. Now anyone that has said to his own brother, ‘you worthless one,’ will be subject to the Sanhedrin and anyone who may have said ‘you fool’ is subject to the abundance of gehenna’s fire.” – Matthew 5:22, direct translation

“Now when your right eye stumbles you, tear it out and throw it away from you! Indeed, it is better for you that one of your parts should perish and not your whole body should be thrown into gehenna. Now when your right hand stumbles you, remove it from yourself and cast it from you. Indeed, it is better for you that one of your parts should perish and not your whole body should be cast into gehenna.” – Matthew 5:29-30, direct translation

“And do not fear before those that kill the body, but are not able to kill the spirit. Now to a greater degree, fear the power that is able to destroy both spirit and body in gehenna.” – Matthew 10:28, direct translation

“And if your eye entices you to sin, pluck it out from you and cast it away from you. You would profit better to enter into life one-eyed rather than having two eyes and be cast into the fire of gehenna.” – Matthew 18:9, direct translation

“Alas you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you go around the sea and dry land to gain one convert, and whenever this comes into being you make him twofold the son of gehenna as yourselves.” – Matthew 23:15, direct translation

“And in the event that your hand entraps you, cut it off from yourself! It is better for you for you to enter into life crippled than to have two hands, going off into gehenna, into the fire that cannot be extinguished. Where your maggot does not die and the fire is not quenched. Because when your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off from yourself. It is better for you to enter limping into life than to have two feet, cast into gehenna in the unquenched fire. Where your maggot does not die and the fire is not quenched. And when your eye entices you to sin, pluck it out yourself. It is better for you to enter into the Kingdom of Elohim one-eyed than to have two eyes, cast into the fire of gehenna.” – Mark 9:43-47, direct translation

“Now I admonish you that of everything you fear, fear Him that has the power to cast into gehenna. Yes, I say to you, fear Him!” – Luke 12:5, direct translation

sacrifice to MolochGehenna, sometimes referred to as ‘hell’, is not a place of eternal torment for the damned. Gehenna refers to a real place on earth, a valley that was often used for false worship of all kinds, often sequestered in caves. Moloch is often associated with these abominations which incorporated the sacrifice of babies and children. (Jeremiah 32:35; Nehemiah 11:30; Leviticus 18:21; 1 Kings 11:3-7, 2 Kings 23:10; Amos 5:26; Acts 7:43) According to some, this valley was used as a garbage dump for burning the corpses of animals and criminals. (Jeremiah 7:31,32, 12:3; 19:6; Zechariah 11:4-9; 2 Kings 23:10-20; Isaiah 66:23-24) To a Jewish reader of the Hebrew scriptures, the meaning is singular. Those that cling to Babylon will reap the fruit of that decision through Holy Judgment. Gehenna is a decision of judgment that condemns the dead to eternal cutting off from YHWH’s Kingdom. (Jeremiah 7:20; “The Perverse Gods of Christmas“)

Your Heavenly Father wants to lead everyone that will listen through His track of righteousness, a track that He set out long ago so that all might be saved through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah and the power of His Holy Spirit! (Psalm 23:1-4) This is not a random path of your choosing, as if all paths and lifestyles lead to the same place, but through an established entrenchment or rampart of heavenly protection for His people! (“YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “YHWH’s Faithful: Victory in Spiritual Battle“)

“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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