HELL is for REAL!

In the previous post THE “SLEAZE FACTOR”, we studied the first 2 verses of 2nd Kefa (Peter) chapter 2:

 2 Peter 2:1-2 (CJB)

1  But among the people there were also false prophets,

just as there will be false teachers among you.

Under false pretenses they will introduce destructive heresies,

even denying the Master who bought them,

and thus bring on themselves swift destruction.

2  Many will follow their debaucheries;

and because of them,

the true Way will be maligned.

We see a comparison in the beginning of these two verses of the false prophets discussed in Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 23:16-32 and Yechezk’el (Ezekiel) 13:3-10 to the modern day false teachers of the time. You may (or may not) know that we see the same kind of exposition in Y’hudah (Jude) 4-16.

In the first verse, we learned about untruthful teachers that initiated:

A departure from orthodoxy that is a lie taught falsely by men that cause division within the Assembly itself.”

In the second verse, we learned about:

in many ways the ugliest word in the list of New Testament sins”

and the resultant consequence concerning these false teachers:

blaspheming the “fundamental expression of the character of God” or “Truth”

the most important of which is summed up in the final line of the 2nd verse:

because of them,

the true Way will be maligned (blasphemed)



2 Peter 2:3 (CJB)

3  In their greed

they will exploit you with fabricated stories.

Their punishment, decreed long ago,

is not idle;

their destruction is not asleep!

Let’s look at some of the words in this verse and what they meant then, so that we do not apply what these words mean now, to our understanding of the above text:

  • Greed – πλεονεξία pleonexia.The word used means avarice – covetousness. You can see how it is used in the Hebrew text that is translated into Greek known as the Septuagint (70):

    Psalm 119:36 (CJB) 36  Bend my heart toward your instructions  and not toward selfish gain.

    The Greek is translating the Hebrew word ‏בֶּצַע‎ betsaʿ which means: something cutting off – profit, unjust gain, covetousness. Notice what Dr. Craig Keener writes on verse 3:

    Traveling diviners, false prophets and moral teachers typically charged fees or begged funds and were thus frequently accused of having monetary motives unworthy of their professed callings (see comment on 1 Thes. 2:5). False teachers in the church were likewise exploiting Christians. Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary – New Testament, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “2 Peter 2:1-22 Damnation of Immoral Teachers”.

    Maybe this is one of the reasons that Yeshua (Jesus) sent the talmidim (disciples) out without their begging bags . . .

    Matthew 10:9-10 (CJB) 9  Don’t take money in your belts, no gold, no silver, no copper; 10  and for the trip don’t take a pack, an extra shirt, shoes or a walking stick — a worker should be given what he needs.

    Mark 6:8-9 (CJB) 8  He instructed them, “Take nothing for your trip except a walking stick — no bread, no pack, no money in your belt. 9  Wear shoes but not an extra shirt.

    Luke 9:3 (CJB) 3  He said to them, “Take nothing for your trip — neither a walking stick nor a pack, neither bread nor money; and don’t have two shirts.

    Where does it say begging bag Bill? This is where we have to know a little about history – about culture. Culture then, not now. Words and how they were used then, not now.

    The word is πήρα pēra in the Greek interlinear which means “provision bag” – leather bag, knapsack, wallet. Notice the following:

    Deissmann (Light from the Ancient East, pp. 108f.) shows that it can mean the beggar’s collecting bag as in an inscription on a monument at Kefr Hanar in Syria: “While Christianity was still young the beggar priest was making his rounds in the land of Syria on behalf of the national goddess.” Deissmann also quotes a pun in the Didaskalia=Const. Apost. 3, 6 about some itinerant widows who said that they were not so much chērai (spouseless) as pērai (pouchless). He cites also Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida III. iii. 145: “Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back, wherein he puts alms for oblivion.” Archibald Thomas Robertson, A.M., D.D., LL.D., Litt. D., Word Pictures in the New Testament, (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1930), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Matthew 10:10”.

    Greed – Covetousness could and would blaspheme the “true Way.” So whether this is or isn’t one of Yeshua’s reasons for sending them out without, we know the main reason . . . trust. Earlier, Yeshua had taught them how to pray. In this prayer, they are told to:

    Matthew 6:11 (NASB)

    11  ‘Give us this day our daily bread.

    To depend on God DAILY to take care of us – to provide for us. Just like the Israelites did for 40 years, Yeshua is saying: TRUST!

Luke 22:35 (CJB)

35  He said to them,

“When I sent you out without wallet,

pack or shoes, were you ever short of anything?”

“Not a thing,” they answered.

This is the antithesis of Greed or covetousness.


The word Greed and the context it is used in can not be ignored. It it applicable to many modern day ministries and doctrines. Many of us (maybe all of us) are guilty of the sin of greed (covetousness – selfish gain) at one time or another. At the end of the day, would you covet if you trusted Adonai? Would you be selfish?

Let’s compare two questions:

  1. How many of us truly trust Adonai for our DAILY provisions (our daily bread)?
  2. How many of us stockpile our daily bread and then trust in our own abilities?


This brings us to the next significant words in verse 3:

  • Exploitἐμπορεύομαι emporeuomai.

Septuagint Usage

In the Septuagint emporeuomai appears 11 times translating several Hebrew words for traveling and trading. Apparently, as in the Greek world, those who traveled were associated with those who traded and bartered goods for a living.

New Testament Usage

Emporeuomai occurs only twice in the New Testament. In James 4:13 it retains the common secular meaning of “engage in trade” (KJV: “buy and sell”). In 2 Peter 2:3 it is used figuratively to convey the idea of exploitation (KJV: “make merchandise”; NIV: “exploit”; TEV: “make a profit”).

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “1694. ἐμπορεύομαι,” in The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Delta-Epsilon, (Springfield, MO: Complete Biblical Library, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “1694. ἐμπορεύομαι”.


  • Fabricated stories πλαστός plastosλόγος logos.“Well-turned words” . . . formed, molded: fabricated, false. Counterfeit words. NOT genuine. Kefa (Peter) has already discussed this earlier:

2 Peter 1:16 (CJB) 

16  For when we made known to you

the power and the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah,

we did not rely on cunningly contrived myths.

On the contrary, we saw his majesty with our own eyes.


  • Punishment κρίμα krima.Judgment,decision, sentence . . . condemnation.

In the Secular Greek (classical Greek):

The Greeks used it in several ways: in the sense of the decision by a political authority, thus “a decree”; a decision in a legal situation, thus “a judgment”; or even as the verdict on the merits of a literary work, thus “a critique” (cf. Liddell-Scott).

In the Septuagint Greek:

Of the 42 times it appears in the Book of Psalms, 21 are found in Psalm 119 (LXX 118) where it is often couples with the noun dikaiosunē (1336) to describe the law of God as “righteous judgments”

In the New Testament Greek:

krima can refer to a final, absolute judgment of God which will determine a man’s fate for all eternity (Acts 24:25; Hebrews 6:2).

 The judgment of God will fall upon the devil himself (1 Timothy 3:6)

1 Timothy 3:6 (CJB) 6  He must not be a new believer, because he might become puffed up with pride and thus fall under the same judgment as did the Adversary.

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “2890. κρίμα,” in The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Zeta-Kappa, (Springfield, MO: Complete Biblical Library, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “2890. κρίμα”.

Notice the following verse:

1 Peter 4:17 (CJB)

17  For the time has come for the judgment to begin.

It begins with the household of God;

and if it starts with us,

what will the outcome be for those who are disobeying God’s Good News? —

Finally, we see a word we saw both in verse 1 and verse 2 (do you think if this word is used in 3 consecutive verses that Kefa (Peter) is trying to make an emphatic point?!?):

  • Destructionἀπώλεια apōleia.

Verse 1: Destructiveἀπώλεια apōleia.

The opposite of salvation. Eternal destruction, damnation, death, ruin, wasted, to be lost . . . eternal punishmentsoul damning.

Verse 2: Destructive waysἀπώλεια apōleia.

Destruction, ruin, waste, perdition, damnable, perish.


2 Peter 2:3 (CJB)

3  In their greed

they will exploit you with fabricated stories.

Their punishment, decreed long ago,

is not idle;

their destruction is not asleep!

It can’t be any more clear . . .

Lying prophets and lying teachers in the assemblies:

  • that use their lies to divide the congregations from within those assemblies,
  • by teaching soul-damning breaks in orthodoxy,
  • that become “counter-missionaries” within the assembly,
  • that cause people to slander-insult-blaspheme the TRUTH which is the “fundamental expression of the character of God,”
  • that do these things for selfish gain – to make bank, or power, or prestige . . . .
  • are going to face judgment resulting in hell.


Why is this so important to know?!?

These lying teachers and prophets on their way to hell

are going to lead others to hell with them.


They are going to teach their destructive lies to others,

who will then teach their destructive lies to others,

who will then . . . .

I have seen this first hand in the Christian churches I have been part of and I have seen this first hand in the Messianic assemblies that I have been part of . . . it is so very sad 😦

This is how the departure happens. This is how doctrine becomes more important than the actual Word of God! And you know the saddest thing of all?

They are NOT THE PROBLEM . . . (a post I did on the REAL problem)

Brothers and Sisters, the Word of God is not a game.


HELL is for REAL . . .

 Hell is for real

We will continue our study soon . . .


About Even If Ministries

Dani'el 3:17-18 (CJB) 17 Your majesty, if our God, whom we serve, is able to save us, he will save us from the blazing hot furnace and from your power. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will neither serve your gods nor worship the gold statue which you have set up.”
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