Perpetual fuel to the flames of Hell!

(Thomas Brooks, "London's Lamentations" 1670)

Our earthly fire destroys and consumes whatever is cast into it. It turns all combustibles into ashes. But the fire of Hell is not of that nature. The fire of Hell consumes nothing which is cast into it. It ragesóbut it does not consume or destroy either bodies or souls.

"Men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them." Revelation 9:6


They shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. They shall cry to the mountains to fall upon them and to crush them to nothing! They shall desire that . . .
  the fire which burns themówould consume them to nothing,
  the worm which feeds on themówould gnaw them to nothing,
  the devils which torment themówould tear them to nothing!

They shall cry to God, who first made them out of nothing, to reduce them to that first nothing from whence they came! But "their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor." Isaiah 27:11

They shall always be burnedóbut never consumed.

Ah, how well would it be with the damned, if in the fire of Hell, they might be consumed to ashes! But this is their miseryóthey shall be ever dying, and yet never die; their bodies shall be always a-burningóbut never a-consuming! It is dreadful to be perpetual fuel to the flames of Hell!

What misery can compare to thisófor infernal fire to be still a-preying upon damned sinners, and yet never making an end of them! The fierce and furious flames of Hell shall burnóbut never annihilate, the bodies of the damned. In Hell there is no cessation of fire burning, nor of matter burned. Neither flames nor smoke shall consume or choke the impenitent. Both the infernal fire, and the burning of the bodies of reprobates in that fireóshall be preserved by the miraculous power of God!

"Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath!" 1 Thessalonians 1:10

"For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:9