Monday, October 19, 2009

Eschatology Forum part 4a

Sam Storm also answers a question raised by Jim Hamilton in Piper's discussion. In Revelation 19 the Beast and False Prophet are thrown into the Lake of Fire. In Revelation 20, we are told that the Devil is thrown into the Lake of Fire where the Beast and False Prophet already "were". This seems to cause a problem if we take a western approach to the text.

However, Sam states a translation and interpretive issue. The text could just as easily mean "were thrown" or "were also". The NASB states "are thrown". Here is what Strong's definitions states for the word "kai".
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, ect.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words: - and, also, both, but, even, for, if, indeed, likewise, moreover, or, so, that, then, therefore, when, yea, yet.
So in other words, the text makes much more sense that both were thrown into the Lake of Fire.

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