Our Creator is Called An All Consuming Fire
What is the Ancient Hebrew Concept of Fire?
In the introduction of, His Name is One, Jeff A. Benner states, “In order to fully comprehend the original writers understanding of the texts he created, we must first immerse ourselves in his culture and language, training our minds to read the texts through his eyes and mind.”
Ancient Hebrew was originally written in pictographic script. Each picture letter conveyed a very literal, concrete meaning.
Learning the difference between concrete and abstract thinking is helpful in understanding of the ancient Hebrew Scriptures. Referring to YHVH, (He Is, Was and Will Be) as an All Consuming Fire, for instance, means that He is Awesome, Good and Life-giving.
Ancient Hebrew has No Concept of Eternal Burning Torment
Ancient Hebrew seems to be the opposite of today’s abstract ideas of eternal and fire. The word Olam is translated eternal but originally it meant, “to the distant horizon and beyond.” Beyond the horizon was unknown, just as Sheol meant grave, before it was translated into Greek.
These Ancient Hebrew Scriptures were the same Scriptures read in Jesus’/Y’shua’s day. Every 1st Century author of the New Testament referred only to the Torah, Prophets and Writings as God’s Word.
The noble-minded Berean’s, Acts 17:11, searched the Ancient Hebrew Scriptures daily. They tested what Paul and Peter were teaching about the Messiah to see if it was true.
The first century writings had not yet been compiled into a book called the New Testament. The 27 letters were selected because they matched Torah.
The original Hebrew Scriptures remain our gauge to check for false teachings; “the word of YHVH (He Exists) endures for ever. And this is the word which is preached to you.” 1 Peter 1:25; Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:8.
When Did the Concept of Eternal Fire Evolve?
Greek translations of the Torah and Prophets began in Alexandria circa 300-200 B.C.
Plato, 428-347 B.C., a famous Greek philosopher had long since been teaching his abstract, Ancient, Greek Mythology. The eternal burning punishment of the soul was not a new idea. Thousands of years earlier this was already a common belief among Ancient Babylonian’s and Ancient Egyptians.
At the time of the Greek Septuagint translation, the Hebrew word “Sheol,” (grave) was translated into Greek as “Hades.” By then Plato’s abstract thinking had become so widely accepted that Hades, the mythical god of the underworld, was synonymous with the place of the dead.
Hades was the place of Eternal tormenting Fire and its mythology carried over into early 2nd- 3rd Century church doctrine.
The 7th Century, Eastern religion of Islam was also influenced by this false doctrine.
By the 8th Century the German equivalent was Holle, (See Norse and Tuetonic Mythology). It was later transliterated into Old English as Hel the word we all know today as Hell.
With all the man-made doctrine exposed and stripped away the original Hebrew word Sheol, only means, “grave.”
Beginning with a clean slate lets take a look at the Biblical teachings about Fire.
The Original Concept of Fire
Using physical examples to describe the unknown, what is fire and what does it do? YHVH is described as the All Consuming Fire, the Creator, Life Giver… As the oxygen from our breath revives a fire, His breath revives us.
Fire Only Burns Combustible Things.
Isaiah 9:18 “Surely wickedness burns like a fire.”
Psalm 37:20 “But the wicked (those who do bad) shall perish… they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.”
Obadiah 1:16 It will be as if the evil had never been.
Mal 4:1 “All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.”
Isa. 1:28, 30–31 “rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together, and those who forsake the YHVH shall be consumed.”
Wickedness, arrogance, evil/corrupt/crooked/adverse/rebellion burn like fire and will be consumed, into smoke that dissipates, perishes, in other words, everything bad will cease to exist.
Like Physical Fire, Spiritual Fire Purifies
In 755 B.C. the prophet Isaiah writes about his vision in the presence of God; With “it” he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” What was this thing that had the power to take away Isaiah’s sin? It was a spiritual “burning coal,” Isaiah 6:6. We see the same symbolism of “burning coals” on the physical alter in 1445 b.c., Numbers 16:46.
John the Baptist announced that he was baptizing with Water but One was coming who would baptize with fire, Matthew 3:11. Y’shua did not literally submerge anyone in physical fire, His Spirit is referred to as fire.
“I have come to ignite a fire on the earth and how I wish it were already kindled,” Luke 12:49
Spiritual Fire, Light, Life, Truth
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Romans 12:20.
Obviously those burning coals have a spiritual meaning. It is our kindness that convicts our enemy of their wrong behavior not our retaliation.
The Ancient Hebrew imagery of Fire was Life sustaining, giving warmth in cold, light in darkness, cooking food, burning away waste, garbage and unwanted, useless, combustible material. Fire was used for molding metal, refining, purifying gold and silver. Job 33:30
The Lake of Fire is Called the Second Death
Like the other Metaphors about Fire, we are told the Lake of Fire is the Second Death. The eternal flesh burning fire is added, man-made, mythology. Revelation chapters, 19, 20 and 21. 
Ancient Hebrew, like most languages, is full of idioms, parables, metaphors, word puns and rhymes that do not translate. The physical examples revealing spiritual Truth are often lost or misunderstood.
The Second Death Occurs on Judgement Day.
Our physical, flesh and blood, bodies are actually born into the first death. We will have already experienced the first Physical death when we all appear before God’s Spiritual presence on Judgement Day.
“But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? He will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.” Malachi 3:2
The prophet Jeremiah proclaims that God’s Word is fire, Jeremiah 23:29. The Apostle Peter says water cleansed the earth in Noah’s day and the final cleansing of the un-godly will be fire, 2 Peter 3:11-13; 2 Peter 3:6-8.
On the day of His coming, Judgment day, when the Messiah will reveal His Spirit, John 5:22. Everything physical will perish, leaving behind a glorious revealing, something purified, radiant and beautiful. Revelation 19:19-21; Isaiah 30:33; Romans 8:18.
It is God’s Revealing Fire that will Test the quality of each Person’s Work 1 Corinthians 3:13. Everyone will be judged by what they have done, Matthew 7:2.
Everyone goes through the fire, for some it will be a glorious revealing, but others will suffer loss being saved as one who has gone through fire, 1 Corinthians 3:15.
Everything corrupt must go through the Fire. Everyone is salted with Fire; purified by trials and testing. Mark 9:49
Anything we have placed above the One Who Created all things is combustible; like wood, chaff, stubble, hay and thorns perish in the fire.
Lasting/Spiritual attributes will not be harmed in the fire; Hebrew word like; Tsdekah, Hesed, Chanah. These Hebrew words are difficult to translate adequately into English but they mean; Mercy, Favor or grace, Compassion, Justice, acts of loving kindness and righteousness or doing right/good. These are described as the precious stones, non-combustible in YHVH’s presence.
Asbestos is a Greek Word Meaning, Non-combustible
Way back before 500 B.C. there were stories of wealthy Persians who amazed their guests by throwing dirty napkins and cloths made of asbestos into the fire to clean them.
Even Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor (800–814), was said to have had a tablecloth made of asbestos. As well as Marco Polo writing about a cloth he had seen that did not burn in the fire.
“his workmanship will be evident, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will prove the quality of each man’s work.” 1 Corinthians 3:13
Our acts of Loving Kindness will come through the fire shining radiantly, like gold, silver or a cloth made of asbestos, after the fire has removed the dross and every impurity. Revelation 2:11
Judgement Day is said to be a Glorious Day!
Judgement Day is said to be a glorious day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess the Merciful Loving Kindness of our Creator, Romans 14:11; Isaiah 45:23; Philippians 2:10.
We can trust Him in the testing of our faith and we count these “fiery trials” with joy because we know they are perfecting us to spiritual maturity and wholeness. James 1:3
The Second Death is A Repeat Death
The Greek word for second is Deuteros, where we get the name Deuteronomy in the fifth book of Moses. Deuteronomy means a repeat or copy of the law/Torah. This repeat death, “which is the lake of fire,” is prepared for the Beast, the False Prophet, Satan and all those who are his, including everyone whose names were not found in the Book of Life, Revelation 20:10; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:41.
The day Adam and Eve rebelled, God protected them by making sure they could not eat from the Tree of Life and live in their fallen state forever, Genesis 3:22. He gave Adam and Eve a promise in Genesis 3:15, and the prophesied Seed of the woman did conquer the serpent/death.
Yet, nobody eats from the Tree of Life until they conquer, Revelation 2:7; Revelation 22:2.
Those who are victorious during their time one earth will enter through the narrow gate, Revelation 22:2 ; Psalm 118:20, but there will be few who discover or enter by that gate, ,Matthew 7:14.
So what about the nations, the majority of peoples? There is a wide gate that leads to destruction, (the lake of fire, the second death). The Hebrew word Abad means to perish or utterly destroy. Abaddon is the Destroyer who destroys everything bad.
For some reason the majority do not humbly listen, learn or obey The Way of Life during this first death, Matthew 7:13.
Blessed and Holy/Set Apart are those in the 1st Resurrection. The will reign with Messiah a thousand years, Revelation 20:5, 6. Who knows if a thousand years is like a day spiritually, 2 Peter 3:8; Psalm 90:4? This is also the same time period that Satan will be bound, Revelation 20:2.
Good News For the Victorious
The Victorious will not be hurt by the repeat death, Revelation 2:11; because it has no power to destroy them, Revelation 20:6.
At the appointed time YHVH sent Yehoshua (YHVH’s Salvation) to reveal the Good News: The curse of death is the last enemy to be abolished/perish, 1 Corinthians 15:26; 2 Timothy 1:10.
After the Repeat Death, there will be No more death!
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 25:8
As the prophet Isaiah prophesied,
“Woe to you, destroyer, you who have not been destroyed! Woe to you, betrayer, you who have not been betrayed! When you stop destroying, you will be destroyed; when you stop betraying, you will be betrayed,” Isaiah 33:1.
Knowing the Truth about Judgement Day turns it into a hopeful expectation of YHVH’s glorious revealing.
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy, both soul and body in Gehenna, (a place where everything bad is perishes in the fire), Matthew 10:28.
see; Love Reveals; the Truth about Eternity.
 Revelation 20:14
 Isaiah 33:15