Will the person who goes to hell cease to exist?
The body of the person who is lost--that is, who has refused to accept Christ as Savior-will be resurrected from the grave. The body will be supernatural and indestructible. It will join with the person's soul for eternity. This is the second death. The prophetic Word says:
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev. 20:12-15).
Yet, it is a state of dying eternally; death will never be achieved. Jesus warned about those headed for eternity apart from God:
"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:43-48).Jesus says three times that the people in Hell will never die. So, it is tremendously serious in His view. The "worm" here means the part of the individual that is the real him or her -his or her core being. The Word of God says further to indicate the never-ending nature of torture in Hell:
"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever" (Rev. 20:10).