Joseph Prince lied he prophesied the occurrence of COVID-19 & as serial liar, he is heading towards the lake of fire (Rev 21:8) – By Rev George Ong (Dated 13 Feb 2024)

 

Two Recent & Separate Court Cases involving 2 New Creation Church members:

 

One was sentenced to jail in January this year for dishonesty and money matters.

 

Another was charged in court in February this year over bribery and money matters.

 

How did I know?

 

Because I have 2 friends (who don’t know each other),

 

who wrote to me about these 2 respective cases.

 

The jailed person is a friend of my friend,

 

while the other who was charged in court,

 

is an acquaintance of another friend of mine.

 

Joseph Prince may say to George:

 

“Hey George, why are you picking on my church.

 

Other churches may also have such cases.”

 

George would say to Joseph Prince:

 

“Hey Joe,

 

Can you name any church in Singapore,

 

that teach the same heretical Prosperity Gospel doctrine as you do

 

– that every New Covenant believer

 

has the covenantal right to be very wealthy as Abraham was?

 

I can hardly think of any Singapore church

 

that teach such a covetous doctrine,

 

that every believer can be a multi-millionaire,

 

as Abraham, by today’s standards,

 

would easily qualify to be one.

 

Because of your Prosperity Gospel,

 

believers in your church who aren’t rich,

 

would think that something is wrong with them,

 

and they would try all ways and means to be very rich

 

to fulfil their covenantal right.

 

Those who are already rich, and in their desire to be very rich,

 

may start to invest their riches in, perhaps,

 

‘attractive and big returns

 

but highly risky ventures’.   

 

Some may even be pressured

 

to resort to underhand and dishonest means

 

to either get richer or maintain their riches

 

in order to fulfil their covenantal right

 

to be very rich as Abraham was.

 

This could be the start of the dangerous spiral downward into ruin and destruction,

 

all because of your sickening teaching

 

– that it is the covenantal right of every New Covenant believer

 

to be very rich as Abraham was.

 

Now, Joe, if you still can’t see my point,

 

then no one can help you.

 

Haven’t you learned from the fiasco of the Founder of Hyflux, Olivia Lum,

 

who was once your poster girl for the success of your Prosperity Gospel doctrine?

 

You deceived the millions

 

when you shared in your book,

 

“The Power of Right Believing”

 

about her success

 

because she followed your grace teaching, publicly.

 

But when Hyflux floundered,

 

you hid behind the total and shameful silence of cowardice,

 

but continued to preach your Prosperity Gospel with reckless abandon.

 

You have no right to destroy any more lives because of your covetous teaching.”

 

Still Clearing the Backlog of Rubbish in Joseph Prince’s Sermons:

 

Imagine, after clearing so much rubbish, 

 

I still have the backlog of it in Joseph Prince’s sermons to clear!

 

And that’s why I am still clearing the trash in his sermons on 7 Jan 2024, more than a month ago.

 

Excerpt No 1 from the Article:

 

First, Joseph Prince lied about a prophecy he had given on COVID-19 on 16 February 2020.

 

Second, Joseph Prince’s ‘prophecy’ on 3 January 2021 that social distancing may be abolished by the middle of 2021 didn’t materialise. Hence, he had lied that God spoke to him.

 

(Note that there are 3 videos on Joseph Prince.)

 

Excerpt No 2 from the Article:

 

Joseph Prince brought up that the fearful

 

would be led to the Lake of fire,

 

when he said,

 

“Now, do you know fear is a sin.

 

If you read the Book of Revelation,

 

the group of people that goes into the lake of fire,

 

the first one is fearful (Rev 21:8).”

 

But he has forgotten that

 

not only will the cowardly or the fearful,

 

land up in the lake of fire,

 

but the liars will also be there too.

 

No one, including me,

 

will want Joseph Prince to end up in the lake of fire.

 

But it seems his stubbornness to repent from his serial lying,

 

is certain to lead him in that direction.

 

(This article was also sent to Rev Dr Ngoei Foong Nghian, General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) office, and for the attention of the Executive Committee Members.)

 

Please click here

 

to view the entire video.

 

In a Sunday sermon aired on YouTube,

 

7 Jan 2024, Joseph Prince said;

 

Please click here to view the 40-second video:

 

“There was fear.

 

Now, do you know fear is a sin.

 

If you read the Book of Revelation,

 

the group of people that goes into the lake of fire,

 

the first one is fearful (Rev 21:8).

 

Never thought it is a sin, right?

 

You want to point fingers at other people,

 

extrovert sins, right, fearful,

 

being fearful is a sin.

 

So, instead of judging each other based on their sins,

 

let me just tell you this,

 

you based on the big ones that you think it’s big.

 

God doesn’t grade on the curve.

 

So, Mr writer Pen, whatever is not of faith is sin.”

 

Joseph Prince obviously has a wrong understanding of ‘fearful’,

 

in the context of Revelation 21:8 KJV.

 

He reads his own opinion into the word ‘fearful’ in Revelation 21:8 KJV.

 

This is because of his false teaching that for New Covenant believers,

 

we need not fear God or be fearful of Him

 

the same way that Old Covenant believers feared God.

 

To Joseph Prince, fear under the New Covenant is equivalent just to worship. 

 

But we all know that is false.

 

Fearing God in the New Covenant

 

is more than the act of worshipping God,

 

and is no different from the way Old Covenant believers feared Him.

 

As far as Revelation 21:8 is concerned,

 

and the views of many Bible commentators,

 

the meaning of the word ‘fearful’

 

is best rendered by the word ‘cowardly’.

 

Joseph Prince uses the King James Version:

 

Revelation 21:7-8 KJV

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

But the majority of 44 Bible translations, including NKJV,

 

employed the word ‘coward’ or ‘cowardly’ instead of ‘fearful’;

 

although ‘fearful’ in the context of Revelation 21:8 means ‘cowardly’.

 

As many of you may be aware,

 

in his teachings, Joseph Prince mainly uses the NKJV,

 

but in this instance, he dared not use NKJV,

 

as NKJV used the word ‘cowardly and not ‘fearful’;

 

as it would expose his false teaching on Revelation 21:8.

 

So, Joseph Prince employed the KJV (see above),

 

which used the word ‘fearful’ instead of the word ‘cowardly’.

 

Here are 44 Bible translations,

 

which used the word ‘coward’ or ‘cowardly’,

 

instead of ‘fearful’:

 

Revelation 21:7-8 NKJV

7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

 

Revelation 21:7-8 ESV

7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

 

Revelation 21:7-8 NASB

7 The one who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 But for the cowardly, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral persons, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

 

Revelation 21:7-8 NIV

7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liarsthey will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

 

AMP, AMPC, CSB, CEB, CJB, CEV, DNLT, ERV, EHV, ESVUK, EXB, GW, GNT, HCSB, ICB, ISV, Phillips, LSB, LEB, TLB, MEV, MOUNCE, NOG, NARBE, NASB 1995, NCB, NCV, NET, NIVUK, NLT, NRSVA, NRSVACE, NRSVCE, NRSVUE, NTFE, OJB, RSV, TLV, VOICE, WEB.

 

There is a connection between Verse 7 and 8.

 

Those who overcome in verse 7

 

refer to those who didn’t deny Christ or are not ashamed of Him

 

at the risk of pain, suffering and their very lives:

 

Revelation 21:7-8 NASB

7 The one who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 But for the cowardly, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral persons, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

 

In contrast, those who escape persecution and martyrdom

 

by denying Christ

 

are the cowards or the cowardly in verse 8,

 

and their destiny would be the lake of fire.

 

The word “But” being the first word in verse 8,

 

shows that there is an obvious connection

 

between verse 7 and verse 8:

 

Let’s peruse the views of 11 Bible scholars which throw more light

 

on our understanding of Revelation 21:7-8.

 

Please see the Appendix for them.

 

So, after examining the views of these 11 Bible scholars,

 

the word, fearful as interpreted in KJV

 

and brought up by Joseph Prince,

 

is actually referring to the cowardice of those

 

who are unprepared to undergo hardship and martyrdom,

 

in order to uphold their faith and testimony in Christ Jesus,

 

and not to deny Him.

 

This is certainly not the interpretation and understanding

 

of Joseph Prince regarding Revelation 21:8

 

because he doesn’t even believe in martyrdom.

 

Just in case he tries to wriggle out

 

that he isn’t really against martyrdom,

 

we have to ask him,

 

if he isn’t against martyrdom,

 

why he hasn’t preached a single sermon on martyrdom

 

in his 30-odd years of preaching ministry?

 

Why is there a zero stress on the issue of martyrdom in his sermons?

 

And when Joseph Prince happened to mention martyrdom,

 

it is often to spite it.

 

This is proven when Joseph Prince preached against the martyrdom of Stephen,

 

which was featured in one of my previous articles. 

 

If one can preach against the martyrdom of Stephen,

 

the first martyr of the Christian Church,

 

no one needs any more convincing

 

that Joseph Prince is against martyrdom.

 

When Joseph Prince preaches against martyrdom,

 

how can he say to be preparing his people to face up to this eventuality.

 

And when his people do face up to it,

 

and in their unpreparedness and cowardice,

 

how many would deny Christ

 

and be sent to the lake of fire,

 

is up to one’s imagination.

 

By the way, this also includes Joseph Prince,

 

who himself may also respond in a cowardly way,

 

in the face of impending martyrdom

 

as he himself wouldn’t be prepared for it. 

 

(But of course, I am not saying that just because we believe in martyrdom, we will not deny Christ; but all things being equal.)

 

Joseph Prince said to Mr Pen:

 

“So, Mr Writer Pen, whatever is not of faith is sin.”

 

But let me say this to Joseph Prince:

 

“Hey Joe, don’t worry about Mr Pen.

 

The person you need to take care of is yourself.

 

You brought up that the fearful

 

would be led to the Lake of fire,

 

when you said,

 

“Now, do you know fear is a sin.

 

If you read the Book of Revelation,

 

the group of people that goes into the lake of fire,

 

the first one is fearful (Rev 21:8).”

 

At the same time, you are ignorant (or you feign ignorance)

 

that ‘fearful’ actually refers to ‘coward’ or ‘cowardly’.

 

But you have forgotten that there is another word in Revelation 21:8

 

that applies directly to you – liars.

 

I have proven umpteen number of times on this website

 

that you are a serial liar:

 

Revelation 21:7-8 NASB

7 The one who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 But for the cowardly, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral persons, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

 

According to Revelation 21:8,

 

not only will the cowardly or the fearful,

 

land up in the lake of fire,

 

but the liars will also be there too.

 

No one, including me,

 

will want Joseph Prince to end up in the lake of fire.

 

But it seems his stubbornness to repent from his serial lying,

 

is certain to lead him in that direction.

 

Let me prove to you

 

that Joseph Prince had lied twice on videos (among the many times).

 

In a weekly Sunday sermon on 3 January 2021, Joseph Prince said;

 

Please click here to view the 1-minute video:

 

“By the way, back to the type for our present day. Amen?

 

What does this talk about?

 

This, I don’t want to spend time.

 

I don’t want to come near the Gentiles.

 

I don’t want to draw near to the Gentiles.

 

What’s that?

 

Social distancing, isn’t it?

 

It’s a type of, you know,

 

when the Lord showed this to me, 

 

it’s a form of social distancing. 

 

Peter was practicing social distancing, right?

 

But based on this story,

 

is God gonna do something, Amen,

 

concerning this social distancing thing?

 

Will God cause something to happen

 

that, you know, that everyone will agree

 

we don’t need that kind of social distancing anymore? 

 

Could it begin this year (2021)?

 

Middle of this year (2021),

 

because 12 hours, and it was noontime when God gave him (Peter) the vision.

 

Could it be something is going to happen middle of this year (2021)?

 

Something is going to happen middle of this year (2021)

 

or towards the middle of this year (2021).

 

Something is going to happen that will precipitate a greater release.

 

I’m telling you, church,

 

I’m so excited when I saw this, Amen.

 

Let God’s will be done. Amen.

 

Not my interpretation, but God’s will.

 

But when God began to show it to me,

 

and said ‘He’s going to do something.’”

 

Joseph Prince said at the beginning of 2021,

 

that something may happen by the middle of it

 

– that social distancing could be abolished. 

 

As we know, his prophecy didn’t happen at all.

 

Joseph Prince said:

 

“What’s that?

 

Social distancing, isn’t it?

 

It’s a type of, you know,

 

when the Lord showed this to me, 

 

it’s a form of social distancing.

 

I’m telling you, church,

 

I’m so excited when I saw this, Amen.

 

Let God’s will be done. Amen.

 

Not my interpretation, but God’s will.

 

But when God began to show it to me

 

and said,

 

‘He’s going to do something.’”

 

I want you to notice how ‘kiasu’ Joseph Prince is.

 

First, Joseph Prince said,

 

“… when the Lord showed this to me, 

 

it’s a form of social distancing.

 

“But when God began to show it to me,

 

and said ‘He’s going to do something.’”

 

Joseph Prince also said,

 

“Let God’s will be done. Amen.

 

Not my interpretation,

 

but God’s will.”

 

Let’s reason together

 

– if God is really the one

 

who has shown to Joseph Prince,

 

what He’s going to do,

 

it goes without saying that

 

it is definitely His will to want to see it happen.

 

Yet, Prince adds a qualification

 

– that it may be his own interpretation.

 

I’m sure you are intelligent enough to know what Joseph Prince was up to.

 

Prince was setting up the stage

 

that if social distancing was indeed abolished by the middle of 2021

 

he would take the credit for it

 

because he would claim that it was God who had shown it to him.

 

However, as we know, it didn’t happen;

 

but there is no real loss to his credibility

 

because he can now claim that he has already made the qualification

 

that what he wants may be his will

 

and may not be according to God’s will.

 

Yet, think with me

 

– how can it not be God’s will

 

when Prince already said,

 

“But when God began to show it to me,

 

and said, ‘He’s going to do something.’”

 

If God is really the one who has shown it to Joseph Prince,

 

then it has got to be His will.

 

Do you see what’s happening?

 

This guy is a classic double-talker.

 

He is speaking on both sides of his mouth.

 

He is so slippery with his words.

 

What cannot be stomached is this guy is lying.

 

Since social distancing was not abolished by the middle of 2021,

 

Joseph Prince’s

 

“But when God began to show it to me,

 

and said, ‘He’s going to do something,’”

 

is a lie. 

 

Because the prophecy

 

about the abolishment of social distancing

 

didn’t take place by the middle of 2021,

 

it is obvious that God didn’t show it to him

 

which he claimed God did. 

 

Joseph Prince’s frequent habit to say

 

God spoke this to me, and God spoke that to me,

 

audaciously putting words into God’s mouth

 

is unimaginable!

 

On 16 Feb 2020, in a weekly Sunday sermon,

 

Joseph Prince claimed that he had prophesied COVID-19

 

in a sermon delivered on 19 August 2018.

 

However, he actually lied that he prophesied

 

which he didn’t.

 

His so-called ‘prophecy’ that Joseph Prince claimed to have made

 

in a sermon on 19 August 2018

 

was not set in the context of another virus (COVID-19)

 

that will take place in the future, 

 

but in the context of the Ebola virus in 2018

 

when he preached the sermon the same year.

 

In a sermon on 16 Feb 2020, Joseph Prince said;

 

Please click here to view the 3-minute video:

 

“Now, where we are at,

 

I’m so glad because the year

 

has been thrust on us with this crisis of this virus.

 

But God is always ahead of the devil.

 

In fact, 2 years ago, in one of my messages,

 

I actually, sometimes, when I preach,

 

it’s in the spirit of prophecy.

 

I will prophesy about the future.

 

And you know this virus thing

 

happens towards the end of last year,

 

which is still 2019.

 

That’s why they called it COVID-19.

 

Alright, in 2018,

 

I sort of prophesied and I talk about

 

a new strain of virus coming.

 

Sit back, watch:

 

So obviously, God has done something in the spirit world.

God has released a healing anointing;

 

a new strain, if you would, of healing

 

that will perform such things that are,

 

such feats that we have never seen before.

The devil is afraid. He’s playing catchup.

He is trying to create

 

a new strain of virus that are like Ebola

 

and other kinds of strains of flu

 

that is virulent against medical treatment and all that.

Did Joseph Prince really prophesy such an occurrence?

 

I’m afraid not.

 

The so-called ‘prophecy’ that Joseph Prince claimed to have made

 

was not set in the context of another virus

 

that will take place in the future.

 

His so-called prophecy

 

was made in the context of the Ebola virus in 2018

 

when he preached the sermon the same year.

 

And you need to view

 

what Joseph Prince didn’t show you in the same video

 

in his sermon preached on 19 Aug 2018:

 

‘If there is a new Ebola virus

 

which is happening right now (2018),

 

being released, another strain,

 

the kind of thing, you know,

 

there is a new wave of healing

 

that God is releasing.’

 

Now, this is what Joseph Prince didn’t show you (above)

 

in the video on YouTube.

 

That is the context to his so-called prophecy.

 

What is the context to his prophecy?

 

– the new Ebola virus.

 

But set when?

 

– 2018,

 

and the new wave of healing,

 

set when?

 

– 2018.

 

It is not set in the context of any future virus.

 

From here on,

 

this is what Joseph Prince has shown you

 

in the video on YouTube:

‘So obviously, God has done something in the spirit world.

God has released a healing anointing;

 

a new strain, if you would, of healing

 

that would perform such things that are,

 

such feats that we have never seen before.

The devil is afraid. He’s playing catchup.

He is trying to create a new strain of virus that like Ebola

 

and other kinds of strains of flu

 

that is virulent against medical treatment and all that.’

 

It is clear that what Joseph Prince said in purple

 

(which he has shown you in the video on YouTube)

 

is set in the context of what he said in blue

 

(which he didn’t show you in the video on YouTube).

 

So, what is the context?

 

The context of his so-called prophecy

 

is set in the past of the Ebola virus in 2018

 

and not in the context of another virus

 

that will take place in the future.”

 

Did Joseph Prince really prophesy the Coronavirus in 2018?

 

If you have viewed the video, 

 

you would realise that the context of his so-called prophecy

 

which Joseph Prince claimed to have made of COVID-19,

 

was set in the past of the Ebola virus in 2018, 

 

and not in the context of another virus (COVID-19)

 

that will take place in the future.

 

When I first heard Joseph Prince made the claim,

 

that he had prophesied the occurrence of COVID-19

 

in the 19 Aug 2018 sermon,

 

I sensed in my spirit that he had lied.

 

So, I purchased the sermon video

 

that was preached on 19 Aug 2018,

 

to analyse it for myself

 

and found out that my hunch was correct

 

– that he had lied.

 

Furthermore, how can Joseph Prince call the statement he made a prophecy?

 

How can such a ‘by-the-way-kind-of-statement’

 

qualify to be a prophecy?

 

It has no specifics.

 

That statement that Joseph Prince made

 

can be applied to any kind of virus (not just COVID-19)

 

that could take place in one year or 1,000 years.

 

If the virus occurs in any country,

 

Prince would be proven right.

 

If it happens to a few countries,

 

he would still be proven right.

 

If it affects the entire world, as COVID-19 did,

 

he could still claim he was right, which he did.

 

Can you see that the way Joseph Prince has postured

 

is that his ‘prophecy’ can never be proven wrong?

 

A prophecy has to be more specific and definite.

 

Or else, how can one judge whether a prophecy is true or isn’t?

 

If a prophecy is so flippant, general and wishy-washy,

 

that anything could be proven right,

 

it is no prophecy at all.

 

But the worst issue I wish to highlight

 

is Joseph Prince’s lying character.

 

Even though Joseph Prince

 

was caught red-handed and with his pants down by me

 

that he had lied about prophesying COVID-19

 

(and this is not the first time I had caught him lying), 

 

he, daringly allowed the lie to continue,

 

by keeping his video on YouTube,

 

“Joseph Prince Prophesied The Coronavirus In 2018” Dated 4 March 2020,

 

which has now garnered more than 3 million views,

 

and deceiving these millions of people

 

that he had correctly prophesied the occurrence of COVID-19.

 

In summary,

 

First, Joseph Prince lied about a prophecy he had given on COVID-19 on 16 February 2020.

 

Second, Joseph Prince’s ‘prophecy’ on 3 January 2021 that social distancing may be abolished by the middle of 2021 didn’t materialise. Hence, Joseph Prince had lied that God spoke to him.

 

My Parting Shot to Joseph Prince:

 

“Hey Joe, so how?

 

What!

 

I, jealous again. I jealous here, I jealous there.

 

Hey, you are 60 or 61 already, you know,

 

and I am 66,

 

Grow up, Lah!

 

At that age, you are still laden with this jealousy thing.

 

Still talk about jealous here, jealous there.

 

Can’t believe it!

 

What character assassinate?

 

When I tell the world the truth that you are a liar,

 

equals to I character assassinate you.

 

Hey, try something new and more imaginative, Lah.

 

When I show video as concrete proof that you lied,

 

and you can slander me that I character assassinate you.

 

I hope the PAP government leaders will get hold of this video.

 

And let them be the judge,

 

whether I character assassinate you,

 

or you are really a hardcore and serial liar.

 

And if PAP government leaders approach me for more evidence,

 

I will be pleased to show them more.

 

If PAP government cannot tolerate their Ministers and MPs who lied,

 

how come the Church Leadership

 

can tolerate a so-called world-renowned grace teacher

 

who not only lied but is a serial and unrepentant liar!”

 

Rev George Ong

 

Appendix

 

The Views of 11 Bible Commentators on Revelation 21:8

 

In ‘Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary,’

 

Clinton E. Arnold wrote on Revelation 21:8:

 

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars (21:8).

 

… Cowardice and faithlessness were temptations

 

to those facing persecution and possible death (cf. 2:10; 3:11);

 

… To preserve their lives,

 

some Christians had compromised by resuming the evil practices of their unbelieving friends.

 

However, the warning is clear:

 

Do this and you will experience the second death in the lake of burning fire and brimstone.”

 

In ‘Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, Revelation.’

 

Leon Morris wrote on Revelation 21:8:

 

“The reverse side of this is the evil fate that awaits sinners.

 

John inserts a brief but serious warning.

 

The cowardly head the list.

 

In the circumstances in which John’s readers found themselves,

 

courage was very important,

 

all the more so in that he is speaking now of final realities.

 

To be cowardly before the enemies of God at the last

 

is finally to lose the things of God.

 

John is not speaking of natural timidity,

 

but of that cowardice which in the last resort

 

chooses self and safety before Christ,

 

and fears the threats of the beast rather

 

than trusts the love of Christ.

 

God did not give his people such a spirit of cowardice.” (2 Tim 1:7)

 

In ‘The New Testament Library, Revelation,’

 

Brian K. Blount wrote on Revelation 21:8:

 

“Cowards are the ultimate accommodationists;

 

for fear of losing social standing, economic wealth, physical well-being,

 

and perhaps even life,

 

they surrender their witness to God’s lordship

 

and testify to the lordship of Caesar and Rome instead.”

 

In ‘Beacon Bible Commentary, Volume 10 Hebrews Through Revelation,’

 

Ralph Earl, Author of Revelation, wrote on Revelation 21:8:

 

“This is followed by a considerable list of those who will have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brim stone: which is the second death (8; cf. 20:14).

 

It should be noted that the list is headed by the fearful.

 

The Greek word (deiloi) means “cowardly.”

 

Swete says they are “members of the Church

 

who, like soldiers turning their backs upon the enemy,

 

fail under trial … the cowards … in Christ’s army.”

 

In ‘A Commentary on the Revelation of John,’

 

George Eldon Ladd wrote on Revelation 21:8:

 

“Verse 8. John now lists several kinds of people who will not have access to the water of life, whom God is unwilling to call his sons.

 

The cowardly are those who have not had the courage to suffer hardship, including death, for the name of Christ (Matt. 13:21).

 

Here again John emphasizes the enduring courage in the face of Antichrist which will characterize true disciples (1:9).

 

The faithless may be either those who do not hold the faith in Jesus (14:12), unbelievers (AV),

 

or it may mean those who cannot be trusted by God to bear the testimony of Jesus (1:2, 9; 12:17), the faithless (RSV).

 

… All such find their lot in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (20:6, 14).”

 

In ‘Theological Commentary on the Bible, Revelation,’

 

Amos Yong wrote on Revelation 21:7-8:

 

“Rev 21:8. “But as for the cowardly…”

 

There are three important facets to this verse:7

 

First, these are those who fail to conquer (21:7a)

 

and therefore, will have no part of the new creation;

 

hence, they are characteristics of sinful unfaithfulness,

 

beginning with those lacking courage

 

to remain firmly committed to the divine commandments

 

and the testimony of Jesus…”

 

In ‘THE LECTIO CONTINUA Expository Commentary on the New Testament, Revelation,’

 

Joel R. Beeke wrote on Revelation 21:8:

 

“You are either an overcomer or you are overcome.

 

… The list includes “the fearful and unbelieving,”

 

and this was particularly relevant in John’s day, a time of persecution.

 

Fear and unbelief are a deadly combination.

 

People do not yield themselves to God in faith

 

because they are afraid of the consequences.”

 

In ‘Holman New Testament Commentary – Revelation (Volume 12),’

 

Easley, Kendell H wrote on Revelation 21:8:

 

“Cowardly – those who gave in to the threats of the beast and served him

 

Unbelieving – those who were unfaithful and lacking in genuine trust

 

Vile – those who polluted themselves by worshiping the beast

 

Murderers – those who killed the saints during the beast’s rule of terror

 

sexually immoral – those who gave themselves over to the great prostitute

 

practitioners of magic arts – see Rev 9:21 for this and the previous two evils

 

idolaters – worshipers of any false god, but particularly of the beast’s image

 

all liars – these are earlier condemned in Revelation (3:9; 14:5)

 

The first three may apply to professing believers who became apostate,

 

thus, demonstrating that they were never truly redeemed.

 

The entire list applies to those who never sincerely committed themselves to Christ.

 

Here is a strong exhortation to the readers of the letter

 

to maintain steadfast loyalty to Christ.

 

Thus, just as John’s second vision had ended with the solemn note of God’s wrath

 

poured out at a point in time on Babylon the Great (16:17-21),

 

so now his third vision concludes.

 

This time, however, the wrath of God

 

is poured out forever in the lake of fire.”

 

In ‘The Pulpit Commentary Complete Volume 9, Colossians to Revelation,’

 

Joseph S. Exell & Henry Donald Maurice Spence-Jones wrote on Revelation 21:8:

 

“Rev. 21:8: But the fearful, and unbelieving…

 

The fearful are those

 

who, through cowardice, have not overcome (cf. Rev. 21:7).”

 

In ‘Baker Exegetical Commentary, Revelation,’

 

Grant R. Osborne wrote on Revelation 21:8:

 

“In this sense there is also warning,

 

as seen in the contrast

 

between the “overcomer” (V7) and the “cowardly” (V8)

 

in Revelation 21:7, 8.

 

Only the one who conquers in Christ

 

will stand on the crystal sea and sing hymns of victory as in 15:2 or “inherit” God’s kingdom as in 21:7.

 

… Therefore, the overcoming theme in Revelation

 

combines promise (God’s blessings on those who persevere)

 

and warning (God’s judgment on those who fail to persevere).

 

… The saints throughout are commanded by Christ to remain faithful and obedient to God’s commandments (2:10; 12:17; 13:10; 14:12; 17:14);

 

in 21:8 the “cowardly” (those who do not remain faithful) partake of the second death.”

 

In ‘The NIV Application Commentary, Revelation,’

 

Craig S. Keener wrote on Revelation 21:8:

 

“The “cowardly” may be those who fear persecution (2:10) more than they revere God (11:18; 14:7; 15:4; 19:5).

 

The “unbelieving” are those who prove faithless, unwilling to maintain their faith in the midst of testing (2:13, 19; 13:10; 14:12).

 

… “Liars” includes not only false prophets (2:2; cf. 1 John 2:22) like Balaam and Jezebel (Rev. 2:14, 20)

 

but also those who falsely claim to follow the truth (3:9; cf. 1 John 2:4; 4:20), in contrast to the saints (Rev. 14:5).”

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