Forever in the Sacred Books

By: Prof.dr. Ibrahim Khalil

Forever means time without end, everlasting time; eternally, all times, incessantly, limitless time, without ever ending.

"He wants to live Forever but No one can live Forever".

Forever is mentioned 290 times in the Bible and 14 times in the Quran.

How does the Bible use "Forever":

The Forever Land:

The Lord Promised the Israelites to give them the "Land" Forever, while the history and the today news notify that this promise never happened. Moreover, the Bible says that "the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it Forever" and we all know that both the righteous and the "wicked" inherit the land and dwell in it.

Genesis 13:15

All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring Forever.

Exodus 32:13

Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: 'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance Forever.' "

Joshua 14:9

So on that day Moses swore to me, 'The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children Forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.'

2 Chronicles 20:7

O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it Forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?

Psalm 37:29

The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it Forever.

Ruin Forever, never to be rebuilt.

Desolate Forever, no man will dwell in it

The Lord says that Hazor and other Biblical places will desolate and no man will dwell in such places Forever, however, these places are still full of life.

Deuteronomy 13:16

Gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God. It is to remain a ruin Forever, never to be rebuilt.

Jeremiah 49:33

"Hazor will become a haunt of jackals, a desolate place Forever. No one will live there; no man will dwell in it."

Jeremiah 51:26

No rock will be taken from you for a cornerstone, nor any stone for a foundation, for you will be desolate Forever," declares the LORD.

The throne Forever

The peace Forever

The Lord promised that the throne of David and his descendants will remain secure before the Lord Forever and they will live in peace Forever. The History from David's time up till now signifies that this Lord's promise never achieved.

2 Samuel 7:13

He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom Forever.

2 Samuel 7:16

Your house and your kingdom will endure Forever before me ; your throne will be established Forever.' "

1 Kings 2:33

May the guilt of their blood rest on the head of Joab and his descendants Forever. But on David and his descendants, his house and his throne, may there be the Lord's peace Forever."

1 Kings 2:45

But King Solomon will be blessed, and David's throne will remain secure before the LORD Forever."

1 Kings 9:5

I will establish your royal throne over Israel Forever, as I promised David your father when I said, 'You shall never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.'

Psalm 89:29

I will establish his line Forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure.

2 Chronicles 13:5

Don't you know that the LORD, the God of Israel, has given the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants Forever by a covenant of salt?

The Lord sits over the flood as King Forever.

The Lord will dwell at the mountain Forever

The Lord rejected them Forever but He will not always accuse Forever. Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself

Psalm 29:10

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King Forever.

Psalm 44:23

Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us Forever.

Psalm 68:16

Why gaze in envy, O rugged mountains, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the Lord himself will dwell Forever?

Psalm 74:1

[ A maskil of Asaph. ] Why have you rejected us Forever, O God? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?

Psalm 103:9

He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger Forever;

Isaiah 57:16

I will not accuse Forever, nor will I always be angry, for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me- the breath of man that I have created.

Live Forever

Live Forever is used six times in the Bible.

Of course there is nothing on the Earth that would or could Live Forever

1 Kings 1:31

Then Bathsheba bowed low with her face to the ground and, kneeling before the king, said, "May my Lord King David live Forever!"

Psalm 49:9

that he should live on Forever and not see decay.

Daniel 3:9

They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live Forever!

Daniel 5:10

The queen, hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. "O king, live Forever!" she said. "Don't be alarmed! Don't look so pale!

Daniel 6:6

So the administrators and the satraps went as a group to the king and said: "O King Darius, live Forever!

Daniel 6:21

Daniel answered, "O king, live Forever!

For this reason, one has to be cautious when interpreting the following two verses about the bread and blood of Jesus

The meaning of these two verses are only found in John and never mentioned in the other three Gospels.

John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live Forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

John 6:58

This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live Forever."

Priest Forever

Melchizedek is an unknown and an extremely vague person.

He is described as:" Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest Forever". Jesus ranks in the order of Melchizedek.

However, it seems likely that Melchizedek is superior to Jesus because he has no mother while Jesus has a mother.



Psalm 110:4

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: "You are a priest Forever, in the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 5:6

And he says in another place, "You are a priest Forever, in the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 6:20

Where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest Forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 7:3

Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest Forever.

Hebrews 7:17

For it is declared: "You are a priest Forever, in the order of Melchizedek."

Hebrews 7:21

but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: 'You are a priest Forever.' "

Hebrews 7:24

but because Jesus lives Forever, he has a permanent priesthood.

Destroyed Forever

I wonder why the Bible deals with Esau like that.

It is Jacob who was unfair to his brother Esau and cheated him.

Obadiah 1:10

Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed Forever.

Love Forever

The Love Forever means killing of mighty kings

Psalm 136:18

And killed mighty kings- His love endures Forever.

Sleep Forever

Is there sleep Forever?

Jeremiah 51:39

But while they are aroused, I will set out a feast for them and make them drunk, so that they shout with laughter- then sleep Forever and not awake," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 51:57

I will make her officials and wise men drunk, her governors, officers and warriors as well; they will sleep Forever and not awake," declares the King, whose name is the LORD Almighty.

Leprosy Forever

Is there leprosy Forever?

2 Kings 5:27

Naaman's leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants Forever." Then Gehazi went from Elisha's presence and he was leprous, as white as snow.

Womb enlarged Forever

Is there Womb enlarged Forever?

Jeremiah 20:17

For he did not kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged Forever.

Wandering stars Forever

Scientifically speaking there are no Wandering stars neither ever nor Forever!

Jude 1:13

They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved Forever.

How does the Quran use "Forever":

Scientifically speaking, there is nothing Forever on the Earth. Everything and anything should have an end.

The Quran never uses "Forever" for anything on the Earth.

The Quran uses "Forever" for the Afterlife.

The Believers: Gardens beneath which rivers flow, to abide in them Forever

Surah 4:57

"And (as for) those who believe and do good deeds, we will make them enter gardens beneath which rivers flow, to abide in them Forever; they shall have therein pure mates, and we shall make them enter a dense shade"

Surah 4:122

"And (as for) those who believe and do good, we will make them enter into gardens beneath which rivers flow, to abide therein Forever; (it is) a promise of Allah, true (indeed), and who is truer of word than Allah?"

Surah 5:119

"Allah will say: this is the day when their truth shall benefit the truthful ones; they shall have gardens beneath which rivers flow to abide in them Forever: Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with Allah; this is the mighty achievement"

Surah 9:21-22

21- Their lord gives them good news of mercy from himself and (his) good pleasure and gardens, wherein lasting blessings shall be theirs;

22- Abiding therein Forever; surely Allah has a mighty reward with him"

Surah 9:100

Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with him, and he has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow, to abide in them Forever; that is the mighty achievement"

Surah 18:1-3

1- (All) praise is due to Allah, who revealed the book to his servant and did not make in it any crookedness"

2- Rightly directing, that he might give warning of severe punishment from him and give good news to the believers who do good that they shall have a goodly reward,"

3- Staying in it Forever"

Surah 64:9

"On the day that he will gather you for the day of gathering, that is the day of loss and gain; and whoever believes in Allah and does good, he will remove from him his evil and cause him to enter gardens beneath which rivers flow, to abide therein Forever; that is the great achievement"

Surah 65:11

"an messenger (Mohammad) who recites to you the clear communications of Allah so that he may bring forth those who believe and do good deeds from darkness into light; and whoever believes in Allah and does good deeds, he will cause him to enter gardens beneath which rivers now, to abide therein Forever, Allah has indeed given him a goodly sustenance"

The Unbelievers: hell, to abide in it Forever

Surah 4:168-169

168- Surely (as for) those who disbelieve and act unjustly Allah will not forgive them nor guide them to a path;

169- Except the path of hell, to abide in it Forever, and this is easy to Allah

Surah 33:64-65

64- Surely Allah has cursed the unbelievers and has prepared for them a burning fire,

65- To abide therein Forever; they shall not find a protector or a helper

Surah 72:22-23

22- say: surely no one can protect me against Allah, nor can i find besides him any place of refuge:

23- (It is) only a delivering (of communications) from Allah and his messages; and whoever disobeys Allah and his messenger surely he shall have the fire of hell to abide therein Forever.

The following verses summarize the fate of Human beings in the Afterlife.

Surah 98:6-8

6- Surely those who disbelieve from among the followers of the book and the polytheists shall be in the fire of hell, abiding therein Forever; they are the worst of men

7- (as for) those who believe and do good, surely they are the -best of men

8- Their reward with their lord is gardens of perpetuity beneath which rivers flow, abiding therein Forever; Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with him; that is for him who fears his lord

Back to the main issue of my series of articles (1-37); this is my question to you smart readers: "Is the Quran quoted from the Bible "?

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