Jesus does not appear to say that there is a finite end to these sufferings, however humane that might be. In fact he says "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels... (Matt 25:41) JUDE 7 -- The two cities of Sodom and Gomorrha "are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Are these cities still burning and yet not being consumed? The eternal fires that burned S&G to the ground burned out millenieum ago. "Eternal fire" means a fire whose results are permanent or everlasting. Sodom and Gomorrah have never been rebuilt! The fires which burned S&G went out themselves. Clearly there is no question as to the plain meaning of God's Word. All who will insist on rebelling against Him unrepentantly will be burned to a crisp in a very real hell fire!