For the atonement satisfieth the demands of his justice upon all those who have not the law given to them, that they are delivered from that awful monster, death and hell, and the devil, and the lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment; and they are restored to that God who gave them breath, which is the Holy One of Israel. (2 Ne 9:26)
On the surface, this verse seems to offer solace to those who have ignorant of the law. They seem to have a chance of redemption from death, hell, the devil, and the lake of fire and brimstone.
The way Jacob mentioned the lake of fire and brimstone is interesting,. He states that it is endless torment. This could be read two way. It’s not literally a lake of fire and brimstone, but rather representative of what infinite torment is like. Or it could be read to mean that being in a lake of fire and brimstone is infinitely tortuous.
What makes this statement even more interesting is D&C 19:10-12:
For, behold, the mystery of godliness, how great is it! For, behold, I am endless, and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment, for Endless is my name. Wherefore?¢‚Ç¨‚Äù
Eternal punishment is God?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s punishment.
Endless punishment is God?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s punishment.
So not only is the lake of fire and brimstone possible symbolic of infinite torment and suffering, this endless torment may not actually be infinite after all.
Technically speaking, there is a beginning to the torment and infinity does not have a beginning, so the torment would not be endless or infinite by definition anyhow.
But it does raise the question of what happens to the damned once their torment is over?