The Bible uses both the Flood in Noah’s day and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to illustrate the coming judgment. Jesus said, “For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:38-39). The flood drowned the wicked. What ever torment may have accompanied their drowning the end result of the Flood was death not life in torment.
Peter says, concerning the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, “he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly.” (2 Peter 2:6). What happened to Sodom and Gomorrah? They were burnt to ashes. They are an example of what will happen to the wicked. What then will happen to the wicked? They will be burnt to ashes. As Jude says, “They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” (Verse 7). They too will be burnt to ashes.