People that speak the truth to help others are not Popular!
“Life is everything, living is thriving”.
“Dying is fine, but DEATH is worse”. (c.c.Cummings)
Yes we are dying daily is massive numbers, not one a day, but thousands a day.
Is death so terrible that we dare not think on it, so then, to all of us, is eternal life just a joke? (j.gainous)
Here are some facts for you to ponder:
As of March 26, 2012. For most up-to-date estimate, see U.S. Census Bureau, International Programs Center.
It is estimated that in 1 AD, there were 300 million people in the world; in 1250, 400 million; in 1500, 500 million. According to UN estimates, the world population reached 1 billion in 1804; rose to 2 billion 123 years later, in 1927; to 3 billion 33 years after that, in 1960; to 4 billion in 1974; to 5 billion in 1987; and to 6 billion in 1999.2
“To give a point of reference for the magnitude of one billion, it would require forty thousand trips around the world to equal one billion miles.”4
|Oceania (incl. Australia)||37,104,600|
|Antarctica||no indigenous inhabitants|
Sources: Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet 2011 and The World Factbook. Notes: 60% of the world’s population lives in the continent of Asia; North America includes Canada, Greenland, Mexico, and United States.
|Birth Rate:||Death Rate:|
|19 births/1,000 population||8 deaths/1,000 population|
|131.4 million births per year||55.3 million people die each year|
|360,000 births per day||151,600 people die each day|
|15,000 births each hour||6316 people die each hour|
|250 births each minute||105 people die each minute|
|4 births each second of every day||almost 2 people die each second|
|Average Life Expectancy at Birth is 68 years1|
|1.8 billion people under age 15 years (26%)|
|4.4 billion people age 15-64 years (66%)|
|516 million people are 65 years and over (8%)|
There are approximately 226 inhabited countries and territories in the world. China is the most populous nation with 1/5 of the world’s people. About half the world’s people live in the first six largest countries listed below.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base
|1. Tokyo-Yokohama, Japan||36,690,000|
|2. Delhi, India||22,630,000|
|3. Seoul-Incheon, South Korea||22,525,000|
|4. Jakarta, Indonesia||22,245,000|
|5. Manila, Philippines||21,295,000|
|6. Mumbai (Bombay), India||21,290,000|
|7. New York City, U.S.||20,710,000|
|8. São Paulo, Brazil||20,395,000|
|9. Mexico City, Mexico||19,565,000|
|10. Shanghai, China||18,665,000|
|11. Cairo, Egypt||17,550,000|
|12. Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto, Japan||17,005,000|
|13. Kolkata (Calcutta), India||15,835,000|
|14. Shenzhen, China||15,250,000|
|15. Los Angeles, U.S.||14,940,000|
|16. Beijing (Peking), China||14,170,000|
|17. Moscow, Russia||13,680,000|
|18. Karachi, Pakistan||13,460,000|
|19. Istanbul, Turkey||13,275,000|
|20. Buenos Aires, Argentina||13,125,000|
*2011 estimates by Demographia.com which defines an urban area (urbanized area agglomeration or urban centre) as a continuously built up landmass of urban development containing a high population density, without regard for administrative boundaries (i.e. municipality, city or commune) or a labor market (i.e. metropolitan area). Population figures for the world’s largest cities differ from one source to another because of the different concepts used (i.e. urban areas, urban agglomerations, metropolitan areas, etc.)
All this data was gathered from World Wide Missions
1. The World Factbook (CIA).
2. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012, ©2012.
3. Demographia World Urban Areas & Population Projection. 7th Annual edition. April, 2011. www.demographia.com
4. Biblical Missions: History, Principles, Practice by Roy F. Dearmore. Garland, Tex.: Rodgers Baptist Church, ©1997.
So now, there is the Issue of DEATH
The death I ‘m referring to is The True Death. A man will die once but live twice. We will live here on the earth. But after the physical death, you live again. When I say live again I mean not as a human on earth carrying out your daily chores, but to have and live an eternal life. Yes we all will share an eternal life that we will live; under the rule of Yeshua our Messiah or Satan the devil. The eternal life will be lived in a place called Heaven, the New Jerusalem, or Zion. Or you will live in Hell, Hades, Sheol, or the Pit. Now some believe in neither. But because I believe in The Bible and Lord Yeshua, then I BELIEVE in both.
The reason I places the charts above was so that you can see how many people live and die. How many people can be serving Yeshua, but decide for other reasons not to serve Him. Now I know that some people were born in cultures that serve other gods, and are satisfied with serving the god or entity of their ancestors. Basically that is the reason I serve Yeshua, because I was born into a Christian family and decided to keep on serving Yeshua our Messiah. A choice I have not regretted!
But the difference comes when we grow older and start to seek out a god we decide to serve. For that reason lots of people choose to split from their birth religion of their forefathers. By that I mean say for instance you were born a Muslim and decide that it didn’t serve your needs and you switch over to become a Christian; deciding to serve the one and only true living God Jesus The Christ or Yeshua the Messiah, both being the same. Or say you were born Buddhists, and discovered that your god did not answer prayer(s) so you switched. Or say you decided to switch as you became interested in the Bible, started reading and discovered that you had served the wrong god all along. But whatever the reason, Yeshua loves you dearly! The chart below shows some of the world religions, and a quick view of how many followers each has. Now just imagine if all these people worshiped or believed Yeshua Our Lord, the Risen Lord and Savior, delivers us from our sins. If we were all Christians there would be less sin(s) in the whole world. Would you like to know why? We would all be on one accord. We would all agree, because can two walk together unless they agree? SO we all walk separated because we all do not agree. We hate living, we love dying! The Bible is filled with scriptures the back up what I saying. Just read it! Now only when a person decides to seek The Lord Yeshua out and discover exactly what He’s about; then only then will they began to realize that He is so much different from their god. I call other gods regular gods, because Lord Yeshua is the Living God over all. Why, all others claim to be, but Lord Yeshua is the only one that died hung on the cross, bled just for us. Then to complete it all he rose from the dead, walked among the disciples after He was murdered and was actually seen rising up into the clouds to go be with His Father. He knew how to take care of His business! He didn’t play when it came to us, He loved us so much! He came to work, to get the job done and that is just what He did! He made and gave no excuses to His Father, as to why He should not have died for us, he just did exactly what had to be done! He died for our sins. To Yeshua sis a very BIG THANG! Big enough to die for! How many of us would die for someone else? I probably wouldn’t. But then again…. maybe for my kids, but then again…!
Major Religions of the World (mid-2010)2
|Chinese folk religionists||454,404,000|
*This term denotes members of Christian churches and networks that regard themselves as postdenominationalist and neo-apostolic and thus independent of historic, mainstream, organized, institutionalized, confessional, denominationalist Christianity.
The chart above helps you see how many other people believe that Yeshua is a joke! He is like a joke to them. If they took Him seriously they would definitely believe in Him and decide to live for Him!
So back to Dying and living.
The reason I say we love dying and we hate living is really because, to live apart from Yeshua is sure death, and to live for Him is sure life!
We can choose to live forever with Him. We can choose to live totally separated from Him and spend the second life in Hell. I know some of us believe there is no Hell, but there IS! I know some of us hates the word Hell and everything it stands for, BUT!!!! Hell is NO JOKE, not at all. When we do the wrong things in life that are not in accord with the Word of Yeshua our Lord, we get angry and do not want to hear the truth. As the saying goes ” the truth hurts, basically meaning hurts our feelings. But the truth of the matter is, the truth as told to us by Lord Yeshua will only save us from a life of sin and from our second landlord – satan.
So facts about Sheol: Doctrine
Hell in the Scriptures
By David J. Stewart
“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction…” 2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9
So many people today don’t believe in a literal place called Hell that burns with fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8)
where all who die in their sins without Jesus Christ go to be punished for all eternity. Sadly, there are countless people who twist the Scriptures in an attempt to teach that Hell is not what the Bible says it is… a place of flaming torment.
The Bible contains an overwhelming amount of irrefutable evidence teaching that Hell is indeed a literal place of torment, where those who die in their sins without Jesus Christ are punished in flaming fire and vengeance by God (2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9).
A Biblical Examination of Hell
By Dr. Max D. Younce, Pastor
Hell in The Old Testament
The word “Hell” appears in the Old Testament approximately 31 times and, without exception, is translated from the Hebrew word “Sheol.” This same Hebrew word is also translated “pit” three different times. “Pit,” translated from Sheol, is found in Numbers 16:30,33 and Job 17:16. Hell is referred to as a pit three times, both being the same place.
Sheol is not the grave. A mistranslation–“Sheol” is also translated as grave approximately 25 times in the Old Testament, which has caused much confusion concerning the Doctrine of Hell. Jehovah’s Witnesses use this translational error to the fullest, claiming Hell is the grave and nothing more. When we look at the Hebrew we find that the word “gibrah” is properly used for “grave.” “Gibrah” is translated throughout the Old testament as “grave, burying-place, and sepulchre,” and properly so. Sheol is never in any case in the Old testament ever referring to grave, burying place or sepulchre; but, rather a place located in the center of the earth. The grave, burying-place and sepulchre houses our dead bodies, but Sheol is the compartment that contains the souls and spirits that will never die and which were in those earthly bodies.
Here are a few of the places where the Hebrew word “Sheol” is mistranslated as grave in the Old testament. Beside the passages in parenthesis is the way it appears in the Revised Standard. The Revised Standard has transliterated, i.e., put the Hebrew word “Sheol” itself in the English translation. There is one exception where Sheol is translated as “Pit” by the Revised Standard and that is Job 33:22. This would be correct, since Sheol is a pit located in the center of the earth.
Job 7:9 (Sheol). “As a cloud is consumed and vanishes away; so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.”
Psalm 6:5 (Sheol). “For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave, who shall give thee thanks.”
Psalm 31:17 (Sheol). “Let me not be ashamed, O Lord; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.”
Psalm 49:15 (Sheol). “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me.”
Job 33:22 (Pit). “Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.”
Isaiah 38:18 (Sheol). “For the grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee: they that go down into the Pit cannot hope for thy truth.”
1st Samuel 2:6 (Sheol). “The Lord killeth and maketh alive; he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.”
Hosea 13:14 (Sheol). “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: … O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.“
The correct Hebrew word for grave, burying-place or sepulchre is “gibrah” and is never used in reference to Sheol or the Pit, located in the earth’s core. In the manner of the Hebrew, “Sheol” is referring to its own place and not that of the grave or sepulchre at any time.
Here are a few of the places where “gibrah” is properly translated in the King James as grave, sepulchre and burying-place:
1st kings 13:30, “And he laid his carcase in his own grave…”
2nd Samuel 3:32, “And they buried Abner in Hebron: and the king lifted up his voice, and wept at the grave of Abner…”
Psalm 88:5, “Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more…”
2nd Samuel 2:32, “And they took up Asahel, and buried him in the sepulchre of his father…”
Genesis 47:30, “But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying place.“
I have taken a little time to point out this translational error as it is imperative if one is to understand that the grave and Sheol are entirely two separate places. If this is not brought into focus, then the mistranslation would lead one to believe that Hell is the grave and nothing more. Again, I want to point out that this is the teaching of Armstrongism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and many of the cults–that is why it is so important to understand the difference in the Hebrew words and when they are and not properly translated concerning this subject.
This is by no means an exhaustive word study, but a brief look to distinguish the difference between the grave (gibrah) and Sheol (Hell).
In the King James translation, without exception, everywhere in the Old testament where the word “Hell” appears, it is always the Hebrew “Sheol.”
Isaiah 5:14 (Sheol). “Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”
(Psalm 9:17) “The wicked shall be turned into hell (Sheol), and all the nations that forget God.”
(Proverb 7:27) “Her house is the way to hell (Sheol), going down to the chambers of death.”
(Isaiah 14:15) “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell (Sheol), to the sides of the pit.”
(Deuteronomy 32:22, “For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell (Sheol), and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.”
This is all that the lost have to look forward to when they die. How grateful we are that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son (Christ) that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Hell in The New Testament
At this point it should be noted that the Old Testament “Sheol” (Hell) and the New Testament “Hades” (Hell) are the same place. It is located in the center of the earth and had two compartments; one was Paradise for the saved and the other was Torment for the lost. This will be qualified later in the book. Read Luke 16:22-26. Here we find in Hades a great gulf separated Torment for the lost and Paradise for the saved. Paradise is also known as “Abraham’s Bosom.”
Let me illustrate the importance of recognizing the two compartments of Sheol, as translated Hell in the Old Testament. In Psalm 139, David is praising God for his attributes of omniscience and omnipresence. Notice Verses 7 and 8, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up to heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in HELL (Heb. “Sheol”) behold, thou art there.” The word “heaven” here is in the plural (Heb. “shamayim“). The “im” is the plural and should read “If I ascend up into the heavens.” That is past the first heaven (our atmosphere), past the second heaven (the planets), and on to the third heaven. David is attesting to the fact that there is nowhere anyone can go to get away from the presence of God. Even if we should go past the planets, God is there.
Now if we will go the other direction from the surface of the earth, even to the center of the earth where Sheol (Hell) is located, God is there. This is the basic point David is making, that no one can escape the presence of God.
Now the statement of David made that we are interested in, is this, “If I make my bed in Hell (Sheol)…” I have heard some say that David was lost and if he died then, his bed would be in Hell (Torment). I know I may be “splitting a hair”; but, this is why it is so important to understand that Sheol (Eng. “Hell”) had two compartments, Torment and Paradise. David here was a saved man, a “man after God’s own heart,” and if he was thinking deeper than the basic facts he would have been thinking of making his bed in the Paradise side of Sheol, not the Torment side of Sheol (Hell).
In the New Testament the word “hell” appears some 23 times and is translated from three Greek words. The three Greek words are “Hades,” “Geenna,” and “Tartaroo.” Each one denotes a different or separate place of punishment. When the translators came to these three words in the Greek (all are referring to a place of torment), they used our one English word “Hell” which is the equivalent. It is equivalent as far as torment is concerned, but not as far as their location is concerned.
The three Greek words translated as “Hell” and where they appear in the Bible are as follows:
Hades” translated Hell appears 10 times in the New Testament in the following places: Matthew 11:23; 16:18; Luke 10:15; 16:23; Acts 2:27,31; Revelation 1:18; 6:8; 20:13,14.
The Greek word “Geenna” is translated Hell 12 times in the New Testament in the following places: Matthew 5:22,29,30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15,33; Mark 9:43,45,47; Luke 12:5; and James 3:6. Of these 12 items, it is spoken of 11 times by the Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospels and once by James in Chapter 3, Verse 6.
The Greek word “Tartaroo” appears only once in the whole New Testament and is translated Hell in 2nd Peter 2:4. This is a separate place where the most wicked angels are kept and reserved unto judgment. They will be brought out of Tartaroo and cast into the Lake of Fire where they will remain in torment forever.
“Hades” is translated once as grave in 1st Corinthians 15:55 and is a mistranslation.
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The Location of Sheol and Hades
Both are the same place, Sheol the Hebrew word and Hades the Greek word. This is substantiated by the same Scripture appearing in the Old testament and the New Testament. In Psalm 16:10 we are told concerning Christ “For thou wilt not leave my soul in Hell (Hebrew – Sheol), neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One (Christ) to see corruption.” The last part of this Verse is stating that Christ would not see corruption is referring to the His resurrection. This is made clear by Acts 2:3, “He (David) seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in Hell (Hades), neither His flesh did see corruption.”
Now we are going to see how the New International Version (NIV)perverts a great doctrinal truth of God’s Word. They mistranslated the Hebrew “Sheol” and Greek “Hades” in these three Verses as “GRAVE” instead of “HELL.” Here is the comparison:
KJT “For thou wilt not leave my soul in HELL (Hebrew “Sheol”) …”
NIV “because you will not abandon me to the GRAVE…”
Acts 2:27 (Peter quoting Psalm 16:10)
KJT “Because thou wilt not leave my soul in HELL (Greek “Hades”) …”
NIV “…because you will not abandon me to the GRAVE…”
KJT ” He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul (his person) was not left in HELL (Greek ‘Hades’), neither his flesh (body) did see corruption.”
NIV “Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the GRAVE, nor did his body see decay.”
The NIV in their mistranslation of GRAVE instead of HELL puts Christ’s body and soul in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights. This erroneously teaches the same damnable doctrine as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists and other cult religions. This perversion by the NIV contradicts Christ’s own testimony that “Today shalt thou be with me in PARADISE” (Luke 23:43). Matthew 12:40, previously quoted, states that Christ–upon death—would descend into the heart of the earth. This was the Person of Christ–not His Body as it was in the tomb. Ephesians 4:9 agrees:
“Now that he (Christ) ascended, what is it but that he also DESCENDED FIRST INTO THE LOWER PARTS OF THE EARTH?”
One does not have to know any Greek or Hebrew to be able to look this up for themselves. Strong’s Concordance or Vine’s Expository Words in the Greek New Testament will substantiate the foregoing. If a layman or average person can look this up and verify it, then will you tell me how a “hundred scholars” can accidentally come up with a “misnomer” like this which entices its readers to accept a false doctrine. Personally, I believe this was done deliberately and deceitfully.
When Christ died on the cross, His soul and Spirit went to Hades, being separated from the body, which went to the tomb. This Verse, both in Psalm 16:10 and Acts 2:27,31, state the soul and Spirit of Christ would not remain in Hades, but would unite with His resurrected body after 3 days. The phrase “that His body would not see corruption,” i.e., purification and odor sets in on the fourth day. An example of this can be seen in the death of Lazarus who had been in the grave four days. In John 11:17 we are told that, “Then when Jesus came, he found that he (Lazarus) had lain in the grave four days already.” Notice in Verse 39 that “Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that lay dead, saith unto Him, Lord, by this time he stinketh for he had been dead four days.” The fact that the body of Christ was not to see “corruption” plainly meant that the body of Christ would be resurrected before the fourth day. He would not remain in the tomb to the fourth day.
We are not going to exhaust all the Scriptures concerning the location of Sheol and Hades, but only give a couple to substantiate clearly where it is located.
Matthew 12:40. “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Acts 2:27 says that Christ went to Hades and here we are told He went to the heart of the earth, so Hades is located in the heart (middle or center) of the earth.
Isaiah 14:9. Here Isaiah is speaking concerning the fall of Babylon. “Hell (Sheol) from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming…” The word “beneath” here is the Hebrew word “tachath.” It comes from a Hebrew root word meaning to depress, the bottom, below and underneath. In other words, Sheol is located depressed, below, underneath and in the bottom of the earth.
(The two compartments within Sheol and Hades). Within Hades, we learn from Luke 16, there are two compartments separated by a tremendous gulf. Prior to Christ’s ascension back to heaven in Acts 1:11, both saved and lost went to one of the two compartments in Hades. The gulf separated the two places which are called a place of torment (lost) and “Abraham’s Bosom” or Paradise for, the saved. We must emphasize that Sheol and Hades are all-inclusive of both places. Only the context of the Scripture will determine whether a person went to Torment or Paradise within Hades.
Now in Luke 16 we find a Christian by the name of Lazarus who was very poor, financially, but when he died he went to the paradise side of Hades. Here is the record in Verse 22, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom…” This is also the compartment where Christ went for three days and nights before His Resurrection. Notice in Luke 23:43 when Christ was speaking to the thief on the cross, who had trusted Him as Saviour. “And Jesus said unto him (the thief), Verily I say unto thee, Today thou shalt be with me in paradise.” Remember, no saved in the Old Testament ever went to Heaven, but rather to the Paradise side of Sheol and Hades.
Further, in Luke 16 we are told of a lost man who was very rich, but lost, and who went to the torment side of Hades. Here is the record in Verses 22b-24. “…the rich man also died and was buried (the grave claimed his body); and in Hell (Sheol claimed his soul and spirit) he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.“
What a sad condition of the reality of what a lost person has to face when they die. Their joking about the Bible, their mocking of Christ, their evolutionary trash they have propagated, they’re taking the Lord’s name in vain and their exalted opinion of themselves that they are their own god will all come to an end. At death, they will be cast into this awful place of torment. Truly, they have played the fool as God has said in Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” Little realizing, until it is too late that “The wicked shall be turned into Hell (Sheol), and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).
We are now told that within Hades, between Paradise and Torment, that there is a tremendous gulf separating the two places, so that no one can go from one place to the other. Here is the record in Verse 26, “And beside all this, between us (Abraham and Lazarus) and you (lost men), there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.“
When the lost man realized there was no hope for him, as his eternal destiny was sealed in this place of torment, he then interceded for his five brothers that were still alive. In Verse 27 and 28 we have the account, “Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house, for I have five brethren: that he may testify unto them, least they also come to this place of torment.“
This man was now a believer but it was too late for himself, so he prays that someone would tell his brothers. The Hebrew word for “pray” in Verse 27 brings out the strength of this man’s feelings. The usual Greek word for “pray” when used in worship to God is “proseuchomai.” But here a different word is used for “pray,” which is “erotao.” This word means interrogate, desire and entreat. In police work, interrogate means you keep asking in various, different ways until you get what you want, which is the truth. You are persistent with a strong desire. The Greek word for pray lets us know that this man was more than just casually asking Abraham, but had a strong desire, persistently asking in various different ways to persuade Abraham to send someone to warn his five brothers.
His persistence is recorded in Verse 30 after Abraham had just said to him, “…They (his brothers) have Moses and the prophets: let them hear them.” Here is his reply, “and he said, Nay, Father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent (change their mind).” No doubt he was still trying, but to no avail for Abraham closed the conversation when he told him, “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”
This is a true and literal account of the conversation between a lost man in the Torment of Hades and Abraham in the Paradise side of Hades. A true account of where they were and what they said.
Now let us briefly analyze some important facts from Luke 16:19-31:
Hades has two compartments, one is Paradise and the other is Torment.
They are separated by a large gulf.
No one can pass from Torment to Paradise.
The lost and saved went immediately to their respective places.
They were taken there by the angels of God.
In Torment this man had a tongue, could feel the flames of Torment, could talk, could think and reason. He had all the attributes in Hades that he had on earth.
He possessed a spiritual or soulish body which had sensitivity and reasoning, but could not be annihilated by the flames of torment. We might point out that this is not his resurrected body unto damnation, which he will have when he is later cast into the Lake of Fire.
No one will go back from Paradise to talk with those still alive on earth, as this lost man had requested.
Moses and the prophets did record the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ in the Bible. Since Christ did come back from the dead, there are those who will not believe it, neither would they if someone also came back today.
A doctrinal consideration–many claim this is a parable, but one will find that no parable ever uses a proper name. There are no exceptions. Hypothetically, if this were a parable, then the reality of Hell would be much worse for parables are given to illustrate Biblical truth.
We can only thank God for telling us of this awful place that we have been delivered from by trusting Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour. He gave His life to save ours–what a Saviour!
“Tartarus,” a verb, is translated Hell only once in the New Testament. It is found in 2nd Peter 2:4:
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Hell (Tartarus), and delivered them unto chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.”
Now concerning the same angels, mention is made again in Jude 6:
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day (Great White Throne Judgment).”
The exact location of Tartarus is not known. This place is not Sheol or Hades or the eternal Lake of Fire, which is the same place as “Geenna” or Gehenna in the Greek. These are all separate places.
In Matthew 25:41 we learn that eventually the lost and the wicked angels will be together in their final place of torment, which is the everlasting Lake of Fire. This place was originally created by God for the Devil and his angels, prior to God’s creating man on the earth. Since Adam plunged the whole human race under sin and it’s condemnation, those who do not escape by the blood of Christ will share their eternal torment with the ones it was created for.
“Then shall he say to them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed (lost), into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels.”
Even though the exact location is not given, we have located it under the earth so we may refer to it from time to time on our diagram.
“Gehenna” is translated Hell correctly. It is properly translated 12 times, eleven of which are spoken of by Christ, Himself, in Matthew, Mark and Luke. It is recorded one other time in James. This is the final abode of the wicked, and the Devil and his angels. Here are the passages:
Matthew 5:22,29,30;10:28;18:19;23:15,33 Mark 9:43,45,47 Luke 12:5 James 3:6
This Hell (Greek-Gehenna), the final continuous torment, is a condition of unspeakable misery. Other than called Hell, many other references are made to this same place. Here are a few:
Mark 9:46, “Where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
Revelation 21:8, “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.”
Matthew 8:12, “But the children of the Kingdom, shall be cast out into outer darkness: where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” These “children of the Kingdom” are Jews, not the church. They are called children, yet not saved. These in the Old Testament, up to Calvary, who have rejected the Messiah, will be cast in outer darkness at the end of the Tribulation.
Matthew 13:42, “And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Luke 3:17, “Whose fan is in his (Christ’s) hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat (the saved) into his garner; but the chaff (the lost) he will burn with fire unquenchable.” This takes place at the end of the Tribulation when Christ judges the nations.
Jude 13b, “…to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”
Revelation 14:9-11, “…If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark (“666”) in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night…”
2nd Thessalonians 1:8, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2nd Thessalonians 1:9, “Punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”
The Bottomless Pit does not appear in the Old Testament. This is found seven times in the New Testament and, in all cases, translates from the Greek word “abussos” or abyss. It is properly translated and the Greek word means, “depthless, deep or bottomless.” It is a separate place of its own. The exact location is not given, but many scholars believe it is an extended compartment of the Torment side of Hades. Whether this is true or not, no one really knows. Vine’s Expository Words of The Greek New Testament states “It describes an immeasurable depth, the underworld, the lower regions, the Abyss of Sheol.” We have shown it as connected to “Torment of Sheol” in our diagrams for further references.
Here is where it is found in the new Testament, all being in the book of Revelation:
Revelation 9:1,2,11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1,3
In Revelation 20:7 this bottomless pit is also called a prison. This pit is locked and controlled by God, Who send His angels to unlock it at His discretion. It contains smoke, as of a great furnace, ungodly creatures called locusts, the Beast (Anti-Christ) and Satan, himself, when he is confined there a thousand years.
The key to the pit. (Revelation 9:1 and 20:1)
“And the fifth angel sounded and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth; and to him (angel) was given the key of the bottomless pit.” “And I saw an angel come down from Heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand.”
Locusts and smoke. (Revelation 9:2,3)
These creatures are released to torment people on the earth for five months during the Tribulation Period. Here is the word: “And he (angel) opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.”
These locusts are not to kill (Verse 5), only torment those who have not the seal of God in their foreheads (Verse 4). “…in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it: and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them” (Verse 6).
We have no idea what is in the underworld or what the future holds, but God was gracious enough to reveal to us about this place and these creatures. This takes place during the 7-Year Tribulation Period at the blowing of the Fifth Trumpet of Judgment.
The Anti-Christ or the Beast. (Revelation 11:7).
In Revelation 11, God’s two witnesses preach for 3-1/2 years (Verse 3) and finish their testimony (Verse 7). They are allowed by God to be killed in Jerusalem (Verse 18) and their bodies put on public display for 3-1/2 days (Verse 19). They are resurrected and then ascend directly to Heaven (Verses 11,12). The one who kills these two witnesses of God is none other than the Anti-Christ, himself. He is called the Beast in Verse 7 as this describes his character, and he comes out of the bottomless pit. Here is the record, “And when they (two witnesses) shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”
Satan in the Bottomless Pit. (Revelation 20:2,3,7)
When Christ comes back at the end of the Tribulation Period, He judges the nations in Matthew 24 and 25 in preparation for setting up the earthly Messianic Kingdom for 1,000 years. At this time, He confines Satan, himself, in chains to the Bottomless Pit for 1,000 years. After the 1,000 years, he is loosed for a short season and then cast into the Lake of Fire. Here is the record, “And he (the angel) laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled, and after that he must be loosed a little season. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.”
A man told me once that he thought Satan was chained today. If that is true, it must be an awful long chain! Another person was kidding me and said he thought Satan was chained to him! No, he will not be chained (confined) until the end of the 7-Year Tribulation.
We have identified Sheol and Hades, Tartarus, the Lake of Fire (Geenna), the Bottomless Pit, Torment and Paradise. Once the believer has a mental picture of these various places, it becomes much easier to discern the various Scriptures that relate to the subject of Hell.
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This is why He Died to keep us out of Hell. When we die or cease to live among the human race, we still have to prepare for the other home. However it is our choice!
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