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jenika December 19, 2018 at 9:33 am

wow thanks freind! what a fantastic study on hell

Edet Okon February 1, 2019 at 8:33 am

I will like to have more knowledge and fact concerning Tartarus, Gehenna,Hades, Hell, Paradise. I want to know more about this 5 places.

artiewhitefox whitefox October 15, 2019 at 2:40 pm

God’s lioght purifies all things of sin. Elements did not exist as we know them. That is why God burns the earth to the lowest depths or lowest Hell. The wicked will look like a lake of fire at the second resurrection.

Jack Wellman October 15, 2019 at 3:41 pm

Hello my friend. No, only Jesus’ or the blood of the Lamb of God takes away sin. Light only exposes our sin so that we see our need to repent. Jesus is the only way (Acts 4:12). God’s light, whatever that is, does not take away sin. Jesus died for that. If light could take away sin, why did Jesus have to die?

rozsa May 19, 2020 at 9:13 pm

ve been to hell n chamber death every time i tried get out my chamber of death moved closer to black pitr

Jack Wellman May 20, 2020 at 9:10 am

Hello Rozsa. Thank you for your comment. Hell is not even open for business yet, so all “dreams” or “experiences” or books written about someone dying and going to hell are false. These cannot even be proven. And the fact is, they are probably only wanting attention or to sell books. Your experience cannot be true according to Scripture. See Dan 12:1-3; Rev 20:12-15; Heb 9:27.

Robert M. Armstrong April 18, 2021 at 6:17 pm

I am confused by your article: Did Jesus’ (spirit) go to Sheol, Hell or Hades immediately after His death on the cross? OR, was he simply entombed until His resurrection? Do we know how long Jesus’ body was actually in the tomb? At what point did He leave?

Is there a Hades where Lazarus was called to by the rich man for a finger tip of water? Is it a divided place where the saved souls are separated from unsaved souls?

There seems to be nearly the same amount of controversy over these things as the Pre, Mid and Post Tribulation theories.

Jack Wellman April 18, 2021 at 6:34 pm

Jesus told the thief on the cross, “Today you will be with Me in Paradise.” In Acts 2:29–31, Peter tells us that David, in writing this psalm, foresaw the resurrection of Christ, “that he was not abandoned to Hades [that is, his soul wasn’t], nor did his flesh see corruption” (notice that Peter reads the second line as a reference to Jesus’s body or flesh). Thus, prior to Jesus, at death, souls normally went to Sheol (or Hades), and bodies (flesh) decayed. We’re all familiar with the latter, but the former is more opaque. A quick Bible study will show us why Peter thinks that David’s prophecy in Psalm 16 is such good news.

In the Old Testament, Sheol is the place of the souls of the dead, both the righteous (like Jacob, Genesis 37:35, and Samuel, 1 Samuel 28:13–14) and the wicked (Psalm 31:17). In the New Testament, the Hebrew word Sheol is translated as Hades, and the description of Sheol in the Old and New Testaments bears some resemblance to the Hades of Greek mythology. It is under the earth (Numbers 16:30–33), and it is like a city with gates (Isaiah 38:10) and bars (Job 17:16). It is a land of darkness — a place where shades, the shadowy souls of men, dwell (Isaiah 14:9; 26:14). It is the land of forgetfulness (Psalm 88:12), where no work is done and no wisdom exists (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Most significantly, Sheol is a place where no one praises God (Psalm 6:5; 88:10–11; 115:17; Isaiah 38:18).

In the New Testament, the most extended depiction of the afterlife is found in Luke 16:19–31. There we learn that, like the Hades of Greek mythology, the biblical Sheol has two compartments: Hades proper (where the rich man is sent, Luke 16:23) and “Abraham’s bosom” (where the angels carry Lazarus, Luke 16:22). Hades proper is a place of torment, where fire causes anguish to the souls imprisoned there. Abraham’s bosom, on the other hand, while within shouting distance of Hades, is separated from it by “a great chasm” (Luke 16:26) and is, like the Greek Elysium, a place of comfort and rest.

While much mystery remains, the picture begins to take shape. All dead souls go down to Sheol/Hades, but Sheol is divided into two distinct sides, one for the righteous and one for the wicked. The righteous who died prior to Christ dwelt in Sheol with Abraham, and though they were cut off from the land of the living (and therefore from the worship of Yahweh on earth), they were not tormented as the wicked were.

Luke 23:43 doesn’t say that Jesus would be in the presence of God; it says he would be in the presence of the thief (“Today you will be with me in paradise”), and based on the Old Testament and Luke 16, it seems likely that the now-repentant thief would be at Abraham’s side, a place of comfort and rest for the righteous dead, which Jesus here calls “paradise.”

Finally, following Jesus’ death for sin, He journeys to Hades, to the City of Death, and rips its gates off the hinges. He liberates Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, John the Baptist, and the rest of the Old Testament faithful, ransoming them from the power of Sheol (Psalm 49:15; 86:13; 89:48). They had waited there for so long, not having received what was promised, so that their spirits would be made perfect along with the saints of the new covenant (Hebrews 11:39–40; 12:23).





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