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by Dr. Brad Black 
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I was driving in the car at an unusual time the other day and I heard a preacher I have never heard before and the title of his talk was “What happened to Hell?” His point being that nobody in the church talks about Hell anymore, and as I have shared before, most Christians do believe in Hell anymore. I was convicted; also I have never done a blog on Hell, I have mentioned it a few times, but have never really talked about it. The pastor’s point was that if people do not really know the consequences of not having a relationship with Jesus, they are truly making an uninformed decision about Jesus.

The straw that broke the camel’s back with this pastor was that the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church has redefined Hell as, “hell is best understood as the condition of total alienation from all that is good, hopeful and loving in the world.” In other words, Hell is a state of mind not a physical place.

I must start there and see what the Bible says about Hell.

Rev. 20
13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Hell is a physical place that has fire, and in other places the Bible says Hell has brimstone and sulfur. The word Hell is derived from the word Hinnom, or some maps will have Ghinnom. (See map) The Valley of Hinnom was where the trash dump of the city of Jerusalem was located. The streets were designed so that the gutter refuse would drain into this valley. One of the city gates on this side of the city was called the dung gate.
Nehemiah 3:13-14 (King James Version)
13The valley gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto the dung gate.
14But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Bethhaccerem; he built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.
More important in telling where this gate was located is the next verse; it says the dung gate is on the right hand wall. All directions would be given facing the temple; therefore as one looks at the picture, the dung gate is next to the Hinnom valley.

Nehemiah 12:31
Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate:

You see, they used the garbage dump as a picture of what the lake of fire would be like. The garbage dump would stink from the dead animals, rotting food, dung, etc… These would bring flies, maggots, and worms. Also, fires would be set to burn the trash so it would look like there were endless fires; the stench was like sulfur; just like the description from Revelation where Jesus described what Hell will be like.

Mark 9:43-45 (King James Version)
43And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
So you see, when Jesus and the others of the Bible were talking about Hell, they were using the Valley of Hinnom as a word picture of what Hell was like.

Hell is a physical place and I want to explore this further, but this blog is already long enough. Please keep me in your prayers this week because when ever I do a blog on the devil he always makes it a rough week.


I want to continue this week with the same scripture as I used last time, Rev 20.

13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Some of you caught this and I put you off to wait until this week’s blog and for the rest to notice that death and Hades are thrown into the lake of fire. I said last week that the lake of fire is Hell and did a description on it. (Please check out last week’s blog). A lot of people use Hades and Hell interchangeably; but they really can’t from scriptures because Hades is thrown into hell. So what is Hades? Let me show you with scripture.

Luke 16:19-31 (New American Standard Bible)
The Rich Man and Lazarus
19"Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.
20"And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores,
21and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man's table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.
22"Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.
23"In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.
24"And he cried out and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.'
25"But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.
26'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'
27"And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father's house--
28for I have five brothers--in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'
29"But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.'
30"But he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!'
31"But he said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'"
Let’s focus in on verse 22 and 23; Lazarus goes to a place called Abraham’s bosom. This is a Jewish term of the time and would have been understood to refer to Paradise. In that time they did not sit in chairs to eat a meal; they would recline at a table with their head toward the table and their body going away from the table. Each person’s head would come up right next to the person beside him so that if he leaned back, his head would be in their chest, or thus, their bosom. Abraham had already gone to Paradise so the hope was that you would go to paradise and be able to lay your head in Abraham’s bosom; thus, Abraham’s bosom was Paradise.
Matthew 8:11
"I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham…..

Now the rich man goes to Hades. It says that he is tormented and that it is hot because he begs for just a drop of water. This does sound like the description of hell last week; but this must be a different place because as pointed out earlier, Hades goes into hell or the lake of fire. Also notice that Paradise and Hades are separated by a great chasm so they can not go back and forth.

Thus we can say that Hades and Paradise are places that souls went before Jesus died on the cross, as shown here by a story of Jesus. We also know that Jesus’ soul goes to Paradise after the cross.
Luke 23:39-43 (King James Version)
39And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Jesus say that the thief on the cross and Jesus will be in Paradise that day.

This leads to a lot more questions like, “when did Jesus go to heaven” and “what did Jesus do in paradise.” But this blog is too long now, so I will have to wait until my next blog to answer those questions.

Hell, Paradise and Heaven

I left off last week with Jesus going to Paradise after the cross, which left many questions. First, let’s tackle what Jesus did on the cross. Look at 1 Peter --

1 Peter 3:18-19
18For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
The only place there are spirits like the ones we talked last time, is in Paradise and Hades. Therefore, Jesus went to Paradise after his death and preached the gospel to the souls there. Now that Jesus had died on the cross for their sins as well as ours, He tells them the Good News or Gospel so they can be saved also. You see, before Jesus dies for their sins they are not covered, therefore they can not go to Heaven, so God had to make a place for the souls to go until Jesus died on the cross.

This leads to the question “what about the people in Hades?” Well, a little further on in 1 Peter 4

5Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
6For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
The ones in Hades also have to hear the gospel and reject it so they can be judged.

Now this leaves the question of “when does Jesus go to Heaven?” John 20 tells us,

John 20:11-18 (King James Version)
11But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,
12And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid him.
14And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
15Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
16Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
17Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
18Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the LORD, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
This shows us that Jesus preached to souls in Paradise then came back to earth for the resurrection to show that he could rise from the dead. Only after this happens does he go to Heaven to be with God.
I have told you this before, but there are only two things you have to know and believe to be a Christian. One, that Christ died on the Cross-to pay the penalty for your sin and two that he arose from the grave on the 3rd day.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (King James Version)
1 Corinthians 15
1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures
You see Jesus had to Preach to the souls in Paradise and Hades so they could know the gospel, then Jesus had to rise from the dead to prove it could be done before he could take the souls to heaven.
I started out talking about Hell and going on to explain more about it but have gotten off on a side topic about Hades and Paradise, which can be confusing when talking about hell. I also only like to make my blog a page long so people can read them quickly and be inspired, but all three of these have been three pages and I am sorry but I had to finish those ideas. I also feel I really need to do one more on who will be in Hell. So please, bear with me one more week.
Who is in Hell?

As I started out this blog on Hell, the point was that if people do not know about Hell they really are not making an informed decision about Jesus unless they know the whole story. Therefore, with that thought, I must do this last blog so people know who will be going to Hell. I will just go thru the order in which the Bible tells that people go into Hell. Rev. 19

19And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
The first people to go in the lake of fire will be the beast of Revelation and the false prophet. These are people in the future directly connected with Satan and the tribulation period. I will not go into who these people are because they themselves could be a long series of blogs. Along with these two will be all the people in the tribulation that take on the mark of the beast. There will a large number of people who are fooled by the beast and the false prophet.

The things that happen deal with Satan but He is not thrown into the lake of fire yet. Rev 20
1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3And 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.
Satan is sealed up for a thousand years known as the Millennial Kingdom. He is then released to deceive the nation for a short while. Rev 20

7And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

After a thousand years, the Devil will be released again only to start another war which God Miraculously defeats. After this, Satan is thrown into the lake of fire.

The next is probably the most important for everybody to know and understand. Rev. 20

11Then I saw a great white (A)throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence (B)earth and heaven fled away, and (C)no place was found for them.
12And I saw the dead, the (D)great and the small, standing before the throne, and (E)books were opened; and another book was opened, which is (F)the book of life; and the dead (G)were judged from the things which were written in the books, (H)according to their deeds.
13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and (I)death and Hades (J)gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them (K)according to their deeds.
14Then (L)death and Hades were thrown into (M)the lake of fire This is the (N)second death, the lake of fire.
15And if anyone's name was not found written in (O)the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
The last verse says it all; if your name is not written in the Lambs book of life then you will be thrown in to the lake of fire. Therefore, if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you are bond for Hell the lake of fire. Saying that Hell is a state of mind or does not exist will not help you then. This is why people must know that hell is real and that it is the only alternative to Jesus Christ.

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