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Here is an interesting point on Hell which I have not seen anyone else mention. Most Christians agree that death is going to be destroyed, as it is written:

"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." 1 Corinthians 15:26.

Most Christians also agree that death is destroyed particularly when it is cast into the Lake of Fire:

"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." Revelation 20:14.

Notice what Paul said about death. He said that it would be destroyed, did he not? And John saw that death was cast into the Lake of Fire, and that "this is the second death." If the end result of death being cast into the Lake of Fire is utter destruction--death ceases to exist--why then is it that most Christians erroneously believe that when all the wicked are cast into the same place, they will not suffer the same destruction? After all, death will no longer exist in the new world which God is going to make (Revelation 21:1-4), and the wicked "shall be as though they had not been." Obadiah 1:16.


"Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." Isaiah 50:10.

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Re: The Truth about Hell and Hellfire [message #1205 is a reply to message #742] Sat, 09 April 2016 17:16 Go to previous message
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The Word "Hell," as Used in the Bible



Old Testament Usage

In the Old Testament, whenever the word "hell" is used, it is translated from the Hebrew wordsheol. It always refers to the grave; it is never used to mean anything else. In fact, sheol is often translated as the "grave" in the Old Testament.

"Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down." Amos 9:2. One cannot dig down into what popular theology erroneously believes in: an "eternal torments" hell. But one can dig down into a grave.

"I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice." Jonah 2:2. Jonah poetically refers to his location inside the fish's belly as "the belly of hell," for it was dark. To understand this further, see the State of the Dead post ( http://www.seventhdayremnantforum.org/index.php?t=msg&th =313&start=0&) in this forum.

"He [Jacob] said, For I will go down into the grave [sheol] unto my son [Joseph, whom he thought dead] mourning. Thus his father wept for him." Genesis 37:35. Jacob, a righteous man, knew he was going to the grave on death.

"If I wait, the grave [sheol] is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness." Job 17:13. Job, another righteous man, knew he was going to the grave on death.

All men (except some), righteous and unrighteous, are currently in the grave. Job 17:16; 3:11-22; see the State of the Dead post for more.

In the New Testament

There are three words which are translated as "hell" in the New Testament.

1. Hades
Matthew 11:23; 16:18; Luke 10:15; 16:23; Acts 2:27, 31; Revelation 1:18; 6:8; 20:13, 14.

"Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." "He [David] seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell, neither His flesh did see corruption." Acts 2:27, 31. These verses refer to Psalm 16:10; verse 27 is actually a quotation of that psalm. Hades is used here in Greek, but in the original Psalm, the word for "hell," as already mentioned, is sheol. Both mean the exact same thing: the grave.

Hades is never associated with conscious torment in the Bible, except in the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. See http://remnantofgod.org/Immortal.htm#lazarus for an in-depth discussion on this issue. See also the pamphlet linked in the top-center of this post.

2. Gehenna
Matthew 5:22, 29, 30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33; Mark 9:43, 45, 47; Luke 12:5; James 3:6

I shall let the pamphlet speak here: " Gehenna, or "Valley of Hinnom,"is mentioned repeatedly in the Old Testament (see Joshua 15:8; 2 Kings 23:10; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Jeremiah 7:31). It is a gorge near Jerusalem in which idolatrous kings burned their children as asacrifice to the heathen god Molech (see 2 Chronicles 28:3; 33:1, 6). Because of this abomination,the Lord declared that He would make it a "valley of slaughter" for His rebellious people where the fowls of heaven would eat the corpses which could not be buried for lack of room (see Jeremiah 7:32, 33: 19:6, 7).The same valley was later used as a refuse dump whereanimal carcasses and rubbish were continually burned. Such places are generally infested with maggots which help decompose the refuse (see Mark 9:44). Thus gehenna became associated in Jewish thought with the place of final punishment. Therefore Jesus used it as an illustration of the fire which will burn the wicked in the final day of judgment. But nowhere does the Bible say that the sinner is cast into gehenna at the moment of death. The Bible clearly states that the fire which burns the wicked will not touch them until the final day of judgment."

It is worthy to note that it will be outside of New Jerusalem that the wicked shall be destroyed in hellfire. See Revelation 20:7-10.

3. Tartaros
2 Peter 2:4.

The root of this word means "the deepest abyss of Hades [which is hell]." This term is only used to describe the banishment of the disobedient angels from heaven.


"Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." Isaiah 50:10.

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