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Hell series # 2: Names for Hell

SHEOL is the Hebrew name for Hell.  It is found throughout the Old Testament and is a two compartment abode of the souls of those who have died.  One compartment, Abraham’s Bosom, is a place of comfort and blessing where those who have died in faith in God’s promise to Abraham of his coming SEED,  the Lord Jesus Christ. Trace the following Scriptures for a study of this theme.  Genesis 12:1-3,  chapter 15 and 17. Romans 4 and Galatians 3. 


The other compartment of Sheol is a place of fiery torment.  Read of these two compartments in our text in Luke 16:19-31.  We will say more about these two compartments.


HADES  is the Greek name used in the New Testament  for Sheol.


THE PIT is another name and description  of Sheol.   It shows us that hell is in the heart of the earth.  Read the story in Number 16 of the uprising of three men against the leadership of God’s anointed leader of Israel.  These three men, Korah, Dathan and Abihu dared to rebel against Moses.  God showed his fierce anger towards their rebellion by opening the earth and swallowing them and all that they owned. These three men died.  Their bodies were buried alive and their souls went down into the Pit.  The Hebrew name Sheol is used here.




When Jesus died on the cross, He shed His blood in full payment for the sins of the world.  As He was dying He cried out in victory,  “IT IS FINISHED!”


I used to think and preach that after His death He was buried and  He went down into Sheol (Hades)  to suffer the full penalty for our sins.  Being God in human flesh, His three days in Hell could fully pay the penalty  for our sins.   As I’ve continued to study this, I am convinced I was wrong.  I no longer preach that.  I believe Jesus shed blood alone was sufficient to pay the full debt of our sins.


When the Bible says Jesus went into Sheol, it was not to pay for our sins. Rather He went into the compartment known as  Abraham’s Bosom and delivered the righteous saints there and they rose with Him from the dead.  Read that very interesting detail found in Matthew 27:51-53.  Very little is said about this. Perhaps they are a first-fruits of all those saints who are yet to rise from the dead one day.  All we know for sure is that many bodies of these Old Testament saints, rose and were seen by the people of Jerusalem.  No doubt, these saints went with Jesus when He ascended back to Heaven.  Perhaps they were a first-fruits of the Resurrection which is yet to come for all the saved. Paul also refers to this resurrection of saints from Hades in Ephesians 4:8-10  and it is prophesied in Psalm 68:18


Another name for Hell is GEHENNA.  The Valley of Hinnom, from which Gehenna gets its name,  lies just southwest of the city of Jerusalem.  It is the garbage dump of the city where all the refuse, including the carcasses of animals were dumped.  This refuse burns day and night.  In that sense, hell is like that garbage dump where Christ-rejecters will  burn for eternity.


Today when Christ-rejecters, as well as Christians die, their bodies are buried, awaiting the final resurrection at the end of time.  The souls of Christ-rejecting sinners goes to the place of torment called hell or Gehenna.   The souls of those who have received Christ as Saviour, go immediately into the presence of Christ in Heaven.  For God’s assurance on this matter read II Corinthians 5:6-8 and Philippians 1:21-23


So prayers and the lighting of candles for the dead are of no avail.  Pray for the lost while they are living and have the opportunity to be saved.  Make certain that you are saved. When you die it will be too late to change your eternal destination. All the prayers in the world will not help then.


One last name for hell is THE LAKE OF FIRE.  That’s what hell is called in Revelation 19 and 20.   At the present time, the bodies of both saved and unsaved are buried in the earth or perhaps in the oceans or cremated.  Most bodies of the dead have long since turned to dust or ashes.   The souls of these departed are either in Heaven or in Hell. 


Resurrection has to do with bodies only.  Souls don’t die, and thus  do not need to be  raised from the dead.  So far, the only body that has ever been raised from the dead is that of Jesus, and evidently some Old Testament saints, as I referred to earlier in this article.  Oh, Lazarus and several others were temporarily raised from the dead during the ministry of Jesus, but they died again and were buried.


Jesus’ resurrection is referred to as the FIRST RESURRECTION.  The next phase of the first resurrection will take place when Christians rise bodily from the dead when Christ returns for us.  That is commonly known as the Rapture.  It is described in I Corinthians 15:50-58  and I Thessalonians 4:13-18.  There will also be people converted to Christ during the Tribulation on this earth. They will also be part of the First Resurrection.  The Apostle John writing in Revelation 20:6 says, “Blessed and holy is he that has a part in the First Resurrection. On such the Second Death has no power.”


The SECOND RESURRECTION is described in Revelation 20:11-15  This is the awesome terrifying moment when the body  of each unbeliever from the beginning of time to the present is resurrected from the dead and is joined with the soul to be condemned to the Lake of Fire, a place of eternal torment for both body and soul.


The first inhabitants of the Lake of Fire are the Anti-christ and his false prophet who rule during the seven years of Tribulation.  You read of their eternal destiny in Revelation 19:20.   The second inhabitant of the Lake of Fire is Satan who is cast into the Lake of Fire in Revelation 20:10. This takes place after the Millennium, the thousand year reign of Christ at which time, Satan is in the bottomless pit.  Note that this Lake of Fire  is the place where the anti-christ and his false prophet have already been living in torment for one thousand years.


Then in Rev. 20:11-15 we read of the bodily resurrection of all the unsaved of all time. They are condemned to the Lake of Fire and join the Anti-christ, the false prophet and Satan himself and are in torment for eternity.   For more details on all of this, go to my series on PROPHECY on this web site.


Dear reader, have  you come to the place where you recognize yourself as a guilty sinner before God, helpless to save yourself? All your religious efforts are not going to save you.   Do you understand that Jesus bore the full penalty for all your sins on the cross? Your sins have already been paid in full. The only way you can be saved is to simply bow your heart before the Lord Jesus and thank Him for dying for you.  Receive this wonderful gift by faith this moment and I promise you, based on God’s promises, that you will never spend a moment in hell. When you die, you will be instantly with Christ in Heaven for all eternity.   Why will you reject Christ and spend eternity in a lake of molten fire and brimstone with no hope of ever escaping that torment?  Trust Christ right now and discover instant peace with God,  forgiveness of sins and a new life in Christ.  Go to my link on SALVATION now and  settle this crucial matter.

  If you have just now received Christ, rejoice and tell others what Christ has done for you and what He will do for your friends and loved ones.  I encourage you to start seriously studying the Bible. Use this web site to help you get grounded in God’s Word.   


January 25, 2008 - Posted by | HELL

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