HELL: Sheowl, Hades, Tartaroo, Geenna

HELL = Sheowl/Hades/Tartaroo, Geenna
HELL = Sheowl/Hades/Tartaroo, Geenna

The Bible is Clear about HELL

The topic of HELL is the most unpleasant topic in the world today, even amongst Christians. Why? Because we can't fathom that a loving God would send any of His creation there. Therefore, let me begin with this scripture that shows us how people deal with this topic that would rather avoid it:

2 Timothy 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths."

So, if you are ready to endure sound doctrine, keep on reading, for the Bible is clear about Hell. We will be looking at the various definitions of our English translation by using the exact Hebrew and Greek words and the context in which these words are used.

How does the Bible define HELL?

I did a word study, using a Strong's concordance, on the word HELL. There are four different words used in the original languages of the Bible. The only one used in the Old Testament was #7585: sheowl (sheh-ole’) meaning hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates: grave, hell, pit.

Old Testament verses are as follows:

(Hebrew #7585 sheowl; translated the same as Greek #86 hades)
De 32:22; 2 Sa 22:6; Job 11:8 & 26:6; Ps 9:17, 16:10, 18:5, 55:15, 86:13, 116:3 and 189:8; Pr 5:5, 7:27, 9:18, 15:11 & 24, 23:14 and 27:20; Isa 5:14, 14:9 & 14:15, 28:15 & 28:18 and 57:9; Eze 31:16 & 31:17, 32:21 & 32:27; Am 9:2; Jon 2:2; Hab 2:5.

The New Testament consists of three words for HELL: #1067: geenna (gheh’-en-nah) used as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: - hell; #86: hades (hah’-dace) “hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell; and #5020: tartaroo (tar-tar-o’-o) the deepest abyss of hades; to incarcerate in eternal torment: - cast down to hell.

New Testament verses are as follows:

(Greek #1067 geenna)
Mt 5:22 & 5:29, 10:28, 18:9, 23:15 and 23:33; M'r 9:43, 9:45 and 9:47; Lu 12:5; Jas 3:6. Lake of Fire: Mat 25:41; Rev 19:20; 20:10, 14-15 and 21:8.

(Greek #86 hades)
Mt 11:23 & 16:18; Lu 10:15 & 16:23; Ac 2:27 & 2:31; Re 1:18, 6:8, 20:13 and 20:14.

(Greek #5020 tartaroo)
2 Pe 2:4

There is some information regarding the “deepest abyss of hades”, which is known as tartaroo (tar-tar-o’-o). 2 Peter 2:4 states that this is where the fallen angels who sinned are incarcerated. For more information on the fallen angels, please see my hub The Origin of the Nephilim. In Revelation 9:11, there is a king of the abyss whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon/Greek: Apollyon (a destroying angel, who is the second beast or antichrist). This bottomless pit is shown to have a cover, that when opened releases not only “smoke of a great furnace” (verse 2), but beings like "locusts" (verse 7-9). This is the same bottomless pit in which the dragon (Satan) will be bound during the thousand-year reign (Rev 20:3).

The Lake of Fire, which is the final destination for the second beast (antichrist) and the false prophet (at the beginning of the thousand-year reign of Christ), and then for the dragon (Satan) and those people whose names are not found in the Lamb’s Book of Life (at the Great White Throne judgment after the thousand-year reign of Christ) is actually geenna (gheh’-en-nah). Mark 9:49 describes it based on Isaiah 66:24, “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.” Revelation 14:10-11 states"...he will 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 goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name." For more on the Lake of Fire, I have a hub called The Location of HELL.

The point is, the Bible written in English uses the same word "hell" for all the definitions shown above. So, read the scriptures listed above for each definition to get a better view of the context in which the word hell is used. Some people just choose not to believe in hell at all (as though that will just make it go away). Hell is a very real place for souls who refuse to receive Jesus Christ, who is the only One who can save them from this fate. So, while our fleshly body corrupts in the grave (also called hades in some contexts), those without Christ are said to be condemned to "hell", also called hades, and eventually condemned to geenna, the Lake of Fire. You can read more in my hub Beyond Death: What the Bible Says. Here's an example of a soul tormented in hades shown in the Bible:

Let's look at what Jesus shares about hell in Luke 16:19-31 (regarding the soul of the rich man in hades, not geenna):

Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day.

And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores and 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.

Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.

And in hades he (the rich man) lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.

And he cried out and said, "Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame."

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. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, in order that those who wish to come over from here to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us."

And he (the rich man) said, "Then I beg you, Father, that you send him to my father's house for I have five brothers that he may warn them, lest they also come to this place of torment."

But Abraham said, "They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them."

But he (the rich man) said, "No, Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!"

But he (Abraham) said to him (the rich man), "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead."

I had a reader state that Jesus never talked about hell. Now, that's a very ignorant statement. Look at all the passages in the first four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. How about Revelation 1:1-2? "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond servants, the things which must shortly take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond servant John; who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw." In this case, all the accounts of hell in Revelation are also the "revelation of Jesus Christ". Jesus talked more about hell than anyone. Who else would know? Do you know anyone else who existed before being born? How about someone who died and came back to life to tell you about it? And if they did, would you believe them any more than the rich man's brothers would?

The Burden of PROOF

Based on the scripture of Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through FAITH, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast." Good people are not righteous enough for God! You MUST have His Son's righteousness, which comes only through salvation. If you don't know that you're saved, I invite you to read my hub Come to JESUS: Salvation.

So we're saved through FAITH in what? What is FAITH? Hebrews 11:1 states, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." How can the believer prove something the unbeliever can't see? This is the miracle of faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God! (Romans 10:17) Then, the human (blind) eyes shall see through Spiritual eyes and understanding.

How do we ESCAPE HELL?

The Bible says that the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, was planned from the foundation of the world. Hell was originally reserved for just the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). God made the Way for you since the beginning of time to choose spiritual life over spiritual death. He is longsuffering in waiting for us to make this choice. 2 Peter 3:9 states, "The Lord is not slacking concerning His promised return, as some men count to slacking, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that anyone should perish (eternal hell), but that all should come to repentance (salvation = eternal heaven).

Jesus said in John 14:6 that “I AM the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE; no man comes to the Father except through Me.”

WHY do we need Jesus? The answer is that God is holy and is perfectly righteous. There can be NO SIN in His Kingdom. In the Old Testament (before Jesus Christ), believers had to sacrifice a lamb to atone for their sin. Jesus is called the "Lamb of God" in that He sacrificed His own blood on a cross for our sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21 states, "He [God] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness [sinless] of God in Him."

1 John 5:12 states "He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life."

Revelation 3:20-23 states "Behold I (Jesus) stand at the door (to your heart) and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

I truly share this in love. I know everyone reading this is meant to be here. Have faith in Him, and take as many people with you to where God is: Our Father, who art in Heaven (Mat. 6.9–13; Luke 11.2–4) while there is still time!!

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SirDent 7 years ago

Very well written article concerning hell. You did a great job in presenting the facts and truth of the matter. I especially like how you studied the word hell and the original words used in the Bible.


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Thank you, SirDent. I so appreciate your readership and validating comments. Your ministry is a great blessing to others as well. God bless you!


Justcallmeleroy 7 years ago

You have done a good work the understanding of the Word is the Truth and the many meaning's are right on. And the Scripture's are a Blessing to all who need to understand our Lord. God Bless You in all your work for him. Amen


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

I am so blessed you stopped by to read and leave an encouraging and uplifting comment, brother Leroy. I know this is a difficult subject and I needed understanding, which only comes from the Word of God. You are such a blessing to me, and I pray you are blessed ~ love your writing, brother ~ so inspiring!


Ward22 7 years ago

Loved the article JD, excellent research in breaking down the chambers of hell, keep up the good work JD.


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Ward22 ~ Praise the Lord ~ I so appreciate your stopping by and the confirmation. I'm thankful you found this soundly educational. I believe in the equipping of the saints for such topics as this and other foundational truths. It is my desire, and I'm glad to see the fruits :-) God bless you abundantly.


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Jachda 7 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

The Scriptures clearly state:

"He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes"(1 John 9:11).

God most richly bless you, Judah's Daughter. Be of good courage and cheer, for when you are attacked it is from the enemy, and is inspired by the enemy satan himself. We must remember that the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who believe not ...(@ Cor. 4:4).


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Bless your heart Jachda, for we stand in faith in the truth. I can only witness what the Father tells me to, and this Hell No gentleman has been on my heart for months. He came here, and though he fight the truth, I believe and stand in faith that he is under conviction by the Holy Spirit. I will continue to pray for him, and those of you who will also, as moved by the Lord, please pray for him. God bless you so much, and thank you for the love in the Lord, Jachda!!


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bdavis 7 years ago

Hi, I am relatively new here to hubpages and have enjoyed my time here. I've published one article with another waiting to see if there are any copyright issues to deal with using a photo I found on the web. This aricle, when published will be right in line with your hub.

I couldn't help but notice the "Comments" by Hell No who said, "...Your god is the most cruel thing ever invented..." (To quote one) It's kind of interesting, if not sad that people see God this way, but not surprising, when you stop to consider that we all might just actually be guilty as charged. Some will fight this to the death because it does not fit their preconceived notion of who God is. And the fact that we are accountable to Him. Yet you take a look at all the ways our society is unravelling all around us, the big push to "free ourselves from any moral restraint..." The real amazing thing is that God hasn't already judged everyone to eternal hell. No, it's always easier to blame God than face His truth which really is His-Story. To say that all "will be saved" makes God accountable to us. And that is something He will never be.


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

bdavis, AMEN! Words of wisdom! I think of the murderer on the cross next to innocent Jesus, guilty as charged, yet he said to Jesus, "If you be the Christ, save yourself and us!" Is that not entitlement? Save me from this judgment because You can? On the other hand, the thief knew he was guilty, admitted he was deserving of death, yet put his faith in Jesus who saved him that very minute for all eternity. Jesus didn't even respond to the murderer, for his heart was evil and self-centered ~ which is also known as the "I-god". Because of this attitude, the murderer not only died a horrible death physically, but woke up to eternal death.


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bdavis 7 years ago

To God be the Glory! He truly is a loving God. Amen!

Well, some good news I published the hub I was telling you about. I forgot the title already (lol) oh well pull up my profile and all can see it. Haven't decided on the nephilum hub you published. made for very interesting reading. will probably drop you a note on that one later.

Keep up the great work sister.


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Yes, the Nephilim origin is and will be debatable ~ but, at least I can present one of the two sides of the question... I looked at your profile and here's the link for anyone who would like to read it, called "A Rich Man's Warning"! http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/a-rich-man I'm going to read it right away!! God bless you, bdavis :-)


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Artin2010 7 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

Another informative and convincing hub. Thanks

Your hubs are really good reads!

Keep them coming, I am reading and learning.

Bless you and yours... Jesus is profound love >


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

You're such a blessing to me, Artin2010! To know someone is really enjoying these hubs and learning, too, encourages me to keep on going! May Jesus wrap His arms around you and give you a great, big HUG!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Judah's Daughter, Very Good! You did a thorough job here! The lake of fires which is hell is the final destination for death and the wicked meaning all those who do not accept Jesus Christ as Savior & LORD! If your name is not in the book of life you are going in the fire! Revelation is quite clear on this...

Most people don't want to talk about "hell" out of fear or simply ignore that it even exists. Just like there is an "In" there is an "Out!" Just like there is and "Up" there is a "Down!" Jesus is the Door to Heaven you can't get "In" any other way. Therefore you are not going "Up" you are going "down!"

Yes as children of God we will go through some things here on earth. The prince of the power of the air seeks to disrupt our lives any way he can and use whom every he can to do so. But we can ALWAYS have HOPE in JESUS because whatever happens He has the last word! As we TRUST HIM He WILL lead us in the "path of rigtheousness!" We will live in eternity with Him! The LORD keeps His promises of this we can be sure, when you truly accept JESUS CHRIST in your heart!

Again Wonderful hub! I think if more people had a better picture of the reality of "hell" they just might choose to do some things differently! I receive this is the love in which it was given! Blessings to you my sister for a very wise, well presented, thought provoking hub!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Sister DeBorrah! Oh, if you only knew what you've just said this morning is confirmation of a prayer I said as I lay on my bed last night with my hands lifted ~ the sweet presence and assurance of the Lord was there, which always brings cleansing tears to my human eyes...

I prayed kind of like David did..."Do not cast me away, dear Lord; let me dwell in Thy kingdom! Lead me in the path of righteousness for Your Name's sake! Keep me on Your path!" It's simply amazing!

You have such a beautiful FIRE for our Lord, DeBorrah! His fire makes our plant, rooted in the seed of His Word (Jesus Christ, the Word of God) that much more green and flourishing in the world intertwined with the tares. Lord, we pray for their salvation, for as You turned water into wine, may you birth those born of water (tares) into Your Spirit (wheat)! Use us, Lord as vessels unto Your glory, for the Harvest is RIPE! Thank you, Jesus! Love you, Sister ~ be blessed!!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Judah's Daughter,

GOD'S plan of SALVATION is what SAVES us from eternal damnation! We receive ETERNAL LIFE with HIM through JESUS CHRIST!!! This is why we are in NEED of a SAVIOR! (Otherwise its going to hell with the non believers...)

hell is a real place! But we HIS CHILDREN DO NOT have to worry about going there! Great example! How come the rich man was not able to just walk over and tell his brother?

John in Revelations tells us; "When I saw HIM, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then HE place HIS right hand on me and said; DO NOT BE AFRAID. I AM THE FIRST AND THE LAST. I AM the living one; I was dead, and behold I AM ALIVE FOR EVER AND EVER. AND I HOLD THE KEYS OF DEATH AND HADES..."

Thank you again sister for a great much needed "Message" that is Powerful & Spiritfilled! BLESSINGS & PRAISE GOD!


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi Sister DeBorrah! As you can see, the doctrine of hell disturbs those who may very well be on that road, those whom we are led to warn, those who need the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Something the Lord revealed to me this week, which may be understood by those walking in the Spirit is this: people assume that angels are spirit-beings only. When I did a study on angels, angels can be earthly pastors, priests, teachers and kings. This is why the king of Tyre and the king of Babylon are said to be angels in the Bible. Also, Revelation tells John to write to the seven angels of the seven churches. Likewise, "angels" are either those of God or those of Satan. When the Word says that hell is prepared for the devil and his angels, the world (those not in the Spirit) doesn't understand that this can mean mankind as well.

When Adam and Eve fell, they fell out of the kingdom of God. Through the last Adam, Christ Jesus, we can now be adopted back into the kingdom of God. Until we receive that Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry "Abba, Father", the Spirit that seals us until the Day of Redemption, we are on that path to the Lake of Fire, reserved for the devil and his angels. AMEN. May God be praised in all things!


Thomas Andrews 6 years ago from Arkansas

There also is a tape recording of people in hell. A Drilling team in Russia at the turn of the last centry drilled until they hit a hollow in the earth. They stopped drilling and lowered a mic. The could hear voices in torment. It played on Crefloe Dollars ministry TV show.

Actually if you want my take on it. There are 12 openings on the earth that lead to hell. But it is a one way trip.

There are 12 different places on the earth like the Bermuta triangle. I once was a sailor on a little navy Ship.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi Thomas! I used to have a youtube video on this hub about the drilling and sounds of Hell, but it became distracting to the content, due to Universalists, etc. who don't believe in Hell. I really do believe Hell is in the depths of the earth based on my Bible study of fire and brimstone. I wrote a hub called "Where or What is HELL?" ~ Here's the link: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Locati

I would make sense to have twelve gates to hell, since there are also twelve gates to the New Jerusalem! Thank you so much for your imput! God bless you!


chenz2 5 years ago

I read that book 23 Minutes in Hell and believed it myself. But now that I have researched it, I can't say that anymore. He is clearly lying or very deluded. There are SO many contradictions between his interviews and book. You need to have the honesty to research this. If we really believe this guy saw all this and it is accurate, than we need to add this into the cannon of scripture. The reality is, everyone who seems to have these NDE's or OBE's of hell all contradict each other. Shouldn't that tell us something? Most of these people already believe in hell. If you want to see stats on this, it is very interesting:http://www.near-death.com/experiences/evidence06.h... This is a very thorough site. Here is an excerpt: "The category with the highest percentage seeing hell were those in the Christian (38%) category. The lowest percentage were those in the non-religious (0%) category." Makes you wonder.

I can prove he is lying quite easily actually without you having to research. Jesus says the demons and Satan are being PUNISHED in the "fire"... whatever that is. Bill, however, says they are actually quite enjoying their time there, ripping off limbs and such (page 6 of book). That they derive amusement from their abuse on humans. That it is THEY who are running the show there. This is SUCH a mockery to God's judgment to say such un-biblical things. And if they are enjoying their punishment in hell, than than what is to stop humans from enjoying their time there and get amusement from abusing the demons back?

You can read all the contradictions here: http://bible-truths.com/23-minutes-in-hell.html#Co... .

Please... it makes Christians look gullible when we promote people like this. We need to have discernment or else we look like fools to the world. I was guilty of this myself, I am afraid to say. These stories don't scare unbelievers nor make them believe, because they don't believe in such a place anyway. I mean, what if I told you how bad the Muslim hell is? Would you care? We do more damage when we promote these because if someone comes to Christ out of fear, based on his book, only to learn his book is a lie, they are never going to trust Christians again.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

chenz2, I'm not sure why people want to focus on Bill Wiess more than the content of the biblical portion of this hub, teaching us what the Bible says. Perhaps I should remove Bill, so our focus is in the right place. I haven't read his book, so I honestly can't say whether his story aligns with the Bible or not. It truly is our job when 'teachers' teach to TEST them. However, if he is proven to be lying, it does not invalidate what the Bible itself tells us about hell.

Regarding the fallen angels in Tartaroo, we do not know that fallen angels are demons; that is a doctrinal teaching that is not proven by scripture. In the book of Enoch (take it or leave it), 200 fallen angels that sinned with the daughters of men are incarcerated in the deepest abyss of Hades (Tartaroo). Mankind goes to Hades, not Tartaroo. All the Bible says about the experience in Hades is what is shown in Luke 16. Gehenna matches the Lake of Fire, the final judgment of which no one has experienced yet. This is the 'place' prepared for the devil and his angels (Mat 25:41). Reading this passage indicates souls (people) will also face this judgment. The Bible is either lying or it is truth. What choice to we have but to accept it or reject it?

What we believe doesn't determine our after-death fate. We are not Almighty God. I do say we need to reject anything that does not align with the Bible, but in doing so we are not to reject what does.

Thank you for sharing your experience with this subject. God bless you.


chenz2 5 years ago

Hey JD, Thanks for understanding. I am just frustrated because we end up looking like fools to the outside world when we promote stuff like this. I don't know anything about fallen angels vs. demons (although one demon does mention something about the appointed time, meaning they are judged too). I am just saying that Satan and his angels/demons go into the lake of fire as punishment. Their punishment isn't to have fun torturing humans. Their punishment is whatever God deems just. But it is punishment. Not something they enjoy.

We agree that what we believe doesn't determine our after-death fate. God is perfectly just and will handle that. If God chooses to annihilate people after punishment, than so be it. If he chooses to punish people for eternity, than that is what he does. The Bible is not clear on exactly what the lake of fire does though, so we should not be either.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Well, brother chenz2, I've put all the scripture passages here in this hub for those who will look them up regarding each type of 'hell'. Regarding the final judgment to Geehena (the Lake of Fire), we only have what we have. According to all bibles translated from the Textus Receptus (created by Desiderius Erasmus, a Catholic priest) the Lake of Fire is not an annihilation.

We do know certain texts were added by Erasmus to the original Greek translation (i.e. the Johannine Comma [1 John 5:7-8] that started the doctrine of the trinity), so we really don't know what the original text, prior to the Textus Receptus, really stated regarding 'hell' (all the Hebrew and Greek words). I will remain on my quest to find out more. No one has accused translators of adding these words/verses about 'hell' to the Bible, however.

May God be with us as we continue to search for revelation of His Word. What we do know, is that to entrust our spritual wellbeing to Christ Jesus (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach) alone, keeps us from His final judgment to such a fate. That is the good news. He came to save us, and there is no Savior besides Him (Isa 43:11; Isa 45:21; Hos 13:4; Titus 2:13; 2 Pet 1:1). God bless you.


WayneH100 5 years ago

Great job of providing Biblical proof of eternal damnation(Lake of fire) and differentiating the proper definitions for Hell, Judah's Daughter! Your article makes one of the strongest argument against the Universalist doctrine (belief that God will save everyone and not send anyone to the Lake of fire). In actuality, God doesn't condemn any to Hell, we condemn ourselves there because of THEIR OWN DISOBEDIENCE and denial or refusal of God's Atonement(The LORD JESUS). Thank GOD Almighty for your perseverance and diligence in giving Biblical scholarship to such a devastatingly important subject. We need more people within the Body of Christ to do what you are doing - present God's infallible word (the original sacred texts)from a scholarly, yet fundamentalist standpoint based upon extreme reverence to the Scriptures'(and ultimately God's)intended context.


WayneH100 5 years ago

Dear Daughter of Judah,

I really loved this article as you can tell by my first comment, but I'm having difficulty with agreeing with one of your comments regarding "where is Hell" - you said that " I really do believe Hell is in the depths of the earth based on my Bible study of fire and brimstone."

I would disagree wirh this thought because of these verses -

Rev 20:10 "And 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."

Rev 21:1 "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea." By "passed away',

John means "to neglect or to perish' (Gr. - "parerchomai" -Strong's-G3928). John is referencing Jesus' (Yeshua's)statement in Matt. 24:35 - Heaven and earth shall "pass away" (perish), but My words shall not pass away (perish). If Hell were under the earth, it would "perish" or be destroyed when the earth is destroyed or removed, thus, Rev 20:11 "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them." and Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.", would be untrue. Since Yeshua's words {see also Mar 9:45-46 "And 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:" "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.") will come to pass (those words given to John, in this case), Hell cannot be under or a part of the earth. Just my take on the thought of where Hell is - it really is just a minr point. But, the MAJOR point and what is REALLY important is that where ever Hell is, no one should want to go there for eternity (Lake of fire). Still, this article itself, is a great resource and teaching tool about Hell and I am thankful for it.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi WayneH100! I soooo appreciate your awesome comments! Thank you!

2 Peter 3:10 states, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens [the sky, atmosphere] shall pass away [parerchomai - pass away, pass out of sight; rendered void, become vain, neglect, disregard] with a great noise [rhoizédon - a rushing sound], and the elements [stoicheion - a heavenly body, an element (of knowledge)] shall melt with fervent heat [kausoo – to burn with great heat], the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up [luó - to loose, to release, to dissolve, destroy].”

Based on the hub I wrote called "The Location of Hell", the Lake of Fire is described as fire (lightning) and brimstone (inflammable sulfur). Sulfur does not exist in space, but does in the depths of the earth. Fervent heat melts rocks into lava and even greater heat melts them into magma. Fire, magma, lava, smoke and lightning are all present at volcanic eruptions, and truly there was volcanic activity in the event of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

It would almost make sense that this present earth would end up to be the final hell, a planet dissolved into a Lake of Fire; however, the Antichrist and False Prophet are cast into it, while Satan is bound in Hades (the bottomless pit) during the millennial reign of Christ here on earth. So, Geenna cannot be on the surface of the earth.

It is said in Rev 14:10, "he [those who worship the beast and his image] also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb." I do not believe the saints will ever 'see' God’s wrath, let alone the Lake of Fire. I believe the wrath of God is poured out on this present earth (after the rapture), and I am inclined to believe that both Hades and Geenna are in the depths of this earth. That’s all I can conclude for now…maybe the Lord will show me more…


WayneH100 5 years ago

Hi Judah's Daughter,

I can see how you arrived at that conclusion and that would make sense. And no matter where Hell is, thank GOD that we are not appointed to HIS wrath. As I said in my previous comment, this was merely a minor issue regarding Hell's location - certainly you, mself, and all believers are so grateful that Yeshua was our Pascal Lamb for the permanent atonement of our sin. I pray that you and your much, much needed ministry are strengthened in The LORD. Be encouraged my sister! Keep striving for the prize, the end is so very near and there are too many to reach now that we have so little time! GOD bless.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Ohhhhh ~ the Holy Spirit just FLOODED my body as I KNOW and SO relate to your encouragement of me that I soooo wish to say to ALL the saints in these final hours. THANK YOU, DEAR BROTHER! THANK YOU. I will PRESS ON!!! And so shall we ALL!! We can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST Who strengthens us (Phil 4:13)! We shall rise up with wings as eagles (Is 40:31)!!! Is it these wings God carries His Bride by in Rev 12:14? I believe so!! FAITH!! (Heb 11) God bless you, as you have blessed me and we bless His Name forever!!

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