The Two Chambers of Hell
The Two Chambers of HELL
There are a number of opinions, books and paintings about hell, but are they accurate?
What does the Bible state concerning hell?
As you read this article, settle back with a cup of coffee, (decaffeinated), take some calcium, (500 mg) clear your mind, and get ready for some controversial comments based on Bible research, along with other books concerning "hell". (Documentation given at end of article.)
Hell" is often used to indicate place of burning fire and brimstone.
While accurate, hell is more complicated than that. Parts of hell are really more like your modern holding cell in a prison. For example: Hades serves as an intermediate place of the dead. In reading the Bible, (in Koine Greek, which is one of the original languages), you will discover that hell is divided into chambers.
One of the rooms is called Hades, and another area is called Gehenna.
HADES: So there is no confusion at this point, Hades is not purgatory. The word "purgatory" is not found in the Bible, nor the concept of a dead soul being transferred from Hades to heaven though prayer or candles being lit or any other action. Once a dead person is in the room called, "Hades," it's final, you can not change locations. Read the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the beggar in Luke 16:33. A person will be there until the Great White Throne Judgment found in Revelation chapter 20 verse 14. After being judged, the person will at that time be cast into the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 5:22, 29 and 30.)
GEHENNA: Once the Great White Throne Judgment occurs, (Revelation 20:14), a person is sent to ."Gehanna". This is a place of lasting torment. Genenna is a physical location on earth, and was once used for child sacrifice. It is located in a valley south of Jerusalem. At the time of the Christ it was used as a dump and for the burning of dead criminals and garbage. There was always a fire there, and worms around the area. At this time, no one is in "Gehanna", since a person in Hades must appear at, "The Great White Throne", judgment first to try and convince the Lord of their righteousness. They will not convince Him, and at that time will be sent to Gehanna.
Documentation: 1. The Holy Bible (New American Standard Version), 2. The Holy Bible (New International Version), 3. The Holy Bible (King James Version) ,
4 Thompson Chain Reference Bible 5. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible, 6.Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, 7. Unger's Bible Dictionary, 8. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 9. Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, 10. Zondervan
Handbook To The Bible, 11. Various Internet Commentaries , other Christian Web Pages. 12 Advice from knowledgeable persons on the subject.