Does Hell Truly Exist?
And Does Lucifer Rule Hell?
In Roman astronomy the name Lucifer was given to the morning star, the star we now know by another name, Venus. The morning star appears in the heavens just before dawn, before the rising sun. In ancient Latin the word Lucifer translates to The Morning Star, The Bringer of Light which is confusing, because in Revelation 22:16 Jesus Christ says " I am the root of David and offspring of David and the Bright and Morning Star"
However this can be a problem, if Lucifer is only a name, then does he truly exist? If Lucifer exists, then is the place he exists named Hell?
There a many religions in this world that do not believe in Hell. Basically, the only two religions that do believe in Hell are Christianity, and Islam.
In the bible there are several different words that describe the concept of Hell. One is Sheol, another is Gehenna, and then there is Hell in which there is a lake of fire.
In the Old Testament Sheol was a place of darkness to which all the dead go, both the righteous and the unrighteous. Sheol was not only full of darkness, it was also a place of stillness, cut off from God.
Gehenna is a place outside of ancient Jerusalem. In Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptures Gehenna is a destruction of the wicked. The book of Isaiah does not mention Gehenna by name, but calls it The Burning Place, in which the Assyrian Army is to be destroyed. Gehenna does have a history of being a burial site and cremation of the dead. The arrival of the 10Th. Roman Legion were the ones who used Gehenna for cremation.
In the New Testament Gehenna represents the place where the wicked will be punished or destroyed after the resurrection of the dead. Gehenna is mentioned many times in the New Testament. Jesus used the word Gehenna 11 times to describe the opposite of life in the Kingdom. In Mark 9:43 Jesus tells us that "Gehenna has a fire that cannot be put out," and in Matthew 10:28 Jesus tells us that in "Gehenna the soul will be destroyed with unquenchable fire."
The word Hell is also used in the bible. Jesus warns us about Hell. In Matthew 13:49-50 "So it will be at the end of the age, the angels will come to separate the wicked from the just, and cast them down into the lake of fire, and there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Jesus warns us again in Matthew 5:22 "But I say to you whoever is angry with his brother without a cause is in danger of judgement, and whoever says to his brother 'raca'
shall be in danger of the council, but whoever says " you fool" is in danger of Hell Fire."
The word raca when translated from Aramaic means empty, and the word fool when translated from Aramaic means a Godless or separate from God. So, if one calls his brother an empty and Godless man or separate from God, then the punishment is severe.
The last and strongest passage in the bible is in the book of Revelation 20: 12,15 "And I saw the dead, small and great stand before God, and the books were opened, and another book was opened which is the book of life...and whosoever was not found in this written in this book of life was cast down into the lake of fire."
So, I believe Hell is real. Hell is more horrible then we can even imagine, but God loves us so much, He sent Jesus Christ, His only Son to be crucified for our sins. It is still not to late to be forgiven. God is still allowing us to be forgiven. We still have time to be forgiven, but we don't know how much time we have to be forgiven.