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Resurrection of the righteous and unrighteous

Updated on August 4, 2017

Resurrection for whom?

 One is declared righteous by faith, but faith must be backed up by appropriate works.

The resurrection of the "unrighteous" does not mean that everyone will be resurrected. In fact scriptures show that those who stubbornly refuse to receive the good news will be destroyed forever. 

2 Thes. 1:9.

The "unrighteous" mentioned are those who did not get a chance to be informed and to make a choice based on being informed.




Suffering Job prayed to go there; Job 14:13

O that in She'ol you would conceal me, that you would keep me secret until your anger turns back,

 that you would set a time for me and remember me. It should be noted that "hell" as in the King James version of the Bible was translated from the Hebrew She'ohl or She'ol.

She'ol / hell is a place of inactivity.

For in death there is no mention of you, in She'ol who will laud you? Psalm 6:5.

All that your hand finds to do, do with your very power for there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in She'ol, the place to which you are going. So says Ecclesiastes 9:10.

For it is not She'ol that can laud you, death itself cannot praise you. Those going down into the pit cannot look hopefully to your trueness. The living, the living, he is the one that can laud you. Just as I can this day. The father himself can give knowledge to his own sons concerning your trueness. Isaiah 38: 18, 19.

Jesus was raised from grave, hell.

..... because you will not leave my soul in Ha'des, neither will you allow your loyal one to see corruption. ....... he saw beforehand and spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he forsaken in Ha'des nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God resurrected, of which fact we are all witnesses. Acts 2: 27, 31, 32.

For you will not leave my soul in She'ol. You will not allow your loyal one to see the pit. Psalm 16:10.


Special Note: Hai'des/ ha'des is Greek in contrast to the Hebrew She'ohl/ She'ol; Peter's quotation of Psalm 16:10 shows Hades is the equivalent of Sheol and is applied to the common grave of mankind (in contrast with the Greek word ta'phos, an individual grave).  


Hell will deliver up other dead, be destroyed.

And the sea gave up those dead in it, and death and Hades gave up those dead in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds. And death and Ha'des were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. Revelation 20: 13, 14.

Fire is a symbol of annihilation.

Cutting off in death symbolized by fire. ............ Mt 25:41, 46; 13:30

Unrepentant wicked destroyed forever as by fire. ........ Heb 10:26, 27

Satan's fiery "torment" is everlasting death. ........Re 20:10, 14, 15.


Rich man and Lazarus account no proof of eternal torment  

Fire no more literal than Abraham's bosom. .............. Lu 16:22-24

Abraham's favour also contrasted with darkness. .........Mt 8:11, 12

Babylons's annihilation called a fiery torment. .........Re 18:8-10, 21.



"Gehenna"--- Symbol of Complete Destruction


"Gehenna"means "valley of Hinnom" for it is the Greek form of the Hebrew geh hin-nom'. In Joshua 18:16, where "valley of Hinnom" occurs, the Greek Septuagint reads "Gehenna." It occurs 12 times in the Christian Greek Scriptures, first appearing in Mt 5:22. .......................; whereas whoever says, 'You despicable fool!' will be liable to the fiery Ge-hen'na.

The valley of Hinnon became the dumping place and incinerator for the filth of Jerusalem. Bodies of dead animals were thrown to be consumed in the fires to which sulphur, or brimstone, was added to assist the burning. Also bodies of executed criminals, who were considered undeserving of a decent burial in a memorial tomb, were thrown in. If such dead bodies landed in the fire they were consumed, but if their carcasses landed upon a ledge of the deep ravine their putrefying flesh became infested with worms, or maggots, which did not die until they consumed the fleshy parts, leaving only the skeletons.

No living animals or human creatures were pitched into Gehenna to be burned alive or tormented. Hence, the place could never symbolize an invisible region where human souls are tormented eternally in literal fire or attacked by undying worms. Because the dead criminals cast there were denied a decent burial in a memorial tomb, the symbol of the the hope of a resurrection, Gehenna was used by Jesus and his disciples to symbolize everlasting destruction, annhilation from God's universe, or "second death," an eternal punishment.       







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      True Truthseeker 

      8 years ago


      A word used in the King James Version (as well as in the Catholic Douay Version and most older translations) to translate the Hebrew she'ohl' and the Greek hai'des. In the King James Version the word "hell" is rendered from she'ohl' 31 times and from hai'des 10 times. This version is not consistent, however, since she'ohl' is also translated 31 times "grave" and 3 times "pit." In the Douay Version she'ohl' is rendered "hell" 64 times, "pit" once, and "death" once.

      In 1885, with the publication of the complete English Revised Version, the original word she'ohl' was in many places transliterated into the English text of the Hebrew Scriptures, though, in most occurrences, "grave" and "pit" were used, and "hell" is found some 14 times. This was a point on which the American committee disagreed with the British revisers, and so, when producing the American Standard Version (1901) they transliterated she'ohl' in all 65 of its appearances. Both versions transliterated hai'des in the Christian Greek Scriptures in all ten of its occurrences, though the Greek word Ge'en-na (English, "Gehenna") is rendered "hell" throughout, as is trueof many other modern translations.

      The meaning given today to the word "hell" is that portrayed in Dante's Divine Comedy and Milton's Paradise Lost, which meaning is completely foreign to the original definition of the word. The idea of a "hell" of fiery torment, however, dates back long before Dante and Milton. The Groiler Universal Encyclopedia (1971, Vol. 9, p 205) under "Hell" says: "Hindus and Buddhists regard hell as a place of spiritual cleansing and final restoration. Islamic tradition considers it as a place of everlasting punishment." The idea of suffering after death is found among the pagan religious teachings of ancient peoples in Babylon and Egypt. Babylonian and Assyrian beliefs depicted the "nether world...... as a place full of horrors.... presided over by gods and demons of great strength and fierceness."Although ancient Egyptian religious texts do not teach that the burning of any individual victim would go on forever, they do portray the "Other World" as featuring "pits of fire" for "the damned.".....The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria, by Morris Jastrow, Jr., 1898, p. 581; The Book of the Dead, with introduction by E. Wallis Budge, 1960, pp. 135, 144, 149, 151, 153, 161, 200.

      "Hellfire" has been a basic teaching in Christendom for many centuries, it is understandable why The Encyclopedia Americana (1956, Vol. XIV, p. 81) said: " Much confusion and misunderstanding has been caused through the early translators of the Bible persistently rendering the Hebrew Sheol and the Greek Hades and Gehenna by the word hell. The simple transliteration of these words by the translators of the revised editions of the Bible has not sufficed to appreciably clear up this confusion and misconception." Nevertheless, such transliteration and consistent rendering does enable the Bible student to make an accurate comparison of the texts in which these original words appear and, with open mind, thereby to arrive at a correct understanding of their true significance.


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