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Where is Hell Located?
Authors Note: The Word of God is my final authority, which I believe is perfectly preserved in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. If you have a different view, or no view on a final authority, naturally you may not agree with these conclusions. That’s ok, we can still be friends as far as I am concerned. With that said, I would ask you to acknowledge that hell is a biblical concept. It did not come from science, it came from the bible, thus I see no valid reason why biblical references should be casually set aside or denied when one asks a biblical question.
Where is Hell?
Many people will tell you it is right now on earth. Some say it in jest, and some are quite serious. However, both are biblically mistaken.
First, let’s look at a story Jesus tells about a man who went to hell. Some will say this story is a parable and not literal. I completely disagree… when Jesus told a parable, he always said first, “I tell you a parable", also a parable illustrated a point, if this is a parable, what point does it illustrate? It is not a parable, it is a picture of a literal hell and Jesus does not say he is telling a parable, he simply tells the story.
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” Luke 16:19-26
In this story two people died, a very rich man whose name is not given, and a beggar named Lazarus. The rich man goes to hell and Lazarus is carried to a place called Abraham’s Bosom. The man in hell can see and speak with Abraham, but they are divided by a huge gulf over which they cannot pass.
Abrahams Bosom and Hell are in the same general location, but divided. Hell is also a place of flame and torment. So we see that Hell and Abraham’s Bosom are located in the same general place, but are divided from each other, but we still have no clue where this place is. That’s ok for now. The point for now is Hell and Abraham’s Bosom are across from one another.
So where is Hell?
The Lord Jesus Christ was crucified with two thieves. One of the thieves repented of his sin and asked Jesus to remember him after death. Jesus said to him, “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” - Luke 23:43.
So they are going to heaven?
No. Jesus said, to paradise. Paradise and heaven are two different places. Both Jesus and the thief were going to die soon and they knew it. But Jesus had also said to His disciples, “as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40.
The heart of the earth… this is where Jesus stayed until his resurrection, in Abraham’s Bosom because Jesus was also to be the first fruit of the dead before any man; thus Abraham’s Bosom is paradise, located in the heart of the earth, across from hell.
Turning to Ephesians 4:9-10, We find another piece of the picture showing where Jesus was before the resurrection.
“(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”
So now some are wondering, why didn’t God’s people like Lazarus and Abraham, go to heaven when they died, instead of going to paradise in the center of the earth? Its simple. Those who died before Jesus and were saved, believed on the promise of his blood covering their sins before it happened. However, until Jesus died and shed his blood for their sins, they could not enter heaven. They had to wait for Christ to pay for their sins with his blood. Today, when a saved person dies, they go straight to heaven, they do not have to wait in Abrahams Bosom. For lack of a better phrase, Abraham’s Bosom is now permanently closed, but right next door, hell is still open for business 24/7.
Here are some other verses that indicate that hell is down below:
In the old testament the prophet Isaiah says, “Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming … thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 14:9, 15.
“And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.” Numbers 16:30-33
“But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.” Psalms. 63:9
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalms 9:17
“Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. Psalms 55:15
But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.” Psalms 55:23
It’s pretty basic that since paradise “was” in the heart of the earth, and hell is right next door, that hell is in the center of the earth too. But Hell was not made for mankind, it was made for Satan and his angels. Matthew 25:41 However, those who turn away from God get to join Satan in the pit of fire.
But Wait! There is more! Hell is not the final place for Satan, his angels and all those who turn from God. In the end, hell is cast into the Lake of Fire. Where is the lake of fire? I have no idea… the sun maybe?
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. – Revelation 20:10
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Rev. 20:14
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev. 20:15
Be Not Deceived...
I met a guy one time years ago, he told me he was going to hell and going to be Satan's best friend. I think he was serious, or he thought it would be like that anyway. Misconception... there is a lot of misconception about hell. You see paintings and art work of Hell and you often see devils and dragons tossing lost souls into a pit of fire, torturing them or whatever. The point is you see devils and dragons etc., and they are not being tortured, they are doing the torturing. This is not biblical.
The devil and his angels will not be torturing anyone. They will not be buddy-buddy with anyone; they will not be enjoying themselves with some kind of retreat somewhere hidden behind the flames where they can relax, have sex, play pool, drink a cold beer and hang out. They will not have set of keys to let someone they favor into the back room. They will suffer far greater than those unfortunate enough to find themselves in hell with them.
Ouch! Doesn’t sound very fun to me. I think I’ll hang my hat on Jesus Christ. If it turns out to be a bunch of baloney, so what… I die and that’s the end of it. Why would anyone risk it?
And why would God throw someone in Hell?
Hell is not the measure of your sins and what you did wrong in life. Eternity in hell is the measure of what you refuse in Christ’s salvation. If you don’t want Jesus Christ to pay for your sins, God will let you pay for them. God doesn’t throw anyone into hell. Given that God provided a free ticket into heaven for anyone who wants it, if they refuse the ticket (which is Jesus Christ), they put themselves in hell, not God.