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The Bible description of Hades

As the world is drawing near to the end, many people have mentally invented a comfort zone in which their conscience is apeased at the idea of a God who ultimately forgives all, and welcomes everyone into his Heavenly Kingdom. They reject the idea that a loving God would punish eternally for temporal sins committed on earth. However, the reality is as long as believers won't discern that our existence is not about us, but rather about ELOHIM, it will be difficult for them to fully understand His Judgment. 

 

If the history of your life has been one of rebellion against ELOHIM, disregarding His Word, mocking YESHUA and not giving importance to an infinitely Holy and gracious Creator then your transgression is infinitely offensive. 

  • Psalms 4:2 "How long, O men, will my honor be maligned?."

 

In the New Testament, YESHUA spoke about hell several times and He even described it. If He is the Amen of YAHWEH and if His Word is Truth, then we must take it at face value and believe exactly what He taught, we cannot simply extract or ignore the parts that make us feel uncomfortable or that are difficult to accept.

 

Scriptures teaches that YAHWEH's grace and mercy abound over the living and those who choose YESHUA as their only Lord and Savior and repent from their sins will be saved from divine wrath. The Bible is also clear in mentioning that His grace and mercy are only given to the living. After our physical death, the true image of the soul and one' s earthly deeds will be revealed, and the time of His grace and mercy will be over.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:12 "Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."

The rebellion of humans does not throw ELOHIM into disarray. He remains sovereign over his creation and the immediate formulation of the curses and punishments that will ensue testifies to His sovereignty. He is a just judge, impartial and inexorable. Nothing will be able to sway him, and no one will even think about trying to soften Him up, or utter vain words in front of Him.

  • Ezekiel 24:14 "I, the LORD, have spoken; the time is coming, and I will act. I will not refrain or show pity, nor will I relent. I will judge you according to your ways and deeds,’ declares the Lord GOD.”

  • Ezekiel 7:4 "I will not look on you with pity, nor will I spare you, but I will punish you for your ways and for the abominations among you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’" 

  • Ezekiel 5:11 "Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable idols and abominations, I Myself will withdraw My favor; I will not look upon you with pity, nor will I spare you."

  • Ezekiel 14:8 "I will set My face against that man and make him a sign and a proverb; I will cut him off from among My people. Then you will know that I am the LORD."

 

The Bible continually warns of a place commonly called "Hell". It maintains that the abode of the dead (Sheol or the underworld prisons) is a real place located in the depths of the earth. The wicked soul gains access to that place after the physical death.

  • Matthew 12:40 "So the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

  • Ephesians 4:9 "What does “He ascended” mean, except that He also descended to the lower parts of the earth?"

  • Isaiah 14:15 "But you will be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit."

Here is the biblical description of the abode of the dead:

 

Prisons and Torments

You will be held captive in prisons (death chambers)

  • Proverbs 7:27 "Her house is the road to Sheol, descending to the chambers of death."

  • Isaiah 24:22 "They will be gathered together like prisoners in a pit. They will be confined to a dungeon and punished after many days."

  • Job 12:17-19 "He leads counselors away barefoot and makes fools of judges. He loosens the bonds placed by kings and fastens a belt around their waists. He leads priests away barefoot and overthrows the established."

  • 1 Peter 3:18-20 "He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit, in whom He also went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built."

You will be punched and beaten. The arrogant and the prideful will be put down and humiliated.

  • Isaiah 5:14-15 "Therefore Sheol enlarges its throat and opens wide its enormous jaws, and down go Zion’s nobles and masses, her revelers and carousers! So mankind will be brought low, and each man humbled; the arrogant will lower their eyes."

You will be pierced with weapons of iron and steel.

  • Job 20:24-25 "Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce him. It is drawn out of his back, the gleaming point from his liver. Terrors come over him."

You will suffer either a fire or an intense eternal cold.

  • Jeremiah 36:30 "He will have no one to sit on David’s throne, and his body will be thrown out and exposed to heat by day and frost by night."

  • Ezekiel 38:22 "I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrents of rain, hailstones, fire, and sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him."

You will be very thirsty and exhausted but you will not be able to have any sleep or rest.

  • Luke 16:24 "So he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. For I am in agony in this fire."

  • Zechariah 9:11 "As for you, because of the blood of My covenant, I will release your prisoners from the waterless pit."

  • Revelations 14:11 "And the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever. Day and night there is no rest for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”

Darkness and Terror

It is a place of heavy darkness and perpetual torment.

  • Luke 16:28 "for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also end up in this place of torment.’"

  • Matthew 8:12 "But the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

  • Matthew 22:13 "Tie him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

It is a place of terror, desolation and devastation, where you will weep and gnash your teeth permanently.

  • Matthew 24:51 "Then he will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

  • Matthew 13:50 "And throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.."

  • Matthew 25:30 "And throw that worthless servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Perpetual foul stench

You will have a terrible stench, and will become extremely hideous. Your flesh, eyes and mouth will rot away.

  • Isaiah 3:24 "Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a belt, a rope; instead of styled hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, shame."

  • Psalms 49:14 "And their form will decay in Sheol, far from their lofty abode."

  • Zechariah 14:12 "And this will be the plague with which the LORD strikes all the peoples who have warred against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths."

Everlasting Loneliness and Shame

You will be forever alone.

  • Ezekiel 26:20 "When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit."

  • Lamentations 3:28 "Let him sit alone in silence, for God has disciplined him."

  • Psalms 88:18 "You have removed my beloved and my friend; darkness is my closest companion."

 

You will be covered with a perpetual shame. 

  • Ezekiel 16:61 "Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed"

  • Psalms 89:45 “You have cut short the days of his youth; You have covered him with shame.”

  • Isaiah 47:3 “Your nakedness will be uncovered and your shame will be exposed.”

  • Ezekiel 5:15 “So you will be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and a horror to the nations around you, when I execute judgments against you in anger, wrath, and raging fury.

 

You will have nowhere to hide.

  • Hebrews 4:13 “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account..”

  • Job 34:22 “There is no darkness or deep shadow where the workers of iniquity can hide.”

  • Jeremiah 23:24 "Can a man hide in secret places where I cannot see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?””

 

Everything you have done in secret will be exposed for all to see. All of humanity will be able to see what you have done.

  • Luke 12:3-4 "What you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops. I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more."

  • Job 20:27 "The heavens will expose his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him."

  • Luke 8:17 "For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be made known and brought to light."

  • 1 Corinthians 4:5 "He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts."

  • Job 12:22 “He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into light.”

No more hope, eternally forgotten

You will have no hope in anything knowing that your fate is eternal.

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13 "Brothers, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who are without hope."

  • Job 8:13 "Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so the hope of the godless will perish."

  • Isaiah 38:18 "For Sheol cannot thank You; Death cannot praise You. Those who descend to the Pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness."

  • Job 11:20 "But the wicked will be blinded. They will have no escape. Their only hope is death."

Nobody will remember you or your fame, popularity or celebrity, as you will have come into existence in vain

  • Job 18:17 "His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street."

  • Job 24:20 "The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree."

  • Ecclesiastes 6:4 "For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness."

  • Ecclesiastes 9:10 "Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, for in Sheol, where you are going, there is no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom."

  • Psalms 88:5 "I am forsaken among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom You remember no more, who are cut off from Your care."

If hell does not exist then YESHUA's sacrifice is irrelevant. If hell does not exist then ELOHIM has lied to us when he warned us about this reality. But ELOHIM is truth and cannot lie. 

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