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Saturday, September 24, 2016

HELL EXTREME

DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE OF THE EXTREMES OF GOD IS A PLACE CALLED HELL ?



       The place called HELL described in the Bible mostly found in the book of the New Covenant is a very extreme God's will for those who are not saved. Many people are offended by this Christian doctrine of punishment in Hell, but the words of Jesus has confirmed that there is indeed a place of torment and fire.

       In Matthew 25:46 we read;  "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." Those who are unkind and who has no compassion to people who are suffering shall receive their punishment and shall be partaker of a place prepared by GOD, or in other words made by God Himself for the Devil and his angels. A place of everlasting fire or HELL fire for those people who the Lord said are cursed!

Bible Translations

       Many will argue that they have not translated the Bible correctly and that the word HELL has been misinterpreted. They argue that there is no HELL and we should look at the original Hebrew or Greek word to understand the context. Many believed Hell is not a literal place but only symbolic. Many cultist adhere to this belief that there is no place called HELL. Many cultist will say they are only symbolic and not a literal place hence, Hell is not true because God is love and will not allow people to suffer eternally. 

"The word Hell is translated from several different words

Hebrew: sheol
Translated “pit” (3 times)
Numbers 16:33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.

Job 17:16 Will it go down to the bars of Sheol? Shall we descend together into the dust?”

Translated “grave” (31 times)
Genesis 37:34-35 Then Jacob tore his garments and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.

1 Samuel 2:6 The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up.

Translated “Hell” (31 times)
2 Samuel 22:5-6 “For the waves of death encompassed me, the torrents of destruction assailed me;6  the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

Proverbs 23:13-14 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.14 If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol.

Hebrew: Valley of Hinnom
A picture of Hell; misery and punishment
2 Chronicles 28:1-3 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done, but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made metal images for the Baals, and he made offerings in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom and burned his sons as an offering, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.

Jeremiah 7:31 And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind.

Greek: hades (translated from the Hebrew sheol)
Translated “Hell” ten times and “grave” one time
1 Corinthians 15:55 (KJV) O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

Greek: tartaros

Translated “hell” meaning eternal torment”
2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

Greek: gehenna (from the Hebrew Valley of Hinnom)
Translated “hell” meaning place of everlasting torment
Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell."1

Jesus Descended into HELL.
       In the words of Ra McLaughlins, Vice President of Creative Delivery Systems at Third Millennium Ministries. He said;

 "In the ancient world, the universe was often described in the language of a vertical structure. The earth, where human beings lived, was in the middle. Heaven, the realm of God and his angels, was spoken of as being in the sky. And beneath the earth was a shadowy underworld where all the souls of the dead resided. In the Hebrew Old Testament, it was most commonly called sheol; in the Greek New Testament and in Greek translations of the Old Testament, it was normally called hades.

In the Old Testament, the souls of both the good and the wicked were said to reside there as they awaited the final judgment. In the New Testament, however, hades usually refers to the abode of the wicked souls, as in Luke chapter 10 verse 15. But sometimes the New Testament gives us a fuller picture that looks a lot more like the Old Testament. For instance, Jesus' parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, found in Luke chapter 16 verses 19 through 31, indicates that a great gulf divided the souls of the wicked from the souls of the righteous in hades. And while the wicked suffered in torment, the righteous were comforted. In this parable, Abraham resided in the place of comfort. For this reason, theologians have often called this part of hades "Abraham's Side" or more literally "Abraham's Bosom."

The church father Tertullian, who wrote in the early third century, expressed the common belief in this division of hades: "That souls are even now susceptible of torment and of blessing in Hades ... is proved by the case of Lazarus" (On the Resurrection of the Flesh, ch. 17). 

The church father Ignatius, writing in A.D. 107, said something similar in his Epistle to the Trallians:
By those under the earth, [I mean] the multitude that arose along with the Lord. For says the Scripture, "Many bodies of the saints that slept arose," their graves being opened. He descended, indeed, into Hades alone, but He arose accompanied by a multitude; and rent asunder that means of separation which had existed from the beginning of the world.

So, when the creed says that Jesus descended into hell, the most likely meaning is that his human soul descended to the place of the departed spirits. Specifically, he descended to the region reserved for the souls of the righteous, and not to the region where the wicked are tormented. Jesus' stay in this part of hell was a necessary part of his work because it subjected his soul to the judicial punishment of true human death."2


Jesus is the LORD of HELL.
       God is love but He is also a God who justifies, a God of judgement. He literally subjected Satan's power in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. The Holy Scripture says in Phil. 2:10,11 "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." 

       Jesus is not only our Saviour but He is our Lord. He is the LORD of Lords and even Hell has become His dominion. Jesus is the LORD of Hell. Yes, He has the authority and power in Hell and whatever He pleases it will be done. Many Christians today thinks Satan is the Lord of Hell but if we read the Scriptures you will understand that Satan has become subjected to the Son and literally under the control of Jesus Christ the King of Kings.



"For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life." - Romans 5:6-10

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  - Romans 6:23


Footnotes:
1-Extracted from http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-hell-21-eye-opening-scriptures/
2- Extracted from http://reformedanswers.org/answer.asp/file/40273
 
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