Not hell, but Hades

So, according to the Bible, Hades is the abode of the dead. Every person who died before Christ suffered the cross, went to Hades, including His people, the saints of the Old Testament.
After the cross, the saints go to Paradise to be with the Lord. That was the work that Christ accomplished with His death. Jesus descended into hades and brought out His people who were waiting for this deliverance. Read Heb. 2:14-15

Hades, not hell

The word hell has more to do with pagan nordic European religions than with Christianity. Translators in 1611 translated the word “Hades” from the Greek into “hell” in English.
The meaning is different too. The hell of pagan religions has more from human imagination. The hades from the Bible is the reality that God taught His people, and that is mostly ignored today. Hades as it’s described in the Scriptures is a place where those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ will be for all eternity after death. They will be conscious, and tormented.

The beginning of a study on hell should be the Bible. God says a lot about it and He is the only one who can, because He created it and Jesus Christ is God incarnate. So, He would know best.

In the Old Testament the word for hell is “Sheol”. It appears for the first time in Gen. 37:35 when Jacob, the patriarch, is mourning for his son Joseph, who he supposed dead.

Satan’s looks

Probably, you have seen the drawings and cartoons of Satan’s representations. Red suit, horns, pitch fork, long tail, cape and hooves.  The problem with this image is that it’s not accurate. It is only an artist’s imagination because of the terrible reputation of this creature.

The description of Satan in the Bible is “as an angel of light”. Think about it. If Satan would be coming to you dressed up in his fiery garment, would you wait for him? Would you stand there and enjoy the encounter? I think not. More likely, you’ll run away as fast as your legs will allow.

That’s the main reason the horrible picture is not true. On the contrary, the Bible describes Satan as the deceiver, the liar, and the way he can deceive more easily is by “transforming himself into an angel of light.” Sooo… beware of angels, especially the “brighter” ones!

Who is Satan?

Satan is a spiritual being who is the enemy of God, and Christ. He was created in the beginning to fulfil God’s purpose of electing a people for Himself. Satan is real and the bible has a lot to say about him. He was introduced as the deceiver, in the Garden of Eden, talking to Eve. Unfortunately for the human race, Eve believed what Satan told her, “You shall be like God”. She made her husband believe too, and both fell and were thrown out of the presence of God.

Where is Hell?

The Bible speaks of Sheol and Hades as the abode of the dead. It is located in the “lowest part of the Earth” according to many quotes from the Scriptures. It is characterized as “the bottomless pit”.

In Numbers chapter 16, we read the sad story of Korah. He and other prominent men (250 princes in total) rebelled against Moses’ authority. They wanted to occupy the position God had given Moses and Aaron.

In the end, God punished Korah, the men with him, and their families by making them “go down alive into the pit”.

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.   Num. 16:32-33

This is reiterated many times in the Scriptures. In Revelation we see the opening of the bottomless pit. So, it is safe to say that Hell or Hades is located in the center of the Earth, but this is a spiritual realm and as such, it can be located any place God puts it. The bottom line is that Hell is real, and all the wicked, who know not the Lord Jesus Christ will end up there (or down there).