Sin > Hell (You Are Here)
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
a [Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire] Some will be sent to the lake of fire and eternal punishment (Matthew 25:41,46; Matthew 13:39-50; Matthew 24:51; Rev. 14:9-11; Rev. 19:20; Rev. 20:10). These will make the firstfruits of the second resurrection, which is that of all the wicked dead (Rev. 20:4-6,11-15). Due to their judgment and entrance into eternal hell here, they will not be resurrected and judged again in Rev. 20:11-15.
b [prepared for the devil and his angels] Hell was prepared for Satan and his angels and no man needs to go there (John 3:16-20). If he persists in serving Satan then he will have to spend eternity with him (Matthew 25:41,46).
Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God ...]
Where Are the Dead?
following study is the truth of the Bible on all phases of the subject of the
I. Death Defined
word "death" as applied to man in Scripture means separation, or a cutting off
II. Physical Death
Physical death is the separation of the inner man from the outer man, the
III. Spiritual Death
Spiritual death is separation of man from God because of sin (see Three Kinds
IV. Second Death: Eternal Death
second death means the second and eternal separation from God in the lake of
V. Penalty for Sin
penalty for sin was eternal death or eternal separation from God in hell. Had
Neither could it be spiritual death, which is the state of man in sin. If so,
then all who
real penalty for sin, therefore, could not be physical or spiritual death, but
VI. Resurrection From Spiritual Death
resurrection of man from spiritual death (or separation from God) takes place
VII. Immortality of the Soul
soul and spirit (together called the inner man) are immortal. They continue in
VIII. Mortality of the Body
body is now mortal. It will die and go back to dust (Genesis 3:19; Eccles.
IX. Resurrection of the Dead
refers only to the bodies of all men who die, not to the souls and spirits
X. No Soul-Sleeping Taught
scriptures used by false cults to prove soul-sleep really refer to death of
XI. Immortality of the Body
body, which is now mortal, will become immortal in the resurrection. All
XII. The Intermediate State
refers to the state of the dead between death and the resurrection of the
physical death the soul and spirit leave the body (James 2:26). If one is a
XIII. Five Departments in the Underworld of Departed Spirits
There are five distinct prisons in the underworld of departed spirits:
1.Tartarus (1 Peter 3:19; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6-7). This prison is a special
one for fallen
2.Paradise (Luke 16:19-31; Luke 23:43). This was the abode of the righteous
3.Hell (Matthew 16:18; Luke 16:19-31). This is the torment compartment of
4.The abyss or bottomless pit (Luke 8:26-31; Romans 10:7; Rev. 9:1-3,11; Rev.
5.The lake of fire. This is the eternal hell and perdition of all fallen
English word "hell" is defined as "the abode of evil spirits; infernal
regions; place of
(HSN-7585), the unseen world. It always refers to the unseen
Sheowl (HSN-7585) is
translated "hell" 31 times (Deut. 32:22; 2 Samuel 22:6;
(HSN-6913), the proper word for grave, the seen world, is
(1)Grave (Genesis 35:20; Genesis 50:5; Exodus 14:11; Numbers 19:16,18; 2
(2)Burial (2 Chron. 26:23; Eccles. 6:3; Isaiah 14:20; Jeremiah 22:19).
(3)Burying place (Genesis 23:4,9,20; Genesis 47:30; Genesis 49:30; Genesis
(4)Sepulchre (Genesis 23:6; Deut. 34:6; Judges 8:32; 1 Samuel 10:2; 2 Samuel
3.Greek: Hades (GSN-86),
the unseen world. It is equivalent to
(GSN-3419), the proper word for grave, is translated three
(1)Grave (Matthew 27:52-53; Luke 11:44; John 5:28; John 11:17,31,38; John
(2)Tomb (Matthew 8:28; Matthew 27:60; Mark 5:2-3; Mark 6:29; Luke 8:27)
(3)Sepulchre (Matthew 23:29; Matthew 27:60; Matthew 28:8; Mark 15:46; Mark
(GSN-1067), from Hebrew: gay
(HSN-1516), gorge or valley,
(GSN-5020), the deepest abyss of Sheol/Hades, the unseen
(GSN-3041) tou (GSN-3588)
puros (GSN-4442), lake of
be seen from a study of all the above scriptures on Sheol/Hades, gehenna,
Eighty-eight Facts Proving that Hell Is Not the Grave:
1.In Scripture, Sheol/Hades (hell) is never the place of the body; qeber/mnemeion
2.Sheowl (HSN-7585) is
never in the plural; qeber
(HSN-6913) is plural 38 times,
3.Sheowl (HSN-7585) is
never located on earth; qeber
(HSN-6913) is located on
4.The body never goes to sheowl
(HSN-7585); the body is mentioned as going to
5.An individual's sheowl
(HSN-7585) is never mentioned; an individual's
6.Man never puts anyone into
sheowl (HSN-7585); man puts bodies into a
7.Man never digs or makes a
sheowl (HSN-7585); man digs and makes a
8.Man on earth never touches a
sheowl (HSN-7585); he touches a
9.Man has never seen a sheowl
(HSN-7585) on earth; he has seen a
10.God alone puts men into
sheowl (HSN-7585) (Numbers 16:30-33; 1 Samuel 2:6;
11.God alone will bring men out of
sheowl (HSN-7585) (1
Samuel 2:6; Rev. 20:11-
12.Hell-bound men descend (Isaiah 5:14) and go down (into the lower parts of
13.People go into sheowl
(HSN-7585) in a moment and quickly (Numbers 16:30-33;
14.People are forced into sheowl (HSN-7585) (Isaiah 5:15).
15.People are cast into sheowl (HSN-7585) (Ezekiel 31:15-17).
16.Sheol is located in the nether parts of the earth (Ezekiel 31:14-18;
17.Sheol/Hades, unlike the grave, is a place of activity, a place of wrath
18.A place of sorrow (Genesis 42:38; Genesis 44:29,31; 2 Samuel 22:6; Psalm
19.A place of fire (Deut. 32:22; Song 8:6; Luke 16:19-31).
20.A place hidden from man, but naked before God (Job 26:6; Psalm 139:8;
21.A place of power (Psalm 49:15; Hosea 13:14; Matthew 16:18; 1 Cor. 15:51-56;
22.A place of full consciousness (Isaiah 14:9-15; Ezekiel 32:27-31; Luke 16:19-31).
23.A place for the soul and spirit, not the body (Psalm 16:10; Psalm 30:3;
24.A place of conversations (Isaiah 14:9-16; Ezekiel 32:21; Luke 16:19-31).
25.A place where many kings and chief ones of the earth live after death
26.A place where its inhabitants are stirred up at the coming of others
27.A place where great men acknowledge their defeat (Isaiah 14:9-11).
28.A place where men recognize and converse with one another (Isaiah 14:16;
29.A place where knowledge and memory exist (Isaiah 14:10,16; Luke 16:19-31).
30.A place for the proudMatthew 11:23; Luke 10:15. If the grave is hell then
31.A place of torment (Luke 16:23).
32.A place of prayer (Jonah 2:2; Luke 16:19-31).
33.A place of regret over mistreatment of others (Luke 16:24-31).
34.A place where men still have willpower, though it is too late to accept
35.A place where men are conscious of life on earth, but cannot visit earth to
36.A place where the lost become concious of the need of soul-winning (Luke
37.A place so terrible that those who are in it plead for some means of
38.A place where souls are not burned up by the fire (Luke 16:22-31; 1 Peter 3:4).
39.A place of cruelty (Song 8:6).
40.A place that has enlarged itselfit has not been enlarged by men (Isaiah 5:14).
41.A place that is never full or satisfied (Proverbs 27:20; Proverbs 30:16;
42.A place that receives men in numbers like flocks of sheep (note, §Psalm 49:14).
43.A place from which only salvation can deliver one (Psalm 86:13).
44.A place of gates and bars (Job 17:16; Isaiah 38:10; Matthew 16:18; Rev. 1:18).
45.A place of debasement (Isaiah 57:9).
46.A place of pains (Psalm 18:5; Psalm 116:3; Luke 16:19-31).
47.A temporary place of torment (Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15).
48.A place of two compartmentsone for the righteous before the resurrection
The Paradise Compartment of Sheol:
49.A place other than the grave for the righteous who, until Christ came, were
50.It was a hiding place from God's wrath after death (Job 14:13; Luke
51.Lazarus went into this place of comfort, but his body went to the grave
52.Christ and the penitent thief went into paradise at death (Psalm 16:10;
53.Jonah also went into this compartment while his body was dead in the belly
54.Angels carried the righteous souls into this compartment, but men carried
55.Christ, while there, preached to the angels in tartarus, proving that the
hell He was in
56.Christ, while in Sheol/Hades, liberated the righteous captives of Satan
taking them to
57.Paradise is now empty of all the righteous souls (Ephes. 4:8-10; Hebrews
58.The righteous were alive in paradise, else Christ could not have preached
The Torment Compartment of Sheol:
59.It is the lowest part of Sheol, even lower than paradise, and therefore
could not be
60.The greater number of people (not all) go into it at death (Deut. 32:22;
61.The fire in it is as literal as the mountains (Deut. 32:22; Luke 16:19-31).
62.The fire is kindled in God's wrath (Deut. 32:22)
63.Entrance into it is down, deeper than a grave, through the earth to its
64.Bodies of men are buried at the mouth of it on the earth's surface only (Psalm 141:7).
65.Men go alive into it (Numbers 16:30-33; Psalm 88:3; Proverbs 1:12; Ezekiel
66.The wicked only are tormented in it (Deut. 32:22; Psalm 9:17; Proverbs 5:5;
67.Its depth is contrasted with the height of heaven, which could never be so
68.The Rephaim, or giants, are there for sexual sins, proving that they are
still alive in
69.Christ now has the keys of Sheol/Hades (Rev. 1:18).
70.Chastening can help men to be godly and escape it (Proverbs 23:14), but
71.The gates of hell (Hades) shall not prevail against the church in this age
72.Every man in Sheol/Hades will be brought out and judged 1,000 years after
73.Sheol/Hades held the captives that were captured by Christ and taken to
74.Qeber/mnemeion, the proper words for grave, are never translated "hell."
Examples of Using "Hell" for "Grave":
(1)Choice of our hells (Genesis 23:6)
(2)Jacob set a pillar upon her hell (Genesis 35:20)
(3)In my hell which I have digged (Genesis 50:5)
(4)Because ... no hells in Egypt (Exodus 14:11)
(5)Whosoever touches a hell shall be unclean seven days (Numbers 19:16,18)
(6)Buried by the hell of my father (2 Samuel 19:37)
(7)Carcass in his own hell (1 Kings 13:30)
(8)The hell of Elisha (2 Kings 13:21)
(9)Hell of the man of God (2 Kings 23:17)
(10)Remain among the hells (Isaiah 65:4)
(11)Bones out of hells (Jeremiah 8:1)
(12)Hells of the prophets (Matthew 23:29)
(13)Hells of the righteous (Matthew 23:29)
(14)Dwelling among the hells (Mark 5:3)
Examples of Using "Grave" for "Hell":
(1)Fire burning in the lowest grave kindled by God's wrath (Deut. 32:22)
(2)Sorrows of the grave (2 Samuel 22:6)
(3)Wicked and all nations that forget God turned into the grave (Psalm 9:17)
(4)Soul in the grave (Psalm 16:10)
(5)Pains of the grave (Psalm 116:3)
(6)The grave is never full (Proverbs 27:20)
(7)The inhabitants of the grave move to welcome you at your coming (Isaiah 14:9)
(8)Speak out of the grave (Ezekiel 32:21)
(9)Shall be in danger of grave fire (Matthew 5:22; Matthew 18:9; Mark 9:43-49)
(10)Fire of the grave never quenched (Mark 9:43-49)
(11)God only has power to cast in the grave (Luke 12:5)
(12)In the grave he lift up his eyes, being in torments in fire ... flame
(13)Angels cast down to the grave (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6-7)
Other Ridiculous Conclusions:
(1)They shall look into the grave on sinners where their worm does not die and
(2)Cast into the grave where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth
(3)Who has warned you to flee from wrath in the grave (Matthew 3:7)?
(4)Killed and cast into the fire of the grave (Matthew 3:10).
(5)Burn in unquenchable fire in the grave (Matthew 3:12; Matthew 7:19; Luke
(6)Tares are burned in the grave fire (Matthew 13:40,50).
(7)Cast them into the grave of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of
(8)A twofold child more of the grave than yourselves (Matthew 23:15).
(9)Be cast into everlasting fire in the grave (Matthew 18:8-10).
(10)Depart from Me, you cursed, into the grave of everlasting fire prepared
(11)These shall go away in the grave of everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46).
(12)The angels that sinned have been reserved in everlasting chains and set
(13)He opened the grave and out of it came forth smoke of a great furnace that
(14)The smoke of the grave rose up forever and ever (Rev. 19:3).
(15)Satan shall be cast into the grave of fire and brimstone and shall be
(16)Death and the grave were cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14).
(17)All sinners shall have their part in the grave that burns with fire and
(18)Are you come to torment us (demons) in the grave before it is time to be
(19)Warn my five brethren lest they also come to this grave of torment in fire
(20)He (Lazarus) has comfort in his grave but you have torment in yours (Luke
(21)He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the grave and they shall
Many other statements just as ridiculous could be made if we, like false
75.Hades (GSN-86) is
spoken of as being completely defeated (1 Cor. 15:55). This is
76.The fact that the soul is immortal proves that it remains in consciousness
77.Since the soul is immortal and the body mortal (Genesis 3:19; Eccles.
78.Since only the body is to be changed in the future resurrection of the
dead, then only
79.Since soul-sleep is not taught in Scripture and body-sleep is, then it is
the body only
80.Since the bodies of the wicked as well as the righteous will become
immortal in the
81.Because there is full consciousness in the intermediate state between death
82.Since the word "hell" is never in the plural, and since it is always clear,
83.Of the 65 places where
sheowl (HSN-7585) is used, 11 where Hades is used, 12
first passage is simply the statement of a man in great distress. He could
second passage, Eccles. 9:10, Solomon merely expresses the idea that all human
84.The confinement of angels and demons to prisons under the earth because of
85.Examples of continued consciousness after death prove that hell and heaven
86.The Bible refers to life after death in many places. See pt. (14), The
87.Degrees of punishment in eternal hell prove that neither Sheol/Hades nor
the lake of
88.The eternal length of punishment of the wicked proves hell is not the
Fourteen Fallacies about Hell:
1.Hell is the grave. This is abundantly disproved above.
2.Fire in hell is figurative. The word fire is found in Scripture 549 times
and is used
(1)Set on fire the foundations of mountains in the lowest Sheol (Deut. 32:22).
(2)Neither shall their fire be quenched (Isaiah 66:22-24; Mark 9:43-49).
(3)Unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:10,12).
(4)Hell fire (Matthew 5:22; Matthew 18:9; Mark 9:43-49).
(5)Cast into the fire (Matthew 7:19).
(6)Furnace of fire (Matthew 13:40-50).
(7)Cast into everlasting fire (Matthew 18:8; Matthew 25:41,46).
(8)Fire that never shall be quenched (Mark 9:43-49; Luke 3:17).
(9)The vengeance of eternal fire (Jude 1:6-7).
(10)Tormented with fire and brimstone (Rev. 14:9-11).
(11)Lake of fire burning with brimstone (Rev. 19:20; Rev. 21:8).
(12)Lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 19:20; Rev. 20:14-15).
3.Punishment of hell not eternal. If language means anything the torments of
(1)Danger of eternal damnation (Mark 3:29)
(2)Eternal judgment (Hebrews 6:2)
(3)Vengeance of eternal fire (Jude 1:7)
(4)Shame and everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:2; John 5:28-29)
(5)Everlasting fire (Matthew 18:8; Matthew 25:41)
(6)Everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46)
(7)Everlasting destruction (2 Thes. 1:9)
(8)Everlasting chains (Jude 1:6-7)
(9)The smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever (Rev. 14:9-11).
(10)Tormented day and night forever and ever (Rev. 20:10)
The same words translated "eternal," "everlasting," and "forever and ever,"
Sixty-five Other Eternal Things
(1)God (Deut. 33:27; Romans 1:20; Rev. 4:9)
(2)God's name (Exodus 3:15; Psalm 72:17)
(3)God's throne (Psalm 93:2)
(4)God's kingdom on earth (Exodus 15:18; Psalm 145:13; Psalm 146:10; Jeremiah
(5)God's Word (Deut. 29:29; Psalm 12:6-7; Psalm 119:89,152,160; Isaiah 40:8; 1
(6)God's glory (Psalm 104:31; 2 Cor. 4:17; 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Peter 5:10; Rev. 1:6)
(7)God's purpose on earth (Ephes. 3:11)
(8)God's mercy (1 Chron. 16:34; Psalm 118)
(9)God's kindness (Isaiah 54:8)
(10)God as light among men (Isaiah 60:19-20)
(11)Fear of God (Psalm 19:9)
(12)God's counsel (Psalm 33:11)
(13)God's righteousness (Psalm 111:3; Psalm 112:3; Isaiah 51:8; Daniel 9:24)
(14)God's works (Psalm 111:7-8; Psalm 148:6)
(15)God's protection (Psalm 125:2)
(16)Christ (Micah 5:2)
(17)Christ's throne (Psalm 45:6; Hebrews 1:8)
(18)Christ's reign on earth (Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 7:13-14; Luke 1:32-33; Rev. 11:15)
(19)Christ dwelling in the midst of Israel visibly (Ezekiel 43:7-9)
(20)Christ the same (Hebrews 13:8)
(21)Holy Spirit (Hebrews 9:14)
(22)Holy Spirit among men (John 14:16)
(23)Heavens (Psalm 72:17; 2 Cor. 5:1)
(24)Earth (Psalm 104:5; Eccles. 1:4)
(25)Maneternal generations of natural people
(26)Israel as an eternal earthly nation (2 Samuel 7; 1 Chron. 17:22-27; 1
(27)Israel's name (Isaiah 56:5)
(28)Promised land to Israel (Genesis 17:8; Genesis 48:4; Jeremiah 25:5)
(29)Israel's marriage to God (Hosea 2:14-19)
(30)JerusalemZion (Psalm 48:8; Psalm 78:69; Psalm 125:1; Isaiah 33:20; Isaiah
(31)Abraham's natural seed (Genesis 13:15)
(32)Noah's natural seed (Genesis 9:12)
(33)David himself (Psalm 61:4-8)
(34)David's natural seed (2 Samuel 7; Psalm 89:4,29,36)
(35)David's throne (Psalm 89:29,36; Luke 1:32)
(36)David's kingdom (2 Samuel 7; Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:32-33)
(37)David as an eternal, resurrected king of natural Israel (Ezekiel 37:18-28)
(38)Noahic Covenant (Genesis 9)
(39)Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 17:7; 1 Chron. 16:16-17)
(40)Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7; 2 Samuel 23:5)
(41)New Covenant (Isaiah 55:3; Isaiah 59:21; Isaiah 61:8; Jeremiah 32:40;
(42)Natural life of man and animals on earth (Genesis 9:12; Isaiah 9:6-7;
(43)Eternal life for both natural and resurrected men (Matthew 25:46; Mark
(44)Things not seen (1 Cor. 2:9; 2 Cor. 4:18)
(45)Resurrected body (2 Cor. 5:1)
(46)Salvation (Isaiah 45:17; Isaiah 51:6; Hebrews 5:9)
(47)Redemption (Hebrews 9:12)
(48)Inheritance (Hebrews 9:15; Psalm 37:18,29)
(49)Saints (Psalm 37:28; Daniel 7:18,27)
(50)Kingdom on earth for saints (Daniel 7:18,22,27; Rev. 1:5; Rev. 5:10)
(51)Melchizedek priesthood (Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:6; Hebrews 6:20; Hebrews
(52)Holiness in God's house (Psalm 93:5)
(53)Good man's righteousness (Psalm 112:6-9)
(54)Truth (Psalm 117:2; Proverbs 12:19)
(55)Perfection of saints (Hebrews 10:14)
(56)Purging of sins (Hebrews 10:12)
(57)Joy (Isaiah 35:10; Isaiah 51:11; Isaiah 61:7)
(58)Consolation (2 Thes. 2:16)
(59)Gospel (Rev. 14:6)
(60)Pleasures (Psalm 16:11)
(61)Sacrifices (Ezekiel 46:14)
(62)Mountains and hills (Genesis 49:26; Habakkuk 3:6)
(63)Chains (Jude 1:6)
(64)Desolation of Babylon (Jeremiah 50:39; Jeremiah 51:26,62)
(65)Opening to hell (Isaiah 34:1-17; Isaiah 66:22-24)
has as much right to make any one of the above 65 things age-long only, as to
4.The wicked are to be burned up. False cults interpret Malachi 4:1 to say
5.The wicked shall be annihilated. Scripture gives no doctrine teaching the
6.Men in hell will suffer absolute destruction. The Greek word for destruction
7.The wicked shall die and be extinct. Death means separation, not annihilation.
8.Men in hell will be destroyed, will perish and be no more. The Greek word
9.The wicked shall consume away like smoke (Psalm 37:20). The Hebrew for
10.The wicked will be burned up like chaff and the fire will go out when it
has done its
11.The wicked shall be no more (Proverbs 10:25). This is no reference to
12.The place of the wicked shall not be (Psalm 37:10). This is another
13.The wicked will be devoured by fire (Rev. 20:7-10). This passage refers to
14.The wicked dead will be given a second chance and then if they do not