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                                                                      BIBLE STUDY - HELL.

Hell is a real place like heaven and earth. God created hell and He created the heavens and the earth. Hell is a place of brimstone and fire. Jesus spoke more about hell than anyone else in the Bible. The word ‘hell’ appear 54 times in the authorized version of the Bible, starting with Deuteronomy 32:22, For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. The word hell is always linked to a burning/flame mass as can be seen in Scriptures.

When someone died in the Old Testament, the body went into the grave or, Hebrew “Queber”, Greek = “Mnaymion” The righteous person’s spirit went to Paradise. The wicked person’s spirit went to Hell or “Sheol” = Hebrew, “Hades” = Greek. When some one dies in the New Testament or now, the body goes into the grave. The spirit of the person that has accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour will go to Heaven to be with the Lord, Acts 7:55 - 60; 2 Corinthians 5:1 - 10; Philippians 1:23 etc. The person who dies without accepting Jesus Christ as their Saviour will end up in the lake of fire - Revelation 20:15. As can be seen in my Bible study, ‘Life after death’, there are more then one place where wicked people/beings go after death. I refer in this study to the final hell or ‘lake of fire’.

Some modern - day pastors and preachers admit that they do not talk about hell, they recon that preaching on hell frightens people. These preachers will one - day, have a rude awakening. We read about the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19 - 31. Please take note that this portion of Scripture is not a parable as many think. Jesus states clearly as can be read in Luke 16:19, “There was a certain rich man”. We read further of a flame, verse 24, “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.” Hell is a place of torment, Luke 16:28, “lest they also come into this place of torment”. Matthew 13: 49 - 50, “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth”.

Jesus Said in Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”. Before Jesus Christ died on the cross Satan had the keys of death. He kept all the dead of the Old Testament in prison. The righteous went into this prison and were held captive by Satan against their will as can be seen in Hebrews 2:14 - 15 etc. Jesus overcome Satan on the cross and He, Jesus, now has the keys of death and hell in His hand. Revelation 1:18,  “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death”. Jesus then liberated the righteous from paradise, He even went to preach to the dead, 1 Peter 4:6, ‘For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit’. These are the soul that were raised from the dead when Jesus rose from the dead, Matthew 27:50 - 53 ‘Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

                                                            Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.

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