Bosun S.G Wealth
HELL, WHAT DOES IT MEAN? – The more I think about it, the more unimportant I find it to talk about. But while misconception exists, we have to do our part to clear it.
I ask myself why it is all over the brand of “gospel” many preach today when you wouldn’t find it in the Gospel (Acts and the Epistles) preached by the early apostles except for James who mentioned it? Even what James and Jesus Christ mentioned are not what is being preached today.
Hell – Sheol (Hebrew, Old Testament); Hades (Greek, New Testament); Gahanna or Ge Hinnom (Hebrew, Old and New Testament); and Tartaroo (Greek, New Testament). One English word for all these? Anytime you find something like this in translation, suspect it!
WHY IS IT UNIMPORTANT?
The word “Heaven” is used over 500 times in the Bible. But the word “Hell” is unevenly used across different translations of the Bible while the highest of them is 54 times in the “Authorized” King James version; 31 times for the Old Testament and 23 times for the New Testament. The NKJV reviewed the use of the word and ended up with a total of 32 times; 19 for the Old Testament and 13 for the New Testament. NIV has it for a total of 14 times and all can be found in the New Testament while non in the Old Testament. If it is important should the Bible not be dripping from its use, especially so when God doesn’t want people to go there? THINK.
Amazingly though, the Young’ Literal Translation has no use for the word anywhere in both the Old and the New Testament. Isn’t that curious? The version translating literally doesn’t have the word “Hell” in it? Why should you not question the use and meaning ascribed to this word you use so much as you use the words “Heaven” and “Salvation?
THE MEANING OF THE WORD HELL
Hell is from a Teutonic root meaning “to hide” or “cover.”
THE USE OF THE WORD HELL IN THE BIBLE
She’ol – the place of the dead or grave – was used in the Old Testament by KJV 65 times and translated “Hell” 31 times. David while led by the Spirit to prophesy about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ said, “…you will not abandon me to the She’ol (grave)” when compare this quote from Psalm 61:10 with Act 2:27,31 where the writer used the Greek variant word “Hades” instead of She’ol, we can only conclude that the two words refer to the same thing – grave or the place of the dead.
Hence, just as Jesus died and went to Hades (hell as you have come to know it) your G.Os will also die and go to the same place – hell – it is the place any human go to when they die. Samuel was called out from there by a witch for Soul and he asked why he was being disturbed. Jonah mentioned how he was rescued from the She’ol after he called out to God (grave; see Jonah 2:2-6). Job, a righteous man, asked if his hope was going to materialize in She’ol – to think that Job would imagine himself going to a burning hell is absurd. No dead person is in heaven right now.
Even demons asked Jesus if He had come to destroy them before their time. Why should you assume that human would be in a burning hell while demons and satan roam around the earth freely? Where is your brain?
When we talk about this issue some refer us to the story of Lazarus and the rich man as told by Jesus. What they do not know is that both Lazarus and the rich man went to Hades (hell as you understand it). The difference being that the rich man was in a state of regret while his spirit also tormented him. That is not so different from how the living guilty or someone convicted in his spirit feels. And not only the convicted person who is in a state of regret feels this way, the Bible says Lot was tormented daily in his spirit while he lived amongst the ungodly Sodomites (see 2 Peter 2:8).
Fire was never associated with Hades or She’ol. Only Gahanna is linked to constant fire and I will tell you why.
CHRIST IS COMING QUICKLY! Are you READY?
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