Hell And The Lake Of Fire


Hell And The Lake Of Fire

"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death..." Revelation 20:14.

What do we suppose death and hell are? Some will say that it is obvious; but their thinking may be biased due to incorrect information. One common belief is that to be dead is to be a corpse, and hell is said to be a blazing lake of fire that will burn forever.

If this were true, explain this to me: How can hell be cast into itself (the lake of fire)?

If the two words are synonymous, the verse could have been written: "And hell was cast into hell," which we know cannot be.

For instance, if we were in a log cabin in the woods, and we had a woodstove, If I would take a piece of wood and ask, what is this piece of wood I hold in my hand? The answer would be, that it is a log.

The two words are synonymous. I could then cast the log into the woodstove. Since the log and the woodstove are two different things, the log can be cast into the fire. But it doesn't take a genius to know that I can't cast the log into itself, the log.

And so it is with hell and the Lake of Fire. If they are both the same, hell could not be cast into the lake of fire, plain and simple. Notwithstanding, since they are different from one another, hell can be cast into the real Lake of Fire.

The word hell is "derived from the Greek myth, i
n Greek mythology, Tartarus is the name both of a deity and of a place. The deity by the name of Tartarus is an ancient being that existed before the Olympian gods, and their predecessors, the Titans. This ancient being is not that well known, but is found in Greek myths, legends, fables and folklore.

By contrast, the concept of Tartarus as a place is much better known. Initially, Tartarus was imagined as a great pit beneath the earth which served as a prison to those who threatened the Olympian gods. Later on, however, it was re-imagined as a type of hell burning with fire and brimstone, where those who committed heinous crimes would remain alive and were punished for eternity...Hell also means to cover; hence the covered or the invisible place." (Revised Easton's Bible Dictionary) Hell means to cover, or hide.

In the King James Version of the Old Testament, originally written in Hebrew, there is only one word that was translated "hell." This Hebrew word is Sheol, and is used a total of sixty-five times. Sheol is translated "hell" thirty-one times, "grave" thirty-one times, and "pit" three times.

Genesis 37:35. "And all his [Jacob's] sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave [Sheol] unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him." (Genesis 37:35) Jacob believed that his son Joseph had been killed by a wild beast and said that he would go down into Sheol unto his son. In this verse the translators used the word grave instead of hell. If they had used the word hell, it would have revealed that Jacob believed Joseph was in hell, and that he expected to go to hell when he died.

Job 14:13. "O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave [Sheol], that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!" Job was experiencing much suffering, which finally caused him to ask Elohim to let him go to Sheol where he knew he would have rest. "There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest." (Job 3:17)

"I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amien; and have the keys of hell [Hades] and of death." (Revelation 1:18) Because Messiah was dead; because His soul went to Sheol (the grave, or hell), He has the keys of hell, He has the right to unlock the prison of the grave and let the captives free. "To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house." (Isaiah 42:7)

Referring to the final judgment John wrote, "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell [Hades] delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell [Hades] were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." (Revelation 20:13, 14) Hell, or the grave, delivered up the dead that was in it. Hell was cast into the lake of fire. It is generally supposed that "the lake of fire" is hell, but here we see that hell was cast into the lake of fire to be destroyed.

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