Hades is divided!

I have been studying Revelation at Thursday night Bible Study for several months now. Tonight at study The Lord opened my eyes regarding death and Hades. No matter how many times death and Hades have been explained to me, I could never seem to grasp Hades. I know understand that Hades is where our soul goes when we die while awaiting Jesus’ return. That Hades is divided into two sides, one side is hell the other is paradise. Hell for the unsaved or non-believer and paradise for the believer. Since I understood that Heaven will be here on earth when Christ returns, I could not grasp EXACTLY what He meant when He told the thief on the cross that He would see him today in paradise.
Psalm 69:27
Philippians 4:3
Luke 16:19
and so many more verses confirm this for believers.
Thank you so much Lord for letting me understand this.

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5 Comments

  1. reginaking65 said,

    September 3, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Danny, Thanks so much for your comment. I am going to contact Big Preacher and ask for him to assist with this since he is the Preacher that mentors me. I will get back soon. Once again thank you so much.

  2. bigpreacher said,

    August 20, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I like the other design better. Keep getting the Word out and Lifting up Jesus!

  3. reginaking65 said,

    August 20, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Okay, a question came up from a reader.
    Hades is the Greek word and Sheol is the Hebrew word meaning “The Abode of The Dead”. The Abode of The Dead is where our souls go until the return of Jesus. As I said above, non-believers go to hell on one side and believers to paradise on the other side. The two sides are divided by The Great Chasm, which can not be crossed through or over by any soul. The scriptures tell us also that Jesus is at the right hand of The Father in prayer interceding for us.

    • Danny Carpenter said,

      September 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm

      Hey, Regina. God bless you!

      I’m not sure I can agree with what you learned about Hades. According to Scripture, it seems to be the place where the unrighteous will reside (Luke 10:15; 16:23; Rev 20:13-14). Sheol can take on slightly different meanings, according to the context. One commentary from the The New English Translation sums it up well: “Sheol in the Bible refers to the place where the dead go. But it can have different categories of meaning: death in general, the grave, or the realm of the departed spirits [hell]. A. Heidel shows that in the Bible when hell is in view the righteous are not there – it is the realm of the departed spirits of the wicked. When the righteous go to Sheol, the meaning is usually the grave or death.”

      So as you see, we can’t make a blanket statement. Each use has to be studied in its context. Hades seems to correspond to the place where the unrighteous go.

      Blessing ou you.

      Danny Carpenter

      • bigpreacher said,

        September 3, 2010 at 8:31 pm

        Brother Danny, she made reference to Luke 16 as Jesus taught before He Died and Rose and finished His work on Earth. “That Hades is divided into two sides, one side is hell the other is paradise. Hell for the unsaved or non-believer and paradise for the believer.” Is this not what Jesus was teaching us? I was always under the impression from Scripture that Jesus went and prepared a place for us. Is not Hades divided into two compartments- Lu 16:26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ Do we as believers not go to Paradise ie Abraham’s bosom? I certainly do not want to be teaching an error! I do understand your reference to Sheol. Is not the Hebrew reference and the Greek reference to the abode of the dead the same thing? Yes context is of utmost importance.


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