HELL: What is it? Did Jesus suffer it?

  1. JUDGMENT DAYSome theologians say that hell is only separation from GOD.
  2. Certain theologians say hell is the final state of men without Christ.
  3. Roman Catholicsay that purgatory also exists.
  4. Other theologians say that hell has no fire and is a state of mind.
  5. Some theologians say that Jesus did not suffer hell for us, but only the cross.


  1. Hell is not separation from GOD.
    1. “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” – [Psalm 139:8]
    2. “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb” – [Revelation 14:10]
  2. hell-fire-evil-nightHell will be cast into the eternal lake of fire. Perhaps hell will continue inside this lake of fire, but the final state is definitely the enormous lake of fire. 
    1. “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” – [Revelation 20:13-14]
  3. Purgatory is not found once in Scripture. It was a Baal belief adopted by the Catholics.
  4. SkeletonFlamesHell has fire. Hell is not a state of mind. The lake of fire, which is the final state, definitely has fire (the Greek words for “lake of fire” mean literally “lake of fire”). 
    1. “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 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.” – [Luke 16:23-24]
  5. Jesus descended down into hell for you.  While some may have opinions to the contrary, the Bible states this very clearly in the following 17 verses where it says that before Jesus set the captives free, He descended into Hades:
    1. “Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended”–what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)”  – [Ephesians 4:8-10]
    2. crucifixion-silhouette“I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” – [Psalm 16:7-10]
    3. “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; “whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. “For David says concerning Him: ‘I foresaw the LORD always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.” – [Acts 2:23-27]
    4. “Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.” – [Acts 2:30-32]
    5. “But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, ” ‘Who will descend into the abyss’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).”  – [Romans 10:6-7]

Shouting louder and calling others “apostate” or “heretic” doesn’t make a person correct.  Only the Scriptures matter and not our measly opinions.   The word “abyss” in this last passage is the Greek word “abyssos” which is also translated “bottomless pit”.

Psalm 16, which is an obvious reference to the Messiah as verified in Acts 2, says that Jesus was in “sheol”.  “Sheol” is translated as “hell” 31 times in the Bible, just as it’s translated in this passage.  Acts 2, when it quotes Psalm 16, verifies this translation choice by using the Greek word “hades”.  In fact, it uses the term “hades” twice in this chapter alone in reference to the Messiah.

What amazing grace!  

I believe that if a theologian removes the flames from hell or if one denies that Jesus descended into hell upon our behalf, it belittles what Jesus Christ suffered upon our behalf.

If Jesus took our hell upon Himself as we read in the above Scripture passages, is it not possible that He was capable of suffering an eternity of hell within just the three days and three nights that He was in the heart of the earth, since He was an eternal Being?   If Jesus endured an eternity of hell, how can anyone call Him cruel for requiring those who rejected Him to also endure an eternity of hell?  Especially, since they deserved it, and He did not. 

Three Crosses at SunsetWhen Jesus said “It is finished”, I believe He was referring to His crucifixion. When we consider the following evidence, how can we say His work of redemption was complete?

When Jesus said “It is finished”, Christ’s suffering was not complete according to the Scriptures above (although Bill Gaither’s song “It is Finished” says that) and neither was the work of salvation according to the Scriptures below (specifically Paul the apostle in I Corinthians 15 as shown below).   Jesus’ crucifixion was complete, but according to the Scripture, Jesus then descended into hell for us before finally completing the work of redemption through His resurrection.  It was at the Resurrection that the Bible implies that our pardon was finally secured.

“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. … And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins”. – [1 Corinthians 15:12-14, 17]

imagesCertain theologians may attempt to marginalize what Jesus did for us by descending into hell, but keep in mind that those who attempt to twist Scripture will be accountable to the Lamb who suffered the pains of the “abyssos”, “Hades” or “hell” someday.    Some attempt to say Jesus never suffered the pains of hell for us by accurately stating that a gulf existed between the rich man who was tormented in hell and Lazarus who was in “Abraham’s bosom”.    Luke 16 says this.  However, they use their imagination to say that this gulf existed in hell.  In actuality, Scripture does not say this.  Being that Lazarus and the rich man were in their after-life state, it is quite probable that their eyesight could see perhaps light years away.

Some theologians attempt to use the ploy that Jesus said in Luke 23 that Jesus would be in Paradise with the thief that very day.  Also, two explanations exist for that passage of Scripture in Luke 23.  First, since Jesus is GOD and GOD is everywhere or omnipresent AND He exists outside of time, it would be simple enough for Jesus to suffer in hell and be in heaven simultaneously.  We see this repeatedly in other attributes of GOD as explained in this article about the mysteries of GOD.  Second, the Greek words from that passage are as follows:

in paradise

This passage could read:

“And Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto you this day, you will be with me in paradise’.”

Or it could read:

“And Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto you, This day you will be with me in paradise’.”

However, this does not negate the above Scriptures that speak of Jesus’ descent into hell regardless of how you interpret that passage in Luke 23. The Scripture also gives a meaningful word picture in the Passover Lamb, who symbolized Jesus Christ.  GOD required the Israelites to roast the Passover Lamb in the fire as a sacrifice.

Other theologians may remove hell and its torments from textbooks, but they cannot remove it from the future of those without Christ.  That being said, is it kind of such religious officials to watch as people die and spend their future in eternal fire?  Shouldn’t they attempt to warn people?  Isn’t that cruel? To fail to alert others of this horrific place?


  1. In Hell, the fire is never quenched and the worm dies not.
    1. “Where ‘Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.’ – [Mark 9:44]
  2.  Eternal darkness exists and the teeth will gnash out of pain.
    1. “These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”  – [2 Peter 2:17]
    2. “But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – [Matthew 8:12]
  3. Not a drop of water to cool the tongue. 
    1. “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.” – [Luke 16:24]
  4. Eternal, incomprehensibly painful fire will salt and torture the undying body of the wicked.
    1. “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.” – [Mark 9:47-49]
    2. “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” – [Revelation 19:20]


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I wonder what those in hell are doing right now? Burning? Screaming?  And when does it end? Will it halt for a brief moment at the Judgment when those without Christ will be judged before being placed into the Lake of Fire? And when does that end? …

Never.  No hope.

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”  – Revelation 20:15

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