H – E - Double Toothpicks

J.A. Clark – theHumanStain.net

Post Date: 4-2-08
What a name for a post, eh? H - E - Double toothpicks is a nice way of saying 'Hell'. That's what I'll be writing about in this blog post today. What and where exactly is Hades, Hell, Gehenna, Sheol, Tartaros and what's the difference between all these Biblical places that refer to 'down under'? And I'm not talking about Australia either. Two of the above mentioned terms are the same thing. Hades/Sheol. The reason for the two different terms is Sheol is the Old Testament word for the 'place of the dead'. In the Old Testament, Sheol was not just a state of existence but a place of conscious existence (1 Samuel 28:15) meaning that these individuals know where and why they are in Sheol or Hades. Sheol is a temporary place held under God's sovereignty as indicated in Job 14:13-14 and Psalms 49:15. Hades (translated from Greek texts meaning Sheol) was the term used in the New Testament for Sheol. The best reference to Hades in the New Testament is found in Luke 16:19-31 where Jesus tells of a rich man and Lazarus. This rich man Jesus speaks of had everything. The latest from the earliest known 'Neiman Marcus' and I'm sure he had a field full of the latest 'horse power'. Jesus goes on and says that at the rich mans front gate was a poor man named Lazarus. He was covered with sores and was happy to get whatever table scraps the rich man would pitch into the garbage. He was so poor and sickly that even the neighborhood dogs wouldn't leave him alone. Finally Lazarus died and was carried off by the angels to Abraham's side. Eventually, the rich man also kicked the bucket. Here is where the story gets a very interesting. By the way, the Bible is full of these little jewel stories. Jesus continues telling us that the rich man, while in Hades, is being tormented and he saw Abraham and Lazarus off in the distance. The rich man called out to Abraham to have mercy on him and send Lazarus over to

him with a cold drink of water as he was very thirsty with all the heat burning around him. Abraham told the rich man that he had all his riches while he was alive and that Lazarus had a tougher time and was now being taken care of. And then Abraham gives us 21st century yahoos a clue on what Hades was like. Abraham said Lazarus could not bring him any water because there was a 'no mans zone' that was forbidden to be crossed separating the rich man from where he and Lazarus stood. This is interesting in that Hades has two 'compartments' so to speak. One that is on the wrong side of warm and the other that was on the right side of warm (or better know as 'Paradise'). Keep in mind, Hades is temporary; at least for the inhabitants located on the right side of warm. The rich man begs Abraham to go to his family to warn them of this place. Abraham says that the rich mans family has Moses and the prophets and the rich man replies that if a dead guy would actually confront them and tell them about Hades, they would change there ways. Abraham says that if they are not paying attention to Moses and his writings, they won't pay attention to a dead guy either. That's why God loved Abraham and promised him so much. He told it like it was. No sugar in them words! The reason why Hades and Sheol is temporary is explained in Ephesians 4:810. Paul explains that Christ, after his crucifixion, descended down to Hades and rescued all his saints being kept in 'Paradise'. The remainder are still in Hades waiting for the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-13). And, the way things are popping in the Middle East, they won't have much more of a wait. Moving on to what Hell is. There is only one Hell and you don't want to be there, I'm here to tell ya. Hell is just another name for the 'Lake of Fire'; the final place of punishment and torment for all those who reject Christ (Revelation 19:20, 20:10). They will not have had there name written in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:15). Their bunk buddies will be none other then the Antichrist, the False Prophet and eventually the bad boy himself, Satan. The Lake of Fire is described in the Bible as a place of 'unquenchable fire' (Mark 9:44), 'outer darkness. In that place will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' (Matthew 8:12). I'd rather be sitting in the 10th billion showing of Oprah Winfrey then this place! Next on our tour of the places you really don't want to be after midnight is Gehenna. Isn't that a city is South Africa? Nope. This description of Hell was used almost exclusively by Jesus. Jesus compares Hell to Gehenna, which in the Bible, was a place in the valley of Hinnom (south of Jerusalem) where, in early Old Testament Biblical times, human sacrifices were offered; including children (2 Chronicles 33:6; Jeremiah 7:31).

Tartaros is only mentioned once in the Bible. 2 Peter 2:4 reads 'For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into Tartaros and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment. . . .' The angels being thrown into Tartaros are the 'Nephilim' of Genesis Chapter 6. Now, the Nephilim, that is an entirely different post. I'll take that one on at a later date. In any case, Tartaros is even lower then Hades and probably smells bad too. So here's the skinny on exactly what Hell is: • • Hades and Sheol are the same thing - A holding cell for those 'unsaintly' waiting for the final judgment. Those who were not taken by Jesus Christ after his Crucifixion. Hell, Gehenna and Tartaros are the same thing - Lake of Fire.

With all that said and with all that you now know about Hell, do you really want to be there? I'm not talking about a weekend stay. I'm talking about ALL OF ETERNITY. Folks, that's a long time. Maybe your not sure where you will be. If your not click here and check out what it takes to be on the 'right side of warm'. As always, if you have questions, send me an email. I always am happy to answer questions about this post or anything else that's been banging 'round your bean. Keep looking up - We are so very close to Jesus coming again!

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