Christian Pilgrim



"Hades" (Greek) is equivalent to "Sheol" (Hebrew) or "The Pit" (English).

This is a place where unbelievers' souls go after death, waiting for the resurrection of the body. (Believers go to "Paradise"). In the Authorised Version of the Bible, it is translated 10 times as "hell," 1 time as "grave" (1 Corinthians 15:55, quoting Hosea 13:14).

It is spoken of as though it were the state of death of all men (which of course it is of all men by nature).
Revelation 6:8 - "Hades" follows death on the pale horse.

It is specifically a place where the wicked are said to go:
Matthew 11:23; Luke 10:15; 16:23,24 - (a place of torment and flames).

Believers will NOT go there:
Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:27 (quoting Psalm 16:10) - Note Christ's soul went there (Acts 2:31) but was not left there.

God is there:
Revelation 1:18 - (Christ has "the keys of Hades and death").

It is a place of burning:
Luke 16:23,24.

"Hades" will be cast into the Lake of Fire at the end of time, i.e. it is only a holding place for the souls of men before their being reunited with their bodies (c.f. "Tartarus" as a holding place for fallen angels (2 Peter 2:4)). Once the resurrection has taken place, there will be no more need of it as the permanent places for soul and body united will be used instead, i.e. "Heaven" for believers and the "Lake of Fire" (i.e. "Gehenna") for everyone else: Revelation 20:13,14.