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In part one we learned that English word usage, and demonic influences are partly to blame for some of the confusion surrounding Hell and Paradise. We also left off with the question of whether or not Jesus went to Hell, while in the Tomb?
As stated in part one, this is one of the areas where doctrines divide. Some doctrines teach that Jesus went to Hell and suffered torment in our stead. Some teach that Jesus went to Hell and took the Keys away from Satan. Others say Jesus “stayed in the tomb” three days like Jonah in the fish. Some even teach the false doctrine of Jesus preaching the gospel to unbelievers for a second chance at salvation. These are all full of partial truths.
There are even more theologies teaching things that suit their own belief systems; however, I am not here to teach theologies. My focus is to shed the spiritual light of a literally translated scriptural truth. In the previous paragraph four theories were expressed. I’ll address these with child like simplicity.
You may have heard the statement that the Bible is so simple that even a child can understand it. This phrase is not in scripture. The phrase is derived from the understanding of these two verses. (2 Corinthians 11:3) But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Timothy 3:15) and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The aforementioned verses teach us not to over-think and add in a bunch of theology to God’s Word. The Bible is meant to teach and lead people to repentance and salvation through Jesus. Satan is the one that brings confusion and condemnation. (2 Corinthians 4:4) whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
(John 19:30) During Jesus’ Crucifixion on the cross He said, “It is Finished.” Finished means having been completed or ended. Jesus did not say, “I’m almost done.” Jesus told the thief on the cross next to Him that “Today” they were going to Paradise. (Luke 23:43) And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Satan never had, nor never will, have any Keys. Jesus tells us that He has the keys.
(Revelation 1:18) I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. The bible speaks of some future events concerning keys to the bottomless pit in (Revelation 9:1) (Revelation 20:1).
Jesus tells us believers we can have the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven and authority over Evil. (Matthew 16:19) And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Satan got fired, it stands to reason that He did not get to keep any keys. Understand that Jesus is the Key to Salvation and Eternal Life. Jesus (Emmanuel = God with us.) is the Messiah Key to Heaven and Hell.
(Matthew 12:40) For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. This is to show God’s power and authority to resurrect the body, both Jonah and Jesus. We know that Jonah did not live for three days in intestinal enzymes with no oxygen. We also know that Jesus’ body did not see corruption in the grave. (Acts 2:27) For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
When Jonah died his soul did not stay in the fish, just as when Jesus died his soul did not stay in the tomb. This is a Perversion of Scriptures influenced by Satan.
The Fourth and Last
(1 Peter 3:18-20) For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. This verse has caused some to preach the false doctrine of a second chance at salvation after death.
The verb preached in the above verse is not Greek for evangelize, or to preach for salvation. The word preached translates κηρύσσω kērýssō kerusso meaning to announce or proclaim to herald (as a public crier), especially divine truth (the gospel): – preach (-er), proclaim, publish. which would fit judgment not a redemptive call. These were believers in Jesus before He died. They were presented with Jesus and His Proclamation of Victory over Hell and Satan through crucifixion on the cross.
We now know scripturally that after Jesus’ crucifixion He indeed went to Paradise in Sheol (not Hell). We also gained scriptural knowledge that He Preached (Proclaimed) Victory over Death and Hell.
In part three we will learn why. Why do you think Jesus went to Sheol in the first place?