| What are Hell
Let's look at a word that confuses a lot of people; the word - hell. Many people believe, including a lot of Christians—because sadly, many of the kurch houses teach—that hell is a place where a soul is tormented forever. In order to hold on to that belief; you have to say that the second death, i.e., the death of the soul, is not actually death, and the consummation of the soul by fire, means being tortured forever. If that were the case, then those deserving death of their soul,—i.e., satan, the fallen angels and those judged to death by Father at the great White Throne Seat of Judgment at the end of Jesus' 1,000 year Millennium, otherwise known as The LORD'S Day—would also have life everlasting right along with those judged to live with Father in eternity, the only difference would be that those deserving the death of their soul are tortured eternally. What kind of loving Father would do that to their child? The answer is: none.
Biblical Scholar Dr. E.W. Bullinger – author of the Companion Bible, did a work on this subject and included it in the Appendices of his Companion Bible. It's Appendix 131.
The word hell is used in the Bible — a translation of the Original Manuscripts, in both the Hebrew (sheh'-ole) and the Greek (hah'-dace, ghen-en-nah, or tar-tar-o'-o); but, the word is not the original as used in Father's Word — in other words, it's not in the manuscripts or scrolls. That means it has been translated from the original word(s) to the word the translators used: hell. So, let's look at the original word(s), beginning with the Old Testament, in other words the original Hebrew word — she'-ol. The word hell is used in fifty-four verses in Father's Word; there are fifty-four matches for the word itself. We find it first used in Deuteronomy 32:22 and the original word here is: sh'eol and in the Strong's Concordance we find it to be Hebrew word number H7585, - שׁאל שׁאול, - she'ôl, she'ôl, pronounced - sheh-ole', sheh-ole', and means: From H7592; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates: - grave, hell, pit.. The word sh'eol is thus translated to hell 31 times in the Old Testament; Deuteronomy: - 1; II Samuel: - 1; Job: - 2; Psalms: - 7; Proverbs: - 7; Isaiah: - 6; Ezekiel: - 4; Amos, Jonah, and Habakkuk: - 1 each. The other twenty-three times or "matches," for the word hell are found in the New Testament.
To come to the true understanding of why the English translators translated the Hebrew word she'ol to the English word hell, we have to look at what the Strong's Concordance word number itself translates to, and each time in the Old Testament, when we look up the Strong's word number H7585 we find it is found in sixty-three verses with sixty-five matches, and is translated to either: grave, hell or pit.
The word grave is first used by Jacob when his sons come and tell him—lie to him is more correctly stated—that his youngest son — Joseph, has been killed, and Jacob then utters the word in: Genesis 37:35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, "For I will go down into the grave (H7585) unto my son mourning." Thus his father wept for him. -> So we see that Jacob was actually mourning the loss of his son, and that he would die—go down into the grave—mourning the loss of Joseph. He didn't say he would go to hell mourning the loss of Joseph.
The next three uses of H7585—Genesis 42:38; 44:29; and 44:31—are also translated grave, and then we come to the first use of the word pit. The first use of the word pit is found in Numbers 16:30 where Moses and Aaron are confronted by Korah, Dathan, and Abiram and they challenge them for the leadership and the high priest positions. Moses tells the people to move away from these three for: Numbers 16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit (H7585); then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. -> So, even though the translators used the word hell when they translated from the manuscripts, they did so in ignorance and misunderstanding. Their misunderstanding comes from their incorrect translation found in Deuteronomy 32 "…shall burn to the lowest hell…" First of all, there are not different levels of "hell" just like there are not different levels of heaven. Again, this is a misunderstanding by the translators, and also a lot of people of what Paul was saying when he stated in: II Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. -> The third heaven Paul is referring to is the third heaven Age - as in time, not a physical location. In other words, Paul was saying that he was taken in a vision – much like Ezekiel and some others in Father's Word, and as is evidenced by II Corinthians 12:1, to view what heaven was like - see II Corinthians 12:4; but, let's not digress.
In the New Testament the word hell (Strong's numbers G1067; G86 and G5020) is found in 23 verses with 23 matches. Strong's number G1067 (gheh'-en-nah) is found 12 times with 12 matches and always is hell (Matthew 5:22,29,30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33; Mark 9:45,47; Luke 12:5; and James 3:6); G86 (hah'-dace) is found 11 times with 10 of those matched with hell and once matched with grave (Matthew 11:23; 16:18; Luke 10:15; 16:23; Acts 2:27, 31; I Corinthians 15:55; Revelation 1:18; 6:8; 20:13, 14); and G5020 (tar-tar-o-o) is found once and matched with hell, (II Peter 2:4).
The word Geenna – Greek - geenna – Map, G1067, - γέεννα, - geenna, pronounced - gheh'-en-nah, and means: Of Hebrew origin ([H1516] and [H2011]); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; gehenna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: - hell.. As we see, it is the transliteration of the Hebrew word Gai' Hinnom, i.e. the Valley of Hinnom or "the Valley" of [the sons of] Hinnom, this was where were the fires through which children were passed during the worship of the false god Moloch. In the Old Testament "Tophet" was the Heb. word used, because it was a place in this valley. However, by the time our Lord walked in the flesh - the idolatry had ceased, but the fires were still continually burning there for the destruction of the refuse of Jerusalem. Hence, geenna was used for the fires of destruction associated with the judgment of God. Sometimes, "geenna of fire," see II Kings 23:10; Isaiah 30:33; Jeremiah 7:31-32; and 19:11-14. Now from the Smith's Bible Dictionary: “Valley of, otherwise called "the valley of the son" or "children of Hinnom," a deep and narrow ravine, with steep, rocky sides, to the south and west of Jerusalem, separating Mount Zion to the north from the "hill of evil counsel," and the sloping rocky plateau of the "plain of Rephaim" to the south. The earliest mention of the valley of Hinnom is in Joshua 15:8; 18:16 where the boundary line between the tribes of Judah and Benjamin is described as passing along the bed of the ravine. On the southern brow, overlooking the valley at its eastern extremity Solomon erected high places for Molech I Kings 11:7, whose horrid rites were revived from time to time in the same vicinity the later idolatrous kings. Ahaz and Manasseh made their children "pass through the fire" in this valley II Kings 16:3; II Chronicles 28:3; 33:6, and the fiendish custom of infant sacrifice to the fire-gods seems to have been kept up in Tophet, which was another name for this place. To put an end to these abominations the place was polluted by Josiah, who renders it ceremonially unclean by spreading over it human bones and other corruptions II Kings 23:10,1314; II Chronicles 34:4,5, from which time it appears to have become the common cesspool of the city, into which sewage was conducted, to be carried off by the waters of the Kidron. From its ceremonial defilement, and from the detested and abominable fire of Molech, if not from the supposed ever-burning funeral piles, the later Jews applied the name of this valley --Ge Hinnom, Gehenna (land of Hinnom)--to denote the place of eternal torment. In this sense the word is used by our Lord Matthew 5:29; 10:28; 23:15; Mark 9:43; Luke 12:5.”.
The word hades - Greek hah-dace, G86, - ᾅδης, - hadēs, pronounced - hah'-dace, and means: From G1 (as a negative particle) and G1492; properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell., is from a (privative) and idein, to "see" (Companion Bible Appendix 133. I. i.); used by the Greeks for the unseen world. The meaning which the Greeks put upon it does not concern us; nor have we anything to do with the imaginations of the heathen, or the traditions of Jews or Romanists, or the teachings of demons or evil spirits, or of any who still cling to them. The Holy Spirit has used it as one of the "words pertaining to the earth", and in so doing has "purified" it, "as silver tried in a furnace" (see notes on Psalms 12:6). From this we learn that His own words "are pure", but words belonging to this earth have to be "purified".
The word Tartaroo - Greek -tar-tar-o-ō, G5020, - ταρταρόω, - tartaroō, pronounced - tar-tar-o'-o, and means: From Τάρταρος Tartaros̄ (the deepest abyss of Hades); to incarcerate in eternal torment: - cast down to hell.. As I previously stated, it’s used only once in II Peter 2:4: II Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; -> Who were these angels that sinned, and what was their sin? Turn with me to The Book of Jude: Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. -> These were the fallen angels of Genesis 6 and their sin was that they refused to be born of woman; but, instead, against Father’s Plan, left heaven and came to this Age in order to mate with flesh women and tried to interrupt the seedline through which Father would be born in the flesh. For their doing so,—He has them held in chains behind His throne at present; but, He will release them prior to the end of this Age in order to further fulfill His Plan and then afterwards—He will cast them into the Lake of Fire.
So, as we break the word(s) down and search them out for a clear understanding of them, we truly find that it was the translators who gave us our current description, and not the original spoken by Father, His Prophets, or His Scribes.
Just as the testator of a Will must die for the Will to become activated; so also must one die to enter into the pit, the grave – sheol. It is the body that goes into the grave and\or pit, while the spirit within the body immediately returns to Father as can be read in Ecclesiastes 12:6-7.
Big hollyweird and a lot of people say "I'll see you in hell" or "go to hell" this again also gives us our current description of a place where we go when we die and we burn, tormented forever. But, sadly, too many people believe hollyweird as if: "I saw it on TV or in the movies so it must be true."
So let's now turn to the Gospel of Luke and listen to our Lord, our Master Teacher, Father in the flesh: Jesus tell us concerning hell.
With that introduction being said, let's go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: "Father, we come to you right now to thank you for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to partake of and receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, as we prepare to dine on the sustenance which sustains our inner man, we ask that You Oh LORD open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds and prepare us in order that we may receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your understanding of Your Word, we seek Your knowledge in Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name we Pray, thank You Father, Amen."
Luke 16:18-30 What the Pharisees taught (YHVH’S abomination).
16:18-30 WHAT THE PHARISEES TAUGHT. (Division.)
16:19-30 Concerning the dead (v. 31) (“the prophets”).
Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: -> There was a man, who rejoiced every day because he was rich beyond measure living luxuriously, wearing the finest linens and even royal colors. The man's name is not important because is could be anybody — and that is part of the point being made by our LORD, what is important concerning this man is that he is rich - having gotten all his riches by "ill-gotten" gains. In other words, he got rich by stealing — cheating people out of their money, or flat-out ripping people off.
Luke 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, [16:21] And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. -> Then there was Lazarus: a very distressed man who was so poor that he gave himself ulcers thinking where his next meal was coming from. He was so unkempt; in other words, in such a low state that, even the dogs had more compassion for him than the rich man, for even they licked his dirty, scabbed body.
The name Lazarus in the Greek is Eleazar. Do you know that name? You should, it is the same as Aaron's—the first high priest of Father—third son's name, and it is also the name of Mary and Martha's brother whom Jesus raised from the dead in John 11. This is the reason Jesus is using this name here. Let's think about Eleazar and his two older brothers Nadab and Abihu for a moment; what happened to the two older brothers? They were first in line to be the high priest after their father Aaron died, however, they tried to offer strange fire before the LORD and for doing so, Father called them Home to Him rather suddenly, as in "right now." What can we learn from that incident? They didn't take Father or the things of Him very seriously and they tried to make Him fit into their idea of YHVH and what YHVH should be—this is how I thought it should be; this is how I believed it should be done—they were much like the pharisees whom Jesus is addressing here in Luke 16. After they died, Eleazar became next in line for the high priesthood when his father died.
When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11, He was showing us that the priesthood of Eleazar lives on still, meaning that there will always be a priesthood — either remnant, or the elect, that will bring forth the truth in Father's Word.
Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried. -> Poor ole Lazarus couldn't even afford to be buried; but yet, the angels carried his spirit back Home to Father, while the rich man was buried in the finest tomb.
Was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom=Question: was Lazarus' body carried by the angels to heaven, while the rich man's body buried in the ground? The answer of course is: no; Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 declares that as soon as we die, the body immediately starts to decay and return to the dust from which it was formed, while the soul returns to the Father Who gave it, — or placed it within the body at conception.
Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. -> Now you have to be careful here because this verse and the next two is where most people get their idea of what hell is like, but like usual they don't finish their reading; they don't go to the end of the subject. First off, it says "he lift up his eyes," it doesn't mean that hell is in the middle of the earth full of fire, what it really means is that the rich man's spirit—the intellect of the soul—was in such low estate after returning to Father because, he was unable to be near Christ who of course is at the altar of Father. But yet, there is poor ole Lazarus right there in Abraham's bosom and the rich men can see him and doesn't understand how Lazarus is there and he is not.
In other words, as we're about to find out here by our LORD; in paradise — where both of these men are, there is a gulf which separates the souls — those which believed and accepted while in the flesh from those which believed not while in the flesh.
Luke 16:24 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.' -> Notice the role reversal here? Lazarus is now comforted while the rich man doesn't have anything — not even comfort. First off, he calls Abraham "F"ather which of course lets us know that he doesn't know Father, The Real Father, our Creator, ELOHIM; secondly, this explains why he is in torments and away from the altar, because he knew not nor believed not. To be away from the altar is to be outside the temple — not a good place to be.
I am tormented in this flame=He's hot alright; he's burning up with embarrassment — shame and disgust at being in the state he is in, that is what this flame is. This also let's us know that at the end of the Millennium, all souls that continue to be disobedient to Father and His ways, they will be consumed by Father's consuming fire.
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. -> This rich man was so concerned with the riches of worldly things that he didn't take the time to learn about our real riches; those we can store up in heaven. Remember in verse v16:19 that he was clothed with fine linens? Do you know what makes up our fine linens in heaven? Our works, that's right, our works. Not our belief as; that only gains us our salvation; without our good works — we'll be naked. Let's go to Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, "Write, 'blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.'" -> Again in Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. [20:13] 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. -> So we are judged by our works (not our faith,) this is what makes up our righteousness. What are our works? Every time you pick up Father's word and study it to better know Him (now I didn't say listing to man's traditions) and His plan, every seed of truth in Father's Word that you plant in someone else's mind, every smile when someone is down, these are our works. And what does our righteousness get us? Revelation 19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the LORD God omnipotent reigneth. [19:7] Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. [19:8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. -> And one more time; Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean..
Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.' -> This gulf that Abraham is speaking of to the rich man, is the divide that separates those who overcame and those who did not. It is steadfastly set and stablished so that although the two sides can see each other, there is no way to cross over from one side to the other. Father (Jesus), through Abraham, through Luke, is making it absolutely clear that your actions (works) from this flesh life set your course when your soul returns to the Father from whence it came.
Luke 16:27 Then he said, 'I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: [16:28] For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' -> The rich man is now asking Abraham to send Lazarus back to the Flesh Age so that he can go to the rich man's family and witness to them in order that, they might gain salvation and be saved from the same fate as himself.
Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' -> Abraham tells this man that his family members have the prophets from the Old Testament (of course it wasn't called the Old Testament at the time,) that those family members need to listen to what the prophets prophesied and wrote down. There will be no others, and Lazarus cannot go to them.
Luke 16:30 And he said, 'Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.' -> Who is teaching this? Jesus is but the people are not listing to Him however, this is what this teaching is about. While Jesus was on the cross, the high priest and the elders and scribes and pharisees and sadducees all said "let Him come down from the cross and we'll believe He's the Christ," Well Jesus did one better; He rose from the dead and they still didn't believe Him (sadly neither do a whole lot of people in the world today).
16:31 Moses and the prophets. Not believed.
Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, 'If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.' -> Here Abraham is prophesying to this man that Jesus will go to the cross die and then resurrect to be on the right hand of Father in heaven; but, sadly, they still won't believe.
So, just what happens then? All those who have died in the flesh up until our Lord Jesus returns at His Second Advent are on either side of the gulf, then at His return the gulf goes away and the teaching begins. Revelation 20 tells us this, and lays it out very nicely for us, let's go there next.
Revelation 20 covers the periods of both the end of the Flesh Age and into the beginning of the Millennium. It is the time that satan's reign as the anti-("instead of" in the Greek language) christ comes to an end and the "Day of The Lord", the day the True Christ's one thousand year reign begins. What is " The Day of The Lord"? II Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: -> Most Christians today don't know, and are not taught by their kurch houses, that there was an Age before this current "Flesh" Age of man. But, Father, through Peter, is telling us that He created this earth many billions of years ago, and there was a dispensation of time when the dinosaurs and the "sons of God" — the angels, roamed this earth together, and no, there was no pre-historic man; for, there is no evolution of man in the flesh, we did not come from apes. [3:6] Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: -> The Age Perished! This was not the Flood of Noah's day as; during that flood, the world Age didn't perish, the earth was just flooded for 150 days, and there was still life. Why did The First Earth Age perish? Because of what happened in Ezekiel 28 and Revelation 12:1-4. When satan rebelled and drew one third of Father's children with him in that rebellion, causing them to stop loving Father. Father destroyed everything on earth—katabole—G2598, - καταβάλλω, - kataballo, pronounced - kat-ab-al'-lo, and means: From G2596 and G906; to throw down: - cast down, lay.—except He and His angels when He brought in the flood and ice age at satan's rebellion. [3:7] But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. -> The last portion of this verse says what needs saying, "reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.". That is the day of the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of Christ's one thousand year reign. It'll be the day that all those who follow satan when he is loosed a little season go into the lake of fire, and they perish forever. But, before all this can come to pass, we must first have all Father's prophesies concerning this Age come to pass, including the "great apostasy" or "falling away" in which the whole world (except Father's elect) will go whoring after satan in his role of antichrist, pretend-to-be-jesus. Here in this next verse is why we came here. [3:8] But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. -> One day in Father's time is as one thousand years in our time. During this time of Christ's 1,000 year reign, a lot will take place: unfortunately, most churches teach and, most people believe; that, as soon as Christ returns, heaven and the eternity begin; but, sadly, they're incorrect, because as we'll discover, there'll be teaching, learning, disciplining, and even souls being saved during this Millennial period. At the beginning of it, satan will be bound, and at the end of it, he'll be let loose for just a little bit to again draw many away from Father to follow him, sadly many will indeed follow him again. Then both he and those who will follow him will be cast into the burning lake of fire.
This then brings us to verse v20:1:
Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. -> Most likely, this angel is Michael the arch angel. I say this because prior to satan being let loose to come to this Age at the end of this Age as the pretend-to-be-jesus: antichrist, it will be Michael and his angels who will fight against satan and his angels in heaven and then cast him and them to the earth as can be read in Revelation 12:7-9; so,—and even though I don't care to state "I believe"—I believe Father will likewise again use Michael to bind satan for Christ's millennial reign.
So, what is taking place here in this verse? Christ has now returned to this Age and is here on earth with us, we are on the first day of the Millennium, we who were alive at His coming have all been changed into our spiritual, angelic bodies, and Michael is about to bind satan so that Christ and His priests (see verse v20:6 below) can begin their teaching and disciplining of all those who took the mark of the beast, and of those who were on the wrong side of the gulf which can be read about here in Luke 16. This teaching and disciplining will continue throughout the entire millennial period. All this teaching will be accomplished—as this verse shows—without satans influence because he, along with his spirit, are bound and therefore cannot corrupt the minds of those receiving the teaching.
What is the beast and his mark? The beast that is coming in our future is the One World Governmental\Political system that was beginning to form in Revelation 13, before it received the deadly wound, and then satan as anti-christ came to heal this wound, thus bringing in his One World Religious system. The deadly wound is something that prevents the One World Political system from completely forming up whether that is a conflict of ideas, philosophies or whatever, either way, the system will not finish forming and then satan as anti-christ will arrive on the scene to heal the wound. All people, except God's elect — those who have the seal of God in their foreheads from Revelation 9:4 will accept the anti-christ as the true christ and will then worship him as Christ. The mark of the beast in the forehead is the >act of worshipping the beast and his system while the mark in the hand is the >act of doing his works. An example of doing his works can be found in Matthew 24:10, Mark 13:12 and Luke 21:16 where family and friends shall betray loved ones by turning them in to anti-christ's people thinking and believing they are turning them into the True Christ's people.
Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and satan, and bound him a thousand years. -> Our adversary satan has many names and roles that he has played from the First Earth Age (the Age of time that was before this Flesh Age of time) and again from the "foundation of the world." I'll get to the meaning of this phrase in a moment but first we'll take a look at what these names mean:
dragon=In the Strong's Concordance this is Greek word number:G1404, - δράκων, - drakōn, pronounced - drak'-own, and means: probably from an alternate form of derkomai (to look); a fabulous kind of serpent (perhaps as supposed to fascinate) : - dragon..
serpent= G3789, - ὄφις, - ophis, pronounced - of'-is, and means: probably from G3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially satan: - serpent..
Now let's look at this word "serpent" in the Hebrew. In the Strong's Concordance it is word number: H5175, - נחשׁ, - nâchâsh, pronounced - naw-khawsh', and means: From H5172; a snake (from its hiss): - serpent..
Let's now look at H5172, - נחשׁ, - nâchash, pronounced - naw-khash', and means: A primitive root; properly to hiss, that is, whisper a (magic) spell; generally to prognosticate: X - Certainly, divine, enchanter, (use) enchantments..
Notice what the definition is? To whisper magic spells, and to enchant or use enchantments, and when we combine this word with "subtil" in Genesis 3, we can truly deduce what Father was trying to explain to us what happened in the Garden of Eden. "Subtil" H6175, - ערוּם, - ‛ârûm, pronounced - aw-room', and means: passive particle of H6191; cunning (usually in a bad sense): - Crafty, prudent, subtil.. Notice the words "cunning" and "crafty". Attach them to "to whisper a magic spell" and\or "enchanter." Notice again also from the Greek: an artful malicious person. If you believe like most people that satan was a "serpent" in the Garden of Eden you have been taught wrong and believe an untruthful fallacy. Satan's role was previously discussed in Genesis 2:17 where he was correctly identified as the "tree of knowledge of good and evil." In Genesis 3 he is called the serpent because of what we read here, that the word "serpent" means: a cunning, malicious person who uses enchantments to seduce people.
Devil=G1228, - διάβολος , - diabolos, pronounced - dee-ab'-ol-os, and means: From 1225; a traducer, specifically satan (compare H7854): - false accuser, devil, slanderer.. Then H7854, - שׂטן, - śâṭân, pronounced - saw-tawn', and means: from H7853 (adversary, accuser); an opponent; especially (with the article prefixed) satan, the arch enemy of Good: adversary, satan, withstand..
Satan=G4567, - Σατανᾶς, - Satanas, pronounced - sat-an-as', and means: Of Chaldee origin corresponding to G4566 (with the definite article affixed); the accuser, that is, the devil - satan..
Now we'll look at the definition of the phrase "foundation of the world." In the Strong's Concordance it is two words combined, Greek word numbers: G2602 and G2889. We'll start with the first: G2602, - καταβολή, - katabolē, pronounced - kat-ab-ol-ay', and means: From G2598 [G2598, - καταβάλλω, - kataballō, pronounced - kat-ab-al'-lo, and means: From G2596 and G906; to throw down: - cast down]; a deposition, that is, founding; figuratively conception: - conceive, foundation..
Now G2889, - κόσμος, - kosmos, pronounced - kos'-mos, and means: probably from the base of G2865; orderly arrangement, that is, decoration; by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]): - adorning, world..
By looking at the two above words, looking at the second first, we see that Father's earth—kosmos—was created orderly; however, something caused it to become a waste, and that was the first word from above—katabole¯—; so, what transpired? Father's Word in Ezekiel 28 and Revelation 12 document that satan, in the Age that was—the First Earth Age—was one of the two protecting angels of Father's mercy seat; however, he fell from Father's grace because he no-longer wanted to protect that seat; but instead, wanted to sit in that seat. When he fell, he convinced one third of Father's children—the angels, us—to forsake Father and follow him, another third was undecided who to follow, so they in essence sat on the sidelines. What was Father to do? Destroy satan and that 1/3 to 2/3's of His children; or, destroy the Age that was by casting it down—the flood and the ice age that followed—and then starting anew by bringing in a new Age—flesh man—and asking his children—the angels, us—to come to this Flesh Age. He chose the ladder and brought in the new Age, giving His children the option of being born of woman through the womb as Jesus tells Nicodemus in John 3:1-13. By reading Genesis 6 and Jude 1 we know that some refused to be born of woman.
Returning now to Revelation 20:2 we see that satan will be bound for the entire teaching and disciplining period of Christ's 1,000 year Millennial reign.
Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. -> Much happening within this verse. First, we see that satan, no longer the false prophet—his role as pretend-to-be-jesus, anti-christ—is bound and cast into the abyss for the entire duration of Jesus' 1,000 year Millennium, meaning that he can have no influence on the "nations"—ethnos - races, gentile, heathen, people—Father's children during the 1,000 year teaching and disciplining period. But, at the end of Jesus' Millennium, he is let loose again. Both times, at the end of the Flesh Age of man and at the end of Christ's Millennial reign, satan is sent by Father to try and deceive man as a test by Father.
If you are in one of the "rapture" teaching\believing churches, then you have been misleadingly taught, and now falsely believe that you don't have to participate in Father's test because are you going to fly away from this test time of satan's deception as well; or, hasn't your church\pastor told you about this time of satan's deception? Father sends satan both times the end of this Age and the end of the Millennium. It is a test by our Wonderful Father to see who truly loves Him, and knows His Word thereby knowing the order of events of what is to take place; or, who has been deceived.
Notice also that during this time—Christ's Millennium—satan has a seal set upon him, just like during the five month period at the end of the Flesh Age; we will either have the seal of Father, or the mark of satan upon our minds.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. -> For the past two thousand years since the death of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, many Christians have died a physical death for the witness of Jesus; then again many other non-believing people have also died a physical death. Where are all those who have died? Every one of them are Home with Father — either on the side of the gulf with Him or on the other side of the gulf, away from Him.
Those who have died for the witness of Jesus are benefiting and reaping the rewards, while those who were non-believers are not; but, all is not lost for them because as; this verse says, those which have already passed on and those who will not take the mark of the beast when he arrives — will reign with Christ for that one thousand year Millennial period.
What will Christ make of these who will not\did not worship the beast? Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. [3:12] Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name..
Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. -> Who are these "dead that lived not again until the thousand years were finished"? They are those who were\are spiritually dead, like those dry dead bones of Ezekiel 37, how do we know this? Because, we are on the first day of Jesus' Millennial teaching period, and there are no more flesh bodies. But, like I said in my commentary verse v20:4 above, all is not lost for these who are spiritually dead because they will be on the receiving end of the teaching and disciplining during this thousand years in order that they might take part in the second resurrection.
Your soul is a mortal soul; meaning, it is liable to die at the Great White Throne Judgment, unless one of two things: either you are one of Father's elect and were judged during the First Earth Age which means that you took part in the first resurrection; or, you do not follow satan at the end of Christ's Millennial reign. Who are Father's elect? See Ephesians 1 and\or Romans 8 beginning with verse v8:26. They are the angels who stood with and fought with Father against satan and those who stood with him when he rebelled in the First Earth Age.
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Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. -> Who has part in the first resurrection? Only those who stood with Father and against satan during the First Earth Age, it is only those whose names are already written in the Book of Life from the First Earth Age, as can be read in Revelation 13:8 and Revelation 17:8.
Remember at the start of reading this Chapter of Revelation I first opened by giving the two Greek word numbers for this phrase "foundation of the world: i.e., the "Throw down, or overthrow" and "kosmos." This is why I began this Chapter by doing that, to assist in your grasping of the "first resurrection" and those whose names are written in the Book of Life since the First Earth Age. Don't misunderstand, everybody's name is there as; that is where Father keeps our record of what we do, when we do both righteous acts and when we sin, those righteous acts and those sins are recorded, when we repent of our sins, then our sins are blotted out and remembered no more, and only our righteous acts remain. But, it only those who stood with Father during satan's rebellion whose names are already written as having taken part of the First Resurrection, everybody else must take part in this teaching\disciplining and then be tested again at the end of Jesus' Millennium.
It is those who have taken part in the First Resurrection who shall be the priests of God and of Christ during Christ's one thousand year millennial reign. And what is a priest for? To teach the Word of God. Who will they be teaching? Those whose names are not already written in the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of this Age. Those who are on the wrong side of gulf prior to Christ's return and those who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads as written in Revelation 9:4 and take the mark of the beast.
Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. -> Why would God allow satan to be loosed out of his prison? To again test His children to see who loves and will follow Him or who will follow satan. Let's read the next verse.
Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. -> Do you see and understand yet? Father allows satan to be loosed to gather those that love satan to himself so that they can again come and battle against Father. How many will there be? As numerous as the sand of the sea.
You would think that after a thousand years of teaching without satan's influence, that there wouldn't be any, let alone so numerous as the sands of the sea. What a sad thing indeed. But, what a wonderful way to identify them now; so that, they won't be there with us in the eternity.
Where does everything take place? Here on earth: the First Earth Age was here on earth, this Age is here on earth, Jesus' Millennium will be here on earth, and the eternity will be here on earth, Heaven is here on earth.
Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of His saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. -> Just like in the First Earth Age, and in Exodus 32, there will again be those who stand on the side with Father, and as we can see in this verse, satan and his followers will encompass them about; however, this angers Father, and what does He do? Just like at Sodom and Gomorrah, He rains fire and hailstones down upon His enemies and destroys them.
What is the "beloved city"? It is the city of Jerusalem, formerly known as Canaan and also as Jebus, of which Father spread His skirt upon and took to marriage as can be read in Ezekiel 16. Sadly, because of Israel's unfaithfulness, the marriage didn't last very long, and in Jeremiah 3 God gave the beloved city a bill of divorcement. But, it is the place where first satan as antichrist will appear, thus fulfilling Ezekiel 16:2; Daniel 9:27, 11 and 12.
Father raining down fire and hailstones from heaven to protect His saints and do away with evil here in this verse, should remind you of what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 18.
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. -> Here is where satan finally meets his demise and his end; it is now that he is finally cast into the lake of fire. Again, what is this lake of fire? Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire. -> This can also be read about in Ezekiel 28: Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that coverest; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stone of fire. -> Satan was right there protecting the Ark of Father — right at the altar of God. Father created him and anointed him, and then he fell because he wanted to sit on the mercy seat instead of being the protecting cherub, in other words, he stopped loving Father and became in love with himself. [28:15] Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity wast found in thee. -> What iniquity was that? Pride, and the desire to sit in God's place, on God's seat, as god. [28:16] By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. -> Father doesn't like it when anybody gets ahead by deceit and deception, and that was and is how satan tricks Father's children to follow him. [28:17] Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou has corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. -> Father created satan the perfect pattern and satan's head became swelled because of it. Therefore what will Father do? In the first earth age, Father cast him down, it was called in the Greek "katabole" - spelled out "foundation of the world" in the New Testament. At the end of this earth age, Father again will cast him down, only this time, as we'll read in the next verse, He will bring forth fire from within him and devour him. [28:18] Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thy iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore I will bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. -> This is the part where God is The Consuming Fire. When He destroys one of the souls of one of His children. Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which are able to kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both the soul and body in hell. -> There is only ONE Who is able to do this and that is our Creator! This also is known as "the second death" which can be read about in Revelation 20:6, 20:14, and 21:8. [28:19] All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. -> Satan will never be anymore because he suffered the second death, just like all those who follow him after he is let loose a little season from these verses will also suffer the second death, they will not enter into the eternity, which is after the great white throne judgment, which is coming up in the next verse.
Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. -> This is the time when the full Godhead appears on this earth.
Who are these that "fled away"? They aren't the literal earth and heaven, no, they are man in the flesh before being changed into their spiritual bodies and those who had died in the flesh and were already in their spiritual bodies.
Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books we opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. -> The full Godhead is here and all the books are opened for Him to examine and judge His children out of. The dead are the spiritually dead angelic beings that did not over come antichrist and those that were on the wrong side of the gulf prior to the millennium starting, while the terms small and the great are referring to those from the flesh age of man, not paying any attention to whether they were poor or extremely successful.
Notice also that this verse says we are judged according to our works, they are the only thing we can take with us from this age of flesh man. Most churches teach that we are all judged by the "grace" of God and\or our faith. This is incorrect as only our salvation comes to us by the grace of God and\or our faith, but our works, they follow us and they make up our linens — our clothing, as can be read in Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. -> and also Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints..
Why are we judged by our works and not "the grace of God" or our faith? Because there are those, Father's elect, who were judged at the end of the age that was while they were in their spiritual bodies (Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.), and it would be unfair of Father to judge the rest of His children while they are in their flesh bodies and therefore they will only be judged while they also are in their spiritual bodies. And since they are going to be judged in their spiritual bodies, therefore it stands to reason that as such, they "see" Christ in the millennial age and therefore it is by their works and no longer by faith.
Revelation 20:13 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. -> Again, it is by our works and not our faith that we are judged. Who are these dead? Don't forget where we are "on The Lord's Day — Christ's one thousand year reign - the millennium" so these dead are the spiritually dead, not physically dead. These are those which did not accept Christ while they were in the flesh or were on the wrong side of the gulf.
Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. -> The second death is the turning to ashes the soul of an individual from within. They won't be burning forever and ever; they are immediately consumed from within. Remember these are Father's children and He is a merciful God, He doesn't want to destroy any of His children but, because of what they did, He will.
After all those that will be destroyed at the Great White Throne Judgment, there will never again be any death, thought of death or sadness.
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. -> This is finality for them, and after this we — those who go into the eternity with Father, will remember them no more.
For the rest of us, we now are changed into our incorruptible bodies that Paul wrote about in I Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. -> When the souls of all those that are to be consumed are consumed, their existence will be blotted from our minds and all that remains is victory and happiness. [15:55] O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? -> All souls that remain alive at the second resurrection will be able to say this saying, for they will be immortal and will live for the eternity. [15:56] The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. [15:57] But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. -> Amen.
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