About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Prophetic Meaning Of Hell
The King James Bible has
confused many of us when it comes to hell.
I say this because the KJV incorrectly translates the two Greek
words "geenna" and "hades" as "hell" in
the New Testament. These two
Greek words have two separate and distinct meanings.
They're not synonymous. Therefore,
the KJV is in error when it translates these two Greek words into one
English word. The NIV
correctly differentiates between these two Greek words.
It translates the word "geenna" as "hell" and
the word "hades" as "Hades".
The Greek word
"geenna" finds its roots in
The Hebrew word "sheol"
was considered to be the place of the departed dead throughout the
Hebrew Old Testament. The
Greek word "hades" replaced the Hebrew word "sheol"
in the Greek New Testament. Therefore,
Hades was understood to be the holding place of dead souls.
In two separate compartments Hades once housed both the righteous
dead and the unrighteous dead. (Luke 16:19 - 31)
When Jesus died He descended into Hades and released the
righteous dead into the presence of God. (Ephesians 4:4 - 10)
The wicked dead remain in Hades to this day, agonizing over the
day they'll be thrown into the
The NIV correctly
translates "hades" as "Hades".
The KJV incorrectly and confusingly translates "hades"
as "hell". I use
the word "confusingly" because the KJV translates the two
different and distinct words "geenna" and "hades"
into the one English word "hell".
It's confusing and misleading to suggest that two different and
distinct places should be understood as one place.
In Acts 2:27 and 31 the KJV states that
after Jesus died He was not abandoned in hell.
The NIV states that Jesus was not abandoned in the grave.
The Greek word translated here as "hell" in the KJV and
"grave" in the NIV is "hades".
I'm not sure why the NIV translators translated hades as the
grave here where elsewhere they translated hades as Hades.
Nevertheless, when Jesus died He did not go to hell as in the
The distinction between
these two Greek words becomes critical when investigating the prophetic
book of Revelation. If you
don't make a clear distinction between the words "geenna" and
"hades" you'll misunderstand some of the book's prophecies.
For example, in Revelation 1:18 the KJV incorrectly states that
Jesus possesses the keys to hell. The
NIV correctly states that Jesus possesses the keys to Hades because it
translates the Greek word "hades" into our English word
"Hades" and not as "hell" as does the KJV.
I'm sure if there are keys to hell, or the
In Revelation 6:8 we see
a rider on a pale horse whose name is Death.
The KJV incorrectly states that hell follows this rider.
The NIV correctly states that Hades follows the rider because it
translates the Greek word "hades" as "Hades" and not
as "hell" as does the KJV.
It only makes sense that Hades, and the wicked souls in Hades,
would follow death. Both
death and Hades will eventually be thrown into the
Revelation 20:13 and 14
makes the distinction between the Greek words "geenna" and
"hades" perfectly clear. The
KJV incorrectly states that both death and hell were thrown into the
The Greek word
"geenna" and our corresponding English word "hell"
refers to the