Hell is not the Devil’s Domain

Is the prince of the world (John 14:30) the king of Hell? It seems as if many are convinced that it’s so but it’s not true.

While Satan may use many things to accomplish his destructive goal, destruction is what actually awaits him. And he knows it!

His future, along with the other angels who rebelled against the authority of Heaven (Jude 6), is dim, lit only with the fires of Hell.

When it comes to the final place of punishment, this place is prepared for the devil – it is not a place prepared by him:

Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:“(Matthew 25:41).

The Devil will not rule Hell, for his presence in Hell will reveal that the Devil has been ruled by God, the Lamb and the work of the Holy Spirit.

Satan, along with any other soul who will find themselves on the wrong side of God’s wrath, will find that God’s authority exists not only over Heaven, but also over Hell itself. EA

The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)

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5 comments

  1. Amen! Just out of curiosity, what do you make of “hell” (Gk: “hades”) as described by Jesus in Luke 16? The Greek defines it as the abode of the dead or the grave, but Jesus says it is a place with flames – how we envision hell. Do you think that’s kind of a “holding” place for those who will eventually end up in the eternal hell described in Revelation, or is it the same place?

    1. Morning, Ernie.

      The distinction between Hades and Hell is something that a lot of people never pick up on, and unfortunately, making that distinction is even harder to do if a person solely uses a Bible translation like the KJV that translates Hades as Hell.

      At the end of the day I think there are a few things that we can say with some certainty, despite the fact we’re talking about a topic that only has a handful of verses to help us understand it.

      1) Hell (the place of eternal punishment) and Hades (Luke 16 and also the reference of Jesus and Hades in Acts 2:27) are not the same thing or the same word or the same place. We can be confident in this because of Revelation 20:14 which says, “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” The KJV has death and Hell, but Hell can’t be cast into Hell, therefore there’s an important distinction made there between Hades and Hell.

      2) In Hades there are two places as you noted in your Luke 16 reference. There is the place of comfort (i.e. Abraham’s bosom) which I believe to be the place of paradise that Jesus referred to while talking to the thief hanging next to Him on the cross (Luke 23:43). But at the same time there is also the place of torment as seen in the “rich man’s” situation as opposed to Lazarus’ (Luke 16:24). Although this place is a place of torment (tartaros – 2 Peter 2:4) I don’t believe the place is the same as the “Gehennah” Hell that is mentioned by Jesus on several occasions (Matthew 5:22, 29-30, 10:28, 23:15, etc..).

      3) The main distinction between Hades and Hell is that it seems to be that Hades is a temporary holding realm of the dead while places like Heaven and Hell are the eternal homes of the souls reserved for both the friends and the enemies of God. I’ve compared it to “jail cells” (this idea is actually used in the Bible – again, see 2 Peter 2:4 and the word “reserved“) where the judge is waiting to see people on their trial date (the one judgment day for all – 2 Corinthians 5:10, John 12:48) and this judge already knows who’s guilty and who belongs to Him (2 Timothy 2:19).

      I believe (akin to article’s topic about the ignorance of the “Devil’s domain”) contrary to what many believe, when a person dies they do not go straight to Heaven or Hell, but at the same time their destination is fixed (Revelation 22:11 and Ecclesiastes 11:3b). Hell is one of those places where we’re told enough about it to know a few things but there’s still much more to know than what we know, but I think “experience” is going to be the greatest teacher in this instance, and it’s definitely a lesson that I don’t want to learn.

      Thanks for commenting, Ernie, I do enjoy our conversations.

      1. Excellent analysis, Eugene. That is kind of the conclusion I was coming to as I read your post. This may be where the RC church gets it’s idea of purgatory, however they are erred in thinking there is an escape from such a place. Thanks for the reply — very insightful! :)

      2. Thanks, and unfortunately I believe you’re right about the RC reference. I did a post on that topic sometime last year; don’t know if you were reading my posts back then…click the link if you’re interested.

        Also, I have a PDF of a great chart lesson that I copied and then scanned out of a book by a missionary/preacher named James Waldron called “Introduction to Faith” from several years ago that I got when I first became a Christian at a gospel meeting/revival. I really learned a lot by using it. He used the book as part of his material while teaching and preaching the basics of the gospel in India. I’d be happy to email you a PDF of it if you’re interested. If you are interested, send me an email or just reply with a yes and I’ll try to email it to you.

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