Skip to main content


Personal Bible Study Website
Why Believe?
Groom & Bride
3 Ages
The Law
4 Dynasties
7 Signs
10 Lost Tribes
7 Churches
Scripture Lawyers
Ark & Temple
Noah's Flood
Contact Us
Site Map



Let’s look at a few facts about the “King James Version” of the bible. The first English bible was ordered to be written by King James of England to allow English speaking people of his country to have an opportunity to learn the Holy Scriptures. The first King James Version is known as the 1611 Edition, which pertains to the year it was finished (or 1611-AD). So, let’s all agree that this is not the bible that Jesus carried, especially since the New Testament had not been written when Jesus walked the earth. The Old Testament was translated from Hebrew and Chaldean (Babylonian) into English. The New Testament was translated from Greek into English.


The Old Testament written in the Hebrew language has no literature behind it. But the case is entirely different with the Greek language. The Hebrew Sheol is a word Divine in its origin and usage. The Greek Hades is human in its origin and is handed down the generations with centuries of development, in which it has acquired new senses, meanings, and usages. 


It’s important to distinguish the difference between when the term Hell is used to signify the “grave” for the man that walks under the sun, and “consuming fire” for the destruction of souls at the end of the millennium.  When Hell is used to indicate a “grave”, it usually means a soul has entered this present 2nd earth age in the flesh and passed back to the Father in heaven.  So the flesh body will turn back to dirt, and the spiritual soul returns to the Father which will either remain with him in Abraham’s Bosom, or placed on the opposite side of the gulf to wait for judgment.   When Hell is used to indicate a “consuming fire” (or lake of fire) the term indicates a soul that has been judged by God himself to be completely and forever removed from existence. 


Easton’s Bible Dictionary


Text: derived from the Saxon helan, to cover; hence the covered or the invisible place. In Scripture there are three words so rendered:-

(1.) Sheol, occurring in the Old Testament sixty-five times. This word sheol is derived from a root-word meaning "to ask," "demand;" hence insatiableness (Prov. 30:15, 16). It is rendered "grave" thirty-one times (Gen. 37:35; 42:38; 44:29, 31; 1 Sam. 2:6, etc.). The Revisers have retained this rendering in the historical books with the original word in the margin, while in the poetical books they have reversed this rule.


In thirty-one cases in the Authorized Version this word is rendered "hell," the place of disembodied spirits. The inhabitants of Sheol are "the congregation of the dead" (Proverbs. 21:16). It is (a) the abode of the wicked (Num. 16:33; Job 24:19; Ps. 9:17; 31:17, etc.); (b) of the good (Ps. 16:10; 30:3; 49:15; 86:13, etc.). Sheol is described as deep (Job 11:8), dark (10:21, 22), with bars (17:16). The dead "go down" to it (Num. 16:30, 33; Ezek. 31:15, 16, 17).

(2.) The Greek word Hades of the New Testament has the same scope of signification as Sheol of the Old Testament. It is a prison (1 Pet. 3:19), with gates and bars and locks (Matt. 16:18; Rev. 1:18), and it is downward (Matt. 11:23; Luke 10:15). The righteous and the wicked are separated. The blessed dead are in that part of Hades called paradise (Luke 23:43). They are also said to be in Abraham's bosom (Luke 16:22).


(3.) Gehenna, in most of its occurrences in the Greek New Testament, designates the place of the lost (Matt. 23:33). The fearful nature of their condition there is described in various figurative expressions (Matt. 8:12; 13:42; 22:13; 25:30; Luke 16:24, etc.). (See HINNOM.)





The original 1611 KJV bible contained books called the Apocrypha that are not in any of the following King James Versions. The KJV up until the 19th century contained 14 additional books not in today's editions. The 1611 printings that contains books such as: The idole Bel and the Dragon, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, The prayer of Manasseh, Tobit, Judith, the Song of the Three Children, Baruch, etc.. The original 1611 KJV contained books no longer in the present editions. Have these publishers "taken away from the Word?"

Apocryphal writings of spoke of eternal separation of good and evil and equating it to man's ultimate fate. These writings found their way into the Greek Septuagint being used by the early church. From there these writings got into the Latin Vulgate used by the Catholic Church. Early English translations relied heavily on the Latin Vulgate simply because the Roman Catholic Church dominated religion and government during the European Dark Ages. Those that studied Greek scriptures also relied heavily upon the Septuagint. The early English translations were either translated from the Latin with the Apocrypha, or the Septuagint, which also contained the Apocrypha. Each translation also relied heavily on other translations. Tyndale, for example, borrowed greatly from Martin Luther. The King James directly copied much from previous translations that came directly from the Latin Vulgate. Many of the early Common Language Bibles contained the Apocryphal writings. These writings had a great effect on their view of things and on how to translate other portions of the Bible. Jewish Bibles of today do not contain them. But the Roman Catholic Bibles, Orthodox Bibles, and the original 1611 King James Bible as well as many early Common language Bibles contained them. As the Roman Catholic church and Protestant denominations begin to hold hands again, Protestant translations are beginning to add the Apocryphal Writings to the Bible again, for better or worse.


Note:  Many versions of the Apocrypha within "2-Esdrras Chapter 7", stop around verse 70, which is incomplete. 


2 Esdras - Chapter 7

[78] Now, concerning death, the teaching is: When the decisive decree has gone forth from the Most High that a man shall die, as the spirit leaves the body to return again to him who gave it, first of all it adores the glory of the Most High.

[79] And if it is one of those who have shown scorn and have not kept the way of the Most High, and who have despised his law, and who have hated those who fear God --

[80] such spirits shall not enter into habitations, but shall immediately wander about in torments, ever grieving and sad, in seven ways.

[81] The first way, because they have scorned the law of the Most High.

[82] The second way, because they cannot now make a good repentance that they may live.

[83] The third way, they shall see the reward laid up for those who have trusted the covenants of the Most High.

[84] The fourth way, they shall consider the torment laid up for themselves in the last days.

[85] The fifth way, they shall see how the habitations of the others are guarded by angels in profound quiet.

[86] The sixth way, they shall see how some of them will pass over into torments.

[87] The seventh way, which is worse than all the ways that have been mentioned, because they shall utterly waste away in confusion and be consumed with shame, and shall wither with fear at seeing the glory of the Most High before whom they sinned while they were alive, and before whom they are to be judged in the last times.


[88] "Now this is the order of those who have kept the ways of the Most High, when they shall be separated from their mortal body.

[89] During the time that they lived in it, they laboriously served the Most High, and withstood danger every hour, that they might keep the law of the Lawgiver perfectly.

[90] Therefore this is the teaching concerning them:

[91] First of all, they shall see with great joy the glory of him who receives them, for they shall have rest in seven orders.

[92] The first order, because they have striven with great effort to overcome the evil thought which was formed with them, that it might not lead them astray from life into death.

[93] The second order, because they see the perplexity in which the souls of the ungodly wander, and the punishment that awaits them.

[94] The third order, they see the witness which he who formed them bears concerning them, that while they were alive they kept the law which was given them in trust.

[95] The fourth order, they understand the rest which they now enjoy, being gathered into their chambers and guarded by angels in profound quiet, and the glory which awaits them in the last days.

[96] The fifth order, they rejoice that they have now escaped what is corruptible, and shall inherit what is to come; and besides they see the straits and toil from which they have been delivered, and the spacious liberty which they are to receive and enjoy in immortality.

[97] The sixth order, when it is shown to them how their face is to shine like the sun, and how they are to be made like the light of the stars, being incorruptible from then on.

[98] The seventh order, which is greater than all that have been mentioned, because they shall rejoice with boldness, and shall be confident without confusion, and shall be glad without fear, for they hasten to behold the face of him whom they served in life and from whom they are to receive their reward when glorified.

[99] This is the order of the souls of the righteous, as henceforth is announced; and the aforesaid are the ways of torment which those who would not give heed shall suffer hereafter."

[100] I answered and said, "Will time therefore be given to the souls, after they have been separated from the bodies, to see what you have described to me?"

[101] He said to me, "They shall have freedom for seven days, so that during these seven days they may see the things of which you have been told, and afterwards they shall be gathered in their habitations."



A good example of Gods consuming fire is in chapter 3 of Daniel. Notice that the fire will not harm those who God choses, while others will be destroyed.



Daniel 3

19. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.

20. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

21. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

22. Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

23. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

24. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.

25. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

26. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

27. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.




Old Testament - Sheol


Abraham, Moses, David, and all the rest of the peoples of the Old Testament only knew one place where all people went, good or bad . . . Sheol, the grave, the place of the departed. Why would all people go to the same place?  Because the Messiah had not paid for their sins yet.  Animal sacrifices of the Old Testament are simply not worthy to pay the price of sins.   So why did they perform animal sacrifices?  First, it was symbolic of the coming Messiah.  Second, it allowed people to understand the trade of an innocent life for a guilty one on a personal level.  Most of us today cannot understand having to kill an animal that would not bring harm to anyone or anything (imagine a lamb). Animal sacrifice sounds cruel, but not nearly as cruel and the sacrifice of Christ.  Third, animal sacrifice allowed God to have an understanding whether-or-not these people (God’s chosen people) were willing to do the work necessary to obey his commandments.  Forth, animal sacrifice is symbolic of interest paid on a future debt.


Of the many English Bible translations searched, the King James Bible had the most number of cases where we found the word "hell" in the Old Testament. It translated the Hebrew word "Sheol" as "grave" 31 times, "hell" 31 times, and "pit" 3 times. They translated this word according to their theology, and not according to the Hebrew. Most of the translations did not have the word "hell" in any part of the Old Testament. The ones that did, have mentioned it only a hand-full of times, always from the Hebrew word "Sheol" which they translated the vast majority of times "grave, underworld, etc.." Those translations that use the word "hell" are so inconsistent with it, that it is impossible to determine which Scriptures clearly refers to "hell" and which refers to "grave." Where one translation had "hell," another had "grave." In other words, those translations that tried to put "hell" into the Old Testament couldn't agree with each other as to which verses spoke of "hell" and which spoke of the "grave."

(Ezekiel chapter 16) According to the Mosaic Law, the blessings and curses dealing with the Law dealt with this lifetime, not with eternity. The consequence of breaking Moses Law was curses in this lifetime, the greatest of which was a shortened life through an early death.




New Testament – Hades, Gehenna, and Tartarus


In the New Testament, three words were translated into "hell" by the King James translators: Hades (unseen), Gehenna (Jerusalem's city dump), and Tartarus (Greek mythology's prison for the Titans). None of these words is the "lake of fire" in Revelation. Most Bibles since the KJV have abandoned the poor translating of all these words into "hell."


"Hell" is the English rendering of two different Greek words in the New Testament.   The English word is from the Anglo-Saxon hel, Genetive Case helle=a hidden place, form the Anglo-Saxon helan=to hide. It is in the New Testament. used as the translation of two Greek words:


1> Hades. If you ever studied Greek mythology in grade school or college, you probably remember this word used in the pagan study of the gods.  The scriptures were translated from Greek, so you can get an understanding how this word was translated from Greek to English.  Hades in Greek mythology is a god of the underworld and his kingdom where the dead reside.  As Christians, the meaning which the Greeks put upon it does not concern us; nor have we anything to do with the imaginations of these people.


Strong's Number: 86 - Transliterated: haides - Phonetic: hah'-dace

Text:  from 1 (as negative particle) and 1492; properly, unseen, i.e. "Hades" or the place (state) of departed souls: --grave, hell.


2> Gehenna. geena. This is the transliteration of the Hebrew “Gai Hinnom”, i.e. the Valley of Hinnom or "the Valley" of [the sons of] Hinnom, where were the fires through which children were passed in the worship of Moloch. Moloch worship is famous for burning children to death for pagan sacrifice.  In the Old Testament, Tophet was the Hebrew. word used, because it was a place in this valley.   When Jesus taught in the New Testament, the idolatry had ceased, but the fires were still continually burning there for the destruction of trash of Jerusalem. Therefore, geena was used to describe the destruction associated with the judgment of God. Sometimes, "geena of fire". See 2 Kings 23:10, Isa. 30:33, Jer. 7:31; 19:11-14.


Geenna occurs 12 times, and is always rendered "hell", viz Matt. 5:22, 29, 30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33, Mark 9:43, 45, 47; Luke 12:5; James 3:6.


Strong's Number: 1067 - Transliterated: geena - Phonetic: gheh'-en-nah


Text:  of Hebrew origin [1516 and 2011]; valley of (the son of) Hinnom; ge-henna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: --hell.

3> Tartarus.  – Tartaroo (occurs only in 2 Peter 2:4)=to thrust down to Tartarus, Tartarus being a Greek word, not used elsewhere, or at all in the Sept. Homer describes it as subterranean (cp. Deut 32:22, which may refer to this). The Homeric Tartarus is the prison of the Titans, or giants who rebelled against Zeus.

Strong's Number: 5020 - Transliterated: tartaroo  - Phonetic: tar-tar-o'-o

Text:  from Tartaros (the deepest abyss of Hades); to incarcerate in eternal torment: --cast down to hell.

Our Father gave a commission to Paul the Apostle to write almost half the New Testament. It’s interesting to note that Paul, the apostle to the nations, never used the word "hell" once.  Paul is the one responsible to warn the nations of the world.  If one's eternal future is determined in this lifetime, and Paul, as a bondservant to Christ was to make plain the truth, he plainly forgot to mention that "hell" was part of the deal.





Great White Throne Judgment


The first resurrection takes place at the 7th Trump during the return of the true Christ. During the 1000 year reign of Christ (Millennium), everyone (sinner and saint) has a spiritual body.  But the "dead" are those that did not take part in the first resurrection, and they have a mortal soul. The dead will be taught truth for 1000 years without the influence of Satan or his spirit.At the end of the Millennium, there is no excuse for anyone follows Satan. Satan has already been judged, so he is destroyed first. Then Judgment takes place for the rest of the dead. Those dead that choose to follow Christ will take part in the second resurrection, and those that chose to follow Satan with complete understanding will completely and utterly be destroyed and blotted from existence. After judgment, either you will have an immortal body and soul or you will take part in the second death where you will be destroyed and it will be as though you never existed. There will be no memory of those destroyed nor do they deserve any memory of them by anyone, so there will be no tears shed for them.  God is a consuming fire and your soul is energy.  Energy cannot be created or destroyed; rather, it is transformed from one form to another (Conservation of Energy).  



Psalms 37

18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

21 The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth.

22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.


Ezekiel 28

1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:

4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; 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 stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

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: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast 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.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I 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.

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.



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.

2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

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.

4 And I saw thrones, and they 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.

5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

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.

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

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.

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

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.

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.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.



Revelation 21

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.