Who are in the paradise and hades?
I am glad you wrote asking me:
- "Where is hades and paradise?
- Who are in the paradise and hades?
- What is the difference between Paradise and the Kingdom of Heaven?"
Jesus the son of God, taught carefully about this matter of hades and paradise.
Let me first say that in all places the word 'hell' is used in the King James Version English and it renders The Greek word “Hades” by “hell” in all instances except 1 Corinthians15:55, where it says “grave” (margin “hell”).
The key place where Jesus taught details about hades (hell), was in the passage in the Gospel of Luke 16:23-31
This was not a 'parable' but an account of real people and real events that Jesus knew about. From reading the passage in Luke you see that, after death, a person still exists. While the physical body lies in the grave, the person goes to a place determined by their life choices before they died.
Jesus' account of Paradise reveals two distinct sections.
The beggar was carried into Abraham's Bosom, a place of comfort.
The Rich Man died and and opened his eyes, being in torments, and could see the beggar in Abraham's Bosom.
There was a gulf between these two sections, so one could not pass to the other side. So Hades (hell) is a real place of fire, pain, and consciousness, for those who do not follow the teaching of the Bible.
The rich man did not care about other people, he lived for himself and not for God. He died and was cast into hades (hell). He was in fire and pain. He was conscious and could see and understand. From this place, he could see Abraham, who was comforting the poor beggar, Lazarus, in the place called Paradise. This rich man asked for water, send Lazarus, but Abraham said there was no way to cross over from Paradise to hades. He then asked for Lazarus to be sent back to Earth to the rich man's brothers to warn them about hades. Abraham said if they do not read and believe the scriptures (Moses) they would not believe if someone returned from the dead to warn them. The place of hades and paradise is thought by many to be a place inside the crust of the earth, but there is no real bible teaching to prove it.
Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
Luke 23:43 And he said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.
1 Peter 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Paradise was emptied after the death of Jesus:
We are taught that Jesus went to hades after his death, in order to announce the just sentence of God on sinners, and to take out of Paradise those who were happy and waiting to enter heaven.
Ephesians 4:8-10 "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things)."
Since the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Paradise ['Abraham'a bosom] is, as it were, 'closed', and heaven is now open for all who die in faith, as followers of Jesus. There is no waiting period, since Jesus death on the Cross has paid for our sins, we have immediate entrance to Heaven if we have trusted Jesus for Salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:8-9 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. The Kingdom of Heaven is where God is.
Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
There is some teaching in the book of Revelation in the bible that after the return of Jesus, then heaven will come down to earth.
Revelation 21:1-4 "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
I hope this explanation will give you some understanding on a very big subject!
© 2014 Jim Cole-Rous