1. Heaven; beginning to Christís Death on Cross

Verses to confirm this section below timeline

 

The 3rd Heaven; Godís New Heaven - New Earth - New Jerusalem

Godís new Heaven and Earth will be created after White Throne Judgment

John and Paul saw New Jerusalem when they were taken to 3rd Heaven

Those who love God come here after Christís 1,000 year Kingdom on earth is over

 

 

The 2nd Heaven; Kingdom of God/Heaven/Paradise

*No one came into 2nd Heaven until Jesus died for our sins. The spiritual beings of faithful who

died before Christís death, kept in Godís Rest/Abrahamís Bosom; taken here after Christ died.

 

*Now believersí spiritual beings taken directly here if we die; live here until Jesus takes them to

clouds over earth; joins them to our resurrected glorified body; takes us back here live with Him

 

 

The 1st Heaven around earth; satan prince over this heaven

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Godís rest; Abrahamís Bosom††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Godís Court

†††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††*Spiritual beings of faithful came here;††††††††††††† †††††††††*Angels defended faithful from satanís

until Jesus died on the cross for their sins.††††††††††††††††† accusations so they could come into Godís Rest

†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††*Enoch + Elijah never died, live here; will†††††††††††††††††††† *Angels judged angelic beings, demons who tempted

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† return as the 2 Prophets/witnesses†††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††faithful or caused them pain or sickness

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† *Purgatory false idea about Godís Rest††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Earth; satan prince over earth

 

Awaiting Christís 1,000 year Kingdom on earth which He will establish

when He comes in power to earth; defeats beast/antichrist/man of sin

 

††††††††††††††††† Spiritual chasm between separatingAbrahamís Bosom

††††††††††††††††††††††††† and Hades; separating them

 

Bottomless Pit in Earth

Hades

All who reject God when their physical bodies die; their spiritual beings come here;

To wait in torment for the White Throne Judgment

 

Abyss

Some demonic spirits (satanís angels; Godís angels who sinned) sent to Abyss

By God; to be held in torment until judged at the White Throne Judgment

 

Tartarus/Prison in Abyss

Disruptive demons (satanís angels; Godís angels who sinned) sent to the torment of

the prison in Tartarus and held here by God; to await the White Throne Judgment

 

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Hell/Lake of Fire: created after Christ come in power; defeats beast/antichrist/ man of sin

 

1. Verses: Heaven; beginning to Christís Death on Cross

All verses in this can series help explain each individual message

 

1. Spiritual beings; physical beings; Must comprehend to understand; alive, after die; different places we will go

2. satan/devil prince over earth and its heavens

2a. Christís 1,000 year Kingdom on earth; when He returns in power in number 4-6 of series

3. The Three Heavens

3a. 1st Heaven: Bosom of Abraham; rest for O/C spiritual beings till Jesus died for their sins

3b. 2nd Heaven; Godís Court

3c. 2nd Heaven: holy resting place for believersí spiritual beings until Jesus returns in clouds

3d. 3rd Heaven: New Heaven/Earth where believers live forever with God in glorified bodies

4. Elijah, Enoch; did not die, wait in Abrahamís Bosom to return as 2 prophets/witnesses

5. Spiritual chasm between Abrahamís Bosom and Hades

6. Hades Ė a place of torment in earth, where unbelieversí spiritual beings go when they die

6a. Abyss Ė Some demonic spiritual beings are held here in torment.

6b. Tartarus/Prison Ė Prison in deepest part of the Abyss; disruptive demons held here

 

1. Spiritual beings; physical beings

In the New Covenant of Christís grace, Jesus clearly tells us we have a heart, which is part of our spirit, and soul; and these 3 make our invisible spiritual being. And a separate distinct physical mind, which our conscience is part of, and strength (body); and these 3 make up our visible physical being.

*And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength Mk 12:30 ESV+

*"See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have." Lk 24:39 NASB+

 

Jesus also tells us that we have a heart, soul, and mind. This proves our soul and mind are not one and the same; that they are completely different attributes. Hebrews tells us our soul and spirit is united together as an intricate unit; with our heart being part of our spirit, making our moral, spiritual, thoughts and intentions. Soul, spirit, or heart, can refer to themselves individually; or to our spiritual being, our soul, spirit and heart as one intricate unit.

*And he said to him, ďYou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matt 22:37 ESV+

*For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Heb 4:12 ESV+

 

Our spiritual being (inner being); our soul, spirit, heart

Soul; is the outer part of our spiritual being where our spirit and heart live. Our soul will be seen and known in the 2nd Heaven, just as the martyred souls there were recognized for the scars on their necks they had which show they were beheaded, and the absence of any of the antichristís marks on them.

*And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. Rev 20:4 NKJV+ Jesus took Johnís spiritual being to Heaven

 

Spirit; ďmindĒ of our spiritual being, lives within our soul; has understanding, can think, talk, sing; will be in control of our spiritual being when our physical being dies

*So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. 1Co 14:15 NIV+

 

Heart; is part of our spirit, makes our spiritual moral decisions for us; when our heart loves our God above all things, our Father and Jesus live here

*that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faithóthat you, being rooted and grounded in love,Eph 3:16-17 ESV+

*Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. Jn 14:23 NASB+

 

Our physical being; our body, mind, conscience

 

Body; outer shell of our physical being, where our physical mind (conscience part mind); and spiritual being (soul, spirit, heart part of spirit) live

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your ownFor you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1Co 6:19-20 NASB+

 

Mind; controls the thoughts and actions of our physical being; it is reproduced immature and matures with age in its ability to think, understand, and make decisions; until it becomes old and frail. If our mind is set on the desires of our flesh we never find God and face a death which will sentence us to Hell. But if our minds allow the Holy Spirit to guide them; when we die we will find everlasting peace and life in the 2nd Heaven, as our spiritual beings wait to come in and spend all eternity in the 3rd Heaven with glorified bodies.†††

*For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Ro 8:6 ESV+

 

Conscience; part of our physical mind which makes our human moral decisions, whether to surrender to God and be guided by the Spirit to serve God; or follow the desires of our human will which can only produce dead works which are unacceptable to our God.

*how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Heb 9:14 NKJV+

 

Our physical being is anything which has flesh and blood; includes our physical body, brain, mind, and our conscience which is part of our mind. This includes anything in our mind a doctor can see with their new technology. Our body, mind, or conscience can refer to themselves individually; or to our whole physical being; all of our flesh and blood which they make up. Paul referred to our whole body in 1Thess 5:23; all of our flesh and blood, our complete physical being, our body, mind and conscience.

*I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1Co 15:50 ESV+

*among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. Eph 2:3 ESV+

*Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Thes 5:23 NKJV+

 

When our physical being dies, our physical mind is no longer with us, is dust in the ground. We will not remember any bad things which happened to us, or which we did; will not be able to ask the Lord why anything happened on earth. We will not remember any person who is not going to Heaven, even our relatives; because our spirit will know no evil. Our spirit will only know holy and God pleasing thoughts; we will first want to meet Jesus face to face. Then we will meet all the other spiritual beings who are our brothers and sisters; we will know them as we will fully be known by them, live in a glorious place where we all live together praising our God.

*and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Eccl 12:7 ESV+

*For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1Co 13:12 ESV+

 

More on Soul and Spirit; Body and Mind

 

2. satan/devil prince over earth and its heavens

We too often forget who the prince of this world and the heavens around us is; satan. This is why we have a constant battle to fight evil; why we should never become part of this world, we are only strangers here, the 3rd Heaven will be our permanent home forever.

*Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Lk 4:5-6 NKJV+

*And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, Eph 2:1-2 NKJV+

 

2a. Christís 1,000 year Kingdom on earth; when He returns in power in number 4-6 of series

 

Christ will defeat the antichrist/beast/man of perdition (lawlessness), and set His Kingdom up on earth - see diagrams 4-6 coming soon

*Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ ; and He will reign forever and ever." Rev 11:15 NASB+

 

3. The Three Heavens

Paulís spiritual being was taken through the 1st heaven over earth; through the 2nd Heaven which is a rest for the spiritual beings of believers in Heaven/Paradise/the spiritual Kingdom of God, where Godís throne now is. Into the 3rd Heaven; which is the New Heaven, the New earth the New Jerusalem, which God has already prepared for us; where we may live with Him forever in glorified bodies, after the White Throne Judgment.

*I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heavenówhether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 2Co 12:2 ESV

 

When Paul refers to a man he knew was taken up to the 3rd Heaven, he is referring to himself. Paul did not know whether his spiritual being and his physical being were taken there, but since he said flesh and blood cannot come into the Kingdom of God, we know it was his spiritual being only (soul, spirit, heart part of spirit). ††

*And I know such a man--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knowsó2Co 12:3 NKJV+

*I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1Co 15:50 ESV+

 

The same way we believe John was in spirit, referring to his spiritual being (soul, spirit, heart part of the spirit) when he also saw the 3rd Heaven.

Yet all the prophets (like Ezekiel; Eze 43:3-5) before Jesus died for our sins could only have visions in the Holy Spirit; for until Christís atoning grace on the cross, no oneís spiritual being could become holy, righteous; so they could ever come into the Kingdom of God.

*Immediately I was in the Spirit [or in spirit]; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. Rev 4:2 NASB+

*But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. Ro 8:10 NIV+

 

3a. 1st Heaven: Bosom of Abraham; rest for O/C spiritual beings till Jesus died for their sins

Paul went through the 1st heaven which is still in the earthly realm, which has satan as its prince. In this realm was a beautiful rest for the spiritual beings of all who followed God, when their physical beings died; from the beginning of the world to Christís death on the cross. Jesus called this rest Abrahamís Bosom, though it was also a spiritual rest for those who obeyed God and physically died before Abraham.

*So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. Lk 16:22 NKJV+

 

Hebrews tells us all the spiritual beings in the 1st heaven waited patiently for Jesus to come and die for their sins so they could come into the 2nd Heaven; the beautiful spiritual rest God has created for them in the spiritual Kingdom of God. And Jesus tells us no one had yet come into the 2nd Heaven while He was ministering on earth.

*Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. Heb 9:15 ESV+

*No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. Jn 3:13 ESV+

 

3b. 2nd Heaven; Godís Court

 

Godís Court is in the highest part of the heaven over earth, not in His holy Kingdom in the heavens of Heaven; because nothing unholy can come into His Heavenly Kingdom, including any unholy, sinful spiritual beings. We have to have our sins forgiven by Christís atoning grace on the cross, so our spiritual being is perfectly holy before they can come into the Kingdom of God.

Any angelic beings who disobey God and sin (become demons) will always be evil, unholy spiritual demons; who can never have their sins forgiven, who can never come back into Godís holy Heavenly Kingdom. God will throw out of His Kingdom any holy angelic being who disobeys Him; like He threw out satan like lightning from Heaven when he disobeyed God.

*Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Dt 10:14 ESV+

*And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Lk 10:18 NKJV+

 

satan/devil became the prince over the world, the heaven (air) over the earth, when Adam sinned; now satan walks around his kingdom, trying to entice all to follow him as god, tempting them or making them suffer so they reject our God. satan continually comes up to Godís court to accuse those who follow God on earth of sinning, so they cannot have their sins forgiven, remain children of satan in his earthly kingdom.

*We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 1Jn 5:19 NIV+

*in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, Eph 2:2 NKJV+

*Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1Pe 5:8-9 NIV+

 

When the faithful before Christís atoning death on the cross died, their spiritual being was judged by God the Father in His court; the angel of the Lord would be the faithfulís advocate and satan was their accuser. When Joshua was accused by satan, the angel of the Lord was Joshuaís advocate; and the Lord judged Joshua, rebuking satan and pronounced Joshua was worthy to have his sins (iniquity) forgiven. The angel of the Lord took away Joshuaís sins (erased them from being recorded against him), gave him festal robes for his faithfulness, and then took him to Godís Rest/Abrahamís Bosom to await Jesus redeeming grace on the cross.

*Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?" Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angelHe spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, "Remove the filthy garments from him." Again he said to him, "See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes. Zech 3:1-4 NASB+

 

God will continue to rule in His court with His angels who sit on thrones; until the antichrist/man of sin/beast comes and this court takes away his 3Ĺ year dominion over the world, rules for Jesus to consume and destroy the antichrist/man of sin/beast forever in the Lake of Fire. Then Jesus will establish and rule over His 1,000 year Kingdom on earth from the Temple in Jerusalem; with saints who have been given glorified bodies.

*ďAs I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. Da 7:9-10 ESV+

*He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. 'But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever. Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. Da 7:25-27 NKJV+

 

The only change which was made to this court; was Jesus replaced the angel of the Lord, and became the Advocate for all believers in His Fatherís Court. After He atoned for our sins on the cross, then ascended into Heaven and sat at the right hand of God. Because Jesus can forgive our sins, God will always rule in Jesus favor when He intercedes for believers; defeating satan who accuses them day and night in Godís Court.††††

*My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 1Jn 2:1-2 NASB+

*Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Ro 8:34 NKJV+

*And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ďNow the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. Rev 12:10 ESV+

 

3c. 2nd Heaven; holy resting place for believersí spiritual beings until Jesus returns in the clouds

Paul went through the 2nd Heaven where the spiritual beings of all who have believed in our God have a rest. While waiting for Jesus to return in the clouds over earth to resurrect their physical bodies from the grave, glorify them, and make them holy and eternal.

*For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Phil 1:21-23 NKJV+

*Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2Co 5:6-8 NIV+

 

Our Fatherís throne is now in the 2nd Heaven; where the heavenly Mount Zion and Temple of Jerusalem are. They were copied in our physical world in Israel for a time, will come back before Jesus returns in the clouds for us. They will be brought down from Heaven and made holy during Christís 1,000 year reign over the earth.

*The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lord's throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. Ps 11:4 NKJV+

*They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain." Heb 8:5 NIV+

 

3d. 3rd Heaven; New Heaven/Earth; where believers live forever with God in glorified bodies

We know Paul must have come into the eternal 3rd Heaven God has prepared for us; for Paul was not looking forward to the 2nd Heaven of rest; he was groaning in anticipation of the 3rd Heaven where we will have been adopted as more than spiritual children of God. We will be adopted as both spiritual and physical children of God, when our physical bodies have been resurrected, glorified as they are united with our spiritual beings. Paul was first shown the New Heaven, New Earth which has been prepared for us and John would later see in Revelation.

*For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Ro 8:22-23 NASB+

*Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Rev 21:1-2 NIV+

 

Paul could best describe this 3rd Heaven as Paradise without describing what he heard or saw completely, for our God had told Him not to utter these words. Paul was given a thorn in the flesh from satan to torment him, (maybe poor eyesight, could barely write; Gal 6:11) so he would remember not to tell what he had seen in the 3rd Heaven; for Jesus wanted to reveal the 3rd Heaven to us later through John.

*how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 2Co 12:4 NKJV+

*To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 2Co 12:7 NIV+

 

Paradise is the most beautiful place God has prepared for believers; when they physically die or are alive when Jesus returns in the clouds. Paradise progresses from the 1st Heaven of Abrahamís Bosom (Lk 16:25); to the 2nd spiritual Heaven (Lk 23:43); to finally the 3rd eternal Heaven awaiting us which Paul and John saw in their spiritual beings (2Co 12:3; Rev 21:1).

 

4. Elijah, Enoch; did not die; wait in Abrahamís Bosom to return as 2 prophets/witnesses

We will see later in Diagram 4 they come back to earth as the 2 prophets/witnesses, will be killed and then taken to Heaven; they will not come to Heaven until then. We also know that Abrahamís Bosom is in the 1st heaven over earth for that is where God took Elijah.

*Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2Ki 2:11 NKJV+

*By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. Heb 11:5 NIV+

 

We know God did not take Elijah or Enoch into the 2nd Heaven for Jesus told us while He was ministering on earth; no one had come into the 2nd Heaven, except the Son who came down to become man.

"No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. Jn 3:13 NASB+

*"But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built! 1Ki 8:27 NASB+

 

5. Spiritual chasm between Abrahamís Bosom and Hades

There is a spiritual chasm between Abrahamís Bosom and Hades; remember when one dies only our spiritual being lives. And we no longer are kept in by physical constraints, but spiritual constraints our God puts up; and He put up a chasm to keep those in Hades and those in the Bosom of Abraham separated. The eyes of the rich manís soul were lifted up, and could see afar off, over the chasm into the 1st heaven over earth.

*And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then 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.' Lk 16:23-24 NKJV+

*And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to usLk 16:26 ESV+

 

Number 2 above shows us that the 1st heaven over earth is in satanís domain, and contains much evil in it; because satan is prince over it. Since the 1st heaven is under satan and therefore evil, it is possible for spiritual beings in Hades to look into it. Yet no spiritual being in Hades can look into Godís Holy Kingdom, the 2nd Heaven unless our God enables them to.

*Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:11-12 NIV+

 

Hades Ė Abyss Ė Tartarus - Hell

The Bottomless Pit is in the earth; is where all spiritual beings who reject God are held in torment; until Godís New Heaven and earth are created. The deeper you go the more torment one is subjected to. From top to bottom consists of;

*When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. Rev 9:2 NIV+

 

6a. Hades Ė a place of torment in earth; where unbelieversí spiritual beings go when they die.

The spiritual beings of those in the Old Covenant who did not believe in God, did not follow His ceremonial laws, went to the torment of Hades. We will see later in the New Covenant of Christís grace; the spiritual beings of all who physically die without receiving Jesus into their hearts will likewise be brought to Hades.

*"But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the judgment than for you. "And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will be brought down to Hades! Lk 10:14-15 NASB+

 

6b. Abyss Ė God holds some demonic spiritual beings here.

 

God holds some demonic spirits (Godís angels who disobeyed Him; satanís angels) here because some demons will disobey Godís commands and try to come into or break His laws in His Heavenly Kingdom; some demons will try to exert too much power on earth when they are allowed to test us. And other demons God holds here so they can be used at the proper time to test us; like the antichrist/son of sin/beasts who will physically rule earth at the right time for 3Ĺ years. The demons are kept here in torment until they will be judged at the White Throne Judgment.

*Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Lk 8:30 NKJV+

*Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Rev 11:7 NIV+

 

6c. Tartarus/Prison Ė A prison in the Abyss; where demons, who disrupt Godís plans are held until the White Throne Judgment

 

Tartarus is a prison in the deepest part of the Abyss, where the greatest torment is present. Here the most offensive demons are held; those who would disrupt Godís plan of salvation if they were not chained up, put in a prison which no spiritual being could break loose from. The demons here will include the angels, who became demons by leaving their posts which guarded the entries to Godís Kingdom in the 2nd Heaven; in physical bodies of men who married women producing evil giants (Nephilim) and disrupting Godís plan on earth.

*For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into Hell [Greek; Tartarus] and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; 2Pe 2:4 ESV*

*And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home--these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. Jude 1:6 NIV+

 

Tartarus is also the place where Christ deposits all the sins of the world after He is crucified

*But the righteousness based on faith says, ďDo not say in your heart, ĎWho will ascend into heaven?í Ē (that is, to bring Christ down) or ďWho will descend into the abyss?í Ē (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). Ro 10:7 ESV+

*in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water 1Pe 3:18-20 NASB+

*Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; Rev 20:1-3 NASB+

 

Tartarus is not Hell; for in the Paul clearly tells us Christ descended into the Abyss where the demonic spirits were in prison see Hades Ė Abyss Ė Tartarus - Hell

 

And satan will be chained during Christís 1,000 year Kingdom on earth in the prison of the Abyss; Tartarus.

 

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