ARTB Bible Blog 1.27.11 FIRES OF HELL, OR HEAVEN?
I saw a mildew horse. The name of him that sat over it: Death and Sheol. (Revelation 6:8, ARTB Draft)
A note from A. Frances Werner:
As I've been working on the New Testament, my previous notions about heaven and hell have been seriously challenged. First of all, as I mentioned in an ARTB Bible Blog last week, the appearance of the word ABADDON made me reevaluate my use of the word HELL in the Old Testament. But what has been particularly surprising is that all three words utilized in Hebrew: ABADDON, SHEOL, and HINNOM (GEHENNA) are specifically mentioned in the New Testament. SHEOL shows up 15 times, mentioned by Yeshua (Jesus) plus mentioned as the name Death&Sheol in the book of Revelation. HINNOM (GEHENNA) is mentioned by Yeshua 11 times. The name ABADDON only shows up in Revelation, but the verb associated with it is utilized by Yeshua numerous times.
My previous notion had two simple premises. First, that all the different notions expressed by the Hebrew language in the OT simply consolidated into one concept in the NT--a place called HELL that had a lot of fire and brimstone.
Now, I'm paying attention that the powers of darkness have different personalities, and different kinds of fires. The generic word HELL is no longer sufficient to capture the full picture.
My second simple premise, is in fact, embarrassing to admit. For years, the hard drive in my brain has been wired that HELL had the fire, but HEAVEN didn't. This week I had a DUH moment as I had to remind myself that there are THREE types of fire in HEAVEN depicted, just like in the earthly temple: The fire of the altar, the coals burning with the incense, and the lighted menorah. Each fire has a different purpose. So, would it be surprising that there would be a similar pattern of MULTIPLE types of fires in the underworld? Would it be surprising that Satan and all the powers of darkness are organized in a counterfeit temple structure? That's a hypothesis I'll be examining as I continue finishing the New Testament. And, take a look on your end as you study. Let me know any insights. Selah.