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“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment.”


but cast them down to hell

“But” is a term of strong contrast. Instead of abstaining from judgment, He judged these angels. He had to judge them. He could not overlook their rebellion. 

There are several terms for Hell in the Bible. Hades and Sheol are temporary hells. Gehenna (12 times in the Bible) is the “Lake of Fire” found in Revelation 20 (five times). The “Second Death” is another term for Hell and occurs 4 times in Revelation. Revelation tells us of the “bottomless pit” seven times. 

We now come to yet another word for “Hell” — Tartarus. The normal word for Hell is Gehenna. Gehenna is what we normally think of as Hell and is the permanent Hell. Tartarus is a temporary place of torture or torment for angels (Jude 6). It is a temporary Hell. The Greeks thought of Tartarus as a subterranean place where divine judgment was meted out. It was the nether world. Evidently, this was a place of punishment for fallen angels. 

Tartarus is not Sheol or Hades where men go at death. Nor is this where God will place the wicked permanently which is permanent Hell (Gehenna). Nor is this the place where men go for punishment. This is a temporary place of punishment for fallen angels.


God’s character demands that there be a Hell.


The important thing about a highway is the destination. The Bible tells of two highways, one to Heaven and the other to Hell. “I am on a wonderful road but where does it lead me? I am on an interstate but it is not taking me in the right direction.” The road to Hell seems like a nice road but it takes me in the wrong direction. The road to Hell is all-downhill.

Where do you want to go? Biblically, there are only two roads, one to heaven and the other to Hell. You do not have to go to Heaven. That is your choice. 

Mt 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

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