1. What is Hades?




Hades (Greek word which means ‘the unseen world’), according to the Bible, is a place of torment where the souls of the wicked go after death. In other words, it is the abode of the departed wicked.

In the King James Version Hades is translated ‘hell’ except in Corinthians 15:55.

Jesus mentioned Hades in the story of the rich man and Lazarus, as He said: “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 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. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom” (Luke 16:19-23 - NKJV).

The equivalent Hebrew word is Sheol.