Paradise in Hell?

Do you know the Bible reveals there are five compartments within Hell? Most Christians will acknowledge there is a “hell” but know little more than that. But what about there being a Paradise in Hell, you say?

I recently read a blog post where the author believed Christ did NOT go to Hell. He explained the basis of his beliefs, but I reject his claims.

The Five Compartments of Hell

The KJV Bible indicates that “Hell” has five separate compartments:

  • Paradise – this is where Lazarus was located after he died (Luke 16:22)
  • Hades  – this is where the Rich Man was located after he died (Luke 16:23)
  • The Lake of Fire – is where all sinners will be tormented throughout eternity (Rev 20:10; 21:7-8). This torment occurs after Jesus Christ has judged their “works” at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15).
  • Tartarus – is the Greek word “Tartaroo” and translated as “Hell” in 2 Peter 2:4-5. This is the place where fallen angels from Noah’s day remain confined.
  • The Bottomless Pit – is the place where demonic hoards are located prior to being released (Rev 9:1-21). These will roam the earth during the Great Tribulation period (Rev 9:1-11). They will cause people everywhere to want to die (Rev 9:1-12).
The image shows the grave with the five compartments located in the centre of the Earth - loosley termed "Hell"
The Five Compartments Within ‘Hell’

The two compartments of “Paradise” and “Hades” are separated by a “great gulf” (Luke 16:26). We see from scripture that when the Old Testament saints died, they went to either of these two places. The souls of “the righteous” went to Paradise below the earth (e.g. Lazarus). However, the souls of sinners (i.e. the Rich Man) went to Hades to suffer “torment” (Luke 16:24). They remain there prior to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-13).

A soul immersed in flames in Hades.
…” it is better for thee to enter into [eternal] life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Mark 9:43-44

Christ went to ‘Paradise in Hell’

When Jesus died on the cross, His spirit and soul – or “ghost” (Mark 15:37) went to Paradise. This is because Jesus lived and died “under the Law of Moses” (Gal 4:4-5). As Christ is “the first to be resurrected” (1 Cor 15:23), no deceased saint could be resurrected ahead of Him.

After His arrival in Paradise, Jesus spoke to those who were “sometime disobedient sinners” (1 Peter 3:19-21). The term “disobedient” is used here because all Old Testament saints could only be “cleansed” by animal’s blood (Heb 10:4). They had to wait in ‘Paradise’ for their redeemer to save them (Job 19:25).

At His arrival, Jesus revealed to them He was their promised Messiah. For the following three days and nights He assured them He had come to release them from their imprisonment (1 Peter 3:18-19).

Christ’s Resurrection

After this 72 hour period where Christ was now in “the belly of the earth” ( Jonah 1:17; Matt 12:40), God the Father raised up (or resurrected) Christ’s body back to life again (Acts 2:24). He also raised Christ’s spirit and soul up from ‘Paradise’ to be reunited with His body (Acts 2:30). At His resurrection, Jesus Christ then became our High Priest in Heaven (Heb 4:14).

In His new role as High Priest, Jesus gathered His own blood from the foot of Calvary’s cross and carried it with Him into Heaven. On arrival, He placed His blood upon the altar in Heaven as the “one true sacrifice” (Heb 10:12).

In this, He offered His own blood up to God the Father as the one true sacrifice for the sins of humanity – ONCE and forever (Heb 9:12). 

Christ then descended back to the earth (John 20:17) to raise up the Old Testament saints from their graves (Matt 27:52-53). Christ then led “captivity (who had been held captive” in Paradise located under the Earth – Eph 4:8-9) into Heaven. He did this for Him to present each saint to God the Father as part of His victory and His triumph over Sin, Satan and Death (1 Cor 15:54-55). 

Points to Note

Following these events in Heaven, Christ then appeared to the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-16). He later revealed Himself to more than 500 people (1 Cor 15:6) before He finally ascended into Heaven (Acts 1:9).

The points to note here are:

  • That shortly after after Christ died on the cross, His spirit and soul departed His body (James 2:26 and Mark 15:37);
  • He (as a spirit and soul) descended into “Paradise” in the heart of the earth for three days and nights; 
  • On the first day of the week, He arose from the dead as the “First-fruits of the Resurrection” (1 Cor 15:23).

This “Paradise” compartment of Hell has been empty for the past 2,000 years. This is because “Christians” who have met the Conditions for Salvation enter into Heaven at their death. They then spend the remainder of their time awaiting the resurrection of their deceased body (Rev 20:6). While waiting, they reside in their “mansion” that Christ has waiting for each of His saints in Heaven (John 14:2) This is where Christ is (John 12:26).

Now, isn’t that Good News!

Try watching this 8-minute video to appreciate how Hell has been constructed by God to appreciate what its various purposes are and how we need to avoid going there after we die.

What is the Bottomless Pit? Bible Questions with Michael Pearl
No Greater Joy Ministries

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3 Replies to “Paradise in Hell?”

    1. Hello Ivan – thank you for your very interesting question.

      Firstly, the Bible states that in Noah’s day, the genetics of the human race had become almost totally corrupted by Satan’s evil angels having sexual relations with the “daughters of men” (Gen 6:1-4). This happened because of Satan’s attempt to prevent the “seed of the woman” (meaning Jesus Christ of the tribe of Judah – Gen 3:15) from coming to the Earth at His First Coming to commence the process of destroying Satan and his evil kingdom.

      The people in Noah’s Day were all rebels against God (except Noah and his family) so they all died in Noah’s Flood and their souls went to the ‘Hades’ (torment) compartment of Hell. As an example, this included ALL of the descendants of Cain that were on the Earth in Noah’s Day that were from their ancestral ‘Father’ – Adam, the Son of God (Luke 3:38) also known as the First Adam (1 Cor 15:45).

      However, ALL the souls from the RIGHTEOUS Abel (Matt 23:35) that died went into the ‘Paradise’ compartment of Hell (Luke 23:42-43) located in the “heart of the Earth (Matt 12:40) where they awaited their Savior in faith for the resurrection of their bodies and (Matt 27:51-54).

      As for the “disobedient” ones among this group, I believe that these would have been the righteous souls who lived during the period from Abel to Abraham – because these did NOT have any laws of God to conform to (such as given by God to Abraham on Mt. Sinai) and would no doubt have sinned during their lifetime if judged under Moses’ laws.

      To me, this explanation describes the mercy, compassion and love of God for RIGHTEOUS people – IF each truly endeavors to become as holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). To do this, one only has to follow in the footsteps of Noah by becoming a “preacher of righteousness” in the wicked world in which we live (2 Peter 2:5). I’m sure there are many similarities we can relate to today about what is happening in our world and what existed in Noah’s day (Luke 17:26)

      Feel free to post any comments or further questions you may have, Ivan.

      Blessings! Alan

  1. Another awesome article Alan. You always surprise me with new revelations and doctrines of the Holy Bible. I am so blessed after reading this and now I got the clear picture of Why Jesus went to the section of hell called Paradise and took everyone there, into Heaven. An excellent description of The Five Compartments within ‘Hell’. Praise the Lord! God bless you even more!

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