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In a previous article we talked about what happen on the Cross and where our redemption was purchased. We also talked about some false teachings concerning the cross. One of the false teachings was the theory that Jesus purchased our redemption in hell. If He didn't go to hell to purchase our redemption (He did NOT), then where did He go when He died?

Items that we will cover include:
1. Background Verses.
2. Background Greek words.
3. Old Testament History.
4. New Testament knowledge.
5. The question "Where is Paradise?"
6. The question "Where did Jesus go when He died?"
7. The question "Did Jesus have to battle satan in hell?"
8. The answer to why Jesus did not battle satan in hell.
First we must go thru some history.
The Hebrew word for place of departed spirits is Sheol & is mentioned 65 times in the Old Testament.

The KJV of the Bible uses 3 different English words in Old Testament: Grave 31 times; Hell 31 times; Pit 3 times. In the New Testament the same word is translated Hades. Three different Greek words are translated by one English word hell. Luke 16, 22, 23 uses the Greek word Hades (86 times) for the region of departed spirits for both the lost and believers.

In Revelation 1:18 it mentions that Christ has the keys to it.
Matthew 23:33 uses the Greek word Gehenna: Strong's 1067 for the state of the lost or condemned.
2 Peter 2:4 uses the Greek word Tartarus Strong's 5026 as a special place in hell where certain angels are confined.
In each verse, the meaning is the place for departed spirits.


The 3 Greek words for hell (Hades, Gehenna, Tartarus) have different root meanings. Hell is Hades in the New Testament and is Sheol in the Old Testament and is the place where the spirits of the dead await resurrection. In Acts 2:27 the word is translated "hades" but quotes Psalms 16:10 which uses the word Sheol. This shows us that they are talking about the same place in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Gehenna refers to the hell of eternal punishment. Tartarus is the prison of fallen angels.(Jude 6)


The Old Testament Hebrew word for grave as the resting place for the body is "queber". The New Testament Greek word for grave as the resting place for the body is "mnemeion". The body is never said to be in Sheol or Hades and the spirit is never said to be in the grave. Sheol and Hades are used consistently for the abode of dead spirits. Before Christ came, little was known about Sheol or Hades. The Old Testament did not distinguish between the resting place for the spirits of the righteous dead and the unrighteous dead. Sheol (hades) included both.

Luke. 23:43 -- "And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in Paradise." Strong's 3857 - a park or paradise.
Now the question is - - -

Luke 16:19-31 [Please read it all yourself.]
Luke 16:22 -- And it came to pass, that the beggar died (lazarus), and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man died and was buried.

Note that it was angels who carried the beggar to Abraham's bosom. Since Abraham is the father of faith and highly esteemed in the Bible it is obvious that he would not be in a place of torment.

Now from this we can conclude that Lazarus was in a place that had cool water. It is interesting that he not only saw Lazarus who had recently died but also Abraham, who had died thousands of years previously. This explains what was meant in Genesis 25.8 where it says Abraham was gathered to his people when he died. It meant that he went to Sheol/hades (paradise - the place of comfort in Abraham's bosom) to be gathered with all the other people righteous by faith.

Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

Sheol here is pictured as a place in two compartments. The first place is a place of torment and suffering. The other place is paradise, or Abraham's bosom, a place of rest and comfort. Paradise was the resting place of the righteous dead.


Going back to Luke 23:43 above, this was the destination of the soul of the repentant thief when he died on the cross next to Jesus. Not heaven yet, but paradise. He was about to die under Old Testament promises. Jesus also went to Paradise when He died.

Hebrews 11:13 -- These all died in faith, not having received the promises--- (They were not in heaven yet.)
Hebrews 10:4 -- For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. ( It could only temporarily cover them until Jesus came & made redemption for them- see Hebrews 9:15 below.
Hebrews 9:15 -- And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

At this time paradise was in the heart of the earth ------ Matthew 12:38-40-- --so the soul of Jesus went there.(Acts 2:23-27) Now some people say that Jesus had to suffer some more in hell or had to battle satan but what do the scriptures say ? He went to Paradise as we just read in Luke 23:43.

John 19:28- After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
This means all the sacred writings of the law, the psalms, and the prophets had been fulfilled.

Jesus satisfied all the requirements in the old testament concerning his sin-sacrifice offering to GOD before he dismissed his spirit being into the Father's hands. When he said IT IS FINISHED HE DID NOT MEAN TO BE CONTINUED AND HE DID NOT MEAN THAT HE HAD TO FIGHT OTHER BATTLES. Previously he had made known that no man could take his life from him, but He would lay it down voluntarily of his own will -John 10:17-18. As soon as he knew that his task was accomplished for which he was sent, he LEFT.


Because the shedding of his innocent blood and the sacrifice of his body as a sin offering to GOD was what was important , it was not necessary for him to tax all his physical resources to the limit before he died. He did not have to agonize over carrying the sins of the world and each of us individually -- that would be physically impossible. It is also the result of fleshly imagination. He did have to be the perfect sin sacrifice for us. Do you see the difference?

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.

He fulfilled the LAW (which is the legal demands of man's sin debt to GOD [Be ye perfect] and to meet the judicial requirements of God [JUSTICE]). It was our sin debt to GOD that Jesus paid. By this sin sacrifice GOD"S justice was satisfied. Jesus defeated satan on his own turf -the earth - without once falling into temptation. He defeated satan by being sinless and the perfect sacrifice that was worthy to go to the cross as our substitute and to fulfill the law.

He didn't have to go to hell to fight Satan because:
  1. Satan didn't have anything to do with it. It was by the sin sacrifice on the cross that put us in right standing once again with GOD by our faith.
  2. Satan is not in hell even now. He has never been there. His throne is on the earth. Read 2 Corinthians 4:4 -- he is the god of this world. You can also read Ephesians 2:2; 1 Peter 5:8, etc.
Hell was not prepared by Satan but FOR Satan -- read Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10,15. Satan is still not in hell:
Revelation 20:10. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone----

Satan will not be cast into hell until the end of this age. Even if Satan had been in hell, it would have been in the tormented side and Jesus went to the Paradise side. They would have never met!

Anyone who thinks Jesus had to fight Satan in hell or take our place in hell is greatly deceived , has a lot of fleshly imagination and is not very knowledgeable of Bible themes. STAY AWAY FROM THEM.