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Prayer: "Dear Lord, as I begin this study on these great Bible truths in the Bible, help me to realize that I am studying God's message to me and if I receive His message to me, I can become a child of God, and a strong Christian, in Jesus name. Amen."
(1) Hades Generally meaning "the place of the dead."
It is interesting to note that Hell was not prepared for man, but rather for "the Devil and His Angels." Matt. 24:51.
Wouldn't you think that most people would go to Heaven, and only a few to Hell, but that is not the case (Matt. 7:13, 14): "Enter ye in the strait gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
Do you know that Jesus spoke more of Hell than he did of Heaven? He knew the awfulness of Hell; that was the reason he was willing to die on the cross to keep us from going there for eternity.
Many people say, "A loving God would never send anyone to Hell." That's true! God gave His only begotten Son to keep us from going to Hell. The sinner sends himself there, over the love of God, and the death of Christ.
We believe that babies and small children go to Heaven, because the blood of CHRIST covers them until the age of accountability (until they know right from wrong). Children reach the age of accountability at different ages. As soon as they can understand that they do wrong things and that CHRIST died for them, they can be saved. David said at the death of his child, "He cannot come to me - but I can go to him."
As we did in the lesson on Heaven, we will
list the things that will and will not be in Hell.