This sermon is going to talk about Hades and those associated with Hades. This sermon is going to explain how Hades changed over time, what Hades really means and what gods of the underworld exist as well for this is important to understand.
Don Stewart: What is Hades? Blue Letter Bible
As the Hebrew word "Sheol" spoke of the state, condition, or place of the dead in the Old Testament, the same is true in the New Testament with the Greek word "Hades."
The word Hades has a number of different meanings in the New Testament.
1. The Grave - The Place Of Bodily Decay
2. The Place Of The Punishment For The Wicked
3. Possibly As A General Term For The Unseen Realm Of The Dead
Hades is always connected with death, never with life. The context will determine its meaning. It does not refer specifically, or exclusively, to the place of punishment. Like Sheol, it is an intermediate place - it never refers to the place of final punishment.
We will begin breaking down the meaning of Hades in the Bible.
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell G86 and of death.
As we can see in the Bible, Hades means a place of departed souls. We covered this subject some when in the sermon on Yahusha's Time in Hell via the Gospel of Nicodemus. We learned what She0l means as well:
I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.
Grave-H7585-שְׁאוֹלshᵉʼôwl, sheh-ole'; or שְׁאֹל shᵉʼôl; from H7592; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates:—grave, hell, pit.
Biblical Outline of Usage H7585
sheol, underworld, grave, hell, pit
Sheol - the OT designation for the abode of the dead
place of no return
without praise of God
wicked sent there for punishment
righteous not abandoned to it
of the place of exile (fig)
of extreme degradation in sin
We learned that satan is a blanket term for angels who religion doesn't teach on any more. Remember Mastema? The name here should be Mastema and not satan...
Gospel of Nicodemus 21:1
1 And as Satan the prince, and Hell, spoke this together, suddenly there came a voice as of thunder and a spiritual cry: Remove, O princes, your gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. When Hell heard that he said unto Satan the prince: Depart from me and go out of mine abode: if thou be a mighty man of war, fight thou against the King of glory. But what hast thou to do with him? And Hell cast Satan forth out of his dwelling. Then said Hell unto his wicked ministers: Shut ye the hard gates of brass and put on them the bars of iron and withstand stoutly, lest we that hold captivity be taken captive.
We know this is Mastema and we learned about the princes who are confined and bound since they fell and this prince/angel has not been bound. For more information on Yahusha's Time in Hell Please read the sermon and Gospel of Nicodemus.
We need to be reminded of what Enoch Tells Us Sheol or Hell is.
Hades is a division of the souls. Those souls who now die in righteousness, go to Heaven since Yahusha opened up the gates of hell and Heaven. Those who are to be judged are still in hell which is why this passage in Revelation makes more since:
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell G86 delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Greek God of The Underworld- Hades
Roman Name: Orcus
Hades is the Ancient Greek god of the Underworld, the place where human souls go after death. In time, his name became synonymous with his realm. It has to be said unsurprisingly – since he barely left it. Appropriately, the most significant myth related to Hades concerns one of the very few times he did – to abduct Demeter’s daughter, Persephone.
Hades is the underworld, not a god. Why worship the place souls go after physical death to await judgement. When we lose our information or when we suffer from social amnesia, we start to make up things, we begin to worship nothing.
Let us now look at Islam and Judaic beliefs...
Azrael- Angel of Death in Islam and Jewish Kaballha Tradition
*Not to be confused with Azazel who is bound**
Azrael (/ˈæzriəl/; Biblical Hebrew: עֲזַרְאֵל, ʿÁzarʾēl; Arabic: عزرائيل, ʿAzrāʾīl orʿIzrāʾīl; Punjabi: ਅਜਰਾਈਲਿ, Ajrā-īl) is the Angel of Death in Islam and some Jewish traditions, and is referenced in Sikhism.
Relative to similar concepts of such beings, Azrael holds a rather benevolent role as the angel of death, wherein he acts as a psychopomp, responsible for transporting the souls of the deceased after death. Both in Islam and Judaism, he is said to hold a scroll concerning the fate of the mortals, recording and erasing the names of men respectively at birth and death.:234
Depending on the perspective and precepts of various religions in which he is a figure, he may also be portrayed as residing in the Third Heaven. In Islam, he is one of the four archangels, and is identified with the Quranic Malak al-Mawt (ملك الموت, 'angel of death'), which corresponds with the Hebrew term malakh ha-maweth in Rabbinic literature. In Hebrew, Azrael translates to 'Angel of God' or 'Help from God'.
The name Azrael indicates a Hebrew origin, and archeological evidence found in Jewish settlements in Mesopotamia confirm that it was indeed used in Aramaic Incantation texts from the 7th century. However, as the text only lists names, it cannot be determined whether Azrael was associated with death prior to the advent of Islam.
After the emergence of Islam, the name Azrael becomes popular among both Jewish and Islamic literature, as well as folklore.
In Jewish mysticism, he is the embodiment of evil
However, the Zohar (the holy book of Judaism called Kabbalah), presents a more pleasant depiction of Azrael. The Zohar says that Azrael receives the prayers of faithful people when they reach heaven, and also commands legions of heavenly angels.
Let us look at what the Apocalypse of Peter has to say. Remember the Ethiopic Bible has so many more preserved books than what the roman catholic church has allowed.
Apocalypse of Peter-M. R James. 1924 translation
Again angels have ordained estates, purpose for their creation. Does this mean we worship them? No, it does not. I would have
Let us now look at what the Catholics believe...
Roman Catholic Saint of Departing Souls-St. Joseph
Catholic News Herold:
St. Joseph has always been a special saint for me, and many saints throughout history have had a strong devotion to the foster father of Our Savior. St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite nun and Doctor of the Church, was a faithful devotee of the saint, and went out of her way to spread devotion to him among her peers. St. Joseph is the patron saint of, among other things, husbands and families, and Pope Pius XI named him the Guardian and Protector of the Universal Church. What many Catholics might not be aware is that this humble carpenter from Nazareth is also the patron saint of departing souls – that is, a peaceful death. The obvious question that comes to mind is: “Why is St. Joseph the patron saint of a peaceful death?” Although the death of St. Joseph is not recorded in the Gospels, we know that he was not present during the Crucifixion of Jesus, and according to Church tradition, Joseph most likely died before the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.
Here we have the worship of Yahusha's earth father but only when it's a "peaceful death". Mankind sure knows how to worship everything but Abba Yah, and it makes me sad.
Aztec God of the Underworld-Mictlantecuhtli
Mictlantecuhtli, Aztec god of the dead, usually portrayed with a skull face. With his wife, Mictecacíhuatl, he ruled Mictlan, the underworld.
Mictlantecuhtli (pron. Mict-lan-te-cuht-li) or 'Lord of the Land of the Dead' was the Aztec god of death and worshipped across Mesoamerica. He ruled the underworld (Mictlán) with his wife Mictecacíhuatl. The god was the ruler of the 10th day Itzcuintli (Dog), the 5th Lord of the Night and the 6th (or 11th) Lord of the Day. He was the equivalent of the Maya god Yum Cimil, the Zapotec god Kedo and the Tarascan god Tihuime. Mictlantecuhtli was closely associated with owls, spiders and bats and the direction south.
Mictlantecuhtli was such an important god in the Aztec pantheon because, as ruler of Mictlán, all souls would one day meet him face to face, for it was believed that only those who suffered a violent death, women who died in childbirth or people killed by storms or floods avoided the underworld in the afterlife. The Aztecs did not believe in a special paradise reserved only for the righteous but, rather, that all people shared the same destiny after death, regardless of the kind of life they had led. Souls would descend the nine layers of the underworld in an arduous four-year journey until eventually reaching extinction in the deepest part - Mictlan Opochcalocan.
Mictlantecuhtli was particularly worshipped in the Aztec month of Tititl where, at the temple of Tlalxicco, an impersonator of the god was sacrificed and incense was burned in his honour.
Egyptian Gods of the Underworld- Osiris and Anubis
Anubis (Inpew, Yinepu, Anpu) was an ancient Egyptian god of the underworld who guided and protected the spirits of the dead. He was known as the 'Lord of the Hallowed Land' - the necropolis - and Khenty Amentiu, 'Foremost of the Westerners' - the Land of the Dead was thought to be to the west, where the Egyptians buried their dead. (Khenty Amentiu was the name of a previous canine deity who was superseded by Anubis.)
The worship of Anubis was an ancient one - it was probably even older than the worship of Osiris. In the pyramid texts of Unas, his role was already very clear - he was associated with the Eye of Horus and he was already thought to be the guide of the dead in the afterlife, showing them the way to Osiris. In the text, it was written that "Unas standeth with the Spirits, get thee onwards, Anubis, into Amenti, onwards, onwards to Osiris."
He was generally depicted as a black jackal-headed man, or as a black jackal. The Egyptians would have noticed the jackals prowling around the graveyards, and so the link between the animal and the dead was formed in their minds. (It has been noticed by Flinders Petrie that the best guides to Egyptian tombs are the jackal-trails.) Anubis was painted black to further link him with the deceased - a body that has been embalmed became a pitch black color. Black was also the color of fertility, and thus linked to death and rebirth in the afterlife. Anubis was also seen as the deity of embalming, as well as a god of the dead. To the Egyptians, Anubis was the protector of embalming and guardian of both the mummy and the necropolis.
Osiris was the Ancient Egyptian god of the dead, and the god of the resurrection into eternal life; ruler, protector, and judge of the deceased. His cult originated in Abydos, where tradition locates his tomb.
Osiris ruled the world of men after Ra left the world to rule the heavens. He was murdered by his brother Set, who later dismembered his body and scattered the remains. The grieving Isis reassembled the parts and magically brought him back to life. Since he was the first living thing to die, he subsequently became the lord of the dead. His death was avenged by his son Horus, who defeated Set and cast him out into the Western Desert.
Lets talk. This story of Osiris kinda sounds familiar doesn't it? It should. This story is similar to Cain and Able, except Eve doesn't put him back together with magic. Like Able, Osiris is the first living thing to die and was killed by his brother.
(Sermon soon on Did Yah's Spirit Leave: Genesis 6:3 Will Enlighten You to Truth: answer is No He Never Left!! and yes we been lied to again)
Hindu & Chinese God of The Underworld-Yamarāja
Yama or Yamarāja is a Hindu and Buddhist deity of death, dharma, the south direction, and the underworld, belonging to an early stratum of Rigvedic Hindu deities. In Sanskrit, his name can be interpreted to mean "twin".
Yama's Family Relations
Yama is the son of the sun god Vivasvat (or Visvavasu in other versions) and his mother is Saranyu-Samjna (Conscience). He is the brother of Manu or Vaivasvata and he also has a twin sister, Yami (or Yamuna). Yama and Yami are, in some myths, the first humans and creators of the human race but in other versions Yama is the first human to die and so the first to pass into the next world. Yama is considered the father of Yudhisthira, one of the five Pandu princes. His wives are Hemamala, Vijaya, and Susila.
Yama is the Hindu god of death, king of ancestors, and final judge on the destination of souls. He is also known as the 'Restrainer', Pretaraja or 'King of Ghosts', Dharmaraja or 'King of Justice', and as Daksinasapati is considered the regent of the South Quarter. Yama may also be referred to simply as 'Death' – Antaka, Kala or Mrtyu. Due to his responsibility for good decision-making based on records of a person's deeds, the god is particularly associated with the rule of law. Yama is also present in Iranian mythology, traditional Chinese and Japanese mythology, and elements of Buddhism.
Yanluo Wang or Yamla (Chinese: 閻羅王; pinyin: Yánluó Wáng; Wade–Giles: Yen-lo) is a deity in Chinese religion and Taoism, and the ruler of Diyu, the underworld. The name Yanluo is a shortened Chinese transliteration of the Sanskrit term Yamarāja (閻魔羅社).
As you can see this deity means twin and is another reference to Cain and Able regarding being the first human to die. Are you beginning to see the connections as we continue to link each name to the same false god that every culture has?
Sheol is the original term for Hades meaning the place where souls go. There are No angels or fallen angels, there is no man nor false god that rules the underworld. Abba Yah rules everything, hell and death are conquered in the end meaning no more death. Therefore these areas created to house the souls wont be needed because we will have eternal life.
To prove this let us look again at the Greek word for death
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
We talked about Thanos before who is the greek god of death:
Yes, Thanos is a greek name. The full version of the name is Athanasios which means Undying - Immortal. The Marvell super-villains full name is Thanatos, which is too a greek word and it means Death.
This is what happens when we turn away from Yah's Word: we immortalize everything except Him...even the act of death is worshiped and turned into a false god
Revelation 20:14 is telling us that the second death is when hell and death, physical and spiritual death finally is destroyed because Nobody Dies again after judgement. Everyone will gain Immortality as we were to have from the beginning.
Does this mean the angel of death then gets destroyed... I cannot answer that question, but since Abba Yah is a Yah of Love I doubt it since this angel has done their ordained duty and is not a fallen angel.