Hell of Torah
This is a portion of “Hell of Torah Part 1” presented by Daniel Joseph. The full-length presentation can be viewed at https://youtu.be/XQdW4OdVXCI.
Hell of Torah Part 1 – Blog 1 of 6
Hell of Torah — a very intriguing title, but not selected for the sake of intrigue alone. It is meant to convey a very important message; one we’ll dig into throughout this series – hell is real!
When we hear the word hell, I think most of us utilize imagery of a place burning with fire where the wicked are destroyed. It is the place where they suffer the fate of judgment against them. This type of imagery is not some manmade concoction of our imagination. It is what we find throughout Scripture.
In Revelation 20:15 we read, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Obviously, we understand ‘lake of fire’ to represent hell, the term we commonly use today. Note it reads, “…anyone not found written in the Book of Life.” Only select individuals are going to suffer the lake of fire, not everyone — only those individuals who are not listed in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Moving to Matthew 10:28, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” We like to focus on the fact that our God is loving, kind, and merciful, which is where our hope lies. Apart from understanding who God is through love, we have nothing. However, we cannot forget that God is a man of war; He is the Destroyer. He is the One who can throw both soul and body into hell. In other words, there is a select group He is going to destroy. Who are they? The wicked. These He will destroy by throwing them into hell.
Yeshua knew His audience and what He was saying. When you look at the word “hell” in the Greek, it is very interesting. The word for hell is not hades which is the Greek word that means grave. You can trace that etymology back to the Hebrew word sheol. Tartarohoh (tartarus), which is a place of darkness, is not being used. Yeshua used a very specific Greek word, gehenna. You can trace the etymology of the word gehenna back to the Hebrew word ben Hinnom or gay’ ben Hinnom which means the valley of the son of Hinnom.
The valley of the Hinnom sits on the south side of Jerusalem. This was a place of burning, where they threw the dead bodies of the executed criminals and where they burned garbage. This is the term Yeshua used as He was teaching His disciples.
Peter opens up our minds a little bit regarding the parameters which the lake of fire reaches. What you’re going to see is it is not a pond. It is very large. In 2 Peter 3:10 Peter says, “But the day of the LORD…” Any time you see “day of the LORD,” you need to reckon this to Judgment Day. Scripture confirms this; reference Isaiah 13, Joel 2, and John 6 & 12.
Back to the verse in 2 Peter 3:10, “…but the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” So here we have heaven, the earth, and the works being burned up. What burns? Fire. Heaven and earth are literally going to be dissolved.
Think about that for a second. The image we have created in our minds of a little secluded area called hell, a small place out there that we do not see, is not correct. The entire heavens and the earth are going to be burning. This universe has never experienced anything like it before.
These are just a few brief examples of Scripture referencing hell or what I like to call the Hell of Torah.