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Separated into Compartments (Revelation 1.17b-18)

"I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades." (Revelation 1.17b-18)✞

Jesus and the Afterlife

KeyRevelation tells us that Jesus holds "the keys of Death and Hades." The Greek word for "Hades" meaning "Unseen" is a translation of the Hebrew word "Sheol" and basically describes the location of the abode of the dead after death. "Hades" was also the name of an ancient Greek god of the underworld. "Sheol" is described as "the home of the righteous and the wicked." These two places were separated into compartments as is seen in the story of Lazarus (the poor beggar) and Dives (the rich man) in Luke 16.19-31. After the death of these two men and after the Resurrection, the wicked Dives remains in Hell and the righteous Lazarus goes to be with Jesus in Paradise. The word "Hades" emphasizes the awful dread of this place in the afterlife. Jesus himself holds the keys of Death and Hades which are a symbol of his control either to keep people in or to let them out. Jesus has complete power, authority and management over death and over the place of the dead.✞

Life's Maze

MazeRoger von Oech (1948- ) once said, "Life is like a maze in which you try to avoid the exit." Christians don't have to avoid the exit, in fact they can look forward to it. Jesus alone is able to free human beings from the fear of death. Believers don't have to fear death, because Jesus of Nazareth holds "the keys of the terrors of death and the eternity of Hades."

"Keys Death Hades"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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