We know that the Hebrew word "Sheol" is the
same as the Greek word "Hades." One way to
know this is to look at Acts 2:29-32, where the
apostle Peter quotes from the book of Psalms:
I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch
David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb
is with us to this day. And so, because he was a
prophet, and knew that God had sworn to him with an
oath to seat one of his descendants upon his throne,
he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the
Christ, that He was neither abandoned to
nor did His flesh suffer decay. This Jesus God
raised up again, to which we are all witnesses."
Acts 2:29-32 (NAS)
The actual passage in Psalm 16:10 says:
Thou wilt not abandon my soul to
neither wilt Thou allow Thy Holy One to undergo
decay." Psalm 16:10 (NAS)
Why is this important?
There are many references made in the Book of
Revelation to Sheol or Hades (the place of the dead)
and Abaddon (the destroyer). Understanding the
meanings of these words in scriptures will be very
important as you begin your study of the Revelation.
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