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Regarding the spirits in prison.

Submitted: 1/2/2011
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Question: Regarding 1 Peter 3:19, I do not believe the spirits in prison, to whom Jesus made proclamation were human spirits, but rather those of the fallen angels who sinned with the daughters of men in the days of Noah. Those spirits are incarcerated in the deepest abyss of Hades, called Tartaroo (2 Pet 2:4). Mankind's souls that are outside of Christ go to Hades, a higher level (Luke 16:23). Either way, they all await the judgment of God at the appointed time (after the millennial reign). There they will be sentenced to Gehenna, the Lake of Fire, the final hell (Mat 25:41; Rev 19:20; 20:10). My point as to Jesus going to make victorious proclamation to the fallen angels before His resurrection, is that His Spirit survived His bodily death. The Holy Spirit indwelt Jesus, so when He said 'In three days I will raise it up (John 2:19), we can see He is the Spirit of God (Rom 8:11) and is God (Acts 10:40). Likewise, our spirits are with Him upon bodily death (Acts 7:59) and will be reunited with our new bodies upon resurrection, just as His was...by His Spirit. Consider this, also. Paul said we would be absent from the body and present with the Lord (2 Cor 5:8). If our soul/spirit stayed with our bodies until resurrection, we would NEVER be absent from them...not ever. I pray the Lord open your understanding (Luke 24:45).

Answer: We know of no biblical basis for your claim that Tartaroo is the 'deepest abyss of Hades.' In fact, your concept of hades seems to be more like Dante than the apostles. We also believe that you have used a parable (the rich man and Lazarus) to establish a doctrine on hades that cannot be supported anywhere else in the Sciptures. This is a shakey foundation. We also suggest that you have no biblical basis for your idea that Jesus made a victorious proclamation to a group of incarcerated fallen angels between the time of His death and the moment of His resurrection. Could you provide us with a scriptural basis for any of these doctrines?