Holy Saturday In Hell (Biblical Proof for the “P” Word)

This is the time of year, Easter, when we focus on the death and resurrection of Christ our Saviour.

That’s a good thing.

His mission–clearly–was to reconcile a sinful world to almighty God the Father.

What we too often forget (the nuns at St. Mark’s in the 60’s didn’t) was that the “world” population who loved God, that needed redemption, paled in comparison to the giant crowd patiently waiting for Christ the Redeemer to arrive in the Netherworld, with the keys to unlock the gates.

Now…before my evangelical friends jump down my throat and say “I’m veering away from Bible teaching,” I can prove to you I’m not–and in fact–prove you might be the one who’s ignoring the Bible.

Check this out from Revelations 1:17-18.

17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

We all know that Damnation/Hell is eternal.

The keys that Christ is talking about to the Apostle John, during his revelation, (so that he could write the book of the same name) are keys to the place where Jesus was on Holy Saturday–that’s why He said–“I was dead.”

The Hebrew word for the Netherworld is Sheol, the Greek word is Hades…O.K. evangelical friends, take a deep breath, cover your eyes if you must…the Latin word is…I can hardly say it…yes folks…it’s Purgatory.

Go ahead, grab some Visine because I know your eyes are burning.

But facts are facts.

Here’s something better than eye-wash–another Bible passage from Ephesians 4:8-10.

8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

9(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Jesus’ first trip, after His death, was to the souls waiting for Him to complete redemption–a.k.a. “the finished work” (I know you’ve heard of that).

Like any hero, one must go toward the flames, where people are suffering most first, before going to the award ceremony to collect crowns of glory.

Remember Christ on this Holy Saturday.

Remember also to offer prayers for those whose souls are being purged–as if through fire, so that they too can collect the gifts.

Not sure if you’re still there.

If you are, please know this too is Biblical…1 Corinthians 3:13-15.

13Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

14If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

15If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

There is no greater loss than to be apart from God.

Your prayers for those souls “suffering loss” is a great way to imitate Christ the Redeemer.

Not a bad way to live.

Thanks for signing up for my course–“Some Catholics Know the Bible.”

Happy Easter folks.


4 Responses to “Holy Saturday In Hell (Biblical Proof for the “P” Word)”

  1. Jose B. Caceres Says:

    Thank you, really , thank you – Now I have more solid arguments when faced by Evangelicals or better still by Jehovah’s Witness!

  2. Stephen DeVries Says:

    Thanks for the entry Jim. That is an interesting point that “purgatory” is the Latin word translated from “Sheol” and “Hades”. I don’t understand however your reference to “flames” and “suffering” for those that he rescued. That is one part of the Catholic Church’s doctrine on purgatory that I think is clearly unbiblical when we consider a few examples.

    # 1. The reference to Samuel coming up from Sheol and that Saul and his sons would soon join him there. Samuel was disquieted/ bothered by being called up by Saul meaning he was in a state of comfort rather than flames. (1 Samuel 28:12-19)

    # 2. Jesus’ reference of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31, where Lazarus was “comforted” in Abraham’s bosom rather than “tormented” in flames. This passage seems to reveal that Sheol/Hades had two sections prior to the resurrection and ascension of Christ, one for the damned and another for the saved; one a place of flames, the other a place of comfort.

    # 3. Jesus reference to “paradise” on the cross in Luke 23:42-43. This refers to an enclosed garden, a place of protection, not a place of torment and flames. After the resurrection, the saved go directly to where Christ is in heaven (2 Cor. 5:8).

    It is not the word “purgatory” that is wrong, but the doctrine attached to it that seems to me to fall far short of a finished work understanding of salvation. Did Christ not take our suffering once and for all that now we no longer need to fear the punishment for our sin? Are we not not appointed for wrath?

    Lastly, I understand that the testing of our works by fire will take place at the Bema seat of Christ in that day the work’s quality will be revealed as wrought of God or of man. (1 Cor. 3:10-15; 2 Cor. 5:10). I do not agree that these verses are describing a purgatory state between heaven and hell, burning away and purging the venial faults of those who departed this life in God’s grace.

    Here’s the doctrine: Purgatory (Lat., “purgare”, to make clean, to purify) in accordance with Catholic teaching is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God’s grace, are, not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions.
    (Quoted from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12575a.htm)

    That is not the Finished Work of Christ!

    God bless.

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