The word “Sheol” in Hebrew means the underworld, the place where people go after death. Before Jesus came and died on the cross for the sins of the world, Hades had two compartments. After Jesus rose from the grave and went to heaven, from that time on, all the saints after their death go straight to be with the Lord in heaven and no longer to Sheol (2 Corinthians 5:8).
The two compartments in Hades is seen in Luke 16:19-31. There was a rich man who lived for his money and at his gate was a beggar named Lazarus, who wanted to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. The rich man never helped Lazarus. The time came for them to die and both went to Hades. Lazarus went to paradise, another section of Hades while the rich man went to the place where the fires are at. There was a chasm between both places in Hades, so that the ones in paradise couldn’t cross over to help those in the fire and those in the fire couldn’t go to paradise.
From this point on, I will use the word Hell to refer to Hades for clarity.
In Hell there is nothing but fire reserved for those who die in their sins because they didn’t put their faith in Jesus Christ, having their sins forgiven. Hell desires you to occupy your place. Hell looks forward to have you, so that it may consume you with its fires.
Why does Hell have a desire for people to come there? We know that Hell is not animated but the Scriptures expresses it in such a way as to remind us our destiny without Jesus. Everyone who is born, their eternal dwelling after death is Hell because all of us are born in sin (Psalm 51:5) and no one with sin can enter into heaven. So, a place has been made for us in Hell.
There is a way to forfeit our place in Hell. Our sins must be washed away, making us clean and righteous before a Holy God. God has to punish sin because He is righteous and all evildoers must pay for their sins. Jesus came and took all of our sins upon Himself on the cross and died in our place for it. If we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and ask Him for forgiveness, He will for give us. We must accept the conviction of the Holy Spirit who brings to your attention all of your sins and shows you how evil you are, referring to the sinful nature of the flesh.
If the Holy Spirit is talking to you, do not resist Him. Understand that it is for your good that the Holy Spirit is trying to make you see that you are a sinner and everything you do goes against God’s standard. Even the good that you might do, only glorifies yourself and not God who gave you life.
Remember, Hell desires you and it can’t wait to have you. Wake up before it’s too late. Get on your knees and ask Jesus Christ to save you today. You are never promised tomorrow.