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MatthewThursday, Jun 21, 2018

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The Gates of Hell

If we think of Hades or Hell as the capital city of Satan’s kingdom of darkness wherein his demon’s live and torture the souls of the deceased, we have accidentally borrowed some imagery from Greek mythology. In Isaiah 38, the term “gates of Sheol” is a metaphor for the passage between life and death.

If we think of Hades or Hell as the capital city of Satan’s kingdom of darkness wherein his demon’s live and torture the souls of the deceased, we have accidentally borrowed some imagery from Greek mythology. In Isaiah 38, the term “gates of Sheol” is a metaphor for the passage between life and death.

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