From: Clayton Bartholomew (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu May 22 1997 - 08:49:50 EDT
Thanatos and Hades in the Lake of Fire
Who are Thanatos and Hades in the Apocalypse? Are the personal beings
or are they metaphors? Yes this is a Greek question. Thanatos and
Hades were Greek gods.
The question comes up because Thanatos and Hades are thrown into the
Lake of Fire (Apoc 20:14). Now there are others who suffer this fate,
The Dragon (Apoc 20:10), The Beast and False Prophet (Apoc 19:20),
those not written in the Book of Life (Apoc 20:15), the cowardly,
faithless, polluted, murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and
all liars (Apoc 21:8).
Here is the problem:
Let's assume that some of you will see several or all of these
references as figurative. Some kind of metaphor perhaps. This question
is not for you because the problem does not arise for you.
There are others who will see most of those listed above as personal
beings of some kind. But even these interpreters will say that
Thanatos and Hades are not personal beings. How can this be?
The immediate context where Thanatos and Hades are thrown into the
lake of fire includes those not written in the Book of Life. Let's
*And three people and two metaphors were thrown into the lake of
Here is the Question again:
Are Thanatos and Hades personal beings in the Apocalypse or metaphors?
For another angle on this see Paul's treatment of Thanatos in Rom. 5-8
and 1 Cor. 15. Paul's *personifications(?)* of Thanatos are rather
striking at some points.
Three Tree Point
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