This blog will pick apart these places. KJV, NKJV, NIV, ASV and NWT are used.
In the King James Version, there are 54 instances of “hell”, defined as the Abyss, Hades, “chains of darkness” and fire. The 31 instances in the Old Testament are called Sheol in NWT and ASV. These appear to be a place for the wicked and are called “realm of the dead” in NIV.
In the New World Translation, 2 Peter 2:1-4 leaves the Greek “Tartarus” as “chains of darkness” and this is where the fallen angels are held prisoner until the day of judgment.
New King James has 35 instances of hell (13 in the New Testament) and 11 instances of Hades (all New Testament). “Hell” in the Old Testament is the depths or pits. 2 Peter 2:4 is the “chains of darkness”. Again, the 22 instances of hell in NKJV OT are confirmed as Sheol in NWT and ASV or “realm of the dead” in NIV.
New International Version has 13 instances of hell, all fire, with the exception of 2 Peter 2:4. No instances in the Old Testament. All 13 instances in New World Translation are places of fire called “Gehenna”. ASV calls it “hell.”
New International Version has 8 instances of Abyss, all but one in Revelation and apparently a prison for Satan and his angels with smoke. Romans 10:7 in KJV is called “deep”. The remainder in NIV are called “bottomless pit” in KJV and NKJV. NWT refers to them as the abyss. Smoke rises from them.
Hades appears to a place of torment in one verse and the common grave of man in Revelation (about 1/4 of the earth is in Hades that are killed; this may be the physical area and the blog “Salvation Timeline Part 2” explains this):
Luke 16:23-24New King James Version (NKJV) – note: it is all called “Hades” in NWT. The rich man returns in verse 22 and describes Hades.
23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’
Revelation 6:8New King James Version (NKJV) – also called “Hades” in NWT (the timeline had been addressed in “The Salvation Timeline Part 2.”
8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
In NKJV, Acts 2:27 and 31, and 1 Cor 15:55 use Hades as does NWT. 2:27 and 31 is “realm of the dead” in NIV. In NIV, it is called “death.”
So all Old Testament definitions of “hell” refer to Sheol or a realm of the dead for the wicked souls (31 verses). Some sources say it is the common grave for both the wicked and righteous dead.
Tartarus in 2 Peter 2:4 is the prison for the fallen angels.
The Abyss in Revelation is Satan’s prison.
Hades appears to a grave for 1/4 of the earth killed. Rev 6:8 would refer to the physical land mass as 1/4 of the population. Luke 16:23-24 implies it is a place of torment until the 2nd resurrection.
The place of fire is called Gehenna or hell.
The lake of fire is unique because it is the place for final torment or destruction. According to several sources it does not exist until Judgment Day.
Of note, jw.org defines Sheol and Hades as the common grave. They seem to equate Gehenna and the lake of fire one in the same – permanent destruction; mainstream Christianity and a couple non-Trinitarian religions believe it as a place of eternal torment. The Abyss is confirmed as a place of confinement. Some sources say Sheol and Hades are one in the same – a repository and that the righteous dead are separated from the wicked dead and Luke 16:22-24 seems to indicate the rich man experiencing torment in a fiery place. Noted at some Catholic websites, is their “purgatory” is Hades.
So in short, Sheol and Hades are one in the same: a common grave for mankind and all souls are in darkness and awaiting judgment. Luke 16:23 seems to indicate someone returning and describing a fiery place of torment. Would one section be reserved for the wicked souls and a pre-judgment torment exist? Among the righteous would be the 144,000, those “beheaded for Jesus” and the dead in Christ; are there some among this group that are not Christians, and do they wait until Rev 20:13 to be resurrected? Are the righteous dead and lost souls in the same section of Hades?
Tartarus is the “chains of darkness” where the devil’s angels are held until the Final Judgment. This includes the false prophets and the beast. And are they confined there since the beginning.
The Abyss is the deepest pit where Satan is imprisoned for 1000 years after Christ’s 2nd coming and is released to deceive the nations. There is an indication of smoke.
The lake of fire does not exist until Judgment Day. It would appear that it is created in Rev 20:8-9. Is there a fire pit called “hell” that exists in 13 verses of the New Testament? Is this a literal place, an earthly punishment or a state of being?
https://messiahsbride.live/2016/07/05/hell-should-be-split/ I was provided this link.
http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/hades.htm – good article but the flaw in their logic of the righteous going straight to heaven after Jesus’ resurrection is omission of Ps 119:25 where the soul clings to dust, plus 1 Thess 4:16-17 where the dead in Christ rise first and those alive meet in the clouds.