God, Hope & Helping Others
Well, that was a lot of information provided to us by Jesus and others. Here is what I understand about paradise from what I have read from the scriptures and other sources.
Paradise was created by the Lord God. It was on the surface of the earth. Within it, in the east, was the garden in Eden. Paradise is large and contains various trees, plants, animals, people and more. It is a special creation from the Lord God and He protects it from evil. At some point in time after he removed Adam and Eve from the garden, the Lord God removed paradise from it’s original location. Hell seems to exist in the earth. The Lord God removed paradise and placed it adjacent to hell. A large gulf was placed between hell and paradise. It seems to be a spiritual barrier that allows one to see and hear each other, but the barrier is fixed and impenetrable.
Jesus declared from His cross that ‘it is finished’. He was stating that all prophecy concerning Himself as the Messiah of Israel, up to that point, was completed in His death. That dealt with the sin issue. Now the next phase of His mission was to begin. He was about to begin fulfillment of prophecy regarding His resurrection and rule as King of Kings.
First event is His resurrection from the dead. He accomplished that as recorded in the bible. Next, He had to go to paradise which is in the earth next to hell. Hell was created by the Lord God and was placed within the earth. Since righteous Able was slain by his brother Cain; it seems likely that sometime after Adam and Eve were removed from the garden, and before Able was murdered, paradise was moved into the earth by the Lord God. Hell would begin receiving the unrighteous dead and righteous Able and the other righteous dead would populate paradise.
There is a big difference between the conditions in hell and in paradise. In hell it’s hot with flames of fire. Thirst is the order of the day. Torments abound in hell.
In paradise it’s peaceful. There is no torment. There is hope in paradise. It’s a stopover place until heaven can be accessed.
Jesus fulfills His word to the malefactor. The malefactor goes ahead to paradise and awaits Jesus. Jesus now fulfilled the mission the Father entrusted to Jesus by conquering the reproach of sin. Heaven can now accept the righteous dead into heaven because of the completed work of Jesus.
Jesus went to hell before going to heaven for at least three reasons. (1) He went to proclaim victory over sin and death to those in hell. (2) He came to take possession of the keys lost by Adam to satan at the fall of Adam. Revelation 20:1-3 ‘(1) And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. (2) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, (3) And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season’. This key is one of the keys Jesus to back from satan. (3) Jesus came to take the righteous dead back home to the Father. The old patriarchs and other saints are all with the Father now. Until Jesus completed His mission, all the righteous dead stayed in paradise until Jesus made a way for them all to come home to the Father. Additionally, He took paradise with Him and placed it around the holy city of Father God in Heaven.
I will provide a list of sources of information for your consideration in paradise3. The bible contains a lot of information, but not all information. There are lots of dreams/visions, testimonies and other information available to help complete the missing pieces of the mystery of paradise.