Q. You have talked previously about Hades being the place where people wait to be judged.
Who exactly are the ungodly? Are they all non-Jews or just people who were disobedient to God?
My question to you is, what happens to people who were followers of God but not part of the covenant relationship between God and His chosen people?
Also where do non-believers go today – do they also await judgment with those from the past.
A. The ungodly are those of any race who refuse the pardon the Lord purchased for us on the cross. Before the crucifixion, they were those who didn’t believe it would happen and after the cross they are those who didn’t believe it did happen.
In Old Testament days, the way to salvation was through the Jews (John 4:22). Those who sought God had to come to Him through Judaism. That’s one of the reasons that the Lord was so upset when He entered the Temple. The merchants and money-changers were set up in the Court of the Gentiles, taking the only place a non-Jew could come to worship God. Since then it has been through the Lord Himself. (John 14:6)
When Jesus rose from the dead, He took the believers out of Hades and into heaven where they await their Resurrection bodies. Unbelievers still go to Hades to await the Great White Throne judgment at the end of the Millennium (Rev. 20:11-15).