I listened to Derek Prince (famous pentecostal bible teacher, who died a few years ago) and he said psalm 88 is about Jesus and it describes Jesus being in Sheol and suffering. He backed it up with many bible verses. But I bet you will not agree with him and say that this is nonsense. But exactly here is the problem once again. It's actually in the bible... According to 1.Peter 3 Jesus also was revived or born again in Sheol which is also denied by the conservative christians. They simply say it's a heresy but the problem is the verse are in the bible. Seems like the bible isn't so easy to understand at all and you really cannot say that this isn't a bible study or that it's superficial. I am asking those which say that this is not true to simply disprove it with the bible! I read those verses and I summed up this whole stuff and I have to say that this sounds very convincing and also very biblical and not made up or wrong. Somebody told me that this is a doctrine of demons that Jesus was born again but 1.Peter 3 says it! I'm really curious and waiting for the biblical refutations of these claims. It is simply so tiring. Christians argue about everything. Wether Jesus was left by God on the cross, why he said "why have you forsaken me", what he meant with this, what he meant with saying "It's finished". They simply argue about everything. This makes it look so senseless to even try to understand it because it's all so wishy-washy and there are always 100 different opinions. Let's get started with the basic content of Prince's teaching: Prince said that dying on the cross was not the worst and that Jesus went down to Sheol afterwards into the complete darkness. He endured the wrath of God which rolled over him and later he preached to the fallen angels which are caught down there and he also freed the believers. And the way he explained it makes sense, he named many bible verses and also psalms which deal with just the topic of Jesus going down to sheol. Prince said Jesus had to drink the whole cup which the father gave him til the last drop. This is really hard to imagine what Jesus went through and how he must have felt. I mean dying on the cross was already terrible but then going to Sheol into this absolute darkness is even worse. Prince said Jesus died all 3 deaths. Spiritual death- being separated from God. Physical death-dying on the cross. & The second death-being banished from the presence of God. Prince said that the gospels do not say much about what happened after Jesus died on the cross, but he said that the psalms describe what happened after Jesus' spirit had left his body and went down to Sheol. Prince also adds that Sheol is not Gehenna and not the lake of fire. Leviticus 16 5 And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering. 6 And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house. 7 And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. 10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. Prince said we have 2 goats here. 1 goat is sacrificed, the other one is identified with the sin of Israel and then led into the wilderness. Prince says that what happens to this scapegoat also happened to Jesus' spirit after he died on the cross. The scapegoat stands for Jesus' spirit. The bible says "wilderness" but Prince said that in hebrew it's not wilderness but a land of separation, this means separation from God. Jesus was separated from God. 20 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. Here we can see how the living goat was identified with the sin. Now let's look at psalm 16. Prince says that even though this is a psalm from David and even though David seems to be talking of himself cause he says I, that this does not apply to David himself.This can also be seen on psalm 22 where it says >18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.< so you see just because David seems to be talking of himself does not mean this applies to him. 8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. And you can see this here: David wrote about what would happen to Jesus! Acts 2 22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. 25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. 29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. 30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. David talked about Jesus. He says that Jesus was neither left in Hades nor did his flesh decay. Both of these things came true. Now look at this: 1.Peter 3 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; What do we see here? The bible says Jesus was quickened by the spirit! And it also says Jesus preached to the spirit in prison, meaning the spirits in Sheol. And Prince says that spirit in verse 18 does not mean the holy spirit, but Jesus' spirit! This means Jesus' spirit was revived before he came back from Sheol. When Jesus preached to the spirits of the disobedient he basically told them that he has the authority now and that he has the keys to Sheol. Now let's look at psalm 71. Another psalm from David where David is talking about Jesus. 20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. So we see there is an order: 1) quicken 2) bring up from the depths of the earth Now let's look at psalm 88. Prince says that psalm 88 describes Jesus' experience as scapegoat while he was in Hades! 3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. >This describes how tormented Jesus is and that he is nigh unto grave, this means he is near to Hades. 4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength: >This describes that Jesus is separated from God. 6 You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. >This describes the different levels of Sheol. And Jesus was on the lowest level, in the abyss. Jesus was into the total darkness. 7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah. 8 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.