Generally, the interpretation of this passage falls to one of two sides: one which understands the passage to teach that Yeshua descended to Hades or Hell during the time He was in the grave, and the other which denies that He descended during this period.
Where do the wicked go when they die? If you grew up in the Christian church, you have a simple answer… Hell! Many believe, however, that the answer is much bigger. For some, the idea that an all loving God could torment a soul for eternity is impossible. But what does the Bible tell us about hell? Especially relevant, does God impose eternal punishment? Hegg looks at the terms Sheol and Hades in the Bible, as well as some current theologies and teachings about hell. Hegg also takes a hard look at Scriptural passages such as, Matt. 25:46 and Rev.14:9-11.