Right Micah, after the word "aeonian", hell has got to be the most misunderstood translation word there is.
The problem isn't even the word, it's mankind's view of it.
Sometimes, I amuse myself by telling christians we are all going to hell. They are shocked. Then I add... just like Jesus did.
Unbelieveably, some don't even seem aware of Jesus going to "hell" but it is where the term originated:
"Jesus went to hell and back for us."
Seriously, I wonder about that. When he says, 'the gates of Hell will not prevail against it [the church]," what does he mean?
Gates are meant to keep people in and also to keep people out. To the church, they are an open door. Does that mean we will also go into Hell to preach the gospel at some point and lead many captives captive?