There is a lot of ideas about Hell. Most use it as a curse. Most considerate it a place that you do NOT want to go to – IF it really exists in the first place.
Hell as used in the Bible means the grave (death) and also the realm of the devil in the bowels of the Earth. Both locations coincide with “in the Earth”.
It seems that the devil “owned” YOU when YOU died because he had the “keys to death and hell”.
The devil is the god of this world and was not about to let any of his prisoners go.
When Jesus died he descended into hell and when he rose from hell he took the “keys to death and hell” away from the devil so that he no longer “owns” you when you die.
Hell is considered the place of punishment and retribution. Catholics view it as purgatory an area where you are purged of your sins so that you can go to heaven.
When YOU die YOU to go to hell (the grave). YOU “sleep in the dust” of the earth until…
Death and hell is the repository of dead souls. The dead know nothing because they sleep.

NO ONE however is going to stay in hell.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
There are 2 resurrection from the dead. Both resurrection are followed by a judgment. The “first resurrection” are those souls that are saved and dead when Jesus returns. This is the one that YOU want to be in because YOU are SAVED. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

The “second resurrection” is the one that YOU do NOT want to be in because YOU are LOST.
“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And DEATH and HELL were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

If YOU were not in the first resurrection YOU are REALLY dead now!

Question to Ponder: Where the Hell are YOU going to be?