“You are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not be able to stop it”
- Matthew 16:18
But what are the “Gates of Hades”? Is it Hell or an evil city or a band of demons roaming the earth? And what rock is Jesus building on? To answer those questions, we must look around the region where Jesus said these words. There is a long history of divine assemblies on tall mountains and kings who return from the dead.