Peter was the first apostle to confess his belief in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus blesses Peter and declares “the gates of Hades shall not prevail” against His church. Like Jesus, Hades cannot hold His church. Jesus has the keys of Hades and His church will gain victory over Death and Hades in the resurrection. Contrary to what some may think, the Bible does not teach purgatory. After we draw our last breath, our destiny is fixed and our only hope is in Jesus Christ.