Did Jesus descend into hell
and preach to the lost there?
No, this is a heresy of the Apostles’ Creed, which was first mentioned 300 years too late to have been seen or approved by any apostle. The fourth article says Jesus descended into hell, but Jesus Himself said to the thief that they would be in Paradise that day in the presence of God, for He also commended His spirit into God’s hands at the moment of death (Luke 23:43,46).
No, this is a heresy resulting from a bad interpretation of I Peter 3:18-20, which actually describes the Holy Spirit of the divine nature of Jesus Christ assisting Noah to preach to the disobedient men of his generation while the ark was being built under the longsuffering of God, the spirits of which men at the time Peter wrote his epistle were in the prison of hell.