saying, “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.(Jonah 2:2) ESV
Sheol, it turns out, is a lot of things. There’s a midst of sheol, a belly of sheol and a lowest sheol. The Hebrew word is modified in logical groupings that correspond to the regions of the interior of the Earth.
If the belly or midst of hell is a chamber in the lower mantle from which Abraham and Lazarus had their infamous conversation with the rich man, shouldn’t there be evidence for the existence of such a place? We’re going to go with, YES there is evidence, and point to something called the Lehmann discontinuity.
The Lehmann discontinuity is an abrupt increase of P-wave and S-wave velocities at the depth of 220±30 km, discovered by seismologist Inge Lehmann. It appears beneath continents, but not usually beneath oceans, and does not readily appear in globally averaged studies. Several explanations have been proposed: a lower limit to the pliable asthenosphere, a phase transition, and most plausibly, depth variation in the shear wave anisotropy.– Lehmann Discontinuity, definition (Wikipedia)
We euphemistically call this chamber in the lower mantle, or realm under all of the continents of the Earth, Abraham’s bosom. The take-home lesson: Hell is real. Everything we have makes this perfectly clear.