The Sides of the Pit
Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword: Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living.(Ezekiel 32:22-23) KJV
We’ve seen in scripture that, after death, all souls go to the grave. This is one of the ways that the word sheol is translated. We’ve found that after that there are two possible outcomes:
- Those who knew the Lord during their life remain in the mantle,
- a place euphemistically called Abraham’s bosom.
- Those who rejected the Lord descend into the core.
If this was a hypothesis we would have to test it. We need to test the hypothesis that when the Bible refers to the pit, it means the core. We can do that by looking to see if all other Biblical references to the pit are consistent with this interpretation.