March 20

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:

  1. Those who knew the Lord during their life remain in the mantle,
  2. Those who rejected the Lord descend into the core.
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March 19

The Midst of Sheol

The mighty chiefs shall speak of them, with their helpers, out of the midst of Sheol: ‘They have come down, they lie still, the uncircumcised, slain by the sword.’

(Ezekiel 32:21) ESV

Sheol is the Hebrew word which was translated hell. Newer translations don’t translate it, they leave it as it is acknowledging that no one in their right mind today believes that hell is at the center of the Earth.

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He also First Descended

(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

(Ephesians 4:9-10) NKJV

Who descended and what are the lower parts of the Earth? Fortunately this isn’t a mystery and we’ve already done the work needed to resolve both issues.

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The World Below

Elam is there, and all her multitude around her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who went down uncircumcised into the world below, who spread their terror in the land of the living; and they bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.

(Ezekiel 32:24) ESV

Most Christians avoid the question: what happened to the Old Testament saints when they died? They couldn’t go to heaven because it was before the crucifixion and the propitiation hadn’t been paid for their redemption.

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Biblical Features of the Mantle

So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.

(Luke 16:22) NKJV

The Bible includes many references to physical features and structures in the Earth’s mantle.

UsageTransliterationScripture
Abraham’s BosomkolposLuke 16:22
Belly of hellmibbeten sheolJonah 2:2
Bottoms of the mountainsqetseb harJonah 2:6
Chambers of deathchadrei mavethProverbs 7:27
Foundations of the hillsmowcadar harPsalms 18:7
Foundations of the mountainsmowcadar harDeut. 32:22
Foundations of the worldmowcadah tebelPsalms 18:15
GravesheolEzekiel 31:16
Lower parts of the Earthtachti eretsEzekiel 32:24
Midst of helltavek sheolEzekiel 32:21
Nether parts of the Eartherets tachtiEzekiel 26:20
Sides of the pityerekah bowrEzekiel 32:21
The world belowtachti eretsEzekiel 32:24
– Physical features of the Mantle in Scripture