The Grave: שְׁא֣וֹל – sheol

Cutaway of planet Earth showing the crust, mantle, great gulf and hell.

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

(Hosea 13:14) KJV

A word frequently translated as the grave is the Hebrew שְׁא֣וֹל – sheol, but sheol is far more than just the grave. The grave is a portal into the underworld realm of the dead.

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Known of God

Davidson Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon page CCXCVIII

Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret.

(John 18:20) ESV

“You can only be fully loved when you’re fully known,’ is heartwarming sentiment and it’s used as an exhortation to participate in small groups which meet between church services on week days.

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Sides: בְּיַרְכְּתֵי – beyerekah

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

Once you enter the great gulf nothing can stop your fall into the core. The pit is everything below the mantle. If the sides of the pit is the lower mantle, then the pit includes the great gulf.

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March 29

Hell: αδη – Hadés

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

(Luke 16:23) KJV

We’ve made an extensive study of the ways in which the interior of the Earth is described in Old Testament Hebrew, but how is it described in New Testament Greek? The doctrine isn’t as well developed but it overlaps harmoniously.

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Mist or Steam?

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

(Genesis 2:5-6) KJV

The context of the mist that went up is important. It’s part of the narrative of the week of creation when the fountains of the great deep had to be sealed after the deep had drained through them into the interior of the Earth.

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A Spellyng Mystaque

He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

(Jeremiah 10:12, 51:15) KJV

It turns out that theologians fudge their data just like scientists do. Sometimes things don’t make sense, do they? What could possibly be wrong with helping them make sense? This approach is inductive, aka eisegesis.

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The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

(2 Timothy 2:15) KJV

Our unified theory of everything is, in large part, based on a theory of Biblical quantum gravitation (BQG). Gravity is something that’s been with us for a very long time. Us as in me, not us as in everyone else.

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The Lamb of God

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

(John 1:29) ESV

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

(Revelation 13:8) KJV

Why was the lamb slain from the foundation of the world? So that light could become darkness, good could become evil, the sinless could become sin, and we could have sentient life with free will.

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