Thus says the LORD: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done, declares the LORD.”
(Jeremiah 31:37) ESV
A lot of people are convinced that the mass of the sun is obtained using calculations of the rate of Hydrogen fusion with Einstein’s infamous equation: E-mc2.
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.
For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.
(Deuteronomy 32:22) KJV
Deuteronomy 32:22 is the beginning of the doctrine of the expansion of hell. The foundations of the mountains is the Earth’s mantle. It’s been set on fire by the heat from the lowest hell and this is the cause of volcanic activity around the world.
O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
(Psalms 30:3) KJV
You can come back from the grave but you can’t come back from the pit? That makes sense if the grave is the mantle and the pit is the core. Sheol includes the pit, but the pit is a part of sheol that you can’t come back from.
And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
(Mark 9:43-44) KJV
Jesus tells us that the punishment for sin is burning in hell, a fire like in Hinnom (gehenna). However, hell hasn’t been replaced by burning trash in Hinnom. Hell is expanding, it’s the cause of global warming.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
(Matthew 16:17-19) KJV
A gate is stationary. It’s the weak point in a barrier that’s part of the defense of a place. Gates don’t move or go on the attack. On the contrary, if the gates of hell aren’t prevailing, then they must be under attack.
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.
The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.
(Ezekiel 32:21) KJV
It’s universally believed today that hell, translated from either the Hebrew sheol or Greek hades is mythological, after all, there’s no world below where souls go when their bodies die, right? Is there?
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.