From Tehom to Sheol

Cutaway of the Earth after Noah's flood

August 31

But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

(Luke 16:25-26) NKJV

After Noah’s flood the region in the interior of the Earth, formerly occupied by the great deep (tehom), is now a great gulf or mega chasm of open space that Jesus spoke of in Luke 16:26 (sheol).

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The Fountains of the Great Deep

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.

(Genesis 7:11) ESV

Did God build the fountains of the great deep for the purpose of flooding the Earth? If he did then he must have intended to flood it even before Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden. That’s a problem.

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The Great Deep

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.

(Genesis 7:11) ESV

The deep and the great deep are both translated from the same Hebrew word, tehom. The difference signifies a transition from the deep where Earth was created to when the great deep is in the interior of the Earth.

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Uniformitarianism Fails

Cutaway of planet Earth showing the relative depth of Noah's flood

And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered.

(Genesis 7:19-20) NKJV

Uniformitarianism exists to support the time scale needed in the popular science narrative of godless existence (SciPop) but it’s not a testable hypothesis, so it’s not scientific.

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Uniformitarianism Applied

The earth is violently broken, The earth is split open, The earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut; Its transgression shall be heavy upon it, And it will fall, and not rise again.

(Isaiah 24:19-20) NKJV

A classic example of the use of uniformitarianism is the calculation of how much has time has passed since the tectonic plates formed. Supposedly we can tell how fast the African and American continents are moving apart.

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Sheol

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

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

(Psalms 16:10) KJV

Sheol refers to life beyond the grave, quite literally an underworld realm of the dead. It’s also modified in a variety of ways which can be grouped to correspond to the main regions of the interior of the Earth.

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