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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Hypothesis 28

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.

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Sides: בְּיַרְכְּתֵי – beyerekah

Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea; he shall become a haven for ships, and his border shall be at Sidon.

(Genesis 49:13) ESV

The word translated “and his border,” in a verse about geography is also translated as “the sides of the pit,” in references to parts of sheol, the underworld realm of the dead. It’s the extreme edge or periphery of a region.

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The Earth with Her Bars

I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

(Jonah 2:6) KJV

Jonah gives us direct observation of the pillars of the earth, he calls them bars. Something directly observed is called empirical. Thanks to Jonah the pillars of the earth aren’t metaphorical nor theoretical, they’re empirical.

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