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Uncovering the Mystery of the Meaning of Hell - Part 2

Updated on August 30, 2016
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Please read Part 1 of this theme in the link below.

What happened to all of King Solomon's children as supported by Scripture?
What happened to all of King Solomon's children as supported by Scripture?

In the Old Testament, Isaiah spoke of a place in Jerusalem called Topheth. During the time of the Canaanites, this area was a deep gorge where they worshipped an idol named Molech who was perched on a pedestal of brass. There was an opening in the stomach of Molech that the Caananites would put pitch and tar into and set it ablaze; they would cast their infant sons and daughters into the belly of fire as a sacrifice to their idol god. They would beat their drums, which would drown out the sounds of the children that were being sacrificed.

For Topheth has long been ready, Indeed, it has been prepared for the king. He has made it deep and large, A pyre of fire with plenty of wood: The breath of the LORD, like a torrent of brimstone, sets it afire. – Isaiah 30:33

There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers. – Proverbs 6:16-19

After the time of the Canaanites, David took the city of Jerusalem, who was the father of King Solomon. King Solomon was faithful to God until he married the Canaanite and Egyptian women who worshipped different gods. These actions proceeded to influence and turn his heart away from God; he started taking part in their malevolent rituals of these idol gods including offering his sons and daughters to the idol, Molech.

Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and did not follow the LORD fully, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable idol of Moab, on the mountain which is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the detestable idol of the sons of Ammon.Thus also he did for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods. – 1 Kings 11:6-8

The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.”  - Matthew 27:6
The chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the temple treasury, since it is the price of blood.” - Matthew 27:6
Thirty pieces of silver.
Thirty pieces of silver.
Potter's Field
Potter's Field
Valley of Hinnom (Hakeldema, Gehenna)
Valley of Hinnom (Hakeldema, Gehenna)
And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. - Revelation 20:15
And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. - Revelation 20:15

During the Roman period at the time of Christ, Jerusalem had twelve major gates. One of these gates was called the Dung Gate where the Jews would bring the waste from their animals and throw it into a steep valley, which was called Gehenna. This place was a literal garbage dump where fires would perpetually burn day and night.

There is an interesting connection with Gehenna and Judas Iscariot who was one of the twelve disciples of Yahshua. Judas betrayed Yahshua for thirty pieces of silver when Satan entered into his heart. When he realized that he had done wrong, he took the “blood money” back to the priests in the temple, but they refused it. He then proceeded into the area of Gehenna, which in the time of the prophet Jeremiah was called the Potter’s Field at the edge of the Valley of Hinnom.

The Potter’s Field was a place where the people made pottery and discarded the pieces that were considered waste, or beyond repair. Judas knew that he could not undo the betrayal of his transgression and committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree; the branch broke and he fell into the depths of Gehenna.

…to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” – Acts 1:25

I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!” So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages.Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD. - Zachariah 11:12-13

And they conferred together and with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. – Matthew 27:7-8

(Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) – Acts 1:18-19

The New Testament Greek word for hell is Gehenna. What is interesting is that Judas Iscariot hung himself in the area of the Potter's Field, on the lower slopes of Jerusalem (Hakeldama), which signifies a place of no repair, or beyond repair. People who were considered strangers in Jerusalem were buried in the “Field of Blood”.

There are some physical and spiritual indicators to consider. Judas’ dead body was lying in the valley of Gehenna, his body was buried in the Potter’s Field, and his soul and spirit went into the depths, where he is waiting to be finally judged by Yahshua our Messiah after His millennial reign.

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgement... – 2 Peter 2:4

And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. – Jude 1:6-7

Having the covenant, relationship, and knowledge of Yahshua is so important. The Bible says that hell (Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, Tartarus, and the Abyss) are prepared for Satan and his fallen angels. Furthermore, the sin of Adam has brought on all of mankind a death penalty, but it is through the covenant of Yahshua through his death and resurrection that will releases us from it. It is the provision that has been made for all of mankind to escape the judgement of Gehenna (Hell).

We must choose whom we will serve while his grace is still available. It is through the heart and the confession of the mouth that leads to salvation. Our Father in Heaven (Yahweh) gives everyone a chance to make a decision; He will draw you, and when He does, accept His free gift and choose the Way that leads to life. He has the power to change and transform you no matter what your situation.

That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. - Romans 10:9-10

“Have you entered into the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep. “Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? - Job 38:16-17
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep. “Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? - Job 38:16-17

Please continue reading Part 3 of this theme that will cover the physical locations of the chambers and caverns of hell here on earth. There is an interesting connection to these locations where subterranean fires and strange anomalies have occurred in the oceans and seas throughout history.

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    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Thank-you Caleb DRC,

      The reality of Hell is part of God's love and justice for His children. We can get caught up in who eternally goes here or there, but we must realise that it is not us who does the judging in this area. We must trust God who sees and knows all things.

      Some people are so pompous in saying that you are going to burn in Hell, but if we come from the other side and say he/she is going to, or is in Heaven, it is making the same same eternal judgement that we are not qualified to make.

      We must have faith and trust in God for his perfect justice.

      If judgement was put into man's hands, we probably be doing a lot of murder and condemning. John Calvin is a good example. Who would want the hindsight of knowing that you are wrong in deciding someone's fate?

      The church only wants to hear one side of the truth of who God is. Unfortunately, when the other side is ignored, God's grace is abused, which essentially negates His power. People think that Jesus Christ is their "homeboy" or one of their "peeps", which does not respect who God is.

      Thanks for commenting and I am glad you are enjoying the subject.

    • Caleb DRC profile image

      Caleb DRC 

      6 years ago

      Just read part 1( great job), and now part 2( even better): This is the stuff that keeps me as one of your followers.

      Hell is a reality which Christians should keep right in front of their face at all times, because we are becoming sooo lukewarm in this country. People have more fear of missing their favorite tv program than fearing God.


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