posted on Apr, 2 2004 @ 09:24 PM
The first sentence in the Bible says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Gen. 1:1. It doesn't say that
He created Hell there, or anywhere else for that matter. So where did the idea of Hell being a physical location come from then? It came from the
idea that heaven is also a physical location; as if real estate determines what constitutes heaven. But there is nothing in Scripture that says that
God created two different physical places. Yes, it mentions the earth as if it were a separate entity of heaven. But if one has eyes to see, they
could see that the earth itself is a component of heaven. It came into that place on the seventh day of creation as it is written:
Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It
is a sign between me and the children of Israe for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was
refreshed. Exo. 31:16-17.
The word refreshed in that passage literally means, "to breathe upon". On the seventh day of creation, God breathed upon His finished work of the
earth and filled it with His presence, thus making the earth a component of heaven. It is the presence of God that constitutes heaven, regardless as
to where one is. The purpose for the observance of the seventh day Sabbath (Saturday) in the Fourth Commandment (Exo. 20:8-11) is to testify that we
have heaven now, not someday.
This act of breathing upon also occured on the sixth day of creation as it is written:
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living
soul. Gen. 2:7.
So, in the original creation, not only was the earth a component of heaven, but so was man (the entire human race contained inside Adam's loins). So
how does Hell come into this? To understand that, one must look to see what Scripture says about things that happened in heaven surrounding the
creation of the earth. It is written:
Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the
earth? declare if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God
shouted for joy? Job 38:3-7.
Based on this, it appears that when God decided to create the earth, everyone else in heaven was OK with that, or were they? That would be determined
on how God would create the earth. It is written:
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in
heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were
created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the
beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness
dwell. Col. 1:16-19.
If one were to read this passage in its entirety, they can see that this is referring to the Son of God who was revealed to this world in the person
of Jesus of Nazareth. Now, one could ask, what was it about Jesus that made him the Son of God, but that is another subject. The point here is, that
God the Father did not do these things of Himself, but gave it over to the Son. This would serve as a test of character among His creation as to
whether they would obey or not. Anyone could obey God if He were 36,000 miles tall and had a booming voice that shook everything. But could they
obey God if He showed up looking like themself?
The prophet Ezekiel was instructed to use the king of Tyrus as a type of the character of one who is referred to as the "anointed cherub that
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx,
and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the
day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thos
hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was
found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast
thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was
lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee
before kings, that they may behold thee. Eze. 28:13-17.
Now what is a covering cherub and what does that have to do with Hell? Looks like we'll have to wait and see what my Father brings.
[Edited on 2-4-2004 by Timothy]