The Belly of Hell
Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.(Jonah 2:1-2) KJV
Jonah drowned and died. According to his testimony his soul went to hell, his body was swallowed by a fish. In hell he cried out to the Lord and he was resurrected in the fish’s belly.
Chapter 2 of Jonah includes a first-hand eyewitness account of the internal structure of the earth. It gives us the clues we need to assemble the pieces of our spherical hollow earth model. It’s an application of predictive testable hypothesis 22.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
Let’s look Jonah 2:1-7 line by line:
The Fish’s Belly
Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,(Jonah 2:1) KJV
Jonah woke up, resurrected after a very harrowing experience, probably not knowing where he was.
The Belly of Hell
And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.(Jonah 2:2) KJV
When Jonah was cast into the sea he drowned. The next thing he was aware of was being in hell, sheol. He gives us a surprising amount of detail in this short passage which serves to correlate the ways in which sheol is modified to the ways in which erets is modified. He specifically mentions the belly of hell. The word also refers to a womb. Jonah finds himself in the womb of the earth, deep in the mantle.
- Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
- believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
- confess your sin.
Drowning in Peace
For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me.(Jonah 2:3) KJV
Jonah remembers sinking into the sea, and as he sank he saw the surface receding.
Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.(Jonah 2:4) KJV
He was mindful enough, while drowning, to think about the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. He was no doubt contemplating his imminent death and comforting himself with the thought that he would see the temple again in the resurrection.
The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head.(Jonah 2:5) KJV
It would take a while to sink to the bottom of the sea and get tangled up in seaweed, but even so it seems that Jonah didn’t panic. He was reconciled to this outcome because he knew that he had brought it upon himself. However, he believed that the Lord’s mercy was greater than his anger, and that, when it was all over, he would be in the presence of the Lord. He died, peacefully it would seem.
The Bottoms of the Mountains
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 wakes up in the underworld realm of the dead, sheol. From his vantage point he can see out across the great gulf of open space between the lower mantle, stretching out above him, and the surface of hell down below. He can see the pillars of the earth protruding like broken spokes downward from the ceiling of the vast cavern.
The earth with her bars would be a tricky one to figure out if it weren’t for the fact that Jonah’s painted a picture of being in a cavern from which he can can see columns reaching down from the inner surface of the lower mantle to where they melt in the molten core of the earth – hell.
Here’s the clue that we need: Jonah previously mentioned crying out from the belly of hell מִבֶּ֧טֶן שְׁא֛וֹל – mibbeten sheol. Now he’s referring to the same place as the bottoms of the mountains לְקִצְבֵ֤י הָרִים֙ – qetseb har. The word qetseb means moorings, something to which a boat is attached by a rope, or the rope used to moor a boat. Mountains are part of the crust of the earth, they can only go down as far as the bottom of the lower mantle. The moorings of the mountains are the pillars of the earth. This means that the belly of hell is in the mantle, and that the pillars of the earth connect the mantle to the core.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;(Luke 16:22) KJV
Jonah describes a place in the lower mantle, overlooking the molten core of the Earth and the pillars of the Earth, which we’re euphemistically calling Abraham’s Bosom. In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus gave us the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Lazarus is said to have been in Abraham’s bosom. That simply means that Abraham was giving Lazarus a hug.
Most theologians will tell you that Lazarus and Abraham are in heaven, the great gulf refers the impassable void between heaven and Earth, and hell is spiritual separation from God. Typical fluff. However, Lazarus and Abraham can’t be in heaven because this takes place before the crucifixion. The sacrifice hasn’t been made which pays the propitiation for our redemption – yet. Lazarus and Abraham are with the Old Testament saints in sheol, the belly of hell, waiting for the coming of the messiah.
Theologians have such a hard time with this passage that they’ve invented a place called Abraham’s Bosom or the Bosom of Abraham which is allegorical, the problem is that they don’t know what it’s an allegory for. It doesn’t matter, we’ve deduced the existence of a physical location in the lower mantle, and we can use it to refer to that.
Jesus went here after the crucifixion and preached to the spirits in prison. He gathered up the souls of the saints and took them to heaven.
The purpose of creation is to bring about the permanent physical separation of light from darkness, day from night, good from evil.– The Purpose of Creation
My Soul Fainted
When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.(Jonah 2:7) KJV
Jonah’s soul faints from the shock of realizing that his life is over and he must spend, he thinks, forever in the belly of hell at the moorings of the mountains. However, he’s sufficiently contrite that God resurrects him inside the belly of a fish and sends him on his way. He thinks it’s all about Nineveh, but his book is more important for recording his eyewitness account of the internal structure of the earth.
The Sign of Jonah
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.(Matthew 16:4) KJV
This isn’t so much an interpretation of the passage as a plain reading of the text from the vantage point of hypothesis 22, as such, it gives more depth of meaning to Jesus referring to his death, burial and resurrection as the sign of Jonah. Jesus and Jonah both died, went to hell, and were resurrected.
This image below shows side-by-side development of th spherical hollow earth model (SHEM) from a conceptual draft made in about 2002, to where we are now. All of the same physical features have been accounted for. The differences are that the radius of the core is smaller than in the original concept. There is also a wider gulf between the core and the mantle. These changes are based on calculations made with seismological data and combining them with knowledge of the history of the earth.
We have used Jonah to understand the interior of the earth so we may build a model which accounts for the creative process of the third day. However, Jonah saw the interior of the Earth as it looks today.
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