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The Valley of Hinnom

“Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter’s earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests; And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee, And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle. Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents; They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind: Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.”  (Jeremiah 19:1-6)

Many people today are rushing headlong along through life today giving no consideration to the direction they are headed.  Are you traveling towards Heaven or languishing downhill towards the fervent heat of a wicked place of unrest called Hell.  The Valley of Hinnom was a place of Hell located here on this earth.

“And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.” ( 2 Kings 23:10) 

The Valley of Hinnom, a deep ravine located just South of Jerusalem, has a sordid past.  This ravine has a gruesome and descriptive traditional history, last used as a dumping place for all the trash and the bodies of worthless men to be burned.  Fires were continually burning in the many heaps of combustible trash and even bodies recklessly cast into the valley are on fire there. Biblical accounts verify The Valley of Hinnom was first used as a place of idol worship where young children, mere infants, were made to pass through the fire and burned alive in worship of pagan Gods.

This ravine was intended to be a picture of God casting all wickedness into the eternal fires of Hell.  This served as a vivid picture in ancient Biblical times of depraved abomination and the Hell to come.  There is not any example of this type of worship and wickedness in America today.  Many people would be aghast at such an atrocity.  However, those same people may be headed straight to an eternal resting place worse than this ancient valley of fire, but give no further thought to the horror awaiting them.  There will be no rest or peace for any who finds themselves a resident of the eternal fires of Hell to come.


For Further Contemplation:

Where will your state of eternity be?



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