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9 Hell [sha'owl] from beneath is
moved [ragaz] for thee to meet [qir'ah] thee at thy coming [bow']:
it stirreth up [`uwr] the dead [rapha'] for thee, even all the chief ones [`attuwd] of the earth ['erets]; it
hath raised up [quwm] from their thrones [kicce'] all the kings [melek] of
the nations [gowy]. KJV-Interlinear
"Sheol from beneath is excited over you to meet you when you come; It
arouses for you the spirits of the dead, all the leaders of the earth; It
raises all the kings of the nations from their thrones. NASB
According to world population data statistics, the current population of the world is a little over 7 ¼ billion people. The rate of population growth in the world is about 1 ½%.
The number of births per year is a little over 140 million, or 267 births per minute.
The number of deaths per year is just under 57 million, or 108 deaths per minute.
Leaving a net world population increase of just over 83 million people per year, or a net increase of a 159 people per minute.
How many people are believers and how many are unbelievers when they die, is an unknown number to us. God alone knows that statistic.
Today, when people die, if they are believers they go directly to heaven and are face-to-face with the Lord.
If they are unbelievers, people who have not believed in Jesus Christ, then they go to a compartment in the underworld called Torments. Torments is one of four compartments in the underworld.
The underworld has several names, such as Hades, Sheol, or the land of the dead.
Within the underworld there are four compartments, namely Paradise, Torments, Tartarus, and the Abyss.
In the time of human history prior to the cross, all four of these compartments were occupied. Believers in the Savior when they died, went to Paradise. After the cross, Christ led them out of Paradise and into heaven. Paradise is no longer in use and is empty. Now believers go straight to heaven.
Torments, has been the underworld destination of all unbelievers from Adam and Eve’s time, until now, and throughout the remaining portions of human history.
Tartarus was the destination of all disobedient human and angel offspring from Genesis 6.
The Abyss is the current residence of some of the worst of the worst of Satan’s demon armies, who will have a temporary release out onto the planets surface during the tribulation. When people in that time encounter these bad demons, it will be a time of extreme terror for those people.
But our subject here deals with the deaths of unbelievers, and their destination in the underworld, which is Torments.
Note that the underworld is a temporary holding place, and not the final Lake of Fire which will not exist until the very end of history.
We do not know when the rapture is going to occur. Therefore, we do not know when the tribulation, which is the seven year period following the rapture, is going to occur. But when it does, the steady stream of people dying and going off to heaven or to Hades, will increase dramatically. Such that the occupants of heaven as well as the occupants of Torments are likely to take notice of the dramatic change in numbers of people coming into their realm.
Our current verse tells us that the occupants of the underworld will be stirred up, meaning they will notice the dramatic change in the numbers of the dead that are coming into their compartment.
This verse also tells us that many of the occupants of the land of the dead in the compartment called Torments, were and are people of noted rank or title or celebrityship or power or authority when they were alive in this world.
And as noted here, many of the people during the tribulation, who are of rank or title or celebrityship or power or authority, not to mention the many more people who are of the common variety, when they die, they will die as unbelievers, and they will be heading not to heaven, but to the underworld, to the land of the dead, and there await their final trial and judgment before Christ at the Great White Throne, which will occur at the end of the millennium.
This verse makes it very clear, that Satan and all of his appointments and all of his influence, together with all of the indifference towards Christ, will lead to utter failure at the end of the history of human rule on this earth.
Our lesson out of this, is more than just noting a future event, but learning that our individual lives are determined by our attitude toward Christ.
Those people in that future time, will live in extreme drama and trauma and failure.
But we who are alive now, face the same decisions that they face, and that everyone has faced throughout history.
Namely, believe in Christ and be saved, followed by a daily study in doctrine by which you grow up and mature and become productive and complete within your entire existence.
Or, reject these truths and you will end up rubbing elbows with most of histories elites, but unfortunately you will be in hell. Not something to boast about. Then the Lake of Fire will follow when all of history is concluded after the final judgment.
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