As Bible translations become purer, we find that references to Hell vanish from the pages of the Bible. Most translations only contain the word “Hell” a dozen times or so and many do not contain the word at all. The primary word some Bibles translate “Hell” is the Greek word “Gehenna.”
This “Gehenna” is the valley in the Old Testament called “ga ben Hinnom” or “the valley of the son of Hinnom,” also called “Tophet,” a valley in which Israel burned their own children. (Note that it was God’s own people who did the burning, NOT God Himself, who thought such a deed was utterly detestable! Jer. 32:35)
The Scriptures also foretell that this abominable valley would one day become a garden. Below are some pictures of this very valley in Israel which many Christians believe is Hell. It’s rather ironic that the other valleys around it are barren and filled with graves, while the valley orthodox Christianity calls “Hell” has become a garden. Let God and His word be true and every man a liar.
Image 6: Just after crossing the road that bisects the valley looking south. The sign says ‘Hinnon Valley.’
Image 1: View at the top of the valley looking northwards. This area contains a new plaza, recently built, that will contain flower beds etc.
Image 4: You now descend a little to cross a path and through some trees to enter a more rocky yet still grassy area. This view is looking South East, the bank of the road that crosses the Hinnon Valley can be seen at the far end.
Image 8: Looking south down through the lovely grass parkland.
MAP OF PHOTOS: Photos 1,4,6, and 8 are shown on this page. Additional photos can be seen by clicking on the links below:
Image 2: This is a little lower down from the Plaza looking southwards. Tim is reacting to the heat and discomfort of Gehenna. This is a large flat grassy area.
Image 3: This is the same place as Hinnon2 looking northwards. Mark* is now
reacting to walking in Hell !
Image 5: Tim and Mum* exiting the area of Hinnon4. The ledges where ‘The worm never dies’ may been seen in the background.
Image 7: Looking south down the path that descends to the lower park area.
Image 9: Looking south a little further down. The music school can be seen on the left.
Image 10: Looking south down the valley from half way up the other side, opposite Mount Zion.
Image 11: Looking back up the valley from the Mount Zion Hotel.
Image 12: Looking at the music school down in the valley. Photo taken
from the Mount Zion Hotel.
* Photos courtesy Mark Hodge.
Arthur and Rosalind Eedle apparently received the following e-mail from Mark along with the photos:
We had a great time in Israel !!
I hope you received the email that I sent from a small internet cafe in a sort of attic room in the old city of Jerusalem. The whole trip was wonderful, I have too much to say via email. We spent some time investigating the Hinnon Valley area. It is really quite extraordinary because there is little or no grass or parkland anywhere except in Gehenna. It is a really tranquil spot as you already had been informed. The Kidron Valley on the other hand is just rock, dust and tombs!
The valley appears to be in four sections, an upper plaza area, a flat grassy area, a small bit of waste land, a road, and then a large grassy parkland. The music school that I mentioned in my last email is built on the northern edge of the large grassy area. I have included some photos with this email, I hope it doesn’t take too long to download.
The file Hinnon14.jpg (map photo above) contains a map of the old city area together with arrows indicating where I took each photo and a direction indicator, showing in which direction I was facing.