For Tophet is ordained of old
The place long ago appointed for the ruin of the Assyrian army, which pitched here: this was a valley near Jerusalem, the valley of the son of Hinnom; so called, from the drums and tabrets beat upon here, to prevent parents hearing the cries of their infants offered to Molech: into it was brought the filth and dung of the city; here malefactors were buried, it is said; and such as were condemned to burning were burned here; and such as had no burial were cast here; so that it was an image and picture of hell itself: and the word "Gehenna", used for hell, comes from "Gehinnom", or the valley of Hinnom, the name of this place; and some think that is here meant, which from all eternity was appointed as the place of torment for wicked men, So the Targum,
``for hell is ordained from the worlds (or before the worlds), because of their sins.''It is in the original, "from yesterday": hence Jarchi interprets it of the second day of the creation, which had a yesterday; on which day the Jews suppose hell was made: and so it is interpreted in the Talmud F16, where it is said to be one of the seven things created before the world was, and is proved from this text; and said to be called Tophet, because whoever (htptmh) is deceived by his imagination (or evil concupiscence) falls into it; (See Gill on Matthew 25:41) with this compare ( Jude 1:4 ) : yea, for the king it is prepared;
``the King of worlds (of all worlds) prepared it;''and he seems manifestly designed in the next clause: he hath made [it] deep [and] large;
``the word of the Lord, like an overflowing torrent of brimstone, shall kindle it;''it shall be done by his order, at his word of command. In hell, the wrath of God will be like a continual stream of brimstone, keeping up the fire of it, so that it shall ever burn, and never be quenched; hence it is called a lake burning with fire and brimstone; into which Satan, the beast, and false prophet, and the worshippers of antichrist, will be cast, ( Revelation 14:10 ) ( 19:20 ) ( 20:10 ) ( 21:8 ) . The allusion is to the fire and brimstone rained by Jehovah, from Jehovah, upon Sodom and Gomorrah, ( Genesis 19:24 ) .