In our study of Ecclesiastes chapter nine, we look at earthly life lived without hope for eternity. They say that the most dangerous man is one that has no hope and we will see how that is true.
"So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God's hands, but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him." NIV translation
Solomon refers to chapter eight and the fact that he found out that wisdom has its limits when it comes to men. His conclusion is that, apart from God, no man knows what awaits him when he dies.
"All share a common destiny - the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. As it is with the good man, so with the sinner; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them. This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead." NIV translation
There are many who believe that this world (the "here and now") is all that there is and that we all just die and decay away. This describes a life without consequences for our actions and so can lead to all kinds of evil things in this world.
This is a lie from Satan and his desire is for people to believe this and be condemned to the judgment of Hell.
"Anyone who is among the living has hope - even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten. Their love, their hate, and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun." NIV translation
Those who believe that this earthly existence is all there is will hold onto it at all costs. The "hope" that Solomon speaks of here is the false hope that the devil peddles and not the hope that we have in Christ. We must remember that Solomon is describing life for those who are apart from God.