For by fire and by His sword
“For as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD,
“So shall your descendants and your name remain.
New heavens and new earth... Hmm, where have we heard that before? If you look on the last page of your bible, you will see that it takes place AFTER the thousand-year reign of the Messiah on earth. This is a covenantal promise that Israel will continue forever. We Gentile believers who are grafted into the commonwealth of Israel are a part of this, together with Israel.
That from one New Moon to another,
And from one Sabbath to another,
All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the LORD.
“And they shall go forth and look
Upon the corpses of the men
Who have transgressed against Me.
For their worm does not die,
They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
More fire. Let me take a moment and address the phrase about the worms and the fires. A better rendering of the Hebrew says, where worms don’t die and fires aren’t extinguished.
Gehenna had also been a terrible place of child sacrifice (see 2 Kings 23:10). It was a nasty place; a place of evil and total destruction.
Jeremiah 7 confirms this:
It is very interesting to note that today, Gehenna is not on fire. The west end of Gehenna is lush and green, and as you head around the bend toward the east, it becomes desolate. Scripture often uses the ideas of west as a picture of blessing and east is a picture of cursing.) When Yeshua returns, I believe that Gehenna will be used once again as a place of destruction for those who have come against the Lord and His people. The slain of the LORD, as verse 16 warned us at the beginning of this post.
|Mount of Blessing, Mount of Cursing. Choose wisely.|
As I am sitting here meditating on this post and getting ready to publish it, I keep coming back to the idea of fire. I was reminded that the LORD once destroyed the earth with water (and promised not to do that again), and that He will eventually destroy the earth with fire before He renews it. For some reason, baptism comes to my mind. John baptized with water, but the Holy Spirit baptizes with fire. Another pattern of YHVH? Food for thought.
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