Passing Away 2
Last week we discovered that the words heaven(s) and earth were Hebrew Idioms for Nations and Peoples and the Veil. We also discovered that planet Earth is not going to be blown up or disappear Star Wars style! Today we take a closer look at just what does happen when Yeshua returns. But before we do, a few more idioms!
First Idiom – The Sea And The Land
Revelation 13:1 – “And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads; and on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads were blasphemous names.”
Where does the beast come from? A submarine that just happens to be lurking off the shore of Israel? No, he comes from the people of the nation that destroyed the Temple in AD 70 (Daniel 11:31). Specifically from the Roman peoples.
Revelation 13:11 – “Then I saw another beast that rose out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon.”
Where does this beast come from? Is he a beanstalk or a corn stalk that germinates and sprouts at just the right time? No, he is an apostate that comes from the Jewish nation.
Haggai 2:6-7 – “For thus says Yahweh; ‘Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory’.”
Note that it is not only the heavens and the earth (Israel) that is shaken, but also the sea and the dry land (all the nations).
The Sea and The Land again symbolize nations and their people, similar to our previous idiom, the Heavens and the Earth, from whence particular, distinctive individuals arise.
Second Idiom –The Stars
Mark 13:25 – “And the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken.”
Matthew 24:29 – “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
The stars falling are the angels, the host of heaven, coming out of heaven and towards the earth, just as Yeshua tells us that he saw Ha’Satan fall from heaven like lightning (Luke 10:18). The falling stars are not the planets, suns, stars, and heavenly bodies that give light for us to enjoy during daytime and nighttime viewing with our own eyes or with binoculars and telescopes! And again, the powers of the heavens are the ruling angels, both good and fallen.
Third Idiom — The Formless and Void Earth
Isaiah 24:18-21 – “For the windows of heaven are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble. The earth is utterly broken, the earth is torn asunder, the earth is violently shaken. The earth staggers like a drunkard, it sways like a hut; its transgression lies heavy upon it, and it falls, and will not rise again.”
Revelation 16:20 – “And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.”
The earth is severely shaken when Yeshua returns. The mountains and islands flee away at the time of Yeshua’s return and the setting in place of the Great White Throne. The earth (the land masses, not the planet) becomes formless and void, like quicksand, just as they were in the beginning, before Yahweh gathered the masses into one land mass:
Genesis 1:2 –“The earth was formless and void.”
Genesis 9-10 –“Then Yahweh said, ‘Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so. Yahweh called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and Yahweh saw that it was good.”
Once again, the planet’s land mass, the earth, must be reformed, just as it was in Genesis 1:2, when Yahweh formed the single land mass. And the nation of Israel and its people will be at its center, both physically and spiritually once Israel, too, is renewed.
Many Idioms All In One
Psalm 96:11-13 – “Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before Yahweh, for He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness.”
Revelation 21:1 – “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.”
In Psalm 96, all living beings are commanded to praise Yahweh. This same theme is repeated in Psalms 108, 113, 115, and 146. In Revelation 21:1 scripture speaks of a new heaven and earth and no more sea – Again, in Bible language, “heaven” refers to governments and rulers, and “earth” refers to a nation or a people. Similarly, seas also refers a nation or a people, specifically a non-Jewish people, i.e. the gentiles, pagans, unbelievers. So now, when we look at Revelation 21:1 we are better able to understand its meaning, understanding that it is a compilation of idioms.
A literal translation of this verse can be as follows: “Now there will be a new Israel – a new heavens and earth. There will be a new, godly government and a new, redeemed people, for the old Israel, the first ungodly governments and the first unbelieving peoples had died, and the gentile nations have also been removed.”
The Coming King
Yeshua Is Brighter Than The Sun
Acts 26:13 – “About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions.”
Matthew 17:2 – “There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.”
Mark 9:2 – “His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.”
Luke 9:29 – “And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming.”
Scientists have finally been able to duplicate the type of markings on the Shroud of Turin with intense ultraviolet light. Since Yeshua is now a being of light, just imagine what that would do to a human body!! When folks get to close to Yeshua, their skin melts!
Fiery Flaming Beings
Isaiah 33:10-14 – “Yahweh’s breath consumes them like a fire.” He is a devouring fire.
Isaiah 30:33 – His breath kindles the fires of Gehenna (Ben-hinnom), or Topheth. “For Topheth has long been ready . . . The breath of Yahweh, like a torrent of brimstone, sets it afire.”
Daniel 7:9-10 – “I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire. A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him.”
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 –When “Yeshua is revealed from heaven in flaming fire”, those who do not know him will “pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of Yahweh and from the glory of His power.”
Yahweh and Yeshua are fiery beings. Standing near them is like standing in front of a nuclear furnace. Human flesh cannot withstand such intensity – no one can stand in their presence without some kind of protection.
Protection During The Millennial Reign
Humans are like the boy in the bubble. In order for Yahweh / Yeshua to interact with us, he has to provide protection for us so that we, in our sickness, do not die. It is the veil that protects us from them at this time! The humans living on planet Earth in the millennium must have a covering of blood in order for Yahweh and Yeshua to walk amongst them without being killed, as the veil will have been rolled up and taken away. Hence, the sacrifices – same method used during the Older Covenant period!
In the city of new Jerusalem, which houses those who have been given their new, glorified, immortal bodies, those humans living there in the city can interact with Yahweh and Yeshua without any more blood coverings. Outside the city are those who are still mortal and immoral. When those who are unprotected are faced with Yahweh or Yeshua, they are exposed to the fire of Yahweh/Yeshua and burned up. Yahweh/Yeshua’s fire will consume anyone who isn’t covered! No covering of blood is just like being on the starship Enterprise with no force shields when lasers and plasma guns are being fired!
Isaiah 65:20 – “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does not live out his days; For the youth will die at the age of one hundred And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred Will be thought accursed.”
Each human has only 100 years to accept Yeshua’s sacrificial death and the covering of his blood, or eternal death is applied.
Revelation 14:10-11 – Anyone who worships the beast or takes his mark “will drink of the wine of the wrath of Yahweh, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
After the final offering and sacrifice, Satan has one year to gather the ungodly together. At the end of that year, the blood covering expires and Yahweh’s fire burns them up.
Scripture uses many Hebrew idioms that are symbolic of other things. The Sea and the Land are almost identical to the Heavens and the Earth. The Stars are heavenly beings: angels and fallen angels. The Formless and Void earth will once again be renewed, reformed into one land mass, just as it was before the days of Peleg (Peleg means: divided!). Yahweh/Yeshua will return to live amongst the humans, and all who have no protection (either being in Yeshua or a blood covering) will be burned up, paying the penalty of eternal destruction. Hence, the heavens and the earth pass away.
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew prophets. They do so using many Hebrew idioms. Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.