- Hebrews 12:26-29
- Heb 12:26 (KJB)
- Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised,
saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
- Shook - To move to and fro
- Shake - Tremble, quake, or move
- (Hag 2:6 KJV) For thus saith the LORD of
hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens,
and the earth, and the sea, and the dry
land; When God
thundered at Sinai, He shook the mountain as well as the people of Israel
and that is why they became extremely fearful and asked Moses to intercede
between God and them. Now God has promised that He will once again shake the
earth but this time He includes Heaven. The first time the Lord came, it was
for the purpose of dying for the sins of the Elect but the second time He
comes it will be for the purpose of ending up the history of the earth and
universe. The earth will be destroyed by fire and the unbelievers will be
judged and then the new heaven and the new earth will be made. The second of
Coming of Christ will be a fearful thing for the unbeliever. That is why in
Revelation 6:12-17, all the people of the world, great and small, are
looking for the rocks to hide them because they known the day of the Lamb’s
wrath has come with a great cataclysm.
- Heb 12:27 (KJB)
- And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing
of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those
things which cannot be shaken may remain.
- Signifieth - Reveal, manifest, or bring to light
- Removing - Transfer or change of position
- Here is a great promise and comfort for the Christian. When the Lord
returns, He is promising to remove everything which has no lasting value,
that is, He is going to remove everything which is temporal such as
sickness, pain, disease, persecution and along with these things, a myriad
of others, He will also remove the unbeliever far from the believer. The
believers will be taken to Heaven and the unbelievers will be judged and
sent to Hell. The things which cannot be shaken is the believer because our
foundation is on the Lord Jesus Christ. The only ones who will survive the
great cataclysm will be the believers because we are on the Solid Rock, that
- Heb 12:28 (KJB)
- Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us
have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence
and godly fear:
- Which cannot be moved - Immovable or unshaken
- Let us have - Received
- Acceptably - In an acceptable manner or well-pleasing
- Since Christians are members of God’s immovable Kingdom, we have
received salvation by grace, and grace gives us the ability to serve God in
a well-pleasing manner. No longer is there any need of feasts, rituals, or
ceremonies to approach God or please Him or to cover our sins. The Lord
Jesus Christ took our sins to the cross and totally removed them from us.
Without our sins hindering us, we are able to serve God with a clear and
clean conscience, thereby giving us a true view of God so with reverence and
godly fear, we can serve Him. The phrase “godly fear” is very important
because it teaches us that we do not serve the Lord viewing Him as a mean,
overbearing despotic ruler who is bent on hoping we fail so He can destroy
us. As we serve the Lord with godly fear, it helps us to keep our testimony
and our doctrine correct as we fear God in a godly manner which helps keep
us on the straight and narrow. Godly fear allows us to live in a manner
aligned with the principles of Scripture. It does not allow us to operate
out of overbearing fear which actually stultifies our usefulness. We
actually reverence the Lord, rather than fear Him to the point of being
afraid to do anything in hopes that we will not offend Him.
- Heb 12:29 (KJB)
- For our God is a consuming fire.
- Consuming - To consume wholly or thoroughly
- (Deu 4:24 KJV) For the LORD thy God is
a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
In Deuteronomy 4:24, the word “consuming” carries with it the meaning of
“devour, eat or burn up.” Basically, it carries the same idea as in Hebrews
12:29. Those who are not found in Christ on the day of the Lord’s second
coming, will be judged and consumed by the fires of Hell for all eternity.
This means that every sin they have committed will be paid for by them and
nothing will go unnoticed or non-judged by God since it will be a thorough
consummation. This verse is not teaching annihilation of the unbelievers but
it is teaching the thoroughness of the judgment of God on unbelievers.