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 is, Christ.
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.