Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? says the LORD God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? says the LORD God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Friends, the above, Ezekiel 18:23, comes as the LORD is describing life and death as inseparably connected with righteousness and wickedness. These are aspects relating first to the LORD, His longsuffering to teach us His righteousness, which is His blood: His sacrificing, rejection, and death in its delivery. Wickedness is at the hand of those rejecting and killing Him, silencing the way to life, to elevate their words and ways above His only truth and the only way.

We understand life and death occur while our flesh bodies are living and these same states reoccur after the current body dies and is replaced by the next. These aspects are plainly written of in God’s word: truths lost in ignorance when men without the spirit assumed positions of power: preaching and teaching instead ignorance (private interpretations).

As we know, when Peter, in 2 Peter 1:20, tells us false prophecies and false teaching come as uninspired men devise from their own minds “private interpretations” he uses the Greek word idios: the origin and deep meaning of the English word idiot. He later uses the word as he describes these wicked men as those who’ve taken captive those they’ve allured through the lust of the flesh. It says the misled once (in a life before) escaped this pollution, the ideas of the wicked misleaders, through the knowledge of the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. He says their return to ignorance and its resulting bondage (locked down as useful idiots), is “as a dog returns to his own [idios] vomit.” Before saying this he first, in 2 Peter 2:16, measures out the meaning by telling of the false prophet Balaam, “who was rebuked for his [idios] iniquity.” As we know, he was rebuked by the ass he was riding, when it spoke with a man’s voice. What he saw was the angel of the LORD standing in his path, telling the false prophet he was going the wrong way (iniquity only the dumb ass saw plainly spoke of).

Peter uses the word idios three more times, first in 2 Peter 3:3 in telling of the scoffers of these last days, who are walking after their own (idios) lust. He then uses it in 2 Peter 3:16 of those who are unlearned and unstable (as water, as was Reuben, the pattern of the son of perdition – Genesis 49:4), who wrestle with this word of God, as they do with all scripture, “unto their own (idios) destruction (apoleia – perdition).”

There is only one voice here and now, that if followed, leads to salvation and life everlasting.

John 5
…Truly, Truly, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for what things soever he does, these also does the Son likewise.
20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that himself does: and he will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
21 For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them; even so the Son quickens whom he will.
22 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son:
23 That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son honors not the Father which has sent him.
24 Truly, Truly, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
25 Truly, Truly, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [krisis – this time when the dead must make the decision about who they are going to listen to and whose advice they follow: choosing either life or to remain dead].
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which has sent me.
31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
32 There is another that bears witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesses of me is true.
33 You sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth [his written word bears the same witness].
34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that you might be saved.
35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father has sent me.
37 And the Father himself, which has sent me, has borne witness of me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
38 And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he has sent, him you believe not.
39 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
40 And you will not come to me, that you might have life.
41 I receive not honor from men.
42 But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you.
43 I am come in my Father’s name, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.
44 How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that comes from God only?
45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust.
46 For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me; for he wrote of me.
47 But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words?

Ezekiel 18
24 But when the righteous turn away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All his righteousness that he has done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he has trespassed, and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die.
25 Yet you say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?
26 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness [as a dog returning to his own idiocy], and commits iniquity, and dies in them; for his iniquity that he has done shall he die.
27 Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he has committed, and does that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
28 Because he considers, and turns away from all his transgressions that he has committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
29 Yet says the house of Israel, The way of the LORD is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the LORD God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will you die, O house of Israel?
32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, says the LORD God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live you.

Hereafter is the post from 11 January 2020: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Friends, the LORD has led us into understanding that the meaning of scripture, His given word, is only correctly discerned as He, the Spirit of Truth, connects its unknowingly associated parts. These (parts) came by prophets, angels of God delivering His messages that were not yet fully understood, “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:40)

As we have seen, this point is what is spoken of in the first verses of Hebrews, as the writer tells of the LORD, many times in the past, in many ways, speaking by the prophets. The chapter goes on to describe these same messengers as angels, message bearer, not the origin of the message merely delivering them as received. We are told that in this later time God has spoken by His son, who is superior to the angels, given the authority to bring all the many parts together into one, as the “author and finisher of our faith,” taking us to the expected (waited for) end. It says when the son comes, all the angels, messengers, become subject to God’s authority in Him, and they become ministers sent in flaming fire to those (heirs) who inherit salvation.

Hebrews 1
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he brings in the first-begotten into the world, he says, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he says, Who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he says, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
10 And, You, LORD, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of your hands:
11 They shall perish; but you remains; and they all shall wax old as does a garment;
12 And as a vesture shall you fold them up, and they shall be changed [as the new heaven and earth have now come]: but you are the same, and your years shall not fail.
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

This truth has been covered by the waves of the sea, men whose pride and ignorance led them to add meaning that doesn’t exist, and in doing create idol churches following the works of men’s hands. These same men and those who follow them now resist the truth, the LORD at His coming to judge the world, not to condemn it but to save it from those who, by putting their abomination in God’s Holy Place, have led it into an irreparable desolation. It is for this purpose God sends the son, with clear-eyed judgment to correct what has been corrupted, fully leavened until the whole is worthless (become without form and void).

This is the perfecting, the completion, spoken of in the final verse of Hebrews 11 above, and why we are then told of the course set before us. We are called to be looking for the “Author and Finisher,” who men would crucify, enduring the contradiction of sinner (those in error), in the conversation then spoken of in Hebrews 13. There we are told the end of the conversation shows the same ever-present LORD, willing to offer Himself to save and deliver those who receive Him and the Father’s correction.

Hebrews 13
6 So that we may boldly say, The LORD is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

Hebrews 12
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the LORD, nor faint when you are rebuked of him:
6 For whom the LORD loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives.
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not?
8 But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are you illegitimate, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the LORD:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For you know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
18 For you are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)
22 But you are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.
25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaks from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he has promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.

This last point is what men should rightfully fear, not for themselves if they have received Him, but for those in danger of burning up as they ignorantly argue (contradicting the LORD) in the fires in which they will perish (apoleia). As we have many times seen, the ever-open mouth is the great gulf (chasma) between heaven and hell, which can only be crossed by hearing and heeding the voice of the son (as the chief musician, speaking together all the many parts of God’s word).

Jude
1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only LORD God, and our LORD Jesus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how that the LORD, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate [they, instead of delivering the message as delivered, they intruded into changing it to seduce the children of God], but left their own habitation, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion [refuse to subordinate to the son], and speak evil of dignities [they blaspheme, vilify and demonize, what should be honored].
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The LORD rebuke you [it is the LORD speaking in me who rebukes you].
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves [kuma] of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering [planetes – planets] stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the LORD comes with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaks great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember you the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our LORD Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our LORD Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear [telling them they should fear, being unaware of who it is they are wrestling with], pulling [harpazo – this lifting up, out of hell into heaven] them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh [see verse 12 above, spotted by misleading men].
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Friends, if you are the friends of God, do as He says and warn the world. Tell them of the voice we have heard, the voice of the Father, witnessing of/through His sons, and it will calm the seas. This is the entrance Peter said would be abundantly preached to all, truth that would be evil spoken of by the false teacher and their followers, who privily have brought in damnable heresies, even denying the LORD who bought them.

The word “private” in the title verse is idios, meaning “pertaining to self, i.e. one’s own; by implication, private or separate.”

Peter uses the word five more times to give its context. In 2 Peter 2:16 it’s rendered “his” in telling of the false prophet “rebuked for his [idios] iniquity,” and in verse 22 it’s “his own” in saying “the dog is turned to his own [idios] vomit again.” In 2 Peter 3:3 it is the false teachers of our time, “walking after their own [idios] lust,” and in verse 16 it is those wrestling with the word of God, “unto their own [idios] destruction [apoleia – perdition].” Peter lastly uses it in 2 Peter 3:17, saying, “You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own [idios] steadfastness.”

The word “steadfastness” is the Greek word sterigmos, a one-time used word meaning stability. We know this as a reference to Reuben being “unstable as water,” as recorded in Genesis 49:4, where we are also told he will not “excel [yathar – remain]” because he went up to father’s bed, and defiled it, and went up to his couch. As we have seen, this is a portrayal of the son of perdition [apoleia], as Satan, as the seducers who recklessly interpreted and changed God’s word, putting himself in His place.

2 Peter 1
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them, and be established in the present truth.
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our LORD Jesus Christ has shown me.
15 Moreover I will endeavor that you may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our LORD Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private [idios] interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Peter 2
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily [from their own imagination] shall bring in damnable [apoleia] heresies, even denying the LORD that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction [apoleia -perdition].
2 And many shall follow their pernicious [apoleia] ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation [apoleia] slumbers not.
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness [chains of their own ignorance], to be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly;
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The LORD knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government [despise God’s order]. Presumptuous [willing to intrude into their own conclusions] are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities [they blaspheme, vilify and demonize, what should be honored].

The LORD began today in Matthew 8 and speaking of the shaking that began while He rested (at the Father’s right hand, until His enemies are made His footstool).

Matthew 8
16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils [daimonizomai – under the power of, controlled by the ideas of, misleading spirits]: and he cast out the spirits WITH HIS WORD, and healed all that were sick:
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken [in Isaiah 53:4] by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
18 Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side [peran, to pierce through, to the other side of Jordan, cross over the words that carry all who enter them into death {the dead sea} – the same as the Hebrew word Paran, the place where all thing are explained, made clear].
19 And a certain scribe [one of those whose degenerate interpretations and teachings were as the river Jordan] came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow you whithersoever you go.
20 And Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes [the cunning men of the world have hidden God’s word in belly of the earth, deep in the sea], and the birds of the air have nests [and those who work in the heavens have made {are inside} their camp]; but [so that] the Son of man has not where to lay his head. [These are speaking of the old heaven and earth, and refer us to Deuteronomy 30:10 thru 20, hearing and heeding, following, His voice, and finding Him in the confession of what is heard, which is the ways into life and away from death]
21 And another of his disciples said unto him, LORD, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him [egeiro – He arose from death, as Jonah from the whale’s belly], saying, LORD, save us: we perish.
26 And he said unto them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then he arose [egeiro], and rebuked the winds [anemos – the misleading spirit, the underlying agitation of the masses] and the sea [the masses into which these devil’s words flowed]; and there was a great calm [galena – Tranquility – Shiloh of Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh [Tranquility] come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be].
27 But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Deuteronomy 30
10 If you shall hearken unto the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if you turn unto the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul.
11 For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.
15 See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command you this day to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may live and multiply: and the LORD your God shall bless you in the land whither you go to possess it.
17 But if your heart turn away, so that you will not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18 I denounce unto you this day, that you shall surely perish, and that you shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither you pass over Jordan to go to possess it.
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:
20 That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave unto him: for he is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

As seen in previous discussions, the word “tempest” in Matthew 8:24 above is seismos, a fourteen-times used word meaning shaking, which is all other times rendered earthquake. As with the whale that swallowed Jonah, it speaks of the prominent voices, the ever-open mouths of ignorant and misleading men, which are the underlying cause of all the agitation of the world, and what destroyed the old heaven and earth.

The origin of seismos is seio, a five-times used word also meaning to shake or agitate. It’s the word appearing in Hebrews 12:26 above in telling of the voice that is now shaking the world, which is the LORD’s, as promised, shaking “not the earth only, but also heaven.” This quote comes as Haggai 2:6 is quoted, the verses prior telling of the restoration and renewal, the cleansed priesthood (called Joshua – JESUS, Jehovah’s Salvation), and national government that comes out of confusion (from death in Babylon) into life (called Zerubbabel).

Haggai 2
2 Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying,
3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do you see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?
4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, says the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech [the son of Jehovah’s righteousness], the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land, says the LORD, and work: for I am with you, says the LORD of hosts:
5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so my spirit remains among you: fear you not.
6 For thus says 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;
7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts.

The word seismos and seio appear respectively in Revelation 6:12 & 13 telling of the same tempest (earthquake), as a mighty wind (anemos), shaking and causing the stars (God’s people) to fall from their fixed (stable) positions in heaven.

Revelation 6
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake [seismos – agitation caused by the reckless words, interpretations of men, first as confusion in the church and then, as a result, delusion in the nation and world]; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair [the church became ignorant of the knowledge of God], and the moon became as blood [the national government, instead of reflecting God’s light on earth in just governing, drained life from those it rules];
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken [seio] of a mighty wind [anemos].
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks [as foxes in holes] of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

The word rendered “waves,” in Matthew 8:24, is from the Greek word kuma, a five-times used word meaning to swell (and then crash down). It appears, in context, in Jude 1:13 above, where, earlier in verse 11, these same men are said to “perish in the gainsaying of Korah.” The word translated “gainsaying” is the Greek word antilogia, the same word rendered “contradiction” in Hebrews 12:3 telling us these men are speaking against the word, the voice, of the LORD. The pattern is as Korah spoke against Moses and Aaron, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed all that appertained to Korah, as the new earth now opens her mouth, in truth that counters the lies of the false prophets and the fake news media.

Numbers 16
19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.
20 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.
22 And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be wroth with all the congregation?
23 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying,
24 Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.
26 And he spoke unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins.
27 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.
28 And Moses said, Hereby you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.
29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD has not sent me.
30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then you shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.

Psalms 49
A Psalm for the sons of Korah
1 Hear this, all you people; give ear, all you inhabitants of the world:
2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases forever:)
9 That he should still live forever, and not see corruption.
10 For he sees that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue forever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
12 Nevertheless man being in honor abides not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
16 Be not you afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise you, when you do well to yourself.
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
20 Man that is in honor, and understands not, is like the beasts that perish.

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