Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities, and his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter, says the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.

Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities, and his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter, says the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.

As we know, Moab means entrance and is used by the LORD to represent the gates of hell, which are the open mouths of men, the words of deceivers and misleader, that hold men in the fires. As we also know, the “LORD of hosts” is Jehovah, the leader of the armies of heaven. The Hebrew word here rendered “hosts” is tsaba’, meaning, “a mass of persons (or figuratively, things), especially reg. organized for war (an army); by implication, a campaign, literally or figuratively (specifically, hardship, worship).”

The title verse, Jeremiah 48:15, is speaking of what the LORD says in Matthew 16:18, as Peter realizes and confess that God is in the flesh, in Jesus (as) Christ, and the LORD (Surname – Family Name) says, “and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” This is referring us to what is written of Moab in Jeremiah 48:21, below when it (Moab) is “trodden down.”

Jeremiah 47
6 O you sword of the LORD, how long will it be ere you be quiet? put up yourself into your scabbard, rest, and be still.
7 How can it be quiet, seeing the LORD has given it a charge against Ashkelon [the place of the trial, in the judgment fires], and against the sea shore [the end of man’s pride in his ideas, his creations]? there has he appointed it.

Jeremiah 48
10 Cursed be he that does the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keeps back his sword from blood [cursed be those who keep back this word of God from destroying their ideas and works].
11 Moab [the makers of the gates of hell] has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel [he has not kept the truth and passed it on], neither has he gone into captivity [neither has he kept himself from wander from the truth]: therefore his taste remained in him [therefore his own word are in his mouth], and his scent is not changed [and he is unclean, as the smell reveals].
12 Therefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will send unto him wanderers, that shall cause him to wander, and shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles.
13 And Moab [the gates of hell] shall be ashamed of Chemosh [those who’ve had power over {subdued} them, the lies in which they put their trust], as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel [the places where calves were set in God’s place, and devils {sa’iyr – misleading he goats) were made priests] their confidence.
14 How say you, We are mighty and strong men for the war?
15 Moab [the gates of hell] is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities, and his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter, says the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
16 The calamity of Moab [those who’ve created the gates of hell] is near to come, and his affliction hastes fast.
17 All you that are about him, bemoan him; and all you that know his name, say, How is the strong staff broken, and the beautiful rod [maqqel]!
18 You daughters that do inhabit Dibon [the places melting away in their own fires], come down from your glory, and sit in thirst; for the spoiler of Moab [of the gates of hell] shall come upon you, and he shall destroy your strong holds.
19 O inhabitant of Aroer [of ruin], stand by the way, and espy; ask him that flees, and her that escapes, and say, What is done?
20 Moab [the gates of hell] is confounded [yabesh – confused, ashamed, and disappointed]; for it is broken down: howl and cry; tell you it in Arnon [the places where they broadcast and argue their lies, and curse God’s people], that Moab [the gates of hell] is spoiled,
21 And judgment is come upon the plain country; upon Holon [their houses built upon sand], and upon Jahazah [which are trodden down], and upon Mephaath [and their understanding is shown to be confusion],
22 And upon Dibon [and they melt away], and upon Nebo [with their false prophets], and upon Bethdiblathaim [and be destroyed with their creations in their fires],
23 And upon Kiriathaim [with all their institutions], and upon Bethgamul [the houses of there just reward], and upon Bethmeon [the house of the idols they’ve created],
24 And upon Kerioth [all they’ve built], and upon Bozrah [and destroy their base, their sheepfold], and upon all the cities of the land of Moab [the gates of hell], far or near.
25 The horn [the power] of Moab [of the gates of hell] is cut off, and his arm is broken, says the LORD.
26 Make you him drunken: for he magnified himself against the LORD: Moab [those who’ve created and maintain the gates of hell] also shall wallow in his vomit, and he also shall be in derision.
27 For was not Israel a derision unto you? was he found among thieves? for since you spoke of him, you skipped for joy.
28 O you that dwell in Moab, leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, and be like the dove that makes her nest in the sides of the hole’s mouth.
29 We have heard the pride of Moab [the gates of hell], (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogance, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.
30 I know his wrath, says the LORD; but it shall not be so; his lies shall not so effect it.

As we saw in the previous post, the Greek word stratia (stratos), meaning an army, is the base of many words describing war and warriors. We saw it one time used in the word stratologeo, telling of the man of God (Timothy) as the one sent by God to lay out the war systematically. We saw this one described as the first fruit, in our time the first ek (origin) of the word (mouth) of God, whose mission it is to reproduce many children of God, all bearing His family name. These are the “chosen” and “elect” (eklektos) who are the army of God and the LORD’s chosen (stratologeo – as their captain, author, and finisher, the steward of God’s plan). As we’ve seen, “steward” is the Greek word oikonomos, meaning, “a house-distributor (i.e. manager), or overseer, i.e. an employee in that capacity; by extension, a fiscal agent (treasurer); figuratively, a preacher (of the Gospel).”

The word stratia is only used two times, Luke 2:13 and Act 7:42, both rendered “hosts.” The first is when the Savior is born and “suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host [stratia – an army, i.e. the angels, the celestial luminaries] praising God.” In verse 12 the LORD is said to be found “wrapped in swaddling clothes.”

Luke 2
9 And, lo, the angel of the LORD came upon them, and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the LORD.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host [stratia] praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the LORD has made known unto us.

Friends, this is the LORD telling us where He is. The above passage precisely speaks of the same, as He, in His own words, reveals Himself. He is referring us to Job 38, where in verse 7 the hosts (stratia – heavenly illuminaries) are the stars who sang together and all the sons of God who shouted for joy. Their joy is because the LORD revealed himself to them, verse 6 saying, it is when He laid the corner stone of (Christ) the foundation of the earth.

He later says where, when, and how He stayed (ended further progress – like waves at the shore) the “proud” waves of the sea (the pride of man rising in oppression over all humanity). He says this is to take hold of the wicked, to shake them out of the earth. He says the earth is clothed with these events as a garment of a cloud (where he put and held His word as separated elements, to be revealed, reassemble into this latter rain and sent to bring life on earth again). He continues, saying He made darkness the waddling band of it, (a self-protecting wrapping, ignorance of Him and His word while He is, unknown as the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete, moving upon these waters to bring light into the darkness, understanding to the ignorant). He says this is as clay to the seal, meaning His signature pressed into the earth.

Job 38
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Who is this that darkens counsel [misleading and destructive advice] by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.
4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.
5 Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling-band for it,
10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
11 And said, Hitherto shall you come, but no further: and here shall your proud [ga’own – the “pride” and “arrogance” of Moab, in Jeremiah 48:29 above] waves be stayed?
12 Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
15 And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm shall be broken.
16 Have you entered into the springs of the sea? or have you walked in the search of the depth?
17 Have the gates of death been opened unto you? or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
18 Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if you know it all.
19 Where is the way where light dwell? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
20 That you should take it to the bound thereof, and that you should know the paths to the house thereof?

The second use of stratia, in Act 7:42, is telling when God gave to worship the “hosts” of heaven, those who put idols in His place. This is telling of the fallen angel, messengers who should be giving the word of God, but instead have put themselves and their words in His place. It’s the cause of the darkness, the ignorance that now covers the earth in a shadow of death. The word of God is light and life. These men’s words have drained the life from humanity, and now, with the same misleading and false predictions, manipulate toward finishing their destruction. This will not stand.

Acts 7
37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet [I am] shall the LORD your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall you hear.
38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spoke to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
39 To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt,
40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
42 Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host [stratia] of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, O you house of Israel, have you offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
43 Yea, you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which you made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon [beyond confusion, now in mass {mask} delusion – the mark of the beast of Babylon – Amos 5:25 thru 27 adds following this quote, “says the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts”].

The “darkness,” man’s ignorance, where the LORD is found waiting for us to understand the light, is from the Hebrew word ‘araphel, said to probably mean gloom. It is actually from the words ‘arar, meaning to bare, and pil’iy, the twice used word we saw in a recent post, rendered “secret” and “wonderful.” In Judges 13:18 it’s the secret name of the angel of God, who there is also called the man of God. It is then used in Psalms 139:6 to tell of the knowledge of God that is “wonderful.”

Judges 13
17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is your name, that when your sayings come to pass we may do you honor?
18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why ask you thus after my name, seeing it is secret [pil’iy]?
19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wondrously; and Manoah and his wife looked on.
20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.
21 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD.
22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.
24 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

The name Eshtaol is from the word sha’al, meaning, “to inquire; by implication, to request; by extension, to demand.” It is the word rendered “asked” in Judge 13:6, and and above as “ask” in verse 18, both as Samson’s parents ask the Angel of God, the man of God, his name. In the New Testament there is only one person ever called the “man of God.” His name is Timothy. It’s the “secret,” the pil’iy (from pala’ – distinguished from all others), only appearing one other time, in Psalms 139:6, there rendered “too wonderful.”

Psalms 139
5 You have beset me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful [pil’iy] for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it [it is only revealed by the Father].
7 Whither shall I go from your spirit? or whither shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, you are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall your hand lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hides not from you; but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to you.

Mather 24
34 Truly, I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah [Noach, Ma-noah, meaning, literally, what rest – the answer is this rest, by the strength that comes with believing this word] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man [the man of God] be.

1 Timothy 6
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called [kaleo], and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.
13 I give you charge in the sight of God, who quickens all thing [bring to life from the seed], and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
14 That you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our LORD Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and LORD of lords;
16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy;
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to your trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called [antithesis gnosis pseudonumos – the opposite of what is falsely named knowledge – the lies now called science and truth, when they are men’s corrupted opinions at best, and more often outright known lies from known liars – from false prophets and false teachers in church and state]:
21 Which some professing [this is the “evil” profession contrasted with the “good profession,” my calling {kaleo}, spoken of in verse 12 above] have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

The darkness (‘araphel – the secret now made bare – darkness and light are both alike unto you LORD, as in Psalms 139:12 above) is first spoken of in Exodus 20:21, as Moses approached the LORD who was therein.

Exodus 20
18 And all the people saw the thunderings [the voice of the light], and the lightnings [understanding], and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak you with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that you sin not.
21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness [‘araphel] where God was.
22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus you shall say unto the children of Israel, You have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

Can you see Him, the light, in the darkness?

Deuteronomy 4
4 Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers gives you.
2 You shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish ought from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor [the wide open mouths of those worshiping idols they put in God’s place]: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD your God has destroyed them from among you.
4 But you that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.
5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do so in the land whither you go to possess it.
6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
7 For what nation is there so great, who has God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?
8 And what nation is there so great, that has statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
9 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life: but teach them your sons, and your sons’ sons;
10 Specially the day that you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
11 And you came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness [‘araphel], clouds, and thick darkness [‘araphel].
12 And the LORD spoke unto you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only you heard a voice.
13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might do them in the land whither you go over to possess it.
15 Take you therefore good heed unto yourselves; for you saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:
16 Lest you corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,
17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the air,
18 The likeness of any thing that creep on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:
19 And lest you lift up your eyes unto heaven, and when you see the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, should be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD your God has divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
20 But the LORD has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as you are this day.
21 Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance:
22 But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but you shall go over, and possess that good land.
23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD your God has forbidden you.
24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

2 Samuel 22
1 And David spoke unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.
4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured [‘akal]: coals were kindled by it.
10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness [‘araphel] was under his feet.
11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind [ruwach].
12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered his voice.
15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath [ruwach] of his nostrils.
17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands has he recompensed me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
25 Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
26 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful, and with the upright man you will show yourself upright.
27 With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the froward you will show yourself unsavory.
28 And the afflicted people you will save: but your eyes are upon the haughty, that you mays bring them down.
29 For you are my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
30 For by you I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
33 God is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect.
34 He makes my feet like hinds’ feet: and sets me upon my high places.
35 He teaches my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
36 You have also given me the shield of your salvation: and your gentleness has made me great.
37 You have enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
40 For you have girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me have you subdued under me.
41 You have also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
44 You also have delivered me from the strivings of my people, you have kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.
45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
47 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
48 It is God that avenges me, and that brings down the people under me.
49 And that brings me forth from mine enemies: you also have lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: you have delivered me from the violent man.
50 Therefore I will give thanks unto you, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto your name.
51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and shows mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

2 Samuel 23
1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
2 The Spirit [ruwach] of the LORD spoke by me, and his word was in my tongue.
3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.
6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.

Hebrews 12
22 But you [My eklektos] 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.

Psalms 97
1 The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
2 Clouds and darkness [‘arphel] are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
3 A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about.
4 His lightnings [understanding] enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.
5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the LORD of the whole earth.
6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.
7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all you gods.
8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of your judgments, O LORD.
9 For you, LORD, are high above all the earth: you are exalted far above all gods.
10 You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.