26.2 Revelation – Bigger than the heavens and earth

We recognize that we live in a reality of 4 dimensions: height, width, depth and time.  We also recognize, in faith, that there are things that are outside of those dimensions.  For example, God is not bound by the dimensions, neither are angels or demons, at least not in the same way we are.  But even of humans, we believe a person continues to exist after death and before resurrection within some state not bound by the physical world.

But, even with all that, it is incredibly difficult to imagine the magnitude of God on the Great White Throne of Judgment where the entirety of earth and the heavens shrinks away.  The word that is used here, pheugo, in other uses in the bible means to flee, to seek safety by flight, to run away, to escape out of danger.

Matt 2:13, the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.  “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape (pheugo) to Egypt.”

Matt 8:34 (on the demons being cast into swine) Those tending the pigs ran off (pheugo), went into town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed man.

Matt 10:33 (Jesus’ instructions to disciples) When you are persecuted in one place, flee (pheugo) to another.

Imagine the magnitude and power of the throne of Jesus that on His arrival into this physical dimension the entirety of creation physically flees away.  I would say, “it heads for the hills”, but the hills will be fleeing away as well.

It is nearly impossible for us to imagine, yet, it is simply the presence of our God and savior.  And everything that is corrupted by sin, the entirety of creation, in recognition of its sinful nature pulls away from the glory of God.

My Answers:

3.
Jesus.  He was given the throne by the Father

4.
The earth and the heavens fled from His presence, there was no place for them – Jesus (bigger than heaven and earth)

5.
a.
Books of judgment.  Books of record of choices and decisions and deeds

b.
Believers, those who are righteous because of Christ, those who labor for His kingdom to spread the gospel, those who are His bride

c.
eternal damnation – eternity spent in torment of burning fire in the lake of fire – those who deny Jesus and choose their own path or the path of false gods and idols

d.
Yes and yes, by being bold and by living to not be hypocritical of my faith.  I stumble and fall, but I should live as a foreigner in this land and not conform to the wickedness of this world.

6.
That God/Jesus is bigger than the heavens and the earth and that He will come as judge and all will be judged

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