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One Stick

Ezekiel 37:19

Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

When I was 18 years old and pregnant with my first child, my beloved grandmother got to make her only trip back home to the land of her birth, her beautiful Emerald Isle of Ireland.  She brought back for me a piece of our ancestral homeland, in the form of a necklace. It was a cross pendant, of sterling silver, and adorned with four pieces of Connemara marble, a distinctively Irish stone, as green as the Emerald Isle itself.  I treasured this necklace, and wore it almost constantly for years.

Then one day I lost it.  Back then, in my mid to late twenties, I worked 13 hours every Saturday.  I distinctly remembered putting my cross on that morning before going to work.  It was around dinnertime, after working most of the day, that I noticed it was missing.  The chain was still there on my neck, but the cross was missing.

I panicked.  I retraced my steps, I walked all over that store, and in back all through the storeroom, scanning the floor, desperately searching.  I made sure to tell everyone, so that if anyone found it or it got turned in by a customer, it would find its way back to me.  But I went home without it, wondering if I would ever see it again.

I spent the next two weeks searching, and crying, and mourning the loss.  It wasn’t a very expensive piece of jewelry, and I don’t even care about jewelry.  But to me it represented 3 of the most precious things in my life: my grandmother; my Irish heritage; and my faith in God.

One night, just before morning, I had a dream.  I saw my cross laying on the street, next to the driver’s door of my car.  It was in a very clear, shallow puddle, under a very thin layer of ice, with an intricate pattern to the ice.

A little while later, I woke for the day and started our morning routine.  It was as I had the kids sitting at the table eating breakfast that I remembered the dream.  I’m sure I must have let out an audible gasp, and immediately took off out the front door toward my car.  Sure enough, there was my cross, next to the driver’s side door, under a thin layer of ice in a puddle exactly as I had seen in my dream.  EXACTLY.

The 3 smaller pieces of Connemara marble were missing, but the large piece was still intact.  I left it that way for the next few years, and kept it safe in my jewelry box.  Even damaged, it was still very precious to me, and I didn’t want to take a chance on losing it again.

When I moved to Alaska in 1991, I got an idea.  I went to a local jeweler, and had him replace the 3 small marble pieces that were missing with Alaska Jade in a matching shade.  Now I was ready to wear it again, and it had even more character.  Now it represented my grandmother, my Ireland, my faith, AND my Alaska that I love.  And it’s the one item of jewelry that I’ve worn the most since that time.

In the spring of 2014, when I went to Michigan thinking it was going to be a permanent move and I was leaving my youngest daughter Amber behind, I gave her my precious Celtic cross necklace.  It was as precious to her as it was to me, because she knew the history behind it.  Unfortunately, she suffered the same frustration later that summer – to look down and find the chain still on her neck, but the cross missing.  She was as devastated as I was nearly 30 years earlier.

I told her not to worry, that God had brought it back to me back then, maybe He would do the same thing again.

Well, it had been 2 years, and it didn’t seem that was going to happen.  I think we had both pretty much given up on it.

So I decided to get myself another piece of jewelry that would be a re-defining of my self-image – the other side of my family tree that I had only recently discovered the history of, going back to Jewish roots.  I had seen this piece online, it was a Star of David, made from Sterling Silver & Eilat stone, aka Solomon stone, the national gemstone of Israel.  It was made in Israel, one of my favorite colors, would go with most of my wardrobe, and represent my other ancestors and the other side of my spiritual history. Perfect.  So I ordered it.  When it arrived, I was very pleased with it and wore it nearly every day.


And then one day, I’m walking through the yard and happen to look down at the right spot, and there is my missing celtic cross.  Face down in the grass.  I picked it up, and to my amazement, it wasn’t even damaged this time.  It even looked cleaner than the last time I saw it!  It had acquired an antique look when it survived our house fire in November of 2002.  I had thought it rather suited the piece, and so I left it that way.  But here it was, bright and shiny silver again, with all its marble and jade intact!

I immediately went in the house and showed Amber, who was as stunned as I had been.  She instructed me to put it away and never let her touch it again – apparently she felt the same way that I did years ago when I put it into my jewelry box for safe keeping and deprived myself of it for a while.

That was last summer. It wasn’t until months later, earlier this year, that God showed me why I had to acquire the Star of David necklace before He would show me where my cross was.  I wear both of them now, together, more often than not.

The cross represents the stick of Joseph, in the hand of Ephraim.  The Star of David represents the stick of Judah.  They are 2 halves of God’s whole, all of the tribes of Israel regathered when they are together. 

And He will make them one stick in His hand.

He is working on making that a reality in the world at this very moment.

And my life, and the generations that have come before and made me who I am, have been a microcosm of that prophetic fulfillment.  I think that’s also true of many people around us, who probably aren’t even aware of it.

Seven Years of Tribulation?

For some time now, it has been on my heart and mind to re-assess everything that I believe.  The purpose of re-assessing is to make sure that what I believe comes from God, and is based on truth and on His Word, rather than just believing something just because that’s what everyone else believes. . . or because it’s the standard, accepted doctrinal norm.  It’s just what we’ve all been taught.

When it came to my mind to wonder about the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine, I prayed about it, asking the Lord to help me find the truth.  In turn, He asked me a question.  He asked me to consider: if I had the choice, which would I prefer? Would I want to come home to Him at the onset and not have to suffer through it, or would I choose to stay here through it all?

I turned the idea over in my mind for a good while.  This was quite a question.  If it was up to me, what would I choose?  I ended up realizing that I would want to stay. . . because there are people who I thought would probably need me in such a time, and I couldn’t bear the thought of not being there for them in what would have to be the darkest hours of anyone’s life.  Yes.  Let everyone else go home and be safe if they like, but I would choose to stay and try to be as much help as I could to the people around me.

It was after I gave it the consideration it deserved and came to that conclusion, that God opened things up to me to show me the error of that pre-tribulation rapture doctrine, and where it came from.  I wrote about that a couple of posts back.

One thing that speaks volumes to me, is the fact that I’m not the only one.  Each time He puts a particular subject on my heart like this to research, I usually find that He has opened other people’s hearts and minds to the same revelation.

Over the past couple of weeks, I had begun to wonder about the duration of the great tribulation.  I thought, why does everyone refer to ‘the seven year tribulation’?  Where does it say seven years?  Is that actually in scripture somewhere, or is that just one of those things that everybody believes because that’s what’s been said and accepted for as long as they can remember?

And so I embarked on a search through the scriptures for the seven years of tribulation.  I started with the book of Revelations.  I found many references to three and a half years, in various forms:

Revelation 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

But I didn’t find anything saying there would be seven years of the great tribulation.  I began reading the prophets, one book at a time.  When I got to Daniel, chapter 9, verse 27, I thought, aha!  Here it is!

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

. . . okay.  It IS in there.  It just took me quite a while to find it.  Thank you Lord, for letting me find it.   Unlike a year ago, I now know that a week in scripture can mean 7 years instead of just 7 days.  I also realized that this scripture was the source of a couple of other concepts  that I had intended to seek out – Where does this idea come from that the antichrist is going to make some kind of a 7 year deal?  Why do people think that the temple has to be re-built before the messiah comes?  Here it is.  In the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice to cease.  But there haven’t been any sacrifices in a Jewish temple for almost two thousand years, so of course if someone is going to make them cease in our time, they would first have to be instituted again, which would require the re-building of the temple.  All of this in one verse.  Wow!  Thank You Lord.  You’ve told me so many times, ask and it shall be answered, seek and you shall find.  And you’ve answered my questions so frequently lately.

And it was late, and I was exhausted, so I put my scriptures away and went to sleep.

I woke up the next morning more tired than usual, because I had been up late on my scripture searching quest.  I began my morning routine, make coffee, check my email, and there’s a Publisher’s Clearing House Search in my email.  Use our seach engine and get a free entry to win money.  Okay, give me a free entry.  But I need to type in something to search for, and I don’t have enough coffee in me to think about that yet.  What was that scripture reference last night?  Daniel 9:27.  I’ll just plug that in.  Hit search.  I got my free entry to win money.

And then I look at the list of results.  It’s not even the first thing on the list that my eyes are drawn to, it’s 5 or 6 places down the list.  I open it up to take a better look.  Here is the most pertinent part of what I read there:

“Daniel 9:27

Protestants try to ascribe the covenant of verse 27 to the Antichrist because “he,” they say, refers to “the prince who is to come.” But this cannot be! Remember the poetic organization! The key is the word “many.” It is literally “the many,” and whenever it is used in the Old Testament, it refers to either the covenant people Israel or to the saints, that is, true believers. Jesus says in Matthew 26:28, “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Christ makes the covenant, not Antichrist!

Confirm means “strengthen” or “make firm”—almost to the point of being unbreakable. This helps substantiate its reference to the New Covenant, an everlasting covenant that strengthened the basic requirements of the Old Covenant. Significantly, when Christ in the Olivet Prophecy gives His disciples the signs of the end, He does not mention a covenant or treaty to be enacted between the Antichrist and the Jews, Christians, saints, or anyone! He does mention both of the events Gabriel mentions here: the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 (Matthew 24:2) and the abomination of desolation (verse 15).

What about the final three and a half years of the seventieth week? They have yet to be fulfilled, but Gabriel leaves us hanging regarding when they occur. He does not mention them. When could they be fulfilled?

  • The seventieth week has been completely fulfilled by the three and a half year ministry of Christ. This seems to be the least likely of these options.

  • Christ will complete His ministry in the first three and a half years after His return, before Satan is locked in the bottomless pit. But the Bible does not indicate that any time elapses between His return and Satan’s binding in Revelation 19 and 20.

  • They are the years of the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord, during which Christ will complete His ministry through the Two Witnesses and/or to the church in the Place of Safety. Again, this is only speculation—although Paul’s training in Arabia may provide a precedent (Galatians 1:11-18).”

Okay, I’m wide awake now! Wow.  I get it.  Ask, and it shall be answered.  I asked where people got the idea of seven years of tribulation, and as always, I asked for the Lord to reveal to me His truth.  So first He showed me where people got that idea, and then, the very next thing after I awoke, He showed me His truth.

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. . . ”

Yeshua had (or has) a seven year ministry.  It’s a Shemitah.  Two thousand years ago He preached and taught the people for half of that seven years; He confirmed the covenant God made with Israel; and caused the sacrifice to cease.  That’s already happened.   The rest of His seven years will be fulfilled by the two witnesses for the three and a half years of the great tribulation.

The coming mandate

There is a public opinion campaign being waged in the U.S. lately, and it’s not what it appears to be.

Perhaps we should start at the beginning.

I have been following the work and research of several Christians who, like me, believe that we are in the end times of Biblical prophecy.   One such person is Steve Quayle, whose work I respect.  I was watching the following video on YouTube, and around 23 minutes in, he talks about an un-named source who has had access to underground facilities prepared for the elite to take shelter when the worst comes.

The source tells him that there will be an intentional release of a new superflu pandemic, to be followed by a mandatory vaccine for this superbug.  The vaccine will contain a microchip the size of a pencil point on a piece of paper.  The source also indicated that this microchip will somehow affect the very DNA of the people who have it injected into them.

Obviously I don’t have access to his un-named source, and I don’t have any real means to confirm or corroborate.  But for me, it rung true and fit with a couple of other things that I know.

About a week before I heard this, I had been noticing a trend, wherein people were making fun of and belittling people who choose not to vaccinate their children and families.  They’ve even come up with a derogatory name for the purpose of name calling – “antivaxxers”.  Antivaxxers are labeled as ignorant, anti-science, and selfish . . . just for starters.  After hearing the frighteningly realistic concept put forth by Steve Quayle in this broadcast, it seemed like the vaccine controversy that I had previously noticed . . . exploded exponentially.  I remember going on facebook one day and noticing  that 4 out of the first 5 items on my newsfeed were attacks against the “antivaxxers”.

The situation has since then progressed so rapidly that there are actions being taken across the nation to try to make vaccinations mandatory.  Check the list here:

Compulsory Vaccination Bills

I believe the purpose of this mandatory vaccination movement is in preparation for the release of the aforementioned superflu pandemic and subsequent vaccine.  It will be easier to implement if the idea of mandatory vaccines has already been rolled out and accepted by a large percentage of the population.  The bug that will be released is going to be so devastating that the vaccine will be seen as society’s only hope, and they will say that anyone who refuses the vaccine for this horrific disease is endangering society as a whole.  I even anticipate there could be imprisonment or execution of those who refuse, ‘for the good of the population as a whole’.

If you are aware of those elite of our world who see most of the populous as ‘worthless eaters’, who think that the Earth rightly should be depopulated, it’s easy to see how this whole plan would be like killing 2 birds with 1 stone for them.  First, realization of a long time goal of eliminating a large portion of the population, and then ensuring that the rest will willingly accept this microchip, by virtue of accepting the life saving vaccination.

But what will the microchip do?  Will it be a tracking device so they can keep tabs on what’s left of the population?  Or maybe something similar to what people put in their pets?  Or could it even be the Mark of the Beast?

Steve Quayle said that his source said it would be tied to our DNA.  It would somehow affect our DNA.  When I heard that, I immediately thought of Doug Hamp, and his work “Corrupting the Image”.  Based on years of scripture study in the ancient languages and texts, combined with modern science, he has theorized that the mark of the beast will be a genetic modification through use of RNA.  This modification will alter each human that accepts it so that they are no longer made “in the image of God”, which will mean that the individual will be no longer redeemable by the Lord.  They can’t be saved.  If you would like to understand this concept, I would urge you to watch this video wherein he explains it himself.  It is more than 2 hours long, but I think about the last half hour or so is just question and answer period.  ALL of the lecture itself, prior to the Q&A, is important, if you want to understand this concept.  There is a good amount of science involved, but he does a good job of explaining things in laymen’s terms and making it easy to understand.

The mark of the beast must necessarily be voluntary.  Scripture tells us that those whose names are written in the lamb’s book of life will not accept the mark.  So we will have the ability to refuse it.  But it is altogether possible that we could be executed for that refusal.

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

I don’t know if the coming mandated pandemic vaccine will be the mark of the beast.  I will likely be more certain when the time comes and more information will come to light.  But I do know that I will be refusing it, even if that means a death sentence.

‘Seek & you will find’

I was re-watching the first episode of the new NBC series ‘A.D.’, and noticed something I missed the first time through. Caiaphas refers to a prophecy that the Messiah would rise from the dead on the third day. He mentions this prophecy in requesting that Pilate place a guard at the tomb. His reasoning is that some of Jesus’ followers might steal the body and claim resurrection as fulfillment of that prophecy.

My focus recently in my spiritual studies has been to try to understand things from the perspective of first century Jews. I have come to realize how much error there is in many Christian churches because we don’t understand how the people Jesus was addressing, those first century Jews, would have understood and taken those things He was preaching. I believe this is a big part of why there are so many very different Christian denominations. We all interpret what we see through our own lens, rather than viewing it from the lens that Jesus and His contemporaries were seeing it through.

But this one line in this show made me think. I knew Jesus himself had predicted that he would suffer, die, and rise again on the third day. And I was aware of the old testament prophecies of the ‘suffering servant’ Messiah. But I had never heard anything about Hebrew prophecies prior to Jesus which stated that the Messiah would rise from the dead after 3 days. In fact, I’ve heard theories expounded to the effect that that was only something cooked up by Jesus’ followers to explain away his crucifixion. But if first century Jews already had reason to think that the Messiah would be killed, and then rise from the dead after 3 days. . . well that changes everything.

And so I did an online search – simply using the words, “Messiah Rises”. I was stunned to find this:

Israeli scholar says 1st century Jews awaited Messiah who would die & rise again. Argues “third day resurrection” an idea that pre-dates Jesus.

Thank You, Father.

Pre-tribulation Rapture

Last year, as I was reading my scriptures, I remember reading specific passages that made me wonder about the whole pre-tribulation rapture doctrine.  So I decided to study and seek out this issue in scripture.  At a church I used to belong to in Fairbanks, a pastor used to say, “Don’t believe anything just because some preacher said it.  Don’t believe it just because I said it!  Drag it through the Bible and see what God says about it.”

This is excellent advice.

If you follow this advice regarding the pre-tribulation rapture, you will find no support for that doctrine, and plenty that refutes it.  I could write at length about it, but this movie lays out everything that I would write, and is much easier to absorb.

I urge you to watch it.  And search the scriptures yourself.  And talk to God.  Scripture specifically tells us that we will go through tribulation, as God’s people, Jews and Christians, have done for thousands of years.  But that which is referred to as ‘the Great Tribulation’, that’s different.  The book of Revelation tells us that Satan knows his time is short, and he will make war against the saints.  That war is the great tribulation.  And he can’t make war against us if we’re not here.

Search the Scriptures yourself, asking the Lord for discernment.  Don’t just accept that with which you’ve been indoctrinated. Imagine how pleased Satan must have been when he succeeded at getting this false doctrine taught in Bible colleges, so that new pastors would go out and teach it to their flocks.  And now, even though the Lord has told us so very much about the end times, specifically so that we would be prepared. . . so many Christians are unprepared.  Because they don’t think it’s necessary.  God’s going to pull us out of here before anything really bad happens, right?

Wrong.

Are you too Indoctrinated to recognize truth?

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

How well do you know your scriptures? How readily do you follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit?

I worry about modern Christians, because so many have been so indoctrinated by the specific denominational doctrine of their church, that they are literally afraid to listen to anything that’s different from what their own local preacher has told them.

Right now, at this pivotal point in human history, the creator is pouring out His spirit and offering important revelation to His children on earth.  There is much that we need to understand for the immediate future.  How many will refuse to hear it because it seems to be in conflict with what they’ve been taught?

Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams

If the Lord seeks to use you to prophesy in these last days; if He shows you great and marvelous things which you knew not – will you push that amazing revelation down, stifle it, refuse to hear it or share it, for fear that someone might call it heresy?  Or if He sends others out with special revelation, will you refuse to hear their voices, because they’re saying something different than what your preacher said you should believe?

The voices are out there.  This is that time, and He is pouring out His spirit.  I would urge all my brothers and sisters, when hearing those voices, to search your scriptures for the truth .  .  . and listen to the Holy Spirit rather than the advice of any man.

The Nature of the Universe

“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration.  I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.”

~ Nikola Tesla

The Earth was without form and void

Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and voidand darkness was upon the face of the deep.

Jeremiah 4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

I remember, when I was young, learning Einstein’s theories, and feeling very upset to realize that in grade school and junior high, I was taught things in science as scientific principal and fact, which were already known to be not quite true. Gravity, as the force described by Sir Isaac Newton, does not exist. According to Einstein, gravity is an illusion created by the warping of space.  I remember reading how Einstein, in one of his papers, apologized to Newton, who he so greatly admired, for saying that he was wrong.  Later, reading Stephen Hawking’s work, I noticed that he made a similar apology to Dr. Einstein, who he very much admired.  A step at a time we are putting the pieces together and figuring things out, each generation standing on the shoulders of the giants of the previous generation.  But as we begin to scratch the surface of understanding the laws of physics, how many of us realize that it was YeHoVaH, the creator, who designed those very laws of physics that we incrementally strive to comprehend.

Space was another lie that they told us in science class. Space, we were told, is nothing… the absence of matter. That’s not true. Space is not nothing, the absence of everything. Space is a very real thing in and of itself, a thing viable enough to warp to create the illusion of gravity. Think about that for a moment.

Most people know that matter is composed of molecules, which can be broken down further into atoms, which can be broken down further into protons, neutrons, etc. Did you know, when you get down to the tiniest, most minute little subatomic particles – they appear to be nothing more than a distortion of space? A distortion of space. Think about that. In my minds eye, I can visualize that. . . as being similar to that warping of space that we perceive as gravity, or a black hole… but on a vastly smaller scale. What holds that space in that distortion? Energy, of course. Which explains why matter and energy are transmutable – they are one and the same. All matter is basically composed of space and energy. When you realize this, the concept of quantum physics becomes really simple and obvious, and makes perfect sense.

So really, our universe is nothing but space, manipulated by energy into its current form. And what is the source of the energy? God, of course. In my mind’s eye, I can see it. When God decided to create this universe, all he really had to ‘create’ was the 4 dimensional form of space. Space was the blank canvas – and the medium He used to paint this beautiful world for us was His own thoughts – His will – His very soul.  It was at this point – the point when He had created space, and had not yet  molded the space into its current form – that the earth was without form, and void.

In recent years physicists have theorized a view of the universe as merely a hologram or projection of another, more ‘real’ universe.  See the following articles for more information:

Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

New Work Gives Credence to Theory of Universe as a Hologram

This concept appears to be confirmed by the reports of people who have had near death experiences, who frequently express the opinion or belief that this temporal existence is not the ‘real’ world, but rather, that place which they visited while outside the confines of the physical body is the true reality.

One such person relating a near death experience, Dr. Eben Alexander, is a neurosurgeon who, with his understanding of neurological function, had previously dismissed such experiences as a product of the brain.  Now however, he believes that the explanations he used to give people for such experiences cannot possibly explain his own experience.  He goes into great detail on this in his book, Proof of Heaven.  He no longer believes that the brain produces consciousness.  Now he describes the brain as more like a ‘reducing filter’ – a tool designed to ‘dumb down’ our consciousness enough to allow it to function within the confines of our limited physical bodies.

Others have speculated that the brain is not the producer of the consciousness, but rather a receiver of it – just as a television doesn’t produce the programming it displays, but only receives the signal which originates elsewhere.  A fuller explanation of this theory can be found here:  Is Consciousness a Product of the Brain or is the Brain the Receiver of Consciousness?

I wonder sometimes if many people have a hard time believing in a heavenly creator father because of a lifetime of conditioning based upon stories that seem to them like fairy tales and myth.  And yet many of these same people wouldn’t have a hard time believing that there may be other life forms more highly evolved than our own, possibly even existing in other dimensions.  Consider for a moment that such a description may precisely fit that entity which modern man commonly refers to as ‘God’.  The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

So imagine for a moment – God – as a higher being in a different dimension.  Just as the Air Force and NASA have developed flight simulators for training recruits, God created this hologram of a universe for us.  It is imperative to our purpose for being here that we be totally immersed in the experience to the point that we believe this temporal existence to be reality. The consequences of our free will decisions have to be tangible in order to sort the recruits.  Some of us will pass and some of us will not, based on our free will decisions.  It’s all up to us.

The Bible says that the end of the world will come in unimaginable searing heat. Knowing the energy that is released in a nuclear reaction, which involves a comparatively tiny amount of matter, it boggles the mind to think of the amount of energy that would be released if God decided to destroy all matter in the universe. And all it would take would be for Him to be done with it, and stop maintaining it in its current form – stop ‘willing’ it into existence. Unimaginable searing heat would be like the definition of understatement.  Is this the inevitable outcome when our simulated training exercise is completed, and the crop of recruits is ready for harvest… ready for Him to separate the wheat from the chaff?

The end of the physical world in ‘searing heat’ makes sense from a physics perspective; the world will once again be ‘without form and void’ as the mind of God re-forms it into the new heaven and earth.  Indeed, scripture tells us that even the very elements themselves will melt.

2 Peter 10-12

10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?