Purging and Cleansing

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

(Hebrews 1:3) ESV

The Son of God, through whom all things were made, not only made creation possible but his ongoing role throughout history has been to purge it of all impurity and corruption.

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Hypothesis 26

Life Began in Zero-G

The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

(Genesis 1:2) ESV

Something really odd happened during the development of what we call mainstream theology. Somewhere along the line the words formless and void have been taken to mean that there was nothing.

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Create, purge: בֹּרִית – barar

I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

(Ezekiel 20:38) NKJV

Purging ties in with the broad narrative of scripture of refining and purification, the agent of which is the Lord Jesus Christ. Here’s the meaning of the Hebrew root from which their word for soap is derived.

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Baptism, Cleansing and Regeneration

Joyful boy being baptized at Redemption Hill Church

And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

(Genesis 8:21) NKJV

God renewed the ground so that it would bear fruit again. The promise that God made to Noah. Noah’s flood washed away the salts and toxic compounds that had accumulated. Earth was baptized.

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Change Your Garments

Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.”

And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.”

(Genesis 35:1-3) NKJV

The clothes that we wear to church shouldn’t be an expression of pride in accomplishments or an indication of status, but they probably shouldn’t be the same clothes that we wear every other day.

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Proof of God Won’t Help You

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.

(Romans 1:18-19) ESV

On one hand, the Bible says that the truth about God is known to everyone, no one has an excuse to not believe. On the other hand, God doesn’t have to personally intervene in our lives to prove himself to us.

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Angels That Sinned

By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

(1 Peter 3:19-20) KJV

The dispensation of conscience, the time immediately after the fall of man when Adam and Eve were banished from the garden of Eden, we’ve also deduced was the first purification of heaven.

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The Purification of Heaven Part 1

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

(Revelation 12:9, 12) KJV

When God created Adam he said this about the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil: “… you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” However, as we know, when Adam ate the fruit he didn’t immediately drop dead. Adam was cursed and he began dying, God’s plan was in effect, but the outward appearance was that nothing had happened.

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Tithes and Offerings

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.

(Malachi 3:10) NKJV

It may seem like an odd departure from our discussion of the war in heaven to bring up tithes and offerings, but it may be an important clue. Why a tithe (10%)? What’s the significance of this number?

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