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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Second Quarter, 2012

The Second Trumpet Judgment: The Demise Of Love

“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and a third part of the sea became blood, and a third part of the creatures which were in the sea and had life died, and a third part of the ships were destroyed ” (Revelation 8:8-9).

The great mountain burning with fire here reminds us of Mt. Sinai all on fire and errupting with smoke when Moses received the law of commandments constituting the old covenant through which Israel sustained her special relationship with God (Hebrews 12:18-21). This Mt. Sinai and the old covenant economy established there represented also the bondwoman, Hagar, who was to be cast out in favor of the son of promise, Isaac, who represents all those new covenant heirs to the Jerusalem that is above (Galatians 4:24-31).

Israel was largely cast out into the “sea” of the Gentile nations at the time of the Assyrian and the Babylonian captivities. And she took with her into her captivity her religion based on the law of Moses given at Mt. Sinai. Then, after a partial regathering back into the land of Palestine, in the fullness of time, Jesus the Messiah appeared in fulfillment of that very law. Love, Jesus taught, is the fulfilling of the law. Thus, those Jews who truly loved God at the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry were able to respond positively to His revelation as the Messiah. Those Jews, by contrast, who did not have this love for God, which the law of Moses also had required, turned in animosity against the Saviour.

The law of Moses was not an end in itself but only a school master to lead the Jews to Christ. Once it had served that purpose it was then done away with cast from God in heaven back to the Jews in the sea of their dispersion. Moses’ mountain continues to follow the Jews of the diasporia, not to be to them the minister of life as God intended, but to be the harbinger of their enduring death and damnation because they fail to keep it or to follow where it leads (John 5:45-47).

Judaism still to this day has the law of Moses but no true love or peace. The ships are all destroyed no longer fitting vessels to export the bounties of divine grace. The bloody sword has followed and has been their legacy even as they wished (Matthew 27:25).

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