═► The purifying Fire Law  ═►

Version : 15 February 2017




If you want to cling to the satanic teaching of eternal torment at all cost, and therefore calling Jesus a failure (Rom 5:19),  don’t waste your time on this site. Only theFather can remove your veils. If you have an open mind read on and learn the Lake of Fire converts sinners into saints. Truly a Lake of Life!


SECTION A : The Brazen Sea

┌─────────────  A1. Introduction  ─────────────┐



A lake can also be an artificial basin. Click here

Proof such a basin was used in the Temples. Click here

Background info on the Laver Click here 

Artist impressions of the Laver Click here



Strictly speaking the Greek words ‘sea’ and ‘lake’ are correctly translated into English, but that doesn’t mean the ancient Jews didn’t (sometimes) use those words as synonyms. Keep that in mind when reading about seas and lakes in Revelation; and of course other parts of the Bible.


John 6:1 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias),

Luke 5:1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,  the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.


Thayer Definition:

Gennesaret = “a harp”

1) a lake also called the sea of Galilee or the sea of Tiberias The lake 12 by 7 miles (20 by 11 km) and 700 feet (210 m) below the Mediterranean Sea.



The river Jordan is the eastern boundary of Palestine or Judea. It rises in Mount Lebanon, on the north of Palestine, and runs in a southerly direction, under ground, for thirteen miles, and then bursts forth with a great noise at Cesarea Philippi. It then unites with two small streams, and runs some miles farther, and empties into the lake Merom. From this small lake it flows thirteen miles, and then falls into the lake Gennesareth, otherwise called the sea of Tiberias, or the sea of Galilee. Through the middle of this lake, which is fifteen miles long and from six to nine broad, it flows undisturbed, and preserves a southerly direction for about seventy miles, and then falls into the Dead Sea

Albert Barnes, Barnes NT Commentary, Mt 3:6 (Joseph Kreifels).




Other names for the Lake:


*=Brass, a copper-zinc alloy, wasn’t invented until the 500BC. Because the first temple was build 1000-832BC  the Altar likely was pure copper or possible bronze, a copper-tin alloy. Copper and copper alloys are anti-bacterial. So even the material itself was about purifying.


Summary:

Lake, sea, basin, pool, pond etc were quite often used as synonyms.



┌───────    A2. Purpose of the water basins  ───────┐


Very roughly speaking the whole Bible is about humanity being prepared to be able to enter heaven. A huge part of that process is washing away sins. Removing the dross of sin from the gold of holiness. It’s not just a wish/command God expressed but it’s the basis for lots of symbolism..


God is pictured as a refiner removing impurities from gold and silver. The fuller’s soap is another reference to God removing impurities. Ancient Jews pictured God sitting on His throne in the Holies of Holies refining the molten gold in a huge pot called the "Brazen Sea", which was located in front of Him in the inner court of the Temple complex. It didn't contain actual molten gold, but water which represented molten gold so pure it has become transparent.

Mal 3:2 …. for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap.
Prov 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

1 Kings 7:23 And he made a molten sea ...
1Chr 18:8 ... with which Solomon made the brazen sea , and the pillars, and the vessels of brass ...
2Chr 4:6 He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.


The 10 smaller lavers were filled with water tapped from the "Brazen Sea", and used to clean tools, sacrifices and general cleaning. The priests washed themselves in the "Brazen Sea" each time they entered the Temple. As the verses below show, the priests were bathed by another person at their consecration. Afterwards, during Temple duties, they had to follow strict purification rituals.


Exod 29:4 And Aaron and his sons you shall bring to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall wash them with water. 5 And you shall take the garments, and put on Aaron the coat, and the robe of the ephod, and the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the curious girdle of the ephod: 6 And you shall put the turban on his head, and put the holy crown on the turban. 7 Then shall you take the anointing oil, and pour it on his head, and anoint him.


Exod 30:19 For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: 20 When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire to the LORD: 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.


Lev 8:5 And Moses said to the congregation, This is the thing which the LORD commanded to be done. 6 And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water.


The 10 lavers had freewill gifts of polished bronze mirrors made by women on it, so the priests could see their reflection. In ancient times mirrors were made of polished metal in this case brass. Many translations have "mirror darkly" or "mirror dimly" which is ok if we understand it as a brass (bronze) mirror.


Exod 38:8 And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the mirrors of the women assembling ...
1Cor 13:12 For now we see by polished metal...



Summary:

► Lake, sea, basin, pool, pond etc were quite often used as synonyms.

The basin in the Temple court goes by many names; sometimes conflicting with smaller vessels. I'll call it "Brazen Sea".
God refines the contents the Brazen Sea, while sitting on His throne in the Temple.
The priests were fully washed in the Brazen Sea by another person at their consecration.
There were ten smaller lavers but only one huge Brazen Sea.
Laver = Washing = clean = water = regeneration
The priests used the water from the Brazen Sea for all sorts of cleaning and purification purposes.



More on the Fullers’ soap: Click here



┌────────   A3. The word that regenerates ────────┐


The New Testament draws a parallel between the water in the (great) laver and the Word. Obviously "washing" relates to purifying but looking a bit closer at the Greek we find a hidden gem. Most dictionaries define the Greek word for "washing" is "λουτρόν - loutron".  as "bathing, bath , the act of bathing". When we look up loutron in the LXX (Greek OT) and compare the relevant verses with a Hebrew version we find: כּיּר / כּיּור = laver = λουτρόν = loutron = bath = washing*.



The word cleans/washes.

John 15:3 Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of (the) water by the word,


The bath regenerates. Cleaning regenerates.

Titus 3:5 ... by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;


Cleaning regenerates + The word cleans = The word regenerates.

John 15:3 Now you are regenerated through the word which I have spoken to you.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and regenerate it with the washing of (the) water by the word,

Titus 3:5 . by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;


*= From the Greek loutron which can mean: act of bathing, bathing place or bath(tub). Scholars disagree on the exact rendering of this verse, which doesn't really matter because core the verse is about renewal/Holy Spirit; and not about literal earthly physical things. The washing, whatever it exactly means, is merely an physical representation of a much greater spiritual event. The fact that loutron does (not) mean bathtub/laver is nice to know but not really the important point of this section. The main point is that the water symbolically regenerates. The actual work obviously is done by the Holy Spirit. The laver was filled with spring=living water and was used to purify.



Summary:

► Lake, sea, basin, pool, pond etc were quite often used as synonyms.

► The basin in the Temple court goes by many names; sometimes conflicting with smaller vessels. I'll call it "Brazen Sea".
► God refines the contents the Brazen Sea, while sitting on His throne in the Temple.
► The priests were fully washed in the Brazen Sea by another person at their consecration.
► There were ten smaller lavers but only one huge Brazen Sea.
► (contents of the) Laver = Washing = clean = water = regeneration = life
► The priests used the water from the Brazen Sea for all sorts of cleaning and purification purposes.
The word inside the laver/Brazen Sea regenerates.



More on the Bath/Loutron: Click here

More on regenerate and renew. Click here


┌──────────────   A4. Fire = Law ──────────────┐


Fire in the Bible can be completely natural but is often linked to God. Destructive as in Sodom and Gomorra or a blessing like the fiery tongues of Pentecost. It can be purifying (Numbers 31:23). God is often represented as fire (see list at the end of this section). His ministers are called a flame (Hebrews 1:7) because they preach His word=fire law. Each time before  entering the Temple (approaching God) priests had to purify themselves in the laver symbolically filled with the fire law.



God gave a fiery/fire law to Moses. God states His word=law is like fire.

Deut 33:2 And he said, The LORD came .... from his right hand went a fiery law for them.

Jer 23:29 Is not my word like fire? says LORD


Replace "word" by "fiery law".

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the fiery law


John 15:3 Now you are regenerated/reborn through the word which I have spoken to you.

John 15:3 Now you are regenerated/reborn through the fiery law which I have spoken to you.


Obviously it's not the washing* that's most important, but what's symbolized by it.

Titus 3:5 ... by means of the washing of regeneration/rebirth and the renewal of our natures by the Holy Spirit,

Titus 3:5 ... by means of the fiery law of regeneration/rebirth and the renewal of our natures by the Holy Spirit,




Take a closer look at this:

Law = Fiery/Fire Law = The Word = causes Regeneration = causes life

+

contents of the Laver = Washing = clean = water = causes regeneration = causes life

=

Law = Fiery/Fire Law = The Word = contents of the Laver = Washing = clean = water = causes regeneration = causes life


Water and fire aren’t total opposites; they are merely symbols as shown in the short list of examples below.

(Heb 1:7) Are God’s ministers really walking torches? .

(Mal 3:2) Father is said to be a fuller’s soap . I’m sure He looks better than a 50 cent bar of soap.

(John 1:29) Jesus was called a Lamb but He looked 100% human.

(John 4:11) Jesus is also the living water , but isn't literal water.

Jesus is called The Word=fiery law, but is far more than a sound wave or a written scroll.

(Mat 3:11) John the Baptist links water and fire by calling them both methods of baptism. (Although fire is the greater type.)



Jesus was the ultimate teacher of the law, which He explained the way it was always meant to be understood. Jesus can't be separated from that law. At the same time Jesus is called living water which obviously springs forth from fiery/fire law He preached. And that is why, symbolically speaking, fire is the same as water. They both bring forth life by cleaning out carnal filth.


John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us…

As the ultimate flawless teacher of the fiery-law, Jesus was the Law made flesh. His words were as pure as the law because His words were the law.


1Hebrews 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

Malachi 3:2-3 ….  for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: …

John 1:29 … John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.

John 4:11 … Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from where then have you that living water?

Matthew 3:11 .... whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:




Summary:

► Lake, sea, basin, pool, pond etc were quite often used as synonyms.

► The basin in the Temple court goes by many names; sometimes conflicting with smaller vessels. I'll call it "Brazen Sea".
► God refines the contents the Brazen Sea, while sitting on His throne in the Temple.
► The priests were fully washed in the Brazen Sea by another person at their consecration.
► There were ten smaller lavers but only one huge Brazen Sea.
► Laver = Washing = clean = water = regeneration = life
► The priests used the water from the Brazen Sea for all sorts of cleaning and purification purposes.
► The word inside the laver/Brazen Sea regenerates.
Law = Fiery/Fire Law = The Word = (contents of the) Laver/Brazen Sea = Washing = clean = water = regeneration = life
The Fiery Law regenerates.
Fire is often positive and of divine origin.


More on fire: Click here


┌────────   A5. Spirit written on the heart ────────┐


Heb 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, said the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

→ Laws are written on the hearts.


Ezek 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:  

→ The stone heart is reference to the stone tablets Moses’ received on mt. Sinai.
→ The old stone heart is replaced by a new flesh heart.
→ The old stone spirit is replaced by the new flesh spirit.
→ A parallel is drawn between spirit, law and heart.

Stone law = Written on stony heart = old spirit.
Flesh law = Written on a flesh heart = new spirit.
Fiery Law = spirit.


Summary:

► Lake, sea, basin, pool, pond etc were quite often used as synonyms.

► The basin in the Temple court goes by many names; sometimes conflicting with smaller vessels. I'll call it "Brazen Sea".
► God refines the contents the Brazen Sea, while sitting on His throne in the Temple.
► The priests were fully washed in the Brazen Sea by another person at their consecration.
► There were ten smaller lavers but only one huge Brazen Sea.
► Laver = Washing = clean = water = regeneration = life
► The priests used the water from the Brazen Sea for all sorts of cleaning and purification purposes.
► The word inside the laver/Brazen Sea regenerates.
► Law = Fiery/Fire Law = The Word = (contents of the) Laver/Brazen Sea = Washing = clean = water = regeneration = life
► The Fiery Law regenerates.
► Fire is often positive and of divine origin.
Fiery Law = Spirit.


┌────────   A6. A surprising combination ────────┐


Heb 11:17 By faith Abraham, being tested, offered Isaac. And he who received the promises offered his only begotten son,

We know Isaac wasn't Abraham's only son. Neither was he his first son. "Only begotten" is translated from the Greek word monogenes; which long has been assumed to be the compound of the two Greek words monos=only and gennao=beget. More recent scholarship proves it should be monos=only and genos=kind. So Jesus is one-of-a-kind/unique because of His very unique task/purpose.


John 1:14 in various translations

- And the Word became flesh and tabernacles among us, and we gaze at His glory, a glory as of an only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."

- ….  and pitched his tent among us,…

-….  and dwelt among us,….

- And the Word = And the Fiery law

- Became/made flesh, = Jesus and pitched his tent/dwelt among us,  = lived inside a shell/vessel called Jesus

- and we gazed upon his glory,––a glory, as an

- Only–begotten from his Father. = Set aside for a task given by His Father

- Full of favour/grace and truth. = Full of Mercy and law

 


Recap A3:

John 15:3 Now you are regenerated through the word which I have spoken to you.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and regenerate it with the washing of (the) water by the word,

Titus 3:5 . by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Recap A4:

John 15:3 Now you are regenerated through the fiery law which I have spoken to you.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and regenerate it with the washing of (the) water by the fiery law,

Titus 3:5 . by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the fiery law;

The Word = Fiery Law = Holy Ghost/Spirit. The Fiery Law is the very essence/personality/etc of The Father.

Recap A5:
      Fiery Law = Spirit.


Prov 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

Prov 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

--> Law = the way, the light, the truth


John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

–> Jesus = the way, the light, the truth


Jesus=Law


John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

→ The law was with(in) Father

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

→ The law was poured into a vessel made of flesh.

John 10:30 I and my Father are one.

→ Father and Son share the same essence. The law (which shapes their personality)

John 14:9 Jesus said to him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me ….  

→ Because the Son acts according to the Law we also know how the Father acts by hat same Law.


Summary:

► Lake, sea, basin, pool, pond etc were quite often used as synonyms.

► The basin in the Temple court goes by many names; sometimes conflicting with smaller vessels. I'll call it "Brazen Sea".
► God refines the contents the Brazen Sea, while sitting on His throne in the Temple.
► The priests were fully washed in the Brazen Sea by another person at their consecration.
► There were ten smaller lavers but only one huge Brazen Sea.
► Laver = Washing = clean = water = regeneration = life
► The priests used the water from the Brazen Sea for all sorts of cleaning and purification purposes.
► The word inside the laver/Brazen Sea regenerates.
► Law = Fiery/Fire Law = The Word = (contents of the) Laver/Brazen Sea = Washing = clean = water = regeneration = life
► The Fiery Law regenerates.
► Fire is often positive and of divine origin.

Fiery Law = the Word = The Holy Spirt/Ghost
Jesus was a vessel containing the Fiery Law which is the very essence of The Father.



┌────────────   What we have so far ────────────┐


Summary:

► Lake, sea, basin, pool, pond etc were quite often used as synonyms.

► The basin in the Temple court goes by many names; sometimes conflicting with smaller vessels. I'll call it "Brazen Sea".
► God refines the contents the Brazen Sea, while sitting on His throne in the Temple.
► The priests were fully washed in the Brazen Sea by another person at their consecration.
► There were ten smaller lavers but only one huge Brazen Sea.
► Laver = Washing = clean = water = regeneration = life
► The priests used the water from the Brazen Sea for all sorts of cleaning and purification purposes.
► The word inside the laver/Brazen Sea regenerates.
► Law = Fiery/Fire Law = The Word = (contents of the) Laver/Brazen Sea = Washing = clean = water = regeneration = life
► The Fiery Law regenerates.
► Fire is often positive and of divine origin.

► Fiery Law = the Word = The Holy Spirt/Ghost
► Jesus was, like the Brazen Sea, a vessel containing the Fiery Law which is the very essence of The Father.


In the above section we saw the Brazen sea is known by many names.

The water represents hyper refined transparent molten gold, God’s divine law which is God’s word.

The whole Laver symbolism is purifying people so that they  can approach/be approved by God.

We also saw the Brazen sea is merely  pretty vessel; the real symbolism is the water inside the Brazen Sea.

That’s similar to Jesus who was a vessel with an extraordinary content, namely the Fiery Law  which is The Father’s essence.




Condensed summary:

The Brazen Sea goes by many, sometimes conflicting, names

It’s not about the Brazen Sea but the contents of it; which symbolism is: Purify mankind.

The Brazen Sea is a crucible/melting pot and God is the Refiner.
Law = Fiery/Fire Law = Holy Spirit = The Word =  water of the Brazen Sea = Washing = clean = water = regeneration = life
Jesus was, like the Brazen Sea, a vessel containing the Fiery Law which is the very essence of The Father.


Section A summary:

Both Jesus and he laver are vessels containing the purifying law that has to be applied to everyone approaching God.



SECTION B : Various

┌──────────   B1. Types of punishment  ──────────┐


This is a very important section to understand! It’s the key to many things.
It’s clear there is much sin in the world, God hates sin and doesn’t want sin in His presence.
It’s also clear God goes a long way to ‘fix’ sin. He set up a animal sacrificial system, sent teachers and prophets. Ultimately sent His Son. Whole books can be filled with those topics but for this discussion it’s clear God uses all sorts of methods to make the sinner leave his/her sinful ways behind and become a little better every day. Or as the Bible puts it:

2Sam 14:14 For death comes to us all, and we are like water drained out on the earth, which it is not possible to take up again; and God will not take away the life of the man whose purpose is that he who has been sent away may not be completely cut off from him.

God is constantly figuring out ways to make sure the lost sheep (eventually) return to the flock. Will He succeed?




A bit off-topic for this article but it may give a little extra understanding about how law and grace works.

Matt 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

→ Sin is a debt to God. Just pay the debt and all is ok again. Or is not? Is it even possible?

→ The Greek word translated as debt was a term used on legal documents (for loans etc).

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;

→ Here we read the debt we have to pay for sin is death. We can pay that debt but being dead we won’t be around to enjoy debt free living.

Rom 6:23 …but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

→ We all die, so we all pay the legal debt. But after that nothing stops God from giving the gift of life.

Rom 6:14 For sin may not have rule over you: because you are not under law, but under grace.

→ A much misunderstood verse. It’s not about the Old Testament laws being canceled. If they were then the Ten Commandments would no longer be relevant and things like murder and blasphemy would be ok. When someone sinned he/she was under the law until the debt was paid back in full. Example: When someone was caught stealing $1000 the law requires him to pay back $2000. If that person couldn’t pay $2000 he had to work (as a slave) until the debt was paid. Until the full sum was paid that person was under the law.  After full payment the person was under grace and his stealing was forgiven.

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

→ This is a play on words. Indeed Jesus’  work, on earth, was finished when He died. The beauty of the verse lays in the Greek word for finished “tetelestai”. Tetelestai was written on legal documents when a debt was paid in full. Jesus paid or debts. click

Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

→ That verse doesn’t mean  those ordnances don’t longer exist; they do because the OT laws say so. It says that Jesus paid all the legal debts.


The point I’m trying to make with the above verses is this: Sin requires payment. That payment will be made, that payment has been made. So that sin doesn’t stop us from entering eternal life. But it’s not just the sin that was committed but also the sinful nature. The thief in the above example may never steal again because his punishment was to great. But what if he would be 100% sure he wouldn’t get caught stealing, or that the punishment would be extremely mild? Would he steal again in that case? If the answer is yes, isn’t he still a sinner in his heart?

1Sam 16:7 But LORD said to Samuel, Do not look on his countenance, or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For [LORD sees] not as man sees, for man looks on the outward appearance, but LORD looks on the heart.

And that’s what’s all the refining and pruning is all about. To make your personality pure. Ready for being in the presence of God. God’s punishment aligns perfectly with that goal.

It’s something everyone will experience.




Types of punishment:



The word timora that was in use during Jesus time had a very clear meaning of vindictive punishment. Why didn’t Jesus use timora to rule out all doubts?
Church fathers living (long) after Jesus’ ministry still used kolasis with it’s ancient meaning of pruning/correction. That proves kolasis at that/Jesus’ time still had the meaning of pruning/correction.

Kolasis/pruning also aligns perfectly with the way Jesus taught. His parables very often included things the workman could related to. Fishing, wheat, weed, seed, grapes, barley, sheep, goat, shepherd, laborers, vineyards, figs, types of soil, trees, branches, plowing, refining, washing,  etc. Pruning fits perfectly in that list. Torture would also be a very direct word/teaching.


Matt 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Acts 4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.

2Pet 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:



Summary:
Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)


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┌────────────   B2. Lake of the Fire ────────────┐


The Greek text of Rev 20:14-15 includes tou /the.

Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of the fire. This is the second death.

Rev 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of the fire.


That little three letter word gives us another hint. It points out we are dealing with a special type of superior of fire.

Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of the fire law. This is the second death.

Rev 20:15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of the fire law


God’s law is holy, so that lake is filled with the holy fire law. As we saw in section A4 the law purifies and regenerates. Is being submerged in God’s holy law really hell?


Hebrew frequently uses the prefix ‘ha’ to denote something special, something superior. In English that would be the word ‘the’. A few examples

 

 

Altough Rev 20:14-15 is written in Greek* with has different grammar rules from Hebrew, the ‘hint’ still remains. “the fire” is “theFire”. A special supreme fire.


*=  There is a growing consensus among scholars that the Greek NT is translated from Hebrew (Mathew certainly is as several church fathers wrote) or it’s written in Greek with Hebrew grammar rules. The reason for that view is that the Greek often feels unnatural and confusing; but when doing a simple-on-one translation the resulting Hebrew often is perfect and even shows idioms that do exit in Hebrew but not in Greek. Time will  tell how quickly  translations will be undated to refelect this advance in linguistics as the correct translations  is a real challenge for many doctrines.


 Summary:

► Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)

Lake of the regenerating Fire law.


┌──────────────   B3. Brimstone  ─────────────┐


Rev 21:8 …. shall have their part in the lake which burns with the fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Rev 21:8 …. shall have their part in the lake which burns with the fiery law and brimstone: which is the second death.


The ancients extensively used brimstone/sulfur for medical purposes, purification of homes. Including some pagan rituals. The Greek word for brimstone is closely related to the Greek word for divine/god.


So the Lake of Fire (Rev 21:8) is filled with the fiery law of divine purification. This, btw, also shows the Lake of Fire is a very personal experience and not the same for all. Everybody has his/her own sins. The law is applied to those sins. So a mass murderer has a different lake experience than a thief.



brimstone; anciently regarded as divine incense to purify and prevent contagion; in the NT always associated with supernaturally kindled fire and thus possibly the neuter of θεῖος (divine)

Timothy Friberg, Barbara Friberg and Neva F. Miller, vol. 4, Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament, Baker's Greek New Testament library, 195 (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 2000).


Mal 3:2 …. for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap.


The fuller’s soap contained traces of brimstone. Fuller is an Anglo-Saxon name for ‘to whiten’ because the fuller made wool clean and white before garments were made out of it. The Hebrew word rendered as “fuller” means “to trample” or “to tread,” suggesting that action as a major part of the craft. The fuller removed the oily and gummy substances from material before it could be used, by washing it in some alkaline such as white clay, putrid urine, or nitre, as there was no soap in those days. The alkaline was washed out by treading on the material repeatedly in running or clean water. The trampling seems to indicate the cleaning process can be unpleasant.


The Greek word is "theion," the neuter form of "theios," which means Divine, Deity, the Divine Nature, or of and from God.


Rev 21:8 …. the lake which burns with the fiery law and divine purification:


Brimstone is another reference to purification.


Summary:
► Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)

► Lake of the regenerating Fire law

Brimstone purifies.

Lake of the Fire = Lake of the Fiery Law and divine purification.


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┌──────────   B4. Jewish perspective  ──────────┐


A letter of Polycrates clearly shows John was a former Jewish priest.


“For great luminaries sleep in Asia, and they will rise again at the last day of the advent of the Lord . . . And there is also John, who leaned on the Lord’s breast, who was a priest wearing the mitre, and martyr and teacher, and he sleeps at Ephesus.” (Eccl. Hist., III, xxxi)

A footnote explains that the word “mitre” here is petalon, which is used in the Septuagint of the high priest’s diadem, but what it means here has never been discovered. For some strange reason, Eusebius again quotes Polycrates in Vol. V, ch.13, where he uses the term “breastplate,” rather than mitre.


Even the common man living in the ancient theocracy of Israel knew a lot about the Temple and all sorts of symbolism found in it. John was a priest and of course Jesus disciple; which gave him even more knowledge about the Temple and it’s symbolism. It's very likely John wrote Revelation from the perspective of a Jewish priest; with a Jewish (priestly) mindset and wording. John, and every other Jew at that time, knew the Brazen Sea very well. As we saw earlier it contained “fire” and lake is a proper translation for it.


Obviously it doesn’t end there. The Bible is a religious Book written by very religious people who lived in a society that was totally based on Old Testament laws and symbology. When Jesus is called “Lamb” nobody even considers presenting proof Jesus was curly animal because that’s what a sheep is according to dictionaries. Everybody agrees that in that case that sheep is the pivotal point God’s plan of salvation revolves around.



- Branch, Is 11:1 (Messiah) from Jesse, He will bring in the kingdom

- Bread of Life Jn 6:32-63

- Bright and Morning Star, Rev 22:16

- Chief Corner Stone  Ep 2:19-22; I Pet 2:6-8

- Dayspring  Lk 1:78-79  (rising of the sun)

- Daystar  II Pe 1:19  ("light bringing")

- Door Jn 10:7-9

- Lion of the Tribe of Judah  Rev 5:5  (fulfilment of Gen 49:9-10, lawgiver from Judah)

- Star Out of Jacob, Num 24:17

- Stone, Ps 118:22; I Pe 2:6-8 (Is 28:16)

- Rock, I Cor 10:1-4, 9

- Rose of Sharon, Song 2:1

- Vine, Jn 15:1-8 (expository - more, much fruit)


Is Jesus really a literal piece of wood, bread or stone. A literal flower, a sun or a star. A real lion?

The answer to all of that is: It’s all symbolism that points to Jesus.

Therefore we should take extreme care not to use a literal meaning while a symbolic meaning is implied.

The next section, C4, is another example of symbolism.


Summary:
► Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)

► Lake of the regenerating Fire law

► Brimstone purifies.

► Lake of the Fire = Lake of the Fiery Law and divine purification.

The Bible was written  from Jewish (priestly) perspective. Using symbolism well known at that time.



┌───   B5. Seas: The Good, the bad and the pagan ────┐


Hebrew uses lots of parallelism. A piece of wisdom expressed in different ways. I highlighted the part about the sea in red and the parallel part equaling the sea to humanity in yellow. Obviously there are also many verses where the word sea just means a literal sea, lake or other body of water like the Laver

Isa 17:12 Ah, the uproar of many peoples, who roar like the roaring of the seas, and the rushing of nations, that rush like the rushing of mighty waters!

Isa 23:11 He has stretched out his hand over the sea. He has shaken the kingdoms. LORD has given commandment concerning Canaan, to destroy the strongholds of it.

Isa 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, for it cannot rest, and its waters cast up mire and dirt.

Isa 60:5 Then thou shall see and be radiant, and thy heart shall thrill and be enlarged, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to thee. The wealth of the nations shall come to thee.

Jer 6:23 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roars like the sea; ….

Jer 49:23 Of Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad, for they have heard evil news. They are melted away. There is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

Ps 65:7 Which stills the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

Ps 89:9 You rule the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, you still them. 10 You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; you have scattered your enemies with your strong arm.

Ezek 26:3 therefore thus says lord LORD: Behold, I am against thee, O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causes its waves to come up.

Jas 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Ezek 28:2 Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, Thus says lord LORD: Because thy heart is lifted up, and thou have said, I am a god. I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas. Yet thou are man, and not God, though thou did set thy heart of Elohim.



There are three types of seas:

- Good: A calm sea with represents  a peaceful kingdom  of harmony  ruled by God. The section just below this paragraph.

- Bad: The raging sea which represents  a kingdom full of negativity ruled by a human king. All the verses listed just above.

- Pagan: God torturing people for eternity in a sea of fire. Orthodox “christianity” and many other satanic pagan religions.


Mark 4 contains a set of verses which summarize the task Father has given His Son. The literal reading is simple; Jesus controls literal waves and wind. The symbolic meaning is quite evident too. The Bible clearly teaches Jesus will defeat every enemy, put everything under His feet. As the verses listed above show the seas is the symbolic enemy. The submitting of those “seas” is the underlined conclusion of verse 41.


Mark 4:35 And the same day, when the even was come, he said to them, Let us pass over to the other side.

Mark 4:36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

Mark 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

Mark 4:38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say to him, Master, care you not that we perish?

Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Mark 4:40 And he said to them, Why are you so fearful? how is it that you have no faith?

Mark 4:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?


Rev 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

Some argue all  the literal seas, oceans and lakes on earth will be gone. Some say sea is singular so just one sea disappears. The Dead Sea or the Sea of Galilee. I think it points to the Temple Laver. “…the laver was no more”. Priests needed to wash themselves in that Laver before approaching God in the Temple. It was a ritual washing because they were to impure to approach God. But in the final Kingdom of God there will be no impurity . So there is no need for ritual washing. All are sanctified saints then. So the Laver has become obsolete so it’s done away with. The laver/sea is no more. Considering the the verse is part of Revelation with contains several reverences to the Laver (Lake of Fire) it’s quite possible the Laver is the sea of Rev 21:1.  Rev 4:6 can’t be ignored either. The verse is about a sea of glass or crystal depending on the translation. Some lexicons claim ice is a good possibility too. Glass, crystal and ice have one thing in common. They are smooth. No waves. That’s God’s sea. A hyper smooth peaceful sea. Not a single wave. That obviously symbolizes God’s Kingdom very well. So I don’t entirely rule out the possibility it symbolizes the absence of raging seas/nations.. So God simply states negativity no longer exists in His new creation. But even that could point to the Laver. While it was quite big it wasn’t a sea with waves. Just standing water. Rev 15:2 adds that the crystal/glass sea also contains fire. Fire represents the law. As seen earlier, especially in section 4, the laver/sea contains symbolic fire. So I strongly edge toward the Laver.


Summary:
► Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)

► Lake of the regenerating Fire law

► Brimstone purifies.

► Lake of the Fire = Lake of the Fiery Law and divine purification.

► The Bible was written  from Jewish (priestly) perspective. Using symbolism well known at that time.

Raging, stormy seas are often symbolic nations in turmoil. While God’s holy sea is quiet and flat as a mirror.



┌──────────────   B6. Go(o)d fire ─────────────┐


Fire in the Bible can be natural and destructive; but it can also be divine and corrective. No much to say. Read and feel your heart fill with joy! :-)


1Chr 21:26 And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire on the altar of burnt offering.

1Cor 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

1Pet 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found to praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

1Pet 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, …

2Kgs 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray you, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Acts 2:3-4 3 And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat on each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Tongues speak. Fiery tongues speak the law/truth.


Acts 7:30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.

Dan 10:6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

Deut 4:36 Out of heaven he made you to hear his voice, that he might instruct you: and on earth he showed you his great fire; and you heard his words out of the middle of the fire.

Exod 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

Ezek 1:27 And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

Heb 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he said, Who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

Jer 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? said the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

Isa 33:14-15  The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?  He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I comes, the lace of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appears? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

Mark 9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. 50 Salt is good:

Matt 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Ps 104:4 Who makes his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Deut 33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir to them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them. 3 Yes, he loved the people; all his saints are in your hand: and they sat down at your feet; every one shall receive of your words.

The saints are in the same hand as the fiery law. They either are in that fire or are that fire as they speak God’s words/law. (Heb 1:7). Obviously it’s a great honor, not punishment.


Summary:
► Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)

► Lake of the regenerating Fire law

► Brimstone purifies.

► Lake of the Fire = Lake of the Fiery Law and divine purification.

► The Bible was written  from Jewish (priestly) perspective. Using symbolism well known at that time.

Raging, stormy seas are often symbolic nations in turmoil. While God’s holy sea is quiet and flat as a mirror.

Not all fire is destructive.



┌────────────   What we have so far ────────────┐


While the meaning of words written in the Bible can be found in every dictionary. The literal, mostly secular, definitions almost always overlook the intended symbolic meaning. To make things even worse it’s the symbolic meaning that’s the very core of the Bible.


The inescapable conclusion so far is that many things point to some form of purification. Washing (with a fuller’s soap), refining. Brimstone has a purifying effect; we find it in the lake of fire and as an ingredient of the fuller’s soap. Fuller’s mainly washed wool and made it pure white. White is another reference to purity. In Malachi 3:2 God is compared to a refiner and a soap.


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Section A summary:

Both Jesus and he laver are vessels containing the purifying law that has to be applied to everyone approaching God.


Section B summary:

Lots of words have a very symbolic meaning; and that meaning is of corrective nature.


SECTION C : Refining metal

┌───────────────   C1. Approve  ───────────────┐


Jer 6:27 I have made you a tester of metals   and my people the ore, that you may observe  and test their ways.

2Tim 2:15 Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


1384 δόκιμος [dokimos /dok·ee·mos/] adj. From 1380; TDNT 2:255; TDNTA 183; GK 1511; Seven occurrences; AV translates as “approved” six times, and “tried” once.  1 accepted, particularly of coins and money. 2 accepted, pleasing, acceptable. Additional Information: In the ancient world there was no banking system as we know it today, and no paper money. All money was made from metal, heated until liquid, poured into moulds and allowed to cool. When the coins were cooled, it was necessary to smooth off the uneven edges. The coins were comparatively soft and of course many people shaved them closely. In one century, more than eighty laws were passed in Athens, to stop the practice of shaving down the coins then in circulation. But some money changers were men of integrity, who would accept no counterfeit money. They were men of honour who put only genuine full weighted money into circulation. Such men were called “dokimos” or “approved”.  
Donald Barnhouse. James Strong, The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible  : Showing Every Word of the Text of the Common English Version of the Canonical Books, and Every Occurrence of Each Word in Regular Order., electronic ed., G1384 (Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship., 1996).


Approve carries the meaning of checking genuineness/purity of coins. The refining process makes metal pure. We shouldn’t view this  as a solitary word but as part of a group of words that convey a message symbolized by processing of metals. The next word in this group is ‘torment’.


 Summary:

► Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)
Approve has the meaning of testing if coin is genuine. Testing of the purity of metals.



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┌──────────  C2. Testing vs Torment ───────────┐


Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.


A word with a long history that started out with the meaning of testing the purity of gold and silver and ended with the (current) meaning of torture. At the time the Bible was written it still had the meaning of testing the purity of metals. After 288 AD the word got the meaning of torture. So far everything in the summary is linked to removing impurities. God is  refiner that that purifies the gold inside His crucible. As we will see later that crubicle is located in the throne room.



Matt 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lies at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

Matt 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought to him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

The master doesn’t ask Jesus to heal the slave while he’s being tortured. In this verse torment is linked to illness.


Rev 20:10 …cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Rev 14:10 ..shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Fire and brimstone obviously are a major part, if not the only part, of what the torment is about. Brimstone was widely known as an all purpose medication and purification substance. Fire is the Fiery Law being applied. While there is just one law it threats different offences in different way. The OT punishment for theft wasn’t the same as that for murder. So the Lake isn’t a one torture fits all concept. It’s the law applying purification that varies both in duration and severity depending on sins that need to be refined out. Torment is just testing if the gold=person is sufficiently refined.

The meaning of ‘for ever and ever’ is something for another chapter, but for now I will just say Jesus and His angels have better things to do than watching endless torture. Things like being present in the glorious New Jerusalem. Enjoying the beauty of the new creation. Jesus sitting on a throne next to Father. Not spending eternity in a smelly gloomy torture pit.


1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. ….

Parallelism links fear to torment. While people obviously fear torture, fear and torture are not synonyms.


Matt 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lies at home sick of the palsy, grievously
tormented.

Was Jesus asked to heal a man that was being tortured?


Mark 6:48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary to them: …

Were they tortured when rowing?

Matt 14:24 But the ship was now in the middle of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

They were tortured with waves?

Matt 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due to him.

Jailers.

Mark 5:7 What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the most high God? I adjure you by God, that you torment me not.

Was Jesus torturing them?

Rev 11:10 …. and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelled on the earth.

Did the two prophets really torture or was their word mentally testing the sinners?

Rev 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Did someone torture that woman while she was giving birth?

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

They are tested to check they are sufficiently purified.



Jer 6:27 I have made you a tester (of metal) among my people, so that you may have knowledge of their way and put it to the test.

Jer 6:28 All of them are turned away, going about with false stories; they are brass and iron: they are all workers of deceit.

Jer 6:29 The blower is blowing strongly, the lead is burned away in the fire: they go on heating the metal to no purpose, for the evil-doers are not taken away.

Jer 6:30 They will be named waste silver, because the Lord has given them up.


Testing of the  character  and moral standards of the people is compared to refining metal. Their false stories, lies, sins, are compared with the impurities found in  silvertemp.




Summary:

► Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)
► Approve has the meaning of testing if coin is genuine. Testing of the purity of metals.
Torment is testing the purity of gold and silver; not destructive but corrective.



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┌─────────────────   C3. Try ─────────────────┐


Rev 2:2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars:


 

TRY, TRIED  

1. dokimazo (δοκιμάζω, 1381) is rendered “to try” in the kjv in 1 Cor. 3:13; 1 Thess. 2:4; 1 Pet. 1:7; 1 John 4:1: see prove, No.

2. peirazo (πειράζω, 3985) is rendered “to try” in Heb. 11:17; Rev. 2:2, 10; 3:10. In Acts 16:7 it is rendered “assayed”; in 24:6, rv, “assayed” (kjv, “hath gone about”): see go, Note (2) (b). See examine, prove, tempt. Cf. peirao in Acts 26:21, rv, “assayed” (kjv, “went about”); see go

Notes: (1) In Rev. 3:18, kjv, puroo, in the passive voice, “to be purified by fire” (rv, “refined”), is rendered “tried.” (2) For dokimion, Jas. 1:3, kjv, “trying,” see proof. (3) For dokimos, Jas. 1:12, kjv, “tried,” see approved. (4) In 1 Pet. 4:12, kjv, the phrase pros peirasmon, lit., “for trial,” i.e., “for testing,” is rendered “to try (you),” rv, “to prove (you).”  

W. E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger and William White, Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 2:646 (Nashville: T. Nelson, 1996).



Again a reference to refining.


Ps 66:10 For you, O God, have proved us: you have tried us, as silver is tried. 11 You brought us into the net; you laid affliction on our loins. 12 You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but you brought us out into a wealthy place.


Num 31:23 Every thing that may abide the fire, you shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that stays not the fire you shall make go through the water.


Combine Psalm 66:10, 12 and Num 31:23

 → tried us, as silver is tried, we went through fire, make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean

Try = being refined = pass through fire = being purified




Summary:

► Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)
► Approve has the meaning of testing if coin is genuine. Testing of the purity of metals.
► Torment is testing the purity of gold and silver.
Try means testing the genuineness of coins. (Quality of the metal)


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┌───────────   C4. Removing dross ───────────┐


Isa 1:25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and thoroughly purge away thy dross, and will take away all thy tin.


When a refiner melts gold or silver impurities, called dross, float to the top.  Refining takes a lot of heat/fire but it’s not about destruction neither is it without an end. The reason is simple, a refiner’s job is to clean the metal and in that way increase it’s value. Obviously the refiner wants the job done as fast as possible and won’t keeps refining when it’s no longer needed.
A refiner add chemicals to the metal in his crucible as a way to remove the dross. In this verse lye is used for that purpose. Nothing out of the ordinary because even today lye is used for that purpose. But still it’s mentioned in the verse so it may add a deeper meaning. Lye was also used to make fuller’s soap. Perhaps it hints to a gentle process? Lye also contains traces of sulfur.

Mal 3:2 But who can abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap.


There is something interesting in the Aramaic Targums (commentary).

Isa 22:14 And it was revealed in my ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till you die, ,the second death, said the Lord GOD of hosts.


Purging ends when the filth is removed. That means the process ends. The red text is the inserted Targum commentary which shows how the ancient Hebrews understood it. The second death  leads to life because those purged are pure and ready for heaven.



Summary:

► Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)
► Approve has the meaning of testing if coin is genuine. Testing of the purity of metals.
► Torment is testing the purity of gold and silver.
Try means testing the genuineness of coins. (Quality of the metal)
Refining is about increasing the metal’s value in a limited span of  time.



┌────────────   What we have so far ────────────┐


Summary:

► Punishment is always corrective (koalasis), not destructive (timora)
► Approve has the meaning of testing if coin is genuine. Testing of the purity of metals.
► Torment is testing the purity of gold and silver.
Try means testing the genuineness of coins. (Quality of the metal)
Refining is about increasing the metal’s value in a limited span of  time.


All are references to God’s work as a Refiner.




Section A summary:

Both Jesus and he laver are vessels containing the purifying law that has to be applied to everyone approaching God.


Section B summary:

►  Lots of words have a very symbolic meaning; and that meaning is of corrective nature.


Section C summary:
Approve, torment, refine and try are all about time limited purifying metal; not endless destruction of metal.




SECTION D : Farming

┌──────────   D1. Pruning vs Punishing  ──────────┐


The Bible often uses farming to explain a spiritual truths. Harvests, seed, weed, wheat, chaff, barley, grapes and pruning.  


Merriam Webster dictionary on pruning:

1a : to cut down or reduce by eliminating what is useless, burdensome, or superfluous.
1b : to remove (something) as superfluous *prune away all ornamentation*  c : to cut back or reduce (as a budget)

2 : to lop or cut off the superfluous parts, branches, or shoots of (a plant) for better shaped or more fruitful growth : shape or smooth by trimming

3 : to cut off or cut out (as dead branches from a rosebush)


Prune  the offending parts and minimize the damage and maximize the amount of good fruit. If not the sick ‘branches’ will infect the whole tree and/or negatively influence the amount and quality of fruit the tree bears.  If all fails the fiery law will prune out all dirt the hard way.
In a way pruning is similar to refining because refining is about getting the best possible quality metals. The goal of pruning is getting highest possible amount of quality fruit. And likewise the fuller’s soap is about perfectly white robes by removing all dirt.


So what’s understood as torture by many is actually removing the bad bits. “God loves the sinner but hate the sin”.  God’s aim is make all righteous/pure. If the person resists God uses a harder cleaning brush so to speak. The verses below are about pruning away sin.


Mark 9:43 And if your hand offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 44 Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. 45 And if your foot offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

 

Pruning also aligns perfectly with the way Jesus taught. His parables very often included things the workman could related to. Fishing, wheat, weed, seed, grapes, barley, sheep, goat, shepherd, laborers, vineyards, figs, types of soil, trees, branches, plowing, refining, washing,  etc. Pruning fits perfectly in that list. Torture would also be a very direct word/teaching.

Matt 13:34 All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not to them:



Pruning doesn't only take place on a personal level. In a way the 'tree of law' that didn't yield good fruit was down,  but a new productive tree grew from it's roots. So what looked like total destruction paved the way for something good/better.

Isa 11:1 The royal line of David will be cut off, chopped down like a tree; but from the stump will grow a Shoot—yes, a new Branch* from the old root.

Isa 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, who shall stand as an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his place of rest shall be glorious

Branch is netzer in Hebrew. Netzer is a special type of branch that grows out of the roots of an olive tree that has been cut down. This netzer springs up a little distance from where the original tree stood.

The old roots are obviously the OT laws. The branch is still an olive tree (Law follower) but does things a little different.

In the NT we saw Jesus followed the same law as Judadism tree which was cut down. But His interpretation is at a little distance from the old tree. And that’s exactly the goal of pruning us; not that we grow back the same unproductive branch, but a more productive branch.



Summary:
Punishment (kolasis - section B1) doesn't mean torture but correction or pruning to produce good fruit.





┌────────────   D2. Wheat and chaff ────────────┐


Matt 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

1Cor 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Chaff is part of the same plant as the wheat. It’s like pruning and refining gold.



Matt 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.


Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,



Rom 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Rom 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;


Tribulation

Thayer Definition:

1) a pressing, pressing together, pressure

2) metaphorically oppression, affliction, tribulation, distress, straits


Tribulation is from the Latin word tribulum" - a threshing board to separate wheat and chaff. Click here for pictures.


Summary:

► Punishment (kolasis - section B1) doesn't mean torture but correction or pruning to produce good fruit.
Chaff is sin removed from the wheat.


Section A summary:

Both Jesus and he laver are vessels containing the purifying law that has to be applied to everyone approaching God.


Section B summary:
► Lots of words have a very symbolic meaning; and that meaning is of corrective nature.


Section C summary:

► Approve, torment, refine and try are all about time limited purifying metal; not endless destruction of metal.


Section D summary:

All farming activities are about improving the harvest.







┌─────   SECTION E: The location of the Lake of Fire ─────┐


Daniel 7:9 I kept looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire.
Daniel 7:10 A river of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him; thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; the court sat, and the books were opened.

That’s Daniel’s description of of the ‘White Throne Judgement’. A throne with a river flowing from underneath it. How can that be linked to the Lake that burns with fire and brimstone/sulphur? There is no direct statement that declares them equal but there are many things that link them together.


Summary:

The Lake of Fire is located in front of God’s throne in His throne room.



Section A summary:

Both Jesus and he laver are vessels containing the purifying law that has to be applied to everyone approaching God.


Section B summary:
► Lots of words have a very symbolic meaning; and that meaning is of corrective nature.


Section C summary:

► Approve, torment, refine and try are all about time limited purifying metal; not endless destruction of metal.


Section D summary:

► All farming activities are about improving the harvest.


Section E summary:
The Lake of Fire is located in front of God’s throne in His throne room.



The summary of all Words :-)

  ►  The Lake of Fire = The Lake of Life




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