Moses' tenth speech, Part 8, The all-consuming fire of God
Jun 24, 2013
In Deuteronomy 28:25, 26 Moses shifts his focus to the fact that Israel’s disobedience would cause the nation to flee before their enemies in time of war.
25 The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them, but you shall flee seven ways before them, and you shall be an example of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth. 26 And your carcasses shall be food to all the birds of the sky and to the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away.
This is the opposite of the blessing for obedience seen in verse 7. We have already commented on the fact that since 1948 America lost the blessing of obedience in this regard. America has not won a major war since that time, as America’s hidden rulers never intended for those wars to be won. Their intent was to bleed America by debt in order to tighten their control over the nation.
The Babylonian system is self-destructing, as is all evil, for anything that deviates from the law of God is rooted in death. For this reason, Mystery Babylon, which rules the world today, has sought to enslave the world through debt, but when the debt itself reaches the level where the people can no longer pay, the system itself crashes to the ground. This is what began to occur in 2008.
The implication of Moses’ statement above is that if Israel is obedient, their enemies, or oppressors, will be “the food to all the birds of the sky.” This detail was not mentioned in the blessings of obedience in verse 7, but we do see it referenced in prophecy. In the last battle, described in Revelation 19:17, 18 we read,
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God; 18 in order that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”
Earlier, in Revelation 19:9 we read,
9 And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb’.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
The word picture depicts the armies of heaven coming with the blessing of God to “the marriage supper of the Lamb,” while their opponents become the feast or “supper of God” for the birds. There is irony in the contrast, for the people of God are invited to dine with Christ, pictured in the marriage feast of Cana (John 2:1-11). There they are like the water that is transformed into wine to be consumed (assimilated into the body of Christ) at the table of God.
In fact, the first-fruits offerings given to God all represent different classes of people. The barley offering given on the first Sunday after Passover is unleavened bread. The wheat offering given seven weeks later at Pentecost is leavened, but it is cleansed by the fire in the baking process. The wine offering poured out at the feast of Tabernacles completes the three first-fruit offerings every year for God’s Communion Table.
By contrast, those who fight God are consumed by the birds, which, in Matthew 13:19, represent “the evil one.” The metaphor is meant to describe a separation between the evil ones and the righteous, each being absorbed or consumed into a different body. If such a war literally occurs, of course, it is possible also that many dead bodies will be consumed by the vultures and animals, but the meaning is more profound than that.
This last battle is also described in Ezekiel 39:17-20 in regard to the battle against Gog and Magog. Whether or not this is the same battle as described in Revelation 19 is not important for our study here, especially because Revelation 19 does not identify the people or nations being consumed by the birds. It is only in a later battle described in Revelation 20:8 that we see Gog and Magog mentioned specifically. Many, however, have identified the people in Revelation 19 to be Gog and Magog on the grounds that the description of the birds eating their flesh is the same as seen in Ezekiel 39.
Our purpose here is to show that the law speaks of birds eating the dead bodies in conjunction with the curse of the law upon the disobedient. The prophets draw upon this law to show its application in prophecy. The deeper spiritual meaning of this indicates their assimilation into the body of evil ones (“birds”) in contrast to the obedient ones being assimilated into the body of Christ.
This situation for the disobedient, of course, is not permanent, for even after these battles there is yet more to the story. The battle with Gog and Magog in Revelation 20:8-10 sets up the next event—the general resurrection of ALL the dead so that they can be judged at the Great White Throne. God judges all by His own “fiery law” (Deuteronomy 33:2, KJV), which disciplines and corrects those in the body of evil ones until the Creation Jubilee sets all men free into the glorious liberty of the children of God (Romans 8:21).
The purpose of that divine judgment is to put all enemies under His feet. Even death itself is to be abolished in the end (1 Corinthians 15:25, 26). The first death (i.e., mortality) ends with the resurrection of the dead (Revelation 20:14). The second death, which came not from Adam but from our own sin, is judged by the fiery law until it too is abolished. All death is an enemy of God, even though God created it as a judgment for sin. Hence, when all enemies have been put under the feet of Christ, Paul says that death will be the “last enemy” destroyed.
The first death (mortality, received through Adam’s sin) will be among the first enemies destroyed, for it will end at the Great White Throne judgment. The age that follows, however, still includes “enemies” who are being judged and corrected. Some have argued that when they are cast into the “lake of fire” that this fulfills the prophecy that they are now “in subjection under His feet.” But this is not Paul’s intent. Paul goes on to say that only God will be “all in all.” In other words, His full character will be in all men when they are all subjected to Christ in the way that God intends.
But what of all those who are being judged by the fiery law? How can God be “all in ALL” if there are yet billions of people who are left out of this? The goal is not to be all in SOME, but all in ALL.
For this reason, when Paul speaks of abolishing death last as “the last enemy,” it can only mean that the second death will be abolished in the end of time by the mandate of the Jubilee. Those who benefit from the abolition of death are those being judged by the fiery law—not those who benefit earlier at the time of their resurrection.
In other words, those who were previously assimilated into the body of evil—in accordance with the law in Deuteronomy 28:26—will be chastened and trained even as believers are chastened in the present age. By the same process in which we ourselves have been transformed by this baptism of fire from the body of evil ones into the image of Christ, so also will they in that age of judgment. The primary difference is really a matter of timing, for those who submit to the baptism of fire today will avoid it in an age to come.
God is said to be a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24). To “consume” is to eat. The loving character and motive of God is to consume all things into Himself in order to be “all in all.” Therefore, He intends to restore all things to Himself. He has the power to do so, and the wisdom to accomplish His will without violating His holiness or the law. The birds are thus summoned to the “supper of God” to separate the evil from the good, but in the end, the all-consuming fire of God will assimilate all things back to Himself.
This is the eighth part of a series titled "Moses' Tenth Speech." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones