The Lord is king,
and the people tremble.
He sits on his throne above the winged creatures,
and the earth shakes.
The Lord is mighty in Zion;
he is supreme over all the nations.
Everyone will praise his great and majestic name.
Holy is he!
Mighty king, you love what is right;
you have established justice in Israel;
you have brought righteousness and fairness.
Praise the Lord our God;
worship before his throne!
Holy is he!
Moses and Aaron were his priests,
and Samuel was one who prayed to him;
they called to the Lord, and he answered them.
He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;
they obeyed the laws and commands that he gave them.
O Lord, our God, you answered your people;(Psalm 99:1-9) Good News Treanslation
you showed them that you are a God who forgives,
even though you punished them for their sins.
Praise the Lord our God,
and worship at his sacred hill!
The Lord our God is holy.
We, that’s me and the Holy spirit, look to Isaiah, the prophets, and Revelation but there’s an older reference to the Earth being moved and shaken and the Lord ruling from his Holy mountain high above the people: Psalm 99.
Here are all the elements: let the Earth be moved; the Lord is great in Zion and he is high above all the people; exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill. These ideas have been combined together for a very long time. Different people have at different times tried to imagine what this may look like.
This is definitely one of the strangest. This captures the notion of a great mountain that fills the whole earth, but it doesn’t look like something that God would make to me. God is all wise and all knowing and has an eye for beauty.
This isn’t beautiful. It’s stupid. God isn’t stupid.
For one thing the gradient on the mountain is so steep that no one would be able to walk up it. This seems to me more like a frivolous spoof made by a mocker. No need to take it seriously at all.
This one is a very backwards attempt to reconcile the temple described by Ezekiel with the Lord’s Holy mountain. Nice effort, particularly on the dimensions of the temple walls, but again, misguided.
This has the temple at the top of a mountain, but the mountain is inside the walls of the temple? It certainly isn’t a mountain which fills the whole earth. Besides, it looks stupid. God isn’t stupid.
Here’s my first attempt to picture the idea of a mountain that fills the whole earth.
This is based on assuming that the Holy mountain would simply be made from the present earth, but it doesn’t account for several of the other important elements of the scriptural narrative. For example, it doesn’t account for the impact of a giant meteorite, or the falling to earth of billions of tons of stellar material. Besides, it looks stupid. God isn’t stupid.
After spending 3 weeks working on this devotion, diligently examining all of the scriptural references that must be considered, I’m satisfied with the result.We have developed a model of the Millennial Kingdom earth which incorporates all elements from the narrative:
- the land surface is shaped into one mountain,
- everyone can see the temple and the glory of God from wherever they are on the earth (dry ground/habitable portion),
- it allows for the crust of the earth to be split open by an asteroid impact,
- it allows for billions of tons of stellar material to fall,
- it allows the establishment of an hydrological system in which water upwells at the temple in Jerusalem,
- it mitigates the environmental problems associated with the continued expansion of hell,
- it is, in my opinion, beautiful.
Let me know if we missed anything.
Most importantly it doesn’t look stupid. God isn’t stupid. God is incredibly wise and has provided for all of our need for all of history. He’s going to provide an equable climate for the Millennial Kingdom, it won’t be a scorched desert.
Our featured image for the day actually looks like something that God had planned from before the beginning. Tomorrow we will begin the process of wrapping up this study, and looking at any loose ends that we need to account for in the model of the Millennial Kingdom earth that we have constructed.
- Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
- believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
- confess your sin.