the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they
had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the
hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds
of the heavens were fled. Jer. 4:23-25.
At the coming of Christ the wicked are blotted from the face of the whole
earth--consumed with the spirit of His mouth and destroyed by the brightness
of His glory. Christ takes His people to the City of God, and the earth is
emptied of its inhabitants. "Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty,
and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the
inhabitants thereof." "The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly
spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word." "Because they have
transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are
desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned." Isaiah
24:1, 3, 5, 6.
earth appears like a desolate wilderness. The ruins of cities and villages
destroyed by the earthquake, uprooted trees, ragged rocks thrown out by the
sea or torn out of the earth itself, are scattered over its surface, while
vast caverns mark the spot where the mountains have been rent from their foundations.
event takes place foreshadowed in the last solemn service of the Day of Atonement.
When the ministration in the holy of holies had been completed, and the sins
of Israel had been removed from the sanctuary by virtue of the blood of the
sin offering, then the scapegoat was presented alive before the Lord; and
in the presence of the congregation the high priest confessed over him "all
the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in
all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat." Leviticus 16:21.
In like manner when the work of atonement in the heavenly sanctuary has been
completed then in the presence of God and heavenly angels and the host of
the redeemed the sins of God's people will be placed upon Satan; he will be
declared guilty of all the evil which he has caused them to commit.
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