In Scripture, fire and God’s sword each represent the word of God, which Jesus said, will endure forever.
Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, & Luke 21:33
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Jeremiah compared God’s word to fire.
The following is a critique of a portion of an article published by Christian Courier, which discusses gehenna.
The 4th of the 15 arguments by George Zeller against the idea that Christ now reigns upon the throne of David in this article was that Jesus will reign on earth, since the throne of David was on the earth at Jerusalem.
In the 7th of his 15 arguments against the idea that Christ reigns upon the throne of David now, in this article, George Zeller raises the question of God’s perpetual covenant with the Levites. Taking this literally, Zeller argues that the prophecy requires the restoration of both David’s throne and the Levitical priesthood in a millennial temple. He wrote:
A problem with Sir Anthony Buzzard’s interpretation of the land promise, which he interprets as meaning Abraham’s inheritance of the entire world, looms because of the prophecies of Ezekiel and Jeremiah about the people of Israel returning to their land. If the land of promise is extended to the whole visible earth, why would God’s people need to be gathered out of the nations where they were scattered, and return with weeping to Zion? Read more…
In his book “The Christ of the Covenants,” O. Palmer Robertson argues that the land promise to Abraham was meant to typify the traditional Christian hope of entering paradise. But the typology of Israel’s entry into the land of promise under the leadership of Joshua, and their conquest of the seven nations of the Canaanites dwelling there seems to discredit that interpretation. Similarly the return of the Jews after the exile in Babylon, to a province of the Persian kings, seems to have little in common with a future paradise. Robertson wrote: