Habakkuk 2:14


For the earth shall be filled

with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,

as the waters cover the sea.


This is one of the most beautiful prophesies I have read.

It is couched amongst the judgments against King Nebuchadnezzar (and others who would commit evil in the similitude of his ways).


According to Clarke’s commentary this prophesy has a 3-fold meaning. I believe there is a more than that due to the dual nature of the glory of the Lord.

First: it is applied to the kingdom of Babylon because of the evils King Nebuchadnezzar wrought.

It is also applied directly to King Nebuchadnezzar as God humiliated him in the eyes of the whole world by turning him like unto a wild beast for 7 years.


The same hour

was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar:

and he was driven from men,

and did eat grass as oxen,

and his body was wet with the dew of heaven,

till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers,

and his nails like birds’ claws.

Daniel 4:33


King Nebuchadnezzar and his empire came to the knowledge of The Lord through God’s judgment. I find it fascinating the many meanings of the glory of the Lord.


Here is what King Nebuchadnezzar said about the knowledge of God’s glory:

Now I Nebuchadnezzar

praise and extol and honour

the King of heaven,

all whose works are truth,

and his ways judgment:

and those that walk in pride

he is able to abase,

Daniel 4.37.


Through the process of judging Nebuchadnezzar’s empire, the Lord restored his people to their land. This enabled the second and third parts of the prophesy.


The second part: When Jesus came, He brought the full knowledge of God’s glorious plan to all of His people.

His apostles, disciples, and many sinners were filled with with the knowledge of The Lord and it covered Israel like water does the sea.


 They shall not hurt

nor destroy in all my holy mountain:

for the earth

shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD,

as the waters cover the sea

Isaiah 11:9.


The verse above is a direct reference to the Messiah as is the whole of Isaiah chapter 11.

God the Son came and fulfilled the prophesy with His holy word. His Apostles continued the process leading to the third part of the prophesy.


Those that did not heed the message of the Lord were destroyed in 70 A.D. by the resulting judgment of disobedience in sin.


as the waters cover the sea


Often times the sea is considered to be people in scripture. So, in the context above with the Jesus, the sea were those dwelling in the land of Israel.


In the third part of the prophesy, the sea becomes the whole Earth wherein all peoples dwell.

When the ends of the Earth are reached with the glory of the gospel, this will usher in the fullness of the Gentiles. Then God’s second reclaiming of Israel will occur.

At that time, the whole world really will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord.


It must be understood that within the glory of the Lord is found reward and punishment.

This is why God chastises us. His glory will expose everyone’s soul.

He wants His disciple’s souls to be richly rewarded, so he works on us as we work out our salvation.


Salvation is as simple as a prayer of repentance of sin and faith in the works of Christ.

After initial salvation, there is a walk that must be walked. Hypocrisy has no part in Jesus’ true disciples. Consider Judas a chosen Apostle with all the power thereof, or Ananias and Sapphira judged dead in their tracks for lying.

That is why we battle fervently against sin because the workers of iniquity (those who practice sin) will be judged in the coming of His glory.

God wants us to be sanctified and holy, with a heart cleansed of sin. He wants to transform our soul into His temple, His dwelling place.

He will not dwell were darkness lives: in a heart choosing to serve sin (and by extension, Satan). We are not to believe the lie, “Ye shall not surely die.” The soul that sinneth reaps destruction.

Grace abounded greatly to sinners by the work of Christ to bring salvation not to condone sin. Once sinners are saved, grace is to abound in them by the love of God shedding abroad in our hearts teaching us how to live holy lives and do works of righteousness free from the workings of sin.

Don’t believe the deception from Satan that sinning is okay. Those that believe this are working iniquity for the father of lies.


The fowls of the air lodging in the shadows of branches are workers of Satan as well as the leaven corrupting the kingdom of God with sin. All who practice such ways will be cast into outer darkness in the full revelation of God’s glory.


In that day, let none of us be revealed to be fowls in the mustard tree or leaven weaving corruption in the meals of grain.


Let us rather, ‘being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.’ ~ Romans 6:22


 For the earth shall be filled

with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,

as the waters cover the sea

~ Habakkuk 2:14.


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