This Too Shall Pass Bible Verse Meaning And Study

This Too Shall Pass Bible Verse Meaning And Study November 13, 2015

What does the phrase “this too shall pass” mean? What is the significance of this phrase to the believer?

The Origin of “This too shall Pass”

You’ve probably heard the phrase “This too shall pass” but what does it mean? Where did it come from? Is it in the Bible? It could have been a paraphrase of what is found in Acts 2:21 which says “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Peter is quoting Joel 2:32 which says “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.” The survivors, unlike the television shows characters, will escape this great Day of Judgment because they have called upon the name of the Lord and were saved (Acts 4:12). What is it that they survive? It is the Day of God’s visitation or judging the world. This Day will come to pass, to be sure, because Jesus says of His Word “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away” (Matt 24:35) and the psalmist declares of God’s Word “Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (119:89). What is to come to pass, will come to pass but no one knows when it comes to pass “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matt 24:36).

Coming to Pass

There are some very awesome things that are yet to come to pass for the believer in Christ. In the first place, believers have already had their sins judged at the cross as it was “for sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2nd Cor 5:21). Another thing that is coming to pass is “When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1st Cor 15:54). This is when we will see the glory of the Lord for the very first time and all of the sufferings we endure now will pale in comparison (Rom 8:18) because “the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God” (Rev 21:3). This is why “we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2nd Cor 4:16-18).


The Passing Over

When God brought Israel out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, He established the very first Passover. He passed over their sins but only if they had the blood of a lamb on the doorposts and lintel. This “passing over” of sins foreshadowed the coming work of Christ Whose own death would provide the blameless Lamb of God’s blood in order that we could apply it to the doorposts and lintel’s of our hearts. Now, God would pass over us in the judgment because our sins have already been judged by God at the cross by Christ.

It Shall Come to Pass

Perhaps Isaiah 2:2-3a comes the closest to the phrase “This too shall pass” as he writes “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord.” At that time, all of men’s “idols shall utterly pass away” (Isaiah 2:18) and leading into the New Jerusalem will be “a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray” (Isaiah 35:8).


What comes to pass in your life is totally up to you. If you have repented and forsaken or turned away from your sins and then placed your trust in Jesus Christ, all that is ahead of you is joy that cannot even be described Rev 21, 22). If you haven’t yet been saved and Jesus was to Jesus return today, then you will have unspeakable horror for all time (Rev 20:12-15; 21:8).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    BELIEVE!! or suffer unspeakable horror!! Because he loves you! This is why you are dangerous and wicked and evil. You make your pitiful living out of telling these absurd horrible lies to children. You should be in jail.

    • Joel Munson

      A parent provides food for their children out of love and tells them to eat. If the children don’t eat their food, they will starve. The parent would prefer the children accept the gift and eat, but the decision to eat ultimately lies with the children. The children who don’t eat bring starvation upon themselves. They cannot cast any blame on the parent.

      The same is true of God’s love. He offers it freely, but it’s our choice to accept it or not. If we choose to reject love, we set ourselves up for pain.

      • pud

        That’s one of the most stupid things I’ve ever read. EVER!

        A loving parent would take the child refusing to eat to the doctor.

        Your made up invisible sky friend can’t even bother to show up…AND…if we refuse this “gift” we can’t just fucking die like the strong willed child…oh no!!! eternal damnation and suffering is our fate for refusing this gift of “love”

        Demonstrate that any “god” past or present ever/does existed/exists.

        You deranged people are sick

        • Joel Munson

          Maybe not a perfect analogy. The point is that God has given us free will. This life is a test to prove our faith in Him. He could appear in the sky, but then we wouldn’t need faith. He could force us to love him, then we would not have free will.

          Heaven is the absolute presence of God. Hell is the absolute absence of God. If you don’t grab the life preserver, then you exercise your free will to be absent from love and eternal life.

          • pud

            There is no such thing as “free will” Everything we do or say or think is the direct result of an infinite causal chain of prior events

            Is your “god” thing omniscient? Does “He” know the future? Then you have no “free will” to change anything

            Is there “free will” in heaven? If so then your stupid statement is false

            Faith is belief without evidence…if it’s so important to your man made invisible sky friend that we all find him why remain hidden? There is NO virtue in “faith” which is exactly the same as gullibility

            What is the penalty for not loving your celestial dictator?

            “heaven”…LOL what kind of nonsensical babble is that? Stupid woo woo words that mean NOTHING

  • Michelle Ross

    I’ve also been researching the phrase “This too shall pass” and it is categorized as Jewish folklore that originated from King Solomon. I believe it’s a summary statement for Ecclesiastes Chapter 3, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”

  • Michelle Ross

    It is also believed this phrase in Jewish folklore, is a summary statement from the writings of wisdom by Ancient Israel’s King Solomon that were placed in the book of Ecclesiastes, particularly Chapter 3, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”

  • Joel Munson

    What does the phrase “this too shall pass” mean?
    What is the significance of this phrase to the believer?
    Where did it come from?
    Is it in the Bible?

    You posed all of these questions and answered none of them.

    We should look to the Bible for most answers in life, but the phrase “this too shall pass” does not originate from the Bible.

    • pud

      Especially what to do with witches and our slaves. Imbecile

      • Joel Munson

        I agree there were some weird things going on in the Old Testament, but Jesus came to release us from the old law my friend. Those things no longer apply. We live in the present.

        • pud

          Did your imaginary invisible “god” author both the old and the new?

          Did not your imaginary invisible “jesus” version of “god” say this?

          ◄ Matthew 5:17 ►
          Verse (Click for Chapter)
          New International Version
          “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

          We live in the present because we took away the power your lunatics once had and at least for the time being gave it to rational people not religious idiots

          • Joel Munson

            He did author both. I don’t understand it but I’m glad I’m alive now instead of then.

            The Jesus I worship was a man who walked this earth. In that verse, the Law refers to the old sacrificial system that prophesied the coming of the Christ, Jesus, the final, Holy sacrifice. Why any living thing ever had to be sacrificed seems harsh to me but God must have thought it was important.

            The Catholic/Protestant split was pivotal in the role of Christianity in the world. Catholics are the modern embodiment of the highly legalistic Sadducees, Pharisees, etc. of Jesus’ time who believe that your actions save you instead of simply faith alone. They have twisted God’s perfect message into something wicked. In my opinion, Protestants have a more accurate interpretation of Jesus’ message.

            Of course, religion should have no place in politics. One should not force anyone else to abide by their own religious beliefs. That’s being a dick.

            You seem to have a mission to disprove God with logic. Well I can’t prove God to you with logic nor is it my job to. Love you brother.

          • pud

            There is NO historical evidence for any “jesus” ..none…absolutely none.

            The LAW was ALL the LAW all 600 plus stupid mosaic laws not your cherry picked ones. “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

            Human sacrifice of “himself” by “himself” to “himself” as a loophole for some absurd rule he “himself” created! LOL…..dude, you have to be an idiot to even conceive such stupidity let alone excuse it

            All religions are equally delusional.

            I am not your brother and you can’t love me…you are a gullible delusional infantile lunatic

            My mission is to see your cult banished to the dustbin of history where all the 10,000 god cults before yours reside

            It’s obvious you have no use for “logic” LOL

          • Katie

            you seem like someone that is hurting. You resorted to name calling here, which nobody has done to
            You here.
            How do you feel Christianity is a cult? I have left a very large prominent cult, seen the bones of Lucy, and truly believe science and the Bible correlate and not contradict each other. How do you say there is no evidence for Jesus when there is so much? Have you read apologetics? Have you been to the Holy land?

            Yes Jesus was fully human but fully God. An amazing fulfillment of the Law. His timing is impeccable, I ask you to seek him. I know of life without him and life with him. It really doesn’t make sense all the time or is easy, I’ll be honest with you. But I know that’s what life is, it’s a quick blip in the long time line of eternity. Psalm 84:10

          • pud

            LOL! Hurting my sides laughing at you fools. No surprise that you went from one cult to another. It takes a certain vulnerable personality to enlist themselves in any cult.

            There is NO…absolutely NONE….Nada! 1st century writings of any kind not related to cult members to support the existence of any “jesus” Not one single secular account whatsoever. Doubt me? Provide just one! It is a storybook…a make believe narrative unsupported by any actual evidence.

            You “know” nothing…you “believe” horseshit. If you can’t show it, you don’t know it and you don’t know anything. You mindlessly “believe” just like every “believer” in every “god” and religious “cult” has done since the first imaginary deity was dreamed up.

  • Lance Cummings

    So… You’re still not going to then decide to credit the actual quote to its rightful creator, William Shakespeare in his play, “Hamlet?”

    For shame.

  • Anonymous2324

    Neither this article or any of the comments about the article actually have provided the right answer to the initial question of the article. The phrase “This too shall pass” means that you should cherish the good times in your life and remember that the bad times are not permanent, which the article completely misses. The phrase actually comes from Persian and then was adopted in Hebrew around the early 19th century, and then was adopted to English around the late 19th century and popularized by the author and poet Edward FitzGerald. This phrase is never once legitimately attributed to the bible.