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

          • Joel Munson

            God does know my future, but how does that stop it from being my decision? If I know that a hungry mouse is going to eat some cheese, I didn’t force it to eat the cheese just by knowing about it. You chose to reply to my comment when you could have refrained. You aren’t trapped.

            I’m not sure what free will is going to look like in eternal life, but it will definitely be better than the alternative of eternal suffering.

            He isn’t hidden from me. I can see the works that his hand set into motion. I am able to feel his Spirit. I am convinced by the inspired words of his message in the Bible. You can see him if you open yourself to him. My faith was achieved by lots of searching, researching, prayer, and meditation. The Bible isn’t here to trick us. There are no drawbacks to giving into love.

          • pud

            You’ve never practiced critical thinking have you? If your future is known then all your actions are decided in advance. If your future is known then you have no power to change it via “free will” duh. If you know (which you cannot) that a hungry mouse will eat some cheese then that mouse’s actions and decisions are beyond its control…it cannot “choose” to not eat the cheese so it has no “free will”

            I did not “choose” to reply to your infantile comments…an infinite series of prior causal events directed me here. If my mother hadn’t met my father then I wouldn’t have written a comment to your stupid reply. If it hadn’t rained on Tuesday I would have gone fishing and not read your ridiculous infantile words. There is no such thing as “free will”

            You KNOW nothing of anything you babble…you “BELIEVE” the nonsense of a religious cult and an ancient book that is about as stupid and wicked as a book can be.

            “Faith” is claiming to know what you can’t know. Anything no matter how stupid can be believed via “faith”

          • Joel Munson

            Thanks for your feedback pud. I respect your opinion.

          • StephSays

            Hi Joel,

            First, I suggest you stop responding to pud. His/her statements show that this is not someone trying to understand, but one who simply wants to argue; also, there are many signs of either narcissitic or antisocial tendencies in the way pud “behaves” in these discussions. Please prayerfully let go.

            Next, I think you are talking yourself into a corner. It appears the many conflate salvational doctrine (predestination vs foreknowledge of the elect) with free will. They are not necessarily the same things. Yes, God is omniscient and he gives us free will. We are not locked into patterns of behavior, thus choosing to submit and be obedient to the Holy Spirit is extremely important. If He needs me to speak with a certain person at a specific time, I will be there. If I am not in a place of submission, he has already sent one who is.

            Blessing of peace and grace!

          • What makes you think that Pud is exhibiting “… many signs of either narcissistic or antisocial tendencies…”?

            Maybe Pud is trying to show that many Christian arguments put forward by its proponents lack rationality? If God exists, wouldn’t he want someone to point out unworthy ideas of him? Perhaps Pud is doing this. Perhaps Pud thinks that all ideas of a God or gods lack substance.

          • StephSays

            My statement is based on the hostility displayed in the responses. Questioning is fine and healthy, personal attacks are not.

          • Thanks for your reply!

          • C_Alan_Nault

            “He isn’t hidden from me. I can see the works that his hand set into motion. ”

            Such as? Present some examples.

            ” I am able to feel his Spirit.”

            That is a claim, not evidence or an argument for god.

            ” I am convinced by the inspired words of his message in the Bible.”

            That tells us about you, it says nothing about whether the Bible is true or not ( and Hindus say the same thing about the Vedas, Muslims say the same thing about the Quran, Mormons say the same thing about the book of Mormon, etc). Stop telling us about you, present some evidnece for god.

          • Joel Munson

            The old prophets predicted the coming of our Savior, with many details about his birth and death. Jesus’ fulfillment of every prediction is well-documented though astoundingly improbable. “Christ either [1] deceived mankind by conscious fraud, or [2] He was Himself deluded and self-deceived, or [3] He was Divine. There is no getting out of this trilemma. It is inexorable.”

          • C_Alan_Nault

            “The old prophets predicted the coming of our Savior, with many details

            about his birth and death.”

            For the purposes of this discussion, I will call the old testament book1 and the new testament book 2.

            1) The prophecies in book1 are so vague as to be useless. They aren’t specific,which means someone looking for later events that might fulfill the prophecies will be able to find something that fits.

            2) We don’t know who wrote either book 1 or book 2. The anonymous writers of book 2 wrote about events they had not witnessed themselves, and they knew about the earlier prophecies,so they may have written their portions of the book to make it appear that the earlier prophecies were fulfilled.

            3) We have no original documents to use for comparison.

            4) The Bible as we know it was created by a committee that took existing gospels & documents & decided which to include and which to leave out. We have no way of knowing what documents that disprove the prophecies were excluded.

            The takeaway from this is that it is easy to wrote about prophecies being fulfilled if you are writing about them after the fact & can tweak the narrative any way you like.

            “Jesus’ fulfillment of every prediction is well-documented though astoundingly improbable.”

            1) in fact,what we have are CLAIMS that Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies.

            2) Your claim is false. Jesus did NOT fulfill these old testament prophecies:

            According to the old testament, if an individual fails to fulfill even one of these conditions, then he cannot be the Messiah.

            The Bible says the Messiah will

            Build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28). (this hasn’t happened)

            Gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6). ( this hasn’t happened)

            Usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression,
            suffering and disease. As it says: “Nation shall not lift up sword
            against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4) (this hasn’t happened)

            Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will
            unite humanity as one. As it says: “God will be King over all the world –
            on that day, God will be One and His Name will be One” (Zechariah
            14:9). (this hasn’t happened)

            According to the old testament, Jesus was not the messiah.

          • StephSays

            “1) The prophecies in book1 are so vague as to be useless. They aren’t specific,which means someone looking for later events that might fulfill the prophecies will be able to find something that fits”

            Those prophecies are absolutely not vague when viewed in their cultural and historical context. The prophetic messages fall into two main groups, those regarding the coming destruction of Israel by Assyria and those regarding the coming Babylonian captivity of Judah. For example, Jeremiah foretells the Babylonian captivity. The prophetic writers were tasked with the incredibly unpopular task of delivering God’s words of warning, telling the people that a) they were not doing the right thing b) they needed to turn back to His ways, and/or– appropriate to each Prophet’s time period– c) they would encounter either judgement by way of captivity or restoration of the temple.

            Doing an internet search for something akin to OT prophets and their messages should direct you to the historical timelines with dates of the writings / events.

          • C_Alan_Nault

            “Re: 3) lack of original documents.
            What do you mean by original documents? ”

            I mean there are no original documents we can use to compare modern translations & versions with the originals. So we have no way of knowing how accurate any of the Bible is. This renders all alleged prophecies and predictions in the Bible, vague as they are, useless as supporting evidence for the Bible’s claims.

            “Are you saying that, unless a document can be proven to be the original document written by Moses or Peter it is not valid? That is a rubbish argument. ”

            I am saying that a document today ( in this case, the Bible) that has been translated & retranslated numerous times and has no existing original documents ( no matter who the authors of the original documents were) cannot be considered accurate translations, especially when they are claimed to contain fulfilled prophecies and predictions.

            “There are NO “original” documents of any ancient writing.”

            In fact, there are.

            ” We rely on several systems of verification that ALL ancient documents go through.”

            And any miraculous or incredible claim made in the document ( some examples: Julius Caesar was divine, Genghis Khan was a god, Alexander the Great was a god) are not taken seriously by scholars.

            The same should be applied to all claims of miracles in the Bible.

            “Therefore, if you do not question Plato’s writings — or any ancient non-biblical writing / writer-”

            I do if the writing includes claims of miracles. Some examples are Julius Caesar was divine, Genghis Khan was a god, Alexander the Great was a god.

            “how to you justify questiioning the Biblical documents?”

            I question all the claims of miracles in the Bible. This is justified by no one presenting any evidence to prove any of the miracles.

            ” And that is just ONE way that ancient texts are vetted.”

            So do you believe the Hindu Vedas are true? They are a lot older than the Bible.

          • C_Alan_Nault

            “Those prophecies are absolutely not vague when viewed in their cultural and historical context.”

            In other words, if they are interpreted the right way. Like I said, vague.

            What evidence do you have for the Bible stories about the resurrection of Christ?

          • StephSays

            Re: 3) lack of original documents.
            What do you mean by original documents? Are you saying that, unless a document can be proven to be the original document written by Moses or Peter it is not valid? That is a rubbish argument. There are NO “original” documents of any ancient writing. We rely on several systems of verification that ALL ancient documents go through.

            The Bibliographical Test is one of them:

            The bibliographical test looks at manuscript transmission — how documents reach us. As scholars do not have the original documents of the Scriptures, they have had to determine if the existing (extant) copies of the originals are reliable The greater the number of copies, and the earlier their dating, the easier it is to reconstruct a text closer to the original and identify errors or discrepancies in subsequent copies.

            Do you question the authorship or what is presented as the content of the writings of Sophocles or Plato? Their earliest manuscripts are dated much farther from the time of the writer than those of the earliest NT documents; there are far fewer of those documents (around 200 – 300 of both vs more than 5,800 of just the NT and over 60,000 of the OT and NT combined); and they have undergone FEWER tests of veracity / authenticity, the existence of these philosophers and their attributed ideas are not questioned. To be clear, there are way more ancient copies of the Biblical texts than those of Plato or Sophocles combined, and the earliest of NT copies are dated much closer to the time of the Apostlic letters than Plato or Sophocles’ writings are to them.

            Therefore, if you do not question Plato’s writings — or any ancient non-biblical writing / writer– how to you justify questiioning the Biblical documents? And that is just ONE way that ancient texts are vetted.

          • StephSays

            Re: 4) The Bible as we know it was created by a committee that took existing gospels & documents & decided which to include and which to leave out. We have no way of knowing what documents that disprove the prophecies were excluded.

            What you are referring to is a conspiricie theory regarding what is now accepted as the Biblical canon. There were discussions regarding what writings belonged in the Bible, particularly the NT, so the early church created very specific criteria to identify what constituted “scripture” vs an interesting contemporary account of the people and culture. The matter was settled by the late 4th century.

            There are six criteria, but as four do not involve what you will view as church opinion I have only listed those. With very few exceptions, to be included in the Christian Bible, the book had to be:

            1. Written by a recognized prophet or apostle (an example of the exception is the book of Hebrews. It was a late ADDITION because the author could not be verified. Eventually it was clear that it met enough of the other criteria that it warranted inclusion)

            2. Written by those associated with one of the prophets or apostles (i.e. as a direct apprentice. Luke falls into this catagory)

            3. Truthful — specifically, the document can not exist as a “one of” account. In otherwords, if there is one text that contradicts what the MAJORITY of other Apostolic or historical writings state, the outlying document was excluded from canon.

            4. Faithful to previously accepted canon — there had to be internal consistency with previous writings (writings from the NT repeatedly refer back to OT writings / law; an Apostle may refer to incidents that are documented in other NT writings from a different Apostle or events that are documented in other historical sources). This is why the Book of Hebrews was eventually included – not only does it align with the teachings of the Tanahk, it illuminates its teachings and creates a bridge between it and the NT.

            When a friend argued that she preferred the Book of Thomas to many of the canonical writings, I asked her what Thomas said that contradicted the Bible. She could not identify anything. You will find that none of the Apocryphal writings contradict either the the Hebrew or Christian Bibles. In fact, the NT is written in a very polytheistic culture that was openly hostile to the followers of Jesus, so there are plenty of historical documents complaining about those pesky Jesus people, If the Roman Catholic Church wanted to divert attention from other points of view, those documents would not exist today.

            Typically, the next argument is that the “discrepancies” between the number of books in the Tanahk, Protestant Bible, and Catholic Bible contributes to the conspiricy. So, I will include this entry if from a non-religious online encyclopedia…

            The Hebrew Bible as adopted by Christianity features more than 24 books for several reasons. First, Christians divided some of the original Hebrew texts into two or more parts: Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles into two parts each; Ezra-Nehemiah into two separate books; and the Minor Prophets into 12 separate books. Further, the Bibles used in the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and some Protestant churches were derived initially from the Septuagint, the Greek-language translation of the Hebrew Bible produced in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE. This included some books deemed noncanonical by Orthodox Judaism and most Protestant churches (see also Apocrypha), slightly longer versions of Daniel and Esther, and one additional psalm. Moreover, the Ethiopian Tewahdo Orthodox Church, one of the Oriental Orthodox churches, also includes within its Old Testament two works considered by other Christian churches to be pseudepigraphical (both noncanonical and dubiously attributed to a biblical figure): the apocalyptic First Book of Enoch and the Book of Jubilees.

          • Daniel Ro

            Peace. If you are reading the prophecies literally you will make the same mistakes the Jews made at Christ’s coming. They are still, quite literally, waiting for Elijah to come, even though Jesus said Elijah was John the Baptist, (Matthew 11:14), whom the angel also said would come in the spirit and power of Elijah. (Luke 1:17). The fulfillment of that twice prophesied event, (Malachi 4:5: Luke 1:17), along with countless others, was spiritual. And God hid, and continues to hide, these things from proud and vain men precisely so they cannot boast in their erudition or knowledge before God, as they are so prone to do. (See Luke 10:21; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31;Ephesians 2:8-9). If you will receive it, the third temple is the church of Jesus Christ, for the true tabernacle of God was pitched by God Himself, and not man, and this is Christ’s body. (Hebrews 8:1-2; Colossians 1:24: see also Amos 9:11; Acts 15:16), The Jews are being gathered back to the promised land (the Kingdom of Heaven/God), that was promised from the beginning and which is the reconciliation of the creature with God, through that promised seed, i.e., the gospel of Jesus Christ, that Word of God, made flesh. (Genesis 3:15; John 1:1, 14; 2 Corinthians 1:20). For the true Jew, i.e., Christ, is one in spirit with God (John 10:30; 14:20), not in the flesh, (Romans 2:28-29), and it is by the Spirit of Christ in them that they cry out to God (Galatians 4:6), and trust in Him and are thereby called blessed and likened throughout the OT as land that has received blessing and that bears fruit upward. (See e.g., Jeremiah 17:5-9; Ezekiel 36:6-36; Hebrews 6:7-8). These Jews (Romans 2:28-29) are joined to God through their union with the chosen of God, which chosen one all Jews foreshadowed and was Christ, (1 Corinthians 6:17; John 17;10), as they are born again of the Spirit of God, (John 3:1), given new hearts to obey God (Deuteronomy 30:6; Ezekiel 36:26), so that they might pass through the wilderness (this wicked world, which is that accursed land that bears nothing but briars in thorn despite copious rain, (Hebrews 6:7-8), and enter finally into the Kingdom of Heaven,(John 3:3), that promised land, (Hebrews 11:16; 13:14), for only one enters therein, and that is Christ. (John 3:13). The era of world peace in which nation shall not lift up sword against nation, is thus not a United Nations slogan, nor some earthly utopia to come, (though they may soon have you believe otherwise see 1 Thessalonians 5:3), but a spiritual reality that presages the condition of that eternal world that is to come in Christ.(Ephesians 2:17). And this reality is given the Christian to taste in this world, (Hebews 6:5), for it is the reality of the powerful love of Christ in the heart of every true believer for God and man, (1 Corinthians 13 passim). For having received that which is perfect (i.e., the love of God in Christ) (1 Cor. 1 John 4:17-19), the true believers/those nations/Jew and Gentile, do not learn war anymore, precisely because they are taught by the God of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33), to love one another, (1 Thessalonians 4:9), and to be at peace with all men. (Hebrews 12:14; 1 John 3:15). And it is this love for, and peace with, God and man, in Christ, which fulfills both the OT law and the Law of Christ, and further operates to create faith in the believer to preserve him unto the day of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 5:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Philippians 2:13; 1 John 4:8). May God grant you peace in Christ. Shalom.

          • C_Alan_Nault

            “”Christ either [1] deceived mankind by conscious fraud, or [2] He was
            Himself deluded and self-deceived, or [3] He was Divine. There is no
            getting out of this trilemma. It is inexorable.”

            You left out [4] Jesus never existed,[5] Jesus existed but wasn’t divine and the stories about him are wrong.

            In any case,you have it backwards.You are the one making the claims,you have to prove the claims if you expect others to believe them.

            Let’s start with one of the claims.

            What is your evidence that Jesus was dead for a few days & was restored to life? Here is a time saving tip for you: you are being asked to prove a claim from the Bible, the Bible can’t be used as the evidence

          • Maybe, not all of the words (if any) are inspired words. Perhaps you need to read your bible more closely. Read 1 Sam.15:1-3! Are these inspired words?

          • Joel Munson

            Absolutely they are inspired. Mass killings in the OT have 4 things in common:

            “1. Divine judgement – they are all judgements of God against extreme sin.
            2. Time to repent – they are all preceded by long periods of opportunity to repent.
            3. Witness to God – during the time of opportunity there was knowledge available to the people that enabled them to know about God.
            4. Salvation through faith – people who had faith in God and were innocent before Him were always provided with a means of salvation. Their families were saved with them just as the children of those who were judged died with them. Someone is saved in each case except (apparently) the Amalekites.”

          • So you seem to believe that God kills little babies when they are judgments for extreme sin committed by adults. But doesn’t Jesus teach that we are to let the little children come unto him, for of such is the reign of heaven. Doesn’t Jesus teach that his disciples are to love their enemies. Doesn’t he say, “Be compassionate even as your Father in heaven is compassionate, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.”? So how does Jesus justify the killing of little Amalekite children and babies?

          • “I am able to feel his Spirit”.

            Good. You do know that many Greeks could feel the Spirit of Zeus. Does this mean that Zeus must exist? Or is the Spirit of Zeus another word for the Holy Spirit. What about those who felt the Spirit of all the other gods of antiquity? Were they mistaken or do thousands of gods exist? Or are they all really the Holy Spirit?

          • C_Alan_Nault

            “The point is that God has given us free will.”

            What Bible verse tells us that? I haven’t found it… I have found verses that have god taking away someone’s free will when it suits god’s purposes, and other passages that say that some people’s lives are predestined ( in other words, no free will), and passages that say that god created some people to be judged & not attain heaven ( in other words, no free will)

            “This life is a test to prove our faith in Him. ”

            Bible says god does not test us.

            James 1:13 No one who is tested should say, “God is tempting me!” This is because God is not tempted by any form of evil, nor does he tempt anyone.

            “He could appear in the sky, but then we wouldn’t need faith.”

            We need faith… but Adam, Eve, Lot, Job, Noah, Moses, Jacob ( he physically wrestled with god & won the match even after god cheated & used his power to dislocate Jacob’s hip), and the apostles didn’t need faith?

          • Joel Munson

            Our free will is our choice to accept Christ as our savior, or not. It is the choice of a conscious mind. What happens to the body on this earth will not always be up to its pilot.

            John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.”

            We’re told salvation is available to anyone.

            James 1:13 says God does not tempt us to sin. He does, however, have a threshold for those who want to live eternally.

            Even those in the Old Testament needed faith. They knew God was sending a savior at some point, so they looked forward to him. They were saved by faith alone, not works.

          • C_Alan_Nault

            “Our free will is our choice to accept Christ as our savior, or not.”

            OK,that is how you are defining it. But the Bible has passages where god takes away a person’s free will when he wants to,and passages that say that some people’s lives are predestined ( no free will)and passages that say god created some people to be nonbelievers so they would be judged & punished for being nonbelievers (no free will).

            It is the choice of a conscious mind.

            Sure…but as I said,the Bible has god treating people as his toys & removing their free will when it suits him & having their lives predestined ( no free will) when it suits him.

            “What happens to the body on this earth will not always be up to its pilot.”

            True. But if their actions are controlled by a god, they don’t have free will…and this happens in the Bible.

            “We’re told salvation is available to anyone.”

            Not according to the Bible.It says god deceives some people so they won’t be saved.

            2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
            12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

            “James 1:13 says God does not tempt us to sin.

            And Genesis 22:1-12, Deuteronomy 8:2, & Judges 2:22 says he does tempt us.

            “Even those in the Old Testament needed faith.”

            And faith in the god of the Bible is on par with faith in the gods of Hinduism,and faith that leprechauns exist, and faith in reincarnation.

  • 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.

  • rationalobservations?

    This too shall pass…… into the trashcan of history as it has already passed into memory only for the majority of the population of the educated, peaceful, democratic and predominantly secular population of the developed world and the millennial generation worldwide.

    • C_Alan_Nault

      Of course the Christians will just say that Jesus has already been buried and was resurrected. They never mention that it wasn’t that big a deal, he was the 7th person to be resurrected in the Bible… and wasn’t the last. The Bible is like Star Trek, with major characters dying and being returned to life regularly.

      • rationalobservations?

        The more you dig the more obvious it becomes that there is nothing unique or original about the Judaeo/christian superstitions.
        There never has been any evidence of the existence and exploits of the previously Canaanite god “Yahweh” or the Roman’s god-man “Jesus” and the myths and legends recycled endlessly by religionists have no basis in evidence or history.

        • StephSays

          Judeo-Christianity is very different from other religions. 1. It is the only monoeistic religion from that region 2. It offers an understanding of the nature of evil 3. It is still the only religion that says mankind can not independently rise above is own nature. BTW Jesus was Jewish, not Roman

          • rationalobservations?

            1) Judeo-Christianity is a spin off from many prior religIonist mythologies.
            The god “Yahweh” (and his beautiful wife consort goddess Ashera) existed within many prior pantheons including the Canaanite tribes before being “borrowed” by bronze age tribes who were then beginning to invent their own “history” as Hebrew.
            2) The “Golden rule” predates Judeo-Christianity and the problem of evil is dealt with within Hinduism that has its origins lost in the mists of time over 6000 years ago.
            3) Humanitarianism is the only philosophy that puts humanity above and before all religIonism and egotistic mythological anti-humanitarianism.

            There is no historical bevidence of the existence of “Jesus”. The prototype religion they called “Christianity” and oldest prototype bibles date from 4th century ROME.

          • C Nault

            “2. It offers an understanding of the nature of evil 3”

            It says god is responsible for evil.

        • Daniel Ro

          If the universe were as Dawkins described it, then you would be the children of it. Yet, as the universe is not your father, you are anything but all those things he describes, and plainly not indifferent to the claims of Christianity, but rather you rage (blindlyl) against God and his Son with all your might. Who then is your father? My prayer is for your good. May God bless you with the peace that is found in the one who died for you.

          • rationalobservations?

            My father died many years ago and was a lifelong atheist, humanitarian and server of mankind.

            “Rage”? Hilarious!
            It would be even more ridiculous to rage against one/some/all of the millions of imaginary undetected and undetectable gods goddesses and god-men – than to believe in such ridiculous figments of human created fiction.

            Keep up the infantile ranting. It draws attention to the idiotic nature of religionism and religIonists! It makes us smile also…

          • C Nault

            “May God bless you with the peace that is found in the one who died for you.”

            If you are referring to the story of Jesus & believe that story, he only died temporarily for us. Prometheus made a much greater sacrifice for mankind, & suffered more than Jesus.