Here's another example of swine used to mean unholy. Mark 5:9-13
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
Something in this story does not add up. These unclean spirits seek some place to dwell.
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Matthew 12:43
If the unclean spirits seek a home to dwell in once they are cast out, why would they enter into the swine and immediately cause the destruction of their new home? This kind of puzzling feature is one of the things the
Lord puts into the bible to cause the curious to seek for deeper meaning. Here is one the Lord showed me.
In this story of the devils entering the swine the number of swine, 2000, becomes an important clue. The 2000 speaks of the 2000 years of the so called church age, and gives it an end time context. What God may be saying here is at the end of the 2000 years, he will allow the heathen, represented by the unclean swine, to become thoroughly demonized leading to their destruction in the tribulation. This is analogous to the 'gross darkness' coming on the people spoken of in Isaiah.
Isaiah 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Revelation 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
For the legalist, the death of the swine would be the end of the story. They would never seek the Lord for greater understanding, and remain in darkness [clueless] themselves.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
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