Nov
2012

The Greek word anapausis

Found just five times in the New Testament (Mt. 11:29; 12:43Mt. 11:29; 12:43
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29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 43 But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not.

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; Lk. 11:24Lk. 11:24
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24 The unclean spirit when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and finding none, he saith, I will turn back unto my house whence I came out.

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; Rev. 4:8; 14:11Rev. 4:8; 14:11
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8 and the four living creatures, having each one of them six wings, are full of eyes round about and within: and they have no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come. 11 and the smoke of their torment goeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, they that worship the beast and his image, and whoso receiveth the mark of his name.

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), the Greek noun “apapausis” described rest or the termination of labor.

Jesus promised “rest” to those who choose to be His people (Mt. 11:29Mt. 11:29
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29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

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).  Evil spirits are described as seeking a place to “rest” (Mt. 12:43Mt. 12:43
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43 But the unclean spirit, when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and findeth it not.

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; Lk. 11:24Lk. 11:24
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24 The unclean spirit when he is gone out of the man, passeth through waterless places, seeking rest, and finding none, he saith, I will turn back unto my house whence I came out.

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), perhaps because they do not want to go to the abyss (Lk. 8:31Lk. 8:31
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31 And they entreated him that he would not command them to depart into the abyss.

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; Rev. 9:1-2Rev. 9:1-2
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9 1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven fallen unto the earth: and there was given to him the key of the pit of the abyss. 2 And he opened the pit of the abyss; and there went up a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

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).  The unsaved will have no “rest” from eternal torment (Rev. 14:11Rev. 14:11
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11 and the smoke of their torment goeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, they that worship the beast and his image, and whoso receiveth the mark of his name.

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).