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Deuteronomy 29:20 (a) The anger of the living GOD is described in this graphic way. Smoke is easily seen, it tells of a fire raging somewhere, it tells of destruction. It is an omen of trouble. The wrath of GOD is all of this. (See2Sa 22:9; Job 41:20; Psalm 18:8; Psalm 74:1).

Psalm 37:20 (b) Here we see the evanescent and transient character of the wicked, who are carried away by the wrath of GOD, and are seen no more. (See also Psalm 68:2).

Psalm 102:3 (a) It is true that as the days pass in our lives the events of those days are blotted out of our minds and memories. They disappear and cannot be found again.

Psalm 104:32 (b) It may be that our Lord is describing His wonderful power to destroy that which apparently cannot be destroyed. He is the GOD of the impossible. (See Psalm 144:5).

Psalm 119:83 (a) The Psalmist in the midst of sorrow, difficulty, trial and distress becomes dry, hard and unserviceable as does the skin bottle when it is hung over a fire. It becomes harsh and stiff. The Psalmist did not commit suicide when this happened. He went right to his Bible, the Word of GOD, to become repaired and become supple and soft in the presence of GOD.

Song of Solomon 3:6 (c) Poetic license permits the use of words which may have various meanings. This passage may refer to the grace of movement and the ease of performance mingled with the fragrance and sweetness of love which undoubtedly characterizes the Lord JESUS CHRIST. It may be that this is a prophecy concerning His beauty and character.

Isaiah 4:5 (b) The reference is made to the pillar of fire and the cloud that led Israel through the wilderness. In this passage the Lord is reminding them that this will be the precious portion again of His people in a coming day of restoration.

Isaiah 6:4 (b) As the incense from the golden altar filled the temple with fragrance, so the worship of GOD's people ascends to the Throne of GOD and is as perfume to Him. (See Revelation 5:8).

Isaiah 9:18 (a) By this statement the Lord is revealing to Israel that His wrath will be poured out upon the land and upon the people so that their wickedness shall be consumed, and the land will be left desolate.

Isaiah 14:31 (a) We understand here that the invasion by a northern enemy will bring destruction and terrible punishment upon Israel because of their sins. The smoke is just an evidence of the presence of the destructive forces of fire.

Isaiah 34:10 (a) This may be taken as a picture of the final judgment of GOD upon the earth and its inhabitants. The eternal character of this punishment is revealed also in Revelation 14:11.

Hosea 13:3 (a) The Lord again warns His people about the tragedy that awaits them because of their wickedness and rebellion against His Word. They will be scattered to the four winds and cease to be a nation.

Joel 2:30 (b) Peter quotes this passage in Acts 2:19 as indicating the great day of the power of the Spirit upon the earth. It probably refers to the wrath of GOD poured out in fire and judgment because men have rejected the Spirit of GOD and the Son of GOD.

Revelation 9:2 (c) Probably we should consider that this expression is used in most of the passages in Revelation to illustrate the terrible power of GOD in executing vengeance on His enemies. The judgment of GOD is often revealed as fire, and of course the smoke indicates the presence of the fire. (See Revelation 18:9; Revelation 19:3).

Revelation 14:11 (a) The eternal condition of the lost is represented here as being under the continual punishment of the GOD whom they neglected, or rejected. There is no end to their suffering. The ascending smoke indicates the presence of the burning fire.

Revelation 15:8 (a) The expression "the glory of God" is often used in the Bible as one of the names of the Holy Spirit. His presence is also represented as a cloud which filled the temple in the Old Testament, and here.

Bibliography Information
Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Smoke'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​wdt/​s/smoke.html. 1957.
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