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When Scripture says “The earth is my footstool,” in Hebrew, it means “My possession.”
Isaiah 66:1 Thus says YHWH, The heaven is my throne, and THE EARTH IS MY FOOTSTOOL: where is the house that you build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Here are a couple of other places where this same word #7272 (regel) is used:
Genesis 8:9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, [#H7272, regel] and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
Genesis 18:4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, [#H7272, regel] and rest yourselves under the tree:
What is a “pudenda?”
Looking this word up in the dictionary, we find that it means the genitalia of a person, especially a woman! What this means, is that YaHuWaH views the earth as his bride, his wife!
The same Hebrew word is used in Psalm 110:4, referring to Messiah's enemies.
Psalm 110:1 YHWH said unto my Master, Sit you at my right hand, until I make your enemies your FOOTSTOOL.
Are we to imagine that these enemies, (these people) are shaped like literal footstools? Of course, not!
The Hebrew word for “footstool” implies conquering something, and making it your possession.
Matthew 5:35 Nor by THE EARTH; FOR IT IS HIS FOOTSTOOL: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
Acts 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and EARTH IS MY FOOTSTOOL: what house will you build me? says YHWH: or what is the place of my rest?
The Greek word for “footstool” in the above passages is as follows:
#5286. hupopodion hoop-op-od'-ee-on neuter of a compound of 5259 and 4228; SOMETHING UNDER THE FEET, i.e. a foot-rest (figuratively):--footstool.
What is the meaning of “feet” any way?
The first mention of the “heel” being bruised or crushed, is found in Genesis 3:15, where a prophecy is given concerning our Messiah, and his followers. The prophecy is telling us that Eve's “seed,” (who is the future Messiah), would crush the head of the serpent (the devil), but the devil would also crush or bruise our Messiah's “heel,” meaning his bride, his inheritance.
Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
In the story of the twins born to Rebekah & Isaac, (Jacob & Esau), we learn that Jacob was the twin who came out grabbing his brother Esau's heel:
Bereshiyth (Genesis) 25:23 And YHWH said unto her, Two nations are in your womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
From the above passage, we learn that the “heel” is symbolic of the birthright, or the inheritance. When the boys grew up, Esau forfeited his birthright (inheritance) for a bowl of stew, while Jacob respected and valued the birthright. This is why he came out of the womb grabbing the “heel” of his older brother.
Bereshiyth (Genesis) 25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Yaaqob (Jacob): and Yitzchaq (Isaac) was threescore years old when she bare them.
After Yisrael was delivered out of Egyptian slavery, YaHuWaH told Joshua, and the Yisraelites that they would conquer and “POSESS” every place upon which the soles of their feet took them:
Yahuwshuwa (Joshua) 1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Mosheh (Moses).
In the story of the Prodigal Son, when he returned home to his father, (and repented for squandering his inheritance), his father gifted him with “shoes on his feet,” which was symbolic of his inheritance or his birthright. Thus, he received a “double portion inheritance,” even though he was undeserving of it, and had wasted his first portion.
Luke 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
The “robe,” is akin to Joseph's coat of many colors, which was a symbol of Joseph's birthright. In the case of the Prodigal Son, because he humbled himself and repented, he was given a “white robe of righteousness,” (Isaiah 61:10), which is symbolic of the bride's white linen garments (Revelation 19:14-18).
On the night before our Messiah died, he washed the “feet” of his disciples (as a prophetic declaration), that he was cleansing his inheritance, his possession, his bride!
Yahuwchanon (John) 13:8 Keefa (Peter) said unto him, You shall never wash my feet. Yahuwshuwa answered him, If I wash you not, you have no part with me.
Thus, we can now understand, that when YaHuWaH declares that the earth is his “footstool,” he is not describing the shape of the earth! He is describing what the people of the earth mean to him!
Flat-earthers use this fictitious graphic to insinuate that the earth is resting on literal “pillars,” and thus, the pillars look like a literal footstool.
However, that is not what is being conveyed when YaHuWaH describes the earth as being his “footstool,” or that his earth rests on “pillars.” To learn about what the pillars of the earth are, please see my other blog: What Are the Pillars of the Earth?