Most of us; and most certainly all of us ask such questions:
- Is reward and punishment in the thought of God?
- How does God give man freedom of choice, and then punish him if he chooses another?
- Why did God leave the Devil and did not judge him?
- What is the purpose of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?
- Why did God create man?
- What is the divine thought about the existence of fossils and dinosaurs, as well as the age of the earth, which is more than 6000 years?
- Why did Jesus have to be embodied, was there no other solution? etc…
You will always be left wondering until those questions are answered; those questions will cause you bumps in your life, and will cause you to run away from God instead of running to Him, you do have the right to ask, but do not leave your questions unanswered.
Do not prevent yourself from knowing the truth that will launch you spiritually, and do not say: “Who knew the mind of the Lord,” because the Holy Spirit reveals to us in 1 Corinthians 2:16 “”Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him. But we have the mind of Christ.”
In this passage, Paul is quoting an Old Testament thought: that no one knew the mind of the Lord, but today we live under a new covenant, it’s a different situation. “But we have the mind of Christ.”
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” This verse means that things that God has not spoken about are not to be discovered, but what He has revealed through His Word is for us to study and discover, it is not only for the spiritual people as He did not reveal his Word only to Moses, but to us and to our children.
Let us go to the Word that has been announced to us and to our children to discover the magnificence of God. The Word of God has the answers to all these questions.
Let us start with the things that God has made clear, that He loves man to the extent that He sent His only Son to save the world. This is the thread, the love of God to man. In particular, He did not redeem the fallen angels that followed Satan Lucifer, Heb. 2:16
John 3:16 “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life…” Man is the purpose.
GOD’S INTENTION FOR CREATING MAN: PARTNERSHIP AND CONTINUITY
God intended to make man in His likeness and image, to be in partnership with Him. From the beginning God promised to make His everlasting life available to mankind.
Titus 1: 1-3 “1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before times eternal; 3but in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior. “
2 Timothy 1:8-10 “8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,”
THE DIVINE LIFE
The word eternal life in Titus 1:2 is the same word in 2 Timothy 1:10, which originally means “Zoe”; described as eternal because it is the life, personality and character of God. It is not the life of plant or animal, but the life of God that cannot be destroyed, it is eternal.
The word “eternal” suggests to some that it is the period of eternity that we will spend in the afterlife, but it is actually describing a type of life, which is the same life of God, it was described by “eternal life” to differentiate it from the other types of life mentioned in the Word.
Eternal life is a spiritual nature, and of course whoever receives it will spend eternity with God. But the term describes a quality of life and not a life span.
Eternal life is receiving divine life through the acceptance of Jesus.
John 17: 3 “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
Note that he did not say “this eternal life to spend eternity with you”, but to know you, Hallelujah, because after you know God through the second birth, this life becomes in your spirit.
GIVING HIS LIFE IS AN ETERNAL THOUGHT AND NOT A CURE FOR SIN
God decided, and promised, before eternal times, to give his life “Zoe” to a creature in His image, God did not create man by accident nor He created him to suffer, the Bible says: “my delights are with the sons of men”, that means God delights in what man delights in, and not in man’s grief and pain.
Proverbs 8:31 “Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights are with the sons of men..” He did not say “in the sons of men” but He said “with the sons of men”, which means He delights and is joyful with the happiness of man.
If He said that His pleasure is “in” the sons of man; then the human being would have been a tool for the pleasure of God, as if to add to God, but when He says that His pleasure is “with” the sons of man then it means that humans are the purpose and the interest of God, because God is the One Who will make man delightful and joyful through God’s giving of Himself to man, so man becomes the partaker of His Devine Nature. This is the only true happiness of man.
2 Peter 1:3-4 “3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
GOD IS BEFORE MAN
God was happy and fulfilled before the existence of man. God was not depressed or lonely and bored so He decided to create man, no, but He was joyful, self-sufficient and self-sustaining.
Proverbs 8: 30 “Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,” God created man to give him His nature and life. He basically wanted a partnership and communion with man, so He created a family that He was the Lord over. Despite that the fall of man was about to take place, God did not change His plan; and we see the end that will happen: Revelation 21:3 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”
God wants to give, because He loves, because He is a provider, He does not deprive or forbid.
Just like a startup family, a couple prepares and equips the house before the family grows. Thus, the promise God promised before the times of eternity is to be in partnership with man, that was the purpose of God, so it was imperative to have preparations before the advent of man:
- He created the heaven of heavens to be His quarters. There are 3 heavens according to 2 Corinthians 12: 2, but they were not created at one time.
- He created the angels to serve man. Hebrews 1: 14.
- He created the first and the second heavens. and made the earth to be for human habitation.
- He created mankind, who was the purpose.
- GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS
There is heaven and there is the heaven of heavens.
Nehemiah 9:6 “You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
Since He will communicate with man, God should have a throne, so He created one.
The word “heaven” in Hebrew always appears in dual or redoubled form.
Therefore the first and the second heavens are referred to as one: Heaven.
The heaven of the divine presence is the heaven of heavens.
THE THREE HEAVENS:
- The First: What is inside the atmosphere: where the birds fly.
- The Second: What is outside the atmosphere, the outer space.
- The Third: Where the throne of God is.
The heaven of heavens was created first, then after the two heavens and the earth were created together.
- GOD CREATED THE ANGELS
Hebrews 1:13-14 “And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?”
They do many works and the purpose is to serve man.
The angels were created before the earth was created according to:
Job 38:7 “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”, that proves the presence of the angels before the earth was created.
Note: Jews call them stars (the word planets essentially means stars). How do we know? Psalm 104: 4 “He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants”. More accurately “He makes spirits his messengers, flames of fire his servants”, for they are like the flaming stars. These chanted at the time of the creation of the earth, they were an orchestra of praise, while they were witnessing the creation of the earth. Therefore the angels existed before the creation of the earth.
- God created the heavens and the earth
Genesis 1: 1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
This was done through the spoken word “Let there be light” and was repeated in the re-creation after the destruction of the earth and the creation of Adam the first man, which was also through spoken words. Whatever is the interpretation of science and the divergent theories such as Big Bang etc. there is no other than the Bible which explains science and science has no superior power over it. It is enough mentioning that the strongest statistics say that every 5 years scientists discover that 30% of medicine is wrong. Why is that? Because man will still be discovering God and His creation. As for the Living Word that is in our hands, it is sufficient that it has spoken and today the world is discovering that it is true.
Only the Bible speaks about the ages and the eons including this eon without an error. Certainly, the author of the Bible is the Holy Spirit and He lives among all the ages and He is God.
Scientists confirm that there were cosmic explosions and sounds that created the world, for the Bible explains that at the creation God spoke with his voice, as stated in Genesis 1 an so creation was initiated.
The voice of the Lord may be heard as thunder, Luke 12: 28 and 29, so if there is evidence that an explosion or a sound is what caused the creation of things then this was because of the voice of God the creator. And simply this creation do not know how to explain this sound when actually it is the voice of God.
The Bible describes the beautiful divine creation in Isaiah 45; God gave it an image; that is a form. This is contrary to the fact that it was desolate and has no form. What is mentioned in Genesis 1: 2 is a judgment that I will explain later in the passage.
Isaiah 45:18 “For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, he is God!, who formed the earth and made it, he established it; he did not create it in vain, he formed it to be inhabited; “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
The word “vain” is “Tohu” in Hebrew. Thus, God did not create the earth in a desolate way as mentioned in Genesis 1:2, but it was beautiful and for dwelling. This is how we understand from Genesis 1:2 that the destruction of the earth took place after a while. The earth was created beautiful to be inhabited. It was described as beautiful and inhabited by creatures. God made the angels train in it before the arrival of man. Because the angels have free will and so they needed be trained.
Some may ask for a proof that the angels used to rule over beings before man, and that they must learn, according to Ephesians 3:10-11 “10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The word “known” means that they do not know everything, and that they must learn because they are not omniscient. Therefore, angles must be prepared and trained before the advent of man. Keep in mind that the divine purpose of God is to create a family and live with man.
LUCIFER (THE DEVIL)
He was a beautiful angelic being and was reigning on earth before man was created.
Isaiah 14:13-14 “13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” Here he tells us how this wonderful angel; this free-willed creature fell as he decided to exalt himself up through a heart’s decision “I will exalt my throne”.
A throne means authority, and this was given to him before the fall, This shows that he had a throne; that is sovereignty and there is no sovereignty without a domain to rule over. He could not be a king unless he had a kingdom. The Bible does not leave us guessing, “He wanted to raise his throne above the clouds”. Which means he reigned under the clouds; and that is the earthly domain. Before the fall, Lucifer could ascend and descend between heaven and earth, for he was ordained by God to rule over the earth. He was supposed to spend a training and preparation period until man comes.
THE FALL OF LUCIFER MADE HIM BECOME SATAN
Isaiah 14:12 “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
Ezekiel 28:12-15 “12 Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 “You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, Was in you. On the day that you were created they were prepared.
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you.”
2 Peter 2: 4 For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the Day of Judgment.
He fell because he disobeyed God, and because he was anointed by God he was able to take with him a third of the angels who followed him and disobeyed God. Those also God created them all wonderful and perfect.
Note: None of the angels of God (who have not fallen) can do this now and take with him other angels and disobey God, this happened at that time because the Lord arranged, and placed Lucifer in charge over them and anointed him. It is Lucifer who when he disobeyed became Satan, he was the only anointed one. This will not be repeated again. The Holy Spirit personally has become responsible for the army of the Lord. He is the chief of the army of the Lord himself. There are no more anointed angels. Joshua 5:14
DRIVING SATAN OUT OF HEAVEN AND PREPARING HELL AND HADES FOR HIM
Rebellion was done; and at that time God expelled Satan from heaven along with the angles that followed him. There is also an evil angelic kind with angelic ranks that have been imprisoned. But there is also a group of evil angels now working in humans who are the children of disobedience, according to Ephesians 2: 2, including their chief Lucifer.
2 Peter 2:4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment”
Jude 1:6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Because they did not keep committed to their first principality; that is their domain of authority and have left the space of their dwelling and responsibility, they were kept and locked up in a guarded place in chains of darkness, awaiting the judgment day.
According to Ezekiel 28, he explains how much beauty, wisdom and strength Lucifer had, he was created perfect without defect. Ezekiel 28: 14-15 14“You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire.15You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you.”
That was the day of Satan’s expelling from heaven, and he was filled with great anger knowing that he had a definite and short time before he is judged.
Revelation 12:7-12 “7 Then wars broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
Lucifer fell down being banished from heaven after a battle in which he was defeated. He was thrown on earth, a judgment took place and so he became the official dweller of hades, which is the place of waiting with torment, but it is the official quarters of Satan, but he is still unchained, yes there are evil angelic ranks that are chained but not yet Satan.
There are spirits that come out of hades and work in the earth according to Revelation 9:3 “And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.” Hades itself shall be thrown into the lake of fire; Revelation 20:14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
WHY DID GOD NOT DESTROY THE DEVIL BEFORE MAN WAS CREATED?
Because God wants to create a family served by angels, and the angels were created to serve us.
So who is going to judge the angels? God with his family (I will explain how later in the text). But if God had judged Satan without man, then man would not become a partner with God in everything, and no achievement will be attributed to man later in the coming ages.
HELL IS ORIGINALLY PREPAIRED FOR SATAN AND NOT FOR HUMANS
Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”
Note that He did not say that the fire is prepared for Satan and humans, but to Satan and his angels. But why would the unbelievers go to hell; I’ll explain it soon, but originally hell was not meant for humans.
HOW WAS EVIL FOUND IN SATAN?
Evil is not a substance, nor it is an influence, but it is a “wrong decision” of a creature with a free will, and this is what happened with Lucifer, he made a wrong decision and became evil, and started misleading others.
If you turn off the light in your room, you will not be calling on darkness, it will happen automatically. There is darkness due to the absence of light; so darkness is not a substance, it’s a result.
This is how iniquity was found in Satan, he was not created with sin in him as he was complete, but when he decided with his heart; he created iniquity through his choice by a decision.
This explains to you what was said in Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.” God did not say let there be darkness in Genesis 1, but in His creation of light we knew that if there were no light, there would be darkness, darkness is not a creation but it is a result that emerged after the presence of majesty.
WHY WERE THE ANGELS CREATED WITH A FREE WILL?
If God did not give the angels free will, they would not have the right to communicate with Him. God loves free will because He has a free will, and He loves to give others His nature. He does not as well try anyone with evil because He himself has not been tried with evil by anyone, and God likes His followers (humans and angels) to relate to Him in free will likewise. James 1:13 “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.”
God therefore has Himself a freewill. He created the angels with a freewill, and He created man with a freewill as well.
Let’s return to our main subject: the lake of fire that burns with sulfur was prepared for Satan and his angels, and was not for humans. Yes, the kingdom that was led by Satan was destroyed, it is the kingdom that was ruled by Lucifer when he had legal authority over it.
Everything that was under the authority of Lucifer was destroyed, and this happened at the time he was expelled from heaven and thrown on the earth, under the clouds (under the first Heaven) where his dominion used to be. He was destroyed along with the kingdom that he was responsible for; and so the earth became desolate.
Jeremiah 4:23-26 “23 I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone. 24 I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying. 25 I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away. 26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert; all its towns lay in ruins before the Lord, before his fierce anger. “
Genesis 1: 2 “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. “
The same words that came in Jeremiah 4:23 are in Genesis 1:2 Tohu and Bohu, desolate and void, this is the fierce anger of God, to eliminate the kingdom of Lucifer because of his rebellion against God.
In the original text and in many translations that verse comes as follows: “Now the earth became formless and void” which means it was not created originally formless. We understand from this that between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 there are many years, thousands or millions of years.
This is why he says in the scriptures in Psalms 145:13 “. . . your dominion endures throughout all generations.” For God has reigned and is reigning over all generations. Job 41 speaks of dinosaurs, it refers to the era that was led by Lucifer, Satan. But the Lord took control before and after his rebellion. Psalms 145:13 “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. “
THE RE-CREATION OF EARTH
What happened in Genesis 1:3 was the re-creation of earth and not its creation from nothingness, because it existed before and it was destroyed when Lucifer was eliminated.
The chronology of events is as follows:
- God promised before times eternal to make His life available for man and to dwell with man, Titus 1:1-3 and 2 Timothy 1:8-10
- God created the heavens and the heaven of heavens.
- God created the angels, free beings to serve us, Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28.
- God created heaven and earth from nothingness in Genesis 1:1. He created it from invisible matter that is from the spirit world. As explained in Hebrews 11:3 earth was created beautiful and Lucifer was put in charge of training the angels, to prepare the earth for the coming of man.
- Lucifer disobeyed God, fell from heaven, and earth was destroyed with the wrath of God, Genesis 1:2
- Earth was re-created and reconstructed then man was created, Genesis 1:3.
- GOD’S CREATION OF MAN (THE CENTER OF GOD’S PLAN)
We come now to the Era of Humans, where man is the fundamental goal and for his sake God created the angels and the earth.
There are references that speak about the existence of a creature before man named also “man” during the time of Lucifer’s control. but that creature was not in the image of God; and was created to train the angels. Genesis 1:26 says “Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
God chose this man-like creature which was not in the image of God and made him in His image; this was the first Adam; the first Adam to be in the image of God. “Let us make man in our image”; which means that man was not from the beginning in the image of God.
This explains the existence of human-like fossils, This kind of human did not evolve but simply God chose to make this man-like creature in His image and so Adam became the first man; therefore this was not an evolution process but creation, and previously it was not in the image of God but later it became in His image.
MAN WAS CREATED NEUTRAL IN NATURE
God is Spirit (John 4:24) and man was created in the image of God which means he was a spiritual being, but has not yet taken the nature of God. Man must choose to obtain the nature of God by his own free will. God did not force his nature “Zoe” which was promised in Titus 1:1-3, but He gave man a freewill to choose to obtain it with his full desire, for man was like water (as an example) he had no color and no taste, but capable of taking the nature of God.
At creation God breathed the breath of life into man but not His Life. 1 Corinthians 15:45 “Thus it is written also: Adam became the first man, a living soul, and the last Adam was a living spirit.” He did not say a living spirit, but instead he said a living soul. Man had a spirit but had not take the nature of God yet, but this spirit was prepared to receive the life of God and it was not an evil nature.
GOD’S INEVITABLE INCARNATION IN THE IMAGE OF A MAN WAS NOT CAUSED BY THE FALL, WHY WAS THE INCARNATION OF JESUS INEVITABLE EVEN IF MAN DID NOT FALL?
- Because God’s purpose is to establish a relationship with man and dwell with Him. This is a divine thought that is the cause of human creation. How would He live with man unless He is incarnated? Certainly He would live with him incarnated.
God’s dwelling with man is not the result of the fall, but because it is God’s thought from the beginning. Proverbs 8:31 “rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man. Revelation 21: 3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.
When David discovered this truth – that was declared after man’s fall – he was touched by the heart of God; because he realized the divine purpose. 2 Samuel 7: 5 “Go and tell my servant David, Thus says the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?”. He wanted to be in relationship with man. This is why David made a tent other than the tabernacle of the congregation, in order to put the ark in it, excluding the rituals because of his great understanding of God’s openness to man.
- Jesus did not come only for salvation, yes it is among the purposes of the coming of the Lord Jesus, but the main purpose is to give man the life of God “Zoe” regardless of the fall.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 3:16-19 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
TO UNDERSTAND THE DIRECTION OF EVENTS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN IF MAN DID NOT FALL:
If man had not fallen, he would have lived long, and when the earth becomes full of his offspring, the Lord would have taken them all alive. They just would have been living and awaiting for the promise of God to give them life. The Tree of Life was there to heal those who might become wounded from working in the earth; and not for the healing of sicknesses, as Adam’s body was mortal but it was not dead and it needed to be taken care of. (Before the fall) Adam Had to take care of his body though there were no law of death at work then, because death came as a result of sin, Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned”
The body that Adam had was not a glorified body, but death did not apply on it as it was immortal, and because there was no sin, death did not exist.
This Tree of Life will appear again for the healing of the bodies of the nations which shall not receive glorified bodies because they did not accept Christ during the period of the church, but instead they accepted Him during the millennium. Revelation 22:2 “through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
Note that this tree is a tree type and not just one tree because it is a tree planted on either sides of the river, and is not to give the life of God but for the healing of the nations. If man did not fall, the Lord Jesus Christ would still be incarnated for the same purpose: to give us His life (Zoe) and man has to accept Him willingly.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE CONSEQUENCES OF MAN REJECTING THE LIFE OF GOD EVEN IF THE FALL DID NOT HAPPEN
The Lord will still be incarnated to give His life without the need of the cross, and if man did not accept Christ by his free will, then those who have accepted the life of God “Zoe” and became God’s children will rule over those who rejected the Life of God during the current earth period which is the first 6000 years from Adam till now. The present Earth complete period is made up of 7000 years which is the total of 6000 years from Adam till now + 1000 years Millennium Reign of Christ.
That is because the creation of the earth was done in 6 days and on the seventh day the Lord rested. So man would live before the Lord 6 days – where a day is as a thousand years that is 6000 years – and Jesus would have come to give man the divine life to reign over His heart. Then He would come back again to reign on earth with man for a 1000 years (Day of Rest). Then as the family of God who accepted His life will together judge the fallen angels. The Lord will ask those who have accepted God to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so that they can judge the fallen angels with Him. Satan would then be thrown into hell (the lake of fire and burning sulfur) which was prepared for him. God will then dwell with man in the same earth forever.
THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO PUNISHMENT CONSEQUENCE UPON THE REJECTION OF THE LIFE OF GOD, BUT THOSE WHO DO WILL NOT BE COUNTED IN THE DIVINE FAMILY OF GOD. Their nature will remain neutral; but they will not be born of God; they will not receive glorious bodies, instead they will have bodies similar to those of Adam in the Garden of Eden during the time before the fall.
(This is said about man had not he fallen, but there will be what resembles him after fall) Ephesians 2:7 “so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Which means God will boast in us in the coming ages, but in front of whom? In front of those who did not accept Christ during the period of the Millennial Kingdom. During this period, the door of salvation would be open, Jesus will reign with the believers who were ready, that is those who went to heaven before the rapture who will rise then at the moment of the rapture, along with those ready believers who will still be waiting on earth at the moment of the rapture. They will reign over those who did not accept the Lord, During this time those people who will not accept Christ and not go up to keep the feast of the Lord shall fall under punishment from the believers who will be reigning over their territories. Zechariah 14:18 “And if the family of Egypt does not go up, nor come in, then the rain shall not be on them, but the plague with which Jehovah shall strike the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.”.
The ones who did not accept the Lord would then have to eat from the tree of life to receive their healing as mentioned in Revelation 22:2 “In the midst of its street and of the river, from here and from there, was a tree of life producing twelve fruits: according to one month each yielding its fruit. And the leaves of the tree were for healing of the nations”, because they would remain in the original bodies as the kind of body Adam had when he was in the Garden of Eden. Those bodies are mortal because they do not have the life of God in them; therefore they need to be cared after, and so those bodies are prone to death though there is no law for death, but a shortcoming that might lead to fatal death because of human negligence.
The earth would then end after 7000 years and there would be a period for the destruction of Satan but not the destruction of the earth. The elimination of Satan would happen by God and His family (those who were born of Him). He would ask them to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so they could judge the Fallen Angels. That has already taken place and we have become knowledgeable, but I am talking about the state of the non-fall case where then we would eat from the tree so we can judge.
All that was going to happen if man did not fall. So after the judgment of Satan God would then live with man forever (as will happen later) and those who have accepted His life will prevail over those who did not accept God’s life.
(After the fall we have a similar thing, the Devil will be chained for a period of 1000 years, but there will still be an opportunity to accept the Lord Jesus, but there will still be those who will not accept the Lord Jesus. After that period the Devil will be loosed to go and mislead many nations, then the Lord will put an end to the earth by a final judgment.)
Eschatology or “End time Prophesy” will be explained soon under the section of “The Last Days” on the website.
Who are these nations that will eat from the tree of life for their healing while there are glorious bodies for the believers in Jesus?
They are the ones who accepted Jesus Christ during the millennial period and not before it after the end of the church period. Those will not have our glorified bodies, but they will be given immortal bodies that will need care, so they will have to eat from the tree of life to heal their bodies, not healing because of disease, as there will be no disease, but healing from injuries resulting from working in the Earth.
THE PATH TAKEN BY MAN
What happened is that man fell by following the Devil’s deception and surrendering Earth to him, after Man received the authority from God to rule over the Earth. He surrendered Earth to the Devil when he obeyed him. Man who was created neutral in his spiritual nature became contaminated with the nature of the Devil and so the people became under Satan’s control.
MAN WAS EXPELLED FROM PARADISE, LEST HE EATS FROM THE TREE AND LIVE FOREVER.
This expulsion was not a punishment but for the good of man, lest he lives forever in this unfortunate situation if he eats from the tree of life. Genesis 3:22 “Then the LORD God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!”
That is the reason the Lord Jesus was incarnated to deal with sin and Satan. Jesus defeated Satan and redeemed man. Whoever accepts the Lord Jesus receives redemption and is born of God. His human spirit is recreated possessing the life of God.
What First Adam did influenced all of his descendants and made them sinners. They were not created sinners, but it is because of the contamination of the human spiritual nature by the nature of Satan they became sinners.
Romans 5:17-19 “17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
Salvation consists of two parts:
– REDEMPTION is the payment of ransom to buy man again; the payment is not made to the Devil but to God the Father.
– THE NEW CREATION is the second part of salvation. That is, the re-creation of the human spirit, This is only done in response to one’s acceptance of the Lord Jesus.
The man who is born of God continues to rule over the earth, over his circumstances and his life as he has been given the authority to do that. God intervenes in his life positions because He is rich unto all.
Romans 10:12 “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.”
Romans 5:17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign (as kings) in life by one, Jesus Christ.”
THE RESULT OF REJECTING JESUS CHRIST AFTER THE FALL OF MAN
As a result, “punishment” will be the consequence, as the situation now is different, so whoever rejects Christ will go to hell, simply because of bearing the nature of Satan and not because of evil works.
Although hell was not prepared for man, Satan has become in control of man’s spiritual nature, But glory be to God whoever receives Jesus Christ will go out and be freed from the kingdom of darkness.
Colossians 1:12-14 “12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
If you are born of God; you are now bearing His nature and reign over the kingdom of darkness. Live as the Lord wants you to, for the Lord’s primary will for you is that you control your life, your circumstances and your health. You are his beloved and He is your father, so be spiritually prepared to join the Lord during the Rapture so as to be delivered from the coming wrath.
You can now live a life full of victories because of your heavenly inheritance. God did not put pain and death in the system of creation, pain and death belong only to Satan’s domain. Yes man did fell and did become influenced by it, but Jesus came to reveal the imperishable life of God which cannot be defeated and which you were born of.
God wants you to be in His family in a partnership with Him. If you have not been born of God yet then you only need to pray with me. [as mentioned below]
Even before the Fall, the Lord Jesus Christ was still going to be incarnated and give His life for man – who had a ‘neutral nature’ – so man can receive this life. During that time it was difficult for man to reject the nature of God so as to become part of God’s family, but since the fall man has become polluted with the nature of Satan and has to be saved through the acceptance of the work of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ has come to give us His Life by dealing with sin and Satan through His death and resurrection, as a result the nature of God has become available for His Life was manifested to mankind. The Lord will come again and will reign for a 1000 years with those who have accepted Him. Satan will be bound through this period; but at its end he will be released for a very short period to deceive many nations. Then the Lord will put an end to him in the day of judgment when Jesus will destroy Satan and all the evil and they shall be no more.
The Lord then creates the new heaven and the new earth (a second re-creation of the earth).
- Isaiah 65:17 “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”
- 2 Peter 3:13 “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
- Revelation 21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”
If you have not yet accepted Jesus in your life as your King and your Master then pray with me with all of your heart and with all sincerity before the Lord the following prayer:
O God, I come to you in the name of Jesus, the Son of God incarnated,
Who died and rose for my sake,
I give you all of my life.
Rule over me and Reign over all the areas of my life
You are my Lord from now on,
I thank you because I have become born of you now,
Your life and your nature have become mine now.
I now accept the Holy Spirit to dwell in me.
Speak with faith now in new tongues; which you do not comprehend; for your spirit is released into spiritual worship through this.
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