For 7 thousand years mankind has lived and built a world on Satan's knowledge. The world's systems, education, economics, religion, political, are therefore stained and corrupted, a farce, a mess! Look around you, it's falling apart! Man was created to be eternal, immortal and given knowledge from the mind of God based on His precise calculations and exact formulas to build a perfect world for themselves. Man's systems are certainly a far cry from that perfection today. Their education systems are as a result totally faulty, the economy in every way is failing man and world leaders simply cannot stop the crumbling world conditions. Even their religion is so distant from the nature of God that, for the most part, it is hard to see God in it! Let's be honest, the Lord is not immoral, a hypocrite, tainted in any way, yet we read about church scandal almost daily in the news! A long way from what God intended.
InGenesis 1:28we see God's original desire for His human family.
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
We were given dominion over the planet and all on it. Creation should have been blessed, governed by a people created in God's image, but no. We sinned, bringing corruption, decay and death to ourselves and consequently all we were placed over as well.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal lifeinChristJesusour Lord.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him(God) who subjected it (to man) in hope (in hope we would rule all things in love);
In Genesis 2:1-2 lies the answer to how the mess we have made can be reversed.
1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
2 And on the seventh dayGod ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
So all things, which includes the remedy that will reverse our failure, was already perfectly calculated by the Lord before He rested as we can see from Ecclesiastes 1:9.
9 That which has been(past) is what will be(future), thatwhich is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
Now, keeping these scriptures in mind, let us read fromI Corinthians 15:52-54.
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye(actually could be interpreted as "in the splitting of an atom"), at the last trumpet(when time is up, it's over at this point for the world). For the trumpet will sound(the world and her church has been warned, the trumpets blasted), and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. Side note: Just as suddenly as Adam and Eve were changed from perfection to scheming, clever humanity in the image of Satan, we can be changed back to perfection. God's image! As quickly as the first pair passed over from eternity to time, the body of Christ can passover from time to eternity! Continuing on in I Corinthians,
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (It's already done! It's finished in the plan of God.)
54 So whenthis corruptiblehasput on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory." (Because we enter His rest where the victory of the cross is a part of His plan.)
I Peter 1:19-20helps us see the predestined plan.
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
20 He (Jesus) indeed was foreordainedbeforethe foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
Let us now readHebrews 4:9-10.
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
10 For he who hasentered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
When we enter God's rest we cease from producing dead works by trying to build our own little empire through the world's knowledge. We ceased also from bowing to Satan's plans for this world and began doing those things formerly thought out by the Lord for His Kingdom to materialize.
You see, everything we could ever want or need, from salvation to restoration, is already calculated into God's plan. We do not have to be anxious for anything if we enter into His rest and begin doing our predestined part.
4 just as He chose us in Himbeforethe foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blamebefore Him in love,
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will(decided before He rested),
Matthew 6:25makes so much more sense now.
25 "ThereforeI say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing (it's already in His plan)?
Look atMatthew 7:7-11.
7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asksreceives, and he who seeksfinds, and to him who knocks it will be opened(if we are in His plan).
9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
God, a good Father, has already met our needs and answered our prayers, but we must enter His rest to be heirs of these promises.
So there are two sources of knowledge available to man. Satan's, who beguiled Eve, and Christ's, who created her. Eve made her choice between the two, moved out of God's rest to Satan's plans and now we have an opportunity to make our own choice. All is possible through the Lord. Jesus paid for all the sin this wrong knowledge has generated throughout the 7 thousand years with His life, settling the death penalty for mankind. Is that not love?
II Corinthians 5:19explains,
19 that is, that God was in Christreconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
He died to set us free of the enemy we as humanity chose over Him! Not stopping there, God willed that there be a way calculated for us to be born again through the Word to be new creatures. So we can now die into His death to who we are as a result of Eve's choice and be resurrected into His resurrection with new life to start fresh!
Romans 6:3-5brings this information to us plainly.
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus werebaptized into His death?
4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the deadby the glory of the Father, even sowealso should walkin newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainlywealso shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
It's been there all along, right there in His plan, in His rest for us to enter into.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord(in baptism) from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors(enter God's rest), and their works follow them."
Side note: this is why anything man does apart from what God has already predestined for him to do is just performing dead works. Like the works of the anointed cherub discussed in part one of this series, all these works will burn on judgment day. Do we now better understand the fate of the world, why it is doomed and why God will destroy it? Fortunately however, as the world is obliterated the Kingdom of God and His people will rise, because God had a plan!
Born again through Jesus the plan is, we resurrect as His heir through new birth as Abraham's seed, becoming heirs to all that God promised to both Abraham and Christ!
Galatians 3:29will make this clear.
29 And ifyou are Christ's, then youareAbraham's seed, andheirsaccording to the promise.
After entering into God's rest at baptism we continue in the plan by experiencing the ten feasts He serves yearly. In them are concealed hidden manna that discloses the rest of the way, the calculations, the formulas that destine us for God's promises, his covenants, eternity! The feasts are clearly listed in Leviticus 23. Satan has hidden them from a large portion of man however and in many cases even replaced them with his holidays. If you are not familiar with them, there are discussions on each feast in many of our previous blasts that will help you understand their significance.
So which will you choose, the knowledge of Satan so cherished by the world's people and continue to slug it out in the world, or the knowledge of God so treasured and loved by the children of God and enter His rest? All of creation anxiously waits to see what you will do.
Romans 8:19, 21is our goal and a reachable one if we choose the mind of God over the mind of Satan.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creationeagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
In closing, creation is not interested in what we believe or if we even go to church! Creation is interested in us getting this end time truth that can set us free so they too can be loosed from the enemy as well. The end time knowledge of God is over and above everything man is about. The Word is as sovereign as the God who speaks it. So reach up and grab it no matter where you are or who you are, or what your beliefs are. Enter into His plan, experience the real meaning of the first feast, Sabbath, and begin to enter His rest.
Revelation 21:4-5is the end result for those that do.
4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away(burned up spiritually)."
5 Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new(new to us, because we are finally doing things His way)." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful(straight from the mind of God)."