1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
3 ThenGod blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, becausein it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Everything that has ever been created, animate or inanimate, lies within God's rest. The whole universe can be found there! The sun, the moon, the stars, and earth along with all on it, man, beast, fowl, every creepy crawly thing. God did it all and all that He did lies within His rest, not forgotten, but ready to be made manifest when He is ready.
Ecclesiastes 1:10 says,
10 Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? Ithasalreadybeen in ancient timesbefore us(anything perfect we may want is there in God's rest, anything we may want to do with perfection has already been accomplished and is there in God's rest).
Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 furthers the thought.
14 I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. (That is why the works of man that are his own and not God's are referred to as dead works. They are meaningless.)God does it, that men should fear before Him. (Who could ever be like Him!)
15 That which is has already been(the now, today), and what isto be(the future) has already been(past); and God requires an account of what is past(how each of us carried out His intention for us).
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, withwhom there is no variation or shadow of turning(all the works of God within His rest will be brought to light or made visible as those who were assigned to that work find His rest and relinquish their works to do His).
I Peter 1:20
20 He (Jesus) indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest(brought to light)in these last times for you
To fully understand why Christ was even needed in the rest of God and made a part of His plan for the redemption of creation, let us go back into eternity before God rested to see why, what ruined everything?
To better understand let us lay some groundwork so to speak. The angels were created before the earth. In fact, it is thought, since Jesus The Word of God, is referred to as the bright and morning star and Lucifer or Satan is named the Day Star, that they originally sang together (God and Satan) to bring creation into being before he fell from grace!
Job 38:4-7 alludes to this.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5 Whodetermined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together(the Lord and Satan), andall the sons of God(the angels)shouted for joy?
So what happened? All certainly sounded fantastic at that time! All was good!
31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Isaiah 14:12-14 gives us a clue.
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning(was not content with his place and rank)! How you are cut down to the ground(expelled to earth), you who weakened the nations! (He challenged God for supremacy and set out to take over God's creation! Each generation of man becomes worse than the previous.)
13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne (he sees himself as an exalted one) above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation(Sion, Mount Hermon) on the farthest sides of the north; (to rule and influence God's people)
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ (Wow, he is the epitome of conceit and pride!)
Side Note: Anything that can act on a specific situation, make a personal decision that affects others as well as itself to do right or wrong, can act freely to make that choice or you could say “it has a free will”.
Ezekiel 28:11-15 gives us further insight to earth's problems.
11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him (but God was actually speaking to Satan much as when Jesus said to Peter, “get behind me Satan”, Matthew 16:23), ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty(next we will see he was the highest in rank among the angels, created to protect mankind).
13 You (Satan)were in Eden(we know the King of Tyre was not in the garden of Eden), the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for youon the day you were created(he led the praise in heaven).
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers(he was meant to cover the garden and protect humanity); I established you; you wereon the holy mountain of God(Sion, Mount Hermon); you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.
15 You were perfect in your waysfrom the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. (His great wisdom, his anointing, his works would now be tainted by his evil thinking and perverse desires.)
Let us read fromGenesis 3:1-6 to see just how all this was accomplished.
1 Now the serpent(Revelation 12:9) was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. (Remember his great wisdom?) And he said to the woman(he needed to get her attention and then disobediently answer him), “Has Godindeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (made it seem like an innocent enough question, would she answer?)
2 And the woman said to the serpent(the first mistake! She spoke to him, made contact!), “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, norshall you touch it, lestyoudie.’” (Proof she fully understood she was breaking God's commandment and the consequence of her rebellion. We can also see from this portion of scripture God never intended for death to be a part of our existence, it was the result of sin.)
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die(liar).
5 For God knows that in the day you eat of ityour eyes will be opened(to this realm, no longer able to see into the realm of the spirit), and you will be like God(the exact thing Satan wanted so badly he offered Eve), knowinggood and evil.” (What lies he told her! If she was thinking properly she would have realized God is a spirit and man's spirit was already in His image! Her connection to Satan removed her from the previous protection of God's laws, her thinking became clouded. She was no longer connected to God through her spirit, now she would forever function through her soul and be guided by the senses of her body and influenced by the enemy. Where once a perfect creature she became inferior.)
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food(she took in what he said and hungered for more of his wisdom), that it was pleasant to the eyes(he was an angel of light, beautiful), and a tree desirable to make one wise(different than God's wisdom), she took of its fruitand ate (Touch not, taste not, she swallowed his lies, was in touch with him through conversations. She was tricked! Satan won!). She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (He was not fooled. He actually chose Satan's way over God's!)
1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
2 that the sons of Godsaw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful(they were persuaded to lust after them); and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. (Mankind was now crossed with angels!)
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Mankind is a long way from God's rest! For the most part humanity looks like Satan dressed them, sound like Satan coached their speech, live like he would choose to live and are very well tutored and versed in his knowledge with which to base their daily lives on and solve their everyday problems. What a mess mankind is in! The last time we saw harmony and perfection was when Adam and Eve were newly created and a part of God's works! When they fell and became Satan's altered race it botched everything! The whole earth is out of order! So how do we enter into God's rest again? What do we have to do?
Hebrews 4:6,9-10 explains,
6 Since therefore it remains that somemustenter it, and those to whom it was first preached did notenterbecause of disobedience,
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.