God’s 1st month, Nisan 26, 5777 begins at sunset today: 4/22/2017 began at midnight. . To 4,360 “in resident churches” and individuals “called to follow Jesus.”
Satan has the world divided for his short term purpose and God is allowing it for His ultimate purpose. Satan wants each individual to think of themselves as divine and thus decide for themselves, “What’s right, wrong, good and evil. As Satan’s demise approaches he and his followers will become more ruthful toward every entity that teaches God’s truth. God is going to put Satan and his followers out of commission for one thousand years and afterward forever while His truth expands as water covers the sea. God’s ultimate purpose is that this world’s populations eventually see Satan for what he is. “The deceiver that desires each person be deceived.”
Now God had His reason for not wanting Adam and Eve partaking from “the tree of life and knowledge of good and evil.” Today knowledge has increased and we now know; “when fleshly people intellectually choose for themselves they are rejecting God and yielding to demonic influences, “worldwide demonic division is the result.” (From God’s point of view, “He gave us talents and individualities to help and complement one another, “not to intellectually decide for ourselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil; when we do “divisionary chaos erupts.”) Prayerfully think through the foundational reason for division.
(Gen 2:9; God made every tree that was pleasing to look at and good for food. (Now the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil were in the middle of the orchard.) (Gen 2:16-17; “Then the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat fruit from every tree of the orchard, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.”)
(Heb “dying you will die?” The imperfect verb form here has the nuance of the specific future because it is introduced with the temporal clause, “when you eat you will die.” That certainty is underscored with the infinitive absolute, “you will surely die.”)
Whether vegetation, tree, mammal, animal, fish or human species, “every physical living thing is in the process of dying.
Because God is love; He made The Way to eternal life.
Genesis 3:4-5; “The serpent said to the woman, “Surely you will not die, for God knows that when you eat from it ‘tree of knowledge’ your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil.”) Satan called God a liar.
Satan knew God had planned “the way” “the new covenant way”
So people could become God’s heirs; “heirs with Abraham.”
(John 3:16; “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. “)
Perish, can mean either (1) to be lost (2) to perish or be destroyed, depending on the context. The alternatives presented are only two (for this to be presented in terms of polar opposites): perish or have eternal life.
(3:17-21; “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. The one who believes IN Him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed IN the name of the one and only Son of God. (19) Now this is the basis for judging: that The Light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than The Light, because their deeds were evil. (20) For everyone who does evil deeds hates The Light and does not come to The Light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. (21) But the one who practices the truth comes to The Light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.”)
(If there is a twofold reaction to Jesus in John’s Gospel, it should be emphasized that reaction is very much dependent on a person’s choice regarding deeds, a choice that is influenced by his desired way of life, (whether his deeds are wicked or are done in God.) (John 3:20-21). For John’s intent there is virtually no trace of at the surface. Only when we look beneath the surface do we find statements like “no one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44).
Deeds done in God are from His perspective, “as Creator it’s His prerogative to teach what’s right, wrong, good and evil.” Review verses 20-22 above. When Adam and Eve disobeyed “their deeds were self serving, not done in God.” Satan caused them to be suspicious of God’s motives, “thinking perhaps God did hold back something.”
The same Lord that said, “don’t eat from a particular tree” is now Mediator of a New Covenant. See John 1:1-4, Col 1:15-20 and Heb 1:1-4.
(Hebrews 9:15-28; “And so He ‘Jesus’ is the Mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance He has promised, since He died to set them free from the violations committed under the first covenant. (16) For where there is a will, the death of the one who made it must be proven. For a will takes effect only at death, since it carries no force while the one who made it is alive. So even the first covenant was inaugurated with blood. For when Moses had spoken every command to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water and scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that God has commanded you to keep.” And both the tabernacle and all the utensils of worship he likewise sprinkled with blood. (22) Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these. (24) For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands – the representation of the true sanctuary – but into heaven itself, and He appears now in God’s presence for us. And He did not enter to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own, for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by His sacrifice. (27) And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, (28) so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await Him He will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.”)
Sketches? Or “prototypes,” “outlines,” referring to the earthly sanctuary. See Heb 8:5 for the prior use of this term.
(Hebrews 8:1-6;” Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have such a High Priest, One who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. So this One too had to have something to offer. (4) Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. The place where they serve is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, just as Moses was warned by God as he was about to complete the tabernacle. For He says, “See that you make everything according to the design shown to you on the mountain.” But now Jesus has obtained a superior ministry, since the covenant that He mediates is also better and is enacted on better promises.”
(7-9; “For if that first covenant had been faultless, no one would have looked for a second one. But showing its fault, God says to them, (“Look, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will complete a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. “It will not be like the covenant that I made with their fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant and I had no regard for them, says the Lord.”
(10; “For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put My laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be My people.”
Greek: “I will be to them for a God and they will be to Me for a people,” following the Hebrew constructions of Jeremiah 31.
Future knowledge when Satan is bound.
(11-13; “And there will be no need at all for each one to teach his countryman or each one to teach his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ since they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest.” “For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.” (Quote from Jeremiah 31:31-34.) When He speaks of a new covenant, He makes the first obsolete. Now what is growing obsolete and aging is about to disappear.”)
Everything in the old tabernacle looked forward to the new covenant.
(Hebrews 9:8-10; “The Holy Spirit is making clear that the way into the holy place had not yet appeared as long as the old tabernacle was standing. This was a symbol for the time then present, when gifts and sacrifices were offered that could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper. (10) They served only for matters of food and drink and various washings; they are external regulations imposed until the new order came.” Greek; “until the time of setting things right.”)
It’s the mystery of God’s Spirit living in people, “circumcision of heart gifted miraculously to the called Believers IN.” The law isn’t abolished; its spiritual benefits are stamped in the minds of spiritually Believing IN people. I will put My laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be My people.”