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Wednesday, September 28 2016

Hebrews 4: The Rest Of Paradise

"For He spake in a certain place of the Seventh Day on this wise, And God did rest the Seventh Day from all His Works ... To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts"

When the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) had finished His Work of Creation, which included the Earthly Paradise and the humans who were given to live in it, He rested on His Sabbath Day - along with His people. There is only one true LORD and one true Sabbath (see the Fact Finder question below).

"2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed." (Genesis 2:7-8 KJV)

"2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." (Genesis 2:1-3 KJV)


The fourth chapter of Hebrews begins by referring to that "in the beginning" event (see also What Did Jesus Tell John About Creation?).

"4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said,

As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest." (Hebrews 4:1-5 KJV)

The first humans were given their instructions of life. But they later hardened their hearts and would not hear His voice in a righteous way. They rebelled against the Word of God and ran and hid from it - and Him (see also Who Invented Camouflage?). Their true and natural human, that they were given when the LORD created them, was perverted into Satan's nature.


"3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden." (Genesis 3:2-8 KJV)

The Book of Hebrews (see also Who Wrote The Epistle To The Hebrews?) then continues on with that Genesis event, along with a quote from King David who also wrote of it (Psalm 95:7-8) in verse 7 below.

"4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said,

To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." (Hebrews 4:6-9 KJV)

The LORD God's "works" were the Creation - in obedience to the Father Who sent Him. The first humans were also given works of obedience - the reason that the "test tree" was there in the Garden. If they had obeyed the LORD without fail, they would have remained for the rest of time. But they became self-righteous rebels who declared their word to be right, and so they were cast out of Paradise where they would be forced to endure a new kind of work that their rebellion created for them (see also Who Created Weeds?): "3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:17-19 KJV)

And so the chapter of Hebrews ends in accordance with the historical basis of the lesson - and the prophecy of how it applies to everyone (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).

"4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:10-16 KJV)

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This Day In History, September 28

48 BC: Roman General Pompey (Cneius Pompeius Magnus) was assassinated in Egypt by a soldier under orders from King Ptolomy (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Cleopatra Connection).


351: The Battle of Mursa Major. Roman Emperor Constantius II defeated the usurper Magnentius.

365: Roman usurper Procopius gained the loyalty of two legions (by bribery) at Constantinople and proclaimed himself Roman emperor (see also Legions Of Men And Angels). Constantinople was named after Constantine (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad)

Constantine with Sol Invictus

1066: William the Conqueror invaded England. He was later was crowned king after defeating and killing Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

Britain 1087

1106: The Battle of Tinchebrai. Henry I of England defeated his brother, Robert Curthose.

1238: Muslim Valencia surrendered to the besieging King James I of Aragon.

1542: Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo "discovered" California (it wasn't a discovery to the native-born people who were already there).

1791: France became the first European country to emancipate its Jewish population.

1793: The Upper Canada legislators decreed that all slave children born in Canada after that date would become free at age 25. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms of that time based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean. "Upper" Canada (i.e. upriver Canada) was the general area of Ontario today, while "Lower" Canada (i.e. downriver Canada) was the general area of Quebec today.

1867: Toronto became the capital of the Canadian Province of Ontario.

1871: The Parliament of Brazil passed the Law of the Free Womb, thereby granting freedom to all children born thereafter to slave mothers.

1895: Louis Pasteur died at age 73. The French chemist made many important discoveries involving bacterial diseases and vaccination against them.

1922: Amidst strikes and general political turmoil, Benito Mussolini and his Fascists (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?) marched on Rome. King Victor Emmanuel III had him form a government.

1928: The Parliament of the United Kingdom outlawed cannabis with the passing the Dangerous Drugs Act (see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?).

1928 Scottish biologist Sir Alexander Fleming discovered a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory. It was later named penicillin.

1939: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed on a division of Poland after their invasion of the country at the beginning of the Second World War (1939-1945).

1953: Astronomer Edwin Hubble died at age 63. The Hubble Space Telescope is named after him.

1956: William Boeing died at age 75. His U.S. aircraft manufacturing company produced many military aircraft ("B" as in Boeing) B-17 Flying Fortress, B-52 (i.e. from the year 1952), the B-29 bombers that were used to drop atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 and civilian airliners such as the Boeing 747.


1961: A military coup in Damascus, Syria ended the United Arab Republic, a union between Egypt and Syria.

1978: The Israeli Knesset ratified the Camp David Peace Accord that had been signed between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1987: Palestinians ("Palestine" is an English word that originated from "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) began their "Intifada" against Israel.

1994: About 900 people were killed when the ferry Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea southwest of Finland after the locking mechanism on a bow door failed.

1995: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat signed an accord to transfer much of Israel's "West Bank" to the control of its Arab residents (see Jordan's West Bank Invasion; also Why East And West Manasseh?).

1999: Nigel Broakes died at age 65. The British financier's holdings included London's Ritz Hotel and the Cunard shipping line.

2000: Pierre Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada (1968-1979 and 1980-1984), died at age 80.

2000: Riots by Palestinians began when Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (see also David's Altar and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple).


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