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Hebrews 4:1-6
By Brother Mike (8-4-16; 53 minutes)
   


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 .
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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 .
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 .
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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
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest .
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief . . .


INTRODUCTION

Because in Chapter 3 of Hebrews we saw clearly that the Israelites were not permitted to enter the Promise Land because of unbelief, we are told here in Hebrews 4:1-6 that we should fear because we have not yet entered the Promised Land of heaven, and it could be that we, like so many of the Israelites, could fall short and not be allowed into heaven because of unbelief. Although we may have heard the gospel, if our hearing was not mixed with faith as in the case of the Israelites, then it is all of no benefit or profit. Yes, unless the Holy Spirit of Yahweh gifts us with the faith to believe what Yahweh declares, then we will be just like the Israelites, and we won't believe what Yahweh tells us in His Word. The result will be that we will not be allowed into heaven, even as the Israelites were not allowed into the Promised Land, and it will all be because of unbelief. Furthermore, in Hebrews 4:3, we are told that all the works required for us to believe in order to enter the Promised Land of heaven were finished from the foundation of the world. Does this mean that the work of the atonement took place at the foundation of the world? Is the atonement the works being spoken about here that were finished from the foundation of the world? These and more are some of the questions to be answered in this study.  

Verse 4:1:  

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 .  

The first part of our verse reads, Let us therefore fear. Here, the verb fear is in the Subjunctive Mood of the Greek, which is the Mood of possibility or probability, so that our verse is better translated,  

1 We should [may] fear, then, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it .

The rest of our verse is translated well, so we will not mess with it any further.

Now, why should we fear? Why, we should fear so that, as we are told, none of us should come short of entering into His rest. In one respect, this means that we should fear, lest we should not enter into His salvation since, at least, in one respect, to enter His rest is one and the same with entering into salvation. But, in our day, this application of our verse no longer exists because it is no longer possible for anyone to enter into salvation ever since May 21, 2011. So, we, today, are not being told to make sure that we are saved as if it were before May 21, 2011, but we who believe that we are already saved are being told to fear because we have not yet literally entered into heaven, and, therefore, it is still possible that we may fall short of being able to enter heaven. In other words, we may think that we have already been saved, and, therefore, are guaranteed to go to heaven, but we are not there yet, so we should fear unless we find that we were not truly saved to begin with, and, as a result, we are not allowed into heaven. Another way of putting it is as we read in Philippians 3,

12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling .
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure .

What we are being told, then, is that even though we may have been saved, it doesn't mean that we are just going to sit back, do nothing, and then go to heaven. No, rather, we are to work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling, and this means if we are saved, we will be working in fear and trembling to do His good pleasure, to obey His Word (see Workout your own salvation . . . ). To workout our salvation doesn't mean that we must do something to earn salvation, but it means that if we are already saved, we will be doing work, For, as the Holy Scripture said, it is God which works in [us] both to will and to do of His good pleasure. So, we now see why it is that we can read in Hebrews 4, 

1 We should fear, then, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it .

It is because if we are saved, we should fear in order to make sure that we are doing things God's way. If we have not this fear, then it is certain that we will fall short of entering His rest (heaven) because to not fear is evidence that we were never really saved, but only believed we were saved. We should fear, then, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of [us] should seem to come short of it. Obviously, the kind of fear we are referring to is that fear which motivates us to listen to, believe, and obey everything that Yahweh teaches. It is a Godly fear which seeks to please Yahweh in all things. It is not a fear of judgment that leads to condemnation, but it is a Godly fear that leads to obedience. This kind of fear is engraved on the hearts of all of us who have been saved, so we, the elect, will all be fearing as to whether we are doing the will of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures.


Verse 4:2
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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 .  

Let's look at the first sentence in our verse first: it states, For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them. Actually, the sentence literally reads, For we also are, having been preached the gospel, even as they. The verb participle, having preached the gospel, is in the Perfect Tense, which means that the action of the verb was completed in the past, and the result of it being completed continues on, in full effect (see Perfect Tense ). That is, the gospel was preached to them in the past, and the result of the gospel having been preached to them continues on. Furthermore, this verb participle is in the Passive Voice, having been preached the gospel, which means that those who had the gospel preached to them were not active, but passive in having had the gospel preached to them (see Passive Voice ). Our verse now reads,

2 For we also are, having been preached the gospel, even as they: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it .

Next, we read, but the word preached did not profit them. Literally, this reads, but the word of hearing did not profit them. So, our entire verse now reads,

2 For we also are, having been preached the gospel, even as they: but the word of hearing did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it .

What our verse is revealing, then, is that people can have the gospel preached to them, but unless their hearing of the Word of God is mixed with faith, it has no effect, it does not profit them. This is how people can be under the hearing of the gospel their entire lives and still not be saved because unless the Spirit takes the Word of hearing and applies it to a person's heart, it has no transforming power; it brings no benefit or profit to the hearer.

Now, we read in Romans 10,

Ro 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God .

And, we read in Ephesians 2,

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God . . .

So, faith or belief is a gift of God, and it is imparted to people through the hearing of the Word. If this gift of faith or belief is not given to people, then it doesn't matter how much they may hear the Word of God, they will not believe it. And, the Word has no effect on them; it does not profit or benefit them. But, if Yahweh imparts to them the gift of faith as they are hearing the Word of God, they are able to understand and believe what the scriptures teach. This is why so many people who have heard the Word with infallible proofs and evidences do not believe that May 21, 2011 began spiritual Judgment Day . This is why so many people do not believe that salvation ended on May 21, 2011 . This is why so many people do not believe that Christ paid for sins when He was on earth : it is because their hearing of the Word was not gifted by God with faith so that their hearing of the Word has not profited or benefited them; it has had no transforming power. The truth is, that if Yahweh does not bless a person with understanding and faith upon hearing the Word of God, it matters not how much that person hears the Word of God, that person will not believe because he or she has not been gifted by Yahweh. Indeed, we are all at the mercy of Christ. He determines who became saved before May 21, 2011, and He determines what every saved person knows and will know. But, we know this: . . . the Spirit of truth . . . he will guide [us] into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew [us] things to come (John 16:13). So, it is not Yahweh's intention to guide His children into all different truths, but it is His will that all His people come to the same truth. We should, then, be careful as to what we believe because what we come to believe is revealing just who we are, whether we are one of Yahweh's elect, or not. All praise to our Sovereign God and King! Amen!   

Now, if you have come to the conclusion through the scriptures that the Church Age has ended; if you have come to the conclusion through the scriptures that it was necessary to depart out from all churches ; if you have come to the conclusion through the scriptures that spiritual Judgment Day began on May 21, 2011 ; if you have come to the conclusion through the scriptures that salvation came to an end on May 21, 2011 ; and you have come to the conclusion that the Demonstration Gospel is a false gospel (see also God Cannot Lie! ); then this is all evidence that you could very well be one of Yahweh's special elect. How blessed you are, indeed! Your own mind has not revealed these things to you, but it is our Father in heaven that has revealed these things to you while He has ignored the rest and left them to their own devices. Yes, He is in the final process of separating the sheep from the goats, at least in part, by what people have come to believe as He has determined all this Himself. As we read in Matthew 25,  

31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory :
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats . . .  

Now, we are told in this verse that When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. This makes it sound as if Christ has not yet come, but when He does come in all His glory, then He will separate the sheep from the goats. But, this verse actually has a double application. In one sense, the spiritual sense, Christ has already come on May 21, 2011 in all His spiritual glory, and all the holy angels who are His elect (angels can be translated as messengers) are with Him so that He has already sat upon the throne of His glory as of May 21, 2011. Nevertheless, there is also a sense, an outward and literal sense, when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him. This is referring to the Last Day when Christ literally returns in all His glory, and He judges all the nations to eternal fire, but all the elect to eternal bliss in the new heaven and earth to be created on the Last Day.

But, let's focus in on the spiritual fulfillment of this verse as beginning on May 21, 2011. Ever since this date, Yahweh has been spiritually separating the sheep from the goats as He spiritually reigns from His thrown. So, on May 21, 2011, He came in His spiritual glory, and He is with His angels (the elect). And, what He is doing is bringing judgment through the elect as they proclaim the end to salvation, and they are teaching the truth, which is separating the sheep from the goats. For instance, the elect are proclaiming that Christ did not die for sins before the world , but He died for sins when He was on earth. This distinguishes the elect from all those who claim to be elect, but believe the false gospel that Christ died for sins before the world, and that He only demonstrated this when He was on earth; they say, He did not actually die for sins when He was on earth (see The Demonstration Gospel is a False Gospel and God Cannot Lie )

Another example of Yahweh using the elect in proclaiming truth is that they are teaching that salvation ended on May 21, 2011 with the coming of spiritual Judgment Day (see Is God still saving? and Revelation 18 - Part 3 , verses 21-23). This has offended many people who still desire that salvation be available, and they believe that their intentions are good. But, because it is contrary to the truth of Yahweh, their intentions must be recognized as evil, and it could be revealing that they are not the elect of Yahweh. I say could reveal that they are not the elect because we read in 1Corinthians 3,

12 Now if any man build upon this foundation [Christ] gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble ;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day [Judgment Day] shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is .
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon [work of gold, silver, and precious stones], he shall receive a reward .
15 If any man's work shall be burned [work of wood, hay, and stubble], he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire .   

So, it is possible that some of the elect can hold certain false teachings or beliefs (they have built with wood, hay, and stubble); nevertheless, they will suffer loss as they learn that they have been holding a false teaching or belief by the spiritual fire of spiritual Judgment Day, but they will be saved; yet so as by fire. We are told yet so as by fire because the spiritual fire of Judgment Day not only reveals that they have built with wood, hay, and stubble, but it also cleanses and purifies them of these false teachings or beliefs; this is how they are being saved; yet so as by fire. We see this, for instance, in how the elect who once held to the Demonstration Gospel are now coming to realize through the spiritual fire of Judgment Day that it is deceptively false; so they no longer hold to it, and they have turned away from those who teach it. Another example is seen in how the elect who once believed that salvation was still possible after May 21, 2011 are now coming to realize through the spiritual fire of Judgment Day that salvation is not any longer possible. Whatever the case, the elect who once held to false things will be saved; yet so as by fire. The spiritual fire is purifying and sanctifying them in preparation for when their bodies will be saved by transforming them into new glorious bodies fit to live in the new heaven and earth for all eternity to be revealed on the Last Day.  


Verse 4:3

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

The first part of our verse reads, For we which have believed do enter into rest. The verb translated as do enter is in the Present Tense , which reveals ongoing present action, and should, therefore, be translated as are entering. So, our verse now reads,

3 For we which have believed are entering into rest . . .

This reveals that once we have believed the gospel, we are continuously or ongoingly entering into rest. We haven't yet entered into complete rest, for that will not take place until we enter into heaven, but we are in the ongoing process of entering into rest as we bring the truths of the Bible to the world. And, Just as the Israelites had to fight to conquer the peoples of the land upon entering into rest, so we have to fight to bring the teachings of the Bible to the whole world as we are entering into rest in order to reach all of the elect as well as the entire world. In this Day of Judgment ever since May 21, 2011, we are to proclaim judgment upon the whole world, and that salvation for them has come to an end. All of the elect were saved before May 21, 2011, but we are still reaching out to them to give them bread; that is, to give them the pure teachings of the Word of Yahweh so that they might be built up in the faith, and we might all come to the same mind; being fully prepared for the new heaven and earth soon to come.   

Yes, it cannot be overemphasized that we are still currently in the ongoing process of entering and conquering the land (we have not yet obtained complete rest). If you will remember the story in the book of Joshua, the Israelites first had to conquer the peoples of the land before they finally had complete rest from their enemies. We, like them, are entering into the land, and, as we are entering, we are conquering the peoples of the land with the truths of Holy Scripture, the 66 books of the Bible. Eventually, we will have complete rest in the land once the ashes of this soon to be destroyed world are transformed into the new heaven and earth on the Last Day. Then we will have complete rest from our enemies in the new heaven and earth as we bask in the glory of our Savior and King, Yahweh, our Lord Jesus Christ without any more suffering and pain, sorrow and sadness, crying and death. But, until then, let us proclaim that Babylon, the world and all churches, has fallen, has fallen. They can no longer be saved, and the Lord is revealing His judgment upon them as they drift deeper and deeper into the darkness and blindness of sin. Look around, can you see Yahweh's judgment on this world? Homosexuality has become acceptable, and mass murdering has become common place to mention just a few. These things are merely a reflection of the spiritual judgment that has come upon this world; the worst thing of which is that salvation has ended. Everyone not saved before May 21, 2011 will die eternally whether it is sometime in the course of their lives here on earth, or whether it be on the Last Day in the melting fires of eternal destruction. Whatever the case, Judgment Day has come, and fierce is the wrath of Yahweh!    

Now, our verse continues and says, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest. This is a quote from Psalm 95:11, which states,   

11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest

Notice that our verse in Hebrews 4:3 says, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest while Psalm 95:11 says, Unto whom I swore in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. Actually, the should in the sentence, they should not enter my rest can be translated as may, and so Psalm 95:11 can now be translated as Unto whom I swore in my wrath that they may not enter into my rest. Therefore, Hebrews 4:3 and Psalm 95:11 are basically saying the same thing. Hebrews 4:3 says, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest, and it means that it is iffy as to whether they will enter into Yahweh's rest, and we could say the same thing in a different way as in Psalm 95:11,which states, Unto whom I swore in my wrath that they [may] not enter into my rest. Both verses are basically saying the same thing, but are worded somewhat differently. One says it is iffy as to whether they will enter into Yahweh's rest while the other says that they may not enter into Yahweh's rest. They both express that there is a chance that they (the Israelites) will not enter into Yahweh's rest (the Promised Land), and, as we know in retrospect, this is because of their unbelief. Indeed, they would not believe the words of Yahweh, and this is a warning to us. If we will not believe the words of Yahweh, then there is a chance that we will not enter heaven. In fact, even as virtually all of the Israelites who came up from Egypt were not allowed into the Promised Land, except for Joshua and Caleb, so, also, virtually all people who call themselves Christians will not be allowed into heaven. Why? Because of their unbelief, disobedience, stubbornness, and obstinacy. They have rejected many of the words of Yahweh, and so have come under the spiritual wrath of Yahweh beginning on the churches in 1988 and expanding to the entire world ever since May 21, 2011 with no further hope of ever entering the Promised Land (heaven), for salvation has come to an end. 

Finally, the last sentence of our verse says, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. We immediately ask, what works were finished from the foundation of the world? Well, since the first part to our verse reads, For we which have believed do enter into rest, the works being referred to here are those works that were required for us to have believed; that is, to have become saved. Such works would be the work of the atonement, of course, but also the work of applying the benefits of that atonement to the elect so that they would believe (be saved). So, when we read, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world, does this mean that the work of the atonement and the work of applying the benefits of the atonement to the elect were finished at or before the foundation of the world? Absolutely not! For how could the work of applying the benefits of the atonement to all the elect by the Holy Spirit have taken place at or before the foundation of the world since the elect did not yet then even exist? O, yes, some might say that the elect existed in Christ at or before the foundation of the world, but that is ridiculous because they could not have existed in Christ until they had been born, and then were regenerated (born from above). And, yes, they were predestinated at or before the foundation of the world to one day come to be in Christ, but they were not yet in Christ until they were actually born and then saved after the foundation of the world. Yes, the work of applying the atonement to the elect took place after the foundation of the world as each elect was saved at different times throughout history. Therefore, when we read that the works - that is, the work of the atonement and the work of the Holy Spirit in applying the benefits of that atonement to each of the elect - were finished from the foundation of the world, the word from in the phrase, from the foundation of the world must be understood as after the foundation of the world, which is the way the phrase, from the foundation of the world is used in scripture (see Luke 11:50 exposes truth! then The phrase, from the foundation of the world . . . ). Yes, in that the works were finished from the foundation of the world means that the works were actually finished sometime after the foundation of the world, which makes perfect sense since we know that the work of the atonement took place after the foundation of the world on earth in 33 AD (see God cannot lie! ), and, as we have already seen, the work of applying the benefits of that atonement to the elect has been done after the foundation of the world as well. In fact, it would be impossible for these works - the atonement and the applying of the benefits of that atonement - to have all taken place at or before that foundation of the world.   

Now, what all this means is that those who use Hebrews 4:3 as a proof text for saying that the works of the atonement were finished at or before the foundation of the world are deceiving many. When we read that The works were finished from the foundation of the world, once again, it does not mean that the atonement was finished at or before the foundation of the world, but it means that the works, which include the atonement and the applying of the benefits of the atonement to the elect, were finished after the foundation of the world because the work of applying the benefits of the atonement to the elect could not have happened at or before the foundation of the world as the elect did not yet then exist, but the work of applying the benefits of the atonement to the elect took place after the foundation of the world as each one of the elect were brought into the kingdom one by one throughout history and not at or before the foundation of the world. To emphasize this point, Hebrews 4:3 could be better translated like this:   

3 For we which have believed are entering into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished out from the foundation of the world

But, in that the works were finished from or out from the foundation of the world teaches us something else as well. It reveals to us that the works in some way originated at the foundation of the world. It wasn't that the works were finished at the foundation of the world, as we have already shown, but they did come from or originated from the foundation of the world, and this is in the sense of having been foreordained at the foundation of the world. Yes, the work of the atonement and the work of applying the benefits of that atonement to the elect all originated at the foundation of the world because that is when these works were first foreordained. So, when we read that the works were finished from the foundation of the world, it does not mean that the works were finished at the foundation of the world, but it means that they were foreordained at the foundation of the world, and they were foreordained that they would be finished after the foundation of the world


Verse 4:4
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4 For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works .   

In this verse, we first read, For He spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise. The verb translated here as He spoke is in the Perfect Tense , which means that the action of the verb was completed in the past, and the result of that action continues on, in full force. Therefore, He spoke [in the past] in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works, and the result of His having spoke this in the past continues on; that is, the result of God having rested from all His works on the seventh day of creation continues on, in full force. And, what is the result of God having rested on the seventh day? Why, it is all that is and has been and will be both in the physical and spiritual realms. When Yahweh rested, all that would ever be had already been foreordained or predestined, and, in this sense, all His works were completed from the foundation of the world. And, once something has been foreordained, it can be considered to be finished because Yahweh calls those things which be not as though they were (Ro. 4:17). That is, something that has been foreordained at or before the foundation of the world is so certain to eventually take place just as it was foreordained that Yahweh considers it already completed at or before the foundation of the world even before it actually is. For instance, He speaks of Christ as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8) not because Christ was actually slain at the foundation of the world, but because it was then when it was first foreordained that Christ would be slain. And, what Yahweh has foreordained is so certain to eventually take place exactly as it was foreordained that Yahweh speaks of it as having been already finished; hence, we read, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. This is also how Abraham could be called the Father of many nations before he actually was. We read in Romans 4,    

Ro 4:17 (As it is written, 'I have made thee [Abraham] a father of many nations' [Gen. 17:5] ,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were

Here, Abraham is declared to be a father of many nations in Genesis 17:5 before he actually became a father of many nations. This is possible because what Yahweh has foreordained at the foundation of the world such as that Abraham would one day become a father of many nations was so certain to eventually take place, that Abraham could be called a father of many nations before he actually was, for Yahweh can call those things which be not as though they were through His work of foreordination.

Now, it is interesting in our verse how Yahweh ties the rest (the salvation) that we are entering into upon believing (verse 3) with the 7th day rest when Yahweh rested from creating (verse 4). Obviously, the 7th day rest, or what became the Sabbath, and the rest that we are entering into upon believing both represent the rest (the salvation) that we have in Jesus Christ. In Christ, all of our strivings and works to get to heaven have ceased as we have come to rest entirely in the completed works of Christ. Based upon His works of the atonement alone we believe through the gift of faith that we are saved by the washing and renewing by the Holy Spirit. As we read in Titus 3,   

5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost ;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour . . .   

And, it is no longer our works that matter, but it is the works of Christ through us,  

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them .    


Verse 4:5
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5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest .      

Here, we start reading, And in this place again. What place is this referring to? Well it is referring to the same place mentioned in the previous verse, which reads, For he spoke in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. Just as the certain place where Yahweh spoke of the 7th day referred to a certain place in the Holy Scriptures, namely Genesis 2:2 where we read, And God did rest the seventh day from all his work, so, also, when our verse says, And in this place again, it is referring to a certain place in the Holy Scriptures, which, in this case, is Psalm 95:11 that reads, they should [or may] not enter into my rest. It does not say, If they shall enter into my rest as we read in our verse of Hebrews 4:5, but it reads, they should [or may] not enter into my rest. Yet, because Psalm 95:11, they may not enter into my rest expresses the possibility that they will not enter into Yahweh's rest, and Hebrews 4:5, If they shall enter into my rest also expresses the possibility that they will not enter into Yahweh's rest, they are both basically saying the same thing only with different wording. So, when our verse says, And in this place again, it means, And in the Holy Scriptures again as it was in the Holy Scriptures in the previous verse. And, If they shall enter into my rest reveals that there is a possibility that they will not enter into Yahweh's rest. In fact, as the story goes, the Israelites did not enter into Yahweh's rest, but they all perished in the desert, except Joshua and Caleb, due to unbelief.   

Now, this possibility of not entering Yahweh's rest has huge ramifications for us today. It means that out of all those who believe they are saved or being saved, there remains the possibility that they will not enter into Yahweh's rest; that is, heaven. In fact, according to the story in which virtually all the Israelites did not enter the Promised Land or rest, except Joshua and Caleb, we know that virtually none of the people who today think that they will enter into rest or heaven will enter, except for a remnant of people who were typified by Joshua and Caleb. The Lord used two people to typify the elect because the number 2 in the Bible symbolizes the Church (see Bible Meaning to Number 2 ), and, in this case, it symbolizes the eternal Church, the elect. Only the elect, who are but a remnant out of all those who claim to follow Jesus Christ, will finally be allowed into heaven because only they have actually been saved by the washing and renewing of the Holy Spirit. The rest shall be thrown in the Lake of Fire. Indeed, they already have been thrown in the Lake of Fire, spiritually speaking, when Judgment Day began on May 21, 2011.   


Verse 4:6

6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief . . .    

Here, the first part of our verse reads, Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein. A more literal translation would be, Since then it is being left for some to be entering into it. Notice that it is being left for some to be entering. Since we learned back in verse 3 that we which have believed are entering into rest, what our verse is saying is that it is being left for some to believe. Indeed, to be entering is one and the same as believing, which, in turn, is one and the same with having been saved since it is by believing thru the gift of faith whereby we are saved. So, our verse is saying, Since then it is being left for some to be [saved]. In other words, at the time in which Hebrews was first written in the 1st century, there was still some who were to be saved or to believe, but today salvation has ended, and so it is no longer left for some to believe or be saved, and this first part of our verse does not, therefore, apply to our situation today. Indeed, today, it is not being left for some to be entering into rest (salvation) because salvation is no longer possible in this day of Yahweh's wrath.  

But, now, we read, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief. The phrase, to whom it was first preached is all the translation from just two words. One word is translated as first or formerly while the other word is a Verb Participle, and it can be translated, having been brought the gospel. It is in the Aorist Tense and Passive Voice. The Aorist Tense means that the action of the verb took place at some point in the past; hence, having brought the gospel, and the Passive Voice means that the subject - that is, they to whom the gospel was first brought - were passive in the matter. Hence, the whole 2nd part of our verse is more literally translated like this:  

6 . . . and they, having first been brought the gospel, entered not in because of unbelief . . .    

Now, we are told that they entered not in because of unbelief. This is referring to the Israelites not having entered the Promised Land, which is a picture of virtually all those today who claim to follow Jesus Christ, but who will not enter into heaven because of unbelief. Actually, the word translated as unbelief can also be translated as disobedience, or stubbornness, or obstinacy. So, almost all those today who claim to follow Jesus Christ will not enter into heaven because of obstinacy, stubbornness, or we could even say, because of disobedience. First of all, many of them never did obey the command to come out from the churches from May 21, 1988 to May 21, 2011. And, then, many would not submit to the fact that spiritual Judgment Day began on May 21, 2011 and that salvation ended. No, they became stubborn and obstinate in saying that salvation did not end even to this day. Likewise, even though the scriptures clearly teach that Christ died for sins when He came to earth, many have thought themselves wiser than God, and they continue in their obstinacy and stubbornness to believe that Christ died for sins before the foundation of the world, and that when He came to earth He only demonstrated what He had already done - they have no idea that what they believe is a false gospel (see God Cannot Lie! and The Demonstration Gospel is a False Gospel ). Yes, just like the Israelites, they will NOT be allowed into the Promised Land of heaven because of unbelief, disobedience, stubbornness and obstinacy. Of course, the real reason that they are this way is because they never were truly saved through the free gift of faith by the Spirit who leads His people into all the truth, and blinds all those who are destined for the fire. 


CONCLUSION   

We should have a godly fear that motivates us to listen to and obey everything that Yahweh declares in His Word; otherwise, we will end up like the Israelites who were not permitted into the Promised Land (heaven) because of unbelief. Even though they heard the gospel, they would not believe because their hearing of the Word was not mixed with faith. Likewise, unless our hearing of Yahweh�s Word is mixed with the faith that only comes as a gift from the Holy Spirit, we too will not believe, and the final outcome of all this will be that we are barred from heaven. This lack of having received the gift of faith is why so many will not believe that the Church Age has ended, and why so many will not believe that Judgment Day began on May 21, 2011. It is also why so many will not accept that salvation has ended as well as why so many no longer believe that Christ died for sins on earth while on the cross, but they say that He died for sins before the foundation of the world, and that He only demonstrated this on earth while on the cross. Indeed, they have not received the free gift of faith in respect to these teachings, but the elect have, and the rest have been blinded. This is because at this time the Lord is separating the sheep from the goats, and certainly one way He is doing it is by doctrine.   

But, next, we found that the works required for us to have believed, which is the work of the atonement and the work of applying the benefits of the atonement by the Holy Spirit to the elect, were finished from the foundation of the world. This does not mean that these works were finished at the foundation of the world, for how could the applying of the benefits of the atonement to the elect have been finished at the foundation of the world before any of the elect even existed, but it means that the work of the atonement and the work of applying the benefits of the atonement to the elect were foreordained at the foundation of the world; nevertheless, they were actually finished after the foundation of the world. To put it another way, the work of the atonement and the work of the applying of the benefits of the atonement to the elect were finished from the foundation of the world in the sense that this is when they were first foreordained. And, since once something has been foreordained it can be considered done even before it is because it is so certain to eventually take place, the atonement also can be spoken of as if it was already completed at the foundation of the world - hence, we read, the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8) - even though it was not. Indeed, through foreordination Yahweh can call those things which be not as though they were because through foreordination it is so certain that they will take place that Yahweh just considers them done even before they actually are.


Now, to the true elect of Yahweh, may the LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace .

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