The Account

The Account

In Genesis 2:4 we find, the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.M74

Two very important things are being said in this verse. The first is that we now have an account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

The word account as defined by Merriam-Webster means:

  • a record of debit and credit entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concern
  • a statement explaining one’s conduct
  • a statement or exposition of reasons, causes, or motives
  • a reason for an action
  • careful thought
  • a description of facts, conditions, or event MW9

What we learn from the meaning of the word account is that it is a statement explaining one’s conduct, a record of transactions (activities) of a particular person, something that had careful thought and a description of facts, conditions or events.

The word account also has an old archaic meaning that can be found in Merriam-Webster, which is not used today but was used during an earlier time. The archaic meaning was a reckoning. The word account also meant reckoning a long time ago.

If we look up the archaic meaning of reckoning in Merriam Webster we find the following:

  • calculation of a ship’s position
  • the time when your actions are judged as good or bad, and you are rewarded or punished
  • the act of judging something MW10

If I were to summarize the meaning of the word account it would be to calculate one’s position, the time when actions are going to be judged as good or bad, a time of reward or punishment, a statement of one’s conduct, a record of activities done, which had careful thought and will serve as a description of facts, conditions and events.

The account of heaven and earth spoken about in Genesis 2:4 is going to be judged as good or bad. It is an account that is going to serve as a statement of one’s conduct and a record of activities that were carried out by an individual to serve as a description of fact.

When we look at this, the question that first comes to my mind is why do we need an account of what was done?

Do we not already have an account of what took place in Genesis 1?

Why would a second account be required to tell us again what God did?

The reason we have a second account of what happened is because this isn’t a second account of what happened.

This is an account of what Jesus did.

THIS IS AN ACCOUNT OF WHAT JESUS DID

That’s right, as it states in Genesis 2:4.

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.M75

What we have in Genesis 2:5-25 is the account of what Jesus made.

No shrub of the field was yet on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist arose from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.

The Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground, the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, along with the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four rivers. The name of the first is Pishon; it encompasses the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it encompasses the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris; it goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.”

Out of the ground, the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam, there was not found a helper suitable for him.

So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept. Then He took one of his ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

Then Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she will be called Woman, for she was taken out of Man.”

Therefore, a man will leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. M76

The key to understanding that this account of heaven and earth is of Jesus Christ can be found in the last line of Genesis 2:4. This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.M77

Did you notice it said, Lord God?

The key to understanding this that this is not the persecuted Jesus that created all this. This is the Jesus that created all this before the persecution. When we understand all these things we will begin to understand the need for the persecution which we will talk about later in another book.

Let us first remove any shadow of doubt that may linger in understanding the Lord God spoken about is Jesus Christ before He became flesh.

The first scripture we should look at is Philippians 2:9-11.

Therefore, God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. M78

In that passage, we learn that Jesus Christ is Lord. Now let’s look what Jesus says He is in John 13:13.

You call Me Teacher and Lord. You speak accurately, for so I am.M79

Jesus confirms the same things again in John 13:14 when He says.

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. M80

Jesus says, “I then, your Lord.” He tells us that He is Lord and Teacher, and in the passage of John 13:13-20, He say’s something else that’s also very interesting.

You call Me Teacher and Lord. You speak accurately, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Truly, truly I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

“I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen, but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’

“Now I tell you before it happens, that when it does happen, you may believe that I am He. Truly, truly I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me. And he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” M81

The first thing from that passage is that Jesus points out that His disciples have accurately understood who He is, when He says, “You call Me Teacher and Lord. You speak accurately, for so I am.” His disciples spoke accurately when they called Him Teacher and Lord.

To understand this further we first need to understand the meaning of the word disciple as defined by Merriam-Webster:

  • someone who accepts and helps to spread the teachings of a famous person
  • one of a group of 12 men who were sent out to spread the teachings of Jesus Christ MW11

By understanding the meaning of the word disciple, we can then understand why in Matthew 28:18-20; Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. M82

Jesus said, to the group of twelve (12) men who were sent out to spread His teachings, that He had the authority now, so that His disciples who accepted His teachings would go and spread His teachings and make disciples of all nations, by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirt.

What we will notice is that Jesus instructed His disciples to make disciples of all nations. Which is a profound statement when we understand the meaning of the word nation.

Merriam-Webster defines nation as:

  • a large area of land that is controlled by its own government
  • a non-Jewish nationality
  • a community of people composed of one or more nationalities and possessing a more or less defined territory and government
  • a tribe or federation of tribes MW12

With this understanding, we realize that Jesus was instructing His disciples to go and baptize all people that are composed of the tribes of Israel, also people of a non-Jewish nationality, people that are composed of one or more nationalities, of various tribes and a federation of tribes (house of Israel) into disciples.

His disciples were asked to make disciples of the Gentiles and the tribes of Israel. To make disciples of all those people that accepted His teachings.

There are a couple of things we need to understand and that are the meaning of the words, house of Israel and the twelve tribes of Israel.

To understand how the house of Israel got its name we first need to understand this verse in Genesis 35:10.

God said to him, “Your name is Jacob. Your name shall not be called Jacob any more, but Israel shall be your name.” So He called his name Israel. M83

Now we need to understand the next part, the twelve tribes of Israel which is explained in Genesis 49:1-28.

Jacob called to his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, so that I may tell you what will befall you in the last days.

Gather yourselves together and hear, sons of Jacob, and listen to your father, Israel.

Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power.

Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it—he went up to my couch.

Simeon and Levi are brothers; weapons of violence are their swords.

Let my soul not enter into their council; let my glory not be united with their assembly; for in their anger, they killed men and in their self-will they hamstrung oxen.

Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; and their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.

Judah, your brothers, shall praise you; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down before you.

Judah is a lion’s cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He crouches and lies down like a lion; and as a lion, who dares rouse him?

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to him will be the obedience of the people.

He tethers his foal to the vine, and his colt to the choicest vine; he washes his garments in wine, his clothes in the blood of grapes. His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.

Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be a haven of ships. His border shall be at Sidon.

Issachar is a strong donkey, lying down between two burdens; he saw that a resting place was good, and that the land was pleasant; so he bowed his shoulder to bear the burden and became a slave to forced labor.

Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the road, a viper on the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider will fall backward.

I wait for Your salvation, O Lord!

Gad shall be attacked by raiding bands, but he shall raid at their heels.

Asher’s food shall be rich, and he shall yield royal delicacies.

Naphtali is a doe set loose; he gives beautiful words.

Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring, whose branches run over the wall. The archers bitterly attacked him, they shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained firm. His arms were agile because of the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of the God of your father who will help you, and by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings from heaven above, blessings from the deep that lies beneath, the blessings of the breasts and the womb.

The blessings of your father have surpassed the blessings of my fathers, up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They will be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who was set apart from his brothers.

Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, and at night he divides the spoil.”

These are all the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He blessed them, each with the blessing appropriate to him. M84

Before we go further, we need to understand the meaning of the word house. In Merriam-Webster the word house is defined as follows:

  • a building that serves as living quarters for one or a few families
  • a family including ancestors, descendants, and kindred
  • a residence for a religious community or for students
  • a legislative, deliberative, or consultative assembly
  • a quorum of such an assembly
  • to provide shelter or a living space for (someone)
  • to surround or enclose (something) in order to protect it. MW13

We could summarize that a house, is a building that serves as living quarters for one or more families; like a house for the twelve families (tribes) of Israel. For a house comprises of a family which includes ancestors, descendants, and kindred. A house also acts as a legislative, deliberative, or consultative assembly, and when a quorum (the minimum number of members of a deliberative assembly) are gathered the house can be called to order.

The next page is a visual representation of:

  • Israel
  • The twelve tribes of Israel
    • Reuben
    • Simeon
    • Levi
    • Zebulun
    • Issachar
    • Dan
    • Gad
    • Asher
    • Naphtali
    • Joseph
    • Benjamin
    • Judah
  • House of Israel
  • House of Judah (Ephraim & Manasseh)
  • House of David

Before we go further into understanding this complicated subject of tribes, I would like to point out two subtle verses that were spoken about in Genesis 49, that are amazing in both their meaning and subtlety.

The first is in Genesis 49:5-7. Simeon and Levi are brothers; weapons of violence are their swords.

Let my soul not enter into their council; let my glory not be united with their assembly; for in their anger, they killed men and in their self-will they hamstrung oxen.

Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; and their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel. M85

If we look at what’s being said, we may miss what’s being said spiritually!

Simeon and Levi are brothers of the sword and it is dangerous for any soul to enter their council, their anger is fierce along with their wrath and because of this they will be divided.

Before we get to the importance of the spiritual meaning behind what was said, we need to understand a keyword that was used. The word we need to understand is council.

In Merriam-Webster council has the following definitions:

  • a group of people who are chosen to make rules, laws, or decisions about something
  • a group of people who provide advice or guidance on something
  • a group elected or appointed as an advisory or legislative body
  • an executive body whose members are equal in power and authority MW14

This means Simeon and Levi are brothers of the sword and it is dangerous for any soul to enter their council. For they are a group of people who are chosen to make rules, laws, and decisions. They are brothers who are equal in power and authority. Appointed and elected by their father, Israel.

Now when we look at Hebrews 4:12 we can begin to understand the spiritual meaning of what was being said.

For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart. M86

Therefore, the brothers Simeon and Levi of the sword are spiritual brothers of the word of God, which shall be divided and scattered among Israel. For the word of God will pierce even to divide soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, any who enter its council. For it was chosen to establish the rules, laws, and decisions that were made and judge the thoughts and intents of the heart. The word is equal in power and authority of God and was appointed by the Father, by God.

Just like how Simeon and Levi are chosen by the sword at their time, there is a time coming when two more have been chosen with the power of the word.

We find this talked about in Revelation 11:3-6.

And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. If anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. If anyone desires to harm them, he must be killed in this way. They have power to shut heaven, that it may not rain during the days of their prophecy. They have power over waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every plague as often as they desire. M87

These two witnesses as I believe and have spoken about in my earlier book are Behemoth and Leviathan. This is also where we learn the deeper meaning of the “word” in Hebrews 4:1-13 and understand why an account is due.

Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest remains, let us fear lest any of you should seem to come short of it. For the gospel was preached to us as well as to them. But the word preached did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed have entered this rest, as He has said,

“As I have sworn in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’”

However, His works have been finished since the creation of the world. For He spoke somewhere about the seventh day like this: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works.” And again in the present passage, He said, “They shall not enter My rest.”

Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and they to whom it was first preached did not enter due to unbelief, again He establishes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David, after so long a time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have later spoken of another day. Therefore, a rest remains for the people of God. For whoever enters His rest will also cease from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labor therefore to enter that rest, lest anyone fall by the same pattern of unbelief.

For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart. There is no creature that is not revealed in His sight, for all things are bare and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. M88

A time is coming when we must give an account of everything we have done. The account of which is spoken about can be found in Matthew 25:31-46.

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. Before Him will be gathered all nations, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats. He will set the sheep at His right hand, but the goats at the left.

“Then the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me food, I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger, and you took Me in. I was naked, and you clothed Me, I was sick, and you visited Me, I was in prison, and you came to Me.’

“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? And when did we see You sick or in prison and come to You?’

“The King will answer, ‘Truly I say to you, as you have done it for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you have done it for Me.’

“Then He will say to those at the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty, and you gave Me no drink, I was a stranger, and you did not take Me in, I was naked, and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’

“Then they also will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not serve You?’

“He will answer, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it not for one of the least of these, you did it not for Me.’

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” M89

We will be judged by the account of how much love we have shown to the stranger. For in this is are the words of Hebrews 13:1-2 fulfilled.

Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unknowingly. M90

Hebrews 13:3-18 also asks us to remember, those who are in chains, as if imprisoned with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you are also in the body.

Marriage is to be honored among everyone, and the bed undefiled. But God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers. Let your lives be without love of money, and be content with the things you have. For He has said: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Remember those who rule over you, who have proclaimed to you the word of God. Follow their faith, considering the results it has produced in their lives. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

Do not be carried away with diverse and strange doctrines. It is a good thing that the heart be strengthened with grace, not with foods, which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. We have an altar from which those who serve in the tabernacle have no right to eat.

For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest on account of sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore, Jesus also, so that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to Him outside the camp, bearing the reproach that He bore. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

Through Him, then, let us continually offer to God the sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share. For with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch over your souls as those who must give an account. Let them do this with joy and not complaining, for that would not be profitable to you.

Pray for us. For we trust that we have a good conscience and in all things are willing to live honestly. But I implore you to pray, that I may be restored to you very soon. M91

Earlier we looked at the account of the twelve tribes of Israel, but now we are going to look at the twelve tribes that received the spiritual blessing from Moses in Deuteronomy 33:1-29.

Now this is the blessing with which Moses, the man of God, blessed the children of Israel before his death. He said:

The Lord came from Sinai and rose up from Seir to them; He shone forth from Mount Paran, and He came with ten thousands of holy ones; from His right hand went a fiery law for them.

Surely, He loved the people; all His holy ones are in Your hand, and they sit down at Your feet; everyone receives Your words.

Moses decreed to us a law, the inheritance of the assembly of Jacob. He was king over Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together.

Let Reuben live, and not die, and let not his men be few.

This is the blessing to Judah. He said:

Listen, O Lord, to the voice of Judah, and bring him to his people; may his hands contend for them, and may You help him against his enemies.

Of Levi he said:

Let Your Thummim and Your Urim be with Your godly one, whom You tested at Massah, and with whom You contended at the waters of Meribah, who said to his father and to his mother, “I have not seen him,” and he did not acknowledge his brothers or know his own children, for they have kept Your word and guarded Your covenant.

They will teach Jacob Your judgments and Israel Your law. They will put incense before You and the whole burnt offerings on your altar.

Bless, O Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands; run through the loins of them that rise against him and of them that hate him, so that they rise never again.

Of Benjamin he said:

The beloved of the Lord will dwell in safety by Him, and the Lord will protect him all day long; he will dwell between His shoulders.

Of Joseph he said:

May his land be blessed of the Lord, from the harvest of the heavens, by the dew, and by the deep crouching beneath, by the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and by the choice things put forth by the moon, by the finest things of the ancient mountains, and by the choice things of the everlasting hills, by the best things of the earth and its fullness, and by the goodwill of Him who dwelt in the bush.

May the blessing rest on the head of Joseph, on top of the head of him who was separated from his brothers. His glory is like the firstborn of his bull, and his horns are like the horns of a wild ox; with them he will push the peoples together to the ends of the earth; they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

Of Zebulun he said:

Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going outside, and Issachar in your tents. They will call the peoples to the mountain; there they will offer sacrifices of righteousness, for they will draw out the abundance of the seas and the treasures hid in the sand.

Of Gad he said:

Blessed be he who enlarges Gad; he dwells as a lion and tears an arm and the crown of a head. He provided the first part for himself, because there, in a portion of the ruler, he was seated. He came with the heads of the people. He executed the justice of the Lord, and His ordinances with Israel.

Of Dan he said:

Dan is a lion’s whelp; he will leap forth from Bashan.

Of Naphtali he said:

O Naphtali, satisfied with favor and full with the blessing of the Lord, possess the west and the south.

Of Asher he said:

May Asher be blessed with children; may he be acceptable to his brothers, and may he dip his foot in oil. Your sandals will be iron and brass; according to your days, so shall be your strength.

There is none like the God of Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to help you, and in His majesty through the skies.

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath you are the everlasting arms; He will drive out the enemy before you, and will say, “Destroy them.”

Israel dwells in safety; the fountain of Jacob will be secluded in a land of grain and new wine; its heavens will rain down dew.

Blessed are you, O Israel!

Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help, who is the sword of your majesty!

Your enemies will cringe before you, and you will tread upon their high places. M92

What we find from the blessing to Israel by Moses is that the blessings were not on all twelve children but on eleven. The child that was left out was Simeon.

If we recall in Genesis 49:5-7 it says, Simeon and Levi are brothers; weapons of violence are their swords.

Let my soul not enter into their council; let my glory not be united with their assembly; for in their anger, they killed men and in their self-will they hamstrung oxen.

Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; and their wrath, for it is cruel!

I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel. M93

To understand this division, we have to understand the interesting choice of words used in the last line of Genesis 49:7.

I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel. M94

Jacob, who is the father of Israel, said something on a very spiritual level to these two sons. Jacob said, I will divide them in Jacob (House of Israel) and scatter them in Israel (the land).

To understand what’s being said here we first need to look at Joshua 18:1-6.

The whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The land was subdued before them. Yet seven tribes among the children of Israel remained who had not yet received their inheritance.

So Joshua said to the children of Israel, “How long will you delay going in to possess the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you? Select three men from each tribe, and I will send them out; and they will rise and go throughout the land, and describe it according to their inheritance, and they will come back to me. They shall divide it into seven portions. Judah will stay in their territory in the south, and the house of Joseph will stay in their territory in the north. So describe the land in seven portions and return to me. Then I will cast lots for you here before the Lord our God. Yet there is no portion for the Levites among you, for the priesthood of the Lord is their inheritance. Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have acquired their inheritance on the east side of the Jordan, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave them.” M95

I’m not going to go deeper into this but would like to highlight one more account of the tribes and children of Israel spoken about in Revelation 7:1-8.

Then I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind would not blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. He cried out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” Then I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand out of every tribe of the children of Israel:

twelve thousand from the tribe of Judah were sealed,

twelve thousand from the tribe of Reuben were sealed,

twelve thousand from the tribe of Gad were sealed,

twelve thousand from the tribe of Asher were sealed,

twelve thousand from the tribe of Naphtali were sealed,

twelve thousand from the tribe of Manasseh were sealed,

twelve thousand from the tribe of Simeon were sealed,

twelve thousand from the tribe of Levi were sealed,

twelve thousand from the tribe of Issachar were sealed,

twelve thousand from the tribe of Zebulun were sealed,

twelve thousand from the tribe of Joseph were sealed,

and twelve thousand from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.M96

What you will notice in this passage is that the tribe of Dan is removed, and the tribe of Manasseh is added.

From this table, we can see four interesting things.

  1. The tribe Simeon is restored
  2. The tribe Dan is removed
  3. The tribe Ephraim is removed
  4. The tribe Manasseh is added

Why did this take place?

Why was the tribe of Manasseh added?

Part of the answer can be found by understanding that these tribes represented the analogy of the branches of Israel spoken about in Romans 11:13-24.

For I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I may make my kinsmen jealous and may save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? If the first portion of the dough is holy, the batch is also holy. And if the root is holy, so are the branches.

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among them and became a partaker with them of the root and richness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. If you boast, remember you do not sustain the root, but the root sustains you. You will say then, “The branches were broken off, so that I might be grafted in.” This is correct. They were broken off because of unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you.

Therefore, consider the goodness and severity of God—severity toward those who fell, but goodness toward you, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And these also, if they do not remain in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? M97

When we understand the analogy of the olive tree and the removal of branches along with the grafting in of branches, not to mention that restoring of branches we will then start to understand what is written in Romans 11:13-24

  1. The branch (tribe) Simeon is restored
  2. The branch (tribe) Dan is removed
  3. The branch (tribe) Ephraim is removed
  4. The branch (tribe) Manasseh is grafted (added) in

Understanding accounts of what is added, removed and restored is important. For those that are familiar with accounting terms; the word ledger needs no explanation.

For those that are not familiar with it let me explain the meaning of the word ledger from Merriam-Webster:

  • a book that a company uses to record information about the money it has paid and received
  • a book containing accounts to which debits and credits are posted from books of original entry MW15

What you will begin to realize is the importance of the words mentioned in Genesis 2:4.

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.M98

The account of the heavens and the earth when they were created on the day the Lord God made them; is recorded in the ledger (book) titled Genesis 2.

As we talked about earlier, and even in the previous book, everything is accounted for.

The actions we do that will be judged are accounted for which Jesus the Lamb of God became the ultimate sacrifice to help clear our account of sin. We know Jesus is the Lamb of God from the words written in John 1:29.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”M99

Jesus came to cleanse us from our sin as written in 1 John 1:7.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. M100

It is through the cleansing of sin via the blood of Jesus Christ that our ledgers (books) used to record information about our accounts of what we did for strangers and others (credits) and what we did against them and God (debits) can be wiped clean.

For it is written in Revelation 21:27, no unclean thing shall ever enter it, nor shall anyone who commits abomination or falsehood, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. M101

Why is it important for our names to be written in the Lamb’s book of life?

So that we may enter it!

What are we to enter?

The Holy City of Jerusalem. This is not the city we know that exists in the land of Israel. But this is the city of the new heaven and the new earth spoken about in Revelation 21:1-22.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth.” For the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no more sea. I, John, saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven, saying, “Look! The tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them. They shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. ‘God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. There shall be no more death.’ Neither shall there be any more sorrow nor crying nor pain, for the former things, have passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “Look! I am making all things new.” Then He said to me, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the spring of the water of life to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the abominable, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars shall have their portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. This is the second death.”

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came to me and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, her light like a most precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were written: three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

He who talked with me had a golden rod to measure the city and its gates and wall. The city lies as a square, its length as long as its width. He measured the city with the rod: one thousand four hundred miles. Its length and breadth and height are equal. He then measured its wall: two hundred feet by the measurement of a man, that is, of an angel. The wall was built of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all kinds of precious jewels. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; and the twelfth, amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass.

I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city has no need of sun or moon to shine in it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall never be shut by day, for there shall be no night there. They shall bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. No unclean thing shall ever enter it, nor shall anyone who commits abomination or falsehood, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. M102

Now it’s time for me to say the things that will cause disbelief and shock again, but vitally important to understanding the rest of these chapters.

If you remember what I said earlier in this chapter; where this was the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that Jesus (the Lord God) made the earth and the heavens.

The time has come for us to truly understand which account is being spoken about.

Genesis 2 is the account of Jesus creating the heavens and the earth, but more specifically it is the account of Jesus creating the new heaven and the new earth.

GENESIS 2 IS THE ACCOUNT OF THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH

Now this begs the question when did Jesus create the new heavens and the new earth?

The answer to that can be found in Genesis 2:4

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.M103

The answer is in the last line of that verse, “in the day.”

What I’m about to say next will seem hard to believe but if we have been able to digest the knowledge so far the next part will truly be amazing. And we will be able to understand in the next few chapters how the new heaven and the new earth was created by Jesus in one day.

The question of when Jesus the Lord God created the heavens and the earth may seem to be unanswered but that is because we did not realize that God set aside a day for Jesus to create the new heavens and the new earth.

This account can be found by what is said about the sixth day of creation in Genesis 2:1.

So the heavens and the earth, and all their hosts, were finished.M104

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, then God did various things on each day. Below is the account of everything God did in Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV)

Eternity: Genesis 1:1-5 (NIV) N4

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.

5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning…

The First Day: Genesis 1:6-8 (NIV) N5

6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”

7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so.

8 God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning…

The Second Day: Genesis 1:9-13 (NIV) N6

9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.

10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters He called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.

12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

13 And there was evening, and there was morning…

The Third Day: Genesis 1:14-19 (NIV) N7

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,

15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.

16 God made two great lights–the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth,

18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.

19 And there was evening, and there was morning…

The Fourth Day: Genesis 1:20-23 (NIV) N8

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”

21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”

23 And there was evening, and there was morning…

The Fifth Day: Genesis 1:24-31 (NIV) N9

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.

25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.

30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

What you will notice here is that on the fifth day God saw all that He had made. The fifth day is when God finished all that He had made, all the work He had been doing.

Genesis 2 is what I call the Jesus chapter.

The Sixth Day: Genesis 2:1-2 (NIV) N10

1 Thus, the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

The Seventh Day: Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV) N11

2 By (before) the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.

3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.

It was before the seventh day when God had finished the work, not “on” the seventh day. He finished His work “before” the seventh day so that “on” the seventh day He could rest from all His work.

God word does not lie nor is it inaccurate in any way! God finished His work that He was doing before the seventh day. In fact, He completed His work and all that He had created on the fifth day. Jesus, who is Lord and God, completed His works on the sixth day. So that on the seventh day He rested from all the work He had done as Himself and as Jesus the Lord and God.

If God rested on the seventh day and blessed it, Jesus who is Lord and God also rested in that blessing.

We have to remember that this was Jesus the Lord God before He became flesh. The words from Philippians 2:5-11 are important to keep in mind.

Let this mind be in you all, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.

But He emptied Himself, taking upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.

And being found in the form of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.

Therefore, God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. M105

On the sixth day, the word of God is very accurate because it does not say, thus God completed the heavens and the earth in all their vast array. It says Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

If you go back and read Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV) almost every single verse has a reference to God in it. But that’s not the amazing part. Every day has a reference to God in it, except the 6th Day. The reason for this is to hide in plain sight that which is kept for the appointed time. I am reminded of the words written in 1 Corinthians 2:1-16.

Brothers, when I came to you, I did not come with superiority of speech or wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Yet we speak wisdom among those who are mature, although not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age knew it. For had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit.

For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him? Likewise, no one knows the things of God, except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit, which is of God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God. These things also we proclaim, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things. Yet he himself is not judged by anyone. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”

But we have the mind of Christ. M106

As the words in Genesis 2:4 says:

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.M107

THE ACCOUNT OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, IN THE DAY THAT THE LORD GOD MADE THE EARTH AND THE HEAVENS