Heavenly Host. ( part 1)
A scripture which is hardly ever considered and avoided to explain in layman’s terms is an understanding of Genesis 2:1.
Genesis 2:1, Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Most people are not interested in the subject of the heavenly host. They are more interested in getting to heaven or to how to improve their character or other such things. However, although these things are good, they are the beginning of God’s purpose. The meatier portion of God’s teaching is that we are interested in and want to grasp a deeper understanding and maturity and become ourselves, a man or woman of God.
What does all the host of heaven mean? Let us ask the question, does this heavenly host have anything to do with us? The ApostlePaul said, “These things are written for our learning, Romans 15:4.” So what are we to learn from Genesis 2:1? Some groundwork needs to be considered before we will fully be able to understand this subject.
After the physical creation God rested from all that He had created, Genesis 2:2. Notice that in Genesis 1:26-28, God had created man male and female. These were to multiply and replenish the earth. The word replenish, according to Webster’s dictionary, means to fill up again, or to supply again. According to Genesis 1:28, we are to be fruitful and multiply by re-populating the earth. Since the word replenish means to fill up again, what or who was here before that needed to be filled up? This earth was once populated by the son’s of God of whom we read about in the Book of Job 1:6; 2:1. Many educators have realized that our earth has many unanswered questions. They now know that this earth is millions of years old. How is it we find palm trees on a mountain top in the state of Missouri? Or, who built the Pyramids, an impossable task to accomplish even in our day? The cities that we read about in Jeremiah 4:29, which were destroyed, who built them? The answer to these questions are simple.The Bible is a history that dates back to a time even before this 2nd earth age, 2nd Peter 3:7. Bibical history tells us that God’s children were in spirit bodies called souls, Ezekiel 18:4, during the age that was, 2nd Peter 3:6. Jeremiah is not speaking about the flood of Noah in chapter 4. Jeremiah is speaking of a time when there was no (flesh) man and no birds, at least not a raven or a dove. Jeremiah 4:22-31 is speaking of an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth as well as the sons of God. That was an age when the earth being overflowed with water perished, 2nd Peter 3:6. That particular age, before the foundation of this earth came into existence is a time when God created all souls, Ezekiel 18:4; Job:4-7. Notice that verse 7 says that the morning stars sang together and all the son’s of God shouted for joy, back to verse 4, at the foundation of the earth.
What we need to focus on is God’s instruction in Genesis 1:26 was to make man in our image. He included himself and according to John 4:24, God is Spirit. The challenge God has, how is He going to make a transition of these males and females from a physical body to a spiritual body? After all, because God is Spirit, doesn’t that require His children to be spirit also? Does the word of God tell us how this will occur? Yes, it does, but we need to put the pieces together as God gives them to us and trains us to become fishers of men, Isaiah 28:10. See our article, “A Christian Fishing Net,” on this site.
All Souls Are Mine
Ezekiel 18:4, “Behold, all souls are Mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die”.
There were no physical births through a human womb at the creation of these souls as defined by Ezekiel. They were created even before the creation of the earth, Psalms 103:20; Psalms 104:4, or the foundation of the world, Ephesians 1:4. These angels or spirits, were created by God, 2nd Peter 1:2; 2nd Corinthians 11:15. We need to understand that all men around us have a body that we are able to see and within that flesh body, an eternal spiritual soul, created by God which we cannot see. The word soul can refer to the physical body as in the eight souls who were saved at the time of Noah,s flood, 1st Peter 3:20, or they can also refer to those in a spiritual body as the angels or spirit that we read about in the Book of Job. Since females were created in Genesis 1:27, these had a womb to bring forth fleshly children. Now God needed a womb to bring forth His spiritual children.
Not only was Adam created in Genesis 2 but he was formed as well, meaning to form as clay is formed by shaping. This 2nd Chapter marks a difference between the male and female in Genesis one and Adam in chapter 2 because God breathed into Adam the breath of life, 2:7.
In all of God’s creation what was missing was a companion for Adam, a help meet, Genesis 2:20. God put Adam into a deep sleep and while he slept, took the helix curve of the man and made a woman, a help meet, a companion for Adam, Genesis 2:23. Adams instruction by God were that he and his wife would grow spiritually with the taking within themselves the Tree of Life that was in the midst of the Garden. The Tree represented Jesus Christ which would have filled Adam inwardly with a Godly nature. Adam failed so there was a need for the ending of the Adamic race with the last Adam, Jesus Christ, Who through death and resurrection, brought forth a new beginning for all men, 1st Corinthians 15:45. Because Adam and Eve failed in the Garden, their living soul became deadened because they had taken of the Tree of Good and Evil. One of Satan’s names is death who Jesus defeated at the cross, Hebrew 2:14.
The Spirit in Man
Scriptures tell us that there is a spirit in man, Job 32:8; Proverbs 20:27; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Zechariah 12:1; 1st Corinthians 2:11. The spirit in man is what makes mankind different from dogs, cats, cattle, etc, because they are born with instint which is why they do what they do naturally. Mankind is born helpless and needs to gain knowledge and be taught from birth through the spirit within him, not instint.
Hebrews 1:7, And of the angels He saith, “Who taketh His angles spirits, anf His ministers a flame of fire.”
The angels, who are spirit, were created before this present earth age, at a time which the apostle Peter said:
2nd Peter 3:6, “Whereby the world that then was being overflowed with water perished.”
These, who are called spirits, angels, sons of God, are called host. Other places they are called the host of heaven, 2nd Kings 21:3; Zephaniah 1:5; Acts 7:42. The word host, according to the Hebrew Dictionary means, an army in waiting. Sometimes they are referred to as the heavenly host, Luke 2:13. As was stated earlier, we are souls whether in a flesh body or in a spiritual body. The spirit that lives within us will fill our souls with truth or error depending on the source of the spirit, either the Tree of Life, Jesus Christ, or the Tree of the Knowledge 0f Good or Evil, Satan. This is a reason why we have free will. The choice is ours. Our body of flesh and blood will one day die but our soul will never die, except by God’s hand, Matthew 10:28. Our fleshy body is a temporary home for the purpose of housing our soul. Our soul is the real you so to speak and is filled with Godly knowledge, or, on the other extreme, knowledge of the world. When we are through with our physical body, our flesh will return to the ground as dust and our spirit filled souls will return to God, Ecclesiates 12:7. Our mortal body will die but our spirit will return to God and will be examined as Jesus Christ was examined when He told Mary not to touch Him. He had to return and be accepted by His Father in order to qualify as Savior of mankind, Acts 4:12.
Angels Who Sinned
The host of heaven as referred to in Genesis 2:1 are people or spiritual entities waiting for Adam to be filled inwardly with the Spirit of God, as Adam could have been filled had he not given into the fallen nature of Satan.
Ezekiel 18:4 says our soul belongs to God and are called sons of God as defined in the Book of Job, Job 1:6; 2:1. This was a time of joy before the destruction of that 1st earth age. We can read of that destruction in Jeremiah 4:22-31. This destruction was caused by the rebellion of Satan and his angels, Isaiah 14:12; Revelation 12:4. Stars are defined as angels in Revelation 1:20.
These stars, angels, who are spirit are placed in every soul that is born into this earth age of a flesh body. The purpose being that they are given the opportunity to choose for themselves which father they will aline themselves with, God or Satan.
Malachi 4:5, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming and dreadful day of the Lord: 6, And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their father, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
This is the purpose of this present earth age, 2nd Peter 3:7. God wants men everywhere to repent and have a change of heart, 2nd Peter 3:9.
To be continued in part 2.