Many do not understand that sin did not originate in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. True, Eve was deceived and began to “be like God”. Her first sin was in misquoting God’s words to Adam (Genesis 3:2). Next, she takes it on her own authority to proclaim that the fruit is “good” – despite the fact that only God has the authority to proclaim what is good and what is bad, or evil! Finally, she eats the fruit, then proceeds to contaminate her spouse with sin by giving him of the fruit (Genesis 3:6).
Where Sin Began:
Thus, sin begins many would say. But wait, sin was already in the universe. Satan was the first to sin, in heaven, in the Heavenly Temple – 12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; 14 I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.” 15 But you are brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the Pit. (Isaiah 14:12-15). Revelation 12:9 confirms that Satan and his demons have been removed from heaven: 9The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
The item needed:
God knew that blood would be needed to cleanse the Heavenly Temple, and also to give mankind access to himself and the Temple. But where could he get this blood? Heaven is populated by spirit beings, and before Satan sinned, it was pure and did not need blood. Only beings of flesh have blood. Thus began God’s plan to create the earth, populate it with beings of flesh, and provide blood to cleanse his heavenly home. But animal blood would not be good enough, and neither would human blood, once Adam and Eve had sinned. Pure blood was needed. God needed a sacrifice once and for all, a sacrifice that would be sufficient to cover or atone for all sin. Hence, Jesus the Christ, born of a virgin. Hence, the application of Jesus’ blood to the heavenly temple (Hebrews 9:11-28). Hebrews 9:11-12 says: “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” And Hebrews 9:24 repeats this saying: “For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.”
But why blood?
Blood is the only substance that makes atonement. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, God shed blood to provide a cover. Leviticus 17:11 says: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you for making atonement for your lives on the altar; for, as life, it is the blood that makes atonement” [נֶפֶשׁ nephesh/life (H5315) בָּשָׂר basar/flesh (H1320) דָּם dam/blood (H1818)].
Deuteronomy 12:23 tells us that the life is in the blood, or more accurately, the blood is life.
Hebrews 9:22 tells us that there is no forgiveness or remission of sins without the shedding of blood.
Blood is the only substance within our bodies covers. If you don’t get this, next time you cut yourself take a look at the blood. The blood on wounds has to be removed before you, a doctor, a nurse, or someone else can assess the damage. Why? Because you can’t see through it – it fully covers!
In order to prove to Satan, his demons, and the angels that God had the right to judge Satan and the demons for their disobedience, God created mankind. If this new creation, a little lower than the angels, made of spirit, soul, flesh, and blood would accept his means to salvation, then Satan would have no way to accuse God of being unfair. That we are both spiritual and fleshly beings is likely why 1 Corinthians 6:3 tells us that we humans will also judge the angels.
That time when we will judge the angels is coming soon. One can only ask: “How close are we to the return of Christ?”