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The book of John begins with a time that he describes as "in the beginning." These three words also are found in the first verse of the Bible (Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
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). This beginning was a period in which sin and evil simply did not exist. Everything was sin-free.

There is no mention of how long this condition existed, but we could say it was for eternity into the past (though we can't understand what that means). No one was plotting and scheming and no one was jealous or angry. No one was in disagreement and no one felt unjustly treated. Everywhere one looked there was peace and harmony—a true paradise.

Our Creator is constantly praised for the magnitude of His creation. In Psalm 104 we read that the heavens were stretched out like a curtain (verse 2). God in His wisdom made all things (verse 4). In Job 38:4-7 Job 38:4-7 [4] Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding. [5] Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line on it? [6] Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; [7] When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
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we are told that the angels of God shouted for joy at the creation. What a scene of sin-free utopian conditions!

Ezekiel 28:12-14 Ezekiel 28:12-14 [12] Son of man, take up a lamentation on the king of Tyrus, and say to him, Thus said the Lord GOD; You seal up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. [13] You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created. [14] You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were on the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the middle of the stones of fire.
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describes the generous gifts God lavished upon His angel Lucifer. This glimpse reveals the value God placed on all of His angels. Though little is revealed, we see a scene of sin-free coexistence and productive work, filled with joy, complete unity and the total absence of sin or evil.

Enter Evil

Into paradise, the first signs of rebellion, sin and evil erupted. Ezekiel 28:15-18 Ezekiel 28:15-18 [15] You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you. [16] By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the middle of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the middle of the stones of fire. [17] Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you. [18] You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the middle of you, it shall devour you, and I will bring you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all them that behold you.
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points to sin and violence, pride, greed and vanity, which corrupted wisdom and brought forth the wrath of God. It is of interest to contemplate that before this moment, God Himself had not experienced the feeling of regret, sorrow, anger and wrath—but that is another subject.

Verse 16 reveals that God acted to rid His heaven of this evil. He cast Lucifer to the earth along with all who turned to sin and evil among the angels, apparently a third (Revelation 12:4 Revelation 12:4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
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). The fallen angels were not created evil, but their character must have contained the possibility of change. God does not change, but angels could and did. The fallen third would not regain their positions (Jude 6).

The Seeds of Sin Spread

When God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, that beautiful place was also a sin-free location for a short time. This condition did not last long because Satan was allowed to enter the garden. Sin appeared in this little paradise and once again, God acted. It turns out that God can use the experience of sin and evil in the process of bringing into existence children who would be like Him. They would learn to hate evil (Psalms 97:10 Psalms 97:10You that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
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; Zechariah 8:17 Zechariah 8:17And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, said the LORD.
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In 1 John 3:8 1 John 3:8He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
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it explains that Satan has been sinning since the beginning, that he causes sin and that Christ's purpose is to erase and destroy sin. Verse 9 clearly states that one who is born of God does not sin—cannot sin. God cannot sin because He is God. Once humans are fully like Him, they too cannot sin (1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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, 9). Humans need to be changed through a resurrection to spirit (1 Corinthians 15:50-54 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 [50] Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. [51] Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. [53] For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. [54] So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
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The earth became corrupt before God (Genesis 6:11 Genesis 6:11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
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). God set His hand to slow things down, but the complete removal of corruption, sin and violence has not yet taken place. God does control the speed of events for His good purpose. We do know that the evil angels are restrained (Jude 6), but they are not erased from the scene of mankind's existence. It seems they are not free to wander at will in the universe or in heaven, but must remain on this earth. Satan does have limited access to God's throne as shown by the first chapter of Job.

God knew what He was doing when He put humans in the domain of the fallen angels. He knew that we could not overcome the influence of evil on our own. God provided a Savior for mankind, whose sacrifice would provide forgiveness to those who repent as well as making available the awesome gift of the Holy Spirit. Along with this came an education process that would lead to humans forming God's holy and righteous character. People would begin to think like God—to think like Christ. These steps in God's plan are represented in His festivals of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Pentecost.

The Instigator Removed

In the process of time, Jesus Christ will return to earth (as pictured by the Feast of Trumpets) and remove Satan and the demons (a time pictured by the Day of Atonement). For about 1,000 years the earth will be freed of the impulse given by these evil beings (Revelation 20:3 Revelation 20:3And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
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). Still, all possibility of sin will not be removed. God's plan to develop sons and daughters will continue and that requires free choice, which carries with it the possibility of sin.

Still, a condition of peace and learning will take place on earth, as portrayed through the Feast of Tabernacles. Isaiah 2:3 Isaiah 2:3And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
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tells of the law going out from Zion and people learning God's way of living. Perhaps the sin-free condition will only be partial in the beginning, but the earth will no longer be full of sin and corruption. Humans will still fight emotions, ignorance and will be developing character. If a person plans a sin, it seems a voice will remind him to act according to the teachings of God (Isaiah 30:20-21 Isaiah 30:20-21 [20] And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers: [21] And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.
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It will be a remarkable world for about 1,000 years—but not perfect. The sin-free conditions that existed before the angels were created will not yet be fully restored. Nevertheless in parts of the Bible like Isaiah 11 this period of time is recorded as a time of peace and happiness. This 1,000 years could be described as paradise.

At the end of the 1,000 years (the Millennium), the peaceful scene will once again be shattered. Sin will again appear in paradise. Satan will be released and allowed to do his work among mankind once again (Revelation 20:7-10 Revelation 20:7-10 [7] And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, [8] And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. [9] And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. [10] And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
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). It seems hard to believe that mankind will once again fall prey to the wiles of this evil being, but that will happen. God allows these events and, though He steps in quickly, it is obvious that God's creation is not yet sin-free. As long as human beings exist, the potential for sin exists and thus sin does exist. The carnal—that is natural, fleshly—mind is enmity against God (Romans 8:7 Romans 8:7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
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God's work goes on as the masses who have never had a chance come up in a second resurrection, pictured by the Last Great Day. God still has work to do to complete the lists of those who receive eternal life (Revelation 20:15 Revelation 20:15And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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). It is God's desire that all men should be saved, but there will be some who will fail and will experience the second death. (For more details about the second resurrection and the meanings of all the Holy Days, read God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind.)

At last the time has come when the power behind rebellion and evil will be restrained for eternity. These evil spirit forces will be cast from God's creation forever (Jude 13). There will be no more humans to save. Fire will purify the earth and God the Father will dwell with man in His New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-4 Revelation 21:1-4 [1] And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. [2] And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. [3] And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. [4] And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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). There are no more fleshly men, only the immortal, sin-free children of God.

Restoration to a Sin-Free State

At this point, all will have been restored—that is, a completely sin-free state will once again exist. God has come full circle with His work. This plan is complete and other plans will fall into place. God states that of the growth of His government there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7 Isaiah 9:7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
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God has given many signs to prove His involvement. Humans need to yield to His hand. He will make of each one a vessel to His glory and honor. The future is beyond our wildest dreams. It will be ours when we learn to hate sin and strive for a sin-free existence, allowing God to work in our hearts and minds. UN