There your ancestors tested Me and tried Me even though they saw what I did. I was angry with those people for forty years. I said, “They are not loyal to Me and have not understood My ways.” I was angry and made a promise, “They will never enter My rest.” Psalm 95:9-11
This passage of Scripture is also quoted in Hebrews 3:7-11, it is a WARNING to Christians who may be struggling with UNBELIEF, through a lack of TRUST, and being DISOBEDIENT to Almighty God. The DANGER was in NOT RECEIVING their PROMISED REST.
There are three different types of REST: First, is the REST of SALVATION, Hebrews 4:3, says: We who have BELIEVED are ABLE TO ENTER AND HAVE God’s REST. The second type of REST is, the REST of VICTORY, overcoming trials that we may encounter in this life. The third type of REST is the ETERNAL REST, or the HEAVENLY REST, which ALL TRUE BELIEVERS will experience when their life on earth is over.
When we BELIEVE and become a Child of God, we have the REST of SALVATION. Then as we TRUST and OBEY the Lord, we can and will experience the REST of VICTORY in OVERCOMING the trials we encounter while we are living on earth. The TRUE BELIEVER can experience ALL three, if they will TRUST and OBEY. However, if they fail in TRUSTING and OBEYING they will NOT receive the PROMISED REST of VICTORY over their TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS that they encounter on this earth. We, who are TRUE BELIEVERS know the TRIALS, we face daily, and when we put our TRUST in the Lord and are OBEDIENT to Him, He will provide the PROMISED REST of VICTORY. We, as TRUE BELIEVERS, already have the REST of SALVATION, which ASSURES us of the PROMISED REST of ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN.
For those who have NOT BELIEVED, TRUSTED and OBEYED the Almighty God, they will NOT receive ANY of the PROMISED RESTS. They will face an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO REST at ALL. However, they can change their destiny by: TURNING AWAY FROM their sinful lifestyle, and TURNING TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. They MUST CONFESS their sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. They MUST BELIEVE, with ALL their HEART, that Jesus died for THEM, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for them, before God. Then they MUST ACCEPT God’s gift of SALVATION, and enter His PROMISED REST of SALVATION, VICTORY, and an ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN. You don’t want to MAKE GOD ANGRY! If you fit into this category, you NEED to do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!