"To Seek out that which was Lost..."

The Spiritual Rest.

I want to now list the scriptures that I feel highlight the true Sabbath or God's rest. Please keep in mind that from these following scriptures is a truth about God's true Sabbath which is so important to understand. The ceremonial "works" commanded to a carnal-minded people called Israel were designed as lessons to show a "remedy" for the sin of Adam, and also pointed toward God's Sabbath rest. The book of Psalms has many verses dealing with a kind of spiritual rest. Here are just a few that I have chosen, however there are many more scriptures that could also be shown. Psl. 95:11 shows that Israel did not enter into God's rest, yet they did enter into the land of Canaan; which we all know to be a fact.

Psalm 95:11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. {that...: Heb. if they enter into my rest} (KJV)

This was a very serious matter since God swore in his wrath that they should not enter into his rest. This "wrath of God" will be explained later in the book of Hebrews. Psl. 116:7 shows that souls can return to a certain kind of "rest". Christ also talked about this "rest" for our souls which will be discussed later.

Psalm 116:7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee. (KJV)

Psl. 132:8-14 properly identifies the place of God's rest. This is very important to understand, as we shall see.

Psalm 132:8-14 Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
10 For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
11 The LORD hath sworn [in] truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. {body: Heb. belly}
12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired [it] for his habitation.
14 This [is] my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. (KJV)

These scriptures are explaining a future time when the throne of David will rule in the kingdom. God's children that have obeyed the covenants and the testimony of God, will also sit on that throne in God's habitation which is called Zion (new Jerusalem). This is where God will eventually dwell when the throne of David is in power and will rule in the kingdom of God on this earth, and it is called God's rest for ever (verse 14). God looks on a true believer in Christ as already come to this holy city of the living God where God dwells now, which is his "rest". See Heb. 12:22.

Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (KJV)

This is how believers in faith can enter into God's rest which is explained in the book of Hebrews as we shall see. Isa. 66:1 is directly tied to a quote in the book of Acts, and please try to retain this scripture in your thoughts when we get to the new testament.

Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest? (KJV)

Isa. 11:10 talks about a day when a root of Jesse (David) will stand for an "ensign" of the people. This will be the time known as God's rest, and it states his rest shall be glorious. What is meant by God's rest being "glorious"?

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. {glorious: Heb. glory} (KJV)

The word "glorious" or "glory" in most cases is Biblically used to show a truth about the "glory of God", and also refers to the resurrected bodies of saints. Study and read Rom. 8:18, 1Cor. 15:43, Col. 3:4 and Phil. 3:21 very carefully.

Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (KJV)

1 Corinthians 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: (KJV)

Colossians 3:4 When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (KJV)

Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)

These scriptures do indeed show that our resurrected bodies will have a glory which could very well be referring to a certain kind of "glorious rest". Isa. 28:12 says the weary are waiting for a certain kind of "rest" which is also called the "refreshing". This is very important when we look at the "refreshing" spoken of in the book of Acts.

Isaiah 28:12 To whom he said, This [is] the rest [wherewith] ye may cause the weary to rest; and this [is] the refreshing: yet they would not hear. (KJV)

Jer. 6:16 talks about "rest for your souls", which Christ also talked about as we shall see.

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein]. (KJV)

A "future rest" for Israel is shown in Jer. 30:10 and 31:2. This rest that is promised to God's people Israel is the time known as the thousand year rule of Christ, or the "restitution of all things"; which is also shown in the book of Acts and will be discussed later.

Jeremiah 30:10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make [him] afraid. (KJV)

Jeremiah 31:2 Thus saith the LORD, The people [which were] left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; [even] Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. (KJV)

There are many other scriptures in the old testament that could be mentioned that show a kind of "spiritual rest", or shows a truth about God's continuing and eternal "rest". The point I want to make at this time is by asking this question; which "rest" do we want? Do we want the seventh-day rest as commanded by Moses, or do we want the real Sabbath rest? This does not mean that we disregard the fourth commandment (Sabbath), thereby missing the objective and purpose of the Sabbath command. How are we to now apply the fourth commandment in our lives since we are now under a new covenant? Jesus Christ gave us some important hints and clues that sheds some light on this question. It was even difficult for the apostles to understand and make this transition. There is a profound truth about the seventh-day Mosaic Sabbath that occurred at the death of Jesus Christ, as we shall see. However it is required that we pay very close attention to some of the wording of the new testament, and we must believe exactly what is being stated.


The New Testament Rest

I want to now show some interesting verses in the new testament which for years were of no interest and did not mean much to me. In Matt. 11:28-29, Christ said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.", "... and ye shall find rest unto your souls".

Matthew 11:28-29 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (KJV)

Christ said, "I will give you rest" (Sabbath). It is something Christ has to give you, however it is conditional and dependent upon a certain attitude that believers must have. Christ explained how believers can have spiritual rest. We all need and want to experience real joy, peace, contentment, and be free of fear and worry. "Take my yoke and learn of me" are Christ's instructions. To do that, a believer must become "meek and lowly in heart" as Christ is. I believe this is one of the most important statements that Christ ever made, and it has to do with a spiritual rest (Sabbath). Christ quoted this from Jer. 6:16 and Psl. 116:7 which was shown earlier.

Acts 2:25-26 is quoted from Psl. 16:9, and is talking about David now being in "rest". "Flesh resting in hope", which I believe means in hope of the "glorious" resurrected body. This is what I believe this means since it stated "and my glory rejoiceth". This is the same condition that Daniel is in, since Daniel's flesh is also "resting" in hope. See Dan. 12:13 and notice it says; "for thou shalt rest".

Acts 2:25-26 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: (KJV)

Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. {rest...: Heb. dwell confidently} (KJV)

Daniel 12:13 But go thou thy way till the end [be]: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. {for thou: or, and thou, etc} (KJV)

Acts 7:48-49 is quoted from Isa. 66:1 and refers to the place of God's rest. These scriptures simply say that God does not dwell, or "rest" in physical temples made with hands.

Acts 7:48-49 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,
49 Heaven [is] my throne, and earth [is] my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what [is] the place of my rest? (KJV)

Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest? (KJV)

Acts 7:48 was written to explain that the most High does not dwell (God's Sabbath rest) in the physical temple at Jerusalem. The temple with all the "ceremonial works" associated with the seventh-day Sabbath under Moses only pointed toward God's Sabbath rest. This is interesting, because in Matt. 12:6 Christ said an interesting statement. Christ's profound statement was; "But I say unto you, that in this place is one greater than the temple".

Matthew 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is [one] greater than the temple. (KJV)

To get the proper context, the Pharisees had just accused Christ of breaking the Sabbath (which they did numerous times). To which Christ said something that has a profound and very important meaning! Christ tied seventh-day Sabbath observance with temple service. This has far-reaching implications about seventh-day Sabbath keeping, if we willingly and honestly understand what Christ meant! If we attempt to keep the seventh-day Sabbath, we are in a sense invoking or bringing back the complete temple service as outlined by Moses! The Levitical priesthood must be in place with all the sacrificial offerings; and by all means, the Sabbath must be kept at Jerusalem. As we all know, that's where God placed his name under the old covenant. In 2 Cor. 6:16 it states that God now dwells in us, therefore we are now the temple of God.

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (KJV)

In John 5:17-18 the Jews had again accused Christ of Sabbath breaking, in which Christ responded; "My father worketh hitherto and I work". Verse 18 states, "Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said that God was his Father, making himself equal with God". Bear in mind, this is what the apostle John wrote about Christ.

John 5:17-18 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. (KJV)

Why did Christ mention that he and his Father were "working", and what was this "work"? I want to suggest at this time that I believe Christ and his Father were working on "ending" the six-day creation, which was made useless to God because of Adam's sin; and Christ and his Father were now working to restore a "new creation". This very important truth will be addressed later. Some will say that the Jews accused Christ of Sabbath breaking. This is true, but so did the apostle John by writing this verse under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit! Christ had a man take up his bed after he had healed him (John 5:8-9). This was a sin under the old covenant according to Jer. 17:21.

John 5:8-9 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. (KJV)

Jeremiah 17:21 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring [it] in by the gates of Jerusalem; (KJV)

As we all know, and it is very important to understand that Christ never sinned as it shows in 1 Pet. 2:22 and Heb. 4:15. However Christ obviously did break the law of the Mosaic seventh-day Sabbath, which is what the apostle John declared and wrote in John 5:18 as we have seen.

1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (KJV)

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. (KJV)

The fact that Christ did not sin in doing this deed explains the "wrong" in "legalism" associated the law of the Mosaic seventh-day Sabbath. However legalism was necessary, and was required under Moses to teach lessons that were designed to point toward God's true eternal Sabbath "rest". This is important! It would be interesting to know the real reason and purpose as to why Christ had a man carry his bed after he had healed him. It served no purpose other than to anger and frustrate the Jews, and also to show a truth about seventh-day Sabbath observance under the laws of Moses. It could be said that Christ did this deed deliberately, knowing full well that it would anger the Jews.

I want to now go to the book of Hebrews. I feel this book explains important truths about God's eternal Sabbath rest. Starting in Heb. 3:11; God is saying that Israel shall not enter into his "rest". This is stated also in Psl. 95:11, which was shown earlier.

Hebrews 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) {They...: Gr. If they shall enter} (KJV)

Psalm 95:11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. {that...: Heb. if they enter into my rest} (KJV)

It states that it was because of the wrath of God that they did not enter into God's rest. God was grieved with his people, because in their hearts they refused to know and understand the ways of God. See Psl. 95:10.

Psalm 95:10 Forty years long was I grieved with [this] generation, and said, It [is] a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: (KJV)

What were the ways of God? God's ways were that he, showing love toward his people, commanded Israel to "work out" his plan of redemption in lessons of types and patterns; of which Israel refused to understand. What about the wrath of God? This is very important, because according to Christ the wrath of God abideth on "he that believeth not the Son". Also the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience. See John 3:36 and Eph. 5:6.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. {disobedience: or, unbelief} (KJV)

Heb. 3:18 repeats the fact that Israel could not enter into God's rest because they believed not, which made them children of disobedience; therefore invoking the wrath of God. Yet they did enter into the land of Canaan, and were observing the seventh-day Sabbath under Joshua! This fact is very important to understand!

Hebrews 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? (KJV)

In Heb 4:3-4, it states that we who are believers do enter into God's rest. It shows God finished his works from the foundation of the world, and his rest is therefore continual (eternal); which makes it possible for believers in faith to enter in also.

Hebrews 4:3-4 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh [day] on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. (KJV)

The word "although" in verse 3 should read "because" the works were finished. In other words, this is why it is possible for believers to enter into God's rest; because God finished his works and is now resting. Verses 5, 6 states once again, they entered not in because of unbelief.

Hebrews 4:5-6 And in this [place] again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: {it was: or, the gospel was} (KJV)

These verses are very important to understand, because the gospel of spiritually entering into a "rest" with God was first preached to the Israelites of old, and is basically the same message for believers under the new covenant. These verses are not talking of Israel entering into the land of Canaan; which Israel did enter in under Joshua. However Joshua did not give them rest, yet they were keeping the seventh-day Sabbath. Heb. 4:7-8 is very interesting because it was Christ saying in David, "To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts".

Hebrews 4:7-8 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. {Jesus: that is, Joshua} (KJV)

A believer in Christ enters into God's rest through faith, and also by not hardening the heart. I might add, our Bibles have "Jesus" not giving them rest, and also speaking of another day (other than the seventh day). It was not possible for Joshua to give the obedient Israelites a spiritual "rest" (which these verses are talking about). We have always assumed "Jesus" referred to Joshua, however it's just a thought on my part, but could the translators have it correct in saying that Jesus did not give them rest? I'll leave that as a question. Also, the real Jesus (not Joshua) had the authority of speaking of another day other than the seventh-day physical rest commanded under Moses. All these verses so far are showing a contrast between the land of Canaan and God's eternal rest, and it keeps repeating that fact. It seems like the author of the book of Hebrews is trying to tell us something! Verse 9 is the one verse in the new testament that seventh-day Sabbath keepers say proves that the Sabbath must be kept.

Hebrews 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. {rest: or, keeping of a sabbath} (KJV)

Some Bibles have in their marginal references such statements as; there remaineth therefore a "Sabbath" or a "keeping of a Sabbath". The word "rest" is no. 4520 in Strong's Con. and means a "type of heaven", which is interesting. Heb. 4:9 could read; "There remaineth therefore a "type of heaven" to the people of God".

4520 sabbatismos (sab-bat-is-mos');from a derivative of 4521; a "sabbatism", i.e. (figuratively) the repose of Christianity (as a type of heaven): KJV-- rest

Heb. 4:9 does not necessarily mean the physical keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath. If it does mean that (which it doesn't), it still doesn't change the fact of what is being explained in Heb. 4:3-8. Verse 10 shows in order to enter in, a believer ceases from his own "hardening of the heart" works just as God ceased from his works. This means on a continual basis, and not just on a ceasing of physical "works" on a cycle or pattern of one day in seven.

Hebrews 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. (KJV)

Heb. 4:11-12 are interesting verses because it states; "For the word of God is quick and powerful...". Notice the word "for" in verse 12. All the preceding verses in Hebrews that we have read regarding entering into a spiritual "rest" with God are directly related to the word of God being sharper that a two-edged sword.

Hebrews 4:11-12 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. {unbelief: or, disobedience}
12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (KJV)

What does this truth mean, and how can it be explained what God's eternal "rest has to do with the word of God piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit? The spiritual rest that we are to "labor" for to enter into, is because (for) the word of God will divide soul and spirit. Could this be talking about the time of the resurrection and the "glorious rest" when the soul and spirit will be severed from the body? I cannot explain this, but the implication is there.

In Gal. 4:3 and 9-10, Paul is saying to the Galatian church that they were turning back again to "the weak and beggarly elements". These elements are called "elements of the world", and it is obvious according the Paul that these "elements" have something to with the observance of certain days, months, times, and years.

Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: {elements: or, rudiments} (KJV)

Galatians 4:9-10 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? {turn ye again: or, turn ye back} {elements: or, rudiments}
10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. (KJV)

Paul stated that these "elements" were keeping the Galatian Church in bondage when they were still children. Which by implication means we should not serve God with these elements (whatever they are). It is very interesting to know what these elements were. Some sincere believers of today would have you to believe that the Galatian Church was going back again into paganism by observing certain days, months, times and years. Paul also stated they were desiring again to be in bondage, which means the Galatians were involved with these "elements of the world" prior to Paul's letter warning them. If we allow the Bible to interpret what these days, months, times and years were, you will see in verse 21 that the Galatian Church was desiring to be under the law.

Galatians 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? (KJV)

They were desiring to be under the law of Moses, if you will. We cannot assume that the Galatian Church was involved with paganism. Not that paganism is all right to observe, which it isn't! However it does appear that the Galatian church wanted to go back under Moses and the old covenant with all the ceremonial works involved with days, times, months and years. Since the death of Christ these days, times, months and years cannot be observed according to Moses; since there was no salvation in the "works" of these laws. Salvation can only come by the works of Christ. Moses himself understood this as it states in Acts 3:22. The prophet that God raised up, which Israel was to hear refers of course to Christ.

Acts 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. (KJV)

The problem and the situation that the Galatian Church was in, is that they thought these "works" were required for salvation! They were on the premise and faith that by observing and doing the works of these laws associated with days, times, months and years (elements of the world) was a salvational matter. They did not and could not receive the Spirit of God by the "works" of these laws according to Paul, as it explains clearly in Gal. 3:2-3.

Galatians 3:2-3 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (KJV)

Paul was very concerned with the Galatian church. He writes in Gal. 3:1; "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you..."? Gal. 4:11 reads; "I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon labor in vain." In Gal. 4:19 it says that Paul travailed in birth again because of the situation and the danger the Galatian church was in!

Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? (KJV)

Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. (KJV)

Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, (KJV)

In Col. 2:14-17, Paul is saying that Christ took the handwriting of ordinances that was against us and nailed it to the cross. After having spoiled principalities and powers, Paul then says therefore they were not to be judged on meat and drink, or of an holyday, the new moon, or the Sabbath days.

Colossians 2:14-17 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. {in it: or, in himself}
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: {in meat...: or, for eating and drinking} {respect: or, part}
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ. (KJV)

Notice the word "therefore" in verse 16. Paul put meat and drink offerings in the same context as Sabbaths days; and more important, he just stated what was nailed to the cross. It is always wise to take notice whenever the word "therefore" occurs in scripture. We need to find out why it's there for! It is also interesting that the word "days" was added by the translators, which means it was not in the original Greek text. Therefore it could mean that Paul was only referring to the Sabbath (day). I'll leave that as a question.

It is very important to understand that the Sabbath day (or holydays), of and by themselves, were not ordinances that were against us. The reason I say this is because they still show God's eternal Sabbath rest, and also "picture" and explain the plan of redemption minus the laws of the old covenant. They can and still should be observed in their seasons in honor to Christ as a remembrance of a finished work of redemption. However they should not be observed according to Moses. We must be careful not to be "legalistic" in determining the correct day and manner of worship, etc. This would tend to bring shame to a finished work of Christ. It was the handwritings of "ceremonial works" involved with the Sabbath day (or holydays) that was abolished and nailed to the cross. You could say, yes in that sense, the Mosaic Sabbaths were nailed to the cross which is what Paul said. Paul implied that the Colossian church was being judged for not observing these ordinances by those who were observing them. Who else would be judging the Colossian Church? Why would the handwritings of the sacrificial meat and drink offerings along with the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath (or holydays) be against us? This system of laws did not and could not make the real atonement for sin. They only pointed toward the ultimate perfect sacrifice for sin, and also pointed toward God's eternal Sabbath rest. When the perfect sacrifice was made (Christ), the ceremonial "works" of these laws lost their the objective and were no longer needed. Paul states in verse 17, "but the body is of Christ". The little word "is" was not in the original text, as it shows. All these ceremonial laws were only "shadows" of things to come, and therefore found their fulfillment in the "body of Christ"; which was nailed to the cross! Did not Christ say that he did not come to destroy, but to fulfill? See Matt. 5:17.

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (KJV)

It was only after Christ spoiled the principalities and powers of the fallen angel world that this fulfillment was possible. Again review Col. 2:15. This truth is very important to understand, and is explained in my booklets entitled "The World before Adam" and "Life and Death".

In Gal. 5:19-21, Paul itemizes and painstakingly lists every work of the flesh, and according to Paul if one does these things they will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (KJV)

Why did not Paul mention Sabbath breaking? There are those sincere believers of today that would be quick to add Sabbath breaking to Paul's complete list of works of the flesh. In Rom. 13:9, some of the ten commandments are quoted. Notice how Paul states, "and if there be any other commandment....". Why did not Paul mention the fourth commandment (Sabbath keeping)?

Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (KJV)

I realize Paul only quoted those commandments that relate to your neighbor. However I have yet to find in any of Paul's writings any mention of seventh-day Sabbath keeping as a commandment of God. Notice I said seventh-day Sabbath keeping, and not just Sabbath keeping. I will explain later what I mean by this.

In Rev. 4:8, it talks about the four beasts having no "rest" day nor night. In Rev. 6:11, it says the souls should "rest" yet a little season. In Rev. 14:11 it says, they have no "rest" day or night. In verse 13 it reads, "...yea, saith the spirit, that they may "rest" from their labours..."

Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about [him]; and [they were] full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. {rest...: Gr. have no rest} (KJV)

Revelation 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they [were], should be fulfilled. (KJV)

Revelation 14:11, 13 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. {from henceforth...: or, from henceforth saith the Spirit, Yea} (KJV)

The word "rest" found in these verses is no. 372 and 373 in Strong's Con., and these two meanings for a certain "rest" have the words "refresh" and "recreation". These two words are very important to understand as we shall see, since they are used in certain key scriptures.

373 anapano (an-ap-ow'-o); from 303 and 3973; (reflexively) to repose (literally or figuratively [be exempt], remain); by implication, to refresh: KJV-- take ease, refresh, (give, take) rest.

372 anapausis (an-ap'-ow-sis); from 373; intermission; by implication, recreation: KJV-- rest

The word "rest" found in these verses in the book of Revelation is very interesting, because in Acts 3:19-21 it talks about the times of "refreshing" and the times of "restitution of all things". This theme is tied to Isa. 28:12, which also talks about a "refreshing".

Acts 3:19-21 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. (KJV)

Isaiah 28:12 To whom he said, This [is] the rest [wherewith] ye may cause the weary to rest; and this [is] the refreshing: yet they would not hear. (KJV)

According to these scriptures this "rest" is a "refreshing" and a "restitution" of all things. We have seen by the scriptures in the book of Revelation that the wicked have no "rest" day and night. Therefore this means by implication, the wicked will have no part in this "refreshing" or "restitution of all things" that all the prophets spoke about since the world began. Again see Acts 3:21. This is the time known as the millennium or the thousand year rule of Christ. It is indeed very interesting that, as we have seen, the word "rest" also means "recreation" (372). 2 Cor. 5:17 states; "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature..." or is in God's eternal Sabbath rest if you will.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. {he is: or, let him be} (KJV)

This is a very important scripture, since the key words are "new creature" (recreation), and "old things are passed away", and all things are become new". This is very interesting, since all this refers to a man being "in Christ", which means this man in Christ is not considered (from God's viewpoint) to be a part of the old creation. This truth is very important to understand!

In Matt. 24:19-21 Christ stated; "But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day". This is a time of severe hardship for Christians. Pregnant and nursing mothers will have it rough, and it mentions wintertime and also great tribulation.

Matthew 24:19-21 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (KJV)

My question is, why would the Sabbath day be mentioned in the same context of a very difficult time of survival? This will be the time that the "man of Sin" will be standing in the holy place (temple in Jerusalem), and he will have complete domination of the world (verse 15).

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (KJV)

The reason that this certain man will control the whole world is because he will have deceived the world after the working of Satan through all power, signs and lying wonders into believing he is God. I might add, he will be obeyed and worshipped as God. See 11 Thes. 2:3-4, 9.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. (KJV)

2 Thessalonians 2:9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (KJV)

What will be the one-world religion? This "man of sin" will have to use the Bible to deceive the world. I believe a mixture of the Mosaic administration and the new covenant will be in place at Jerusalem. There could very well be a world wide enforcement of the physical observance of the Sabbath day premised on the seventh-day of the week. Sincere people will kill you thinking they are doing God's service as it shows in John 16:2.

John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. (KJV)

The world will believe that this is now the returned Jesus Christ setting up his kingdom. All rebellion must be abolished! Anyone caught violating the Holy Sabbath will be put to death, which is what Moses commanded! Can we now understand why Christ would ask his followers to "Pray ye that your flight be not on the Sabbath day"?

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