We can see that the Apostle Paul met, and preached to the Church on the 1st day of the week…on SUNDAY. There are certain sects that claim ONLY Saturday is the Sabbath, and anybody who meets on SUNDAY is a heretic. I hope to show that SUNDAY is also the Sabbath, not only is SUNDAY a Sabbath, it is an allegory of THE Christian Sabbath!
SATURDAY represents a “type” of the millennium reign of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ will reign for one thousand years from Jerusalem, and the celestial saints of God will reign over the earth with Him. When we read about the reign of Jesus Christ in the New and in the old Old Testament, we get a small glimpse of what seems to be a dream like existence for mankind.
Satan will be bound for the entire millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon 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.
I do not think we can even imagine how great that will be for the world. Try and imagine a world without predatory governments, and other demonically inspired organizations, that are continually murdering innocent people, or enslaving people, or constantly confiscating, taxing, or stealing your labor and your wealth.
Mic 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Mic 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
Predatory animals will be as gentle and as friendly as puppies. Imagine a child boldly taking a walk at night in the forest, and accidently meeting a mother wolf with her pup. Instead of being terrified of being killed, the child will simply pet the mother wolf, and sit down to play with her pup under the light of the moon.
Isa 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
People who die at the age of one hundred will be considered mere children during the millennium, but the righteous will live as long as trees.
Isa 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
Isa 65:21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
Isa 65:22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
Wow! The millennial reign of Jesus Christ sounds almost perfect, except it won’t be PERFECT! Although the entire earth will be like the Garden of Eden, and people will live for hundreds of years, people will still eventually die. Also, at the end of the thousand years, Satan will be released, and mankind will be deceived and fall for His lies all over again.
Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8 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.
However, after the millennium (the seventh day) there will be an eighth day, Satan and all his followers will be judged once and for all, and it will be the LAST DAY! Death and time will be no more. God will dwell with His children forever, and ever.
Rev 21:3 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.
Rev 21:4 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.
Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.
The ancient epistle of Barnabas explains that the eighth day is the final day, and the beginning of a new heaven and a new earth. This is why Christians celebrate SUNDAY as the EIGHTH DAY AND FINAL SABBATH!
But if after all then and not till then shall we truly rest and
hallow it, when we shall ourselves be able to do so after being
justified and receiving the promise, when iniquity is no more and all
things have been made new by the Lord, we shall be able to hallow it
then, because we ourselves shall have been hallowed first.
Finally He saith to them; Your new moons and your Sabbaths I cannot
away with. Ye see what is His meaning ; it is not your present
Sabbaths that are acceptable [unto Me], but the Sabbath which I have
made, in the which, when I have set all things at rest, I will make
the beginning of the eighth day which is the beginning of another
Wherefore also we keep the eighth day for rejoicing, in the which
also Jesus rose from the dead, and having been manifested ascended
into the heavens.
Our LORD Jesus performed many great and mighty miracles while He was alive, but His greatest miracle occurred after He died. On the first day of the week (the eighth day) He rose from the grave. Death could not hold Him. Jesus promised that all that believed in Him would also be resurrected, and also have eternal life.
Joh 11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Joh 11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Joh 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Therefore, a believer in Jesus Christ can boldly face death, and many believers in ages past have boldly, and even joyfully, went to their deaths.
We also see that “circumcision” is also an allegory of the eighth day.
Lev 12:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.
Lev 12:3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you understand that there is a constant struggle with your flesh. In other words, we must be continually applying the “washing of the Word” to our life and our circumstances. We cannot afford to kick back in a hammock, on a beach somewhere, and sip on fruity drinks with little umbrellas. By faith, we KNOW that one day God will put off our terrestrial flesh, and give us a celestial body.
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
We will NEVER have to struggle with being weary, or being sick, or being a sinner outside the will of God, ever again!
The Feast of Tabernacles also foreshadows the eighth day Sabbath. The seventh day, or SATURDAY, is not mentioned. The LORD commands that the first day and eighth day, both the same day, should be kept as a Sabbath of the seventh month.
Lev 23:34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.
Lev 23:35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev 23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev 23:37 These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:
Lev 23:38 Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD.
Lev 23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
During the Feast of Tabernacles, the children of Israel dwelt in temporary tabernacles and they celebrated the Fall harvest. All of their hard labor for the previous year was finished, and it was time for them to enjoy the wine, the olive oil, and all the sweet fruits that ripen in the Fall. It was also a time to recognize that life here in this present age is temporary, and we also dwell in temporary shelters. The older we get, it becomes more and more obvious that our fragile bodies are not meant to last. Although our time on earth is full of much sorrow and suffering, we can comfort ourselves with the knowledge that it is only “temporary”. We must labor to enter into God’s final rest.
According to the Bible there were two harvests, a Spring harvest and a Fall harvest. Gods will also have two resurrections:
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss out on the first resurrection. God is about to harvest a great company of souls. There will also be another great harvest of souls at the end of the millennium. We, who were born at this time of history, may be able to be involved in BOTH of these great harvests of God.
We have a very stark choice in front of us. We can either choose light, life, and love; or we can choose darkness, death, and selfishness. We can either choose to labor in this present harvest, or we can choose to put our heads in the sand; enjoy this fallen world for a short time; sock money away in some retirement plan; and pretend everything will continue on the same forever.
Jud 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Jud 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
Jud 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
As Christians, we should be looking forward to the eighth day even more than the seventh day. Although the seventh day will be glorious, the eighth day will be much more glorious.
1Ki 8:66 On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.
We have glimpses of the millennium in the Old Testament, and compared to the days we live in now, it will be like night and day. If we are faithful, we will be allowed to enter into the eighth day one day early, and reign with Jesus Christ for a thousand years before the arrival of eternity.
Neh 8:17 And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.
Neh 8:18 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.
‘The Bible tells us very little about the eighth day. I believe that the Apostle Paul was right, we cannot even imagine what eternity will be like. I suspect it will be similar to a child who was born and raised in a concentration camp, or insane asylum, with vicious, sadistic guards, suddenly being transported to a tropical paradise where they are surrounded by loving, kind, and gentle people.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.