The Coming Millennial Seventh Day
by George Kirkpatrick
"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which He had made." Genesis 2:2
God ended His creative work on the seventh day, and He is going to finish His creation again on the seventh day with those who have entered into His rest.
Peter, who holds the keys to the Kingdom of heaven, reveals:
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day." II Peter 3:8
This speaks of the Seventh Day as being the seven thousandth year at the end of the age.
Moses tells us:
"And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made." Genesis 2:3
When God rested from all His work, He sanctified the seventh day. The word sanctified is a holy word that means "to consecrate, to hallow, and to set apart as sacred." So God sanctified the seventh day for all eternity. What a blessed revelation!
The Seven Thousand Year Day - God's Glory Revealed in His Saints
We discovered that when Jesus finished His creation, He entered into His rest. What is He waiting for? He is waiting for His glorified saints to enter into His rest with Him. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul explains this entering into His rest:
"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Hebrews 4:1
Paul begins, "Let us therefore fear . . ." Paul states we should fear that we do not come up short of entering into God's rest:
"For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." Hebrews 4:2
All those who have heard the gospel have the same chance to enter into God's rest. But those who do not mix their faith with the gospel, then the words of the gospel will be of no profit to them. We must not only have faith, but we must operate our lives on what the gospel says. Paul continues:
"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." Hebrews 4:3
Paul continued to reveal the Seventh Day:
"Again, He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Hebrews 4:7
God has limited a certain day. That certain day is the Seventh Day (the seventh thousandth year day). David proclaimed we are to hear God's voice and harden not our hearts as ancient Israel did. The Psalmist writes:
"For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted Me, proved me, and saw My work. 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:" Psalm 95:7-10
We know we are the sheep of His pasture if we will hear His voice today, and if we do not harden our hearts as ancient Israel did. God's people are going through provocations today as ancient Israel did when they were in the wilderness. The word provocation means "strife and contention." There is much strife and contention today, as people wander through their wilderness of religious confusion. Many of those who call themselves Christians today, do not know God's ways. They believe if they sin, they can simply ask God's forgiveness, and they are home free. The lesson they have failed to learn is that sin wounds the soul. And after every sin, their must be a healing process for the soul. It takes years for these scars to be removed from the soul because of sin. Paul continues his letter to the Hebrews:
"For if Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day." Hebrews 4:8
Many who come to Jesus have no desire to go any further with God. They accept His salvation, but remain in their religious status quo, never seeking to discover the deeper Word that God has for His people. What we need to know is that we cannot enter into the rest of the Seventh Day by looking to Jesus only as the Good Shepherd, the Great physician, or to the man who died on the cross. If we are going to enter into God's Seventh Day rest, we must look to the risen, all glorious, all powerful Christ Jesus. After Jesus' resurrection, He met with His eleven disciples:
"Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." Matthew 28:18
The risen, glorified Christ was given all power and all authority to use that power in heaven (the Spiritual realm) and in earth, (the flesh realm). No one has any power in heaven or earth except Christ Jesus. Then it stands to reason, no one can enter into the Seventh Day rest by hanging on to the cross. We must let go of everything Jesus was in the flesh, and meet Him where He is today. As Isaiah proclaimed, the child that is born unto us has become the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father, Isaiah 9:6. This is who we must worship today if we are going to enter into His everlasting rest. Paul concludes his revelation to the Hebrews.
"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His." Hebrews 4:9-10
God's rest is for all God's people who meet His terms. They must cease from their own works, as God did from His. Then, and only then, will we be found worthy to enter into His Seventh Day rest. Paul warns:
"Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fail after the same example of unbelief." Hebrews 4:11
We must labor to enter into God's rest. The word labor means "to endeavor, do diligence, and to exert one self." We must deal with any and all unbelief. If we do not, then, as the Holy Spirit warned through the pen of Paul:
"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Hebrews 4:1
The Third Day and The Seventh Day Are The Same Day
The most talked about days in the Scriptures are the third day and the seventh day which are the same day. We have been given many examples as to what God will do on these days.
The Third Day = The Seventh Day
Matthew recorded an event that the world has wondered at, and this event took place on the Seventh Day:
"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart," Matthew 17:1
After six days comes the Seventh Day. Jesus took His closest disciples, Peter, James, and John to the top of an high mountain, away from the crowds that followed Him.
"And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light." Matthew 17:2
The word transfigured is the Greek word METAMORPHOO and means "to change into another form." Jesus' face shone as bright as the sun. This bright light illuminated all His clothing. Jesus was showing Himself to His disciples in His resurrected form, when He received the glory He had as the Father before the world began, John 17:5. This was the same Jesus whom Paul met on the road to Damascus. When Paul was taken before King Agrippa, Paul explained the bright light he had seen:
"At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me. . . " Acts 26:13
God had to put scales over Paul's eyes to keep this bright light from blinding him.
"And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink." Acts 9:8-9
The image of the risen, glorified Christ was etched in Paul's mind, and the rest of his life, Paul never doubted the risen, glorified Christ Jesus. The Lord then sent Ananias (whose name means "the grace of God") to pray for Paul that God would open his eyes, remove the scales, and restore his sight. This event took place three days after Paul's encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.
The church has become blinded as to who Jesus is today. They still worship Him as the Good Shepherd, or the Great Physician, or the One who died for their sins. They do not know Him as Jesus who was transfigured before Peter, James, and John - - - or they do not recognize Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ who Paul met on the road to Damascus.
But their eyes will be opened on the third day. Everyone knows Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day. The same is true of the church. God is going to raise the dead church to know Him on the third day. These are those who will be purified in God's wrath.
Those who endure to the end will be invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. We are given a picture of this Marriage Supper by the apostle John:
"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:" John 2:1
The marriage at Cana was on the third day.
"And both Jesus was called, and His disciples, to the marriage." John 2:2
All the true disciples of Christ will be called to the Marriage Supper on the third day.
"And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto Him, They have no wine." John 2:3
Wine is the symbol of the true anointed teachings of Christ.
"And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece." John 2:6
Water pots in the days of Jesus were usually made of fired clay, but these water pots were made of stone. These were the living stone water pots described by Peter:
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:5
The word lively should have been translated "living or alive." These water pots contained two and three firkins a piece. This was a liquid measure, but Spiritually speaking these refer to two positions in the Tabernacle: the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. There were no `one firkin' water pots which represent the Outer Court of the Tabernacle invited to this Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
"Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim." John 2:7
Jesus told His servants to fill these living stone water pots to the brim with the water of the Word, and then Jesus turned the water in these water pots into wine - - - into the true anointed Word of God.
"And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto Him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now." John 2:8-10
The ruler of the feast is God the Father, and He stated it was customary to put the good wine at the beginning of the feast and when men have well drunk, then you put out the bad wine. But the ruler of the feast asked why the Bridegroom kept the good wine until last?
As you may have noticed, there was no mention of a bride at this wedding feast. These stone water pots filled with the water of the Word represent the bride at this wedding, and Jesus is the Bridegroom.
This Marriage Supper of the Lamb will take place on the third day. The prophet Hosea spoke of this union between the Bridegroom and His bride:
"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." Hosea 6:2
On the third day God is going to raise us up, and we will live in His sight. Jesus revealed this day to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"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." Revelation 21:3
It is going to be on the third day when God will "revive us." The word revive means "to restore to life again." This is when His people will have the life that God created them with, and that is eternal life. This will happen on the third day or the seventh day (which is the same day).
God made us another promise through the pen of Hosea:
"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord, His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:3
If we follow on to know the Lord, then He will come upon us as the rain - - - the early and latter rain together. Those who follow on to know the Lord will receive the Double Portion Anointing which the whole world is waiting for. When this happens, all the earth will see the power of God in His people. The apostle James spoke of this coming day:
"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until He receive the early and latter rain." James 5:7
Yes, God has a people, and He has a day in which He is going to empower His people to fulfill the plan He had for His original creation.
God has laid out before His people a glorious path. All we need to do is walk into it.
When understanding comes by the Holy Spirit as to who we are in Christ and what His promises are concerning the third and the seventh day, then we need to rejoice and praise God for His mercy and grace.
Excerpts from the book "The Seventh Day" by George Kirkpatrick
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