What Did God Do On The Eighth Day? - A Bible Study by Jack Kelley - http://gracethrufaith.com/
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis 2:2-3)
These two verses are much different from those describing the preceding days in the creation account. All of them included the phrase "it was evening and it was morning, day ... ". Not so for the seventh day. Also the Hebrew word translated rested is shabath (pronounced sha-BAT). We get sabbath from this word. It appears 71 times in the Bible, and 47 of those times it's translated "cease". It only means rest 11 times.
Will This Day Ever End?
Now obviously, the seventh day had a beginning and an end just like all the days before and after it. But the fact that there is no mention of this in the text of the creation account indicates that in a spiritual sense this day has never ended. There is no eighth day of creation. God has never taken up the work of creation again, and that's why a word that also means ceased was used in describing His Sabbath rest.
Now don't accuse me of promoting the "Great Watchmaker" theory of creation. That's the one where God created the world and all that's in it, then set it in motion, and has been just sitting there watching it run ever since. Let's look at what God has been doing since He stopped creating. We'll begin in John's Gospel.
So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working." For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. (John 5:16-19)
This tells us that both the Father and the Son have so much to do that they work every day, even on the Sabbath. So they haven't been just sitting around waiting. They've both been working every day from that day to this.
But that's not the point. The point is this. Since the end of the 6th day, God has never again taken up the work of creation. Where the creation is concerned he has never ceased his Sabbath rest.
What's External And Physical In The Old Becomes Internal And Spiritual In The New
In Numbers 15:32-36 we read of a man who was caught gathering wood on the Sabbath. It was a violation of the commandment, but the Israelites didn't know what to do with him. When they inquired of God, He told them to take him outside the camp and stone him to death. God was serious about not working on the Sabbath.
But when we get to the New Testament we find that the commandment to rest on the Sabbath is the only one of the 10 Commandments not specifically repeated. In fact the most frequent reference to the 4th commandment in the New Testament concerns the Lord's frequent and flagrant violations of it. On six different occasions, the Lord defended working on the Sabbath, each time showing the religious leaders of the day that their rules for keeping the Sabbath were man made, arbitrary, and counter to God's purpose. For example the priests in the Temple desecrated every Sabbath by working (Matt. 12:5), and the people could water their animals (Luke 13:15) or rescue them from danger (Matt. 12:11) but they couldn't heal a person (Luke 13:14).
In Romans 14:5 Paul taught that we have the right to either consider one day holier than the others or to regard all days the same, based on our personal convictions. And in Colossians 1:16-17 he said not to let anyone judge us in regard to a religious festival or a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. He said that these things were only a shadow of things that were coming, that the reality was found in Christ.
Somehow the Sabbath commandment was supposed to teach us something about our relationship with Jesus. So let's find out what it is.
God created the Heavens and the Earth. They didn't do anything to help, He did it all. At the end of six days, He rested (ceased) from His work because it was finished. He never again took up the work of creating. He made the seventh day, a day without end, holy. There was no eighth day. Then He created a memorial. From that time forward the seventh day was a day of rest where no work was permitted to remind us that when His work was finished He ceased working.
Since we're trapped in the dimension of time, we can't have any days without end. So when God set up our calendar He made every seventh day holy, and then the calendar began again. There's never an eighth day. This was to help us to see that the seventh day, the day of rest, never ends. To underscore the importance of this, He made working on the seventh day punishable by death.
But man missed the point. We thought it was about working on the Sabbath when it was really about resting when the work is finished, and that's how all this relates to Jesus.
Jesus came to Earth with one job to do. It was to die for the sins of the people so we could be redeemed and live forever with Him (John 1:29). He was making us into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). We didn't do anything to help, He did it all. When He died on the cross, His work was done. That's why His last words before He died were, "It is finished." Then He bowed His head and gave up His Spirit (John 19:30).
He never had to take up the work of redemption again, for by that once-for-all-time sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Hebr. 10:12-14). When He ascended into Heaven, He sat down at the right hand of the Father. The redemptive work of our new creation was finished, so He ceased working. This is why some theologians refer to the Lord's work of redemption as His "completed" work on the cross.
What Is Our Work?
Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." (John 6:28-29)
Jesus forgave all of your sins at the cross (Col 2:13-15) and therefore He saved you completely. Hebr. 7:25 confirms that He is able to do this. According to 2 Cor. 1:21-22 God has accepted responsibility for keeping you saved. He has set His seal of ownership on you and put His spirit in your heart to guarantee this. Believing that means your work of salvation is finished and you have entered into your life-long seventh day, your Sabbath rest. It means you've done what God requires and the work of your salvation is finished. You will inherit eternal life. "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:40)
Just as God never again took up the work of creation, and Jesus never again took up the work of redemption, you need never again take up the work of salvation. You're a new creation and the work is finished. Now you rest, as they rested. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:9-10)
As we can see from the above, the folks who keep asking whether Saturday or Sunday is the correct Sabbath for Christians to keep are asking the wrong question. The real question we should all be asking is whether we are keeping our Sabbath rest or not. It doesn't matter that you say you're born again. If you are still working to earn or keep your salvation after saying that you've accepted the work Jesus did for you, then you are violating the commandment to keep the Sabbath and are subject to the penalty of the Sabbath breaker in Numbers 15. His was a physical death, but yours will be a spiritual one, because you aren't doing the one and only work He gave you to do; you aren't believing in the One He has sent. Instead, you're believing in your own ability to finish the work you think He only began. And that means you aren't saved.
There isn't much time left for the Church. The Lord could come while you're reading this. Please consider these things carefully. Make sure you're really saved by grace through faith. Not by works, lest anyone boast. (Ephes. 2:8-9) Remember, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness (Romans 4:5). Believe in the One God sent to save you, enter your sabbath rest, and don't ever take up the work of your salvation again.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Noah and Antichrist's Hypnotists: Part 3
By Terry James
Noah, the movie, is, I believe, an instrumentality meant to put into the psyche (or, if you prefer, the darkest regions of the reasoning process) of mankind the fiction the serpent wants to create. God's Word is the lie; Lucifer is truth--that is the intentioned brain-washing end goal.
Specifically, the use of the Genesis 6 account, in a perverted way, puts forth in this film that the "watchers" are the angels kicked out of Heaven and confined to earth as stone-like creatures. They intermingle with humankind, but, ultimately, do good instead of evil, repent, and are redeemed and allowed back into Heaven. It is interesting that rather than deny that there was war in Heaven and the fallen angels were kicked out, the Hollywood story-tellers twisted it in this way.
The bad, supernatural guys become the good, supernatural guys, and do their work now for the Lord, as before their "fall." It is plainly part of fulfilling the prophecy that near the end of human history the fable-makers will call good evil and evil good. This sets up in the minds of the moviegoers who are without a clue of Bible truth that these same "watchers" possibly interact with mankind today and have good intentions to help humanity muddle through this dangerous world.
There are many, many things to which I could point that are part of the end-times stage being set for the wind-up of the age. Like, for example, the way God becomes withdrawn in the movie, becoming the existential deity agnostic philosophers have long claimed God to be. I could point to the egregious treatment of both the Lord and Noah as being vindictive, heartless, and even murderous-for example, when Noah is portrayed as wanting to murder his daughter-in-law. We could dwell to an endless extent on the hellish lie-proposition put forward by the movie that God destroyed all upon the earth because mankind had been environmentally evil-that He wanted to restart the earth only so the animal life could return to an environmentally safe and pristine state.
However, I believe the most important matter for this essay is to point out that the way Hollywood treats the fallen angels in this film is crucial to earth's prophetic future. The UFO phenomenon plays strongly into my thoughts. Also, the New Age intrusion into these strange times is critical to observe for the Christian. I am convinced that the very deception Jesus prophesied is upon this generation. Noah, the movie, under the guise of "innocent" entertainment, is part of the mesmerizing, hypnotic process that will make people following the Rapture susceptible to the "lie" during that post-Rapture time.
God's prophetic Word tells of that time in the following scriptural passages. Antichrist is mentioned first: "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thess. 2:8-10).
Next, the prophecy speaks to the lie that will deceive the post-Rapture world of earth-dwellers: "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness" (2 Thess. 2:11-12).
Panic and mayhem will explode when millions vanish in a blink of an eye. There will be an outcry for explanations of what happened. This is where the inculcation Satan has been foisting on the world will pay off for the serpent.
We have all seen the documentaries and movies on UFOs, the "space brothers," and other such claims by those looking for some explanation of how life got here. Alien seeding of planet earth is preferable to the biblical creation account to the fallen minds of mankind. Evolution, to the willfully ignorant, is more believable -that all we see around us just happened to happen, totally by chance.
However, evolution is falling out of favor with the modern, "rational" mindset. The "space brothers" will fit much more nicely into the 2 Thessalonians, post-Rapture time. We see what might take place following the disappearance of millions of Christians, when the second beast-the false prophet-performs a seemingly supernatural feat before the eyes of the left behind world:
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live." (Rev. 13:13-14).
I'm of the thought that the "fire" called down might be the "space brothers" the entertainment industry has been inculcating moviegoers with for decades. These might be the same "ascended masters" the New Age gurus have been promising for those same decades. Noah, the movie, is, in my opinion, part of the end- times hypnotism taking place in preparation for Antichrist's arrival. It will be the time, I believe, as given in the following:
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Rev. 12:7-9).
It is all preparation for the horror of the Tribulation that is rushing toward this fallen world: "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (Rev. 12:12b).
With the ever-increasing effort by Satan to hypnotize the masses with all of the aforementioned, it is a comforting -and legitimateâ€”thing to say that Jesus' words should ring more urgently than ever in the true Christian's spiritual ears.
"And when you see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your head, for your redemption draweth nigh" (Luke 21:28).
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Boston tragedy raises questions of media bias, spiritual condition of US
As the authorities untangle the horror of the 2013 Boston Massacre, we want to first reach out to the families who are touched in any way by this terrible terrorist event. May the peace of the one true YHVH God be upon them and the healing, lovingkindness, grace and spirit of Jesus Christ envelop them that they might know His presence and His salvation. The bombings occurred on the celebration of Patriot's Day (marking the beginning of the American Revolutionary War that started in Lexington, Ma)--originally April 19, but celebrated on the third Monday of April. The mainstream media is trying to associate the bombings with American patriots--right wing extremists. But look again...
Yahoo News wrote of the extremist uprisings that have occurred in America during the third week in April--1993 when under Bill Clinton's Attorney General Janet Reno's orders, the FBI attacked cultist David Koresh's Waco, Texas compound; 1995 Oklahoma City bombing; 1999 Columbine; 2007 Virginia Tech. Time Washington correspondent Alex Altman tweeted that Patriot's Day has significance to the "militia movement." Despite the "Let's do all we can to pin this on right wing, Christian-oriented, extremists" attitude of the news media, there is an entire other track of investigation that is ongoing in Boston, according to news sources.
The New York Post reports that police have taken a 20 year old Saudi national into custody and have raided his home in nearby Revere, Ma. The Post reports that the man smelled of gunpowder when he was apprehended and was asking if people died and if there was a second bomb. AP is reporting that FBI searched a Boston suburban apartment, but gave no details. The Post says the Revere bomb squad was called in while the Saudi national's apartment was searched. The UK Daily Mail reports that police are also searching for a "dark skinned or black male" who may be a foreign national based on his accent. The FBI held a news conference this morning. Nothing new, except they are hunting worldwide.
Besides the obvious and tremendous media bias against conservatives, the "stupid" remark of the day also comes from the leftist ranks--Homosexual Democratic former Congressman Barney Frank, who sang the praises of expansive government being the hero of the attack, said, "No tax cut would have helped us deal with this or will help us recover." Remember too, that the Senate is considering a gun disarmament bill to conduct extensive background checks on law abiding citizens who want to purchase a gun. Perhaps an amendment to the bill should come today--background checks on people of a certain religion or ethnic background that openly conducts violence against the United States and Israel.
Of Babylon, which behaved in Biblical times much like America behaves today, the Lord said in Jeremiah 51:14, "Surely, I will fill thee with men, as with locusts,; and they shall lift up a battle cry against thee." Judgment comes as a result of disobedience to God. Catastrophe often comes on the heels of man's lack of common sense. America has an abundance of both disobedience to God and a lack of common sense these days.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
God’s Judgment On America — Part 2
Continued from Part 1….
5. End-time Supernatural Revelations. Acts 2:17 promises “visions” and “prophesies” in the last days. I have become aware of and have collected records of visions and prophecies from various believers over a period of years. Some visions have clearly seen a surprise nuclear attack on America from Russian submarines. I also know of an older, respected pastor who had an apparent angel visit in his home, in his study late at night, with the same message of a Russian surprise nuclear attack from submarines. The being just suddenly appeared and disappeared out of nowhere. Also, George Washington reportedly had a vision in his day of America’s major wars and a final military attack on America. Read about A.A. Allen’s 1954 vision of an attack on America: click here
The idea of a submarine attack is exactly in line with Russia’s present defense policy. According to the Wall Street Journal (August 25, 1995), “One puzzling aspect of Russia’s defense policy is its emphasis on submarines….is still completing construction of submarines begun in the Soviet era, on about the same timetable as the Soviets produced them….(they) will enter the next century with the largest nuclear submarine fleet in the world.” Submarines are basically an offensive weapon. Why are they doing this? It must be part of God’s plan. For years, high-tech and missile-carrying Russian subs have shadowed U.S ships or invisibly and silently patrolled the U.S. coast under the radar/sonar cover of their fishing trawlers.
For a nation near collapse, on the brink of fascism, this is not a picture of peace and stability. Yet foolish American leaders continue to give billions of dollars to Russia (which they are using on armaments) and shrink our own military, crying, “peace and safety” according to 1 Thessalonians 5:3, “then sudden destruction shall come upon them.” With uncanny timing, just moments after I wrote this paragraph, Dateline NBC aired a report that the secret nuclear shelter built in West Virginia for our Congress is now closed and being dismantled — because it is no longer needed, since the “Cold War” is now over!
“Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you,” God says. Russian submarines? He says to Magog, “You will devise an evil scheme….You will say, ‘I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people’” (Ezekiel 38:10). America, instead of Israel, or both?
Other Revelations. Highly esteemed missionary pioneer Hudson Taylor had a vision in 1855. He saw both world wars, followed then a spiritual awakening in Russia, Europe and elsewhere, as we are seeing, followed by the coming of Christ. Also, in 1930 a prophecy was reportedly given in Russia that a future leader named Mikhail, with a birthmark on his head, would bring open doors for the gospel, which would remain open “only for a short period of time, then it would end and the repression would begin again.” Plus, there were reportedly several prophecies in Russia in 1988 that “the door would stay open for about seven years.” The doors began opening in 1989; however, the Soviet Union did not officially dissolve until late 1991, which + “about” 7 years = “about” late 1998. (As this 1995 article is being updated in late 1998, Russia is in shambles, in economic collapse and political turmoil, and a soon return to tyranny is highly possible.)
At the present time, Islamic terrorism, possibly using weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), poses the greatest immediate threat to America. The other dangers mentioned are still applicable.]
There are three witnesses to the above scenario that seem to confirm one another: (1) Scripture, (2) contemporary world events, and (3) agreeing supernatural revelations, such as visions and prophecies. God will answer and honor prayers for revival, even though judgment on the nation has already been decreed. Revival and harvest will come — but possibly as a result of judgment, and not instead of, a typical biblical pattern. Where is the Rapture in the above scenario? We cannot be sure, and must not be presumptuous.
With amazing timing, as God often confirms things to me, the same week this was first printed, NBC News reported new Pentagon alarm at Russian submarines lurking just off the U.S. coasts! Also, just as I was finishing this report, two different audio tapes came to me, both unsolicited, from two people I have never met, both with the message of God’s coming judgment on America! Months later I received a similar message the very same day I received a newsletter headlined, “It’s Time to Weep for America.”
Message to the Church. It is time to boldly “blow the trumpet.” The warning should be greatly sharpened to more of a Jeremiah-type warning, that actual destruction is coming, not just deteriorating social conditions or loss of freedoms. “If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:8). The trumpet call should be to God’s own people, since “judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17). God’s message to His people today is to humbly walk with Him in obedience and to come out of the world’s value system. Christians should get ready to joyously meet their soon-coming King, and tell as many others as possible about God’s grace and salvation.
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(Final Note: In one U.S. Air Force assignment, I was a “Minuteman” — the commander of a Minuteman ICBM nuclear missile launch crew responsible, if so ordered in the event of attack, for vaporizing ten Russian cities/targets, and in personal possession of the top secret war code. Always “on alert,” I was only seconds away from the President’s launch command, unsealing the code, and ending civilization as we know it. America’s leaders have now dismantled many missiles and reduced other defense systems, but oddly, in a spiritual sense, and in one of God’s “coincidences,” I am still a “Minuteman,” still on alert, and still only seconds away from the King of king’s shout and command, with His code (from His Word) already being “unsealed,” and with civilization as we know it soon to end.)