#1.7 THE SABBATH WILL BE KEPT DURING THE MILLENNIUM
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Will the Sabbath day be kept during the Millennium reign of Jesus Christ? The answer to this question lies in the answer to the question, Do you believe the words of Jesus?
(Matthew 5:17-19) "Do not think that I came to destroy the law, or the prophets: I did not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
The heaven will be burned up to some degree in a local sense at Armageddon when Jesus returns on the day of the Lord (Zechariah 14:12-15, 2 Peter 3:10-12), but it will all obviously still be here during the Millennium reign of Jesus Christ. Until it is done away completely the law will remain for the unsaved.
Note: The words translated "at the end of the days" (Hb. בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים Htr. beʼacharit hayyamim) are words which have a general meaning of "future days". They are usually translated "in the last days", or "in the latter days", sometimes "the future" or "days to come". The word meaning does not always give us the correct answer; it is the context which needs to be looked at in each case. Here Isaiah 2:4 really gives us the Millennium context because it refers to there being no more war. This will not be until the Antichrist is defeated at the battle of Armageddon, because up to that time there is constant war. During the Millennium "out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem." (v3). They will also be expected to keep the feast of tabernacles:
(Zechariah 14:16-19) And it shall come to pass, that every one who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even
go up from year to year to worship the King, Yahweh of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
These scriptures show that the law, including the Sabbath, will be applied to people outside of the New Jerusalem during the Millennium.
(Isaiah 66:15-16) "For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
This being so, it will be a time when the Devil will be chained in the bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1-3), and because he will not be able to deceive the nations
any more, they will all be able to come to worship God, "from one Sabbath to another" (Isaiah 66:23). If people will observe the Sabbath day at that time, then it shows that it has not been done away with.
(1 Timothy 1:9-10) "Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the
ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
(Galatians 3:19) "Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise was made;"
(Romans 7:7) "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it not be! No, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, You shall not covet."
(1 John 3:4) "Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness; for sin is lawlessness."
These scriptures indicate that the law was made for people who commit any deed that is sinful in the sight of God, to show them what sin is (Romans 7:7, 1 John 3:4) and to point them to Christ:
(Galatians 3:23-25) "But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up
to the faith that should afterwards be revealed.
So who will be outside the New Jerusalem during the Millennium?
(Revelation 22:14) "Blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
The people outside of the New Jerusalem will be sinners and in need of Christ, and the law will point them to him. Not those who took the mark of the beast during this age and survive through to the Millennium (Revelation 14:9-11), nor those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32), but all those born during the Millennium reign of Christ. Scriptural proof here that the law, including the Sabbath, will be applied to people outside of the New Jerusalem during the Millennium.
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