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#1.7 THE SABBATH WILL BE KEPT DURING THE MILLENNIUM

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Greek Word Study on 4521 σάββατον sabbaton Sabbath.
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Introduction 1.7

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.
For amen I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from the law, till all things come to pass.
Whoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

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.

#1.71 At the end of the Days - Out of Zion shall go forth the Law

ISAIAH 2:2-4
2 And it shall come to pass at the end of the days, that the mountain of the house of Yahweh shall be established at the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

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.
17 And it shall be, that whoever will not come up of all the families of the earth to Jerusalem to worship the King, Yahweh of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
18 And if the family of Egypt does not go up, and does not come, who have no rain: there shall be the plague, with which Yahweh will smite the heathen who do not come up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that do not come up 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.

#1.72 From one Sabbath day to Another (Isaiah 66:23)

ISAIAH 66:22-24
22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, says Yahweh, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me says Yahweh.
24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring to all flesh.

Note: Looking at Isaiah 66:22-24 in context, it also seems to be after the second coming of Jesus:

(Isaiah 66:15-16) "For, behold, Yahweh will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
For by fire and by his sword will Yahweh plead with all flesh: and the slain of Yahweh shall be many."

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.
The question arises, "If people observe the Sabbath during the Millennium, then what about the New Moons also mentioned, do people also observe those?" The answer to this lies with who the Law was made for.

(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,
For fornicators, for those who defile themselves with mankind, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;"

(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.
Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
But after that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

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.
For outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves and makes a lie
."

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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