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#1.6 THE SABBATH WILL BE KEPT IN THE LAST DAYS

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Greek Word Study on 4521 σάββατον sabbaton Sabbath.
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Introduction 1.6

If we can show that the Sabbath day will be kept in the last days then it follows that Jesus did not do away with it or remove the requirement for us to keep it when he died on the cross. It does not make any difference who is keeping the Sabbath then, because if Jesus did away with it at the cross it was removed for both Jew and Gentile. This bible study will prove that Jesus expected the Jews to be keeping the Sabbath commandment in the very last days.

#1.61 In the Latter Days do not forget the Covenant

DEUTERONOMY 4:30-31
30 When you are in tribulation, and all these things are come upon you, even in the latter days, if you turn to Yahweh your God, and shall be obedient to his voice;
31 (For Yahweh your God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake you, nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them.

Note: Moses told Israel that if they would obey God "in the latter days", God would remember the covenant of their Fathers. Which covenant was that? The book of Deuteronomy is Moses speaking to Israel in the land of Moab before they crossed over Jordan to inherit the promised land. The previous generation had died in the wilderness during the previous 40 years, and it was with them that he made a covenant when he called them out of Egypt.

(Deuteronomy 4:12) "And Yahweh spoke to you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of the words, but saw no figure; only you heard a voice. And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tablets of stone.

Obviously this covenant was the ten commandments, which included the Sabbath Commandment, to be remembered in the last days. According to the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:32-33) the New Covenant would not be applied in the same way as it was at Mount Sinai. It would not be written on stone as it was then, but the law would be written in their hearts. However, it will be the same commandments.

(Jeremiah 31:31-33) Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; my covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them, says Yahweh:
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Notice what God is going to put in their hearts; "my law" (Jeremiah 31:33), which obviously includes the Sabbath commandment (EXODUS 16:4-28), particularly Exodus 16:4; 28.

#1.62 Pray That your flight is not on the Sabbath day

MATTHEW 24:15-20
15 Therefore when you shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand:)
16 Then let those who are in Judaea flee onto the mountains:
17 Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Nor let him who is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe to those who are pregnant, and to those who breast feed in those days!
20 But pray that your flight is not in the winter, nor on the Sabbath day.

Note: Why did Jesus tell his disciples to "pray that your flight is not ... on the Sabbath day." (Matthew 24:20)? Simply because in the very last days, which Jesus is talking about here, they will still be keeping the Sabbath day, and some may be unwilling to travel on that day, which could prevent their flight. The context here is clearly established as the last days in verse 15 where Jesus refers to the "abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet". This is shown to be during the time of the Antichrist (Daniel 11:29-31), and at a time of purifying for the Jews (Daniel 12:10-11). In those days only true believers in Jesus will be left of the Jews (Zechariah 12:9-10; 13:8-9; Romans 11:26). Matthew 24:20 shows that Jesus expected the Jews to be keeping the Sabbath commandment in the very last days.

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