I personally believe we are living at the very end of time and Jesus my Savior is about to come to deliver those who believe in Jesus, Daniel 12:1, Romans 3:26, Revelation 14:12.
The Last Testing Truth For The World
I firmly believe that the testing truth for the world in the final crisis is centered on the issue of proper worship. (Just count the times worship is mentioned in Revelation Chapters 13 and 14, it is very revealing). Please do not attack individuals or denominations over this issue but rather call the Christian church back to The Bible Gospel! The Bible is our only rule of belief and practice! Period!
First, Sabbath Rest is about Relationship. Hebrews 4:4, “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works.” The phrase ‘rested from His works’ is a direct quote from Genesis 2:2. Resting, too often, will convey an idea of passivity. A better fit is the word “desisted or ceased”. A good mental picture of “cease is that of a ship gliding into harbor after a long voyage or a train coming to a halt at the train station. It is the anticipation of being with someone you love! Ceasing points to the joy of being with that someone very special. This is exactly what I believe is meant in Hebrews 4:10. “God ceased from His works” which is to say God had eager anticipation of being with His creation. The Sabbath is about an intimate personal relationship with my Creator (Genesis 2:1-3) and His power to save me and make me like Jesus. 1 John 3:2. The Sabbath is about relationship and resulting loyalty to Jesus Christ.
Next the Prophet Ezekiel plainly says that The Sabbath is a relational marker—a sign. Exodus 31:13, 17. Ezekiel 20:12, 20. Interestingly Paul says that a sign and seal are identical. See Romans 4:11. Let me emphasize, “The Sabbath is a special time to enjoy more intimacy with The Creator, Jesus. As a result of this time we become more and more loving and more and more like Jesus and ready for His appearing” Praise God! Mark 2:27, 1 John 3:2.
Finally, Sabbath Rest is a “ceasing” from all activity of trying to save myself and anticipating an intimate saving relationship with Jesus. Jesus is the only source for true rest and Salvation. He wants us to “cease” completely trying to save ourselves. And if we would only come to Him He then will justify us, sanctify us, and make us Holy just like Jesus. John 17:3, Hebrews 4:4, 10, Matthew 11:28-30, 1 John 3:2, 1 Corinthians 1:29-31, and 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.
Worship is The Final Issue
Let me toss Jacob’s Trouble into the mix! The “time” of Jacobs’ trouble (See Jeremiah 30:7, Daniel 12:1-2, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 13:15-18) is specifically centered on the issue of worship and is connected with the enforcement of the image to the beast with a death decree. The pressures will be extreme but God’s power to deliver His people is so much greater!! And God will deliver all who believe in Jesus Daniel 12:1, Romans 3:26, (Compare Daniel 3:4-13, with Revelation 13:11-18). So people living at the end of time will fall into one of two groups: The worshipers of the True God having God’s Seal on their forehead (Revelation 7:3, 14:1) or the worshipers of the satanic trinity (The Dragon, The Beast, and the False Prophet Revelation 16:13-14) who have a mark on their right hand or on their forehead (Revelation 13:16-17, 14:11).
So how do I enter God’s rest?
We enter God’s rest by believing fully in Jesus! Hebrews 4:3.
And the converse is also true; we don’t enter God’s rest because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19.
In other words, we have the “assurance” of entering God’s rest when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it. It is all about Jesus! He is the only one who can save us. Romans 3:26, 5:10. The truth is we need to stop all efforts of trying to save ourselves! Jeremiah 13:23, John 15:5.
We enter His rest when we consider Jesus Hebrews 3:1.
We enter His rest when we listen to His voice Hebrews 3:7, 15, 4:7.
We enter His rest when we cease completely from our own efforts to earn Salvation Hebrews 4:10.
All of these admonitions are saying the same thing, so let me say it again, we have the “assurance” of entering God’s rest and obtaining salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.
Let me say it again: I strongly believe that the last testing truth for the world in the final crisis is centered on the issue of proper worship.
Revelation 13:15-17, 14:6-7
Hold firmly to Jesus my friend and never ever let go of your grip!
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:22-25.
So What Is Your Conclusion? Is Sabbath Rest An End Time Issue?
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