“God ENDED His work which He had made;and He RESTED on the seventh day.God BLESSED the seventh day, and made it HOLY.”(Genesis 2:1-3)
In God’s Master Plan for planet Earth the most important event to occur during Earth’s seventh 1,000 year period will be the millennial reign of Jesus Christ with all the resurrected saints. This period will begin immediately after Christ returns to planet Earth (during Earth’s 6,000 year) and Satan is locked up in the bottomless pit. It will be a beautiful, restful, holy time for mankind for they will know war, disease, and pain no longer! Peace and love will reign in humans and animals’ hearts: “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the goat; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6). Oh, what a glorious time it will be!
And how did God foretell of this wondrous time in the seventh day of Creation? It’s in these words: “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it” (Genesis 2:3). To “sanctify” something means to “set it apart as holy”. In other words, holiness MUST and WILL reign during Earth’s seventh millennium. This means Earth will rest from the sin that has so long plagued it. Yes, after 6,000 long years … it will FINALLY be the BLESSED SABBATH! Hallelujah.
PROOF THE SEVENTH MILLENNIUM WILL BE THE SABBATH
Jacob (Israel) worked 7 years for a bride. This foretold that Jesus will also work (leading men to repentance) for 7 days (or 7,000 years) till he receives his final righteous bride. Remember, at the end of the Sabbath millennium, Satan will be released for a short time to go out and deceive people, so Christ’s final bride will not be complete until the full 7 days (7,000 years) are over. (Genesis 29:20)
God commanded the Israelites to rest the land (earth) every 7th year. They were to work sowing, pruning, and gathering for 6 years, but year 7 was to be a Sabbath rest for the land. Here again God was confirming His master time plan, that mankind would work under sin’s curse for 6,000 years, and then the Sabbath millennium would arrive. (Leviticus 25:1-7)
The prophet Elisha told the leper Namaan to wash seven times in the Jordan River and he would be healed. Sure enough, he did and he was! This was a prophetic scene confirming the 7th millennium will be the time when ALL the righteous will be made whole, receiving their glorified bodies! (II Kings 5:14)
There’s a running theme in the Gospels of Jesus healing people on the Sabbath day. Why was this? It’s because Jesus’ miracles had meaning! Every healing miracle Jesus performed on the 7th day Sabbath foretold that at the end of year 6,000 (start of Earth’s Sabbath millennium) the righteous lame will leap, blind will see, deaf will hear, and dumb will speak! Hallelujah! (Mark 3:1-6)
There’s a verse in the book of Job saying, “He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee”. These words are prophecy, foretelling mankind will be in trouble for 6 millenniums, needing the Lord to deliver them, but in the 7th millennium Satan will be locked up in the bottomless pit, and no evil shall touch them! (Job 5:19)
1. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.(Genesis 2:1-3)
God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. For this good news — that God has prepared this rest — has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to (obeyed) God. For only we who believe (obey) can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world. We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.” So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God … So there is a special rest (Sabbath) still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fail. (Hebrews 4:1-11)
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. (Revelation 14:12-13)
After those days, says the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, “Know the LORD”: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:33-34)