Posted by: biblestudyseattle | January 27, 2015

My Rest

“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me,
And saw My works for forty years.
“Therefore I was angry with this generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they did not know My ways’;
As I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’” Hebrews 3:7-11

This is referring to the faithless generation of Israelites of whom God swore would not enter the promised land. Some might see these chapters in Hebrews and conclude that some people won’t be resurrected. They will equate God’s rest with the Sabbath Millennium. But other scriptures make abundantly clear that, “there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.” Acts 24:15

So how do we solve this conundrum? With the Jubilee. God structured the Jubilee to partly overlap the Sabbath. The Jubilee starts on the day of Atonement, the tenth day of the seventh month, slightly past half way through the Sabbath year. Everyone will be resurrected in the ‘evening’ of the Sabbath Millennium. But there will be a rebellion such that God will have to supernaturally intervene. This is the battle of Armegeddon and the deaths may run into the billions. So much blood will be spilled that, “They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.” Revelation 14:20

This will be second death for many of those, and they will truly not enter into God’s rest in the later part of the Sabbath and first part of the Jubilee. Some of the dead may be their first death, in which case they will be resurrected in the Jubilee. They still may be snared by the trouble at the end of the Sabbath when Satan is loosed for a little while. (This part I’m not sure about).

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