Chapter 3 The Sabbath Day and the Sabbath of a Thousand Years
【Heb 4:3-6】 「And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.” And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”」
The above verse was given to the Israelites when they traveled through the wilderness for 40 years toward Canaan, the Promised Land. What does it mean by ‘my rest’ which the Israelites shall never enter? It does not mean their living in Canaan, but the everlasting rest. The writer of Hebrew interpreted the creation of six days as a prophecy that the Sabbath day stands for the everlasting rest after 6000 years of human history.
The Sabbath day coming after 6 days and the Sabbath year coming after every 6 years are prophecies for the future. A day is counted as a year prophetically, and sometimes as a thousand years.(Num. 14:34, Eze. 4:6) There is a parable that a day is like a thousand years.
【2Pet 3:8】 「”With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”」
Just as there is a Sabbath day every seven days, and the Sabbath year every seven years, we can reason prophetically that there will be the Sabbath millennium after six thousand years of human history. Revelation has the record that the devil will be seized to the Abyss for a thousand years and the saints will reign with Christ a thousand years.
【Rev 20:2-4】 「He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, …… I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. …… They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.」
Therefore the fact that God rested after 6 days’ work of creation shows that He will enter the everlasting rest with the saints who have been redeemed after six thousand years of the perfect creation. The Scripture says, “They shall never enter My rest. But It still remains that some will enter that rest.”(Heb. 4:4-5) The apostle John expressed this word, ‘some will enter that rest” as ‘they will come to reign with Christ for a thousand years.'(Rev. 20:4)
Therefore Adam and Eve were not the finished, but the models only. Thus Adam and Eve sinned and died. Since Adam was a man who belonged to the dust and could not live forever, he must be changed into the finished to live forever through the redepmtion of Jesus’ blood.