WHAT IS THE SABBATH A TYPE OF?
A shadow of what is to come!
"So let no one take you to task on questions of eating and drinking or in connection with the observance of festivals or new moons or Sabbaths. All that is the mere shadow of what is to be; the substance belongs to Christ. (Moffet, Col. 2:16, 17)
A lot of people fall for the Gnostic approach that God has done away with the Sabbath and Holy Days. But, the Bible calls them a shadow of what is to come. The Bible uses analogies and metaphors, so that we can understand deeper principles. For example, our body is compared to a "tent." The Feast of Tabernacles means Feast of Booths or "tents". This physical body of ours is certainly very temporary. In 2 Peter 1:13-14, Peter refers to his weak physical body as a tabernacle. "Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shown me." KJV
Why do most people think that we are immortal already? It is because Satan told Eve "ye shall not die." And she believed him over God. The Bible teaches that we can achieve immortality, but it is not automatic, else why would Romans 2:7 say that we must "seek" immortality.
"Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life..."
Since the Bible says that we must SEEK immortality, it is obvious that no one seeks for what they already have in hand. Aside from that, the scriptures say that God alone has immortality.
WE SEE HERE AN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SABBATH AND IMMORTALITY. The Sabbath and the Holy Days are when ETERNAL BEINGS will come to appear before God's face and they will do it forever and ever.
Throughout eternity, God's children, the immortal spiritual nations will come every Sabbath to appear before God. At the return of Christ, He will rule the earth for a 1000 years, the millennium and the Great White Throne Judgment are a time of rulership over physical fleshly nations, but when those things are over, and the new heavens and the new earth come, then, there will be a time of God's eternal rulership over spiritual nations. The Sabbath will be eternally kept. This tells you that the Sabbath is connected to the real God.
Psalms 22:27-28 says, "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. ("to face thee") For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the nations." The physical Sabbath is type of something great to come.
In the future, there will be no need for a physical earth anymore. A spiritual one will replace it. The earth and the universe as we know it, are very, very old, it someday in the future, God will fold the old universe up like a garment. And replace it with a spiritual universe that will never grow old.
In conclusion, Revelation 21:4-6 speaks of our future rest from the HARDSHIPS OF BEING HUMAN...it speaks of a future rest from all the tears, the sorrow, the pain. It speaks of a promise of eternal life....
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former (human) things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. (eternal life) This is the "rest" that will come from God...that we picture every Sabbath when we go to appear before God, now and hopefully forever, if we hang on to the truth and to the true God.
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