Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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The Day of the Lord: The Day of Rest

"The whole earth is at rest and is quiet, they break forth into singing.
Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
Since thou are laid down, no feller is come up against us."
Isaiah 14:7-8

From the teaching series, "Lessons from Isaiah": Lesson No. 33

The Day of the Lord will be a day of rest for the whole earth. There will be no constant strife and war. It will be a thousand years of peace, imposed upon the world by the Lord Jesus, and enforced by him through his saints.

God will, as Jesus said, destroy this heaven and this earth (Mt. 24:35; also, 2Pet. 3:7-13; and Rev. 21:1), but not before He gives the earth to Jesus for a thousand years. If we research the genealogies and years given to us in the Bible, we find that almost six thousand years of man's history has passed. If a thousand years is as a day in God's sight (2Pet. 3:8), then Jesus' day, the Day of the Lord, will certainly be the seventh "day" of man's time on earth. The seventh day was from the beginning ordained by God as a day of rest.

In the ancient prophecies, such as the one above, men are often referred to as trees, and Satan has chopped a lot of us down. He comes only to "steal, kill, and destroy", and he has destroyed many an otherwise happy and blessed life. When the feller of trees, Satan, is cast into the bottomless pit for the thousand years of the Lord's day (Rev. 20:1-3), the earth will rejoice for its liberty from the father of all lies. The coming of the Lord to reign on the earth and the casting of Satan into the pit for a thousand years will be the two principal events that lead the earth into that happy thousand years of rest.

God's ways are perfect. He ended each week with the day of rest. So will He end the week of man's miserable rule on earth with the day of the "one mediator between God and man, the man, Jesus Christ."

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