The book of Revelation belongs to a class of chiefly Jewish
(and later Christian) literature called “apocalyptic.” The word “apocalypse”
has been borrowed from the book of Revelation and applied to these other
Apocalyptic refers, in a broad sense, to a group of books
written between 200 B.C. and A.D. 100. Two historical markers are usually given
for the span during which the Jewish apocalyptic works were written and edited:
A passage from the
Old Testament, Psalm 103:3, says the Lord “forgives all your sins and heals all
your diseases.” We know God forgives all of our sins. Is it not logical,
then, to expect that he will heal every disease, sickness or infirmity
that we might have, when we ask in faith for such healing?
The Christian Sabbath is life in Jesus Christ, in whom every believer finds true rest. The weekly seventh-day Sabbath is a shadow that prefigured the true Reality to whom it pointed – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Genesis 2:2-3 is sometimes used in an attempt to prove that
Christians must keep the seventh-day Sabbath. It is important that we
understand what this verse does and doesn’t say about the Sabbath rest.
Further, we must ask what this verse tells us about the Sabbath when viewed
against the essential message of Scripture about our salvation in Christ.
We read the following command from Jesus in Luke 5:14, when
he healed someone: “Show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that
Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” If one assumed
that Jesus’ teaching applied to all people at all times, it could be claimed
that this passage is “proof” telling Christians they must offer the proper
Mosaic sacrifice and appear before a Jewish priest.
Those who believe that Christians are required to keep the
seventh-day Sabbath, especially as it applies to resting from work, sometimes
cite Hebrews 4:9-11 as a proof-text. In the New International Version these
verses say the following:
There remains…a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for
anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from
his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one
Many people assume that because the weekly Sabbath is in the
Ten Commandments, it must therefore be a law for all times and for all people
to keep. They conclude that Christians are obligated to keep the Sabbath as “holy
We cannot make a blanket statement that the law of God or
the Ten Commandments are “done away.” Two of the Commandments tell us not to
commit idolatry or to murder. These laws are not done away.
Editor’s note: We
have two answers to this question. The short answer is first; the second answer
has additional detail.
Question: Prophecies indicate that the Sabbath and
annual festivals will be kept in God’s ideal age (e.g., Isaiah 66:23; Zechariah
14:16-19). Does this prove that the Sabbath and annual festivals must be kept
by his people today?