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Revelation, Apocalyptic Writing and the Old Testament

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 writings.

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:

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Paul Kroll and B. Palmer
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James 5:14 and Healing

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?

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Paul Kroll
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What About the Ten Commandments and "The Law"?

Some Christians ask: "If the Law is done away, how do we know what God expects of us, and what should our moral guidelines be for living a Christian life?"

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Can Old Covenant Worship Laws Become New Covenant Spiritual “Shadows”?

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.

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Genesis 2:2-3 -- God's "Rest" and the Sabbath

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.

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Is Leviticus 23:3 a Command to Have Worship Services on the Weekly Sabbath?

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.

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Does Hebrews 4:9 Command Us to Keep the Sabbath?

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 will fall.

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Can God's Sabbath Law Be "Done Away"?

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 time.”

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.

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The New Covenant Is Older Than You Think

Christians are under the guidance and authority of the new covenant, not the old covenant. This brings up an important question: What is the relationship between the two covenants?

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Does Zechariah 14:16-21 Command Christians to Keep Festivals?

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? 

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