A response to a former SDA
The judgement is not for God. He knows who are his. It is for the angels and the watching universe. Hence, the mention of myriads of angels when books were opened in Daniel 7, and judgment was set in place.
An honest student of the Bible should not miss the fact that there is a pre-advent judgement!
He ‘set apart’ the seventh day for whom? For himself? Hardly. Jesus said, it was ‘for the man’. Therefore, the Sabbath existed from creation even though we don’t have an explicit record in Genesis.
1: A rest found in Jesus Christ, that we receive when we invite him “Today” to enter into our hearts.
2: A rest we long to enter into one day when the Lord Jesus comes to take us home, the heavens above, the New Jerusalem (John 14:2-3, Rev. 21:10)
3. The rest of the Seventh day Sabbath, upon which every week we are reminded again of the fact that, if we continue “daily” in him, we will enter into the true Canaan; Heaven itself.
Since Hebrews 4:9-10 is speaking of a rest, the above are the only three possible rests he could be speaking about.
Now, in Jesus, we find rest from Sin, and from guilt of Sin, because he cleanses us “of all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). If this rest being spoken of here is the rest from Sin found in Jesus, does God also rest from Sin and Guilt of Sin? NO
The second rest we find in Heb 3 and 4 is the rest we will one day in the future experience, the Rest of Heaven/new Earth. Is this the rest Paul now speaking of in verse 10? Remember, it specifically says, “as God did from his.” Therefore, whatever rest this is, is the rest God experienced as well. Does God need to be given the rest of Heaven as we do? No, for he already abides in heaven!
Hence, It must be the rest of the Seventh day Sabbath verse 9-10 explains since it specifically says we are to rest, “as God did”.
Never! On the contrary:
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." Ephesians 6:1-3.
This declaration alone is sufficient to show that the writer of Hebrews was not charging the moral law with any weak promises. The Old Covenant, whatever else it might be, could never be the Ten Commandments.
Can anyone point out any or a flaw in the handwriting of God?
"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul." Psalm 19:7.
"Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Romans 7:12.
Does that sound like something weak and imperfect? No law could be perfect and faulty at the same time. It becomes more and more apparent that the Old Covenant could not have been the Ten Commandments.
"In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away." Hebrews 8:13.
Did the great moral law of Ten Commandments vanish away? Anyone who has read the New Testament must answer, Absolutely not. Paul affirms the exact opposite about the law. He asked,
"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Romans 3:31
Just to be certain that Paul was not saying that the Old Covenant was the law, let us insert the words "Old Covenant" instead of the word "law" into Romans 3:31.
"Do we than make void the Old Covenant through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the Old Covenant."
That doesn't sound right at all, does it? We know that the Old Covenant had vanished away and could never be spoken of in this way. Very clearly, then, we can see that the covenant which came to an end could not have been the Ten Commandments.
. Before the SDAs existed, Christians identified the Sabbath as mark of faith and obedience to the Creator God in the time of the end. See: The Mark of the Beast.
WHY SEEKERS OF BIBLE TRUTH SHOULD CONSIDER A PRE-ADVENT JUDGEMENT BASED ON THE BIBLE:
No Condemnation! 'There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit…' (Rom. 8:1-4).