THE GREAT LAST DAY
Notice this about the Feast of Tabernacles. Leviticus 23:33-36 says: "33 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 34 'Speak to the children of Israel, saying: "The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD. 35 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. 36 For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord..." ' "
Can you see that? The Feast of Tabernacles was to be for seven days.
Leviticus 23:36 goes on to say: "…On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. It is a sacred assembly, and you shall do no customary work on it."
This eighth day was the last annual feast, and was so close to the Feast of Tabernacles that it became associated with it. In later years, it became known in Christian circles as The Great Last Day.
John 7:37 tells us: "On the last day, that great day of the feast…"
This was no ordinary day; it was a great day. It was to supersede all other days and all other feasts, because it foreshadowed the fulfilment of the Great Plan of God. This was it! This foreshadowed the results of God's work. And consider this: since the Feast of Tabernacles foreshadowed Jesus' rule of one thousand years, the Great Last Day pictures what happens after the millennial rule of Jesus. How about that? It follows on from the Millennium. We can now get information of what happens after the one-thousand year rule of Jesus ends.
Firstly, let me fill you in with some of the background to the period foreshadowed by the Great Last Day. The Great Last Day is another period of one thousand years, as it is a Jubilee. To explain it all, I would like to look at two periodic Festivals. The weekly Sabbath, and the Jubilee Year: both of which are shadows of things to come.
The weekly Sabbath was a Saturday; it came at the end of the week. It was a commandment. Exodus 20:8-11 reads: 8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labour and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it."
Can you see? God had set this pattern in creation.
"But since we are no longer under the old Law, how can the Sabbath be a pattern for us today and evermore?"
When the Holy Spirit came to be in us at Pentecost, the Sabbath day was no longer a shadow, but became a reality. At that time, people were drawn to Jesus, came out of sin, and got baptised: they ceased from their works of sin, and were born into God's Sabbath. Being a Christian does not mean being holy just for one day a week; it is a way of life. It means being holy and serving God every second of every day, because every second of every day is holy time. When you become baptised, you are baptised into God's Sabbath, and you then have to walk in that Sabbath with Jesus: Jesus being the Lord of the Sabbath. Ceasing from sin is now part of your Sabbath walk.
In fact, did you know that God's Sabbath rest is to be 7,000 years long?
Let us have a look.
Genesis 2:3 has this to say: "Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made."
And Hebrews 3:7-11 says this: "7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: 'Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. 10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, "They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways." 11 So I swore in My wrath, "They shall not enter My rest." ' "
This was a quote from psalm 95:7-11.
Hebrews 4:1-11 shows that, some 4,000 years later, God was still in His Sabbath rest: "1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: 'So I swore in My wrath, "They shall not enter My rest," ' although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: 'And God rested on the seventh day from all His works'; 5 and again in this place: 'They shall not enter My rest.' 6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, 'Today,' after such a long time, as it has been said: 'Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.' 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience."
Note verses 9,10: "9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His."
The Greek word there for "rest" at Hebrews 4:9, is sabbatismos, and means "a Sabbath keeping". It is ongoing for people baptised into God's Sabbath rest.
"But when do you cease from your works?"
When you come out of sin, and are baptised with the Holy Spirit.
"How does it work?"
Romans 6:1-11 shows you how: "1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God."
When we are baptised, we die with Him on the cross, we lie with Him in death, and we are raised with Him in His resurrection, as a new creation into God's Sabbath rest. It is after this that we all must endeavour to walk the walk with our Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus. Therefore we now live our lives to God.
So we see that God was still in His Sabbath rest some 4,000 years later. It is now some six thousand years later, and we can still enter that Sabbath rest. And since sin will still be around during the Millennium, it will still be possible to enter that rest. But after the Millennium, sin will no longer be around: therefore it is reasonable to believe that God's Sabbath rest will end, making it a total of 7,000 years long.
Go back to the seven-day week of creation: if God's Sabbath rest which is the seventh day, is 7,000 years long, then all of the other days of creation must also have been 7,000 years long. Which means we now have the seven days of creation as follows:
So the days of creation add up to 49,000 years long. And that takes us up to the end of the Millennium. The next 1,000-year period makes 50,000 years, and that means it is a Jubilee 1,000 years. Therefore, the thousand years after the Millennium is a Jubilee, which corresponds with The Great Last Day.
Since the Jubilee is also a shadow of things to come, then the reality must be the 1000 years after the millennium, which is also the reality of The Great Last Day. As 2 Peter 3:8 tells us: "But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
And in this case, the Great Last Day really is one thousand years long, which agrees with the Jubilee one thousand years.
This is to be a Great Last Day acceptable to everyone. Just look at this fantastic piece of scripture at Luke 4:14-19:
"14 Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. 15 And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.' "
This is Jesus teaching Universal Salvation. "The acceptable year of the LORD" is a reference to the Jubilee Year; which in turn, is a shadow of the 1000-year Jubilee, or the Great Last Day. If this one piece of scripture alone were to be true, Hell is going to be one very empty place.
Jesus was reading from the scroll of Isaiah, which was a prophecy of the Messianic age, and can be found at Isaiah 61:1,2. It reads:
"1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…"
Can you see? It is speaking of Jesus' active ministry. And He is preaching that there is going to be an acceptable year of the LORD.
So now we have the Great Last Day, which foreshadows a thousand-year Jubilee after the end of Jesus' reign of one thousand years. Not only is it great; it is acceptable to everyone, including God Himself. This is the culmination of His grace. It is the time for the Universal Salvation of everyone. And no one will achieve Universal Salvation by works; it is a free gift from God.
"Well, how does it work?"
Let us look at the shadow. Leviticus 25:8-13 says: "8 And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. 9 Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. 10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family. 11 That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. 12 For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field. 13 In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession."
In the year of the Jubilee, they were to proclaim "liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants". Which is what Jesus said, at Luke 4:18: "…to proclaim liberty to the captives…"
All in the lake of fire are captives of sin. But Jesus is preaching about an acceptable year to come, which would deliver any captives to sin, and which would set them free.
"What exactly happened to slaves in the year of Jubilee?"
Leviticus 25:39-41 says: "39 And if one of your brethren who dwells by you becomes poor, and sells himself to you, you shall not compel him to serve as a slave. 40 As a hired servant and a sojourner he shall be with you, and shall serve you until the Year of Jubilee. 41 And then he shall depart from you - he and his children with him - and shall return to his own family. He shall return to the possession of his fathers."
They were freed, and they were also free of all debt.
On the Great Last Day - the one-thousand year period following the millennial rule of Jesus - all who have ever lived will be freed from sin, never to sin again. All will have instant knowledge upgrades, like the Holy Spirit; all will have to accept Jesus as their Saviour, which they will; and all will be set free to have eternal life. God will have achieved His will that all will be saved; His plan of Universal Salvation will have been successfully completed.
Look at what Jesus said, on the Great Last Day of the Feast, at John 7:37,38: "37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' "
This pictures a future resurrection.
Now, that was on the Great Last Day, picturing the thousand-year period after Jesus' rule of one thousand years. You see, it is not too late. And with their knowledge upgrades, all will believe in Jesus, and accept Him as their Saviour. Do you not want that for everyone? In your heart of hearts, do you not want everyone to be saved?
The Great Last Day was also known as the eighth day. Now, there is a coincidence. Or is it?
Can you think of something that happened, by Law, on the eighth day, which was also a shadow of things to come?
Circumcision. Watch this closely.
Did you know that Abraham had to be circumcised? Genesis17:9-14 says this: "9 And God said to Abraham: 'As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 10 This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; 11 and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. 13 He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.' "
"What was the result?"
Genesis 17:23-27 tells us: "23 So Abraham took Ishmael his son, all who were born in his house and all who were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very same day, as God had said to him. 24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26 That very same day Abraham was circumcised, and his son Ishmael; 27 and all the men of his house, born in the house or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him."
Anyone eight days old, or in this case older, had to be circumcised. And it was to be a sign of the Covenant between God and Abraham.
Later, it became a requirement of the Mosaic Law. Leviticus 12:1-3 tells us: "1 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 'Speak to the children of Israel, saying: "If a woman has conceived, and borne a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her customary impurity she shall be unclean. 3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised." ' "
Can you see? It became a legal requirement under the Law of Moses, to be circumcised on the eighth day.
Since Christians were no longer under the Law, it was not required of them. Read Acts 15:1-29.
However, since it was a shadow of things to come, what did it portray?
Romans 2:28,29 tells us this: "28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God."
What God wants, in reality, is circumcision of the heart, not in the flesh: and God is going to perform this for all people on the eighth day. The Day of Jubilee, or the Great Last Day. Everyone will end up circumcised of heart after the thousand-year rule of Jesus. It is the reality of the Law, and can not fail.
As it says at 2 Samuel 22:31: "As for God, His way is perfect…"
The Great Last Day will not only be great, it will be acceptable to everyone, because in Christ all will have been made alive. It is at this time that God's nature will be in everyone, and God will be all in all. And if you want the fairy story ending, which, in truth, is the reality: everyone who has ever lived, will live happily ever after.
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