Hebrews 4:10 “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”
As I was reflecting on this verse, God told me that it was connected with the restoration of the tabernacle of David Amos 9 11-12 reiterated in Acts 15 16-17, and Christ’s millennial reign but I could not immediately see the link. What does entering into God’s rest truly mean for us individually, and also how does it relate to our generation?
It does not mean lounging around doing nothing meaningful, and waiting for God to do something wonderful. It requires us to be proactive in drawing closer to God, surrendering everything to Him so we are ready to be His vessels with no limits on what He will do through us for His glory. It requires courage to obey Him as we respond to His call on our lives.
When Christ returns to rule and reign for 1000 years known as The Millennial reign, there will be glorious restoration with God’s redemptive purposes for mankind manifest. There will surely be 24/7 praise and worship as people from all over the Earth come to the temple to worship Him, not just during the feast of tabernacles yearly. The kingdoms of this world will literally have “become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ” (Revelation 11 15)
Today we see the tension and dichotomy of this glorious future increasingly breaking in now bringing shakings and birth pangs as the forces of darkness try to resist the inevitable conclusion of Christ’s return. Before He comes back however there is an opportunity for His bride to taste the powers of the age to come as Heaven invades Earth, and God tabernacles in us to bring in the final harvest of souls. That is why Hebrews tells us that we have to cease from our own works.
Psalm 90 verse 4 and 2 Peter 3 verse 8 state that a day is “as a thousand years” to the Lord. In reflecting on the millennial reign of Christ, it is interesting that Hebrews 4 verse 4 refers to God resting on the seventh day. It is well known that given that we are approximately 6,000 years from Adam, each 1,000 years is considered to represent a day, with the 1,000 year reign considered to be the third day since Christ was on the Earth, and the seventh day since mankind was created. So entering into God’s rest means allowing Him to tabernacle in us, with all of our agendas that do not align with His having to go. Entering into his sabbath rest means that our works must be His works. As He will rule and reign when He returns, we allow Him now to rule and reign in our hearts and lives so that we can manifest His Kingdom, His glory, Heaven, the future breaking in to the present!
Jesus tells us in John 14 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
To be a greater works generation we have to cease from our own works and allow Him to do His works in us and through us. This includes the fruit of the character of Christ, but also signs, wonders, and miracles. What is considered supernatural now will be part of everyday life in the 1000 reign of Christ on Earth. With satan defeated and bound during this time God’s people will enjoy rest from their enemies.
We cease from our own works, “as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4 10)
Isaiah 11 prophecies a coming King whom the Spirit of the Lord will rest on with sevenfold attributes reigning in a period of peace and prosperity. While this might have been partially fulfilled with the reign of King Hezekiah, it is clearly prophesying about the coming Messiah Jesus and the Millennial reign where it will find its true fulfilment:
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11 6-9
As a result of The Holy Spirit coming to rest on and in Jesus during His baptism (Matthew 3 16) He fulfilled His earthly ministry of demonstrating the Kingdom before dying and rising again. As born again believers Holy Spirit lives in us. We are being “builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2 22) to bring The Kingdom of God to Earth, even a foretaste of Isaiah 11 before Jesus returns as the knowledge of His glory inhabits The Earth. There are gifts of The Spirit such as the word of wisdom and working of miracles that are available for believers but there is an even higher calling to be in such union with God that like forerunners such as William Branham there is a fuller expression of The Spirit’s attributes through Him abiding in us. Consequently we could function in abiding knowledge, abiding counsel, and abiding might rather than just the gifts. God will raise up an army of radical laid down lovers of Jesus Christ who will operate in this way. This is available to all believers though not all will respond to this call.
We can enter the finished work of Christ, the glorious future of the millennial reign and ultimately eternity now in terms of how we minister here because we are citizens of Heaven now (Philippians 3 20). We are all called to minister, we belong to Him, and we are His representatives here on Earth with a commission to make disciples, and a mandate to do greater works. That is exciting, awesome, but also challenging. It requires complete surrender, humility, boldness, faith, and above all the Father’s love flowing in us and through us to touch those hurting and lost. They can experience His manifest power revealing Jesus and the gospel to them.
The restoration of the tabernacle of David in Amos and Acts is not so much talking about restoring a building in terms of its prophetic relevance to us now, but ultimately restoration of intimate communion with God as His Church allow Him to abide and rest in them. As we rest in God, so He rests in us, and His Spirit transforms the world around us.
We only have to turn on the news to see another tragedy that can bring discouragement, sadness, and fear, but rather than be intimidated and sidetracked out of God’s purposes for us now, we should appreciate that the darkness represents an opportunity prophesied in God’s Word for us to shine in. Increasingly people are confused about why the world seems to be getting darker, but there is a hunger for Jesus Christ, the “desire of all nations” to give them the answers they seek, even if they do not yet know it. Many people are ready to encounter Jesus through us:
Isaiah 60 1-3 “Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you. And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Romans 8 19 “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.”
This is not a time to be passive, lukewarm, and neutral, but to press in to God, most of all because of the blissful union of our relationship with Him, the reason we were created, but also because His blood was shed for souls to come to know Him through you and me. We must allow His light to shine in the darkness.