Since Genesis describes the creation story in a sequence of days, we currently reconcile our seventh day worship to reflect the seventh day of creation, …we sleep. The problem we seem to overlook is what is the point in God’s sabbath worship, or seventh day? Since seven is a symbolic number, meaning complete (often mistaken for perfect- perfectus in Greek), we must consider the connection between the day of rest and complete. Then we can begin to see the purpose of God’s sabbath.
The Creation: The creation story has generated debates between religion and science. When the creation story is viewed as a material creation, scientists can easily show a pattern of evolution to discredit religion’s seven-day creation. However, when the creation story is viewed as a functional creation, religion envelopes science, and there is no conflict. Following a functional creation, materials are given purpose and can follow that plan to reach it’s full potential. Rather than telling a story of a material creation, Genesis is expressing a functional creation, giving the creation a purpose to unite, combine, exist.
If the creation was reduced to being material only, then there is no more need for the creator, since the material-work was complete in the beginning. But, if the work of the creator is functional, then the creator’s role is not only to combine materials (material creation), it also includes instructing (functional creation), and maintaining that creation (maintenance creation), until it’s purpose is fulfilled (the day of rest, the day of completion).
When the creation has fulfilled it’s ultimate designed purpose, by being organized by function, united in material, and maintained until complete, …the creation is now ready to enter into God’s rest. Another way of putting it is, on the seventh day, God enters the creation, filling it with light. Which leads us to the seventh day of creation.
The Seventh Day: Seven is symbolic for “complete.” We often get confused between “being perfect” and “being complete.” Perfectus is Greek for “complete.” It did not mean perfect, as the King James Version translates it. It meant to be complete. The way anything is complete is when it has fulfilled the purpose that it was given by the creator. Once that purpose is fulfilled, the subject is ready for God to enter it, and fill it with light.
Thus, the seventh day points to God filling His completed temple. With God guiding the activities of the temple, that temple is now at-one with God, …and is a God. This is the symbol of the seventh day. It suggests, to those with eyes that see, the preparation of the temple being complete and ready to receive God into it, to dwell among them.
To have Christ “abide” in you, means that you have a constant, unbroken connection to Christ. It is the tearing down of the veil in you, and the presence of God with you constantly. “Immanuel” literally means “God with us.”
Other Seventh Day Symbols: In Jewish culture Shabbat was the 7th day (where we get the word Sabbath), and it was considered “the day of rest.” Shemitah was the 7th year, and was considered “the year of release” (all the debts were released as a form of cleansing). And the Jubilee was the end of the 49th year, and was considered “Pentecost.” Pentecost being the point at which the Spirit of Truth descended to abide with the apostles. Each one of these seventh day symbols all point to connecting with the heavens, to have God fill you up, so that you may always “abide” in Him, never to be separated. In other words the reuniting of you with God (opposed to the second death- separation of our spirit and God). This is exaltation and salvation.
The creation was done in seven periods of time. Jacob’s ladder had seven rungs. The beatitudes have seven components. The instruction for us to build a house of God has seven components as well. The sacredness of seven always pointed to a temple ritual of instruction. And the temple was intended to be a mirror reflection of the heavens on the earth, from which the living waters could go forth and fill the earth. Only when the temple/ or tabernacle of flesh has fulfilled it’s intended purpose, then God can fill it, completing the creation’s seventh day. Until this is done, the creation is not yet complete.
Conclusion: The ancient Jews have twisted the seventh day into a law. When we follow that law, we are just as apostate as those who crucified Christ. However, when we see through the mind and will of the creator, then we can begin to fulfill the purpose of the creation, so that we too may be brought back into the presence of the Lord, and then to our Father in Heaven. Then we can be filled in our seventh day creation.
We are so steeped in our traditions that the only way to escape this facade of unbelief is to search the scriptures and ask God for the truth to be revealed to you. If your heart is sincere, and you earnestly expect to act on whatever answer God gives you, then He will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. However, if you limit your answers from God, by your false traditions of unbelief, you will be left to your own logic.
Man was not created for the sabbath, but the sabbath was created for man. It was created for the salvation of man. It was intended to fill you up with the presence of deity, and nothing less. Napping, sedentary lounging, preparing lessons for church assignments, home/visit teaching, and speaking quietly have little to do with the immense rushing power that God wants to fill you with. And once you have obtained it, it doesn’t go away. It is constantly with you.
The idea of one day set aside for worship is so false, and so deceptive. Those believing this way have missed the mark, they have looked beyond the mark, and cannot obtain the full purpose of their creation. But those who get it, will seek to constantly clean their tabernacle, prepare it to receive light, and will be ready to receive the seventh day.
Question your traditions. Knock on the gates of heaven, by studying the words of Christ. The effectiveness of your knocking will be evident in the quality of the questions you ask. Ask and you will receive. The proper way to ask requires listening through deep pondering and prayer. And once you have received, seek and you will find. It is in the seeking that you act upon what you have received, in confidence. I pray for your confidence, not in flesh, but in Christ.