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Labor Day

In 1894 congress set aside the first Monday of September as a holiday in honor of labor. It is the last three day weekend of the summer, (That is except for those who work in retail and recreational activities, who will be working and probably a little harder than on normal weekends.). But for most of us it is an extra day of freedom to relax and maybe even reflect upon the labors of life, where we have been and where we are going.

Though it is nice to have this day of liberty from labor every year, there is soon coming another day where the liberty will be much greater. It is the second coming of Christ, the day of the Lord, the millennial reign of Jesus the Christ. Jesus said that no man knows the day or the hour when this will happen. But there are evidences in the Bible which points to when that time will be.

Before we look at these evidences, we must understand that not only does our calendar have errors within it, but also the Jewish calendar has errors. The only true calendar is God’s calendar. Our calendar says it is 1997, but by God’s calendar it could be 1995 or 2001. We must also understand the terminology of the Bible. A period of time can mean just what it says, or it can be a space of time defined by an associated term. The word day can be twenty four hours, but it can also refer to a year or an era. The same also applies for year, it can be a year or an extended period of time. A generation is forty years, or forty periods of time.

The Bible says that by the witness of two or three it shall be established. Let us see if we can establish three witnesses from evidences given in God’s Word.

1. God the Father.

Ex 20:8-11; Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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. 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.

2Pet 3:8; 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.

Seeing the seventh day is a day of rest and that a day to God is a thousand years, we must conclude that after six thousand years of man ruling the earth, the next one thousand years will be that of rest, or the millennial reign of Jesus Christ. Again, as our calendars has errors within them, we can only approximate that the year 2000 A.D. will be the end of six thousand years.

2. God the Holy Spirit.

Lev 25:10,12; 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. For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you.

Gen 6:3; And the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.

The Jubilee, a year of liberty, of redemption, it is holy. We just saw that God made the days of man to be one hundred twenty years. As people do not generally live one hundred twenty years, an associated term jubilee is supplanted. One hundred twenty jubilees, 120 x 50, is six thousand years. Again approximately the year 2000 A.D.

3. God the Son.

Mt 24:33,34; So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near- at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

Jesus had just explained to His disciples the signs of the end times when He said , this generation shall not pass away. This generation being the period of time from His sacrifice to pay the penalty for sin for all who believe on His name, until He returns in the clouds to gather His own to Himself into His glory. It has been almost two thousand years since Jesus walked this earth as a man, so this generation obviously did not mean forty years, but forty periods of time. So again supplant jubilee for year, forty jubilees, 40 x 50, is two thousand years, or just about right now.

These three witnessing evidences were not revealed to me by some kind of burning bush revelation. This is not a scare tactic to sell something or ask for money. But I truely believe that the end time is very near. If you want more indications of the nearing end, just take an honest look at this nation and the world. The moral depravity of this nation would make Sodom and Gomorah ashamed.

Jesus the Christ is our Jubilee. Lk 4:18,19; 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; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

By His death, burial, and resurrection, He has given us the gift of salvation. He has done all the work for us, all we must do is believe on His name and receive the free gift.

Make this Labor day an eternal celebration. Come to Jesus and receive His rest. Mt 11:28-30; Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, For I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Do you want to experience the true Jubilee, the liberty of an eternal Labor day? Then put your trust in Jesus, have faith in God. Rms 10:8-10, 13; But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,(that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Praise God, Halleluiah, Amen

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Ray Johnson
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