So let me tell you about the next age, the coming age of miracles, which is even at the door. The apostle Peter tells us in II Peter 3 about the age that came to an end at the time of the Flood in Noah's day. And in verse 8 he makes a very enlightening statement: "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day". (II Peter 3:8) So this next age, often called the thousand year millennium, is actually one day, "the Day of the Lord".
AND GOD RESTED
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."--Genesis 2:1-3.
Carefully notice these facts:
1. God worked for 6 days bringing His creation into perfect order. He was not discouraged with the imperfect, incomplete creation after the 4th or 5th day. He just kept working until it was finished.
2. All of God's work was finished after six days, when He had a man prepared to take over the government of creation (Genesis 1:26, 28).
3. On the seventh day God trested, while man went to work taking care of God's creation.
We have now come to the end of six of God's 1,000 year days. He has been working on His plan, and is now putting the finishing touches on His man-membered man, the Church. This Church, the Body of Christ, the Overcomer, sons of God,k the man-child...make up God's man, the one who shall rule and reign onm the earth with Christ for the next thousand years (Rev. 5:10). With the rising of this company of saints into the heavens (I Thess. 4:17), a warfare begins such as the world has never seen. Satan is cast out of the heavens (Rev. 12:9), a new government takes office, a new age is introduced, and the Day of the Lord begins.
In Hebrews 4:1 we read that there is a "promise being left us of entering into His rest". Verse 4 says "For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise. And God did rest the seventh day from all his works." Then it goes on to say that we too can enter His rest. It says that Israel did not enter into rest, the promised land, because of unbelief. Then the Bible plainly states that Joshua did not bring them into rest when he took Israel across Jordan into Canaan, showing us that the real rest of God is still ahead of us. Verse 9 states: "There remaineth theefore a rest to the people of God." And beloved, it still remains, ready for us to enter. The chapter concludes by speaking of our high priest, our needs, and of our coming to the throne of grace to find mercy and grace in time of need. So obviously, we have still not entered into the rest that He speaks of here.
God's sabbath day is not a day of the week. The Jewish sabbath was only a shadow of the real, prefiguring the tru sabbath, which is the fulness of Christ. When we come into the fulness of Christ, we then have entered God's day of rest. No wonder the Bible says: "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days; which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ" (Colossians 2:16-17).
Israel thought they had provided God a place of rest, when they built the temple. But Isaiah made it very plain that the natural temple made with stones was not God's resting place: "Thus saith the Lord, The Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of my rest?" (Isaiah 66:1). This scripture is quoted by Stephen in Acts 7:49 when Stephen told the Sanhedrin that God does not dwell in temples made with hands. He is telling them that Christ, the One they crucified, is the real resting place of God, the house that God lives in. Coming into the fulness of Christ is coming into God's sabbath. And the day of the Lord, God's sabbath day, is the 1,000 year day when the body of Christ is caught up fully into Him, to rule and reign with Him for 1,000 years!
WHAT IS THE NEXT AGE LIKE?
There is a beautiful clue given us in Hebrews 6:5 about what will take place in the next age. "For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come.." (Hebrews 6:4-5) New American Standard Bible). The Amplified Bible says: "the mighty powers of the age and world to come". Wuest translation states: "tasted the good word of God, also the powers (miracles) of the age that is about to come". King James says simply: "tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come". They all agree on this: There are mighty powers reserved for the next age, and we are not there yet. Miracles in the next age? Why? If the devil is bound, all sin destroyed, the kingdom of God is set up on earth, we are ruling and reigning, and this world is a heaven on earth....then what need would there be for miracles?
Oh, yes, beloved, there are going to be come surprises ahead for everyone. In the first place, Jesus said that after the "strong man" is bound, then we begin to spoil his "goods". And the strong man, Satan, will be bound for 1,000 years, during which the sons of God, the glorious company of saints without a spot or wrinkle, will clean up the terrible mess his government has left. Glorious miracles and healings will abound, in fact, they will be the order of the day, the norm for the hour. There will be absolute dominion by the sons of God over all the natural and created forces, as well as over all the powers of darkness. And finally, even death is destroyed and put under our feet. Jesus demonstrated this so clearly in His life here on earth. And he left us this glorious testimony...
HE HEALED ON THE SABBATH
Jesus went to Jerusalem, and there by the sheep market was a pool called Bethesda, the place of 5 porches. Chapter 5 of the Gospel of John gives us a beautiful story of the healing of a cripple. It took place on the sabbath day, the 7th day of the week. So there will be cripples healed in the "7th day", by those sons who have been caught up to God's throne. Those who have been unable to walk out the truths of the Gospel during this age of grace will come into contact with real sonship, and will take up their beds and walk. This is part of the program for the next age.
This man could see fine. He could even see Jesus when He came. But he couldn't walk. Friends, this world is full of people who can see the truths of the Gospel, some even have some deep revelations,but they can't walk in that which they see. They see the truth of victory over sin, victory over sickness and death. But they still fall, get sick, and die. But in the "7th day", this will be corrected. People will be made to walk, to be strong. After 38 years as a cripple, the man was immediately strong enough to carry his bed.
Then he ran into religious difficulty. The Jews said to him: "It is the sabbath day, it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed". In other words, according to their doctrine, nothing like this is going to happen in the 1,000 year millenium. It is false doctrine, they say, to preach that there will be miracles in the next age. But the Son of God just continued to go about, working on the sabbath. Do you think the crippled man ever wondered why it took so long for this to happen to him? For 38 years he had this infirmity. Then suddenly, without advance notice, the healing came on the sabbath. Dear ones, this world has had an infirmity for much longer than 38 years. The sickness has been deep, and painful, and there is no answer in man. But the Son of God shall apopear, and the infirmity shall be healed. To God be the glory! Thank God for the coming 7th day, God's sabbath, the age of miracles!