Sabbath Meditation #28 – A Changed World
By Kelly McDonald, Jr.
“2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. 5 Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.’” (Isaiah 2:2-5)
“Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years” (Rev. 20:6).
In Psalm 90:4, we learn that “a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” The Sabbath day wonderfully depicts the coming 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth. There will be rest from the works of mankind and the devil, which have caused war, famine, disease, strife, and evil. Instead, there will be peace, harmony and joy. The world will do things His way, which is summarized by the Sabbath day.
In the last Sabbath Meditation, we considered the holy work God continues do to in us individually every week. Let us not forget the work that He is doing in the entire Body of Christ to prepare us to rule and reign with Him (Rev. 20:4-6). He is working in us all to bring us together for His Glory. Moreover, consider the work He will one day do in the entire world!
One day the entire world will honor the Sabbath. When humanity understands God’s Wisdom in the Sabbath, then the entire world will be transformed. The efficiency, quantity, and quality of the world’s work will increase. First, everyone will be in obedience to God’s weekly cycle. Secondly, we will be collectively working/resting together; that will put us all on the same page. This will one day create a world-wide synergy and productivity like has never been witnessed in human history; the Creation will be in harmony with the Creator.
We will see God’s purpose without hindrance. With Jesus Christ ruling the world, we will get to see it all come together.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (I Cor. 13:12).
During the Millennial reign of Christ, God’s ways will be the only option. Everyone will work together in harmony. Isaiah 2:1-5 and Rev. 20:6 are two reminders of that wonderful time.
Kelly McDonald, Jr.
BSA President – www.biblesabbath.org