I’m not sure what you mean, SeanO, about there being no millennial kingdom? How do you interpret Rev 20:4-5?
“Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.”
I should have been more careful with the word “spiritualize”, but the Scripture says clearly that Believers would “come to life and reign with Christ for a thousand years” and then the lost will be raised. To interpret this as poetry or something symbolic, rather than just factual future events, seems to be invalidating the Word. No?
I was once a new-ager and “spiritualized” all of Scripture. We didn’t accept anything in the Bible as really reliable fact but “metaphysicalized” it to suit what we wanted it to say. So i am perhaps a bit oversensitive to metaphorical approaches.
And to Dean S. i would offer this about :
“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.”
This could have several levels of meaning. The word for Sabbath there is actually “Sabbath-keeping”, i have been told. [There remains a Sabbath-keeping.] So the passage could be saying we are to enter into (7th Day) Sabbath rest which the children of Israel didn’t do correctly, in disobedience, and could also be saying we are to enter into Christ’s rest from our own self-effort-works.
I recognize that most Christians would eliminate keeping the 4th Commandment, even though the other 9 top Commandments are listed in the NT (if i remember correctly), and we are never told explicitly that the 4th was eliminated.
Many folks think that the moral law was eliminated by Christ’s death, but that is not true as i see it. The Commandments were not part of the Mosaic Law, since they were not given by Moses, or written down by Moses, but rather YHW wrote them on stone (twice, since Moses broke the first set).
So the Commanments are eternal principles written down by God Himself. I understand that many folks have been taught that the 10 Commandments were part of the Law of Moses, and they were therefore abolished by Christ. Yet in the Final Kingdom, we will not lie or steal or cheat or commit adultery or covet, etc.
I also note that the stone Tablets God wrote on were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant, below the “Mercy Seat”, while the Mosaic Law was written by Moses on parchment (or its equivalent), and placed on the outside of the Ark to indicate its temporary nature, while God’s directly-written instructions were made to last.
Well, that is more than i should have tackled in one posting, i suppose. Looking forward to the questions these statements will likely prompt.