"God claims for Himself the meditations and employments of men on the seventh day. This is indeed the proper business of the whole life in which men should daily exercise themselves…. First, therefore, God rested. Then, He blessed this rest — so that in all ages it might be held sacred among men…. This is to be the common employment not of one age or people only, but of the whole human race…. The Sabbath…was commanded to men from the beginning, so that they might employ themselves in the worship of God…. It should continue to the end of the World."
Even before the time of Calvin, the above argument was reinforced by a consideration of the sabbatical system of Ancient Israel.24 Before Calvin, the great Mediaeval Theologian Nicholas de Cusa stated that "all time is unrolled in periods of seven – as seven days, seven years, seven times seven years (which are forty-nine). Hence, the fiftieth year is after a weary revolution of time — a sabbathkeeping in which all slavery ceases and returns to liberty…. The number of the faithful will be steadily increased, and will successively be enlarged by the light of doctrine — until the fiftieth jubilee!"25
Moreover, also the celebrated Rev. Professor Dr. Otto Zöckler remarked: "The Bible begins in the book of Genesis with a seven, and ends in the Apocalypse with a series of sevens…. With reference to this sacred number – all the legal festivals were ordered. Thus, the great festivals
lasted seven days…. The seventh day is a sabbath, the seventh week a Pentecost, the seventh year a sabbatical year, the seventh sabbatical year a jubilee…. The symbolical value of this number is…to be sought for…in the seven days during which creation arose…. We are entitled to regard the seven as the signature of the Holy Spirit."26
So every seventh day (or sabbath day), every post-pascal seventh week (or Pentecost), every seventh month (of trumpets and atonement and tabernacles) – represented a condition of restful bliss. So too did every seventh year (or sabbatical year), and the year after every seventh sabbatical year (or jubilee).
It is beyond dispute that God operated in this way during the Older Testament's times. Accordingly, coming to the age of the Newer Testament, one might almost expect God's image man to sabbath similarly during his seventh millennium (after humanly labouring for six millennial days each of one thousand years' duration).
This thousand-years'-long human millennial sabbath, would then represent the last seventh of God's Great Sabbath Day of Rest. It would indeed be co-extensive with the last seventh of the 7000-years'-long expected history of mankind here on this present Earth.27
As the last seventh of God's Seventh Day — it would accordingly appear to be the last "forty-ninth" of God's formation week. And, after its termination, it would then be followed by the millennium and then the Everlasting Golden Jubilee of the New Creation. This would be the everlasting Eighth or Eternal Day – the never-evening and always-morning or everlasting Day of the Lord.28 And all of the above, again points to the significance of the millennial character of the approximate time of the year A.D. 2000.
Proceeding from the last argument, some deem it highly significant that Matthew one describes the Lord Jesus as being born in the seventh seventh or the forty-ninth generation from Abraham. The Creator "sabbathed" in Christ the Second Adam, as God's most perfect work. And shortly after Christ's baptism, the Saviour inaugurated His prophetic ministry here on Earth on the seventh day of the week in the seventh month of the year after the seventh seventh sabbath-year or jubilee.