Gary Wood
From "The Sixth Day Rapture, The Shabua Principle"
By Gary R Wood



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The Hebrew word shabua means literally “sevened” or more specifically a period of time divided into seven parts. This period of time is called a “week”, thus the term “70th week of Daniel”. To understand the book of Revelation, and the timing of the Rapture we must recognize the role of the shabua as the foundation of all end time scripture. Secondly, we must understand that in every shabua, the seventh part belongs to God. The seventh day is His day and He established laws concerning how this seventh day of the week should be observed, it is always a day of rest for God’s people.

The Shabua Principle was established when God created the universe. The first six parts (six days) involved the creation of the world and God blessed the seventh part and rested.

 Genesis 2:1-3 “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.”

The creation of the world was the first shabua, the second shabua is found in the Law of Moses.

Exodus 20:10,11 “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

In these two verses God confirms the creation of the first week (shabua) and establishes the seventh part of the week (shabua) as a Sabbath day. God also created a seven year period which is more commonly referred to as a shabua:

Leviticus 25:3,4,8 “Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.
And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.

Deuteronomy 15:12,15 “And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.  And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.”

The 70th week of Daniel is what we basically know as the last seven years before the Lord sets up His earthly kingdom. This last shabua is the foundation of the end-time message. The last shabua is associated with the terms “Day of the Lord, Great and Terrible Day, the Day of Christ, etc. and several other Bible terms. To understand the Shabua Principle completely and the placement of the Rapture, check out the book, The Sixth Day Rapture, The Shabua Principle.

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