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We live in a world where time is of the utmost importance. Just about every one has a watch that they carry to keep an accurate check on their time through out the day. Every home has a clock and most often one or more in each room. In many instances races are decided in hundredths of seconds. Man has time measuring devices that can measure time to millionths of a second.
Time has become a very important asset in our modern world. This seems amazing when not that many years ago man measured time by the seasons: Spring [planting season]; Summer [growing season]; Fall [harvest season]; and Winter [rest season]. But as man scurries about checking the time to keep the schedules of his busy life, he has overlooked one of the most important time pieces that modern man possesses, and that is the Bible. The Bible not only records time from a historical stand point, it contains the events that we witness every day of our lives. It also contains the prophetic word that records God's time until He returns to set up His kingdom on the earth. Jesus revealed to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:" Revelation 10:6
So the Bible records man's time until there will be time no more. God measures time by days, not man's physical days, but by His days of creation. God's creation took six days. On the seventh day He rested. The question then arises: "Was the next day after He rested the eighth day, and every day after that a day higher?" Men who have a carnal understanding of God's Word would have us believe God's days of creation were man's twenty-four hour days.
Peter was given the keys to the kingdom, and if we want to understand kingdom truths, then we must use the keys given to Peter to open the Spiritual truths of God's Word. Peter, by the anointing, wrote:
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." II Peter 3:8
One day in God's time is 1000 years, and one thousand years is one day. When God entered into His rest on the seventh day, He remained in that seventh day rest, waiting for His creation man, through His plan of salvation and redemption, to enter into that rest with Him.
The writer of Hebrews spoke of God's creation entering into that rest with him:
"For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day of this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all His works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest." Hebrews 4:4-5
The Seventh Day rest is directly ahead of us. As the writer of Hebrews proclaimed, there are those who will enter into that Seventh Day rest with Him. The question was asked, "What day was it after the end of God's seventh day of creation?" It was the first day for His creation man. Man has proceeded through five of God's creation days. Today we are at the end of the sixth day of God's creation. The Seventh Day, or the day of rest, is on the horizon. The light of that day is beginning to spring forth in the hearts of his recreated man.
God anointed Paul to write:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Corinthians 5:17
The word creature should be translated "creation". Those in Christ are a new creation. Old things have passed away and behold all things have become new. One thing that must pass away before we can become that new creation is our old understanding and our old denominational, doctrinal teachings with their carnal teachings of man's understandings of God's Spiritual Word.
We must come to a new understanding of God's Word, a Spiritual understanding of what Jesus and the apostles wrote in the New Testament, and just as important, what Moses and the prophets wrote in the Old Testament.
John recorded Jesus' words:
"Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." John 5:39
We are to search the Scriptures. John was not referring to the New Testament because John did not write his five books recorded in the New Testament until the late eighties or early nineties; some fifty years after Jesus arose off the earth. Yet Jesus anointed him to write "Search the scriptures" because they testified of Him. He was referring to the Old Testament. It was the writings of Moses and the prophets that testified of Jesus.
After His resurrection, Jesus met two men on the road to Emmaus:
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." Luke 24:27
Jesus started at Moses, the first five books of the Bible, and continued through the prophets quoting the scriptures concerning Himself. We need to recognize that the whole Bible is the gospel of Christ.
For us to understand what time it is, we must recognize some Spiritual truths in the Word so that we may have confidence that what is written is true and that we can depend on God's Word and put our trust in what it reveals.
Mark recorded Jesus' Words:
"But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things." Mark 13:23
Jesus stated, "Behold, I have foretold you all things." The word all means "all inclusive, nothing left out, nothing to be added". If, as Jesus proclaimed, He has foretold us all things, then what has been left out? And where did He foretell us all things? It is in His Word. We have His words recorded in the New Testament and the Old Testament, and they are they which testify of Him. So we must depend on the Word which contains the whole counsel of God.
Luke wrote the book of Acts, and by the Holy Spirit He gave us Spiritual insight as to what God spoke to the early church. Jesus' disciples asked if He would at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel, Acts 1:6. Jesus answered them:
"It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:7-8
The disciples wanted to know if God was going to restore the kingdom again to Israel at that time. Jesus stated that it was not for them to know the times and seasons which the Father had put in His own power. He did not conclude what He had to say with that statement. His next word was "BUT". The word but means there is more to add to the prior statement. God revealed through Luke that, "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you." The Father had placed the knowledge of the times and seasons in His power. When the Holy Ghost comes upon us, we receive that power which contains the knowledge of the times and seasons. The apostles received that knowledge because they were obedient to Jesus' words. Luke recorded:
"And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49
Those who received the power tarried in Jerusalem until they were endued with that power from on high which contained the knowledge of the times and seasons. We, too, receive this knowledge when we are endued with this same power from on high.
One of Jesus' disciples came to Him and asked Him, "Why speakest thou unto them [the multitude] in parables" Jesus' reply was:
"Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Matthew 13:11
It is not given to the multitude to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. It is given only to His disciples, those who are following the anointing, hearing the Father's voice and are obedient to His Word.
Today many would have us believe the multitude is going to be saved. But Joel tells us:
"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3:14
When the day of the Lord comes, the multitudes are still in the valley of decision, vascilating between the way of God and the ways of the world, ever learning, never able to come to the knowledge of the truth, II Timothy 3:7
Paul informs us through the Spirit:
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." I Corinthians 2:12
We have been given the Spirit of God that we might know the things freely given of God. God does not want us to be ignorant of His Word, His will or His times and seasons. God has given us His Word that we may know the times and seasons, so that we may understand His seventh 1000 year day of creation.
By checking the chronology of the Bible, we know that the flood happened about 1000 years after man was expelled from the garden. God raised up Noah to protect His whole living creation on the ark, except those in the waters. This was the end of the first day of His creation.
Around the year 2000 Abraham was born. Abraham was called "The Father of Faith". Abraham taught "One God", and as Josephus informs us, Abraham was forced to flee from the Ur of the Chaldees and settle in a strange land that God had promised to His heirs. This was the end of the second day of creation.
Around the year 3000 David was called "a man after God's own heart". David was our example of a "repentant heart". This ended God's third day of creation.
Around the year 4000, Jesus was born of a virgin, fathered by the Holy Spirit of God. He was the living Word of God sent to mankind to bring God's salvation plan to His fallen creation. This was the end of God's fourth day of creation.
The 5000th year was the beginning of what is known as the "Dark Ages" when Christianity and morality were about extinguished. This was the era when many of the false religions began to get their foothold in the earth. This was the end of God's fifth day of creation.
At the beginning of the 6000th year, the light of the glorious gospel of Christ was again ignited. Revival broke out in many parts of the earth, and many great men of God truly showed signs and wonders in the earth. The New World was discovered. Since that time every discovery and invention that has given us our modern way of life were established. None of our modern conveniences were know to man before that time.
God's grace and wisdom has truly been poured out upon His creation man. But as we come to the end of this age, we are beginning to witness the darkness settling back over His creation, and God has been all but extinguished from man and his thought processes.
We are truly witnessing again the events of the tower of Babel, where man's languages have been confused. Every trade has its own language and those on the outside cannot communicate with those in their particular trades. This is certainly true with the computer industry. Without a knowledge of computer terms, one cannot communicate. Our languages today have certainly been confused. We are very quickly coming to the end of the sixth day, and the seventh day is on the horizon.
The Seventh Day and the Third Day
God measures time in two ways in His Word: one from His creation, and one from the birth of Jesus. If we measure time from the creation we are coming into the Seventh Day. If we measure time from the birth of Jesus we are coming into the Third Day. Both are the same day in the Bible.
God has given us many guideposts in His Word. Jesus spoke:
"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man." Luke 17:26
" . . .As it was in the days of Noah..." Noah lived 950 years. So all 950 years were the days of Noah. But God used Noah as a time piece that we may know the times and seasons.
Five The Number of Grace
When Noah was 500 years old, it was said that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, Genesis 6:82. It was the beginning of Noah's 500th year, when God commanded him to build the ark. It was the beginning of the 5000th year, when Jesus, the Word was made flesh, and came and dwelt among us, bringing Grace and Truth upon the earth, John 1:14.
Noah was 600 years old when the ark was completed. God told Noah to enter the ark and God sealed him in, Genesis 7:11. At the end of Noah's 600th year, God destroyed all His creation except that which was in God's protected place, those on the ark. God's judgment will come again at the end of His Sixth Day, or the end of His 6000th year of creation.
Noah was on the ark for 375 days; one year and 15 days, according to our calendar. God's Word records that it was the six hundredth and first year that Noah took the covering off the ark and earth was dry, Genesis 8:13.
When Noah walked off the ark on to a cleansed earth, it was the beginning of Noah's 700th year, or the beginning of his 7th day of existence. Our Seventh Day will be the day when we begin to live in a cleansed earth, having entered into His day of eternal rest. So as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of man. God has shown us so many ways that we may know the times and seasons. These revelations must be Spiritually discerned.
Another example God has given us is Israel entering into the promised land. God spoke to Joshua:
"And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore." Joshua 3:3-4
Israel was to follow their ark about two thousand cubits. The cubit is the measure of a man, Revelation 21:17. Man measures time by years. So, Spiritually we are to follow our ark about two thousand years, or two Spiritual days. These two days are the church age.
Jesus is our Ark of the Covenant.John, the beloved disciple, wrote:
"And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." I John 2:2
Jesus is our propitiation for sin. The word propitiation means "mercy seat". The mercy seat was the covering on the ark of the covenant. This is where God met with man once a year between the Cherubims.
Natural Israel was to follow their ark about two thousand cubits into their promised land, and we are to follow our ark, the Lord Jesus Christ, into our promise land, the kingdom of God about two thousand years. The church age is about over and the kingdom age of man is about to begin.
In the past the church had little understanding of overcoming our last enemy, death, I Corinthians 15:26. Their only hope was dying and going to heaven. But God's hope for His people in this time is not dying, ( Psalm 118:17) but living and entering into His presence.
The Third Day and the Seventh Day are referred to as "The Day of the Lord" throughout the Bible. The prophet Hosea spoke of the third day:
"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:2-3
Hosea spoke that it is after two days, or in the Third Day that God would revive us. The word revive is the Hebrew word HAYA and means "to restore to life again, or to live forever". When Hosea spoke of God reviving us, He was speaking of resurrection life. Paul wrote:
"Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." Romans 6:4-6
When we have truly been baptized into Jesus' death, and the old man is crucified, and the body of sin has been destroyed, then we will witness that glorious, resurrection life that Hosea spoke about. The word "body" does not speak of our physical body. It speaks of our sinful nature that must be destroyed, so that we no longer serve sin in our carnal nature. As Paul revealed, "Those who are truly dead are set free from their sinful nature". Paul continued:
"Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him." Romans 6:9
Death will have no more dominion over those whom God will revive. And as Hosea revealed, God is going to revive His people on the Third Day. Hosea continues, "God will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." There is no eternal life outside the presence of God. Hosea stated that if we are to live, we must live in His sight. In that time death will have no more dominion in our lives. Then, as Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." I Corinthians 15:26
Death has always been the enemy of man. Death will be overcome on the Third Day. Hosea did not say this happening would be automatic for all believers. He qualified our being revived by stating, "then shall we know IF...". The big IF in all this is IF we follow on to know the Lord. In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul had this same concern in his own walk with God. Paul cried:
"That I may know him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;" Philippians 3:10
Paul's heart's cry was to know Him and the power of His resurrection, the power of the Christ working in his life, changing him, killing off the old carnal man with his attitudes, his lusts, his shortcomings and his weaknesses. Paul's whole desire was to walk in the power of Christ, to be in the fellowship of His suffering. Certainly Paul came into that fellowship, because no man in recorded history ever suffered as Paul. Paul also wanted to be made conformable unto His death. Paul was not speaking of his physical death, but by suffering he could bring about the death of the old man, the Adam nature of fallen man. Paul wrote to the Galatians:
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Paul was crucified with Christ. Again, Paul was not speaking of his physical death, because he said, "I live". Paul was not living his own life. He was allowing Christ to live through him. Truly Paul was one who followed on to know the Lord. When it came time for Paul to lay his head on the chopping block, Paul simply stated:
"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:" II Timothy 4:6-7
Paul stated that it was the time for his departure from this life, that he had fought a good fight, and that he had finished his course and had kept the faith. Paul had followed on to know the Lord. He was not as some today, blaming satan for his every circumstance. Paul knew his time and his task was complete. The circumstances of his death mattered little.
Hosea continued with a great promise to those who follow on to know the Lord. Hosea stated, "His going forth is prepared as the morning". The way has been prepared for those who follow on to know the Lord as the morning, not after they die, but in this lifetime. The morning brings a New Day. The Third Day is that New Day. Those whom God has prepared their way before Him will walk into that New Day.
God promises that those who walk into that New Day will receive the rain [anointing], the latter and the former rain together. This speaks of the Double Portion Anointing that God will send upon His people. This anointing will enable them to do the greater works that Jesus proclaimed that they would do, John 5:20. The apostle James spoke of this Double Portion Anointing:
"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain." James 5:7
We are admonished to be patient and wait for the coming of the Lord. This is not speaking of His second coming, but for the anointing that He is going to send upon His harvest. The harvest is His precious fruit in the earth. This same Double Portion Anointing is the same revelation that God gave to the prophet Joel:
"Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month." Joel 2:23
The first month Joel spoke of is the beginning of that New Day, the Seventh Day of creation. Jesus also spoke of this harvest through the pen of John:
"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." John 4:35
Jesus informed us to look up to the fields. He stated that His fields are white already to harvest. The fields from which God will receive His harvest are white already. This harvest has already come to maturity before the time of harvest. His harvest will come from those who are white, ready to harvest. The word white is the word KEUKOS. It does not mean "ripe", but it means "glistening white, having a brilliance of its own".
This usage of the word "white" was used to denote the angels clothing at the tomb. It was used to describe the head and hair of Christ in Daniel 7:9 and Revelation 1:14. The word "white" also describes "innocency, purity, and righteousness". God is going to pour out His Double Portion Anointing on those who are "white" to harvest, those who are innocent. It is not because they have been forgiven their sin, but because through a change of mind and the killing off of the old man, they have ceased from sin to become that new creation in Christ Jesus. These have followed on to know the Lord. The way has been prepared for these to walk into that New Day, the Third Day or the Seventh Day that is coming upon the earth. Peter wrote that Jesus was our example that we should follow:
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:" I Peter 2:21
If we are to get to where Jesus is, on the right hand of the Father, then we must follow in His steps. There is no other way to the Father, John 14:6.
The Marriage Supper at Cana
John recorded Jesus' first miracle at Cana. As we view this miracle we are given an example of what God is going to do with those who follow on to know the Lord:
"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there." John 2:1
The Marriage Supper at Cana was celebrated on the Third Day. Jesus and His disciples were called to this marriage:
"And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto Him, They have no wine." John 2:3
When they wanted wine they were told, "They have no wine". Wine is the anointed Word of God, the true teachings of the Word. It is the Anointed Word which God's people need if they are to follow on to know the Lord.
As Jesus looked around He saw some water pots:
"And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece." John 2:6
There were six waterpots which the Jews used for ceremonial washing. These water pots were stone. Most of the waterpots used in that time were made of fired clay, not stone. Six is the number of man. These waterpots were stone, not hardened clay. Hardened clay reveals those who have been hardened to God's Word and His way. These stone waterpots were made of the living stones which Peter revealed:
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a Spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up Spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:5
These waterpots are those lively stones that God is building up into a Spiritual house.
The Two and Three Firkin Stone Waterpots
These waterpots were two and three firkins apiece. A firkin is a liquid measure of about nine gallons. We must take note that there were no one firkin waterpots at this marriage in Cana. The word Cana means "zealous".
As we search for the Spiritual understanding of this Third Day, we must begin to understand that the words that Jesus spoke were Spirit and they were life, John 6:63. Furthermore we must come to the understanding that the events that are used in God's Word have a Spiritual interpretation also.
These lively stones were two and three firkins apiece. The Spiritual significance of the two and three firkins is understood through Moses' Tabernacle. Moses' Tabernacle was given to us as a perfect picture of God's salvation plan for man. In Moses' Tabernacle there were three areas:
1 - The Outer Court
2 - The Holy Place
3 - The Most Holy Place
The first position in Moses' Tabernacle was the Outer Court. This represents the one firkin area. This is where man deals with his sin on the brazen altar and the laver. These vessels represent our forgiveness of sin and water baptism. This is as far as many have gone. They have not moved on to a Spiritual intervention in their lives. These remain in the one firkin area, and will not be part of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
To come into the two and three firkin area of Moses' Tabernacle requires a desire to go on to know the Lord through the Spirit. It requires a move into His Spiritual realm of understanding. Those who become these living stones will allow themselves to be malleable: broken, crushed, molded, and reformed by the washing of water by the Word through the cleansing fire of the Spirit.
Those who have been gospel hardened by their denominational doctrines, where they can only hear what their denomination system says is truth, will be rejected by the potter. These turn away from anything and everything the Spirit is trying to do in their lives.
Paul relates what our relationship with the Spirit must be:
"Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9b
Jesus instructed the servants at the wedding:
"Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them to the brim." John 2:7
Jesus told the servants to fill the waterpots with water. Water is the Word. The servants filled these stone waterpots to the brim with the Word of God. Those who are following on to know the Lord are filling themselves to the brim with the Word of God. God cannot use through you what you do not have in you.
"And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: but the servants which drew the water knew; the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, John 2:8-9
The miracle at the Marriage Supper was that the water in those stone waterpots was turned to wine. These are the two and three firkin waterpots who have filled themselves to the brim with the Word of God. These have moved into the Holy Place and are readying themselves to enter into the Holy of Holies into the presence of the Father. Today is the Day of Preparation. Our lamps must have the extra vessel of oil. God is going to anoint His Word and turn it into new wine in these prepared vessels. Joel spoke of that day:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim." Joel 3:18
". . .The mountains shall drop down new wine . . ." Those who dwell in Zion, the high places in God, the two and three firkin areas, are going to come forth with the anointed Word. The anointed, effervescent Word of God is going to flow from their innermost being as living waters. This new wine will not be put in old wineskins, but in that new creation man that God is bringing forth in the earth.
This new wine was taken to the governor of the feast. The governor of the feast is always the Father. When the governor of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, he called the bridegroom," John 2:9
"And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now." John 2:10
The Father asked why the bridegroom had saved his good wine until last. It is this new wine in new wineskins that the bridegroom has saved until last. This new wine is going to enable His body to do the greater works that Jesus revealed through the pen of John:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." John 14:12
Those who follow on to know the Lord will do the greater works. Jesus will enable His people to do these greater works because we will have a greater anointing, the Double Portion Anointing, the Early and Later Rain anointing that God is going to bring upon the earth.
God has saved this good wine until last. He is going to turn the Word of God in each of His prepared vessels, into the Living Word. This is the new wine that the bridegroom will present to Himself as a glorious church without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish, Ephesians 5:27.
As Jesus was called to the Marriage Supper at Cana, God has promised this same calling in His prepared people, those who have dealt with their old, carnal nature and have become holy and without blemish:
"And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God." Revelation 19:9
". . . Blessed are those who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb . . ." Jesus revealed that many are called, but only a few are chosen, Matthew 22:14. Those who are chosen will be those who are called in this hour of time to come out of self and self rule, These are those who have allowed the Word of God to change them from being those vessels of hardened clay into stone waterpots, These are those who have desired to move into the two and three firkin area of Moses' Tabernacle. These are stone waterpots filled to the brim with the life-giving Word of God, who will become that river of life, bringing life to everything it touches. This great feast of God takes place on the Third Day.
Jesus revealed another Spiritual truth when He went with His disciples into the mountain, and was transfigured before them:
"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart," Matthew 17:1
This was after six days, or on the Seventh Day.
"And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light." Matthew 17:2
Jesus was transfigured before them. The word transfigured is METAMORPHOO and means "to be changed into another form". His face and His clothing became white as light. This is the same personage of Jesus that Daniel saw:
"I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and Ancient of Days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool: His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire." Daniel 7:9
Jesus was also revealed in this same form to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire;" Revelation 1:14
The disciples were allowed to witness the risen, transfigured Christ in all His glory. This was recorded so that we may know how He will be revealed to all those who will stand in His presence on the Seventh Day.
"And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him." Matthew 17:3
Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke unto Jesus:
"Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." Matthew 17:4
Peter wanted to know if they should build three tabernacles. A tabernacle is a temporary dwelling place. As we begin to realize whom these three men represent, we can understand that we have a choice as to where we can dwell in our temporary existence in the flesh. First we see Jesus, the Word, made flesh:
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
Jesus represents those who choose to remain in their fleshly existence. Moses represents those who choose to remain under the law. Elijah represents those who follow on to know the Lord through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
We can live under the Law: Moses' Law or Man's Law; trying to please God by adhering to some Law. But Paul wrote to the Galatians:
"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Galatians 5:4
Those who are trying to keep the law are fallen from God's grace. These are those who try to follow man's religious laws. Paul asked:
"Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which are all to perish with the using; after the commandments and doctrines of men?" Colossians 2:20-22
All man's ordinances, commandments, and doctrines will perish. Only the true anointed Word of God will survive. Jesus revealed:
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away." Matthew 24:35
God's words are eternal and will never pass away.
The last place we can dwell in this temporary existence is represented by Elijah's presence.
Elijah represents our Spiritual existence. Paul wrote the Galatians:
"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:25
Not only do we need to learn to live in the Spirit. We also need to learn to walk in the Spirit. Our walk before God must be separated. In his letter to the Romans, Paul revealed:
"For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." Romans 8:13
Those who live in their fleshly existence will die as Jesus had to die that He might become the author of eternal salvation. Hebrews 4:9. We, too, must die to our fleshly existence if we are to become partakers of that eternal salvation. We must strive for this final change if we are to live after the Spirit and not after the flesh.
God's eternal glory was revealed to His disciples on the Seventh Day. Those who are in His presence on that day will witness God in all His glory:
"While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him." Matthew 17:5
A bright cloud overshadowed that mountain. A bright cloud is God's glory. His glory descended and overshadowed all that was being revealed that day. Then the voice of God revealed for the second time who Jesus was, and gave a commandment to all who desire to stand in His presence. That commandment was "Hear Ye Him".
"And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid." Matthew 17:6
When Jesus' disciples heard this voice, they fell on their face in reverential awe. Standing in the presence of men who had passed the earthly scene hundreds of years prior did not have this effect on them. But the Father's voice caused them to fall upon their faces. We, too, are to know the Father's voice. Jesus related:
"And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice." John 10:4
Those who know His voice will stand in His presence if they are obedient to that voice.
"And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only." Matthew 17:7-8
Jesus told His disciples to "arise", to lift up their eyes off their earthly existence. When they lifted their eyes, or raised their vision, they saw no man, only Jesus. When we get our eyes off our earthly condition and raise our vision, we, too, will get our eyes off man, and only see Jesus, Jesus in His creation man. We will no longer view His creation as man sees it, but we will see His creation as God sees it. This is promised for the Seventh Day.
Jesus revealed the Seventh Day to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet," Revelation 1:10
John was in the Spirit on the Lord's day. The Lord's Day is the Seventh Day, the "day of the Lord". If we ask those who desire to keep the law of the Sabbath, they will tell you their sabbath is the seventh day, and the seventh day is Saturday. Those who have been freed from the Law will relate that their Lord's day is Sunday. Man needs to have his spiritual eyes opened to the truths in God's Spiritual Word. Jesus was not referring to a day of the week, but a day in His creation. God had translated John through time to the Seventh Day of His creation. The revelation Jesus gave John would transpire in the time of the Seventh Day:
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John:" Revelation 1:1
Jesus informed John that this was a revelation of Himself, and that these events would shortly come to pass. The word shortly means "directly, speedily and quickly". It has been 1900 years since the revelation was given to John, and even in God's time 1900 years would not be deemed shortly, directly, speedily or quickly.
But with Spiritual understanding we do see that as the Seventh Day of God's creation approaches, these events will shortly come to pass. The whole Christian community senses that the seals are being removed from the book that contains the wrath of God. As soon as the last seal is removed, then the wrath of God will be revealed.
The trumpets announcing the wrath of God are beginning to sound. The time is shortly to come to pass when the bowls containing the wrath of God will be poured out. Those who have hidden themselves and have sought refuge in their earthly condition will call for the mountains and rocks to fall on them to hide them from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, Revelation 6:16. And as Jesus revealed to John:
"And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them." Revelation 9:6
What time is it? It is time for those who are called by His name to awake out of their Adam sleep as Paul wrote to the Romans:
"And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Romans 13:11
It is time God's people wake up to the hour in which we live. The completion of God's salvation plan for man is nearer than when we first believed. God promised He would shake the earth, but not the earth only, but the heavens also, Hebrews 12:26. The earth is the flesh realm. The heavens are the Spiritual realm. God is not only shaking our lives in the physical, but also in our Spiritual walk in Him.
Why is God shaking His people? God is shaking His people to awake His virgins out of their sleep, Matthew 25:5. The prophet Isaiah spoke of God's desire for His body in this last hour of time:
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1
It is time to arise and shine because God is ready to pour out His glory on those who know the times and the seasons. We need to look up and get our vision off of our earthly existence and off those around us, because as God spoke to Joshua, "..for ye have not passed this way heretofore." Joshua 3:4
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