The Third Day Defined
As Christians we have the privilege of understanding the mysteries of the kingdom in which we live. The Lord Jesus Christ made this wonderful statement in Matthew 13:11, "It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven."
The mysteries of God are hidden truths; they are secret things that the Lord reveals to those who seek Him.
Amos 3:7, "Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets."
The revelation of the Third Day Church is one of the mysteries of the kingdom that the Lord is unsealing in this present time. The following is one of the prophetic words that the Lord has spoken about this subject:
"The Lord says, I am indeed bringing you into the Third Day Ministry, and it will be earmarked by the resurrection power of My kingdom. For, not only have I spoken it in My word, but it has been prophesied to you and preached to you. It exists within the realm of your spirit man now, for in your spirit man abides eternal life. Out of that eternal life shall flow forth the power of resurrection, the power of glory that I have desired to bring My people into. I say unto you that the angels themselves desire to see what I am about to do.
The heroes of faith that you have read about in My Word desire to see what you will do with the Third Day anointing and Third Day power. For, there comes forth a company of redeemed in the manifest presence of My power, and I say to you that the dead shall arise. I say to you that the blind shall see. I say to you that the lame shall walk. I say to you the prison house doors shall be opened, for the gates of hell shall not prevail against My church! For three days and three nights I was in the belly of hell itself stripping Satan of his authority, and I defeated him there. Now you shall go forth and complete the work that I have begun by first defeating him in your life and then in the lives of others, for this is the Third Day power of My ministry that I am bringing forth. So, I say to you, rise up by the Spirit; ascend Zion's hill. Come to Me with faith and expectation, for I will anoint you with the oil of gladness and the oil of joy. As I anoint you, My resurrection power shall flow through you, and you will come down from that mountain in the power of the Third Day ministry and the resurrection power that comes forth from Me. I give it to you, says the Lord God Almighty, for it is within My purpose and My timing. Now comes the Third Day power of resurrec-tion. Come into it!"
Revelation of the Third Day begins with the understanding that a prophetic day is equal to 1,000 literal years. This concept is given to us by the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 3:8, "But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
The context for this verse is established in verses 3 through 7 and has to do with the creation of the world. We know from the Genesis account that God created the earth in six days and rested on the seventh day. If a prophetic day is equal to 1,000 years, then the six days in which God created the earth is equated to 6,000 years of time. The seventh day is the beginning of the seventh millennium of rest.
The seventh prophetic day is mentioned in 2 Peter 3:10 and is referred to as the Day of the Lord. The reason that God the Father ceased from His works upon completion of the sixth day is that the seventh day was to be completed by His Son, Jesus Christ. This thousand-year period of time is referred to in Revelation 20:6, "They (the saints of God) shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years."
Many bible teachers dispute the theory that the passage of scripture in 2 Peter can be applied prophetically. However, there is further evidence that supports this idea found in the epistle of Barnabas, believed to have been written shortly after the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. Barnabas was most likely the Apostle Paul's companion who went with Paul to Antioch.
Acts 11:25-26 "Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."
This is what Barnabas wrote in chapter 15, verses 1 through 5: "Furthermore, concerning the Sabbath it is also written, in the Ten Words; which he spoke to Moses face to face on Mount Sinai: And sanctify the Lord's Sabbath, with clean hands and a clean heart. And in another place he says: If my sons guard the Sabbath, then I will bestow my mercy upon them. He speaks of the Sabbath at the beginning of the creation: And God made the works of his hands in six days and finished on the seventh day, and rested on it, and sanctified it. Observe, children, what he finished in six days means. It means this: that in six thousand years the Lord will bring everything to an end, for with him a day signifies a thousand years. Therefore, children, in six days--that is, in six thousand years everything will be brought to an end. And He rested on the seventh day. This means: When His Son comes, He will destroy the time of the lawless one...."
We have just entered into the seventh millennium, which is the seventh day of God from creation. This covers the years 4000 BC to 1 BC, which is 4,000 years, and it includes the 2,000 years from Christ's birth in 1 BC to 2000 AD, which is 2,000 years. Thus, we have the six prophetic days of God, which is equal to 6,000 literal years.
The Seventh Day of God and the Third Day of Christ both began in the year 2000 AD. The Third Day of Christ is calculated from 1 BC to 2000 AD which is 2,000 years or two prophetic days.
In context with the scriptures that we used in 2 Peter, chapter 3, to establish the concept of the six days of creation equaling 6,000 years, we have another reveal-ing scripture.
2 Peter 3:2, "That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets."
The prophet that reveals the Third Day of Christ is Hosea.
Hosea 6:1-3, "Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know; let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth."
Some have asked, "How do you know that the timing of this scripture has to do with the birth of Christ rather than the crucifixion; after all Jesus was resurrected on the third day?" My answer is because the next prophetic scripture in Hosea has to do with Jesus, Bethlehem's child.
Hosea 11:1, "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son."
This scripture is referred to in Matthew 2:15, "And was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, 'Out of Egypt I called My Son.' "
Also the Seventh Day of God and the Third Day of Christ must coincide in order for both to be the Day of the Lord.
The first partial fulfilling of Hosea 6:1-3 took place when Jesus arose from the dead on the third day. However, He has not yet raised the church up in the rapture to live in His sight. He must first come to the church, to the earth, like the latter and former rain before He comes for His church to take it from the earth.
Hosea chapter 6, verses 1-3, gives the church some glorious promises:
1. Restoration is promised for the Third Day. The promise for returning to the Lord, our First Love, is that He will revive us and heal us and bind up our wounds.
2. He will raise us up at the time of the rapture, but before that He will raise some up in Spirit, in His sight, and give them revelation knowledge of His end-time plans. I had a dream that startled me. It was so real. I was in church talking to someone about the Holy Spirit. I said that we have to get past the mind into the realm of the Spirit, and when I said the word "Spirit" the church began to fill up with the glory of God to the extent that I could not see anybody. It began to move me at accelerated speed in an upward fashion that jolted me awake. It seemed very real and was tangible. He is going to so captivate us in the power of His Spirit. He is going to elevate us in heavenly realms where we receive revelation from God, marching orders from God, mandates from God, and we will go speedily to the places that God sends us to carry out His work as His ambassadors. And, the Lord says, "On the Third Day I will raise you up into My presence so that you can see Me face to face, that you might receive that which I have spoken to you. You will have revelation knowledge and never again be confined to the natural realm or move by what is natural. But, you will have seen, and you will have heard spiritually that which gives direction. In that direction, you will make haste and speedily you shall go forth. My purposes are now being established in all of the earth. The times of redemption are now coming to a place of completion."
3. He will come to us like the rain of the Spirit, a double-portion anointing. The former rain represents the anointing of the Old Testament prophets. The latter rain represents the anointing of the apostles.
4. His coming forth is a set time established as the morning, a new day, the Third Day. Psalm 110 declares that this day will come forth in the beauty of holiness from the "womb of the morning." It will be the day of His power when the rod of His strength, His authority, will be sent forth from His church, Zion. His word to His people is, "Rule in the midst of your enemies."
The Third Day is a day of victory. Hallelujah! It is the day of the Master's power in which He will give His church the gift of faith. As we are lifted up into His presence, the Author of our faith will quicken us, and a new dimension of faith will be given. The following is a word the Lord gave me:
Shall not My Third Day Church walk in a dimension of glorious faith? Faith that extends beyond the normal, faith without measure that is yours by inheritance, faith that will lift you, faith that will compel you, faith that will reveal unto you the knowledge of the Lord, faith that will magnify Me as I work through you as witnesses in the world to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons. I have given the Spirit of faith to you today that you might be moved on the wings of faith according to the gift of the faith of the Holy Ghost that you might be elevated in your believing and your ability and potential to receive according to covenant promise all that I have for you. You would say, Why? I would simply say, because it is time! It is the day of the resurrection power, which is the earmark of the Third Day, and now it will begin to flow forth as I magnify Myself in My people, and I must magnify Myself in My people before I can magnify Myself through My people. For, you must be brought to new levels of faith and understanding, new levels of wisdom by which your faith operates. I say unto you today, take a step up in the Spirit. Launch out into the deep. Move where you have never moved before. Release your spirit and let it come before My throne to receive the witness of the Holy Ghost that you might be elevated, never again to return to that low level of faith that you have demonstrated in the earth before. Come, My people! Come and receive. Come and enjoy My presence. Come and receive the gift of faith."
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now life in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. (KJV)
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