Chapter 10

The Third Day Anointing

 

 

The Lord recently told me that the book of Third John was for the Third Day Church.  It is the only book that is a “third” epistle.  This little book of only fourteen verses powerfully identifies God's purposes and blessings for the Third Day Church.

 

In order to receive revelation of this third epistle, one must perceive that God is speaking to His church.  The book is written to Gaius who represents the church.  The name Gaius means "on earth."  In other words, this letter is to those who are on the earth in the Third Day Church.

 

3 John 1:2  Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

 

In this verse the Holy Spirit has made intercession for the Third Day Church.  The blessing will be one of prosperity in every area.  As a result of this prayer for the church, an anointing for prosperity will be released in this Third Day.  This anointing will generate faith that will call forth provision for those who dwell in Zion.    If your spirit is prospering, your soul will prosper.  The prayer declares that we will prosper in all things.  That means spiritual blessings,  gifts and revelation, and it also means that the soul will rest in God in this Seventh Day, the Sabbath rest, and will find peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

 

This perfect rest in Him will provide a flow of supernatural energy and health for our physical bodies. This promise is for all things and would, therefore, include God’s provision for those material things, which we require.  What a glorious promise for those who abide in His glory on the Third Day.

 

Verses 3-4 and 8 tell us that the Third Day Church will walk in truth - sound doctrine and revelation knowledge.  The exhortation to the Third Day Church in Hosea 6:3 is, "Let us know (Him), let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord."  And, the promise is that He will come to us as the rain of the Spirit.  This rain of God's Spirit will bring words of knowledge and wisdom to the Third Day Church.  The Holy Spirit will reveal Jesus more fully to those who pursue the knowledge of the Lord.

 

Verses 5-7 speak of the faithfulness that the Third Day Church will walk in, faithful to God and to the brethren.  Faithfulness will be demonstrated through provision to the stranger, brethren sent by God to us for help.  The love of God will be the catalyst that bonds the Third Day Church together.

 

Verses 9-10 warn us about those who will desire to have preeminence and will try to take over and control the Third Day Church.  We must set a watch for those who will be sent by Satan to undermine what God has purposed.

 

Verses 11-12 exhort us to overcome evil with good so that we, like Demetrius, will have a good testimony that all may see.  We must operate from a position of truth as children of the light.  The truth will set us free, and the truth will keep us free.

 

Verse 13 tells us that many things could have been written to us that were not.

 

John 21:25  And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

 

Verse 14 reveals why all things were not written.  It is because He wants to tell His Third Day Church, those who are His friends, face to face!

 

That, which the seven thunders spoke, was sealed up as mysteries for the Third Day Church to unseal.  The Lord wants to speak to this generation face to face even as He did to Moses.  God met with Moses face to face and revealed the hidden mysteries recorded in the book of Genesis.

 

No man was there to witness the creation account, but God showed it to Moses as He spoke to Him face to face.  Oh, what wonders await the Third Day Church!  What glorious mysteries He will reveal in these days!  I have a feeling that the Lord has saved some of His best surprises for last.

 

This promise of being face to face with the Lord is also established in Hosea 6:2, "On the third day He will lift us up that we may live (abide) in His sight."  And there we shall find ourselves face to face with the Glorious One. And, we shall be changed from glory to glory into the image of the One that we are beholding.

 

As we abide in the presence of Christ, the Anointed One with His anointing, we shall receive an impartation of the Third Day anointing, which will be an anointing of resurrection power that will be produced by the glory of God.

 

Jesus is the Son of David, and He is ruling from the throne of David.  The throne of David that Jesus is ruling from is set over the restored tabernacle of David (Zion).  Therefore, the Third Day Church of the first born will have a Davidic anointing.

 

1 Samuel 16:13 tells us that when Samuel anointed David, "the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward."

 

The Holy Spirit coming upon David was a foreshadowing of the Holy Spirit coming upon the New Testament believers.  Jesus spoke of this great happening in Acts 1:8 when He said, "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you."

 

This coming upon by the Holy Spirit is not the born-again experience.  In the born-again experience the Holy Spirit comes within.  The coming upon of the Holy Spirit is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  This is what occurred on the Day of Pentecost in Acts, chapter 2.  The baptism of the Holy Spirit empowers and anoints one for service.

 

The word "anointed" means to be smeared upon or rubbed against by the Holy Spirit.  This action by the Holy Spirit anoints the person and supernaturally enables him/her to have divine power for specific functions.

 

The prophet, Isaiah, prophetically speaks to those who will dwell in Zion:

 

Isaiah 10:24  Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: "O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt."

 

The Assyrian is symbolic of Satan's demonic powers that oppress God's people.  Isaiah is also speaking about the Third Day of Christ, the Day of the Lord.

 

Isaiah 10:27  It shall come to pass in that day That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, And his yoke from your neck, And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.

 

What a wonderful promise this is!  The Third Day anointing will be powerful enough to break the yokes that have had much of the church in bondage until this point in time.  Those who dwell in Zion will have three anointings like David had.

 

The Spirit of the Lord that came upon David, when he was anointed by Samuel, manifested in three specific ways.  David was anointed as a prophet, a priest, and a king.  The Third Day anointing will be a combination or mixture of these three anointings.

 

The anointing of a prophet was manifested in David as that of a psalmist.  This prophetic gift brought forth prophecy in song.  David was a prophetic worshipper.  Those in the Third Day Church will be prophetic in nature, and they will also be anointed and break Satan's yokes of bondage.  When David played and sang for Saul, the tormenting spirits fled.

 

David also prophesied by the Spirit, and so will the Third Day Church.  Prophetic intercession and proclamation will pull down Satan's strongholds.  This prophetic anointing will destroy Satan's yokes and set captives free.

 

David was also anointed as a priest after the order of Melchizedek.  David was able to eat the showbread from the temple in 1 Samuel 21:6.  Only a priest could eat showbread.  David also ministered in dance  before the Lord in 2 Samuel 6:14.

 

The Third Day Church will also have a priestly anointing to minister to the Lord in fellowship, and as they do, they will receive the bread of heaven, which is revelation knowledge.  The psalmist said, "I know more than my teachers because the Lord has taught me."  (Psalm 119:99)

 

This priestly anointing will also be a pastoral anointing, which will allow those in the Third Day Church to minister the word in power to those God sends them to.  Revelation 1:6 tells us that we are priests and kings of God.

 

The third anointing that the Third Day Church will have is a kingly anointing.  This will be an apostolic anointing of power to rule and reign with Christ.  This apostolic anointing will produce the power necessary to cast out demons and heal the sick.

 

The Third Day Church will rule in power in the midst of God's enemies.  The enemy will not be found ruling over those in Zion.  The combination of these three anointings will cause the church to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit in the likeness of Jesus.

 

Acts 10:38  "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him."

 

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