Chapter 2

The Third Day Revealed in Christ

 

 

The miraculous ministry of Jesus Christ began on a third day and culminated on a third day.  John chapter 2 records the beginning of Christ's miracle working ministry.

 

John 2:1  On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

John 2:2  Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.

John 2:3  And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine."

John 2:4  Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."

John 2:5  His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."

John 2:6  Now there were set there six water pots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.

John 2:7  Jesus said to them, "Fill the water pots with water." And they filled them up to the brim.

John 2:8  And He said to them, "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast." And they took it.

John 2:9  When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.

John 2:10  And he said to him, "Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!"

John 2:11  This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

 

You will notice that this third day prophetically points to a wedding feast.  We can then expect that the wedding feast of Jesus and His bride will take place early in the Third Day.  We also notice that verse 6 refers to six water pots of stone.  These represent man (six is the number of man) who was created on the sixth day.  Jesus had these water pots filled with water, a type of the Holy Spirit, and changed it to wine, which represents the blood of Jesus.  So, by the power of His blood and Spirit, He would take away the stone heart of man and give us a new heart of flesh that would love Him.

 

Ezekiel 11:19  "Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,

Ezekiel 11:20  that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God."

 

We can also see that the best wine will be reserved for the end of the Church Age.  New wine will be poured into new wineskins.  These new wine skins will be the temple that the Holy Spirit will indwell.  We are the new wineskins, which are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

 

1 Corinthians 3:16  Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

 

Haggai 2:9  "The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former", says the LORD of hosts. "And in this place I will give peace," says the LORD of hosts.

 

The earthly ministry of Jesus Christ was also concluded on a third day.  We have come to know that day as Resurrection Day.  This was the day Jesus spoke of in Luke 13:32 when He said, "The third day I shall be perfected."  He was speaking of the day that He would be glorified and His body of flesh would be resurrected.

 

The essence of the Third Day is depicted by the resurrection.  Jesus Himself gave the prophecy.

 

John 2:18  So the Jews answered and said to Him, "What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?"

John 2:19  Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

John 2:20  Then the Jews said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?"

John 2:21  But  He was speaking of the temple of His body.

 

The body of Jesus was put in a tomb and lay motion-less for two days.  Then came the third day, and Christ Jesus who said, "I am the resurrection and the life,"  (John 11:25) conquered death and the grave.  Resurrection power exploded in that lifeless form in the tomb, and on the third day the Master of Life forever shouts, "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death."  (Revelation 1:18)

 

Resurrection power shall be the earmark of the Third Day Church.

 

In addition to the Third Day signs with which Jesus began and finished His ministry, He also gave us several other signs during His ministry that point to the Third Day.  One of the most significant of these is recorded in Matthew chapter 16 and 17.

 

These chapters give us a preview of Jesus coming in the glory of His kingdom.

 

Matthew 16:27  "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

Matthew 16:28  "Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

Matthew 17:1  Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves.

 

The prophetic word given by the Lord in chapter 6, verse 28, is fulfilled seven days later (after six days).  Remember that the Third Day of Christ and the Seventh Day of God are the same.  The high mountain in Matthew 17:1 represents Zion, which we will speak of later.

 

The glory of Christ was revealed on the mountain top.

 

Matthew 17:2  and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

Matthew 17:3  And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.

Matthew 17:4  Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

Matthew 17:5  While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"

Matthew 17:6  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.

Matthew 17:7  But Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid."

Matthew 17:8  When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

 

The prophetic Seventh Day has already been revealed in Matthew 7:1, and there are two more symbols of the Third Day given in these passages of scripture.

 

Jesus took with Him three disciples--Peter, James and John--who represent the Third Day Church.  These three then saw Jesus with Moses and Elijah, and these three represent the power that the Third Day Church will walk in.

 

Jesus, of course, represents the ruling authority of the church; He is the Head of the church.  Moses repre-sents the apostles of the end-time church, and Elijah represents the prophets that will work with the apostles to restore the foundations (of doctrinal truth) of the church that have eroded down through the centuries.

 

Ephesians 2:19  Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

Ephesians 2:20  having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone,

Ephesians 2:21  in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,

Ephesians 2:22  in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

 

This prophetic vision was such a marvelous thing to behold that Peter, overwhelmed with joy, said, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

 

The Third Day apostles and prophets will begin to restore doctrinal truth, and the revelation of those truths will release glory and power in the house of God.  The Third Day Church will be those who see Jesus only, for He is the author and finisher of our faith.

 

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Hebrews 12:2  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Another hidden passage in the scriptures that reveals the power of the Third Day is found in the account of what took place before Lazarus was raised from the dead.

 

John 11:1  Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

John 11:2  It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.

John 11:3  Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick."

John 11:4  When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it."

John 11:5  Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

John 11:6  So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.

 

Verse 6 tells us that Jesus waited two more days  where He was.  This points prophetically to the Third Day from the day that Christ received the message that  Lazarus was dead.  The Third Day of Christ, in our day, is to be one of resurrection power.  This same power with which Jesus raised Lazarus is to be the earmark of the Third Day Church.

 

In verse 25 Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life.”  He was telling Martha that the resurrection is not just an event.  He was also telling the present-day church, the Marthas who are busy with religious exercise, that His ministry is more than religious busyness.  Jesus is also telling us that He wants to demonstrate resurrection power through His church before the rapture.

 

To make His point, He raises Lazarus from the dead.  We don't know what killed Lazarus, but we do know that the chief religious leaders wanted to kill him after Jesus raised him from the dead (John 12:10).

 

Lazarus was prepared for burial according to tradition, religious tradition.  He was bound hand and foot with strips of cloth soaked in spices.  Jesus spoke with the voice of resurrection power, and Lazarus came forth from the grave, from religious death, no life in the Spirit.  But, he was still bound.

 

John 11:43  Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"

John 11:44  And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."

 

This story is one of resurrection power, which foreshadows the Third Day.  However, Jesus did not raise Lazarus on the third day even though He went to Bethany in Third Day power.

 

Lazarus was raised on the fourth day.  This number, four, also foreshadows the power that God wants to demonstrate through His church.  The number four represents the ministry of God in and through man.  Three is the number of the Trinity (God), plus one (man).

 

Even though Jesus was God, His ministry power was made manifest through the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38).  We are to follow His example (Acts 1:8 and Mark 16:14-18).  Now let's go back to John 11:44 and consider what Jesus commanded.  "Loose him, and let him go," was directed to the Third Day Church.

 

Lazarus is a picture of those who have been called out of dead religion.  His name means "without help."  The Third Day Church is called to loose them from their bondages and bring them into the glorious liberty of the Third Day.  Who is Jesus speaking to?   He is speaking to those who were standing there and saw this glorious event.

 

How then does this relate to us?  It is like this:  Those who are standing in the revelation of what God has in mind for the Third Day Church will see.  They will have vision for the resurrection power of the Third Day, and they will loose the captives and bring them into His glorious light.

 

The traditional church will try to put to death those who are raised from dead works even as the chief priests wanted to kill Lazarus after he was raised up.  Those who are raised up will have to come out of the old systems, or they will be put to death again.

 

These events are recorded in the written word of God, and the scriptures cannot be broken.  The apostle Peter, who saw Jesus in His glory on the Mount of Transfiguration, made a most amazing statement in his second epistle:

 

2 Peter 1:16  For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

2 Peter 1:17  For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

2 Peter 1:18  And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

2 Peter 1:19  And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

 

Peter said that the prophetic word, which we have received, is more sure evidence than the eyewitness account of that which he saw on the Mount of Transfiguration.  The revelation of these scriptures is a light that shines in our hearts, and this light points to the dawning of a new day, the Third Day, in which the Morning Star shall reveal the hidden mysteries of His kingdom which will produce resurrection power.

 

Let us, therefore, arise and by faith prepare ourselves for this new day, the Third Day of His power.

 

Isaiah 60:1  Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.

Isaiah 60:2  For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

 

Eph 5:14  Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."

 

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