THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, & JACOB

by Bill Burns
Faith Tabernacle
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
http://ft111.com

 

Once again, I found myself awakened in the darkness for the night watch. I was troubled about some things that recently transpired. I found myself in Psalm 77:3-6, "I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I have considered the days of old, The years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit makes diligent search."

The Lord then spoke and said, "My church must consider the days of old and remember the years of ancient times. Meditate upon these things and go forth in Spirit to search diligently for the truths of olden days." The Master then said, "It is time for My church to rediscover the ancient pathways. It is time to redeem the high places. It is time to re-establish the ancient boundaries, and it is time to rebuild the ancient cities that have become waste places."

A pause followed and then came these words: "I am the Lord your God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Walk before Me as Abraham did, and I will make My covenant with you and command My blessings upon you. Follow after Me as Isaac did and redig the ancient wells, and the living waters shall be yours. Come unto Me as Jacob did, and I shall bring you into My Father's house. The gate of heaven shall be opened to those who dwell in My house, and no good thing will I withhold from them."

Our journey now begins as we go in search of ancient paths, which will lead us into present truth. Let us begin our journey with Moses as he first meets the God of the burning bush. Exodus 3:1-6 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, "I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn." So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." Then He said, "Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. Moreover He said, "I am the God of your father; the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

The Lord wants us to rediscover the ancient truths which He revealed through Moses as it relates to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and then becomes relevant to the church in this present time.

The church has entered into the Third Day of Christ (from His birth) and into the Seventh Day of God (from creation). 2 Peter 3:8 establishes the prophetic principal that one prophetic day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as one day. I, personally, believe that the third day of Christ and the seventh day of God began on the Feast of Trumpets this year. The question is: Can we find this pattern in the scriptures as they relate to ancient times and to Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

It was on the third day that God called Moses up to the top of the mountain. The third day began with the trumpet of God. Exodus 19:16-20, "Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up."

For the present day this points to the release of revelation knowledge to those who will go up the ancient pathway to the top of the mountain.

Again, the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain (ancient heights) and gave Moses the revelation of the tabernacle. It was on the seventh day that God called to Moses. Exodus 24:15-18, "Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain. Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights."

It was then that God gave Moses the pattern of the tabernacle which consisted of three parts -- the outer court, the Holy place and the Holy of Holies. The church is now moving into the third day (third position) into the Holy of Holies where the glory of God abides.

Now we will apply this pattern to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and bring this revelation to present truth for the Third Day Church.

First Position (the outer court) as it relates to Abraham and also to us: The brazen altar and the laver are in the outer court. This is where we are called out of the world as Abraham was. Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

Here is where we begin our journey on the ancient path that Abraham walked. This path is one of covenant promise as we come to the brazen altar, to the place that the blood is shed and the sacrifice is confirmed by fire.

In Genesis 15 the Lord makes covenant promises to Abraham and seals the covenant as He walks through the blood sacrifice prepared by Abraham. Genesis 15:17-18, "And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces.On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates."

The symbols given (torch and smoking oven) represent the brazen altar where Jesus becomes our blood sacrifice and baptizes us with fire...baptized into Christ and His covenant of eternal life.

Then, we must walk with Abraham to redeem the high places. Genesis 22:1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.

This journey begins at the laver (in the outer court). The brazen altar represents the place of justification, and the laver represents the place of sanctification. It is the place of washing of the water by the word (command of God) where the priests wash their hands and feet. Sanctification demands obedience to the word of God.

This is Abraham's test -- to be obedient to God's direction. Again, this took place on the third day. This is how the high places are redeemed. Obedience will break down the self-exalted places that we establish as idols. When we are obedient to be willing to sacrifice our Isaac (the self nature that we rejoice in), then God will provide the Ram caught by its horns. Horns represent authority, and when we are caught by the Ram's horns (Christ's rule), then the high places in our lives will be redeemed. Then, we can redeem the land as outlined in Ezekiel 36:1-10.

Second Position (the Holy place) as it relates to Isaac and also to us. It is Isaac that re-establishes the boundaries of covenant promise as we move into the Holy place to receive the living waters. Proverbs 22:28, "Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set."

The Holy place is where we receive the fullness of the Spirit as represented by the candlestick (7 lamps). Number 7 is God's number of completion or fullness. Jesus likened the Spirit of God to water (see John 7:37-39). The fullness of the Spirit comes as we feed on the showbread (word of God) and as we pour incense (our prayers) on the golden altar. As we add oil (the Spirit) to the candlestick, our light burns brighter and illumination (revelation) increases.

Isaac re-established the boundaries of the land which Abraham had established by redigging the wells that the enemy had plugged up. The last well that Isaac dug was in Beersheba which means the well of seven. The water of seven (fullness) of the Spirit which is also represented by the 7 lamps of the candlestick.

The church must, therefore, re-establish the power of the living water which was given on the Day of Pentecost. We must re-establish the ancient boundaries and redig the ancient wells until we have the fullness of the Spirit of God (the promise of the Father). The enemy has plugged many of these wells up by stealing the truth of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is now the Third Day and, therefore, time for these ancient boundaries to be established, for this is God's purpose. Acts 17:26-27 "And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us."

Third Position (the Holy of Holies) as it relates to Jacob and also to us. Jacob represents our final destination, the Holy of Holies where we see God face to face. When we have seen God face to face then we can rebuild the foundations and walls, and re-hang the gates to the ancient ruins of the cities of God. Isaiah 61:4, "And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations."

Genesis 28 records the story of Jacob's first encounter in God's house. Jacob laid his head on Christ, the Cornerstone, and he saw Jesus, the ladder of God (John 1:51), extending into heaven. Jacob poured oil on the Rock, identifying Jesus as the Anointed One, and he called the place Bethel (house of God) and said, "This is the gate of heaven."

Later Jacob wrestled with God. Genesis 32:24-31, Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks." But he said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!" So He said to him, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob." And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed." Then Jacob asked, saying, "Tell me Your name, I pray." And He said, "Why is it that you ask about My name?" And He blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: "For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." Just as he crossed over Peniel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip.

Jacob's way of walking is changed, and therefore, his name is changed to Israel (prince with God). Jacob no longer walks by the power of his flesh, but now he must walk by the Spirit. The name "Peniel" means face of God. This is what we are seeking in this, the third day -- the face of God. Later God sent Jacob back to Bethel (Genesis 35), and this time he called the place El Bethel which means the God of the house of God. Jacob had seen God face to face and then he knew the God of the house.

Jacob was now walking in the Spirit, so he was moved by the Spirit to go to Ephrath (the ancient name for Bethlehem). Bethlehem was only 5 miles from Bethel, but Jacob had to go to the birthing place. Rachel's name means "a lamb." The Lamb had to die so that the sons of the right hand (Benjamin) could be born in Bethlehem, so that one day Jesus, the Lamb of God, could be born there and later die for us.

We, then, are the sons of the right hand of the last generation -- those of the third day who repair the cities of God (cities of refuge) so that the gate of heaven can again be opened over the house of God and the fullness of the Master's power can be visible in this earth.

Later, when Jacob was about to die, he had Joseph put his hand under his thigh (Genesis 47:29). This was a sign of an oath taken, but to Jacob it was more than that. It represented the ability to walk in the power of the Spirit, and this promise of the Father to the sons of the right hand would be that which would enable them to do the works of God.

These ancient truths must be rediscovered so that the third-day church, the present-day sons of the right hand can go forth at the Master's direction to:
Rediscover the ancient paths
Redeem the ancient high places
Re-establish the ancient boundaries and redig the wells
Rebuild the ancient waste places, the cities of refuge, the modern-day Bethels over which the gate of heaven shall be opened.

And, this is why it will happen: Daniel 7:21-22, "I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom."


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