2PE 3:8 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.
LUK 13:31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
In Pentecost, there were gifts of the Spirit which includes casting out of devils and healing. But these gifts were more directed at temporary fixes of the maladies of mankind and did not include, even in the case of Lazarus, the impartation of translation so that death permanently ceased. Jesus was looking forward to the day when the body of Christ would be perfected - but, in the meantime - the fivefold ministry apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers were empowered at Pentecost to work the process of perfecting the saints.
So, if Jesus said that this process would go on for two days and then in the third day he would be perfected - what does this mean? Perhaps, He was giving us a clue that age of Pentecost would go on for two days - symbolic of 2000 years - and then there would be the dawning of the third day (millennium) in which He would be perfected and admired in His saints. Consider the following verse about the dawning?
MAT 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west;
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Before the sun comes up, it is very dark. But a very small glimmer of light begins to appear in the east and by a gradual process it comes out of the east, moving to the west, and illuminates the day. Rather than one specific date, it is a gradual and continuing process. Was everything completed on the day of Pentecost? - certainly not! - but it started there. Are we now seeing the very small glimmer of light announcing the beginning of the dawning of the third day? We can have two attitudes concerning the coming events. Depending on the order of the stoicheions of our mind, we will either dread it or look forward to it. If we live in a mind set under the law and its impending judgment we will fear it.
HEB 12:18 For ye came not near to the mount touched and scorched with fire, and to blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 and a sound of a trumpet, and a voice of sayings, which those having heard did entreat that a word might not be added to them,
20 for they were not bearing that which is commanded, 'And if a beast may touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or with an arrow shot through,'
21 and, (so terrible was the sight,) Moses said, 'I am fearful exceedingly, and trembling.'
22 But, ye came to Mount Zion, and to a city of the living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of messengers,
23 to the company and assembly of the first-born in heaven enrolled, and to God the judge of all, and to spirits of righteous men made perfect,
Whether they will admit it or not, many of the churches are still under the mindset of the law. And they see God forever frying and roasting the wicked with only their little group of true believers escaping. But, perhaps those coming upon Mount Zion have already been processed to have a different outlook and will stand in the gap for the world and petition the Father to cut short those days of tribulation.
How could it be that those that come upon mount Zion would be instrumental in shortening the days of tribulation? Some may find the plural use of the word "saviours" in the verse below troubling - but didn't Jesus come to teach us to be like Him? And astounding as it may seem, did He not say that He would empower us to do greater works than He did while he walked the earth?
OBA 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.
ROM 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
MAT 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved:
but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
JOH 14:12 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.
Now that we have laid this foundational background, let us proceed on to the main topic of this writing which is about the journey through the crystal sea. What does this journey have to do with the elements being dissolved by fire and new heavens and a new earth?
REV 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
We think that most of you would agree with us that Peter's writing points to a further dissolving of the old way of thinking - even of the Pentecostal mind - and looking forward to totally putting on the mind of Christ. When our mind has been transformed, then our body can be transformed - so said Paul: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." ROM 12:1 2 Well, unfortunately, saints still die, so there must be some further renewing of the mind so that the body can be saved. As Paul wrote: "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1TH 5 23 However, Paul recognized that even though Pentecost was wonderful, it was still an in-part work and that further work still had to be done so that the saints could be fully transfigured. Strangely enough, he referred to it being like a glass? Could be that Paul was seeing the underside of the sea of glass and that a work of ascension still had to be done before one could stand upon the glassy sea - victorious in overcoming the name and number of the beast mind? Was Paul asking us to mature from the childish things of the law and the teenage growth stage of Pentecost into the fullness of the love and saviourship manifested by Christ? What do you think?
1CO 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Rolling Up Your Courts (Heavens)
We can see the plan of salvation in the tabernacle. The outer court of the sacrifices is the court of the law - an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth - the death of the Lamb for our salvation. The middle court is the court of Pentecost - where one eats the shewbread of the Word in the light of the candlestick of the Sevenfold Spirit. The inner court begins to reveal the secrets of the Melchisedec priesthood. But, as wonderful as these truths are, it is only the beginning of the ascension from between the Cherubim (His footstool) upward toward the throne of God. For these three outer courts must be rolled up so that we might ascend through the glassy sea and stand before the very throne of God. As wonderful as they are, the old earth and heavens must be dissolved! See the scripture in Hebrews below - the Most High is saying that the garments of our mind - our mantle must be changed! The old must be rolled up to make way for the new! Are you ready to roll?
HEB 1:10 and, 'Thou, at the beginning, Lord, the earth didst found, and a work of thy hands are the heavens;
11 these shall perish, and Thou dost remain, and all, as a garment, shall become old,
12 and as a mantle Thou shall roll them together, and they shall be changed, and Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.' (YLT)
2PE 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements [stoicheions] shall melt with fervent heat?
ISA 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.
REV 6:14 and heaven departed as a scroll rolled up, and every mountain and island - out of their places they were moved;
The next page shows the plan of salvation in the Tabernacle in the wilderness. As you trace through this from the outer court, you may reach an unfamiliar step. This is the next step in your spiritual walk. However, we must be willing to let Jesus and El Elyon do a quick work, because all of this is about to be rolled up and dissolved. The Tabernacle in the wilderness describes our present earthly walk - what we want to get to is our new Heavens and new Earth.
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