PREPARATION FOR THE THIRD DAY
By Wade Taylor
"Go you, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected."
"And the Lord said
to Moses, Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes. And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai."
"Come, and let us return to the Lord: for He has torn, and He will heal us;
He has smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." Hosea 6:1-2
In each of these Scriptures, there are "two days"
during which there is a time of preparation for that which will follow. Peter said that "a day is as a thousand years." Thus, "today and tomorrow" can be understood as being the two thousand years of the Church Age.
"I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow."
"Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes."
"He has smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days will He revive us."
This time of preparation is followed by a significant change on the "third day."
"The third day, I shall be perfected."
"The third day, the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people."
"The third day, He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight."
In the first Scripture, Luke 13:32, Jesus said that He would be "perfected" in the "third day."
At this presence time, Jesus is seated in the heavens, as a bodiless head. The Church gathers together, as a headless body. This "perfection" is the time of the "Parousia" (the presencing of the Lord), in which the head and the body will come together, and function as being one.
In the second Scripture, Exodus 19:10-11, after a time of preparation, in which they are to "wash their clothes," the Lord will come down "in the sight of all the people." This tells us that in the "third day," Jesus will visibly take His place as the head of His body.
All that Jesus did in a single body during the time of His first coming, He will again do through a corporate body, in
the time of His second coming.
In the third Scripture, Hosea 6:1-2, after the time of testing, "He will raise us up, and we will live in His sight."
All creation is groaning for this "manifestation" (Parousia) - our living in His manifested presence.
"For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves
groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, that is, the redemption of our body." Romans 8:22-23
Especially at this present time, as we approach the end of the
Church Age, there is an intercessory travail within the Church to bring to an end the process of sickness and death, along with all satanic influence and control over the nations.
"And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered ... And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was
caught up to God, and to His throne." Revelation 12:2, 5
There is a progression in the outworking of our being caught up into a higher realm of authority. This
"travailing in birth"
speaks of intense intercession. At this present time, the Lord is using many in "intercession" to birth this end-time state of sovereign intervention, without their necessarily understanding what is taking place.
There are two parts in the outworking of our Lord's end-time purposes.
The first is the time of preparation.
"Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes." Exodus 19:10
"Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow." Luke 13:32a
This relates to the Church Age, which is the
time in which we are "being called" to rise above and go beyond our present spiritual experience. During this present time, we are being given an opportunity to come into a higher realm of commitment and relationship with our Lord.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:1-2a
"For many are called but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14
Or, "few will pay the price in order to be chosen." This
is based on our willingness to rise above our "self-centered" lives, into a Christ-centered life, in which we become so transparent that during the
"third-day," Jesus will be clearly seen through our lives.
This is the time in which we go through the "testing" of our commitment, that we might qualify as an
"overcomer" to be seated with Jesus in His throne.
"For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." Hebrews 12:6
This "scourging" crucifies the right to our own lives, and enables us to rise above (overcome) each aspect of our "self-life" as it surfaces, that Jesus might become
the Head, in complete control of all "body" actions. This means that our head must be fully crucified and the totality of our being submitted to His headship.
The second part is the time of intervention in the manifestation
of His presence and the outworking of His end-time purposes.
"The third day, He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." Hosea 6:2.
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints." II Thessalonians 1:10a
We have been in the process of preparation for two days, so we will be ready for this third-day empowering, in which the overcomers will be lifted into a
cooperative relationship with the Lord, that leads to the functioning of the Kingdom of God in the earth.
"And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." Revelation 5:10
We are living in the end of the "second day,"
and the Lord is beginning to make significant changes in our relationship to Jesus, and to the Church. Our understanding of the outworking of this process of Jesus taking His place as the Head of our body is progressively increasing.
"And the disciples came, and said to Him, Why speak You to them in parables? He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Matthew 13:10-11
Just as Mary gave her body to be used in bringing Jesus into this world in His first
coming, so also, as a corporate "Mary," we are to yield our bodies to Him for His end-time purposes.
We are being "lifted up" into a new and higher place of enabling and anointing, and the Lord is about to release healings
and miracles, such as the Church has never experienced.
"And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the Bridegroom comes; go you out to meet Him.
Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you
rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the Bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut." Matthew 25:6-10
We are living toward the end of the time of preparation for this "third day." Now, it is about to arrive. May we be found among those who are wise.