|A few years ago Gary and I rented a cabin in the beautiful and rugged mountains of Mount Hood National Forest where we celebrated our anniversary. The view of the mountains there are magnificent. Our cabin was about 50 feet from the river where two Rivers called the Sandy and Salmon come together. We could hear both rivers raging from all rooms of this cabin. Wow, what a Master Artist our Lord is. He makes no idle strokes in His creation. His every move reveals His Glory and the excellence of His Majesty. I am in complete awe of His creation. In the upper level of the cabin it over looks the Salmon River and in the distance I could see the Sandy River as it meets with the Salmon. The windows were open and I could hear the roar of the rivers as they collide. As I watched the two rivers come together I reflected on the verse in Genesis 1:6-8 “Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament and it was so. Then God called the firmament heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.” The above verse symbolically represents the separation of the heavenly and earthly. There are a people who have allowed their God to sanctify them as a holy people (1 Pet.1:16). Though the waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling – there is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the Holy Place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved (Ps. 46:3-5). We have been in preparation for the return of Christ. This is why so many people are looking for His return in the natural. They look at the conditions of the world and cry out and look for His return to be soon. Christ is returning there is no doubt, but first and foremost He is returning in and through a people who have prepared themselves.
As nations rage and kingdoms are moved, His kingdom is about to be exalted among all other nations. We will not go out as cowards looking for a way out of this world, but we will come into the world with and in the fruition and power of our King Jesus. The second day of natural creation was a day of separation. We see this spiritual significance throughout the word of God. This division is Divine and for those who have allowed themselves to be separated from the influence of the earthly they have and are entering into the third day with spiritual receptivity that clearly understands they were created for God’s good pleasure and not their own. They were not bought without a price (1 Cor.6:20; Eph.1:9-10). The first day was without form and void. Just as God’s spirit hovered over the face of the deep and over the face of the waters on the first day of natural creation, so the Holy Spirit has hovered over the Church. There is a “deep” within us that is capable of responding to an eternal desire that is within our Creator. Spiritually speaking the creation of the Church began the day Christ resurrected from the dead. The first day God said, “Let there be light, and there was light”. And God saw that the light was good, and divided light from darkness.” This is the spoken word of life for the sinner, and ever since that glorious day of His resurrection we have moved forward into the second day, and now the third. There is great understanding here if we can grasp this revelation because it explains why Christ has not returned yet, and why He is not returning the way so many think He is returning. “And He said to them, Go and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.” As explained by Apostle Peter, a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day (2 Pet.3:8,9). Peter was speaking prophetically of the Church age (two thousand years). The third-day however is the Millennial Day and it is here that the Body of Christ (which is exactly that – His body) will be perfected. This perfection that Christ spoke of is that of His body and His head coming together as one. For two thousand years Christ has looked for a place to rest His head. “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has no where to lay His head”. (Luke 9:58) As we are entering in to the third day since the resurrection of Christ and about to see the birthing of the seventh day (millennial / the seventh day since creation) we shall have a deeper revelation of His “rest”. Just as people are looking for Christ’s return because they feel His return is very near, they are also sensing a need to enter into His “rest”. Again, there is a misunderstanding as they attempt to make this “rest” a place in the natural. Many have recently chosen to gather together for worship on Saturday because they are sensing the need to enter into the “Sabbath” place. This is not a natural place, but a spiritual place. This rest is called the “abiding” (John 15). “For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, to whom He said, this is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest, and this is the refreshing. Yet they would not hear”. (Is.28:11-12)There is a spiritual rest that God has commanded us to enter into (1 Cor.14:21; Hebrews 4). T
his place of rest is the abiding in Christ wherein we are no longer working our way to heaven as we are already there in Christ seated in the heavenly places (Eph.2:1-10). We have moved from an outside God mindedness, to an inside God mindedness (Gal.2:20; Col.1:27).
In Christ we can “rest” in Him as we move, live and have our being in the enveloping presence (parousia) of our Lord Jesus Christ. The “parousia” (life in the presence of God) is what we are to depend upon to “catch us up”. This being “caught up” is living in the heavenly places with Christ. I would like to reiterate there is a literal return of Christ. However, firstly He is coming bodily for the appearance and presence of Himself in His Body.
He is coming to be glorified in His saints (2 Thess.1:7-10). He has come to His people. 2) He is come in His people. 3) And He is coming through His people. To, In, and Through . From inworking to outworking (Phil.2:12; 2 Pet.1:4). From glory to Glory. From ever learning about Him to experientially living in and through Him (John 15). As I was looking out at the two rivers coming together I saw prophetically Genesis 1:9 coming into fruition. “Then God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place… and the gathering together He called seas. And God saw that it was good…” The waters (two rivers) are symbolic of the nations of the earth; restlessness, under-currents, cross currents as the nations rage and are moved. As the waters come together (symbolic of eternal life through Christ), there is resurrection life (on the 3rd day he was raised up from the dead), the manifestation of Christ in and through His people. As the two rivers come together there is a raging sound, turbulence, and a powerful force creating such violent pressure that anything feeble is destroyed. The nations are restless and raging. There are under-currents that attempt to destroy the workings of Jesus Christ but cannot. The Church may be hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed… (1 Cor.4:7-15). What the Lord has created cannot be destroyed – hallelujah! I’m talking Corporate Body here. When Elijah thought he was the only one left after Jezebel killed many of the prophets, the Lord encouraged him by telling him He had a remnant of prophets who had not bowed to the pressure of fear and false comfort (1 Kings 19:11-18). “To you it has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables… He who has an ear (spiritual receptivity), let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes (complacency, doubt, unbelief, false comfort, negative thinking, etc) I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” (Mark 4:11; Rev.2:7) Glorious things ahead for the Body of Christ. Incredible insight and knowledge given with the experience to follow. There are a people who have and are allowing God to break through their fallow mindset. We are in the age where evil is raging as it has never raged before. God has and is looking for a people who will not break rank. They don’t push each other.
Everyone marches in their own column (Joel 2:7). They don’t look at others and wonder why they are not doing what themselves are doing because that is what God is doing and if others are not doing what themselves are doing then surely others are missing God – Ugh! Dear saints, if we were all the hands and feet of the body how in the world would we eat without a mouth to give strength and nourishment to the body? If we were all eyeballs how would we walk to what we are seeing (1 Cor.12:12-31)? I
thank God for His plan of Unity rather than uniformity! May we respect and honor one another’s function as it is vital to the end-time purposes of God. There is a Divine Division that Rightly Divides those who have unconditionally submitted themselves to the Lord from those who did not (the five virgins who did, and the five who did not – Matt.25:1). There is a people who have and are allowing the Lord to prepare them for His purposes, and are overcoming all that is hindering them from doing their part in the coming manifestation of the Millennial Kingdom.
Let’s take a close look at today's culture and today's church. On several occasions, history has provided the critical need to thrust the church into breaking out of it’s' box and becoming the force in culture and society that God intended it to be.
Today the Church has once again reached something so forceful (river flow) that there is a demand that we look hard at our traditional forms wherein facing the reality that we must move with the flow of God or else be moved aside by the powerful river force that is coming regardless of how we feel or think.
This Third Day (a day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day – 2 Pet.3:8) requires a third way of doing Church. There is a reformation of structure that is causing a Divine Division (spiritual indifference) within the Corporate Church. The formation of the "First Day Church" and the Second Day Church must be reevaluated as some of the things that we have allowed the Church to be built on are nothing more than sand.Creation is groaning with expectation (fires, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, plagues, murders, etc) for the revealing of the sons of God (Rom.8:18-30). As the sons of God are awakening and manifesting the very life of Christ to the world there is a “Divinely Appointed Collision” that is also happening. Just as God was raising a deliverer (Moses) to Israel, and the rulers of that time ordered all first-born male infants to be killed, and then He sent His only begotten Son (first-born of many brethren – Rom.8:29) into the world, the rulers at that time ordered all male infants to be killed, so it is in our day with the sons of God. He (Jesus) the first born, desires to be birthed (manifested) through many brethren, multiplying (sowing) Himself into the earth. This is the fruition, the manifestation of the sons of God.The rulers of our time attempt to destroy, hinder, stop; but cannot prevail against what God has pre-ordained. The sons (both men and women – Gal.3:28) of God will arise, and with this resurrection power there will be a Divine Collision that will powerfully flow into the world, impacting them for Christ, but this won’t happen without a fight. There will be a war whether some think so or not. …A River runs through us.
– Traci Carson
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