Third Day

The King’s Feast! Will you be Attending? Third Day Realities Part II

The Book of Esther contains certain keys that provide revelation to help us in our understanding of the flow of events in the end times. King Ahasuerus, in the third year of his reign, gave two feasts.  The first banquet was held for the leaders and servants of the kingdom.  As Jesus spent Himself on the twelve disciples before sending them out into the world, a banquet for those who serve Him today can be seen as a time of honoring His work of training and equipping those He has prepared for this hour. Leaders will receive a download from heaven and be filled with the treasures of God to release and impart what they have been given into the Body of Christ. This first banquet represents the birthing of the Man Child of Revelation 12—the birth of mature leadership.

“…he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty for many days, one hundred and eighty days in all.” Esther 1:4

The second feast given was for all people and was held over seven days. Everyone in the kingdom was invited to this banquet.  Within this feast, we see portrayed, a full representation of the Body of Christ.  The gold goblets in which the wine was served represent all parts of the Body—the churches, ministries, and denominations. Each goblet was different from the other, showing the diversity of the Body of Christ, revealing that each vessel will be given wine to serve to the Harvest.

“…the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days in the enclosed garden of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest…The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars.” There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother of pearl and other costly stones. Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant in keeping with the king’s liberality.  By the king’s command each guest was allowed to drink in his own way, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished.”   Esther 1:5-6 NIV

By the King’s command, everyone was allowed to “drink in his own way.”  This represents a celebration that each part of the Body is invited to participate in. Everyone was free to celebrate in their own unique way.  Some could be boisterous, while others may be more subdued. Some may take in everything quietly while others may shake, rattle and roll, dance, and wave their banners.  Everyone is free to choose how they celebrate by the order of the King!

At this particular banquet, the queen was noticeably absent. It is possible that she thought that this level of frivolity was beneath her good sense.  On the last day of the party when everyone was in high spirits, the King sends seven eunuchs to request Queen Vashti’s appearance, to display her beauty, but she refuses. Vashti is representative of the religious, those who are very Sad-u-see! I believe her thoughts may have gone something like this:

“Well!! I will definitely not show myself to this rabble, no respectable person would! Just look at them, all they are intent on is drinking wine and getting drunk, what good is that? It’s not even nine o’clock in the morning and they are plastered, thoroughly intoxicated. What’s the matter with them? Surely there could be more important things to be doing in the kingdom. They are an absolute disgrace. Just look at them running around exposing themselves in their undergarments, dancing and leaping around and making veritable fools of themselves in public. What a spectacle!!

“What!! You can’t be serious! The King is actually reveling with the rabble. Well, you can just tell him that I will have none of it!  What utter nonsense! I will stay right here with my friends, those of my kind, and we will have our own feast with some biscuits and tall glasses of lemon juice.”

The only response that can be given to the Vashtis of the church is: “It was before the Lord” (2Sam. 6:21).  Queen Vashti represents a portion of the Church today who will refuse to show up for the Wedding Feast.  An invitation to God’s Feast is an invitation to live in His manifest Presence despite circumstances contrary to His joy and His Peace! The seven eunuchs who had access to the King advised him to depose Vashti as her disobedience and rebellion would only serve as a bad example or leaven that would ultimately spread like a disease into the kingdom. The queen not only misses out on the entire festivities—the joy and the celebration of the King, but is eventually exiled for her rebellion.

As the Queen, Vashti represents a religious leadership and rebellious Bride who will refuse to submit to God’s will. and His Word. There is a growing divide with in the Church between religious conformists who will acquiesce to the new world order’s demands for equity and inclusion, and those who will not bow.

LET THE BRIDE LEAVE HER DRESSING ROOM

In the growing darkness of these times, God’s desire is to showcase to the world the beauty of the Bride of Christ. The King intends to reveal His majesty, Glory, royalty, power and authority through His Bride.  He is calling her to leave her dressing room to stand in His Presence at His side. In the parable of the wedding feast, God reveals that like Vashti, many who have been invited to His Feast will make light of it, refuse to show up, and will even try to kill those who are sent to call them.

“When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come! “So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’ But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business. Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them.” Matthew 22:3-6 NLT

At this point, God sends His servants out with an open invitation to the world:

“Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.  So those servants went out to the highways and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.”  Matthew 22:10

The Lord of the Harvest will invite the world to His Feast and make available in endless supply, vast amounts of wine to be served.  The Harvest is being invited to an Agape Love Feast, the likes of which has never been seen before. They are being invited to a great celebration—not a lecture or a funeral.

In the early nineties, the Lord put on a Feast in Toronto—a possible precursor of the Wedding Feast?  He invited the nations of the world to come to His celebration.  The Body was fully represented as the many diverse and beautiful goblets of gold showed up to be filled with wine and everyone was free to drink as much as they wanted, in their own way, by the King’s command. God called a people together to become an army of laid down lovers of God, as the Holy Spirit worked to heal and refresh tired, broken-hearted leaders—to fill, train, and equip a new breed of leadership who would submit to Him wholeheartedly regardless of appearances and “good sense.

ESTHER MAKES HER APPEARANCE

After Queen Vashti was deposed, we see the emergence of Esther.  Esther is a true representation of the Bride. A reflection of Christ, prepared in submission, humility, and obedience.  She followed all the instructions that Hegai the King’s eunuch (the Holy Spirit) gave her and won the King’s favor. Esther, who was a Jewish queen, today represents the return and restoration of Israel in union with Gentile believers, and the completion of the Israel of God—The one New Man!

Momentum is now gathering, and the real celebration will soon begin as plans are underway and preparations going forward for the Great Feast of the Great Harvest. The Feast of Tabernacles will be fulfilled and taking place simultaneously all over the world.  It is not too late for Vashti to make her appearance! Any Vashti’s reading this—God is inviting you to Come to His Feast. Come in obedience, and come in submission with an open heart.  Esther is maturing and will soon be making her appearance—don’t be left out.

“Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.” Esther 5:1

The harvest is looking for the Father’s Agape love, not our judgment. The Lord’s Heart is for His Harvest.  He has patiently been waiting thousands of years for this day. If the Harvest is the end of the age (Matt. 13:39), and the last feast to be fulfilled is the celebration for the Harvest and the closing of the harvest season—and if the multitudes which no man could number from every nation, tribe, and peoples came out of the great tribulation (Rev. 7:9-14), then the Body of Christ is headed for very turbulent times ahead, and a great deal of preparation needs to be made.

“See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it to receive the early and latter rain.  You also be patient.  Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”  James 5:7-8

The early rains were released and poured out at Pentecost.  The coming of the Lord in the “Day of His Power” for the Feast of Tabernacles will release the Latter Rain of Glory over the Earth drawing a great harvest of souls into the Kingdom. In the days ahead billions of souls will be coming in—the wedding hall will be filled!  Is the Church ready to absorb the shock of this many souls coming in over a short period of time?  Are we prepared to have billions of newborns in the House?

The Lord’s eyes are set upon His Harvest.  He knows the exact number that will be coming in: “Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of Gentiles has come in (Rom. 11:25).  God knows the type of structure needed, and the measure of  strength required to hold the multitudes, while standing anchored in Him through the coming storms.  He also knows the type of care and ministry that is needed and must be provided to masses of broken lives that have been shattered by sin and despair.

The Bible tells us that the last days will be like the days of Noah and of Lot (Lk. 17:26-28); a time when the wickedness of man was great in the Earth (Gen. 6:5).  The Lord gave Noah specific detailed instructions for building an ark that would survive the flood.  When the ark was completed, the Lord told Noah to go in, for after seven days He would send a flood upon the Earth.  When the ark was complete, the door was left open for seven days but only Noah and his family came in—the scoffers ignored the supernatural phenomenon taking place before their very eyes.

“So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood…And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.” Genesis 7:7-10

When Esther—the Bride makes her appearance in the last days, billions will be coming into the Ark of Christ because of the great sacrifice of the Saviour who paid in full the penalty for the sins of the world. A clash of kingdoms and Great warfare will break out over the Globe between light and darkness, in a ferocious battle for the souls of men. Nations and peoples are presently in the valley of decision maneuvering, shifting, and forming alliances with each other, choosing to either align themselves with the Lord and His anointed or against the Lord and His anointed and Israel, thereby aligning themselves with Satan and with evil. Your safety requires that you get your information from the Word of God and not the Media that is grossly slanted to demonic agendas. It is especially important now that we see, discern, and understand present Global realities, and the Globalists intentions through Spiritual eyes.

“The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against His anointed one. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the One who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger He rebukes them, terrifying them with His fierce fury. For the Lord declares, “I have placed My chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on My holy mountain.” Psalm 2:2-6

On the third day, there was a wedding! (Jn. 2:1).

Have you been invited? Will you be attending?

Third Day Realities!

 

Throughout the Bible, God employed the use of numbers to express spiritual truths, to mark and direct us to notable events on Heaven’s trajectory of movement up to Jerusalem and the future Reign of Christ. Certain numbers have been revealed to have great significance such as seven—representing completion of purposes; forty representing times of judgment, and 70, indicative of a generational shift into another spiritual dynamic. Another very significant number is three, used repeatedly to represent the sublime work of the Cross that covers the spectrum of death to resurrection realities. Recently the Lord has begun to highlight the Third Day and third-day realities evidenced by the Cross.

There are many powerful Third Day scriptures and passages that have been endued with a prophetic view to future events, apart from their fulfillment in their time. One such passage is Exodus 19:11 where the Lord told Moses to consecrate the people to get them ready for the Third Day when He would come down to them.

“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.” Exodus 19:16

Similarly, in Joshua 1:11, the Lord told Joshua to tell the people to prepare and consecrate themselves for in three days they would cross over into the Promised Land. After three days the priesthood and the ark of the covenant led the way across the Jordan as the waters parted before them.

At another notable time, when the people of Israel faced a crisis of their annihilation, God raised up Esther as Queen to make an appeal before the king. Despite the possibility of death, Esther prevailed. The king granted her favor to decree the destruction of the enemies of the people of God and Israel was saved.

“Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.” Esther 5:1

Again, at another notable time, when Israel sinned in disobedience to God’s ordinances and departed from His ways, judgment was decreed upon them. They were taken captive by their enemies and went into exile. Through Hosea the prophet, God brought a charge against the nation, declaring that there was no truth, mercy, or knowledge in them, that they were destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4). God decided to hide Himself, with the intention that in their affliction, they would earnestly seek Him (Hos. 5:15). The Cry then came through Hosea:

“Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.” Hosea 6:1-3

In Jesus’ time, He became very angry at what was taking place in His Father’s House and He drove the money changers out of the Temple. Because of this, the people demanded a sign as to the authority by which he could do such a thing, and Jesus answered them:

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. John 2:20-21

Jesus was not only referring to His body that would be resurrected after His crucifixion, but He was also referring to the House of God that would be built in His name on the foundation of His life. Jesus was the first fruit of many who would be fashioned and conformed in His image—a House of living stones built within three days.

 “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. Mark 14:58

In the book of Peter, he taught that a thousand years were as one day to the Lord. Could it be, that we have arrived, at the time of the morning of the third day after Christ’s resurrection?

But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2Peter 3:6-10

Have we arrived at the most notable moment of history, when, as with Moses on the third day, after a time of consecration God said He would come down, or, a time like Joshua when God told the people to consecrate themselves as on the third day they would crossover into the promised land—for us, it is the Promised Land of the millennial reign of Christ?

Are we in the time that Hosea prophesied of when God would revive Israel after two days and raise them up on the third day with the outpouring of the latter rain when Israel will once again live in His sight?  Could it be as in the time of Esther when on the third day the Bride must go before the King and receive His favor to go on the offensive and decree the destruction of its enemies in the battles of the last days? Are we in the time of judgment and shaking that will result in the Return of the King, when the last stone will be placed in the House of God He has been building—the Headstone, raised and inaugurated on the Third Day?

Have we arrived at the end times? The Word of God says that the harvest is at the end of the age. Jesus said that the tares and the wheat must grow together to their fullness. What does the fullness of evil look like? I think we are in the early stages of experiencing what it will look like! What does the fullness of Christ look like?  Ephesians 4:13 tells that we have been growing up into the fullness of the stature of Christ—being conformed to His image. It looks like the release of the sons of God. Get ready to embrace this truth—God’s word to u. is: Only believe!

Civilization appears to be on the brink of collapse, and we are living in unprecedented times—an unprecedented wave of worldwide gross immorality, an unprecedented man-made Global Pandemic, ushering in an unprecedented very aggressive Global push to vaccinate the entire world population—critical thinking would question why and research the facts? We are witnessing unprecedented collusion between leaders of all mountains and spheres of life. This is all taking place in a time when there is unprecedented Technology capable of monitoring the Globe and every person on it, as we witness an unprecedented move toward Governmental control and dictatorship…Globally!

Persecution tends to bring people in line and in unity very quickly. In these unprecedented times, God is making things black and white that the side of righteousness is made apparent to all; that what is clean and unclean, what is rebellion and obedience is made abundantly clear. Those who know God’s Word and follow it will be distinguished from those who don’t. There is at present an aggressive spirit of rebellion roaming the streets of our cities and our nations. Jesus prophesied that in the last days’ lawlessness would abound and the love of many will grow cold. There is increasing evidence of this as the enemy works ferociously to divide us on every front. The saints of God are being tested in many ways to qualify for His army. Much of the insanity taking place in the world right now is causing and motivating the army of God to begin to rise up and take its place on the frontlines. We must remember that the third-day realities not only signify a time of testing, trials, and tribulation but is also indicative of the time of resurrection, when the people of God will arise with His Glory upon them.

A marker is a point of reference from which everything changes when things shift into a new dynamic. I believe that dynamic is war! The armies of God are being deployed!  The trumpet is about to sound. Those who choose to submit are being marked by Heaven.

“…he said to him, “walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who weep and sigh because of the detestable sins being committed in their city.” Ezekiel 9:4

The Feast of Trumpets this year will be a most significant time…pray for ears to hear the sounding of the trumpets. In a previous word, I published last year entitled Systems are Deployed, I wrote that a SYSTEM was set of things working together as parts of an interconnecting network or mechanism: a complex whole.  A system can also represent a set of organs in the body having a common structure or function. The word DEPLOY means to move troops or equipment into position for military action, to bring into effective action. In this word I said:

Both these words are key to what is presently taking place in the spirit. The preparation that the saints have endured over the past 20-30 years under the hand of the Holy Spirit, has been readying them to now be deployed.  God’s creative Life Force is about to be unrestrained, let loose, and discharged through peoples, systems, and networks, deployed in strategic settings over the Globe.

These systems are comprised of saints who have committed to serving God in obedience, who will choose to link arms in authentic unions,  structures, and functions. They will be power-packed with the energy force of God, ready to explode in the earth’s atmosphere. Saints have been fashioned as God’s storehouses where He has been storing and filling up His treasures and spiritual food, prepared to serve the harvest in the time of spiritual famine.

God is fashioning and establishing Glory Hubs all over the earth and saints raised up to steward these hubs that could be whole regions or small communities. In this hour it is vital to be positioned in the location God has determined for you.  Trust Him to lead you where you need to be. These places and regions will be protected by God’s Glory and Presence. It doesn’t matter where you are you can create your own Glory bubble through praise and worship of the King.

“Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.” Isaiah 4:5-6

These Glory zones will be cities and communities that have become a refuge from the present and coming storms on the earth. They are God-created systems established and designed as networks, a metron possessing the dynamic of the supernatural.  They are self-contained and fully equipped with the provision that sustains—food, resources, and spiritual authority where heavenly provisions are stored.

God’s army has come through the tests and the war games are now over:  we are being deployed into a very real and even dangerous battle—the stakes are high and we must count the cost and move forward.

The saints of God are becoming WIDE-AWAKE.  Apostolic Generals are being called out and arising. People will be searching for courageous leaders who can direct the way ahead. True prophets in whom there is no mixture will take their place—laid down lives in service of the King.  A coming wave of the Supernatural is about to be released as the King arises to lead us forward!

A Great Awakening in the Church and of the lost will become the catalyst that moves everyone into position to fulfill their assignments and the destinies prepared by Father God before the foundation of the world. The influx of a great Harvest of souls will force the Church to mobilize and take action.

As the great Awakening unfolds, evangelism and teachers will be called to gather and disciple the harvest. Prayer and strategic intercession must move to a higher level of union with God. Those anointed in deliverance will be in great demand. Apostles and prophets will be called to empower and mobilize the troops. As we move and press forward it will be important to be meeting, gathering, and talking with each other regularly, we cannot afford to stay isolated from each other any longer. It is time to discover and understand your sphere of influence and the strategies for reaching your community?

The Lord said that on the Third Day He would come down. He said that on the Third Day He would restore; that on the Third Day we would Crossover and that on the Third Day he would Arise. As we live and move and have our being in Him when He arises, resurrection power will be released and we shall arise in and with Him. A great impartation of Faith and Courage will be infused into the Body of Christ to cause us to stand in strength in these times. John Chapter 2:1 tells us that on the third day there was a wedding! The end-time Wine reserved for the people of God will sustain and keep us as we wait for our Bridegroom King to return.