By Duane Stewart
God, who is a God of love, moved from within Himself as He created for Himself a man. This created man, so loved by God, was created to be God’s tabernacle, that is to be His dwelling place. In making for Himself a man for His dwelling place, God, during the time of creation instituted and set into motion an eternal law. This law was purposed to continually increase and enlarge itself as His intended dwelling place. These dwelling places, that He called His mansions, are to be many in number. John 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also”.
The word “prepare” as used above has the meaning of “to make ready, prepare, and make arrangements”. Therefore, Jesus Christ, the head of the body of Christ, became God’s sacrifice for restoring the fallen man. In becoming a sacrifice for man, he has and is making for Himself, through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, a people to become His dwelling place. Note the prayer that Jesus prayed unto God at the time when He was preparing to return unto the Father. John 17:9-11, “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. And all mine is yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified [manifesting His nature] in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to you. Holy Father, keep through your name [nature] those whom you have given me that they may be one as we are”. (Also read John 17:20-26)
Herein, God’s purpose is to keep for Himself His people who live in this world. The purpose, that He might dwell within them, to manifest the fullness of His stature through them as He did through Jesus. A people who are becoming His full stature. The necessity is for man to remember is that God, at the time of creation, was creating man to become His dwelling place. In this purpose God ordained the man to multiply and become a many-numbered family. To accomplish this, God incorporated and spoke forth an eternal law, placing it into motion that it might fulfill that stated purpose. God’s eternal purpose was to plant an eternal seed within any receiving vessel (male and female), enabling them to subdue and then replenish all of His creation. In this purpose, the man is to be fruitful and multiply by the spirit, to fill the earth with God’s manifesting presence and glory while having dominion with Him. This eternal law of reproduction (read Gen. 1:3-20) is the law God instituted and purposed to bring forth “after its own kind”.
In Jesus Christ, He through His birth, death, burial, resurrection and ascension, became that seed for all receiving humanity. The Christ seed, planted within the souls (spiritual womb) of these receiving ones, is to bring forth after its own kind. Thus, the birthing of a many member body that is to become the dwelling place mansions of God on earth. Herein we see the purpose of the church-age, as a people, elected by God through submission, become His many member body, that is to say, His dwelling place. With the Christ seed dwelling within them, the Holy Spirit begins to progressively increase the seed’s growth that it might finally manifest itself in God’s glory and power. Herein, the seed received is in a growing stage, progressively maturing until the earth shall finally see the mansion of the Father, one with many rooms. That is, God manifesting Himself through His mansion, His tabernacle, His purposed dwelling place, bringing forth after its own kind.
Know that every seed planted has within itself a purposed growing season which leads to a time of harvest. As written within the book of Hosea, note the time needed as ministered to the Israelites for them to finally return back to the God of their Fathers. To these people, even as it is among the church of today, the need for a ministry of restoration is evident. While the Christian community, during our time, finds itself separated from the glory that was evident within the early church. Our need today, is to be faithful to Christ and Him alone. The modern day church needs to forsake all the other gods manufactured and then ritualistically served as dwelling among them. These gods take the form of humanism, psychological mindsets, purpose driven doctrines and modern day thinking patterned after the carnal minds of carnal minded men. This also includes any and all their other self-help programs. It is for this cause, in the present tense now, that a trumpet is blowing, a call is coming forth that declares restoration time is upon the church and the harvest-time of the first-fruits has come.
These first-fruits, the manifestation of the matured Christ seed is now coming to their time of fullness. Note and understand that another third day in God is upon us. Note from Hosea 6:1-2 he gives a clear description concerning God’s three-day purpose in restoring His glory to His people. “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 [2000 years] He will revive us; on the third day [3rd 1000-year day] He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight”.
Has not the church during its 2000-year existence found itself in need of continual repentance? God has revealed His plan and it is evident that for 2000 years of church history it has continually fallen into apostasy and spiritual adultery, even though God would remain faithful. During this time has not God continued in loving His people with healings imparted to those ones who would cry out to Him, even during the time of their being torn? While the church continues to be stricken because of stubborn rebelliousness against God, He continues to bind up all those who cry out to Him. But now, the church has come to its third day.
Let us remember God’s law of reproduction, every seed shall bring forth after its own kind. In this, the promise remains unto those who humble themselves and seek God’s face. This word “seek” has the meaning of “to diligently look for, to search earnestly until the object of the search is located”. In seeking God’s face, we understand that His glory, His present tense presence is that for which we seek. A presence that is not just fuzzy feelings or goose bumps, but an evidential manifestation of Christ manifesting Himself from within. In this, His intention is to affect the arena wherein the person or persons are gathered, a manifestation of Christ in all their existence of living.
In this, let us remember God’s promise to a faithful people. Haggai 1:9, “The glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, say the Lord of hosts”. The church, in its former state, in its beginning, revealed and manifested the glory of God that shook up the then known world in approximately two and one/half years. However, apostasy and spiritual adultery established itself within her shortly after the early church saints passed from the scene. In this the glory of that early church has decreased until the glory is almost completely departed. Now there stands a visible church as the world looks upon it today, one without power and glory. Nevertheless, there is coming forth a seed in its day, which is a day of fulfilling the promise of God’s greater glory. This glory shall usher in God’s third day manifestations to establish His kingdom here on earth. Within this kingdom, God’s glory dwells. A kingdom of people who are His dwelling place, the prepared places of His habitation that are ready and coming to completion as they shine forth throughout the whole of God’s creation.
It was 2000 years ago, that Christ came to the Israelites as the Messiah, but as He made His appearance among them they did not even recognize nor receive Him. Even though they, for the most part, rejected Jesus Christ, that which God purposed would continue because Christ was to become the planted seed of the coming kingdom. Within this kingdom, which is coming from within God’s dwelling place, the glory of God shall manifest itself from His throne-room. Understanding given to God’s people is that the throne-room of God’s kingdom dwells within them (the heavens of God). Because of God’s declaration, that the kingdom of God is within, and within His kingdom is His throne-room of life. On the day of Pentecost, those 2000 years ago, the Christ Jesus, after ascending back into the Father, sent forth the power, the authority and the glory of the throne-room to dwell within those 120 disciples which were waiting as Christ had instructed them.
Pentecost is God’s annual feast known and included as the first-fruits. With these 120 vessels being the first-fruits of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, herein the Holy Spirits authority empowered them. Herein, from within their spirits, the Christ seed was received for the birthing called “the church”. These became the powerhouse church which affected the then known world. This same authority remains available to the receiving church of today, as the time has come for the birthing of the man-child body of Christ. This man-child become the first-fruits of the full measure of the Christ seed that He planted within them. Will the church of today also reject the Christ many member body as they rejected Him those 2000 years ago? They mostly rejected Him because He did not come in the form and fashion they supposed. What about the form and fashion of the Christ who is appearing in the world of today? This appearing of the Christ, His many sons, is in a manner foreign to most of the religious philosophies, purposed driven mind-sets, and carnal doctrines that are ministered today.
Therefore, rejection is within most of the Christian community today, as they are becoming the apostate and spiritual adulterous church in most of their activities. Meanwhile God is blowing another sounding trumpet. This trumpet is sounding out the time and season for all receiving saints to mature into the first-fruits of God’s harvest field. In this, the invitation is being extended from God’s throne-room, which is within us, as it makes available that same power, which is that same authority, which is that same increased glory that had it’s beginning in the early church. This trumpet, in its sounding out, is the promise that this latter day church, these third day saints, are those who shall usher in the glory of the latter house in its greater manifestations.
Lest we forget, a looking into God’s throne-room reveals for us a mighty river of life flowing that is pure in it nature. Rev. 22:1-5, “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. And they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever”.
Let us recall that out of our inner most being shall flow rivers of living water. Likewise, we are also told that in the continuous act of overcoming we shall sit with Christ in His throne even as He sit down with His Father in His throne. Rev. 3:21, “To Him who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne”. Herein, God’s elected first-fruits shall manifest the authority of God’s throne-room that dwells within, an authority that shall touch and change the nations.
Again, with the throne-room of God’s kingdom authority being within, the pureness of God flows as a river through these birthed ones who come out from among that apostate church because their obedience and submission is to God alone. These have become a people without spot or blemish. The path upon which they walk is a path that no fowl knows of, a path without thorns and thistles and upon it dwells the tree of life. By becoming a people that no longer live under the curse, God’s kingdom now flows from within these vessels as they behold His face, resulting in a people manifesting the nature of Christ as He writes His name, His nature within their souls. (Read Heb. Chapter 8). Constantly standing in the light of God, the river brings forth the twelve fruits of God’s kingdom, that is to say God’s divine government (meaning of the number 12, His nature) which brings healing to all nations as the revealing of Christ comes forth from within His body, His mansion, and His dwelling places.
Is not God’s third day coming upon the church during this present season? A season of fullness is coming forth to bring, not only the tribulation judgments, but also the establishing of God’s glorious kingdom here on earth. Have you received that seed called Christ? If so, a call is coming forth that declares the time of harvesting the great harvest, a time of the passing away of the former 2000 years of living, as the Apostle Paul declares it in 1 Cor. chap. 13, an in-part order (a knowing in-part and prophesying in-part). This new beginning is even now declaring and ushering in God’s third day people. Therefore, the trumpet, the call is sounding out, rise and shine, for God’s glory is come. In faith, take hold of the law of the seed, a seed bringing forth after its own kind. God’s third day is the fulfilling of God’s seven-day plan that began with Adam and is progressively continuing for seven days until this third day from Jesus Christ. This speaks of the harvest coming as God’s first-fruit man-child makes an appearance to manifest the nature of Christ before the whole world.
Do you hear God’s third day trumpet?