The Daily Word of Righteousness

The Basic Story of Life, #10

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. (Luke 13:32)

After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. (Hosea 6:2)

Throughout the Scriptures we find references to the "third day." The types teach that the work of restoration will be brought to completion during the "third day."

The "third day" corresponds to the third great annual gathering of the Israelites. The third gathering is the feast of Tabernacles, which includes the feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the feast of Tabernacles itself.

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: (Deuteronomy 16:16)

After we have been saved and have received the Holy Spirit we are to press onward toward the fullness of redemption. We are moving toward the spiritual fulfillment of the blowing of Trumpets, of the Day of Atonement, and finally of the feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus, Chapter 23). The spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles is the "rest" of God spoken of in the fourth chapter of the Book of Hebrews.

The spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles will complete the work of restoration in the Body of Christ. Finally the entire creation will be restored as God in Christ in the Body of Christ brings the Presence and will of Christ into every area of the heavens and the earth.

The feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) speaks to us of the coming of King Jesus to us to drive out His enemies in preparation for the entering of the Father and the Son into us in fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles. Each saint must experience spiritual deliverance at the hand of the Lord.

Spiritual warfare can be conducted only by people who themselves have been delivered. The land of promise is spiritual control of the material creation. Only spiritually cleansed saints are able to live in the Spirit and fight in the Spirit. They will wrest control of the creation from Satan as God enables them to do so. Believers who are walking in the flesh cannot wage spiritual warfare.

The feast of Tabernacles, as we have stated, portrays the "rest" of God. The rest of God is our inheritance, our goal in Christ. The fourteenth and seventeenth chapters of the Gospel of John tell us of that glorious Day when the Father and the Son take up their eternal dwelling in the overcomer—in the believer who actually keeps the Word of Christ.

When God and Christ through the Spirit are in perfect rest in us, and we in them, in spirit, soul, and body, the work of restoration has been completed in us as an individual.

To be continued.