The Third Dimension
This is one of those subjects that you just have to start in somewhere and go. Revelation knowledge is vascular in that it all leads back to the heart of God. It runs in veins just like gold. My goal in this teaching is to take you into the main artery of The Third Dimension. In order to do that, I must start with the sovereignty of God.
What does the sovereignty of God mean to you? Sovereignty means to have supreme power or authority. It means that God can do what He wants to anytime He wants to and no one can stop Him. And because it is impossible for Him to lie the only limit that He has is His Word.
The Lord said in Isa 55:10:
"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."
There are things that God wants to do all by Himself. So many times we try to do what He has said He would do.We are like Abram and Sarah who tried to help God accomplish what He said He would do. The results of their decision to help God were disastrous. All the trouble in the Middle East today is the result of a man trying to do what God said He would do.
I believe that our problem is that we do not listen very good when God tells us something. The reason we do not hear very good is because we haven't turn to God with a whole heart. Our hearts are divided. We have hidden agendas. If you are living in the flesh (Adam) you have hidden agendas and you are double minded. James said in James 1:6-8,
"When he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does."
In the book of Haggai the people had reached a plateau in their restoration process and couldn't seem to go any farther, they were seeing less than the powerful promises that God had spoken. They went out to gather fifty measures of wine and there were only twenty. When anyone came to a heap of twenty measures, there were only ten. The Lord said to them,
"You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."
"You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not turn to me,' declares the LORD."
Well, charismatics, you can't blame this on the devil! The Lord said in Jeremiah 3:10:
"And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but only in pretense," saith the LORD.
The reason they were struggling in their situation was because they had been led into captivity. The reason they had been led into captivity was because they had not served the Lord with a whole heart. They had not kept His ordinances and His commandants. They had got lazy with their sacrifices and they had lost purpose.
If you loose your focus on Jesus you will find yourself serving Him half heartedly which will always lead you into captivity. You will become captive to the things of this world and the things of heaven will grow dim and somewhere off in the distance you will find yourself becoming lazy in your assembling yourself with the saints and slowly loose your purpose. The end result will be that you become captivated by the world.
At the time of Haggai there was a remnant of the children of Israel who had returned to Jerusalem and had laid the foundation of the temple, but because of opposition they had stopped building the temple. The people had been in Babylon, the land of confusion, for seventy years. As a result most of their thinking was in confusion concerning the ways of the Lord.
There is today a spirit of Babylon prevalent in the body of Christ that has adopted the old ways of Babylon. But through out the body of Christ today there is this cry, "Will someone stand up and tell us the Truth and lead us back to the presence of God." There is a starvation and a hunger in the body of Christ for the answer to what is happening in our generation and many are proclaiming the man made doctrines of the past as the answer and the result is that nothing is happening. This is why God has raised this ministry up at this time to be a trumpet that will bring the hearts of the fathers back to the children and for the first time be successful in bringing order to His Body.
Along with this cry, however, is an attitude that says, "Leave me alone!" "I am busy doing what I enjoy." It will take a trumpet to arouse these people from their complacency to look and see what God is doing. For this purpose has the Lord raised this ministry up at this time.
Rev 14:8 says, "A second angel followed and said, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries." This woman that Revelation talks about is a church world system. This is a church system that calls themselves, ` Christian'. This woman is described in Revelation 17 as the great whore or the great prostitute. The reason she is a harlot is because she is trying to take the place of a wife and will do it for you without a covenant. She knows when to moan, she knows when to groan, she knows how to smell, she knows how to look, and all you have to do is to come to her every Sunday morning. If you will give her money she will make you happy by telling you what you want to hear. She will invite you back next week when you need a little something else.
In her system you don't have to have relationship with those who serve her. There are no responsibilities because you don't want to have babies that you would have to clean up after. All you want is to be pleasured and cuddled and told you are all right. There is a Christianity that is spread all over the country that has very little relationship with one another. You come to Church and look at the back of someone's head for an hour and then go home and do what ever you want until next Sunday and then come back for another fix so you won't go to hell.
This is the spirit of Babylon that these people of God had come out of and had come back to their own land. But they could not separate between what was religion and what was God! In Jer 15:19 the LORD said to Jeremiah:
"If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth..."
You shall stand before me if you can separate the precious from the vile? But if you can't separate it, then it has intermarried with you and become one. It means you have fornicated and are having a relationship with idolatry. Because we are doing things God never told us to do. Idolatry is when you worship something God never told you to worship. Or you hold holy those things God never called holy. It is not that we are doing something God said don't do, it's just that we are doing a bunch of things that He did not tell us to do.
The Church must learn to separate the constants from the variables. It is a constant that there is no other name given among men whereby we might be saved than the name Jesus. The blood that Jesus shed is a constant. But whether you have church on Sunday or Wednesday night really doesn't matter! You can change that to fit the circumstances. The constants never change but the variables have to change. If you ever take a constant and make it a variable you have heresy. If you take a variable and make it a constant you have created the traditions of men. Jesus told the Pharisees, "You teach for doctrine the traditions of men!"
When these people came out of Babylon, they came out of religious disorder but they carried a lot of things out with them. Among these were how to manufacture controlled responses of the people. There are preachers who are masters of this and oft times we mistake this ability for the anointing of God. The leaders of the children of Israel had learned how to perform before the people what they wanted to hear. Anytime you do this you became a people pleasure. They had learned to allow the people to vote on everything instead of having Spirit led leadership. This is the sin of the Nicolaitains. Letting the people rule. As a result, the people had become accustom to judging the preacher in everything he says. How many Christians today are caught up in this system.
Listen to me! This is a very harmful practice to allow yourself to fall into. It leads to a continuous spirit. If you allow yourself to contend with something the preacher says you will usually miss what God has to say. Go ahead and swallow what he has to say. You have a good digestive system which will filter out what is not of God. After all, you have the master teacher living inside of you.
This pattern in the Old Testament shows that here are the people of God coming out of Babylon, (religious confusion) with the purpose of rebuilding the temple that was broken down. The temple was to be the center of everything that goes on. God's desire is to still dwell in the center, in the midst, of His people. Today, in our hearts the temple must be allowed to be constructed where Jesus is seated as sovereign king of our lives. We must lay our banners at His feet and proclaim Him Lord of All!"
Two hundred years earlier God had prophesied through His prophet that the king of Seria would give gifts to the people when they went back to their own land. They would come out of captivity with gifts. They would come out of religious bondage with gifts. The gifts were for the construction and building of the house of God. But when they got to Jerusalem and had laid the foundation of the temple, opposition broke out and they stopped building the temple.
As we begin again to lay the foundation which will cause the Kingdom of God to expand wherever we are, we can expect opposition. That opposition will arise from within the body of Christ. This is where Satan does his most destructive work. The spirit of the Pharisees and Sadducees is very much alive today. Moab is resting on his lees. Jer 48:11 says:
"Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed."
The word `lees' is 8105. shemer, sheh'-mer; from H8104; something preserved; i.e. the settings (plur. only) of wine:--dregs, (wines on the) lees This is the end result when the children of God take their ease in Zion and settle down and refuse to move on into revelation knowledge of what He is doing in their generation. Because they refuse to be changed, they will try to stop those who do.
They begin to seal up their denomination and cast out all who would dare disagree with one of their doctrines. All in the name of the Lord. Building up their own houses while the purpose of the Kingdom of God lies waste. This pretty well describes the charismatic movement. We come out of our religious captivity with gifts and we have laid a foundation, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He is to be the teacher on which everything else is built. But we received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and then everyone headed out to build their own ministry. And they camped all over the country promoting their own ministries while the Kingdom of God lies in waste. But thank God their are some Zerubbabels in the land who are in great distress crying out to the body of Christ that we must build the Kingdom of God.
This is when Haggai came along and said to them, "The reason why you can't get this done and you can't get the money, and you can't get financed, is because you are putting your money in bags with holes in it. And we blame it all on the devil, but God says, "I am the one who has smitten you with all this stuff. "I have done all this because you have not done what I told you to do first." "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
In Hag 2:19 God asked a very powerful question, "Is there yet any seed left in the barn?" God is now in the process of winnowing the remnant of His people and reducing us down to seed. God has hold of some of you and is shaking you down until nothing is left but a seed which must die and loose it's life and be buried in order to be multiplied. God is in the process of bringing us back to pure seed again so He can plant us and raise a harvest unto Himself and have the Kingdom He wants. Not a kingdom of all kinds of religious ideas and all kind of carnal thought and all kinds of mixed religious emotions but a house God wants to build all by Himself.
Again, when David wanted to build a house for the Lord the prophet Nathan gave him the word of the Lord and God said, "No!" "I will build you a house!" What did David say when he went to fight Golieth? "The battle is the Lords!" How many times have you ever said or heard someone say, "Boy, I've been in spiritual warfare all day!"? Or, "We are really going to have to do some spiritual warfare over this!"
Again, David had some revelation about this. He said, "The battle is the Lord's!" You say, "Yes, but I have to help the Lord!" That has been the problem! Or even better than that, "I am doing something Lord, why don't you help me!" How many times do we try to twist God's arm? "Oh God!" "You can see the mess that I am in, please do something!" We have not learn to counsel with the Lord before we go out and make a mess of our lives. If you are in a mess right now you must ask yourself this question? "Did God really tell me to do this?" .
Turn to Zechariah chapter four. This chapter is dealing with the fifth vision of nine visions that Zechariah had concerning the rebuilding of the temple. The children of Israel have just came out of the land of Babylon (religious bondage) where they were chastised by God and have returned to the promised land with the purpose of rebuilding the temple.
This is the position the Church is in today. We have come out of Egypt and have been carried into religion. With the great movement of the Spirit in the last generation we have been coming out of religious bondage. But we have to be careful that when we come out of bondage that we come out with purpose. And we come out with proper order and alignment. Otherwise, Babylon will not come out of us.
Zechariah is a young prophet that constantly bugged Zerubbable with the Word of the Lord. He had nine prophesies and most of them were unusual. In chapter four and verse six he said:
"This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
This sounds pretty good to us but can you imagine a young prophet coming to a seasoned ministry and saying, "Pastor, this is what the Lord says, `It's not going to be by your power and ability but He is going to build our new building by His Spirit.' saith the Lord of hosts."
But then he said, "What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of 'God bless it! God bless it!'" This big thing in your life that you can't get over shall become a plane before you. It's coming down! Whatever the mountain in your life is you need to speak the Word of the Lord to it and it will come down. Whatever Satan has built in your life that you can not get over, speak the Word of the Lord to it and it shall be torn down.
Didn't Jesus say, "Whosoever shall to this mountain, `Be thou removed and cast into the sea!' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that whatsoever he sayth shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith?" That mountain of unbelief is coming down in your church and that mountain of unbelief is coming down in your life.
Paul said in 2 Cor 10:3:
"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
When I teach you the word of God I am tearing down every stronghold in you if you are receiving what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to you and Satan can do absolutely nothing about it. Heb 4:12 says;
"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
Things you have suffered with for years are about to come down. One of the greatest things we suffer with is the idea that we have to do God a service and we have to work for Him. It is a common thought that we have to work for God. The truth of the bible is that God wants to work for us.
Zechariah struck the very heart of one of the greatest revelations of the entire bible. The Kingdom of God can only be built in the Third Dimension! Not by might First dimension. Personal ability. Not by power! Second dimension. Accumulation of force. You can't do it yourself and you can't do it by assembling a lot of people around you. But by My Spirit. Third Dimension! All God!
"But by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts!" God had never given a word that He was going to do something without earmarking a heavenly force of angles to bring it to pass for you. Who is this mighty Hosts? Before God ever created anything that we see in the natural, He created the heavenly hosts. Rev 5:11 says:
"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;"
Ten thousand times ten thousand equals one hundred million plus thousands of thousands. Heb. 1:14 says:
"Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?"