The Third Dimension
In Psalms 68:11-12 David said,
"The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it. Kings of armies did flee in haste: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil."
The word `she' here means the woman of God. The Lord gave the word and great was the company of them that caused it to come to pass and kings of armies fled before His Word and She, the woman of God, the Church, that tarried at home, divided the spoil. Tarried at home means she was in order. She was in her rightful place. Great was the company of host that made the Word of the Lord come to pass but the she of God that got into order and stayed at home divided the spoil. The Lord brought the victory back and gave it to His Church.
Zec 4:1 says:
"Then the angel who talked with me returned and wakened me, as a man is wakened from his sleep. He asked me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a solid gold lamp stand with a bowl at the top and seven lights on it, with seven channels to the lights.
Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left." I asked the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?" He answered, "Do you not know what these are?" "No, my lord," I replied.
So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts."
This picture or vision is a picture of the Word of the Lord to Zerubbabel. How can this picture of a gold lamp stand possibly say, "It's not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts?"
Zec. 4, beginning with verse 11says,
"Then I asked the angel, "What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lamp stand?" Again I asked him, "What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?" He replied, "Do you not know what these are?" "No, my lord," I said. So he said, "These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth."
Notice he asked the same question the third time. If you ever speak your vision into the third dimension it will begin to take on proportions that you never seen before. Notice the third time he looked at his vision, he saw two gold pipes that pour out golden oil. The more he spoke his vision the clearer it became. Now he sees two golden pipes coming out of the olive trees pouring out golden oil all by themselves. The oil is coming out of the olive trees all by itself. Why is this so profound? The reason this is so profound is because it is a shadow of the triumphant Church at rest in God. The Church is doing the greater works of God not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit!
In the Old Testament the Tabernacle of Moses is the cornerstone of all spiritual revelation in the bible. This is why God told Moses in Exo 25:9:
"Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you."
Here is a biblical principal that cannot be bypassed; If you don't understand the Tabernacle of Moses you have no foundation for revelation. The Tabernacle of Moses is the shadow of things to come, even Christ.
Col 2:16 says:
"Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ."
Gal 3:24 says:
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus."
We have been taught many scriptures in the New Testament that fill us with faith without having a foundation as to why things come to pass. Heb. 11:1 says:
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
The evidence is often based in the Old Testament. If you do not understand the Tabernacle of Moses you will never understand the sovereignty of God. The Tabernacle of Moses is what David wanted to change because he wanted to build God a house. The Tabernacle of Moses had a wall all the way around it which was approximately eight feet high. On the inside of this wall was a tent with two dimensions. The Holy Place or the sanctuary and the Most Holy Place or the Holy of Holies. There are three dimensions in the tabernacle. 1) The Outer Court 2) The Holy Place and 3) The Most Holy Place.
This is one of the basic `threes' in the bible. The angel told Zecheriah: "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts." There were three dimensions and the third dimension is always where the power is. Jesus said in John 14:2:
"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."
The house that Jesus is building can only be built in the Third Dimension. The reason why the Tabernacle is so important is because Paul said that these are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ." What creates a shadow? An object standing in a light source. Light doesn't create shadows.
Therefore, if the tabernacle is a shadow of something then what is the real thing? The cross and the pain and suffering of the Lamb. If the cross is the object that is casting a shadow then what is the light source that makes the shadow possible? Psa 50:2 says: "From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth." Isa 62:1 says: "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch." Zion of course is the Church and Jerusalem is the City of God spoken about in Rev. 21.
The tabernacle of Moses is a shadow of things to come, even Christ. In the Outer Court, or the first dimension, you have a gate, an alter of sacrifice, and a laver of water. In the Holy Place or the second dimension you have a candlestick, shewbread, and an alter of incense. In the Most Holy Place or the Third Dimension is the ark of the covenant where the glory of the Lord was manifested. All of this is just a shadow of the cross. Every piece of furniture in the tabernacle represents a bleeding spot on the cross. His feet were like fine brass burned in the furnace and from His side flowed blood and water. This is the Outer Court or 1st Dimension. On the right hand He is the light of the world and on the left hand He is the bread of life and in His heart is worship and praise. this is the Holy Place or 2nd Dimension. His head was crowned with glory and honor and the crown of thorns pierced His head. This is the Most Holy Place or The Third Dimension.
Our problem has been that we cannot see spiritual things and that is why God gave us shadows. Paul said in Rom 1:20:
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
This shadow is progressive in that you must enter in at the gate (Jesus) and mature in Him in Three Dimensions. The Outer Court, the Holy Place, and the Most Holy Place All the furniture in the First Dimension, the Outer Court, was made out of brass. A brass brazen alter. A brass lavor filled with water. Brass speaks of judgment. Judgment against the flesh and sin. Judgement against man's works which is where we have tried to build the church.
The furniture in the Second Dimension, the Holy Place, is made of gold. The candlestick was made out of 135 pounds of beaten gold. The table of shewbread was overlaid with gold. The alter of incense was made out of gold. The one in the Outer Court was of brass but this one is of gold. They were made of gold which is a type of God but man participates. It's the golden candlestick but man puts the oil in it. It's the golden table but man puts the shewbread on it. It's the golden alter but man puts the incense on it. In the Outer Court it is all man but in the Holy Place it is man and God. This is the Pentecost experience and where we have labored for years but we are only half way to where God is bringing us to maturity.
If you ever pass through the veil of flesh and enter the Third Dimension of Grace you will find that it is all God and you can rest from your labors. The bible says that in the Most Holy Place God is the light. In the First Dimension it is all man and in the Second Dimension it is man and God but if you ever inter into the Third Dimension it is all God. No one lights the candle in there and no one has to help God because He does it all by Himself. The reason that we still work for God is because we have not progressed into the final dimension of grace.