God's Glorious Threes
By George Kirkpatrick
The Bible is a perfect book on Mathematics. When this country was founded, the Bible was the student's textbook for Math in the schools. As we learn the values of God's numerics, then the Bible becomes our textbook on what God has planned for His people. Many books have been written, explaining what the numbers mean, but few have applied these numbers to the Spiritual interpretation of the Scriptures.
Many have attempted to manipulate God's Word for their own purposes. One such case are those who promise a hundredfold return when they take up a collection. Their spiel is, "Whatever you give, God will give back a hundredfold." This is unscriptural, and an unethical way to fleece the flock.
But there is a Scriptural principle we can apply to our lives, so we may come to a clearer understanding of God's Word when we use the one hundred fold principle properly. When Jesus was explaining the Parable of the Sower to His disciples, He put forth this mathematical revelation:
"But he that received into the good ground is he that heareth the Word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." Matthew 13:23
If we follow this principle, then we will know where we are in God. The seed sown is the Word of God. Some of this seed fell by the wayside. These are those who do not desire what God has for them, so go no further in God.
Some receive the Word in stony places, thus it does not take root. When tribulation or persecution comes because they have not been grounded in God's Word, they are offended and turn away from God.
Then there are those who receive the Word among the thorns. Here, the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke out the seed, so it never reproduces life in the person who hears the Word.
But praise the Lord, those who receive God's Word in good ground bear fruit: some one hundred fold, some only sixty fold, and some only thirty fold. Those who receive God's Word in good ground, and allow the seed to reproduce in their lives, not only receive the Word, they desire to have more understanding in the Word, and they continue to search deeper and deeper for more understanding in the Word. [see "Going On In God" by George Kirkpatrick]
Some whose understanding is deep, produce an hundred fold. Those whose understanding is not so deep, produce sixty fold. Those who produce thirty fold are shallow in their understanding and in the application of God's Word in their lives.
We witness this principle of three and how it applies to our walk in God throughout the Bible. Three is the number of God's completion. Everything is complete in three. A few examples are:
All God's creation except man is
Animal, vegetable, or mineral
In time there is
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow
Our realm of existence is
Sun, moon, and earth
God's people are
Called, chosen, and elect
Past, present, and future
Our service to God is
Thought, word, and deed
Man is made up of
Body, soul, and spirit
The Godhead is
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Our King's title is
Lord, Jesus, Christ
There were three areas of worship in the Tabernacle
The Outer Court, The Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies
There were three stories in Noah's Ark
There were three main feast days in the Old Testament
The Feast of Passover, The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Ancient Israel was to appear before God three times each year
The third day is the most mentioned day in the Bible. The use of the number three wondrously reveals God bringing His creation man into divine perfection. Let's review some of these examples to discover some of the hidden mysteries God has hidden in the number three in His Word. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul reveals how Moses was to construct the tabernacle in the wilderness:
"Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith He, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount." Hebrews 8:5
The heavenly things are the Spiritual things God revealed to Moses when He gave him the pattern of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. So the tabernacle is to serve as our example and shadow of heavenly, Spiritual things. A shadow is only an image of the real thing. In the tabernacle we discover God's complete pattern of His plan of salvation for His creation man. This is wonderfully portrayed in the three areas of the tabernacle. [see "Tabernacle in the Wilderness" by George Kirkpatrick]
Each area of the tabernacle had a closure we all must go through, to get to our created place in God. Through the Word we know God created man to dwell in His presence. This corresponds to entering into the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle.
In the garden God walked with His creation, Adam and Eve, in the cool of the day, Genesis 3:8. In the tabernacle, God has laid out the way man must again enter into his created place in God.
The Three Areas of the Tabernacle
The Outer Court
The Holy Place
The Holy of Holies
To enter the Outer Court we must pass through the gate.
To enter the Holy Place we must pass through the door.
And to enter the Holy of Holies we must pass through the veil.
Each of these openings are one hundred square cubits.
The gate is twenty by five cubits
The door and the veil are each, ten by ten cubits.
The gate, the door, and the veil are made of fine twined linen which represents righteousness.
The outer court area is the thirty fold realm where man deals with his sin. This is where the brazen altar and the laver are located.
The brazen (brass) altar was where the sin offering was offered. This represents our confessing our sin before our God.
The laver was also made of brass. Brass is the symbol of sin. The laver represents the need for our water baptism before we enter the door to the Holy Place.
The Outer Court is the area where the called of God reside.
Jesus speaks of the gate to His disciples:
"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:14
The gate leads to life, and as Jesus stated, "Few there be that find it." Those who enter at the gate enter into the Outer Court. Here they confess their sin and are baptized in water. But these have just begun their walk in God. [see "The Great Household of God" by George Kirkpatrick]
There is no covering over the Outer Court, and those in the thirty fold realm have no Holy Spirit covering in their lives. This is the baby realm. Paul describes this baby realm in his letter to the Hebrews:
"For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For everyone that useth milk is unskilful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe." Hebrews 5:12-13
Those in the Outer Court, baby realm must remain under the tutorege of their teachers (pastors). These are the servant saints of God who must endure to the end to be saved. This is where the old denominational orders remain.
Through the study of God's Word and proper teaching, we discover we must continue to progress to the sixty fold ream which is the "suffering realm." This is where the chosen of God reside. This is the teenage realm where we must remain until we come to maturity. This is the priesthood realm. But in order to enter this realm there must be a change of garments and an anointing - - - and we must enter through the door.
"Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep." John 10:7
Jesus is the door of the sheep. Jesus is the only door to the sheep. The sheep are His ekklesia, His called out ones. Those who have been called and then chosen will enter through the door into the Holy Place. When we enter through the door we come to the candlestick. The candlestick is the symbol of the church (ekklesia).
In order to enter into the Holy Place we must have a change of garments. We must have put off the old man with his sin nature, and put on our robes of righteousness. The Holy Place is where the new man enters the tabernacle. Unlike the Outer court, the tabernacle has a covering. Those who enter into the Holy Place, must also have a covering. Those who enter into the Holy place have the Holy Spirit anointing working in their lives, and have submitted themselves to the cleansing power of the cloven tongues of fire. These are those who have come to the place Paul declared to the Romans:
"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9
Those who have denied the Spirit of Christ in their lives, as Jesus stated, are none of His.
In the Holy Place we again see God's divine number three. There were three instruments of worship in the Holy Place:
The Table of Shew Bread
And The Golden Altar
As stated before, the candlestick is the symbol of God's ekkelsia. The Shew Bread is the symbol of the bread of life, God's provision. The Golden Altar was where the priest burnt incense. Incense is the symbol of our worship and praise before God. It is here in the Holy Place God does a final work on His ekklesia so they can enter behind the veil to dwell in His presence. This is where the Pentecostals dwell. They have the Spirit, but refuse to go any further in God because they think they have it all, so they are not seeking to go on.
The third area in the tabernacle is the Holy of Holies, the hundred fold realm. This is the realm of the ruling and reigning saints who have put off the old man, and have allowed Christ to be formed in them. These have become useable vessels Christ can flow through.
The entrance to the Holy of Holies is through the veil, but the Bible tells us the veil was rent (torn from top to bottom) at the death of Jesus. Paul explained the veil we must go through in his letter to the Hebrews:
The word veil means "a covering." So what point was Paul explaining when he stated we must enter through the veil of His flesh? Most who call themselves Christians cannot see past Jesus in the flesh. They only see Him as Jesus, the man, the Good Shepherd, the Great Physician. They do not recognize Him as Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ. They do not see Him as the prophet Isaiah described him:
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Jesus was the Son of God. He truly is Wonderful and the Prince of Peace. But He is also our Counselor, the Almighty God, and the Everlasting Father. After Jesus' death, He assumed His place as Almighty God, the Everlasting Father. This is the place we need to see Him today. We need to go past the veil of His flesh. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul explains the taking away of this veil:
"But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the Old Testament: which veil is done away in Christ." II Corinthians 3:14
Everything in the Old Testament pointed to Jesus. The sacrifices, the oblations, the feast days - - - these were all types and shadows of the coming of Jesus. But in Christ (the anointing) we see past His fleshly existence to who He is today. Peter informed all who have eyes to see and ears to hear:
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." Acts 2:36
God hath made - - - Jesus obtained this position after His death. It was after Jesus' resurrection that he became Lord (supreme in authority) and Christ (the anointing). He returned to His place as Almighty God.
Jesus came as Christ Jesus (the anointing), as the cloven tongues of fire on the Day of Pentecost. If we are to enter into the Holy of Holies, we must know Him as Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ. We must have a relationship with Him as the Almighty God and the Everlasting Father. [see "Christ Jesus" by George Kirkpatrick]
The Holy of Holies is were the elect dwell. These have come through the thirty fold, Outer Court Realm, past the sixty fold, Holy Place realm, past the veil of Jesus' flesh to dwell in the mature, hundred fold realm, the Holy of Holies.
When we enter through the veil, there are three instruments of worship:
The Ark of the Covenant
The Mercy Seat
And The Cherubim
The Ark represents God's promises to man. God met with man above the Mercy Seat, and the Cherubim protect God's holiness. So we discover God's complete salvation plan for mankind, and His progression, until he returns to dwell in the presence of God is all laid out in threes.
The Outer Court is the baby realm, God's called
The Holy Place is the teenage realm, God's chosen
And The Holy of Holies is the mature, adult realm, God's elect
The Wonderful Threes in Noah's Ark
There are two arks mentioned in the Bible - - - the Ark of the Covenant - - - and Noah's Ark. Both are important if we are to understand God's plan for man. God gave Noah strict instructions on how to build the Ark:
"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them and behold I will destroy them with the earth.
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
And this is the fashion that thou shalt make it of: the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
A window shalt thou make to the Ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the Ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it." Genesis 6:13-16
God's number three is also evident in the building of the Ark. It was to be three hundred cubits long, thirty cubits high, and fifty cubits wide. It was also to be three stories high. As we line up these numbers in the Word, we will discover God's plan of deliverance for His creation man.
The Ark was to be three hundred cubits long. The number three hundred speaks of complete deliverance and victory. When God told Gideon to make up his army to fight the Midianites, Gideon had assembled thirty-two thousand troops, but God told Gideon this was too many. Gideon told those who were fearful to go home. Twenty-two thousand troops returned home. This left ten thousand troops. Today fear is plaguing the hearts of many of God's people, and their hearts are failing them for fear when they see what is coming upon the earth.
Next, God told Gideon to take these ten thousand to the water and observe the way they drank. Most bent down on their knees to drink, but three hundred took water in their hand and lapped it like a dog. God told Gideon to choose those who took water in their hand and lapped it. Gideon was to send home those who bent down to drink with their faces in the water. Only those who lapped the water (God's Word) in their hand were chosen because they were vigilant to keep a watchful eye out for the enemy. Gideon ended up with three hundred chosen men to become God's deliverers.
Before Gideon engaged in battle, he separated his three hundred troops into three divisions - - - one hundred in each division. In their hands they held trumpets and earthen vessels of light. What a picture of God's overcoming, deliverance army! The trumpet represents the prophetic voice. The light in the earthen vessels represents the Word of God anointed by the Holy Spirit. When these earthen vessels are broken, then the light of the glorious gospel of truth will be trumpeted forth for all the enemies of God to see and hear. Jesus revealed these to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God." Revelation 15:2
The Sea of Glass represents the transparent ones. These are god's transparent gold who have overcome all the fiery darts of the enemy.
Through the all-wise Solomon, we again witness the number three hundred as an example of overcoming victory. Solomon made three hundred shields of beaten gold. Each shield was made with three pounds of gold. These shields had first been purified in the fire, then beaten into shape by the hammer. Peter compares our preparation as the refining of gold:
"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth . . ." I Peter 1:7a
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:" I Peter 4:12
Those who want everything God has promised to His creation from the beginning of time can expect fiery trials to try their faith, so they can claim as Job:
"But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 23:10
Those who are tried in the fire and overcome, shall come forth as gold. Isaiah understood God's ways when he declared:
"Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver: I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction." Isaiah 48:10
The furnace of affliction is the cloven tongues of fire that came on the Day of Pentecost to purify His firstfruit anointed. Those same cloven tongues of fire are still doing their work in God's elect today to bring them into complete deliverance in His day of wrath.
The next dimension of the Ark was the height. It was thirty cubits. The number thirty stands for that which has come to full stature, those who have come into full maturity in Christ, ready to rule and reign with Him in the millennial age. As we study God's Word we discover those who had come to full stature or full maturity. Moses recorded:
"From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that came to do the service of the ministry, and the service of the burden in the tabernacle of the congregation." Numbers 4:47
Those who did the service in the tabernacle had to be thirty. They had to come to full stature before they were allowed to touch the holy things in the tabernacle. Joseph was an example of coming to full stature before he was used of God.
"And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt." Genesis 41:46
Joseph was truly put through the fire to bring him into full stature. He was sold into slavery by his brothers at the age of seventeen, betrayed by Potipher's wife, thrown into prison, and forgotten by the Pharaoh's butler. But God used all this to bring Joseph to full stature. This is why Joseph could proclaim, when his brothers stood before him who had sold him into slavery:
"Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life." Genesis 45:5
We do not need to fear when God's fire is doing its work in our lives. God is performing this work to bring us to full stature. Another man God brought to full stature was David:
"David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years." II Samuel 5:4
David was tried in the wilderness when King Saul chased him with a mighty army, trying to kill him. Twice David had Saul at the end of his sword, but David would not slay God's anointed. David was the best king Israel ever had. There was another who came to full stature at the age of thirty:
"And Jesus Himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli," Luke 3:23
When Jesus was thirty, He stood on the banks of the Jordan River, and received the anointing of the dove. He was ready to begin His ministry.
The full height of the Ark was thirty cubits. This is a picture of God's deliverance ministries who have come to full stature, and will be used of God in these latter days.
God ordained the leadership in His body.
"And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-13
God ordained apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. These were ordained for the perfecting (maturing) of the saints. This, the church system has failed to do. God ordained the five fold ministry to do the work of the ministry and to edify (build up) the body of Christ. This, too, the church system has failed to do.
God gave these ministries until we all come in the unity of the faith and unto the knowledge of the Son of God. Those who have attained to the knowledge of the Son of God will make up that perfect man (the body of Christ). These as Joseph, David, and Jesus will be used of God to accomplish God's purpose where the church system has failed.
The next measurement of the Ark we must look at is the number fifty. The Ark was fifty cubits wide. Fifty is the number of the Holy Spirit. It is also the number of Pentecost. The word pentecost is the Greek word PENTEKOSTE which means "fifty, or fiftieth." Luke recorded:
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place." Acts 2:1
Pentecost came fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus. It was on that day the Holy Spirit came as cloven tongues of fire to cleanse and refine God's creation so he could again enter into the presence of God. Pentecost, as we know it, was Israel's celebration of the Feast of Weeks. Moses instructed Israel:
"And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord." Leviticus 23:15-16
The Feast of Weeks came fifty days after the wave offering was waved before the Lord. The wave offering was part of the Feast of Passover, and was waved before the Lord to assure a bountiful harvest. The Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost to assure God would have a bountiful harvest among His creation man.
Another celebration God's ancient people were given was the Year of Jubilee. In this celebration we find the picture of God's whole creation being set free:
"And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.
Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family." Leviticus 25:8-10
The Year of Jubilee was when all man's possessions were returned to him. All those sold into slavery were set free. All those who owed money had their debts cancelled, and liberty was proclaimed throughout all the land. What a picture of Christ Jesus' return, when He will be glorified in His saints, II Thessalonians 2:10. This is when Christ Jesus will set up His Kingdom on earth. This is when the sons of God will be manifested to rule and reign with Him throughout all eternity. Christ's return will be His jubilee for all His creation.
God has given us wisdom and knowledge concerning His numerical revelations. The prophet Isaiah informs us:
"And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure." Isaiah 33:6
Those who have obtained God's wisdom and knowledge through the Holy Spirit will have the stability to take them through the coming wrath. God used the number of the Holy Spirit (fifty) to reveal to us this stability. God told Noah to make the ark fifty cubits wide. This was probably the most stable craft ever made. Its length was ten times its height, and its width was wider than its height. It was designed to ride out the worst of storms.
Those who walk in the Spirit are like Noah's Ark. The Ark had no means of locomotion. It had nothing to make it move. It had no rudder. There was no way to guide it. How like God's Spirit anointed people. Because of Christ we can go through the worst of storms and calamities of life. Nothing motivates us except the voice of God. We only move when He speaks, and we have no rudder, only obedience. When we completely submit our will to His will, we know our destination is sure. As stated before, the prophet Isaiah gives us this assurance:
"And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is His treasure." Isaiah 33:6
Truly we live in troublesome times when the government has failed the people, there is no assurance in the church, and sometimes we even feel God has forsaken the earth. We must depend wholly on our God-given wisdom and knowledge we have in His Word to endure the days ahead. Then we know our strength of salvation is not dependent on the promises of the government, or the watered, down message from the pulpit.
We cannot even depend on all we have accumulated, that can disappear with the stroke of a pen or an act of God. Our only strength and hope is in our fear of the Lord. The word fear means "respect and reverence." We only have one dependence and that is on the promises God has made to His creation down through the ages.
As we again consider Noah's Ark we discover it has three stories. Again, considering this is God's vessel of deliverance for all His creation, we need to consider where we will reside on the ark.
In order to understand the Spiritual meaning of the three different stories in the ark, we must look at the book of Genesis. When Adam sinned, God's creation man found himself to be naked. They were naked because God had removed their Holy Spirit covering. The Adam creation was no longer a Spiritual being.
"Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them." Genesis 3:21
When Adam lost His Spiritual covering, God clothed him with a beast nature. From this time man began to live by the law of the jungle - - - the survival of the fittest. Man still lives by this law, unless they have been regenerated by the Spirit of God. As we consider this, we can understand the Spiritual meaning in the three stories of the ark.
First we need to know there were only two openings in the ark:
"A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it." Genesis 6:16
The only light in the ark was a window in the top of the third story of the ark. This window was one cubit by one cubit. The other opening was the door in the side of the ark, which was sealed against the flood waters.
Secondly, everything God created was placed on the ark. So the ark represents the preservation of all God's creation.
"And of very living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive." Genesis 6:19-20
So we see Noah was to take two of everything God created onto the ark to preserve life. But there was another group Noah was to take on the ark:
"Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth." Genesis 7:2-3
Of the clean beasts and fowl, Noah was to take seven. But of the unclean animals, Noah was only to take two.
Now to understand the three stories in Noah's ark and where people dwell, we must look again at the three areas in the tabernalce:
The Outer Court (the thirty fold, baby realm)
The Holy Place (the sixty fold, teenage realm)
And the Holy of Holies (the one hundred fold, adult mature realm)
The first story of Noah's ark was for the unclean beasts. This represents those in the thirty fold realm who have not yet dealt with the old man nature. These have made their confession to God and have been baptized, but they still live in the flesh (the beast nature). Jude wrote of those who have not yet dealt with the old man nature:
"But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves." Jude 1:10
These are brute beasts who speak evil of the things they do not understand. These speak evil of those who are moving on in their Spiritual walk with God.
Those who dwell in the first story of Noah's ark are in a protected place, but because they are in the lower story, they are closest to God's wrath when it is poured out. These are those who must endure to the end to be saved.
Those on the second story of the ark are somewhat above the wrath. The clean beasts, representing those who have been cleansed and are walking in the overcoming realm, dwell here.
This second story represents the sixty fold ream. The sixty fold realm is the suffering realm. This is the area where God refines the overcomer as pure silver and gold. The prophet Malachi spoke of this refining place:
"And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." Malachi 3:3
These are being taught the rigteousness of God. It is in this teenage realm, that the overcomers are taught responsibility. As they grow up in God's ways, they are given more responsibility, so they can be used mightily of God when the wrath has ended.
We also discover when Noah's ark landed and the flood waters subsided, it was the clean animals and fowl that were used for sacrifices. These who dwell in the second story of the ark will lead a sacrificial life as they continue to complete God's plan of salvation in their lives.
The third story of the ark was for Noah and his family. Noah was far above God's wrath.
We may ask, "Why did God use Noah to build the ark to preserve His whole creation?" We must look at Noah's qualifications:
"These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God." Genesis 6:9
First, Noah was a just man. The word just means "lawful and righteous in conduct and character."
Secondly, Noah was perfect in his generations. The word perfect means "mature, whole, complete."
And thirdly, Noah walked with God.
Again we witness God's glorious number three, all those who have these three qualifications will be used mightily by God, just as He used Noah.
Noah's place in the third story of the ark represents the Holy of Holies, the one hundred fold realm. The third story dwellers are the only ones who have access to the light from the window in the top of the ark. Those who have completely overcome the old man nature and have been refined in God's glorious fire, and who truly walk with God will have access to the true light of God from heaven (the Spiritual realm). Jesus explained those who occupy the third story of the ark to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb." Revelaiton 14:4
Women are a representation of the church system. Jesus is speaking here of the virgins who have not been corrupted by the false doctrines of the church system. These are they which depend totally on the true Word of God and follow the Lamb wherever He leads them. These are the redeemed of the Lord, His firstfruit company of overcomers.
These have the true light of God. These are those who will dwell above God's wrath. And these are also God's overcoming creation who will live on the renewed earth. As Noah they will become God's husbandmen.
There is another three we must consider. Israel was to appear before God three times a year:
"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
Moses, the oracle of God, informed Israel they were to appear before the Lord three times in a year: once at the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover), once at the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), and once at the Feast of Tabernacles (Feast of Ingathering).
Moses added they were not to appear before the Lord empty. The word empty means "in vain, without effect." This same requirement is required of Spiritual Israel.
The first time in the year Israel was to appear before God was the Feast of Passover. Passover was the in the first month of Israel's year, and was celebrated by the killing of the Passover Lamb and the covering of the blood.
Our first step in God's salvation process is when we come to the sacrificial lamb, Jesus Christ. Paul informed the Corinthians:
"Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:" I Corinthians 5:7
Jesus is our Passover Lamb, and it is by His shed blood that we have the forgiveness of our sin. When we come to our Passover Lamb we can not come empty (in vain). When we come, we must come with a humble, repentant heart. If we come to our Passover Lamb with pride and haughtiness, then we have taken the name of the Lord in vain, and we remain in our sin. Jesus informed the religious system of His day:
"And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." Matthew 21:44
We know Jesus is the Cornerstone of His Kingdom, and those who fall upon this stone will be broken. When those who come to Christ come with a humble, contrite heart to confess their sin, they will be broken. This will be the first day of their new life, their rebirth. This is when they enter the gate into the thirty fold realm. Jesus informed the religious system of His day.
"No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44
The word draw means "to draw by an inward power." Those who are drawn by an inward power are the called of God.
We must realize that Israel appearing before the Lord did not fulfill their total requirement before God to come before him three times in the year. The same is true when we come before the Lord. Falling on the Cornerstone and confessing our sins does not fulfill the commitment we made to the Cornerstone (Jesus Christ). We must go on. [see "Going On In God" by George Kirkpatrick]
The second time in the year Israel was to appear before the Lord was at the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). This celebration was in the third month, fifty days after the waving of the firstfruit sheath. After Jesus' resurrection He told His disciples:
"And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be undued with power from on high." Luke 24:49
This promise was fulfilled fifty days after Jesus' resurrection in the Upper Room. By the Spirit, Luke revealed:
"And when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place." Acts 2:1
The Day of Pentecost had come for all mankind. This is when the cloven tongues of fire came to cleanse mankind so they could enter again into the presence of God. The one hundred and twenty in the Upper Room did not appear before the Lord empty. They were filled with obedience, and they came together in the unity of the faith and in singleness of purpose. This is when they entered in through the door into the sheepfold to become part of the Candlestick, the ekklesia of God. This is the sixty fold, suffering realm. This is where the second part of Jesus' revelation takes place:
"And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder." Matthew 21:44
The sixty fold, suffering realm is where the Headstone (Christ Jesus) falls on us to grind us to powder. This is where the Holy Spirit anointing begins to deal with all the dross in our life that keeps us from going on in God. God's refining fire will burn away all the old man, with its beast nature, and we will become that new creation in Him.
When the Holy Spirit grinds us to powder (flour), then all the old man nature is no longer recognizable. This is where He takes all those who are ground to powder and puts them together in one new lump, and this becomes the body of Christ who will make up His Kingdom. The chosen of God dwell here in the sixty fold realm.
There was one last time Israel was required to come before the Lord each year, and that was at the Feast of Tabernacles (Feast of Ingathering). The Feast of Tabernacles was in the seventh month. The Feast of Tabernacles was when Israel was to take branches of trees and make temporary dwelling places for their families. They were to live in these three-sided booths for seven days.
"And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release in the feast of tabernacles." Deuteronomy 31:10
Every seven years the solemnity (the community or congregation) were released from all debt, and every fifty years during the Feast of Tabernacles there was to be a Year of Jubilee, where not only all debts were forgiven, but all Hebrew slaves were set free, and all lands were returned to their original owners. Moses informs us:
"Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:" Deuteronomy 16:13
The Feast of Tabernacles was to be observed after the wheat harvest and the gathering of the grapes. But it is only recorded twice in God's Word that Israel kept the Feast of Tabernacles. In studying this feast, there seemed to be no good reason for Israel to dwell in booths for seven days. But as we see through the eyes of the Spirit, Israel was not diligent in keeping this feast. Why? It was because the Feast of Tabernacles was designed for those who live in the end of the age.
When Jesus was explaining the Parable of the Sower to His disciples, He informed them:
"The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels." Matthew 13:39
The harvest is the end of the world. The word world is the Greek word AION and should have been translated "age" - - - or the harvest is at the end of the age. The harvest comes at the end of the Age of Grace, or at the beginning of the third day from Jesus, or from the seventh day from creation. It is safe, therfore, to say that the harvest is at hand. Jesus revealed this time to John, when He spoke of our day:
"And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in Thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for Thee to reap: for the harvest of the earth is ripe." Revelation 14:15
The first angel was going to harvest those who were fully ripe, those who had come to maturity, those who had entered through the veil of the flesh into the hundred fold realm.
"And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to Him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in Thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe." Revelation 14:18
The second angel thrust in his sickle and gathered the mature, fully ripe grapes, those who are fit for the Master's table. These are those who had come to full maturity. The hundred fold realm is for the elect.
Then Jesus revealed another sickle:
"And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God." Revelation 14:19
The vine which did not produce fruit (the fruit of the Spirit) was gathered and cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Again we witness God's glorious number three used with the sickles to reveal His complete harvest.
Jesus spoke much about this time of harvest. This last feast was called the Feast of Ingathering for a very good reason. This is the time at the end of the age that God will gather His saints:
"And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:31
This will be at the sounding of the last trumpet. Jesus explained the trumpets in the book of Revelation. When the last trumpet is blown, God's great ingathering will be glorious. Paul also revealed this time to the church at Ephesus:
"Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: that in the dispensation of the fulness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him:" Ephesians 1:9-10
This is the time Jesus revealed to John:
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15
God's Feast of Ingathering will be such a glorious time, when the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. The Lord's Christ (or the Lord's anointed) are those who have come to full maturity, and will rule and reign with Him for all eternity.
This will be the day God has shown us in this last and greatest feast. All those who were in bondage to debt and the government will be set free. And the whole earth will be given back to its original owners, God's people.
God did not create the earth for the heathen to ravage and destroy with their ungodly use of it. It is the meek who are going to inherit the earth. Too many people think the meek are the weak, but let's look closer at the word meek. It means ". . . mildness of disposition and gentleness of spirit."
Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting, rely on God rather than our own strength to defend us against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time. Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God's goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will."
Those who have come to this place in God are the meek who will inherit the earth. Praise the Lord. God's glorious threes are found throughout His Word. We have only revealed a few of these threes here.
Related books by George Kirkpatrick
The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
Going On In God
The Great Household of God
Beyond The Feast of Tabernacles
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