THE THIRD DIMENSION
BY: DAVID JOHNSON
In God’s plan and purpose to bring us to maturity there are three dimensions we must progress through. We begin with an outer court experience in coming to know the Christ as our savior and redeemer. It is here that we start out as a babe in Christ and mature to a young man. 0 to 30%.
As we continue to grow we come to the second stage in this process of maturing. It is here that we come to know Christ as our Holy Ghost baptizer. It is here that we begin to learn spiritual ministry and progress from 31 to 60%.
It is very characteristic of people to want to stop at each phase of this spiritual development and to camp out. This is why we have in the Body of Christ fundamental churches and Pentecostal churches. However, if you refuse to go on into maturity you will never become a mature son of God.
There is a Third Dimension that God wants to bring each of us into and it is in this dimension that we become like Him and begin to manifest His power to the world we live in. In this lesson, I want to show you that not only is there another feast we must experience but that you can begin to experience this feast today and move on into maturity.
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?”
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 11 says, “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.
Now, let’s look again at the vision that Zechariah saw and see if we can understand why what he saw represented, “Not by power, and not by might, but by My Spirit!”
What dimension was the golden candle stick located in the tabernacle? The Second Dimension! I think that if I were to show a picture to represent this it would have been a picture of the Ark of the Covenant that is in the Most Holy Place. If we are going to see the sovereignty of God why not choose the Ark of the Covenant? Why choose the candle stick? Because God takes something man has always had to labor with and shows what happens when He puts it in the Third Dimension. The only candle stick that Zerubbable or Zeckariah knew would have been the candle stick in the Tabernacle of Moses.
John said in Rev 1:10: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
“His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.”
Who is this man that John saw? The corporate Son of God! Notice the Church is standing in the middle of the Golden Candlesticks. Notice also that everything that was in the Holy Place has now been moved into the Third Dimension.
Zerubbable and Zeckariah knew that the priest of God were the only ones who attend to the candlesticks. If the candlesticks are going to work properly the priests are going to have to put oil in them. When Zeckariah asked the angel the Third time what the two olive trees were notice what happen. Zec 4:11 says: “Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?”
No one was pressing the oil out of the olives and pouring it into the lamps. It is running in all by itself.! There is a dimension available in God that no one has ever come fully into where His life flows out of us with absolutely no effort on our part. There is a place of rest in God where He wants to do it all by Himself without any human effort. You say, “Well, then, He doesn’t need us!” But He has chosen to do it through us by sharing the divine nature with us. Peter said in 2 Pet 1:2: “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Paul said in 2 Cor 4:6: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
Is this really available? Heb 4:1 says: “Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.”
“Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'” And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.”
“For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.” And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest. It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
“For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”
There is a Dimension we can enter into where we can cease from our labors and allow God to do His good pleasure through us. Not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit! The Third Dimension of Grace is the Third Day from the Cross and the Seventh Day of the Lord! Jesus rose on the Third Day and God rested on the Seventh Day and both of these Days were Sabbath Days.
11 Peter 3:8 says, “A day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day.”
Understanding this principle will unlock many scriptures to you. It has now been six thousand years since Adam and we are approaching the beginning of the seventh thousand year period of time. Not only that but we are about to enter the third thousand year period of time since Jesus ascended.
According to Gods way of looking at time it has been Six Days since Adam and Two days since Jesus ascended. Therefore, we are about to enter the Third Day since the ascension of Jesus and the Seventh Day since Adam. The importance of this is seen in the fact that both the Third Day and the Seventh Day were Sabbath days. The Sabbath Day is a spiritual principle that God wants every believer to enter into. God created for six days and on the seventh day, the Sabbath Day, He rested. In Hebrews chapters three and four we see that Jesus also entered into that rest and there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. God’s people at the end of this age are going to cease from their own labors and enter into His rest.
The Third Day of God’s grace is the Third Dimension, the Seventh Day from Adam. The Third Dimension of God is the Day of rest. The shadow of the Third Dimension is the Feast of Tabernacles. In this Third Feast it is all God. Adam cannot enter into the presence of God and live. All that is not of God in us will be put to death.
When Jesus died on the cross, what caused the veil in the temple to be torn from the top to the bottom? Jesus died! He died to all of Himself. To all of His living works. When He was alive He healed the sick, He raised the dead, and He set the captive free and then He died. He walked on water, He fed the multitudes, He opened the blind eyes and then He died.
You may have been in a glorious place, and you may have seen God work in various ways, and God may have worked miracles through you, but now you are going to die! Rev 14:13 says, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.”
We are coming into a place where the limited power that happen only in a small geographical area where Jesus was present, becomes magnified by the glory and power of His resurrection in us. The death of yourself will bring you into the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul said in Phil 3:3-15; “For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh–though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.”
This is a passage of scripture that you need to mediate on and ask God to give you revelation of it’s powerful contents. Jesus said in John 12:24-25; “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
Unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. This is why churches work out of a single portion all of their lives. They are working out of what they were before they die! But if we ever fall into the ground and die and are willing to come to a place where we will just learn to create glory and come into the alignment of God, He will sovereignly pour out, all by Himself, powerful happenings in the Spirit which will effect this entire valley. He will accomplish more than we can accomplish and do, more than our newsletter can accomplish, more than our radio program can reach, and more than any effort of all the ministries in this valley put together.
Once again I need to remind you that glory is the only atmosphere in which God will manifest His power. I have a teaching on, “HOLY! HOLY! HOLY! that you may request from this ministry. We have been given the power to create the glory for God to dwell in. David said in Psa 22:3; “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”
The Hebrew word for ‘inhabitest’ is No. 3427. yashab, yaw-shab’; a prim. root; prop. to sit down (spec. as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by impl. to dwell, to remain: to settle, to marry:– (make to) abide (-ing), continue, (cause to, make to) dwell (-ing) Psa 50:23 says; “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God.”
If my conversation is ordered rightly my lips will continually give Him the praise for all things. The writter of Hebrews said in Heb 13:15; “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”
Glory is in the Third Dimension because this is where God dwells. Glory is the only atmosphere in which God will manifest His power and this is the reason why the angels are not released to help us. They have been assigned to help us but have been bound in heaven giving glory to God by praising Him to each other. They won’t be released until the Lord receives glory in the earth. When we will give Him the glory by praising Him continually to each other, earth to earth, the angels will be released to work for us.
If we will only begin to praise Him for what He has done in our lives we will create the glory for Him to dwell in and it will flow out of this place and touch every man, woman and child in this valley. What is done in the heavenlies is not done on earth until you create the atmosphere in which God manifest power in the earth.
Jesus said in Mat 6:10; “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
If we will create the glory for His presence to dwell in then His will shall be done in the earth. God would rather hear one of His redeemed ones give Him praise than ten thousand angels. One of you can release a thousand of these angels. Two of you can release ten thousand. Three of you can release 100,000. And if four of you will praise Him you can release one million of His angels. Is it any wonder Satan doesn’t want us to praise the Lord?
Jesus also said in Mat 18:19-20; “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
There will I be in between them even as I appeared between the cherubim on the ark. You may ask, “Well, David, we have praise God in the past which created glory for Him and we have seen very little happen. Yes, I agree and this bothered me also when I received the revelation of this truth until I begin to see the answer. The reason that the praise we came into when we were baptized in the Holy Spirit has produced so little results is that it was done in the Second Dimension.
We have been laboring, struggling, and trying to make it happen. In the Third Dimension, we will come into a place where we will die to our works. We will die to our ingenuity. We will also die to our way of getting it done. When we finally come to the realization that God has a way of doing it greater and more powerful than we have ever been able to do it; and if we ever come to the place where we realize that we are not smart enough, not talented enough and that we are not powerful enough. If we will ever come into a place where we simply get into order and give Him the Praise and atmosphere that flows from the throne of God, He will manifest His power. He will do it through us all by Himself.
As long as you can build the church, He is going to let you. As long an you can work for God, He is going to let you do it. As long as you think you can do it, you’re going to have to do it.
Jesus said in Mat 7:22: “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
But if you ever come to a place where you will say that I am willing to die to all of that and just rest in the Lord and let Him have His way with me, He will move in your life above your wildest expectations.
Paul said in Col. 3:1; “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
If you then be risen with Christ… This is Third Dimension! Death, Burial, and Resurrection!
If you have passed through the veil, which is your flesh, your works, your ability, your talent, and have entered into His rest, then you have experience the resurrection of Christ and your life is hidden in Him. You must realize that your life is now hidden with Christ in God. This being a truth, Paul said, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
The Greek word for affection is No. 5426. phroneo, fron-eh’-o; from G5424; to exercise the mind, i.e. entertain or have a sentiment or opinion; by impl. to be (mentally) disposed (more or less earnestly in a certain direction); intens. to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience):–set the affection on, (be) care (-ful), (be like-, + be of one, + be of the same, + let this) mind (-ed, regard, savor, think )
In other words, set you affection, your mind, your attention, your whole interest on things above. Ask yourself this question. “What do I think about most of the time?” What you think about becomes the way you conduct your life. If you are to progress in the Kingdom of God you must see into the eternity of God. The only way that you can do this is to set your thinking on the things of the Spirit. You will never be able to do anything in the earth that you don’t first see in the heavenlies. This is why God told Joshua in Josh 1:8; “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
This is the alignment we must come into in order for His anointing to flow. In the second dimension we have been in a form of religion where we decide what we want to do and then try to talk God into blessing it. This is why our prayers have been, for the most part, wasted. You can pray all day and if your prayers are not according to the Word of God they will accomplish very little. It doesn’t take all day to pray through. We somehow have gotten the idea that prayer is informing God about everything that is happening to us and how bad we have it.
James said in James 5:16; “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Again Jesus said in Mat 6:10; “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
The way this happens is for us to see into the heavenlies by faith. Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
But if I can see the unseen and if I can lay my eyes on that which is done in the heavenlies, I will have the faith to bring it to pass in the natural. The reason I can enter in to this realm is because the Spirit, Himself, helps me. Paul said in Romans 8:26; “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
My infirmity is that I am blind to the things of God and can not see! But the Spirit searches the deep things of God and He knows what is the mind of God. The Holy Spirit shows me in the heavenlies what God has already finished and when I see it in the heavenlies I instantly have the power to bring it to pass.
This is really the faith that overcomes the world in me and that overcomes my worldly state, my earthly state. Seeing it by faith is what brings it to pass in my world and it won’t come until I see it. Paul said in Col 3:3, “For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.”
Notice he said “When Christ, who is our life… In what dimension is life? Jesus said that He was the way, the truth, and the life! The life He was talking about is in the Third Dimension! Paul said in 2 Cor 3:18; “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Unveiled literally means ‘hymen’. It literally means to break through the veil of flesh into the womb of God. To the place where seed is planted that grows out of the heart of God.
It means that we have taken off the veil of unbelief and have stepped into the Dimension where God births things and we all with unveiled faces reflect the Lord’s glory and are changed into the same image with ever increasing glory.
This literally means that I come into this place by the Holy Spirit and I become what I behold. What I see! When I walk in this Dimension Christ is seen living in me and the world sees a pure manifestation of Him in my life. Which in reality is not my life but His life. Paul saw this when he said in Gal 2:20; “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. This is a Dimension of Faith that we have not entered into. This Dimension of Faith is Kingdom Faith. This is where you seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first and all things are added to you. This is where we stop trying to be like God and trying to make it happen for God and stop trying to build the Church for God.
John said in Rev 12:1-4; “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”
This woman is the Church and she is standing on the moon. The moon is a reflector of the sun. The woman, the Church is a reflector of the Son, Jesus Christ. We become what we behold. She is clothed with the Son because His light is shinning on her. She is in order as one under authority. The woman, who is the Church, is the lessor light. The sun rules the day and the moon rules the night. This tells us very plainly that the Church rules darkness.
The woman had a crown of twelve stars meaning that there were twelve foundations which means she was completely under government. She was completely in order. If she is not in order she will not have a manchild. The woman was taken into the wilderness for three and a half years. The term `three and a half years’ means length of ministry. Jesus ministered three and a half years. John the Baptist ministered three and a half years. Elijah shut up the heavens three and a half years. The fullness of ministry is going to come to pass from a woman who has entered into her wilderness which means that she can produce nothing.
In the greatest prayer recorded by Jesus is in John chapter seventeen when He prayed; “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gave me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”
Jesus was in the upper room when He prayed this prayer and yet He said, “I am no longer in this world and I have finished the work you gave me to do.” Not only was Jesus in the upper room but He had not gone to the cross to purchase our freedom yet. How could this be? You explain this to me?
Listen! Jesus just stepped out of time into eternity where everything is now. From the beginning to the end everything is now. It’s the forever of God because He doesn’t live in time. God lives in eternity. When Jesus came and gave us life, He gave us eternity because that is where He dwells and He dwells in us!
The Church has been trying to produce Christ out of a time warp. With the Church everything is sometime in the future, but God wants to perform His work out of eternity.
How many of you have a watch on? If you were not dying you wouldn’t wear a watch. You wear a watch because you want to be on time. Time is only a marker for your mortality, however, everything in God is now. This is why Paul said in Heb 11:1; “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Jesus said in Mark 11:24; “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
In God’s eternity there is no time. How many times have you ever said, “Well, it will happen in God’s time!” Well, I have good news for you! God’s time is NOW! Heb 4:1 says; “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'” And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.
For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.
For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'” And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world.
For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.” And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”
It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience.
Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.
Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of unbelief.
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.”
Notice that the people of Moses time could have entered His rest but because of unbelief they entered not in. Abraham entered in by faith and became the father of the faithful.
Moses entered in by faith and God gave the law and the shadow through him. These two transcended time by their faith even though the cross had not yet come. They were able to do this because God does not live in time but one eternal now.
Because of this you do not have to wait for another time to receive the things of God because you can transcend time by faith. You can have the rest of God right now today if you want to enter in.
Look at verse 7 again; “Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.”
God first offered it to Abraham and here He is offering it to David. Notice that God calls it Today! There is no yesterday or tomorrow with God. Joshua led the children of Israel into the promise land but this did not bring them into rest. If he had God would not have spoken later to David about another day!
Now, look at verse 9-11; “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.
Hang onto your hat now! If Jesus had given us the rest Paul would not have said “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of unbelief.”
Jesus provided for us the way but we must labor to enter into that rest. I can not give you this rest and neither can any other preacher give you this rest. You and only you can do that and we must labor to enter that rest and without faith this is impossible!
Again, Jesus was able to say, “Now I am no more in the world, and I have finished the work, because He was able to stepped out of time into eternity where everything is now. From the beginning to the end everything is now and everything is finished in Gods eternity.
While you are waiting for a dispensation to come to pass, while you are waiting for Jesus to come, while you are waiting for things to happen you are missing a very important point.
Anything that God has ever said belongs the Church, belongs to the Church today! Right now! You can not enter into what belongs to the Church by time. You must enter in by faith!
Notice verse 10 of Hebrews 4; “For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.”
If we ever meditate on this verse of scripture until we get the revelation of it we will realize that everything is already done. Finished. We can rest from trying to make it happen because it is happening!
“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of unbelief.”
In our discussion of the Third Dimension, in no way do I want you to think that those who enter into this Dimension just sit back and fold their arms and do nothing because God is going to everything. I am talking about you coming into an order, a Dimension in God where you, by believing, enter His rest. Believing is the action word of Faith. When I do actually believe, I will see what God’s Word is actually saying and by seeing I will activate my faith and bring it into reality. I literally see the unseen by the eye of faith. We actually use the creative power of our imagination to create in the natural what already exist in the spiritual.
This is why Jesus never made a mistake in His ministry. He said in John 5:19; “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
Jesus said, “I can do only what I see My Father doing!” He could see it already done in the heavenlies. When you see it in the heavenlies that is faith. Faith is not trying to make something happen! Faith is not trying to have something! Faith is not trying to believe! Faith is when we finally have revelation of God’s word and can say, “Oh! I can see that!” A picture is worth a thousand words.
When this happens, if we will come into alignment with what has been revealed to us; then what we see done in the heavenlies we can declare done in the earth. When we receive revelation from the Spirit we must align our thinking and our ways with that revelation in order to see it come to pass in our lives. This is something that I, nor no other man of God can do for you. I can spend hours and hours in the Word and present to you, by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, revelation from God. But I cannot align your life with it. Only you can do this. And if you don’t apply the revelation to your life you will loose the power of it. This is why I offer my notes to you for your meditation and make tapes and teaching materials available to you. If I can get you to see it, you will have the faith to enter into it.
I don’t have to teach it to you anymore, because you just simply enter into it. I believe that God can do things now that most people regulate to the future. I believe that the things that I have always hoped and dreamed for are to happening now. I believe that I can transcend now into that greater dimension of Faith. Coming into that place of glory where God manifests His power. I refuse to live my life anywhere else. I refuse to live in or teach a partial gospel.
Jesus said in Mat 24:27; “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
The comings of the Lord by revelation are not just here a little and over there something but God wants to bring a wholeness to His Church. Jesus said in Mat 24:28; “For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.”
Jesus is the carcass and we feed on Him. His Five Fold Ministries are the eagles. If you want to have more of Jesus just find out where the eagles are gathered.
Pray this prayer now.
I enter in to your rest today in my spirit, in my mind and in my body. I am willing to lay down my life and to loose my life in order to come into the greater knowledge of the purpose of Christ.
And this very day I look to see what God has prepared in the heavenlies. I will come into order and into alignment so that I may receive the fullness of the purpose of God for my life. NOW!
In Jesus name! Amen!
THIRD DIMENSION, THE, Introduction, Chapters 1-4 [David Johnson] 1