Tri-Dimensional Truth Part IV
fter 3 installments of Tri-Dimensional Truth, we now return to the central theme as seen in part 1 – the unfolding of literal and physical prophetic fulfillment, operating adjacent to the deeper, allegorical activity in the heavenly realm.
The series has sought to show that it is our fleshly nature to relegate the Spiritual fulfillments of prophecy into an ethereal place which has little immediate impact on our lives, whereas literal and physical fulfillments tend to seem "real" to us, and generate the excitement seen in immediacy.
I'll remind the reader the Word of God repeatedly tells us the physical realm in this world is the shadow, or external image of the true inner event, whereas the substance is found in the Kingdom of God, which is still within you. For instance, the book of Hebrews plainly tells us the Old Covenant physical ritual functioned as predictive of the reality which was to be revealed in Christ:
"…there are priests that offer gifts…who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things…" (Hebrews 8:4,5).
This meaty portion of the book of Hebrews goes on to tell us that God instructed Moses in great detail on the specifics of the temple system, because it was analogous (i.e. "the example") to the larger, more substantive things in the eternal.
In a broader sense of the same concept, one of my favorite prophecies is related to the Old Testament prediction where Isaiah likens the salvation that God will bring, to a time when the LORD will turn things upside down:
"Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay…." (Isaiah 29:16).
This is categorically stated to be fulfilled by the Gospel, as seen in the book of Acts, where the Christ rejecting Jews are persecuting Paul, even as they
"…drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also…and they troubled the people and the rulers of the city…." (Acts 17:6, 8)
The Scriptures teach us there is a causal relationship between what occurs in this dimension and the heavenlies. For instance, the New Testament tells us that if we fully embrace Christ in this life, to the degree that we confess Him before men, in the eternal house of the LORD our names are written in the lamb's book of life:
"…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the LORD Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).
This relationship between physical movements in this life, and the sacred occurrences in the courts of the King of Kings, does not negate physical fulfillments which are seen in this world. Indeed, predictions are periodically fulfilled in this world, and they are frequently misread, or even ignored.
An excellent example of this has just occurred. In the book of Revelation, we see a pivotal event predicting that at a certain stage of prophetic fulfillment, the third part of the sun will be "darkened" and, presumably this will be perceived as part of the signs and wonders projected for the end times:
"And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten…so as the third part…was darkened" (Revelation 8:12).
Less than a week ago, national media showed vivid pictures of a dramatic development on the surface of the sun, as roughly one third of the sun can clearly be seen to be blackened – literally. Surprisingly, this dramatic event has garnered very little media attention in Christian circles (to view the picture of the sun with one third blackened, see below).
We would suggest that many of the alleged prophetic "watchmen" ministries in Christendom cannot assimilate this event into their worldview, because the text chronologically places this event well into the trumpet judgments – i.e. in the midst of the tribulational cycle -- and vast numbers of Christians firmly believe they will be "raptured" before this tribulational event occurs.
Our understanding, or lack thereof, does not change the fact that a third of the sun is indeed blackened.
Obviously, this is not the first time someone has declared an event is a fulfillment of a Scriptural prophecy, even as many failed to hear it. For instance, most know how Peter stood up as the Pentecostal rushing wind manifested the Holy Spirit, as the LORD swept through Jerusalem, and the Apostle flatly claimed this was a fulfillment of one of the prophet Joel's amazing prophecies:
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams" (Acts 2:17).
Although no "young men" were recorded as having visions, and no old men were asleep having prophetic dreams in the midst of the exciting manifestation, Peter included those aspects of the prophecy. Indeed, the Apostle persevered with his recitation of the whole section of the text, and continued to describe Joel's pronouncements, in the context of claiming this was predictive of what had just occurred with the Spiritual outpouring, and the speaking in multiple languages:
"…and I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come" (Acts 2:19, 20).
The fact that Peter stated the Pentecost outpouring was a fulfillment of Joel's astonishing prophecy, does not negate further fulfillment for, as I just noted, a third of the sun has been blackened as of August, 2013. Further, although the evidence indicates this darkening of the sun is a sign in the heavens, directly related to the prophecy of the fourth trumpet in Revelation, regarding this amazing prophecy of the fourth trumpet, there is yet another dimension of fulfillment yet to come. But that will have to wait for our next installment of the Tri-Dimensional Truth prophecy series.
--- James Lloyd
[As the Communique is sent out in large numbers, we prefer not to attach images or links to this letter, but the reader is advised to Google "NASA Discovery: Giant Hole In The Sun" to see the striking image, wherein a third of our star is blackened, originating with the SOHO satellite observatory.]
(To Be Continued)
A detailed look at the role of the planets in Bible Prophecy is found in the 2 hour DVD ANGELS IN ORBIT.