Tri-Dimensional Truth Part VI
he Tri-Dimensional Truth series has looked closely at the fourth trumpet of Revelation 8, in which the "day shone not" for a third part; and the last two installments have probed the physical, or literal layers of these epic events. Having noted a literal rendering of this astonishing passage would require the 24 hour spin of the entire world be shortened to 16 hours (an epic change in which one third of the day is no more), we turn to the Spiritual significance of this passage.
The question at hand is always one of perspective, for if we fail to accurately perceive just what the passage is actually communicating, we will be evidencing a lack of the supernatural discernment promised in the New Testament:
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (I Corinthians 2:14).
Throughout the prophetic texts, we see visual tapestries of stunning scope, which are obviously manifested to show us the things of heaven. For instance, when we see a great red dragon drawing athird of the stars, few of us actually expect to ever see a literal flying serpent, dragging a vast number of suns, as it soars through the galaxy:
"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…." (Revelation 12:3,4).
In simple terms, it is self evident that this passage carries an allegorical meaning – and in the word pictures it carries, there must be information that will be applicable to our efforts to respond to the Spiritual truth of our Saviour. First and foremost, we note that it is a third part of the stars of heaven, which are "cast" down unto the earth – presumably an important detail.
By comparing the "third part" which is corrupted (read "cast" to the Earth) by the Dragon in Revelation 12, with the "third part" which is destroyed (read "darkened") in Revelation 8, surely we can see that both images are describing the annihilating effects of evil, on a significant portion of the LORD's creation:
"…and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened…" (Revelation 8:12).
Although many "believers" wish to argue over the literalness of various aspects of such texts (i.e. is it seven literal heads, or does that represent some other amount), the sheer volume of verses where a third is in play testifies as to the importance of the percentage. Yet another part of the mystery of thirds, it is self evident the portion described as being adversely affected by the action of the Dragon is important.
This fits precisely with the many passages pointing us towards the triune nature of all creation – that which I call the Triuniverse (see the author's two books on the subject). It further confirms the two parts which are "cut off," a characteristic of something finite, juxtaposed against the redeemed third of the LORD, as extrapolated from the prophet Zechariah:
"…in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die…and I will bring the third part through…and will refine them…" (Zechariah 13:8,9).
In many books, DVD's, periodicals, and radio broadcasts, we've examined the two parts finite, as the created portion from which God assembles His third – the redeemed part in which He places His own presence.
"…for ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (II Corinthians 6:16).
We would all do well to notice the similarity between the previous verse, wherein the LORD uses the phrase "I will be their God, and they shall be my people," with the foregoing Zechariah penned passage, in which very similar phrasing is applied to the third part redeemed:
"And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: and they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God" (Zechariah 13:9).
In other words, the temple of the living God, as stated in II Corinthians, IS the third part, as phrased inZechariah.
This begs the question, if the Dragon destroys a third, and the LORD redeems a third, where do we find the final portion, to complete the equation?
The answer is found all over the Scriptures, but the short version may be quickly realized by aligning the LORD's third with the allegorical "hot," and the opposite third, the Dragon's "cold" seen in the same similitude:
"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:16).
Obviously, the mingled third (read "spewed") is rejected, as is the "cold" third – thus completing thetwo parts which are cut off in Zechariah.
--- James Lloyd
More information on the mystery of thirds mentioned in the foregoing essay, see the file on the book on THE TRIUNIVERSE.