Close Encounters of the Third Kind


Everything God does is intentional.


It’s on purpose for a purpose.

He is not one to waste or mince words, even those we find and read in the Bible.

Every word has been strategically chosen and not one is used for the purpose of filling space.


It’s not an accident that the “Miracle at Cana” took place on the THIRD DAY of a wedding feast.


Biblically speaking, the third day often speaks of visitation.

Shortly after the Israelites were freed from their slavery in Egypt, God told Moses to consecrate the people for two days and to have them was their garments (see Exodus 19:10).

Why?


Because God was about to visit His people at Mt. Sinai on the third day (see Exodus 19:11).

After Jesus learned that His friend Lazarus was sick, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was (see John 11:6).

But it was on the third day that Jesus set out to raise Lazarus from the dead.

It was also on the third day that Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to more than 500 people over the course of 40 days (see 1 Corinthians 15:4 and Acts 1:3).


And it was on the third day of a wedding celebration in Cana of Galilee that Jesus turned water into wine.

Dear reader, I’d like to propose to you that we are stepping into a third day season.


It is my firm belief that the second day is ending and that the third day is dawning.


Remember from my previous writings that the man in the parable Jesus tells in Luke 11 has a guest who shows up unannounced at the hour of midnight.


Midnight is the darkest time of day, but it also speaks of a new day.

In other words, the visitor shows up when one day is ending and another is beginning.


The first of Jesus’ miracles was performed at this wedding in Cana nearly 2,000 years ago.

Likewise, Lazarus was raised from the dead nearly 2,000 ago.

Why is that significant?

Peter tells us that a day is like 1,000 years and 1,000 years is like a day to the Lord (see 2 Peter 3:8).


This would mean that 2,000 years would be like two days to God.

Therefore, if these miraculous accounts were performed 2,000 years ago, or, if you’d prefer, two days ago, then this tells me that the second day is ending and the third days is beginning.


God is about to visit His people.


Similarly, Pentecost — the very outpouring of the Holy Spirit that fell upon the waiting disciples of Jesus — occurred nearly 2,000 years ago as well.

And we desperately need another outpouring.


We are in need of new wine.


And I believe it’s on its way.


I believe that the wine of the first Pentecost has all but run out and that a new wine is about to be poured out.

This is a time where we are getting ready for what’s coming.


Much like what God told Moses to do with the people before He visited them at Mt. Sinai, this is a time of consecration.


This is a time where God is turning us into who we need to be in order to carry what the world longs to come in contact with.


Like I had mentioned earlier, everything God does is on purpose for a purpose.


And this season, if we allow it, is purposefully preparing us to receive a greater baptism in the Holy Spirit.


- Brian Connolly, Faith Like Birds

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