Wade E Taylor
"And after six days, Jesus taketh Peter, James, and
John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high
mountain apart, and was transfigured before them:
and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment
was white as the light.
"And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias
talking with Him" Matt 17:1-3.
Since neither the text nor the context of the above Scriptures
reveals the identity of this six day period of time, it is
therefore possible that the Lord is referring to this present
Creation took place within six days (man's time), and the
Lord rested the seventh day (His Millennial day). Man was
created on the sixth day, therefore, his number in Scripture
is six. Six-six-six refers to the highest that man can attain,
his seeking to deify himself and solve his problems apart
from God. We are close to the end of man's six days.
During the six days of man's time, those who represented
the Lord functioned for Him in His absence. But in the seventh
(Millennial) day, through direct intervention, the Lord will
be personally present, and the initiative will pass from man
to Him. Presently, we are in a time of transition in which
the Lord is preparing us through times of visitation, to rightly
relate to His increasing presence and direct intervention
into the affairs of the nations and mankind.
Our greatest difficulty in this time of transition is shifting
from working for the Lord in His absence, to responding and
cooperating with the Lord in His presence. This means that
we must come to the end of all self-motivated activity and
enter a state of "rest."
The problem is that we have been so active that we become
impatient with inactivity and are unable to rest. Therefore,
there is a reluctance to enter this place of rest in which
we recognize and become comfortable with divine activity.
This state of rest that prepares us for and precedes the
Millennial Kingdom is necessary, because all of our efforts
have not accomplished the purpose of the Lord to establish
righteousness, peace, and joy upon the earth. Therefore, we
must come to a cessation of "our methods" in order
to make room for the Lord to become active to accomplish that
which we were unable to do. This is the primary purpose for
the preparatory visitations that are presently taking place
in many parts of the Body of Christ.
During this present time of transition, the Lord is increasingly
revealing His presence to us. He is testing us with these
"touches of His manifest presence" to see if we
will make room for Him and allow Him to do as He pleases.
Many times in the past, the Lord desired to move, but by our
ignorance, indifference, or even our rejection of His presence,
He was grieved and therefore withdrew.
Much of the present criticism of these "spiritual stirrings"
is directed against the manifestations that result from the
visitation of His presence. Rather, we should welcome His
presence and seek to purify our reactions.
It is important for us to know that whenever the Lord attempts
to reveal Himself to us, personally, or in a meeting, He will
wait for our response to this manifestation of His presence.
Until we take a step towards Him, He will not act.
"And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this
great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the
LORD SAW THAT HE TURNED ASIDE TO SEE, God called unto
him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses,
Moses. And he said, Here am I" Exodus 3:3-4 (emphasis
This same principle is found in the New Testament.
"And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they
and HE MADE AS THOUGH HE WOULD HAVE GONE FURTHER. But
they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is
toward evening, and the day is far spent. And He went
in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as He sat
at meat with them, He took bread, and blessed it, and
brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened,
and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their
sight" Luke 24:28-31 (emphasis added).
You may have experienced a time when you were with a group
and you wondered whether your presence was appreciated. Therefore,
you reluctantly offered to leave and when they let you go
without attempting to detain you, you were hurt. Actually,
you did not want to go, but you were testing to see if you
were wanted. It is important that we develop a sensitivity
toward each other, but much more, toward the Lord.
Presently we are approaching the end of the sixth day in
which we must learn to cease from human activity in order
to enter divine activity. It is very important for us to recognize
the presence of the Lord, then to rightly respond.
A mature Christian is one who has cultivated this sensitivity
and capacity, especially in this time of the closing out of
the Church age in preparation for the Millennial Kingdom of