To Come Higher
By Wade E. Taylor
"The same day there came certain of the Pharisees,
saying to Him, Get thee out, and depart hence;
for Herod will kill You.”
"And He said to them, You go, and tell that fox, Behold,
I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow,
and the third day, I shall be perfected." Luke 13:31-32.
Peter gave us the principle that a Scriptural "day"
can be considered as being a "thousand year" period
of time. Thus, we are approaching the end of "today and
tomorrow" - the fullness of the Church age.
The Lord created all that was created in six days, and rested
on the seventh day. There were four of these time periods
in the Old Testament, and two in the New Testament. Presently,
we are at the end of the sixth day. The seventh day, as a
thousand-year day, is the Millennial Day.
Exodus 19:3-11 and 20:18-19 records the Lord offering His
manifest presence to Israel. The people were to wash their
clothes "today and tomorrow" so as to be ready on
the "third day," when the Lord would come down in
the sight of all the people.
"It came to pass on the third day in the morning, that
were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the
mount, and the voice of a trumpet exceeding loud; so that
all the people who were in the camp trembled." Exodus
"And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings,
and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking,
and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar
off." Exodus 20:18.
When Israel reacted in this way to the manifestation of His
glory, they missed their opportunity to enter the millennial
day, and it was given to the Gentiles; to those "who
were not a people" See I Peter 2:10.
Notice that this took place on the "the morning of the
third day." This spoke of the completion of their preparation
in the wilderness to enter Canaan. It was the birthing of
a new day, when the Lord Himself made an attempt to abide
in their very presence.
The "morning" also speaks to us concerning the
closing out of the second day, the Church age, and the birthing
of the 3rd day, the Millennial Day. Hosea, prophetically referring
to the Church age, said,
"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He
raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." Hosea 6:2.
We are now approaching this third day, in which He will raise
up His body, the Church.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man
My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and
will sup with him, and he with Me." Rev 3:20.
In the past, I related this Passage to the Laodecian Church
because they were more interested in the blessings which the
Lord provided, than in the Lord Himself as seen in verse 17.
"Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods,
and have need of nothing; and know not that you are
wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and
naked." Rev 3:17.
I saw the Lord as being outside, trying to get back into
His Church. There is truth in this statement, but the meaning
is far deeper. Instead, the Laodecian Church is the seventh
and last Church, which is at the end of the Church age. Therefore,
the door is shut because there is nothing further. There is
only one way to go - upward into the presence of the Throne.
An indication that we are in the Laodecian Church age is
a "prosperity" message, which is the prevalent message
of our day. Because of this emphasis, the Lord said,
"I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the fire
that you may be rich." Rev 3:18a.
Actually, it is not prosperity that is the problem. Rather
it is a satisfaction with prosperity, as they said they needed
nothing. The Lord would have us to seek the true riches, which
Hosea told us that after two days, the Lord would revive
us, and on the third day He would raise us up. This confirms
the closed door at the end of the second day of the Church
age. Horizontally, we have gone as far as we can go; the only
way to go further is to answer the vertical call into His
"After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened
heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were
of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither,
and I will show you things which must be hereafter.”
"And immediately I was in the Spirit: and, behold,
was set in heaven, and One sat on the Throne." Rev 4:1-2.
This "voice as a trumpet" is saying exactly what
Hosea said. It is an end-time prophetic message, which expresses
a present urgency. The Lord is telling those who will respond,
that they are to come higher in vision, so He can show them
things which will come hereafter. This has to do with the
closing out of the Church age, and our introduction into the
Kingdom Millennial age.
The Church, as a corporate body is to be caught up to be
joined to the Head, our Lord Jesus Christ, as He descends
in His "Parousia" to meet us. This is a spiritual
prophetic enabling of His manifest presence, rather than our
physically being taken from the earth realm. It is the Lord
becoming visible to His body, the Church.
The "things hereafter," which will be shown to
those who respond to this upward call, have to do with understanding
the opening of the seals, trumpets, and vials, as they unfold
in the tribulation that will close out the Church age and
usher in the Kingdom age.
John said, "Immediately, I was in the spirit, and behold
a throne." This is an overview of the promise to the
"To him who overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in
Throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My
Father in His Throne." Rev 3:21.
This is the perfection of which Jesus spoke in Luke 13:33,
that on the third day, He would be completed. This completion
is the mature Body of Christ caught up and joined to the Head,
in relation to the functioning of the Throne.
Presently, the body of Christ is on earth as a "headless
body." Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father,
ever living to make intercession for us, as a "bodiless
head." This perfection is the bringing together of the
body and the head, to function as one, before the Throne.
We are living in a marvelous day, in the time when it is
possible to hear this call to come higher. As we do, an end-time
authority will be given to those who respond as overcomers.
Then the world will see the witness of an empowered Church
which has the mind of Christ, and moves in the power and authority
of His will and purpose.