Hebrews 8:5; Revelation 11:19; Exodus 10:23; Exodus 19:14,15; 2 Kings 20:5; Luke 13:32; John 2:1; Psalm 16:10; Acts 13:35; Matthew 12:40; Luke 23:43; John 20:17; Ezekiel 8; Matthew 12:22-24; Acts 20:7-12; 2 Kings 4:18-37; Acts 9:36-40; John 11:1-4; Joshua 9:16
Ever wonder why the timeframe of “three days” figures so prominently throughout the scriptures? All of the rules that the Most High gave to the children of Israel were copies of the operating procedures in the heavenly realm. From the layout of the temple and priestly duties (Hebrews 8:5 and Revelation 11:19) to the army’s encampment and battle formations, it’s all just a copy.
References to the Third Day
The time frame of three days has spiritual significance. There were three days of darkness in Egypt as a plague (Exodus 10:23). It was the timeframe that Moses gave to the children of Israel to purify themselves before they were presented before the Most High at Sinai (Exodus 19:14,15). The three-day timeframe was also associated with healing as in the account of King Hezekiah (2 Kings 8:5). Our Master associated the third day with perfection after doing the will of the Father (Luke 13:32). The account of the marriage in Cana, which is a shadow of the Great Marriage Supper of the Lamb where the bride must be spotless, took place interestingly enough on the third day (John 2:1).
However, the most prominent reference to the third day has to be the resurrection of the Master. Our Savior said that the plan was for him to perform healing miracles for the people, teach, destroy the works of Satan, suffer, die and rise again on the third day. I always thought that the plan for Him to rise on the third day was so that His body would not start decaying; the promise was that his body would not see corruption (Psalm 16:10 and Acts 13:35). But I think that was only part of the equation.
What Happens Three Days After Death?
This is only my theory. However, I believe that the spiritual rule is that once a person dies, there is a three-day waiting period before that person’s spirit is brought before the heavenly courts to be evaluated for good or bad. During this waiting period, the spirits inhabit either a place of comfort (Paradise/Abraham’s Bosom) or a not-so-nice place in ward (a sort of holding area of torment).
When our Master died, we know that He went to the heart of the earth, which is sometimes called Sheol (Matthew 12:40). One part of this place is Paradise (Luke 23:43) and across from it is a place of torment where spirits are being held prior to the consummation of the age, which is when death and hell get tossed into the lake of fire. I believe that our Master had the authority to leave Paradise and go into the place of torment to tell those criminals that He won. When Mary saw Him after He rose on the third day, He said that He had not yet ascended to the Father. That was the protocol for everyone; after death, you get presented to the Ancient of Days.
“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” John 20:17
I believe that the Pharisees knew about these protocols either from dealing in the occult or listening to accounts from the prophets. Personally, I think many of them practiced the occult. The Most High showed the prophet Ezekiel that Judah’s spiritual leaders practiced idolatry (witchcraft) even in the sacred places of the temple (Ezekiel 8), and the Northern tribes of Israel were removed years prior to that for their wicked spiritual practices.
Their methods do not change over the years. I’ve learned that if they or someone who they have promised to protect are doing something wrong, they will often try to project those very sins onto one of the Most High’s people instead of confessing the sin and repenting. For instance, if they are accusing you of drug use, you’ll likely find out later about their vast drug running operations that have spanned decades. If they accuse you of sexual immorality, eventually, you’ll hear about their world-wide, human sex trafficking operations. The very things that they accuse the Most High’s people of doing; they are doing on a large scale, and they refuse to repent. I believe that the spiritual leaders in Israel during our Master’s day tried to project their deeds onto Him by saying that He did miracles by the power of Beelzebub.
“Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” Matthew 12:22-24
Kingdom Authority From the Throne
When the Master deliberately waited four days to raise Lazarus from the dead, He was sending a message to all of Satan’s offspring. The Pharisees probably knew that it was possible through occult rituals to reunite the bodies and spirits of people within the three-day time frame. The spirits of these recently dead individuals would not yet have gone before the Great Judge. (BTW-There are eyewitness accounts of several African witchdoctors who can make this happen…probably for a fee. One example is the witness of Frederick Kaigh , M.D. in the book Witchcraft and Magic of Africa.)
It is also certainly possible for men empowered by the Most High’s Spirit, namely the prophets, to raise people from the dead, and these miracles usually occurred before the end of the third day. Examples are Paul (Acts 20:7-12), Elijah (2 Kings 4:18-37) and Peter (Acts 9:36-40 – it’s about 14 miles between Lydda and Joppa so the miracle probably took place within the three-day time period). True prophets performing these types of miracles are likely to shun fees.
By waiting four days to raise his friend Lazarus from the dead, the Master was letting the Pharisees and anyone else who was paying attention know that His authority to raise the dead came from the throne room.
“Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” John 11:1-4
After four days, the body started to decay, and nogrmally the original spirit would not come back to it. Also, the spirit of Lazarus would have been presented to the Father already, and not even the most cunning witch can reverse the judgement of the Almighty.
Modern Laws May Have Ancient Spiritual Roots
I believe that the world and its lawgivers know about these spiritual procedures, and some of the common laws of the land may reflect the spiritual legal framework in the heavenlies. For instance, there is a right to cancel certain agreements and contractual purchases within three days; it’s usually called a three-day right of rescission. A direct scriptural link to this rule is when the Hivites fooled Joshua son of Nun into making peace with them; they waited until after the third day to reveal their true identity to the Israelites (Joshua 9:16).
“And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them. And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them.” Joshua 9:15,16
Joshua and the princes of Israel could not go back on the agreement that they made with those people after the third day when they discovered the true identities of their new allies. (Note: It would be interesting to know if the outcome would have been the same if Joshua and crew had found out about the Hivites before three days had passed.) I guess a lawyer would have to confirm how our legal system arrived at the right of rescission time period of three days; I’m almost certain they will never admit that they got the idea from the spirit realm.
Just some thoughts to ponder…
Alternately, if you have made any deals with the fallen ones, now may be the time to exercise your three-day right of rescission before the Marriage Supper of the Lamb takes place. I was shown that many people will weep because they will remember who they are and why they were sent here to the earth. They will cry because they will not be able to make it back into the Father’s presence like they were supposed to after the testing period is over. Now is the time to repent and purify.
Shalom in the Master!
Postscript- People who have gotten themselves entangled with the fallen angels can get out of the prison sentence, but only by the guidance of the Savior. I can only tell you so much because I was always an outsider and a threat to them. However, the video below is the testimony of a woman who was on the inside and who continues to trust the Savior to stay free of their shenanigans. Many of the things that she says about the practices of the fallen angels, I know to be true because I’ve been targeted by them. Her testimony is too good to miss.