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CREATURES OF THE FOURTH DIMENSION
Ephesians 3:14-19 “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory,
to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Have you ever wonder why God made us different than the angels? In the New International Version footnote for the word translated “family” it shows that it could also be translated as “fatherhood” since after all God is the creator and Father of all the celestial creatures as well as all the earthly creatures. Let us compare the two and see what it is that truly separates us humans from our heavenly counterparts.
The first obvious difference is that we humans are mortals and that the angels are not, but that is not really true, for as far as God is concerned all humans are still alive to Him even after they die. Death to a human is separation from the physical realm and its dwellers, but not separation from God or the sovereignty over which He rules. When a human dies he/she is carried by the angels to one of two places: Heaven (light) which is the place from where God rules, or Hades (darkness) which is the place where incarcerated souls await the Day of God’s Final Judgment. But even Hades falls under God’s jurisdiction and all its dwellers and rulers are subject to God’s laws and decrees.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home (physical realm) in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body (the physical realm) and to be present with the Lord (in the four dimensional spiritual realm called the kingdom of the heavenly lights. James 1:17).”
There is still no difference between humans and angels in this matter concerning the fact that not all humans make it to the presence of the Lord in Heaven but rather many end up in Hades, for it is the same with the angels, not all of them are in God’s presence, for one third of them ended up in the Abyss as well.
Jude 6 “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode (the kingdom of the heavenly lights), He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day.”
So if God’s celestial creatures share the same qualities of free will that we humans possess, and have the capacity to err the same as we do, then what makes us so different? I will make the case that it is the place and not the state of our similar natures that makes all the difference.
The angelic creatures abide in a four dimensional spiritual realm while we humans occupy a three dimensional physical realm! All living humans can be redeemed from the errors of their way before they enter the fourth dimensional spiritual realm through death’s door, meanwhile those angelic creatures which erred in the fourth dimension can never be redeemed. You see time is the fourth dimension and we humans who are physically alive are bound to “the present” and have not yet entered the future eternity that awaits us all. That is what makes us redeemable, while the angelic creatures already abide in eternity and basically do not have any future left to them other than the one they have already chosen for themselves.
Psalm 8:4-8 “What is (physical) man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen — even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.”
In the three dimensional realm that we occupy we are able to move forwards and backwards, side to side and up and down, but always within the confines of the present; past and future are always out of our human reach, that is the meaning of us being made a little lower than the angels (three is lower than four), for in the fourth dimension, past, present and future interact in a manner that is difficult for three dimensional dwellers to fully comprehend.
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians was that they: may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height of the workings of this four dimensional realm since that is where our Lord lives and where we are going to be when we depart this physical realm. Unlike the angels who did not get a second chance when they erred, we humans are in training if you will, being prepared to attain a higher order of existence where we can freely operate in the realm of being the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Ezekiel 28:14-16 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.”
From the fall of Lucifer we learn that the angelic creatures were created to occupy and operate in the four dimensional realm where past, present and future went back and forth in the midst of fiery stones and interacted as one unit. They were like us created in the image of God with free will, and as soon as they sinned they were cast out and barred from access to the knowledge of God’s plans for the future and were disabled from interfering with the past; since spiritual creatures cannot die, God destroyed their ability to operate in the midst of the fiery stones.
Hebrews 12:28-29 “Therefore, since we are receiving a (four dimensional) kingdom which cannot be shaken (interfered with), let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”
After the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai for six days, the Lord called Moses on the Sabbath to enter into the midst of the cloud on top of the mountain which looked to the Israelites as a consuming fire. The typology is clear, mortal men are bound by time present until they enter the Sabbath Day of Rest, then we will be able to move in the midst of the fiery stones that are at the center of time itself on the mountain of God where our God’s throne is in the fourth dimension.
Exodus 24:16-18 “Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.”
I believe Moses walked into the center of time itself, and from that four dimensional perspective he was able to see the entirety of man’s history as it unfolded from beginning to end, writing down only that which he was told to write as he gazed at the wonders of the panoramic view of the history of all mankind from creation to its final conclusion.
Matthew 17:1-3 “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.”
Look a the similarities; this event took place after six days or in the seventh which symbolizes the Day of Rest, they were led to the top of the mountain just like Moses was, and the face of Jesus shone like the sun which looks like a bright consuming fire. What I believe happened here was that when Moses fifteen hundred years earlier, stood at the center of time itself and gaze at the future and was looking into the days of Jesus’ ministry, Jesus went up to the mountain and opened a porthole into the past that allowed three of His disciples to meet with Moses and Elijah, therefore transcending time and space. Jesus simply put, took His three disciples into the fourth dimension. Jesus was not showing off, He was teaching them!
Luke 9:28 “Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.”
Luke’s account differs from Mathew’s and Mark’s in that it does not say “after six days” but puts the emphasis on the number “eight” which is the number for new beginnings.
Luke 9:30-31 “And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease (departure back into the fourth dimension) which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.”
Because of the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross as He died, and His resurrection from the dead after the third day which is referred to as the firstfruits which implies a new beginning; there is now an open door into the fourth dimension that is available to all the saints who die to self and are raised with Christ.
Hebrews 4:3 “For we who have believed do enter that rest…”
Hebrews 4:10 “For he (the believer) who has entered His (Jesus) rest has himself also ceased (transcended) from his works (bondage to time) as God did from His (six days of creating).”
Ephesians 1:17-20 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand (at the center of time it self) in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 2:4-6 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
What does it all mean?
John 5:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
Since death and decay are traits of the third dimension and life eternal is the gift offered in the fourth dimension, and we, by virtue of His grace have already entered life (passed from death), that simply says to me that we are now qualified to operate in the fourth dimension.
Now here is another typology that will help us to put our trust in the veracity of God’s Word.
Daniel 3:25 “Look! He answered, ‘I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.’”
If you’ve read or heard the story of the three Hebrew children who refused to bow down before the golden image and how they were thrown into a fire that was made “seven times” hotter than usual, you might have missed the typology of this event. I believe the spiritual meaning of this historical event is that there are three Hebrew Prophets who were taken into the center of time (seven dispensations) itself by the Son of God, and were allowed to view human history in its entirety from beginning to end so that they could have an understanding of it, but only write about what they were told to write.
These three Hebrew prophets were none other than Moses who brought to us the revelation of The Law, Paul who brought to us the revelation of The Gospel, and John who brought to us the revelation of The End of Time.
This is what Scriptures tells us about the ministry of Moses:
Numbers 12:6-8 “Then He said, ‘Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all My house (past, present and future: Remember that He is the same yesterday, today and forever, that’s where God lives). I speak with him face to face…’”
This is what Scriptures tells us about the ministry of Paul:
Galatians 1:11-12 “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me (Paul) is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ (the Son of God).”
This is what Scriptures tells us about the ministry of John:
Revelation 4:1 “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me (John), saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.’”
The spiritual meaning of all of this is that humans who dwell in this three dimensional realm have access into the fourth dimension as it has been clearly portrayed in Scripture. Which leads me to ask this question: Is this access into the fourth dimension available to all humans or just a privileged few? And what is the mechanism needed to achieve such a feat?
Let’s look at the Scripture verses that I started with and change the emphasis to see if they answer the questions that I’ve just asked.
Ephesians 3:14-19 “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Remember that the comprehension that Paul is praying about is that they may be able to understand the nature of the four dimensional spiritual realm (width and length and depth and height). And Paul’s prayer is that God would grant that ability to them the Ephesians, because it is available to all those who believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which includes all the saints.
That clears up the first question; it is available to all the saints but not all humans. What about the mechanics of it?
“To be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.”
To be strengthened means to be empowered and to increase in vigor (the revelation is progressive); might means ability that comes through His Spirit therefore the requirement to be born again saints who are born of the Spirit of God in the inner man (and is comprehensive towards), those who are born again through faith.
That “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”
What that means is that every born again believer has been empowered with the ability to increase in faith in the inner man through the revelation that the Holy Spirit gives to us as we place our beliefs in God’s Word; that’s what increases our faith.
That brings us into what our motives ought to be when we operate in this new (to us) realm.
“Being rooted and grounded in love.”
John 14:22-23 “Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, ‘Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world (unbelievers)?’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (fourth dimension) with him (in the inner man).’”
Luke 17:21 “…For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
The right motives is the key, if our motives for operating in the fourth dimension are not rooted and grounded in God’s love nothing is going to happen!
This part of the lesson is probably going to be the hardest one for me to explain, since I am still struggling to understand what the Scriptures are clearly teaching us, that we have been empowered with the abilities to transcend time and space.
Job 23:8-12 “Look, I go forward, but He is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive Him; when He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; when He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”
The difference between angels and humans is that the future of the angels is already set, while ours is not. From God’s perspective the lost angels are lost forever, the lost humans are not.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
There has to be a good reason why God made us a little lower than the angels, according to Job it was this: “He has tested me” What did Job mean? What was he being tested for? In the context of the testing Job said that he was unable to perceive God within this three dimensional realm of back and forth, right and left and not knowing what his future was in God:
Job 23:3 “Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come to His seat!”
Job 23:17 “Because I was not cut off from the presence of darkness, and He did not hide deep darkness from my face.”
This is what I believe: In order to operate successfully in the realm of being the same yesterday, today and forever, one must like Job: “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” Treasure God’s Word and the Spirit of Love above all else; let me explain:
My actions here in the present always have consequences, good or bad; is called the law of sowing and reaping also known as cause and effect. I learn from my triumphs as well as my failures, that is what I am tested for here, where I have many second chances, since in the fourth dimension failure is not an option, so that I must pass the test here and have my ability to fail removed so that when I enter eternity, my new nature could never be changed again.
1 John 3:14 “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.”
Think with me a second, if I could witness first hand the consequences that my wrong actions would bring on another human being, would I do them any way? If I could witness the pain, feel the suffering and taste the bitter tears that my actions would cause another to suffer before I commit them, would I relent and do the right thing? Or would I satisfy my selfish desires and wrong others anyway? You know as well as I do that there are some who would do others wrong any way, because they love themselves more than those they hurt, or because the circumstances require it: “Is either them or me” It is in our human nature to be self-centered. That is why a new nature is required!
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’”
Let’s try to imagine what it would be like to live in such an environment where we can have instant access to what the possible consequences of our actions would be before we did them. If everybody there would do what is best for everybody else, then there would be no more pain, no more suffering, no hate, no fear, no animosity, we would all live in perfect harmony.
Revelation 21:3-4 “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’”
Though we have already been qualified to operate in the four dimensional spiritual realm, it is through our actions in this third dimension that we are able to affect this present reality by infusing the qualities of the “age to come” into our surroundings.
Sea, air, flesh and ground: “You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen — even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.”
Adam and Eve were in Paradise and the dominion that they were given to rule over transcended time and space for it was a four dimensional dominion.
Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
However there was one thing that they were lacking, they had to be clothed for they were both naked, they had to choose to be clothed in the inner man from either the fruit of the tree of life or from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After they failed the test they were driven out of their four dimensional perch. Read the chapter titled First Adam’s Paradise Lost in my book Man’s Final Destiny for the details of how Adam and Eve failed to trust in God’s word: Posted here.
John 17:1-5 “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: ‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh (physical three dimensional realm), that He should give eternal life (past, present and future life) to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You (remember how Job was unable to fully know God in the three dimensional realm), the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the (four dimensional) glory which I had with You before the world was.’”
I conclude then that the first Adam was never able to fully enter into the dominion power for which God had originally created him, because of his inability to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life. Therefore all humans were confined, because of Adam’s failure, to a three dimensional existence that excluded the physical eternal life of being the same yesterday, today and forever.
I emphasize that Jesus the last Adam, did that which the first Adam was unable to do, that is; He divested Himself first of all of His previous glory and became naked, both literally on the cross and metaphorically in the life He lived confined to a three dimensional realm, and totally and completely trusted God’s Word, even to the point of becoming the sin bearer for all humanity and taking all those transgressions upon His body and nailing them to death, even death on the cross. Once He died He was left at the mercy of the One who made the Promise:
Psalm 16:10 “For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.”
What a wonderful God we serve! He demands complete trust to His Word, and then He, by example, show us that veracity and trustworthiness of God’s Word as He Himself submits to every single one of those precious Words. This is that which transcends; faith, hope and love, and the greatest is love. The past cannot separate us from God’s love, neither does the future; maybe the present? NO!
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What is the thing that limits you today my friend? Do you have a stained past? Is your present like a hopeless dark dungeon? How do you see your future? Is it bleak and unbearable? In an instant your history, past, present and future can be re-written! How can that be you may ask? When a sinner appears before the heavenly court and confesses all his/her sins before that court, the judgment is rendered instantly, he/she is found guilty and the penalty is death. But if Jesus is your advocate and the reason that you are confessing all your sins before God’s court, then the penalty for all of your sins is atoned for by the sacrifice that Jesus offered before God’s court in your behalf. So that the life that you now live is a brand new life, your past is in the cross and your future is in His glory, and your present is HIM.
You may have to endure some pain, but it will not be your pain it will be His pain, and what an honor it is to share in His pain! You may have to suffer some shame, but it will not be your shame it will be His shame that He endured on the cross, oh what a privilege it is to share in that shame! You may be limited somehow, but it will be for the sake of His unlimited love that is demonstrated through those who continuously die to self so that others may see the limitless Christ to whom we belong.
Whether we know it or not all the saints already transcend time and space, for we are all seated at the right hand of God with Jesus: “Made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” But dominion is something that has to be executed, is an action taken by the saints on behalf of humanity. That is why we are commanded to bind on earth that which has already been bound in heaven, and to loose on earth that which has already been loosed in heaven. We can by our prayers and actions influence the course of history in accordance with God’s destiny.
Psalm 78:41 “Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.”
My aim in this writing is that we dare to expand our thinking and not limit our King and His power that He is so willingly eager to demonstrate on behalf of those who dare to believe in Him and in the power of His resurrection.
Oh Lord You are beautiful, Your face is all I see, for when Your eyes are on this child Your grace abounds to me!