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THE PASSING OVER PRINCIPLE
Let us now examine this same 1 & 2 – 3 trinity, but with an outcome that is quite different from what we just saw. This is the Passing Over Principle. This principle is addressed in its own writing titled, The Passing Over Principle. The principle is quite simple, whereby God passes over the first, He passes over the second, and He takes the third. Thus we see the like trinity pattern:
Passes over first & Passes over second – Takes the third
There are many applications of this principle as seen in the Scriptures, the chief of which is within the design and fulfillment of the church itself. Frankly, this should even be expected. Not only is it the trinity pattern of God Himself (with obviously different outcomes for the parts), but this outcome of passing over the first two parts for the third is clearly set forth and foretold in the Scriptures. We will examine this, but let us begin by setting forth just a few of the other Passing Over Principle 1 & 2 – 3 testimonies.
Let us start “in the beginning” with the creation pattern, and we must be brief. To understand this better, click here. Within the six days of creation, there is actually a repeat of two threes, even two like trinities. The first three days were:
Light & Split waters – Trees
The second three days were:
Light & Habitation of the two areas – Man (and creatures)
As addressed at the above link, trees and man represent a like fulfillment: men as trees walking, and then completed man (Mark 8:24). Thus, within the six days of creation we twice see this 1 & 2 – 3 trinity.
Moving forward to the next great event in the history of mankind, we see the same Passing Over Principle trinity in the patriarchs. Here we find:
Abraham & Isaac – Jacob
So, how is it that Jacob is the fulfillment? In the testimonies thus far, light and Abraham marked the beginning of God’s promise. In the case of Abraham, the promise was that he would become many people. But, he brought forth only one son of promise through Sarah, and Isaac brought forth only two sons. Thus the greatest and most impacting fulfillment came with the third—Jacob, from whom came the twelve tribes.
Now let us take just one step further—these twelve sons themselves. No matter whether you take the first three of these sons, or even the first four, there is the same 1 & 2 – 3 trinity. First-born Reuben and second-born Simeon were, once again, passed over, and Yahweh chose third-born Levi for priesthood as a substitute for all the first-born sons preserved alive in Egypt. Thus we see:
Reuben & Simeon – Levi
As priests though, Levi was thereby not counted as one of the twelve tribes and had no inheritance with them; and here again, the right to rule was given to the next son, Judah. Thus we see in this Passing Over:
Reuben & Simeon – Judah
Next, taking one more step further in time we find the same 1 & 2 – 3 trinity, now in the one who delivered the sons of Israel out of Egyptian captivity—Moses. Moses died at the age of one hundred and twenty, and his life was divided into three precise portions of forty years each. The first forty years were in Egypt. The second forty years were as a shepherd. And the third forty years were in the fulfilling work of leading the sons of Israel out of Egypt and to the Promised Land. Thus we see:
Moses in Egypt (40) & Moses the shepherd (40) – Moses the deliverer (40)
The next significant step in time takes us to the first three kings of the sons of Israel. Here again, by Yahweh’s attesting design these three ruled for an equal total of one hundred and twenty years. And likewise, each king served for forty years. The first king was Saul, who was rejected for his disobedience. The second king was David, who was rejected from building the temple because he was a man of war. And the third king was Solomon, who built the temple, was called the son of God, his throne was to never end, and it was the height of the glory of the sons of Israel. Thus we see this 1 & 2 – 3 Passing Over trinity:
Saul (40) & David (40) – Solomon (40)
Adding yet a third forty and forty and forty 1 & 2 – 3 trinity, very briefly (for this will be addressed later), Moses went up Mount Sinai for forty days and forty nights without bread and water. Then again he went up Sinai for forty days and forty nights without bread and water. But as you will see, it was Elijah’s trip up Sinai for forty days and forty nights without bread and water that was the fulfillment. Thus we have:
Moses (40) & Moses (40) – Elijah (40)
So, how about among the prophets? Do we see there a telling 1 & 2 – 3 trinity? Indeed so. We just saw Elijah as the fulfilling third part of one of these trinities, but he evidenced a like trinity all to himself as well. In 2 Kings 1:9-15, King Ahaziah sent “a captain of fifty with his fifty” to get the prophet Elijah who was on the top of a mountain. But Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume them. King Ahaziah then sent a second captain of fifty with his fifty, and once again Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume them. The king then sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty, but this time the angel of Yahweh told Elijah to go with them. Thus we see again two parts, followed by the third fulfilling part:
Fire consumed the fifty & Fire consumed the fifty – Elijah goes with the fifty
And let it be noted here, it is MOST fitting and affirming that Elijah is so repeatedly evidenced in this fulfilling third part, for that is precisely when his true fulfillment takes place—in the third part of the church! This you will now see.
Regarding this two-part fire and its third-part absence, they look to a most important fulfillment, which will be addressed in the next section. Actually, there were three times Elijah called down fire from heaven: twice here, and once on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:38). The latter was when Yahweh accepted his offering. Despite the fact that chronologically it took place before what we see here, we have a most revealing trinity as well:
Fire consumed the fifty & Fire consumed the fifty – Fire consumed Elijah’s offering
The next two testimonies are exceedingly remarkable 1 & 2 – 3 Passing Over Principle trinities that provide clear and vital understanding as to how this pattern finds its greatest fulfillment in the church. These are two incredibly revealing witnesses to the identical fulfillment and even truth.
In Zechariah 13:8-9, we read a starkly obvious testimony regarding the church. Verse seven precedes with the very statement Yahshua quoted before going to the cross: “Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; and I will turn My hand against the little (lit., decreased) ones.” Clearly, verses eight and nine that immediately follow are the church—the sheep—and reveal what was to be its fate when God turns His hand against them. We read in those two verses:
“It will come about in all the land,” declares Yahweh, “that two parts in it will be cut off and die; but the third will be left in it. And I will bring the third part through the fire, refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘Yahweh is my God.’ ”
Thus we see the trinity of the church:
First part cut off and die & Second part cut off and die – Third part left in and taken through fire for refining
Before we address the meaning of this, let us look at the second testimony, the second witness that says essentially the same thing—once again with the identical 1 & 2 – 3 trinity pattern. In Hosea 6:1-2 we read:
“Come, let us return to Yahweh. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him.”
Here again we see the identical truth. The two parts that are cut off and die in Zechariah 13, here have been torn and wounded for two days. And the third part that is left and taken through the fire for refining, is here the third day wherein they are healed, bandaged, revived, and raised up.
Torn and wounded, day one & Torn and wounded, day two – Healed, bandaged, revived, and raised up, day three
So what is Yahweh telling us in these two remarkably similar passages? All of these trinity testimonies we have seen thus far point to one highly determining period and work. There is no work on the face of the earth that is more important than the church—the kingdom of heaven on this earth. But what people do not see or understand is the government or even the true fulfillment of the church. It too will and must follow this 1 & 2 – 3 pattern of God and Creation, being fulfilled according to the Passing Over Principle.
And as well, it must follow according to the work of Yahshua, who came to this earth from heaven to lay His life down for all mankind. When He came, He too was cut off and died. They struck the Shepherd. But MOST importantly, we are told in Zechariah 13:7 that just as the Shepherd, Yahshua, was struck, so would His associate be struck! “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the man, My associate.” Who is His associate? The answer is quite clear: as went Christ, so goes the Body of Christ. As addressed in The Issue, page 3, all the affliction that Christ bore at the hands of His enemies, the Body of Christ has born for two parts, two days, or 2,000 years. The associate that is likewise struck is the Body of Christ.
Finally, we find this same 1 & 2 – 3 pattern in the tabernacle in the wilderness, which Hebrews 8:5 tells us, “serve[d] a copy and shadow of the heavenly things.” And, the church is the fulfillment—the kingdom of heaven that has come to earth.
Just as the Body of Christ has occupied the first 2,000 years of this kingdom, so the holy place was 2,000 cubic cubits in size. And just as the third part of the church—the Millennial Reign—is 1,000 years in duration, so the holy of holies was 1,000 cubic cubits in size. Thus we see in the tabernacle Yahweh’s testimony of the church:
1,000 cubic cubits holy place & 1,000 cubic cubits holy place – 1,000 cubic cubits holy of holies
So what specifically does the third part (the final 1,000 years) hold—the part that is refined with fire, healed and bandaged, and is the holy of holies; the part that is the culminating fulfillment in this Passing Over Principle trinity pattern? Let us see.
Continue to page 3 of Trinities for THE MILLENNIAL REIGN