Updated: Jun 10
(Continued from May 30 & 31) So let’s continue this lesson. As discussed on the last post, the 2nd day is the most difficult. So, we know the children of God, in the day of Moses were in the wilderness on the 2nd day (figuratively speaking). Egypt being the first day and the promised land being the third! The hardest, out of the 3’s in the Bible, is the 2nd, as in seed, time & harvest. “Time” may be the most difficult to get past, as the second day is a season of transformation and endurance. Just as it is with a butterfly: the cocoon is the burial place where the Caterpillar waits for his transformation. It’s dark, still and not done in its own power as it waits for its 3rd day, it’s new body.
What did Jesus do in the earth on the second day? He did a work of transformation and deliverance! He set the captives free. Matthew 12:40 (KJV) “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Did Jesus Go to Hell When He Died? One clear Scripture that details Jesus going to hell can be found in Revelation 1:18: “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” This gives a glimpse to the fact of what Jesus’s mission was in hell and how He was successful in it.
In Ephesians 4:9-10, it is stated that if Jesus ascended, He must “also first descended into the lower parts of the earth. He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.”
Acts 2:31 also discusses Jesus in hell, mentioning that “His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.” This clarifies that even though Jesus went to hell, He didn’t remain there but accomplished His mission there and was brought back to heaven.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. . . . Thou wilt show me the path of life. Psalms 16:10
Though Jesus’s body might have been there in the borrowed tomb for three days, His spirit had gone to hell to conquer the last enemy-death. First Corinthians 15:26-27 states this truth clearly: “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For ‘He has put all things under His feet.’”
What Did Jesus Accomplish with His Death? As Jesus was breathing His last breaths on the cross, the environment around Him became darkened (Luke 23:44-45; Mark 15:33) and an earthquake occurred (Matt. 27:51). The books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke also state that the temple veil was torn apart, from top to bottom, as Jesus died. His death tore the veil, which is to say, His flesh. Hebrews 10:20 “by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”
He gave us the pattern to overcome; His veil, His flesh, was overcome when He finished the work at the cross. He then descended in the earth and took the the KEYS of hell and of death. The sin of the flesh can no longer hold us back, it has been torn. The entrance is given unto us. In every stronghold or sin which has held us captive, we have been given the pattern to be set free. The veil (flesh) kept us from walking in deliverance. Jesus overcame and we overcome by repentance (making a decision), abstaining(suffering, dying to our will, being buried) and rising in resurrection power.
2 Timothy 2:12 KJV: "if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we SUFFER with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the SUFFERINGS of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
The suffering is the death of the flesh, which spiritually speaking is the second day.
I know this revelation may not be as clear or as defined as I would like, but I pray it ministers to you! We must be willing to walk away, let go, abstain from whatever binds us and then we wait in our suffering as the supernatural process takes place. Just as with the butterfly. The metamorphosis is not in your hands, but in your obedience. Luke 21:19 In your patience you possess your souls.