The Bible tells us that the Church was not only God’s Will, God’s Eternal Purpose, but God’s Hidden Mystery. This mystery was hidden from previous generations. The O.T. prophets and saints did not see the Church and often did not understand their own utterances or prophecies about it. The time came when what was a mystery, veiled, hidden, or a secret would be made known.



This unveiling of the mystery was done in the New Testament and the apostle Paul was given a special assignment to tell the secret (Ephesians 3:1-11). He is the only New Testament writer who is said to be given a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of satan, sent to buffet him due to the abundance of revelation (which in large part was the unveiling of the mystery). When it was uncovered, the Church can be seen to have been in the Scriptures all along but shadowed. It was shadowed (not totally light, not totally dark) until the time when God would send Jesus to build His church, unveil the hidden mystery, and complete the revelation (Colossians 1:25).



There are many examples of these pictures of the Church shadowed in an Old Testament picture (Tabernacle of Moses; Tabernacle of David; Temple of Solomon) that we can see something God intended for the Church in the New Testament. A great example is in Genesis 28:12-22 in the story of Jacob’s Ladder.





As you read the passage you can see that Jacob lies down and rests on a stone (rock) pillar that he later pours oil upon the top of. Jacob has a dream; sees a ladder from earth to heaven with angels ascending and descending. He sees the Lord standing above it and reiterating the covenant that he is a part of. Jacob calls it “Bethel,” the house of God – the gate of heaven. Pours oil on this stone; vows a vow; and voluntarily gives a tenth of his income.


What can we see shadowed about the Church in this picture? There’s a connection in the realm of the Spirit with the Church built on a rock on Earth, with heaven and the Lord standing above it as its Head. Like at Jacob’s Ladder and Bethel Rock, the Church is:


– a place where dreams begin and rest is found (v 12)


– a place where heaven becomes real (v 12)


– a place where all families of the earth can be blessed (vv 10,14)


– a place where the voice of God is heard (v 13)


– a place where God reveals Himself (vv 13-17)


– a place where the whole church is covered by the anointing oil of the Holy Ghost (v 18)


– a place where major decisions are made (v 20)


– a place where tithes are given freely (v.22) and it activates the angels of God in the Spirit realm. The church is to live at the end of Jacob’s ladder connected to heaven’s supply.


Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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