Visions often occur at the times we least expect them. Sometimes they can happen in the midst of great prayer and fellowship with the Lord, but more often than not, God surprises us with them. I awoke early one morning when the night was at its darkest, and blackness filled the room. I stumbled out of bed and went to the bathroom. A vision, or anything related to the Lord, was the furthest thing from my mind. But before returning to sleep, I suddenly began seeing small, glowing blocks in front of me. They moved in a continual stream, left-to-right, from one end of my field of vision to the other. Normally I would attribute this phenomenon to early-morning grogginess, or perhaps my imagination being overactive. But I could see the little bright squares as clear as I could see my hand in front of my face, and when I closed my eyes, they were still there.
I wasn’t sure what to make of this. Perhaps for fear of ridicule or misunderstanding, I didn’t share it with anyone for several weeks. It seemed too strange to be an actual vision. I certainly didn’t intend on writing a blog entry about it; it just wasn’t as distinct and powerful as the vision of the rope, which had a clear interpretation.
Until I consulted the Word of God.
When the Lord shows us something, no matter how strange or confusing it seems, the Bible always has the answer. Sometimes He is just trying to get us to go deeper into the scriptures. Every action of His has a purpose, and He wants to give us understanding. For God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).
The cube is a powerful symbol in Judaism, representing God’s power and perfection. First of all, it is an unnatural creation. Straight lines do not appear anywhere in nature. Only a thinking being can create a perfect line, and therefore, a square. The Ancient Jews viewed the cube as a representation of our connection to the Lord’s divinity.
In Deuteronomy, as God issued the final law to the people through Moses, He gave the commandment that they should love His Word so greatly, it would be with them at all times. Chapter 6, verse 8: And thou shalt bind them (the words of God) for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. While most of the Jewish hierarchy understood this to be symbolic, that one should carry the Law of God in their heart and mind at all times, the Pharisees eventually came to take this verse literally. A tefillin is a small leather box that contains verses of the Torah; it has straps that wrap seven times around the top of the head and the arm so the Word of God could be carried at all times. To this day, after the Bar Mitzvah celebration on the 13th birthday, young Jewish men begin wearing tefillins on their arms and foreheads every weekday morning.
Because of its significance, the cube appears sporadically in the Old Testament. Altars built to God were to be foursquare. Exodus 27:1: And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits. During his journeys, Abraham built at least 5 of them, each one marking a significant event in his life (Genesis 12, 13, and 22). One could trace his journey through the wilderness from the cube-shaped altars to God he left behind, almost like a trail of crumbs. Building such a structure to one’s gods was not uncommon in ancient days, especially during a long and dangerous journey. But traditionally, they were oval-shaped. One can almost imagine a desert landscape littered with crumbling altars to dead idols, but one that was foursquare standing out above the rest. Because our God is different from the other gods. Perhaps even ages after he was gone, Abraham’s altars stood strong and impervious, impossible to not notice among other monuments blowing away in the merciless desert winds.
When Solomon built the temple, the Holiest of Holies was the place where God’s presence dwelt most powerfully on the earth. The glory of the Lord sat on the mercy seat, and only the high priest was allowed to enter once a year to seek atonement for his people. It is said one would die from entering this room without the proper rites first. Significantly, the shape of this innermost chamber was a perfect cube: And he made the most holy house, the length whereof was according to the breadth of the house, twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof twenty cubits: (Exodus 3:8).
This common thread of cubes appears throughout the Bible and stretches into the New Testament. When John was receiving the revelation of the end times, he saw the New Jerusalem coming down to Earth. Revelation 21:2: And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. This is the city where we will permanently reside with God. It too is perfectly cube-shaped. Verse 16: And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. This massive city will be 1,500 miles wide, long, and high.
A clear connection can be made between the Holiest of Holies and the New Jerusalem. Both are foursquare, which symbolizes God’s divine perfection. The innermost chamber was the place where the presence of God dwelt the strongest, and the heavenly city will be place where in the universe where God will sit and be made one with His people. Ephesians 5:30: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
So what does all this mean? What do all of these symbolic squares in the Bible have in common?
The answer is in another cube, found in Psalm 118:22: The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Jesus was the stone that the builders rejected. He is the cornerstone upon which the church is built. He is the firm foundation where our feet are planted. He is the most perfect cornerstone ever built: perfectly smooth and straight, with exact dimensions. Nothing built on Him can fall.
Jesus is the cube. He is the perfect square, the absolute symbol of God’s divinity. He is the tellifin that we wear on our hands and foreheads, that keeps the law of God close to our hearts. He is the foursquare altar to God that we build in the desert places that will stand forever while others crumble. He is the Holiest of Holies, that great inner chamber that holds the glory of God. And He is that heavenly city of refuge, that glorious New Jerusalem that will bring the Lord’s people into His presence forever. The tallest and most magnificent skyscraper in the world is only as strong as its foundation that grips the earth, and no foundation has been laid greater than Jesus. Matthew 7:24-25: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.