“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, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.” – Revelation 4:1-2
A PARALLEL REALITY
Heaven is a parallel reality, not a future or abstract concept. Heaven is happening now, and we need to have a revelation of heaven so that we can live on earth as citizens of heaven. (Phil 3:20)
There is worship going on 24/7 in heaven from the Creation to the Sovereign God. The treasuries of heaven are open now, releasing the blessings of God on His people. The courts of heaven are open now, issuing forth the judgements of God against His enemies. The throne room of heaven is open now, decreeing the will, plans and purposes of God on the earth and in the Creation, to establish His Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy on earth (Revelation chapters 4 and 5). Indeed, HEAVEN IS HAPPENING NOW!
Life on the earth was, and still is, meant to be a real, present and parallel existence to heaven. The bible describes a place of beauty and splendour, where God is our majestic King, Lawgiver and Judge, who cares and provides for our every need. A place where God Himself is our protection and security. A place where none of the inhabitants will say, “I am sick and helpless,” because their sins have been forgiven and there is no more sin (Isaiah 33:17-24). God’s intention has always been His “will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Jeremiah 9:24 assures us of the three things that God delights in, and which He exercises on the earth – Lovingkindness, Judgment and Righteousness. Therefore, we can stand to ask for heaven’s assistance or intervention, where there is resistance and opposition in matters relating to the will of God. When we stand to execute the will of God on the earth, we partner with heaven and so receive supernatural assistance to fulfil our tasks.
This revelation or understanding is what brings us into the miraculous and supernatural and causes us to experience the power of God in our lives and ministry. We have the example of God stopping the sun, so that Joshua could finish the battle against the Amorites. (Joshua 10:12-14)
TWO LINKS WITH HEAVEN
How do we come to live and operate on earth as citizens of heaven? The truth is that we cannot do this without God. Sin has so badly damaged and distorted the image of God in us that it takes God coming down to us show us the way and give us access to the lifestyle and blessings of heaven. However, God has given us two ‘Links’ with heaven – two Persons who can give us access and bring us into the mind, will and ways of God and lifestyle of heaven. These two ‘Links’ are the Word of God and the Spirit of God.
JESUS CHRIST, THE WORD OF GOD
We need the word of God to give us access to the mind, will, plans and purposes of God. We have the written word of God; however, we need the living word even more! Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word of God put on human flesh and lived among men to show us who God is, give us access to Him and show us how to live on earth as citizens of the heavenly Kingdom. (John 1:1-5, 14; Matthew chapters 5-7)
Jesus lived His life on earth from the perspective of heaven – “I must go about My Father’s Business.” “What I see my Father do, that I do. And the Father shows me all things.” He even taught us to pray “Our Father in heaven… Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Jesus described Himself as “The Way, the Truth and the Life.” He is the Word of God that links us to the mind and will of God and the life of heaven (Isaiah 55:8:13). When we know and live the word, we are already living within the will of God and experiencing the lifestyle of heaven. This is because Jesus does not only give us access to heaven, He is the heavenly example, design, pattern, image and model we are to follow and emulate. Through the Word, God continues to speak to us and the world, offering us an opportunity to experience the freedom, joys, blessings and power of heaven (Hebrews 1:1-4).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
When Jesus left the earth, God did not leave us to struggle on our own, as orphans. God came down again, this time, not as human flesh, but in spirit form, in the person of the Holy Spirit, so that He might fill us all and connect us with Him. (John 14:15-18, 23).
Even Jesus, as God in human flesh, needed the Holy Spirit to come upon Him to empower Him to do the works of the Kingdom. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus demonstrated the works of the Kingdom of heaven on earth, and the abundance of God’s love, mercy and grace was poured out onto humanity. Many heard the Gospel preached, and many were saved, delivered, healed and restored. The blind saw, the deaf heard, the mute spoke, the lame walked, the demonized were set free, and heaven became a present, parallel, tangible and accessible reality to humanity. (Luke 4:14-21, 40-44)
Jesus promised us that, “The things that I do, you will do and more because I go to the Father” (John 14:12-14). The Father then sent the Holy Spirit to infill, enable and empower us to become like Jesus, and live in the power of the heavenly Kingdom and demonstrate its works. The Holy Spirit, therefore, opens up heaven to us, by giving us insight and understanding into the personality, word, will and ways of God and transforming us to live uprightly (1 Corinthians 2:9-12). The Holy Spirit also empowers us to reach out to the world, and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in power (Acts 1:8).
THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME
As the Body of Christ, our greatest need at this moment, therefore, is for the Holy Spirit to come mightily upon us! Then, we, like Jesus, can also boldly declare that, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…!” (Luke 4:14-21). For when the Spirit of the Lord comes upon us, we are catapulted from the limitations and restrictions of our earthly existence into the vastness and abundance of love and liberty, and the blessings, riches, treasures, authority and power of our heavenly kingdom citizenship.
In reality, the Holy Spirit was never given for us to enjoy. He was given to us for service – to empower and enable us to bear witness to Jesus – who is the example, design, pattern, image and model that God wants all of humanity to become like. The Holy Spirit, therefore, came for the purpose of the Gospel – the Man Jesus Christ, the Good News the world needs to hear.
When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, a responsibility is placed on us to not only live right, but also, above all, proclaim the saving and transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead, set the captives free… This is what brings heaven down on earth and makes the Kingdom blessings accessible to others. (Luke 7:18-23; Isaiah 61:1-4)
May we earnestly reach out to God through the word and the Spirit to gain access to heaven’s resources and receive supernatural grace, strength and anointing to do the works of God on earth. Through our lives, may others also experience the present reality, blessings and power of heaven here on earth. (2 Corinthians 4:5-7). In Jesus’ name!
INDEED, HEAVEN IS HAPPENING NOW!!!