This was a recent Facebook post. Due to the amazing response we’re reposting it here.
Response to Criticism of Heavenly Encounter
Hello all. I’m not one for a RANT… but today, please allow me the grace to express (with passion and love) something that is dear to my heart.
I want to talk about engaging Heavenly Realms. It’s a hot topic and I know for some it is controversial! However, if we will push through the fear there is gold there.
I believe engaging Heaven is ESSENTIAL- not only to understanding world events but also to shape world events.
Paul believed engaging Heaven was NORMAL.
Paul clearly said “Seek those things above, set your mind on them, relocate yourself mentally”(Col 3:1-2). Paul did not mock people for this Heavenly desire, but encouraged it as a KAINOS (new) lifestyle. He pointed us Heavenward (Phil 3:14) in Christ.
Paul said in his Sacred Letters, that we are seated there (Eph 2.6) and have a function there now. We can wrestle there (Eph 6:12), are blessed there (Eph 1:3), and can learn from there (2 Cor 12:4) in ecstatic states of bliss.
Paul taught we are Heavenly citizens with FREE ACCESS to the Throne of Grace (Heb 4:16) and Mount Zion (Heb 12:2). In fact Paul said this is where our true, real, higher life is now located hidden in Christ (Col 3:3). This is our new Reality.
Jesus, Himself encouraged this trans-dimensional thinking. Our dear Rabbi, said, “I am the Door! If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go IN and OUT and find pasture. (John 10:9). We have the ability to shift between dimensional worlds.
Jesus’ heart cry was always that we would be with Him where he is and see the glory (John 17:24). Not when we die… as we shall ALL see Him then… Rather that we would see Him NOW in the Heavenly sphere.
The Gospel gives us sight into the Unseen Realms (John 3:3).
In fact Jesus Himself warned against those ‘expert teachers’ who block the Way to Heaven and refuse to go in themselves… He said:
“You won’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from doing so” (Mat 23:13 VOICE).
I grieve over them. These ‘experts’ claim anything visionary or Heavenly is gnosticism or imaginary. They thrive on conformity and agreement, silencing difference, silencing the many voices.
Whilst the Truth shouts… Echoing through the world…
Lift up your eyes to the heavens then look upon the earth beneath (Is 51:6).
We must lift up our eyes up, then look down, to see clearly.
Heaven is at hand, here and now. Engage it. See it. Believe it!
Some ‘heresy hunters’ say that engaging Heaven is a consequence of being “bored with Jesus”. What a terrible accusation!
Not seeing, not understanding, this flame of wonder, is actually a consequence of being awakened to the limitless possibilities of a new KAINOS life IN Christ. It is actually born from Living Faith and Trust. It is born from the Spirit (John 16:13) Himself, who invites us into Mysteries like the Prophets of old… The unsearchable riches of Christ (Col 2:2-3)!
As Paul said:
“Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” (Col 3:2)
A Heavenly heart is a child-like heart. A believing heart.
“Believe me,” Jesus said, “unless you change your whole outlook and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven” (Matt 18:3).
We are fully satisfied in Christ, yet deeply curious with childlike wonder at the unseen world. Like Enoch, we are invited to Journey with Christ, from a posture of joy, acceptance and rest!
We dare to fly because Love gives us wings (Is 40:31). How can we resist this GRACE updraft? How can we ignore an Open Door?
The Voice still says “Come up here and see!” (Rev 4:1). I want to show you NEW things (Jer 33:3). Be with Me (John 17:24).
Despite the heresy hunters… and mistakes people make…
I believe MANY… with pure INNOCENT trust, will respond like ENOCH, turn into the Bliss and say:
“Come, and let us GO UP to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” (Is 2:3).
New communities emerging who have found the Way Up and love to go! Like the Celtic Saints, Rees Howells, the Mystics, the Ladies of Gold, and many others who showed us the Way. These small groups of nobodies in Christ, will create great change, build up, restore, shape the world! Converging with Heaven as One.