Extra-dimensional Heaven

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Life has substance in Heaven!

In March I wrote about tongues being an extra-dimensional language, which was a revelation from God (see Vision and Extra-dimensional Prayer).  Today I got a glimpse of Heaven, and God showed me that in Heaven everything has extra-dimensionality, even those things that seem insubstantial to us: words, colors, thoughts, life, and spirit.  Of course, those things are for the most part indescribable.  There is no practical way to describe extra dimensions in a way that three-dimensional beings can understand.  That’s why the Bible has lots of bizarre creatures and visions.  That’s also why people who have been to Heaven try to describe what it’s like, and they can’t adequately do it.  They say vague things about the flowers, grass, and trees being so alive.  That’s because the flowers, grass, and trees in Heaven are alive, and the life in Heaven is extra-dimensional.  In other words, the living things in Heaven have an extra-dimensional substance to them that makes them seem somehow more alive than their earthly counterparts—and indeed they are more alive.

John Paul Jackson had an interesting insight into the physical state of fallen angels (including satan himself).  He said that they continue falling, losing authority, and losing their former beauty as they fall farther and farther out of Heaven and away from God, the Source of all life.  So in other words, while the devil can manifest as an angel of light (which he once was), it is harder and harder for him to do so.  At the same time it is important to remember that the gifts and the calling are irrevocable (Romans 11:29).  He noted that authority has to do with proximity to God.  Think of Joseph in the Egyptian prison (Genesis 40).  He had no authority in Egypt.  But when he got close to Pharaoh, proximity gave his very great authority.  The fallen angels have lost their authority as a result of falling ever-farther away from God, but their gifts and power remain.

So the devil, who was Heaven’s worship leader, has lost his authority, yet he retains his musical power and gifting.  This is why he has such a strong hold on the music industry.  If it seems that some popular musicians have made a deal with the devil—that could literally be true.  In fact, many rock bands have boasted of their satanic ties, while others try to hide it under a cover of good works.  (See the four-part series They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll—and it’s not only rock and rollers who have made this unholy alliance, there are also country artists.)  If you think it doesn’t matter what music you listen to, just look at how music influenced the Columbine killers.  In some of their posts they quoted violent song lyrics that they later acted out to the letter.  The computer programmers have a saying: “Garbage in, garbage out.”  If you feed your mind (and spirit) garbage music, what kind of harvest do you think you’ll reap?  At best you’ll produce no fruit at all, but is that a good thing? (Matthew 21:18-19 & John 15:1-8).

This thought led me to a deeper understanding of the importance of worship.  In fact, I believe that the more free and extravagant that we are in worship, the more effective we are in tearing down strongholds and advancing the Kingdom.  It may just look like singing and dancing, but it is a powerful form of warfare.  And the more our spirit, mind, and body cooperate in worship, the greater the victory against the enemy.  Think of each worship song as a tank, a battleship, a fighter jet; and think of each dance as a grenade, a missile, a nuclear bomb.  We have weapons of mass destruction to destroy every work of the enemy, and we don’t even realize it.  Think of Joshua at Jericho (Joshua chapter 6).  Think of Jehoshaphat’s worshipers that led the army of Judah into battle (2 Chronicles 20).

But what do we do?  We stand when the worship begins in church on Sunday morning, but we don’t sing out-loud for fear of sounding off-key.  We may clap when prompted by the worship leader, but not with any real enthusiasm, and quitting as soon as we can.  Some of us raise our hands, but our bodies remain still as statues.  The few who do dance or worship with flags are often criticized by those who think they are doing it to get attention.

Any time that you step out in faith and do something out of your comfort zone because of the Holy Spirit’s prompting (whether in worship or ministry), there will always be someone who doesn’t have the same vision or revelation that God has given you.  You will be criticized.  And although the devil has seeded his own in the churches, it doesn’t mean that the critic is one of the devil’s flock.  Often sincere believers will criticize someone’s vision, believing that they are helping you find your way back to the truth.  This is when it’s very important to ignore criticism (with all the kindness and compassion in you) and cling to God and to the vision He has given you.  Of course, every vision and every revelation must be measured up to the Word of God.  If your vision contradicts the Bible, then you need to repent and get back on course.  Sometimes the critic are right.

So be courageous, be bold, be full of faith, and go destroy the works of the enemy.  God is good!

Watch and Pray


Watch and pray!

This morning as I sat silently before God, He reminded me of one of the Bible’s only other Raptures: Elijah.  However, the focus wasn’t on Elijah, but Elisha.  Elisha is a person I can relate to.  Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing.  Imagine that!  Elijah’s anointing wasn’t enough for him:

The anointing that shut off the rain for three years, and then brought them back at his prayer.

The anointing that took Elijah to the Brook of Cherith and provided for him there.

The anointing that provided unending flour and oil for the widow of Zarepath, and raised her son from the dead.

The anointing that allowed Elijah to walk into King Ahab’s court unseen by the guards.

The anointing that caused fire to fall from Heaven and burn up a soaking wet offering and the water, too.

The anointing that allowed Elijah to outrun Ahab’s chariot.

The anointing that predicted the deaths of Ahab and Jezebel—and caused Ahab to repent for Naboth’s vineyard.

The anointing that burned up 50 soldiers and their commander, and then another 50 and their commander.

The anointing that parted the Jordan.

The anointing that predicted Elijah’s Rapture in the whirlwind.

What kind of almighty audacity does it take to want a double portion of that kind of anointing?

Well, Elisha had the audacity, and so do I.  I don’t want the anointing for some kind of lame self-glorification.  I want it for the same reason that Elisha did: because the anointing is more of God, Himself.  God says, “I am your very Great Reward,” (Genesis 15:1).  The presence of God is very addictive.  Once you’ve experienced it, you just want more and more of Him.

These are the days when God will open up this kind of anointing on those who really want it.  We will perform signs, wonders, and miracles, as a testimony to the world of who God is (2 Corinthians 12:12).  We will expose others to God’s addictive presence, and get them hooked on it as well.

The antichrist will be coming with all the supernatural power of hell behind him, and in that way deceive the world.  So we must have the supernatural power of God now in order to reach all who can and will be reached.  For far too long we have floundered along in unbelief, wasting our precious time and energy on things that don’t last.  And the world hasn’t wanted our lame churchy lifestyle.  I don’t blame them!  If the supernatural power of God is not true or is not available to us, then

Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing—and he got it.  How did he get it?  By watching.  In fact, Jesus said, “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man,” (Luke 21:36, emphasis mine).  So keep watching and praying!  God is good!

Scoffers and Rapture Deniers


This is me in Nazareth, holding a 500 year old parchment (I think it’s Isaiah)

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ He promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s Word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water,” (2 Peter 3:3-5, emphasis mine).

There are some sincere Christians who don’t believe in the Rapture.  Or perhaps they believe in the Rapture, but not pre-Tribulation.  I believe that these people are genuinely born again, but they are deceived—as deceived as they say that pre-tribbers are.  So what’s the deal?  How can we explain this phenomenon?

Jesus said that the End Times would be a time of deception—deception so big that it could fool even the elect (Matthew 24:24), and perhaps will for a time.  This is the biggest danger, the danger that will open the door to all the other dangers of the Tribulation period: deception.  In fact, Jesus warned four times in Matthew chapter 24 about deception, and repeatedly told His disciples to watch out for false prophets, false christs, and deceivers.

Why do these Christian believers deny the Rapture?  Here are some of their arguments against the Rapture:

  • “The word Rapture isn’t in the Bible.” True, the word is not found anywhere in the original language of the Scripture.  Neither is the word Trinity.  Yet the concepts for both words are clearly defined in Scripture.  The word Rapture came into the English language thanks to the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible in fourth century.  The word rapio is the Latin translation of the Greek word found in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, harpazô.  Harpazô means to snatch, seize, or take suddenly.  Rapio means to seize, snatch, or tear away.  So the English translation that is most commonly used “catch away” fails to convey the suddenness of the original language that rapio does.  So while the word Rapture isn’t in the Bible, the concept is unmistakably there.

In addition, there are two individuals in the Bible who were raptured (suddenly taken into Heaven): Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:11).  So by their example, we have an example in miniature of what a worldwide Rapture will be like—a sudden seizing or snatching away.

  • “There will be no secret Rapture of the Church.” This is also true: the Rapture will not be secret.  This argument is almost laughable because the worldwide disappearance of millions of people will be sudden, and as I noted in The Rapture and The World Left Behind, it will probably cause all sorts of chaos: knocking out all power grids, telecommunications, and satellites worldwide and turning loose demonic power (and violence) on the earth as never before.  In the wake of all this violence and mayhem, people may not notice the disappearance of Christians right away, but they will certainly notice the Rapture effects.
  • “Jesus said that we (Christians) will have tribulation (John 16:33), so there’s no escape clause.” Yes, Jesus did say that.  Tribulation means trouble.  The word tribulation is used in the King James Version of the Bible for many things unrelated to the End Times.  If there was no possibility of escaping the Father’s wrath and the wrath of the Lamb, then why did Jesus urge us: “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man,” (Luke 21:36, emphasis mine) if there is no possibility of escape?  Pretty much that whole chapter is about the End Times, clearly Jesus is offering a way to escape the Tribulation.  Perhaps this just seems too good to be true for some people.

You can’t claim that every time the word tribulation appears in the Bible, it means the End Times Tribulation or Great Tribulation.  Here are some places where the word tribulation appears in the King James Version that have nothing at all to do with End Times prophecy: Deuteronomy 4:30; Judges 10:14; 1 Samuel 10:9; 26:24; Matthew 13:21; John 16:33; Acts 14:22; Romans 2:9; 5:3; 8:35; 12:12; 2 Corinthians 1:4; 7:4; Ephesians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 3:4; 2 Thessalonians 1:4 & 6; Revelation 1:9; 2:9 & 10; and 2:22.  In each of these verses they are translated in the more modern versions of the Bible as troubles, persecutions, afflictions, and trials.

So there is an escape clause.  Otherwise, why would Paul write, “God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (1 Thessalonians 5:9)?  But you’ve got to be watching for the Rapture.

  • They confuse the Rapture with the Second Coming of Jesus. These are two separate events, both future.  When there are two future events, this is often confusing—the Jews of Jesus’ day didn’t recognize Him as the long-awaited Messiah because He didn’t resemble the conquering King that they were looking for.  That’s because they had confused His two incarnations on earth: the first as the suffering Savior and the second as the conquering King.  Here is a table that may help you understand the difference between these two future (as of this writing!) events:
The Rapture The Second Coming
Jesus comes to take His Bride (the Church)

(John 14:1-3 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17)

Jesus returns to earth with His Bride (the Church) (Colossians 3:4; Zechariah 14:5; Jude 14; and Revelation 19:14)
Could happen at any moment (before the Tribulation) (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 and Revelation 3:3) Happens after a sequence of events (at the end of the Great Tribulation) (Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 24:29-30; and 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8)
No one knows when, only the Father (Matthew 24:36; and Mark 13:32) Three and a half years after the Abomination of Desolation causes the Jews to flee Jerusalem (Revelation 19:11-21)
There is a shout (1 Thessalonians 4:16) No shout mentioned (Revelation 19:11-21)
Resurrection of dead Christians (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-54) No resurrection mentioned (Zechariah 12:10; 14:4-5; Revelation 1:7 and 19:11-21)
Living and dead Christians receive a glorified body (1 Thessalonians 4:14-16) Christians return with Jesus already in their glorified bodies and on white horses (Revelation 19:11-21)
Christians, both living and dead, meet Jesus in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) Jesus’ feet touch the earth (Zechariah 14:4 and Revelation 19:11-21)
Watchful Christians taken, and unbelievers and Christians not watching for the Rapture are left behind (Matthew 25:1-13 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) The wicked are taken to judgment, and living Tribulation saints are left behind (Matthew 13:28-30 and 37-43)
Bema Seat Judgment (Judgment seat of Christ) in which believers are rewarded (Romans 14:10-11; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10; 1 John 2:28 and Revelation 3:11-12) White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15)
Marriage of the Lamb in Heaven (2 Corinthians 11:2 and Revelation 19:6-9) Set up the Millennial Kingdom on earth (Zechariah 14:3-4; Jude 14-15 and Revelation 19:11-21)
Happens suddenly, in a moment (1Corinthians 15:52) Will not happen so suddenly (Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 24:30 and Revelation 1:7)
Only watchful Christians will see Jesus (1 John 3:2 and 1 Corinthians 15:52) Everyone on earth will see Jesus return with His Bride (Revelation 1:7)
At the trumpet sound believers will fly up to Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) Angels are sent to gather the wicked for judgment (Matthew 13:39, 41, 49; 24:31; 25:31 and 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)
Jesus appears in the clouds (no horse) (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) Jesus returns on a white horse (Revelation 19:11)
Message of hope and comfort (1 Thessalonians 4:18; Titus 2:13 and 1 John 3:3) Message of judgment (Joel 3:12-13; Malachi 4:5 and Revelation 19:11-21)


I hope this helps clear up any confusion.  But as always, the best way is to get right with God now.  Not only will you escape the coming wrath, but it will make your remaining days on earth better in ways you can’t even imagine.  God is good!