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Ascending & Descending In God’s Glory – 29/10/11

God wants His body to know what He is thinking for His people and to align themselves and release the government of Jesus onto the Earth. It is with that in mind that I am about to speak today on part 3 of my teaching on ushering God’s glory entitled, “Ascending and Descending in God’s Glory.”

Genesis 28:10-22

Jacob’s Vow at Bethel

10) Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11) So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12) Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.

13) And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am theLord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14) Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15) Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

16) Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lordis in this place, and I did not know it.” 17) And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”

18) Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19) And he called the name of that place Bethel;[a] but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20) Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21) so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22) And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

Like Jacob, more of the body of Christ in this season will learn how to ascend into heaven and really function from their legal position there. As we learnt last week, everything we need is already in heaven, the cure for every disease, restoration of the family, wisdom, understanding, strategies are all in heaven. So how do we access heaven to take all those goodies to be manifested on earth.

Well, we’ve got to learn how to ascend into heaven just like the angels and either get instruction, healing, deliverance, strategy, whatever we require and descend back to Earth bringing them here causing them to manifest. What are you saying Charmaine, is the purpose for ascending to bring the things of heaven down to Earth? We read about Jacob’s experience with an open heaven where God spoke instructions to Jacob. Jacob’s response was in verse 17.

If you have never had the experience of ascending, being translated or transported then it can be intimidating and downright scary to imagine. However, even though Jacob was afraid according to the Bible, he set a pillar (he created a sanctuary and poured oil on it…and we have learnt that oil is symbolic of the anointing of the Holy Spirit). He changed the name of the place from Luz meaning “to turn aside or to turn away from wisdom” to Bethel meaning “House of God”. He literally, changed the character of the place and so doing altered the course of his life.

So can an encounter with God’s glory by ascending into heaven and descending with the purposes of God change the course of your life?

I want us to note here that when we read the Word of God we are to look at details. The Bible said that the angels were ascending first then descending. Angels are here on Earth, ministering spirits doing God’s bidding, attending to our needs upon God’s commands. So Jacob’s angels were on Earth and ascended into heaven. We can get the heavenly instructions, direction that we need to cause the promises of God to come to pass then we can bring them back to Earth.

Jesus Himself spoke of ascending and descending and I want to briefly give you that dialogue Jesus had with Nathanael in John 1:43-51. Jesus’ supernatural insight into Nathanael’s character convinces this “true Israelite” that he has been confronted by the Son of God, the King of Israel. Even through the façade of Nathanael’s skepticism, Jesus discerned his transparency of spirit.

Having said all this, the question now remains, Can we ascend into heaven? I did a teaching earlier a while back on certain people in the Bible who were translated, transported, or caught up into heaven so what I’m going to do for the purposes of time is to give you the Bible personalities and the Scripture references so you can go home and research to see what supernatural experiences these men had with an open heaven.

Apostle John in Revelation 4. We read that just last week.
Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians12
Apostle Peter in Acts 10:9-16 Peter’s vision
Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. Acts 8:26-40
Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu & 70 elders in Exodus 24:9-11. The chief leaders were allowed to see what God wanted to reveal of Himself. (So God reveals Himself when we ascend). This intimate contact with God with the elders solidified their leadership. You need to have spiritual leadership who are able to ascend and descend because they cannot take you where they have not been. I will shortly tell you of some of my experiences.
Ezekiel and the Dry bones in Ezekiel 1, 37, 47
Throughout Daniel

In other words, there are several instances in the Word of God and many more that I have not mentioned of people just like you and me who ascend to heaven, being translated and transported to other places.

You see ascending is a kingdom tool that God gives us to bring back strategy on Earth.

UUUUUUUUUUUUUULet’s look at some things the tools of ascending will enable us to take possession of:-

When we access an open heaven, an open portal, an open window and ascend into heaven we come face to face with God’s glory. The atmosphere on Earth is the air that we breathe. The atmosphere in heaven is God’s Glory. Glory in the Hebrew is “chabod (kah-vohd) which means weightiness, heavy, splendor, dignity, riches, excellence. In the OT, “heaviness” represented honour and substance while “lightness” meant vanity, instability and emptiness. When we learn how to ascend into heaven, we can have access to that glory, manifested presence. We need this because there is creative power in His glory. In Genesis 1:2 the Bible said the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters when the Earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

Again in Isaiah 60:1-2
1) Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
2) For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

BBBBBBBBCreativity takes place when God in His glory speaks to something dead or dark. God created order from disorder in His glory. Hebrews 4:12 says:-

12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 11:3 (Amplified Bible, AMP)
3) By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.

When we learn to ascend into heaven we can have access to that glory which gives us creative power. We can speak those things that be not as though there already happened. Why? We’ve accessed it in heaven. We can go up into heaven, receive the things God gives us and come back to earth with the instructions, healing, deliverance, restoration, finances and speak forth those things to come to pass.

The Bible says in Revelation 1:16, out of His mouth (that’s Jesus) went a sharp two-edged sword, which meant He was speaking in heaven when John went. So when we ascend to heaven God speaks to us in the atmosphere of His glory, we take those creative words and bring them to earth carrying with us 2 things: the Rhema words of God and the Glory. You’ve been wondering how we will be able to enter into that 3rd dimension of ushering God’s glory on the earth…it’s going to be as we His people go up into heaven, access His glory and bring it right back to Earth and speak the Word of the Lord. If God speaks in Heaven, we need to do what the Father does.

Ascending into God’s glory can also be a major tool in the application of Romans 12:2 (be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.) That’s transformation into His image from glory to glory. Every time you sit in God’s glory you get changed. Does anybody need to be changed in a particular area or do you have it all together? If you try to change a character flaw on your own you will inevitably fail. I will go further here to say, the churches that are still operating under the 1st dimension of sacrifice, sanctification, fire and brimstone will know that there may be outward conformity but the people’s characters have not changed. Why? It’s because the supernatural is missing. We must get up that spiritual ladder to heaven, sit in the presence of God and be transformed. Eg. It has literally changed who I am today. I have tried to be good, really. I have tried to stop arguing with my husband really. I have found it is impossible without accessing heaven. I’m not just speaking about getting into worship. That’s the second dimension. I’m speaking about accessing the 3rd dimension. Remember, when I started I quoted Amos 3:7. God has revealed to me the ability to access heaven and bring down those instructions on Earth to be manifested. I know I have changed. God can do the same for you. Wouldn’t you like to know that you can change any unpleasant or unacceptable way in you. If you are thinking in your mind about someone else while I am speaking to you, then you are in error. That’s a character flaw that needs adjusting right there.

There are a few more things we can take possession of as we ascend and descend and I will continue that next week… but first I want to clearly state a prerequisite to accessing heaven in this dispensation, which is mandatory and then tell you how to ascend into heaven.

Do you really want to get into that throne room? Do you want to know the secret things of God? Do you want to access all the treasures that are yours in heaven? YOU MUST WALK IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS. Turn to 2 Samuel 22:1, 17-25. Matthew 5:10 says in the Beatitudes, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. So the righteous can access heaven ONLY! Then he says in Matthew 5:20, “For I say unto you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. GOD IS NOT INTERESTED IN HYPOCRITICAL OR EXTERNAL LEGALISM. Entrance to His kingdom, which can be accessed NOW (we don’t have to wait until we die), is by a righteousness of the heart through faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ. Who are the righteous?

Ephesians 1:7
7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Romans 3:23-26
23) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24) being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25) whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26) to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

It is through faith in the blood of Jesus that mankind can access the kingdom of God. Jesus said in John 3:3, “Unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of heaven.”

ALWAYS righteousness and holiness give us access to the supernatural. There must always be a balance of sanctification & supernatural. One cannot go without the other. In Exodus 19 & 20 a barrier had to be erected by God so the children of Israel were not able to get too close to God. The law had not yet been given and because they were not yet sanctified they would have died under God’s glory.

On Earth As It Is In Heaven – Part 2 – 22/10/11

Can you imagine an army that is so fearless that it literally has no fear of death? No one going AWOL (Absent Without Leave); no one going MIA (Missing In Action) because if while fighting they die in this earthly realm, they know there is a more glorious place…Hebrews 9:11 says, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” That army is God’s army on Earth, the Saints of God.

The enemy also has his counterfeit army whom he has lied to and convinced them that if they die for his cause, he will give them virgins in “heaven”. That’s the Muslim faith. What a travesty that the people who are under the influence of a counterfeit are so zealous to fight for their god.

How do we proceed to usher in the 3rd dimension of God’s glory. For the purposes of this message which is a continuation of last week’s message I will briefly speak about the 5, 3-dimensional concepts I illustrated last week when I taught on the question from the Lord, “What do you have in your hand?”

God wants to usher in His Glory as in Solomon’s era when Solomon dedicated the temple and the priests fell flat on their faces to the ground. That dimension is coming but first we have to go through some friction. I spoke of Ezekiel’s wheel within the wheel in Ezekiel 1 clearly showing the 3 dimensions.

Between the outer wheel and the inner wheel was friction. The Bible describes a wheel within a wheel. One wheel is going in one direction and the other wheel moving in the opposite direction. What do you get? Friction! In the midst of the inner wheel was the spirit of the Cherubim (v. 20) receiving the commands from the firmament above their heads (v. 25-26).

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