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#68: Rending the Heavens
“Planting the Heavens”
I have put my words in your mouth, and covered you in the shadow of my hand, in order to plant the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, “You are my people. (Isaiah 51:16 NKJV)
The emphasis of this chapter is to God’s own Dream of His children becoming a people who operate in the lofty places Above, in the Heavenly realms high above the earth. That is far above natural laws, physical realities, principalities and powers of this world. Instead of operating only from below, on this earth, looking up in intercession for this world; becoming a people accustomed to operating in governance from Heaven Above. A people of whom ‘stand in the Counsel’ of the Lord and speak from this place … ‘planting Heaven’ on earth.
“The Kingdom of God is at hand” means that the authority and reign of God is right here in front you. The Glory and Power of God, even the Hosts of Heaven, are as far away as are your own affections. It is your heart of love that is the very portal to the Eternal realms of God; hence here you find yourself standing in His Presence the very moment that you ‘set your affections’ in Him (Col. 3:2) and in an honesty of heart, in inquiry, entering into His ‘Counsel’. To such gain capacity to ‘administer the mysteries’ that are ‘hidden in God’ (Eph. 3:9).
As you personally choose to become one raised in His Counsel, the Father ‘makes His Ways known’ to you (Ps. 103:7); the Concealed matters (Prov. 25:2, Matt. 11:25) and the Hidden things (Dan. 2:22, Jer. 33:3) are made clear and plain. The Ancient things, the Ancient paths (Jer. 6:16) being made most plain and contemporary … even the Ways of Jesus (John 2:24). The encouragement always has been, and remains to this very day, become as a little child and put aside your supposed strengths and understanding (Prov. 3:5); truly coming to enjoy the mysteries of God opening before your eyes as you ‘ascend’ up into His Holy Mountain (Ps. 24). For it is from the secret place, from behind closed doors, that one can ‘hear and see His Word’ (Jer. 23:18, 22), it is only from abiding in Him that He teaches you His Ways (Is. 2:2-3). To such God opens the Ancient Doors and the ‘King of Glory comes in’.
This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it. (Jeremiah 6:16a NIV)
Jesus is the prophesied Branch from the stump of Jesse, ie; from the line of the kings through David (Is. 11), and this same line endures forever (2 Sam. 7:16). However in this subject, Jesus Himself said to the Pharisees, “The Lord said to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet (Matt. 22:44)?’“ For though born of the line of David, from down through the kings of Israel, all the way to Joseph; Jesus was born. However, we know that Joseph wasn’t Jesus’ father at all, but God Himself.
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God … is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever. (Hebrews 7:1-3 ESV)
The coming of the Christ is the joining of both the line of Immortality with the Abrahamic line. This, then, is the basis that the believer is born; one born of He who has no beginning nor has ‘end of life’. Within the believer is the line of Abraham, yes, but also the line of the likeness of ‘Melchizedek’. It was Jesus, as the Branch (Zech. 3:8-10), of whom branched off from the line of Abraham creating a totally new bloodline. The line of the Promise joining with the line born of God Himself.
There is great significance in this, for the believer, who not only believes but also dies in Christ Jesus, is one who abides in the realms of Eternity. That is, one who is from Eternity and functions from these Eternal realms of God ‘in Heaven’ (John 3:13 NKJV). Even given authority to ‘govern my house and have charge of my courts’ (Zech. 3:7). In death, the things of old has fully gone and the things of the New has fully come. One who believes operates in the line of the Promise; but one who enters into death identifies with His Crucifixion, and operates from the Immortal realms of Eternity. Not only given a ‘charge’ through the Promise but lifted up Above given a ‘charge’ of governance in Heaven.
There is great importance in this, for Eternity is rooted in the soul of each and every believer. But Jesus says, “he who is the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than all who came before” (Matt. 11:11), this because of your inherent capacity to operate not as one born of earthly origins, but of Heaven. Understanding and recognising the significance of this is truly meaningful, for the little finger of the ‘least’ moves mountains. Hence you are fully qualified in the Lord, in choosing then, to set your thoughts, your heart, and you affections Above you simply draw from Above.
Though you are grafted into the Abrahamic line, the truth is that you are grafted into the line that ‘branched’ off this Abrahamic line (Matt. 12:50). This new bloodline, the bloodline of Jesus, is both of Abraham and also of the ‘order of Melchizedek’. You truly are a totally new creature, ‘a whole new world’ (2 Cor. 5:17); born of Abraham as the seed of the Promise, but also born of Jesus who is the Seed of the Spirit. Therefore, as one crucified with He who “came from Heaven” (John 3:13) you too can now ‘ascend into Heaven’ and become a part of the ‘governance’ of God (Zech. 3:7).
I speak of this in significance, for coming to gain a greater awareness of your true roots, your true identity in the Lord, gains you incredible ability and fortitude (Gal. 5:22-23) to walk in the fullness of it. This is where He is leading you to, deeper into relationship and friendship with your Heavenly Father, becoming a people who can truly see and hear. Retaining it in your heart to hunger deeply for the Word that is God; the Living and active Word that liberally flows from His Mouth.
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. (2 Corinthians 12:2-5 NIV)
All of Creation is waiting for you to discover who you are, this your identity in God, and stepping deeper into it.
Come approach the Father as a little child, “ascending the Mountain of the Lord and seeking His Face”, seeking His Friendship. For seeking the Lord only through adherence to Law keeps your own true identity hidden from your own eyes. But becoming a people who seek the Lord through His Grace and His Mercy, through the finished work of the Cross; and in love, pursue the ‘beauty of His Face’ (Ps. 27:4); the ‘concealed’ becomes revealed, the ‘hidden’ comes into open vision and this throughout the same Word of God.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob. Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. (Psalm 24 NIV)
We all have the written Word and a measure of revelation, but what the condition of man deeply and earnestly requires is the constructive Word of God that speaks continually into the soul of man. The truth is that this doesn’t necessarily come through great Biblical knowledge; for in fact one on the streets of prostitution or drug addiction can have a Word of God spoken into their hearts that change their lives forever. One who today, even bowing to false gods, can have an epiphany of Jesus.
It is this very same Word that is available to the Children of God, to a rich continually flowing measure, given according to your own heart’s desire. For what you ‘magnify’ (Ps. 34:3) in your own heart, what you ‘magnify’ in your eyes, is what you will find. So as you personally come to elevate Jesus in the secret place, even loving Him and seeking Him above all pressing concerns, praising and delighting in Him, you are drawn to Him and He you … and here He Gifts you continuously of Himself. In setting it then in your own heart to come to abide under the Shadow of the Lord God Almighty, His Living Word speaks continually as sweet chatter in your heart and soul as one of His own (1 John 2:27, Is. 54:13, Jer. 31:33).
I have put my words in your mouth, and covered you in the shadow of my hand, in order to plant the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, “You are my people. (Isaiah 51:16 NKJV)
This is the picture of the Spirit-led, a people of whom God places His Word in your mouth, covers and protects you in order to establish Heaven on earth. The great value having the Word of God speaking into the heart and soul of a man. For a single Word spoken from the Mouth of Jesus sets you on a path equipped with incredible Capacity and Grace. And the Way of the Spirit is the continual and liberal flow of this same Word (1 Thes. 5:17) that releases the Anointing and the outpoured Spirit of Life. Becoming a people who ‘stand in the Counsel of the Lord … who both see and hear His Word’ (Jer. 23:18-22).
It shall happen in the latter days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.
Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:2-3 NEB)
Satan attempts to deny and block access, but the Word lays legal precedence and right.
One who comes to look past their own sin and failures, one’s own inabilities and unrighteousness; and who steps into the redeeming Grace of Jesus; the endless Mercy and Love of God; to such who purpose it in their own heart to ascend up into Heaven, into the ‘Mountain of God’s House’ that is ‘established in the top of the mountains’; and seek the Face of the ‘Lord of Glory’; to such abide and ‘stand in His Counsel’. The Cross represents the FACT! that God longs for relationship with you more than your faults and wrongs. He fully loves you even before you ever turned your heart towards Him. So as you turn your heart to Him you are bridging two places through the affections and honest inquiry of your own heart.
No man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man who is in heaven. (John 3:13 NLJV)
Being united in the One who came down from Heaven, the way has now been made open for you to freely ascend up into Heaven whenever you please (John 10:9) … just as Jesus. There is but one Body, one Church, and one People; both those in Heaven and those on this earth (Eph 4:4-6). There are not two Churches but one, there are not two Families but one. Therefore in Christ Jesus, Heaven is not separate from you, but is purposed to come and move on the earth through you; that is the Heart and Way of the Father. Not remaining a people who can only quote Scripture, but a people who can release Life and Spirit.
The purpose of the Son is to retain a heart that seeks the Kingdom of Heaven manifest; to ‘see Heaven’, to ‘see Him in His Glory.’ So, in truly entering the Rest of the Lord, and ceasing from your own labour, you make way for the move of the Spirit in your own life. Those born of the Spirit of God draw and drink liberally and continually of the Spirit – this is the way of the Born Again, for to such ‘see the Kingdom of God’ (John 3:3), even to ‘see’ Jesus in His Glory, for this is Jesus’ own prayer.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. (John 17:24 NIV)
In seeking, then, the Face of Jesus; to even see Jesus in His Glory, and coming to dine continually at His Banqueting Table, drinking deeply of the New Wine, one is well nourished – even becoming ‘fat’ in the Anointing of God of which breaks every yolk and bondage (Is. 10:27). And as one truly comes to wait upon the Lord, even sitting idle in open attentiveness to the Lord come, to such the Lord comes and continually reveals of Himself; reveals, shows, manifests, and appears (John 14:21); that you may both ‘see and hear Him and His Word’.
In this attitude of soul, one is continually ministered to and transfigured by the work of the Spirit. It is the Spirit of the Lord that deeply desires to flow through the lives of His children, but is denied. For it is only in the secret place that one is pliable to be transformed and shaped to be able to carry the Glory of God. Therefore, to such, without any striving of their own, administer Heaven in this world as they come under the governance of God. The gateway broadening, the doorway rolled back, and the portal flung open wide; whereby the Kingdom of Heaven freely flows; flowing without limit and without restraint.
God’s Angel then charged Joshua, “Orders from God-of-the-Angel-Armies: ‘If you live the way I tell you and remain obedient in my service, then you’ll make the decisions around here and oversee my affairs. And all my attendants standing here will be at your service. (Zechariah 3:6-7 MSG)
We are called to be a Kingdom of kings under the Great King. In this Scripture, we find that as we come under alignment with the Head, the Lord gives you management over His House and His Courts. Even then directing those standing in His attendance, for you too are an ‘heir to the Kingdom’ (Heb. 1:14). Be then encouraged to come under the Counsel of the Lord and learn His Ways that you truly may walk in them.
For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. (Matthew 8:9 NKJV)
It is God’s way for the believer to come under the governance of God, in order to become a people that are eligible to govern. To such, minister from within the Mysteries of God; with angels ascending and descending upon you, for you too are a son of God. This revelation is given you only from God, spoken in your heart from Above, and to this Jesus exclaimed, “how great is your faith”. For faith is rooted from the Word of God spoken quietly in the heart of a man, and is nurtured through a lifestyle deeply rooted in the Love of God.
For it is witnessed of him, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.” For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness; but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. (Hebrews 7:17-19 NIV)
The way of the Kingdom of God; the Anointing, the Counsel, and the Glory of God is found in the lowly place. For in the preference of the lowly place the Host lifts you up high and seats you next to Him (Luke 14:10). God says that “Heaven is His Throne” (Is. 66:1), so here to each and every believer God “has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). But the Governmental Throne, the Judgement Throne, the Throne of the King; to this place one is seated only by Christ Himself (Rev. 3:21).
Jesus said, so firmly of Himself, that there is nothing good in Him at all … ‘only God is Good’. For even though Jesus was the Christ, born of the Spirit, and walked so close with the Father … He still so clearly states that there was nothing good in Him at all. If you can get this you will be lifted up High, you will ascend into the High Places. If you can truly get this then you cannot be bought, nor can you be manipulated or put down by the god of this Age any longer; but will rise up Above and step into the realms of His Governance and Grace.
Revivals are not built on man but on the Goodness and Power of God. Revivals are not built on the capacity of man, but on the powerful and demonstrable work of the Spirit. Hence we seek and give continual honoured place for the Lord. Man is of the dust … only God is good; in this revelation is much release and much Power. For now you have truly died and Christ Jesus fully throned and alive in you.
What role then, do the angels have? The angels are spirit-messengers sent by God to serve those who are … ‘heirs of Salvation’. (Hebrews 1:14 TPT/NKJV)
God hasn’t called you to just become a good person, doing good deeds; but to become a people that transcend this world and operate from lofty Places (Is. 40:31) … from Glory to Glory. This not in any way becoming one separate from this world, but fully engaged; simultaneously functioning ‘in Heaven’, just as Jesus, as you function on this earth. For in Him we live and have our being, and where is Jesus? He is throned both in our hearts at the same time in Heaven; for to such the believer’s heart is one and united in Heaven … one and the same.
Here, just as a little child, one enjoys participating in the mysteries of God. As He shows and reveals His wonders in you all the more … even riding on the ‘clouds’ (Is. 60:8).
The Abrahamic line is the line of the Law, but the line of Christ Jesus is the line of the Spirit. In the Spirit is Life and Immortality but in the Law is sin and death. Therefore, becoming one who truly steps into the Spirit, you are stepping into the line of Melchizedek; that is, stepping into the King of Righteousness and Peace; stepping into the function and realms of Eternity.
This Place of Abode is the place of Power and Anointing, coming and abiding under His ‘shadow’. Abiding in a Place that is far above nature, far above natural laws, and far above both sin and death. Therefore, in this Place Above when you speak you bring great change. Christ Jesus speaks of it as “no one can ascend up to Heaven, but the one that came down from Heaven” … but this is the Gift; ‘you have been raised together with Christ’ (Col. 3:1); therefore, Heaven is fully given you … live then, no longer deprived.
You are a totally new creation, a new being, a completely new type of creature that is not of this earth but of Heaven. Though born of flesh on this earth, but also born of Heaven; so you have the inherent capacity to bridge and draw from Heaven as you live here on earth. You co-exist, you co-operate, you co-move, and you co-habitat.
So so many, without realising, are operating only from the mind-set of the Abrahamic line, ie; self reliance, knowledge reliance, law and doctrine reliance. Instead of learning to ascend the Mountain of the Lord as a culture of soul, setting your ‘mind’ and your ‘affections’ in Him, and becoming a people seated in the Governance in Heavenly Places.
Gain therefore, a heart as like Daniel, who praised the Name of Jesus and sought His Face regardless of what was presented him. He even flung open the windows of his house in open defiance to Satan. To such proclaim clearly before Heaven and Hell that Jesus is Lord, even then to such the Lord Himself openly declares and sets His own Seal of Lordship and Authority. To those who retain a heart that is lukewarm, the devils say “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you” (Acts 19:15)? Set Jesus as King in your life, and He will throne and seat Himself over you.
You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22-24)
Today, this day, you have come to Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem; to the church of the Firstborn. And this day you have come to thousands upon thousands of angels singing in joyful assembly. And together with the family of God, all those made righteous, here in this place, enjoy the ministering Grace of the Lord richly resting upon your life.
The Law is a beautiful master, but a totally ungracious one, for it places demands of righteousness and of deeds upon your shoulders of which you cannot achieve. However, Grace and Love draws with it the Righteousness of God, for the Lord embraces you completely and fully … and this utterly outside the Law! His Love and Purpose drawing you close regardless of who you are or what you have done. This same Love, this same Grace, empowers and strengthens your members to walk upright in the Law, even for you to come to truly delight in the Law of God. Law no longer being your master but the Love; the Grace and the Spirit of God moving you firmly forward in great strides. Therefore, do as Paul says, “set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:2).
O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3 NKJV)
In coming to pray and fast … you are ‘magnifying the Lord’ and setting your ‘affections’ in Him. When you praise and worship Him … you are magnifying the Lord and setting your affections in Him. When you ascend His Holy Mountain and eat richly of His Banqueting Table, and drink deeply of His New Wine … you are magnifying the Lord and setting your affections in Him. As you Rest your head on the Bosom of Jesus … you are setting your affections in Him. It is here in this love that He releases and opens to you the untold Secrets of His Heart, and Shows you and Gifts you of the Eternal realms of God. For truly, where your treasure is so too your heart abides (Matt. 6:21). He dresses you of Glory, of Life, and of Immortality … for your love unites you in His Love. Love is the conduit of transference, Love is the deep connection in Him … for God IS Love!
When you pray and fast you are magnifying, you are stepping closely and looking intently at that of which you seek. You are uplifting and enlarging your vision in Him. So as you delight yourself in the Lord, as you praise His Holy Name (and this regardless of season); as you set yourself to seek His Face and wait upon the Lord, honouring Him beyond your needs … to this He comes for the truth of you is fully in Him. Heaven, and the realities of Heaven, God Himself avails to you increasingly each and every day.
You are in fact raised together with Christ! Now ponder with persuasion the consequence of your co-inclusion in him. Relocate yourselves mentally! Engage your thoughts with throne room realities where you are co-seated with Christ in the executive authority of God’s right hand. Becoming affectionately acquainted with throne room thoughts will keep you from being distracted again by the earthly realm. (Colossians 3:1-3 Mirror Bible)
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Lord, I am so grateful for all that you are doing in my life, please continue. Lord I am so grateful for all that you have done, and all that you have made available to me. Lord I pray a fire in my heart that I never take you for granted or stay idle. Lord I set my affections fully in you, even to become acquainted with throne room thoughts. In Jesus Name. Amen.’