Are you aware that you can open the Word of God to the beginning verses of Revelation chapter 4 and actually end up in the Throne Room? Or stand with Moses as his staff comes down over the Red Sea and feel the wind whipping the sea spray on your face as the waters roll back. Step with your own feet onto the dry ground beneath the sea and walk across with the multitude of astounded Israelites to the other side. Experiences like this are so real I almost expect to return to this realm with dirt between my toes!
Heb. 4:12 tells us that the Word of God is living and powerfully active. The King James version puts it like this: “For the Word of God is quick (Greek = alive) and powerful (Greek = active, effective, operative and powerful)…” Oh what a glorious understatement! Let’s focus on that word ‘alive’ for a bit.
Using earthly language to describe Heavenly things always leaves us lacking for words. But for lack of better terms, look at it something like this. Eternity does not move in a straight line. It is circular and its Creator stands in the center. For Him there really is no past, present or future. He sees it all as one. He makes reference in scripture to Jesus being slain and of us being chosen in Him “from the foundation of the world.” (This may also help to explain why a day is as a thousand years to Him and also why He says things like “soon” which end up to be a hundred years of earthly time. For the sake of illustration, C.S. Lewis seemed to have some revelation about this and used it effectively in the Chronicles of Narnia.)
God uses earthly language with us on our level to help us understand. As He stands in the center of that circle of time He can take someone from this realm and show them anything He wants. There was no-one for Moses to interview about the times preceeding Adam. He must have been taken back into the days of creation or at least shown these things in vision in order to write about them in such detail in Genesis. God took Ezekiel (Ez. chap. 8) to Jerusalem to show him hidden abominations being commited by the elders there in that present time. And John was taken into the future as well as into the very throne room of God.
Now with these things in mind, let’s go back to that word ‘alive’ in Heb. 4:12. The Word of God is alive and living. It’s not just something that was written long ago. The stories and experiences recorded there really happened and they still live. God said that the blood of Able, who was killed by his brother, cried out from the ground after his death. (Gen. 4:10) Paul also said that though Able is dead he still speaks as a witness to us. (Heb.11:4) It is as though the places and events in the Word of God are still in existence and can be entered into again. In recent posts we have learned that our own dreams and visions can be re-entered and even used as a launch into the Spirit realm. We have also seen how listening to or reading experiences of others can be entered into as an on-ramp. They are invitations from the Spirit of prophecy. Nothing is ever lost. In the same way, the Word of God is so alive that you may enter it and experience it as it happened, with all the sights, sounds, smells and emotions!
When you open the Bible, try to ‘see’ what you are reading. Ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your understanding and give you revelation. This is easier with accounts of events or stories of peoples lives. This is not just using your imagination although at times you may start out that way. But at some point the Spirit of God will transport you into what you are reading and it will so far surpass your own imagination that there’s no question it’s Him and not you. Be careful to recognize the difference. We may try to imagine the throne room but we can’t say we’ve really been there unless He takes us there. When He does, it may be a long time before we can articulate that because of the strong emotion that goes along with it.
There are many levels of revelation, from small impressions all the way to being transported into Heaven and seeing the Lord face to face. All are valid and all are important in that they bring revelation and draw us closer to Him. But many have devalued the spiritual currency by saying they have “been to Heaven” when they were more in the imagination realm and perhaps seeing faint impressions. We will deal with the imagination in another post. Our sanctified imaginations are God given and are intended to be linked with His as we dream His dreams. For our purposes in this post I am only citing the difference between our imagination and His reality. This difference will become amazingly clear to you as you gain more experience.
The times I have been taken into the Word of God have been few. I have not yet been that successful at opening the Word and frequently going into the passage I am reading. But I know it’s possible (and completely awesome) because of the times it has happened. And I believe that as we seek Him for these revelations it pleases Him to give them to us. Sometimes there is a training process. And besides that, the Lord told me once that as I taught the little I know He would teach me more. This has proved to be true also.
So ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and make you very sensitive to the way He speaks. Then open your Bible to a familiar story and start by trying to see it instead of just reading the words. Read it like a movie script. Read about the disciples in the boat with Jesus during the storm. See the darkness, feel the wind and the tossing of the boat, sense the fear about to overtake you. Then see Jesus standing in the bow with the rain beating down on Him. Hear Him shouting “Peace, be still” to the wind. Feel the shock when everything suddenly stops and becomes unnaturally quiet. Experience the overwhelming peace.
Even just trying to see things in this way will increase your sensitivity and bring revelation. But keep trying, keep going and see what happens. There can be more … much more.
* A word of explanation: Once again, this is my way of trying to describe the experiences I’ve had with my limited earthly language. If you have heard teaching or seen things that seem to conflict with this, it could be both of us trying to describe similar things using different language. Also keep in mind that ‘we know in part and prophesy in part’ (1 Cor. 13:9) which is why we need each other to put our puzzle pieces together.