Jewels From Judy
Friday, February 04 2011
A Teaching On “The Perspective of Heaven”
Since January 1, 2011, Daystar Church, where I am a member, has been enjoying “40 Days of Adoration”. This was spearheaded by an encounter Bob Hartley had with the Lord concerning 2011. Daystar’s pastor, Johnny Enlow, has encouraged us to join in a conference call each morning for a time of adoration to the Lord. Daily we focus on specific names or attributes of God. This time of adoration has created an atmosphere of worship to the Lord. Even though you may not have read Bob’s word or participated in the calls, I believe this teaching will be a blessing to you.
There is one small part Bob shared at the beginning of his encounter that I would like to address in this post because, to me, it will bring greater understanding to the other parts. Please understand this is my interpretation of this specific part of Bob’s encounter. I have never written a post on something someone else has received, so this is an unusual “Jewels from Judy”. This post more closely reflects how I teach than how I write, which is very different from one another. As always, it is up to you to discern if what I am sharing is of the Lord. May the spirit of the prophets be subject to the prophets! Amen!
Excerpt from Bob Hartley:
This encounter has been progressive, and was taken to a whole other level as I was taken from a view of 30 feet above the earth to five million miles in the heavens. I've had dreams of waves that would try to crash over the Body of Christ and I was only 30 feet above the ground, while the waves were 70 feet, and I and others were drowning. The Lord said, "I have measured you in hope and you have come up wanting. The way in is to adore, adore, adore!"
When I first heard the distances the Jesus showed Bob, I had to laugh. It truly tickled me. There has been a lot I have shared in past writings about seeing from the perspective of heaven in my encounters with the Lord, so this was lovely confirmation from the Father. When Bob saw the view at 30’ above the ground, the waves at 70’ and then the view of 5 million miles in the heavens, I believe the Lord was giving him, and us, a visual (mini-movie) of three spiritual realms.
Let’s break these distances down and examine them more closely.
What is the view of 30 feet above the Ground?
My interpretation is that the 30’ height that Bob saw from is the earthly perspective. This is a height you can see a fair distance (depending on the terrain and tree line). I believe this is a visual illustration that shows spiritually where we are when our eyes are focused on praying for our earthly needs (food, water, clothing, homes, jobs, cars, etc…). Jesus said pagans [unbelievers, idol worshipers, gentiles] seek after earthly things – what to eat and what to wear; but He made it clear to us that the Father knows of what we have need. We are to store up our treasure in heaven. Jesus taught us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all the things we need will be given to us. That is the promise of God, not man.
As believers we are to see with the eyes of understanding so we can know the hope to which we’ve been called. It has been my observation that this height is where most people get stuck in prayer – which is why Jesus warned us not to pray this way. Bob Hartley’s dream of the Body of Christ drowning here seems to confirm that praying at this level is a deathtrap.
The Lord gave me a word for a church a few years back that has really resounded in my heart. Since then I have shared this with many congregations. The Holy Spirit said,“Let the sound of your prayers match the sound of your praise.” All too often we go from joyful, thankful, adoring, praise and worship to prayers of “woe is me” and “the world’s going to hell in a hand basket”. Telling the Lord everything that is wrong, and everything we want Him to do, in prayer conveys an ungrateful heart to the Father. The one praying often wonders why their prayers aren’t answered. It is often because they are operating with a double-minded heart. (I know I have done this many times, so please don’t receive any condemnation as none is intended. My hope is to share a better way!) We need to operate with the mind of Christ so when we pray we can pray with confidence knowing what we ask for is the will of God. As we pray, “Father, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we conform our will to His. We must learn to trust the Lord. Even if the prayer’s answer takes more time than we thought, we can have confident hope – knowing God’s will in the matter will help us fight doubt and unbelief until His promise is fulfilled.
We are to come into His courts with thanksgiving and praise. We are to magnify what He is doing and what He has promised He will do. All of God’s promises are “Yes” in Christ Jesus so the church can respond, “Amen!” The Lord is not honored when we are going through motions and jumping through hoops before we bring a petition to Him. He already knows what we need and our religious antics to try to get God to do what we want will not move Him. It brings no joy to the Father when we drone on and on about all the bad things going on around us. Anybody can see the bad and talk about it! What level of spiritual maturity does that take??? We are created in God’s image, the Father of life – the Holy and Anointed One! We are His voice and we are His Light-bearers! We are to proclaim the light in the dark situations seen, not state the obvious darkness covering the earth. We have clear direction in Isaiah 60 that we are to arise, to shine – for the glory of the Lord is upon us. We already have the prophetic word that darkness covers the earth and gross darkness on the people. Our calling is to BE THE LIGHT-CARRIERS of GOD! (lightcarriers) We are to be radiant and proclaim God’s promises. We are to speak the word of the Lord and declare what is supposed to be happening at the 30’ level – not state the world’s obvious problems, troubles and woes. As Jesus taught us, we are to pray for the Father’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
If we look from the earthly vantage point, which I believe Bob saw as 30’ high, then the 70’ waves will overwhelm us every time.
What are the five 70 foot waves?
Seventy is very significant number as it is 7X10. Seven is the number of spiritual completion and perfection while ten is the number of perfection of divine order. It should be noted that seventy is biblically tied to Jerusalem. 70 AD is when Jerusalem fell to the Roman Empire. I have no specific understanding what this means today for the Holy City, but I do know Jesus asked us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. So pray we must! Though these were known to Bob Hartley to be troubling waves, the Lord expressed His desire to “turn the Valley of Challenge into a Door of Hope.” The Bible has given us plenty of information to recognize what to expect before Jesus’ return and every prophetic word in Scripture is always coupled with hope. (See Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, 2 Tim 3, 2 Thes 2, Rev 19)
This 70’ level represents the spiritual realm above the earth, and in our own strength (the 30’ level) we will never overcome it. Because fear often grips our hearts and the hope we should have will likely be overshadowed by fear. The devil and his demons are known powers and principalities that operate in this realm – sometimes referred to as the 2nd heaven. Biblically Satan is known as the prince of the power of the air, the one who rules in wickedness in high places. Many spirit-filled Christians who practice spiritual warfare have actually gotten stuck in this realm and it’s why they are suffering horrific defeats. We cannot stay at this level – we must come up higher. We have to see what God is doing. When we focus on what the devil is doing – talking about what he’s doing and all the evil happening around us – we are in effect giving him glory.
It is easy to see the earthly woes and what the devil is doing, but the Lord is always doing something greater that rarely can be immediately seen. This is where our faith and hope [earnest expectation] in Christ must take a hold of our hearts! It is seeing what cannot yet be seen – the substance of what is yet to come. It’s being able to believe more in what God has said than what our eyes can see, our ears can hear, and all our senses can comprehend.
When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He was taken to the pinnacle of the temple and on top of a mountain. While this reveals the authority Satan has in high places, this isalso where the angels of the Lord do battle against the devil. The prince of Persia resisted the angelic messenger 21 days in this realm from reaching Daniel until the angel Michael stepped in to help. Daniel was like any normal man during this time – sick with mourning to the point he could eat only a little bland food. He had to get God’s understanding (His perspective). When Daniel finally did, he was strengthened again. Before that he was overwhelmed. We can learn a lot from this heavenly encounter! The “prince of Persia” has again reared its head against Israel. The spirit of Esther must arise to defeat the spirit of Haman. (ariseesther)
The Lord told Bob Hartley there are 5 Great Waves coming in 2011. Even as I write this there is another terrible uprising in the Middle East and all news channels are reporting on the “Exodus out of Egypt”. A volcano is creating havoc in Japan as it spews out ash and rock; and another crippling “monster” winter ice storm has hit huge portions of the USA. Australia has suffered great floods and now a huge cyclone has hit the northern side of that great nation.
The “waves” that affect individual nations, churches and lives may vary, but each one will be too big and will swallow us up if we do not come up higher.
What is the five million mile view and how do we get there?
The five million mile view is the perspective of heaven – also known as the 3rd heaven. Why would God want to give you His perspective? He loves you. HE loves you! HE LOVES YOU! Jesus died to bring the Blood of the Lamb to the Mercy Seat and He did this because God loves you. (John 3:16)
The best Scripture I know of which teaches us how to get the 5 million mile view and why we have permission to do this is found in Hebrews 4:14-16:
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The Bible teaches us how to get from a 30’ earthly perspective to a 5,000,000 mile perspective. Jesus is inviting us to see from His heavenly vantage point and not from the view of our problems!
How do we do this? “Adore, adore, adore!”
One of my all time favorite Bible stories is the testimony of Israel’s victory in Second Chronicles 20. Back when I was a new believer, it opened many doors of revelation as to who we are in Christ and the power that is available to us through true praise and worship! In short: the sound of victorious praise coming from Israel brought confusion to their enemy’s minds. The armies that were set to destroy Israel suspected each other of treason and they ended up killing each other! This story holds the very essence of victory in praising God!!! He inhabits our praise and He is our Vindicator. As we come seeking our Father in adoration and thanksgiving during threatening times, the enemy is fraught with confusion. When we hope in God, when all hope seems to some to be lost, this is when we are brought five million miles into the heavens!
The apostle Paul also gave us some wonderful insights as to our right to have God’s heavenly perspective in the book of Ephesians. He teaches we have a hope to which we have been called, and that we are seated together with and in Christ Jesus. Paul revealed that when Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father in heavenly places, the Lord was FAR ABOVE powers and principalities and rulers of darkness. Everything has been put under His feet. He revealed that “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” We can’t crush Satan under our feet if we are below him. To get above the devil we must go to the Throne of Grace!
My own encounters with the Lord (Jewels from the River) have come after spending large blocks of time loving the Lord and telling Him how much I adore Him. When we come to Him with a heart of worship, we gain His vantage point because we have set our minds and hearts to seek Jesus. These writings capture the hearts of their readers because the Lord paints a scene that our minds can understand and grasp. He has created a story painted using words that each person can then be taken to the River and see what the Lord has been so gracious to share with me.
I enjoyed how the Lord's explaination to me why He chose to give Bob Hartley this specific number of five million miles. Five is the number of grace and a million is a number the Lord used to make a specific point. As it turns out, we cannot actually get our minds around what a million looks like because we have a difficult time comprehending great numbers. To give you an example, I looked up how long it would take a person to count to one million. According to my source it would take nearly 23 days of doing nothing but counting. This is an example of the Lord using a hyperbole – which is an exaggerated figure of speech that is more symbolic than literal. A Hyperbole can push our imagination past our mind’s ability to comprehend. In effect, Jesus forces us think in ways past our normal thought processes! When telling parables the Lord used them all the time, but He never used a hyperbole without a reason. The objects of His exaggeration always had a purpose, as does the five million mile view He gave Bob.
It is my hope that you will read and study out these Scriptures, as I know the Holy Spirit will continue to teach you in and through them:
Matthew 6:19-34, John 14:30; Ephesians 1:18-23, 2:4-7 and 6:10-18; Colossians 3:1-3; 12-17; Philippians 4:4-9; Romans 16:20; Daniel 10:12-14, James 1:5-8; Proverbs 3:5, 6; Second Chronicles 20:1-31; Isaiah 40:26; 60:1-5; Psalm 3:6; 34:1-22; 68:17; 121:1; First Samuel 18:7
Bob Hartley’s 3 part word can be found in total at:
Blessings in the Father’s love,
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