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Passing Through Heaven’s Veil – Part 2

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

In our blog post titled “Passing Through Heaven’s Veil” dated 7/13/10, we wrote that “there is a very thin veil that separates heaven’s realm from earth’s realm”…and that “we, as sons of the Most High God must learn how to pierce that veil each and every day and bring heaven to earth.”  Never before has this been truer than in the day in which we are living.  As a follow-up to our previous post, we are calling this blog post “Passing Through Heaven’s Veil – Part 2.” In this post, we will learn:

  1. Why we will never find what we are looking for in the religious systems of man.
  2. Why heaven’s realm is closer than it appears to our natural understanding.
  3. How to pierce the veil of heaven and walk on the other side.
  4. Why “being” is better than “doing” in the kingdom of God.

Let’s start with Principle # 1 – We will never find what are looking for in the religious systems of man. Many of us who have been born again for any length of time at all have found ourselves involved in religious systems. It begins with us being lost as sinners. We are shrouded in darkness looking for the light.  Then one day Jesus comes along and saves us. We are born again. We have our ticket to heaven. We are excited. Things that looked so bleak begin to look so exciting as we view life through a new set of lenses. So what happens? A pastor, a family member, a friend, a television evangelist, or a spouse tells us that we need to get “involved” in a local church where we can learn and grow. So we “plug in.” We find a local church and we get involved.  We serve in the children’s ministry.  We help out with the teens.  We sing on the worship team or join the choir. We find a men’s group, a women’s group, a single’s group, or a young married’s group and we join it. And we’re off to the races! We are excited about our spiritual growth. We love our church. We praise our pastor. We can’t talk enough about how great our worship team is. Then one day it happens. A leader falls into sin. A small group leader lets us down. A brother in the Lord stabs us in the back. We find that we have an offense with someone in the body. And it grows and grows and grows until we become disillusioned and we quit. We quit the whole thing and we adopt the mindset that it’s all bogus and all a bunch of lies. Sound familiar? Sound like about half the American church today?

So what happened? Somewhere along the way, we got our eyes off the Lord and we got them onto man. Somewhere along the way, the enemy of our soul offered us some bait and we took it. Somewhere along the way, we stopped connecting with the source and we started connecting with the conduit through which the source was flowing. Somewhere somehow we got ourselves trapped in the religious systems of man and we didn’t even know we were being trapped. Somewhere somehow we began to exhibit the same patterns that Israel did in the Old Testament when they got their eyes off of God and got them onto earthly kings and earthly kingdoms, and they began to worship other gods and call it “God.”  How many of us out there are worshipping “other” gods, but we are calling them by the name of the One True God? Somewhere somehow we have to get the revelation that there is only one Person who can satisfy the craving of our heart and soul and it’s Jehovah God.  A religious system will never fill this void for us. We’ve got to break free of the trap.

Principle # 2 – Heaven’s realm is closer than it appears to our natural understanding. Now that we understand we can’t find what we are looking for in a religious system, we must next understand that what we are looking for can only be found in heaven’s realm. There comes a point where we must “exit” earth’s realm and get into “heaven’s” realm. This can’t be done through religious rote and exercise. Even though there are many good teachings out there about going through the exercise of entering the outer court, then the inner court, and then the holy of holies in order to get into the presence of God, we need to understand that heaven is not an exercise. Heaven is a place. It is a realm beyond time. It is a place where we can go, and it is also a place where we can live even while we are here on the earth. And this realm of heaven is much, much closer than what meets the natural eye. If you look at the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6, you will see that Jesus prayed that the Father’s kingdom would come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This passage of Scripture reveals that there are two worlds (or realms) that we are dealing with on a daily basis.  There’s earth’s realm and there’s heaven’s realm. Jesus did not see these two worlds as separated, but rather as connected.

The next thing that we need to understand about heaven’s realm is that we can live in both earth’s realm and heaven’s realm at the same time through Christ. We have access to these realms anytime we want. Jesus is our access card (our passport) to these realms. If you look in Ephesians 1:3, Paul writes, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” If you look up this word “blessing” in the Greek, it literally means “all divine privileges and all supernatural resources available to us now.” Literally, there is a realm in which we can have constant 24/7 access to supernatural resources. We have access to power. We have access to love. We have access to healing. We have access to deliverance. We have access to restoration. We have access to peace. We have access to the very throne of God itself. But we have to learn to access this realm. There is a veil or a very thin screen that must be passed in order to access this place (see “Passing Through Heaven’s Veil – Part 1″).

Principle # 3 – How do we pierce the veil of heaven and walk on the other side? The only way to pierce the veil of heaven is through the operation of the Holy Spirit. No amount of trying to work things in the flesh will give you access to heaven’s realm. God has provided a door whereby we can access heaven. You don’t have to work to get through this door. You just have to grab a hold of the One who has already gone through this door and is waiting for us on the other side–Jesus. Matthew 9 talks about the woman who had the issue of blood for twelve years. She had spent everything she had (in the natural), but yet the doctors couldn’t find a cure to her problem. Finally, one day she pressed through the crowd (the veil) and she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was made completely well. What happened in this story? This woman learned how to pierce the veil of earth life and access the divine privileges and supernatural resources of heaven life. She believed. She exercised her faith. And she crossed over to the other side. And when she did, she found what she was looking for. Saints, what you are looking for is on the other side of the veil. You’re not going to find what you’re looking for until you cross over to the other side. Like the woman with the issue of blood, you must learn to lay hold of the Holy Spirit and cross through the veil until you’ve laid hold of the hem on Jesus’ garment.

Principle # 4 – Why is “being” better than “doing” in the kingdom of God? After you learn that you don’t have to “work” to get into a place with God, you’ll begin to discover that “being” is better than “doing” in the kingdom of God. If it had been up to the woman with the issue of blood to work her way over onto the other side, she would have never made it. There was nothing that she could do to “work” her healing. She just had to believe. She had to reach out and touch Jesus. She had to press through the crowd (her flesh) in order to get to the other side. The works of the flesh will leave you no better than the way you are when you start working things in the flesh. You can “work” all day long to “get” into the presence of God, and yet be no closer than when you started. You can “work” all day to study your Bible, reading page after page, and yet be no closer to having revelation about what you’re reading. You can “work” your whole life to do right and please God, yet be no closer to Him than when you first began. The kingdom of God is more about “being” than it is about “doing.” Religious systems and the standards of man will tell you that you must work your way into the kingdom of God, but folks it just isn’t so. Saints, we must get beyond the mindset that we are required to engage in rituals, rote, or rhetoric to get into the throne room of God. We must begin to understand that the just shall live by their faith. Faith and obedience is what opens the door through the veil. Obedience swings the hinges and faith takes us right through to the other side. We simply “enter” into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. We simply “come” before Him and we “are.” We are the sons and daughters of God. We are the chosen ones, called out of darkness into His marvelous light. We are kings and priests unto our God (Rev 1:6). We are everything He says we are plus a bag of chips. We are seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly places (Eph 2:6). A seat speaks of authority. We have a place of authority in Christ behind the veil whereby we govern the earth. We are called to be governors. We are called to change the course of earth. We are called to alter the course of history. We truly are history makers and nation shakers…and it’s all because of whom we are in Him and who He is in us. We discover that symbiotic relationship where we are one in Christ when we get beyond the veil. Enter heaven’s realm today. Change the earth.

For practical tips on how to pass through heaven’s veil on a daily basis, please reference “Passing Through Heaven’s Veil – Part 1″ at http://www.kingdomlife.org/blog/2010/07/passing-through-heavens-veil.

Stay tuned for our audio message series on “Passing Through the Veil” coming soon!

Passing Through Heaven’s Veil

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Years ago people were taught that heaven was a far and distant land that people went to when they died.  It was a place where the saints went to live with the other saints who had gone before them.  It was a place where God and His angels lived.  It was a celestial place somewhere high in the sky way beyond earth’s realm and the only way to get there was by passing from this life into the next.  And all of this sounded like a very good idea–a boring place–but a good idea.  Then a few years ago we read Randy Alcorn’s book on heaven and we began to receive the revelation that heaven and earth are not that much different.  Both were created by God for God’s pleasure.  Human beings and angels get to live in both worlds.  Both places were heavenly in nature and bore the resemblance of an Almighty God who reigned and ruled there.  And the best part–both were accessible in this life AND the next.

As we continue to walk in this revelation, God is now giving us new understanding regarding the separation between heaven and earth.  Though we used to think that heaven was millions of light years away, we now understand that heaven is not near as far away as we once thought.  As a matter of fact, heaven is very close to earth.  If we could picture it in temporal terms, we might even say that heaven is kissing earth (or touching the earth).  If we could picture it in spiritual terms, we might even draw the conclusion that heaven and earth are actually one enormous realm separated only by a thin veil.

If you research the word “veil” in the New Testament, you will find that the Greek translation of the word means “screen.”  What we understand from this definition is that there is a very thin screen that separates heaven from earth.  It is much like the Tabernacle of Moses in the OT.  In Moses’ Tabernacle, you had the outer court, the inner court, and the holy of holies.  Each of these sections in the tabernacle were designed to interconnect and flow into each other.  Once you got to the holy of holies, the only thing separating it from the holy place was a veil or a sheet as it were.  Only the high priest who had been cleansed by the blood of animals was able to go beyond the veil into the holy of holies and stand before the Ark of the Covenant (God’s most holy presence dwelling among His people).  As born again believers, we fully understand that when Jesus died on the cross, He through His death, once and forever rent the veil between God and man and thus gave us free access to the Father.  So in the spiritual sense of the word, there is no veil between us and God.  The only thing that can really separate us now as born again believers is sinfulness, or living out of our flesh.  In the spirit, through Jesus’ blood, there is no separation.  Theologically, this is a completely sound NT doctrine.  Practically, though, it is much different.

Practically speaking, there is a very thin veil that separates heaven’s realm from earth’s realm.  We understand from Randy Alcorn’s book that heaven is desperately trying to cross through this veil in order to invade earth’s realm.  Jesus is wholeheartedly wanting to come down upon this earth and establish His kingdom.  The problem is not with heaven.  The problem is with us.  Heaven only comes down when we go up.  Heaven only descends when we learn to ascend into that throne room place with God.  Heaven only gets released when we come back down to the earth and bring heaven with us.  Heaven remains locked up until a son of the King learns how to unlock heaven and bring it to the earth.  And there is an art to doing this.  We call this the art of “Passing Through Heaven’s Veil.”

We, as sons of the Most High God must learn how to pierce that veil each and every day and bring heaven to earth.  Many times there is a threshold between heaven’s door and earth’s doorstep that keeps us from piercing the veil.  It is this threshold place that we, as believers, experience the greatest spiritual warfare in our lives.  The enemy fights us tooth and nail in this place in order to keep us out of heaven’s realm.  He brings questioning into our minds.  He brings doubt.  He brings fear.  He brings frustration.  He brings intimidation.  He brings offenses.  He brings hurts.  He brings wounding.  He throws anything and everything that he can possibly throw in order to keep us from passing through the veil.  The reason he does this is because he fully understands that our answers are on the other side of the veil.  There are certain answers, there are certain breakthroughs, and there are certain things that can only be revealed on the other side.  Many times you can throw head knowledge at the problem, ideas and remedies at it, and a wing and a prayer, but you won’t get your answer until you are positioned in heavenly places where you can see from God’s perspective and fully survey the situation.

Heaven is what changes earth.  Heaven is what shifts the affairs of men.  Heaven is earth’s answer.  Heaven is the key.  The eternal is where God lives.  The eternal is where we are called to live.  We are eternal beings.  Our bodies die, but our spiritual man lives on.  We were designed and crafted by God’s own hands to live in an eternal place.  Heaven is that eternal place.  The good news is that you don’t have to die in order to experience it.  You can experience eternity right now.  You can bring heaven to earth.  However, you must first go there yourself.  The key in getting there is to pass through the veil.

A couple of practical ways to pass through heaven’s veil:

  1. Surrender yourself to God.  Give Him everything you are.
  2. Unplug from the world.  Turn off your cell phone, your FaceBook, anything and everything that will distract you from getting into that eternal place with God.
  3. Quiet your mind.  Turn your thoughts off.  The eternal is not found in your mind realm.  It’s found in the spirit realm.
  4. Access the throne room.  The Bible says to come before His presence with singing.  Worship the Lord.
  5. Be quiet.  When you get before Him, listen.  Hear what He is saying.
  6. Release His will into the earth.  What you hear Him saying, you say.  What you see Him doing, you do.  Flow with Him.
  7. Come back to earth and model what you’ve seen.  Build what you see Him building.

Passing through heaven’s veil was one of the secrets of Jesus’ ministry.  It was how He did the miracles that He did.  He lived in the place of the eternal during His earth life.  He got away from the crowds and He tuned into what the Father was doing.  He got into the throne room and He fixed His eyes upon the Father.  He observed what the Father was doing.  He only did His Father’s will.  Once He knew the will of the Father, He came back down to earth and simply exhibited what He saw.  If He saw the Father spitting on the ground, making mud and sticking it on a guy’s eyes, then that’s what He did.  If He saw His Father simply speaking a word and healing the centurion’s servant, then that’s what He did.  If He saw His Father laying hands on the crowd and healing those with infirmities, then that’s what He did.  There was no rhyme or reason to Jesus’ ministry.  There was no formula that you had to figure out.  The key was so simple–learn how to access heaven’s realm and implement God’s heavenly design on the earth.  This, my friends, is how you change the earth.  This is how you cause the earth to line up with heaven’s will.  This is how you affect the affairs of men.  This is how you shift the government in America.  This is how you change the school system.  This is how you heal the sick.  This is how you deliver the oppressed.  This is how you bring reformation to The Church.  This, my friends, is the key to it all.  We must pattern ourself after Jesus.  We have to learn the art of “Passing Through Heaven’s Veil.”

To hear more of this message, stay tuned for the audio version coming soon!