Vision of Heaven

I think all Christians believe the number of the beast points back to creation. The sad part is, most Christians say that 6 points to man, who was formed by God on the sixth day and stop there. John called it the number of the beast twice. The number points to the devil. Men took the number of the beast and made it point to a man. By rule a symbol always points to something far greater. Not the other way around. Every aspect of the spiritual lesson is lost whenever the interpretation of a symbol is reduced.

What does the Bible tells us about the devil stopping at 6? The devil stopped at man’s creation. The devil’s influence stopped at mankind because the devil is restricted to influencing mankind. The devil’s power is limited to mankind. When we look at the proper sequence in scripture, Adam was not given the ability to reproduce until after creation week. The devil has no reproductive powers. He was stopped on the sixth day. The devil remains limited by the sixth day in more ways than we can imagine.

The devil does not enter into God’s rest. The devil has no part in God’s covenant. None of them. The devil has no meeting place with God. The devil doesn’t have the Spirit to communicate with. The devil has no place in front of God’s throne. Which brings up a number of questions. How could Satan live in Heaven, experience Heaven, then turn the world so far away from Heaven? Yes Satan did experience Heaven.

You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz, emerald, chrysolite, onyx, jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and beryl. Gold work of tambourines and of pipes was in you. In the day that you were created they were prepared. You were the anointed cherub who covers: and I set you, so that you were on the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you. (Eze 28:13-15).

Lucifer was a covering angel. One of two angels in direct contact with the Ark and God’s law. Lucifer was right there in front of God’s throne. Satan experienced all the glory and power of God’s throne. And then he turned his back on God and Heaven.

Before anyone can understand the number God gave that beast, we have to understand what that number points to, and understand what it means to stop short of God’s rest and God’s throne. We have to look back at Lucifer’s experience in Heaven. We have to visit God’s throne and Heaven to see what Satan gave up to understand why he initiated changes here on earth to keep us as far away from God’s throne as possible. Then and only then can we begin to understand how and why Satan introduced his concept of a perfect world to earth.

We can begin by looking at a long list of things this world has that do not exist in Heaven. Satan’s plan is to introduce a better system, a better government, and better way of life here on earth compared to what God created in Heaven. Humans often think this world is paradise based on the fact, they have nothing to compare it to. God gave us an example here on earth. As a matter of fact, many examples. North Korea is the example that exists in our generation.

First, as noted above, even if only at the level of North Korean folk religion, it’s not only American Christians who attribute divine powers to the Kims; ordinary North Koreans regularly do so as well (as North Korean defectors readily attest).

https://dotheword.org/2014/05/26/do-north-koreans-worship-kim-il-sung-as-god/

A North Korean defector who lived in the country until she was 15 has described how she was brought up to believe that leader Kim Jong-il was “a god” who could read her thoughts.

Yeonmi Park, now 20, said she was brainwashed through propaganda “24/7” and was constantly aware of people around her being made to “disappear”.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/north-korean-defector-says-she-believed-kim-jong-il-was-god-who-could-read-her-mind-9251983.html

North Korea is a living example showing how a society can be cut off, restrained, and convinced anything is true. The self proclaimed god of North Korea was able to brainwash the majority of its population into believing they lived in paradise. Even though the opposite is quite true. Kim was able to convince people living in the most impoverished conditions they were experiencing paradise. That example exists for a reason. Millions of people in North Korea are suffering for a reason. To show the world an example of how self proclaimed gods can brainwash people into believing they have obtained paradise and there is no reason to look for anything better.

The devil does that to this world. Billions of people spanning generations were convinced, nothing better existed beyond the world that existed around them and what the devil allowed them to have. Look around at the world today. This world is over flowing with things that have never and will never exist in Heaven. Satan works to develop and distribute those fake visions of paradise to keep minds focused on obtaining the riches of this world in exchange for a vision of God’s Heaven.

Today Satan offers trinkets such as cars and cell phones to give people the impression they are in control and living a full and complete life. There will be no cars in Heaven. Heaven is the only place where eternity exists. We will walk from place to place in bodies that will not wear out or tire. In Heaven we will not be restrained or pressured by time. Look at cars today. People speed along to make up time. Schedules place people under considerable pressure. People break laws, place others in danger, mane, wound, and kill people in the effort to make up time. We won’t have any of that in Heaven. Cars come with alarms, door locks, and endless safety features. Heaven has no locks on doors. Heaven is filled with people who are trustworthy and honest. There are no clocks to beat. Those pressures do not exist in Heaven. People can leave their homes with no worries to follow them. We will meet people along the road too happy to meet, feed us, and offer a place to sleep. Heaven has no fears or reasons to mistrust people. Our supermarket is outside our door. Trees offer free nuts and fruits. There is no reason to cut down trees to burn for heat. The weather is always mild and enjoyable.

On the other hand, those cars come loaded with taxes. Sales tax, transfer taxes, licenses, fees, gasoline taxes, tire taxes, and loads of hidden taxes. God never taxed a thing. Taxes are an invention of the devil. Part of his number. All of those taxes point to one thing – control.

People think they’ve obtained a slice of freedom, wisdom, and paradise with their cell phone. Quite the opposite is true. God has communication systems that make cell phones appear primitive. This world had to exist for over 6000 years without cell phones. God’s communication through His Spirit existed long before this earth was created. It still exists today. Satan is trying his hardest to make us forget about God’s Spirit, his way of communicating, and His concern for us. Cell phones are loaded with costs. The cost of the phone, monthly plans, taxes, charges for minutes, data usage, and other costs. God never charged anything for His Spirit. But Satan needs to charge for his services. It is part of his control.

Everything Satan offers requires factories, managers, owners, and bosses. Another part of Satan’s plan to control. Satan invented classes. We have the elite class, the working class, the middle class, the poor class, and forgotten classes. Satan developed a tier system to control the human race. Tier systems exist in every form of government. Tier systems exist in monarchies, democracies, republics, and every variation of marxism, socialism, and communism. Take a moment to ask yourself why. Because there is not a form of government in this world that was not created by Satan and is not controlled by Satan. Any attempt to teach and preach anything else is a trick by Satan in an attempt to conceal himself.

There are no tier systems in Heaven. There never have been and there never will be. People may say, “there are twenty four elders at God’s throne, and other examples of angels and other beings at God’s throne on different levels.” What did those angels tell John?

And I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel showing me these things. Then he said to me, Behold! See, do not do it! For I am your fellow-servant, and of your brothers the prophets, and of those who keep the Words of this Book. Do worship to God. (Rev 22:8-9 MKJV).

We are all equal in God’s eyes. We are all equal in Heaven. Today in 2021 Satan is still pointing out differences in equality, differences in color, income, race, working classes, and every class he could think of. Satan invented those classes to use against us. Satan has done everything in his power to stop communication with Heaven and obscure every vision of Heaven because Satan does not want this world to see the equality that exists in Heaven. If this world could see God’s equality, Satan would loose his power. Satan would loose the control he has worked so hard to gain.

The scriptures stopped Satan at the sixth day. The author of Hebrews explained why Satan stopped at the sixth day,

For He spoke in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested the seventh day from all His works.” And in this place again, “They shall not enter into My rest.” Since then it remains that some must enter into it, and since they to whom it was first preached did not enter in because of unbelief, He again marks out a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” (after so long a time). Even as it is said, “Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. So then there remains a rest to the people of God. For he who has entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Therefore let us labor to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of unbelief. (Heb 4:4-11 MKJV).

The author of Hebrews summed up why it is so important to understand why Satan held himself to the sixth day and why he plans on restricting this world to the sixth day.

For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Since then we have a great High Priest who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:12-16 MKJV).

The Book of Hebrews ties in understanding God’s word to God’s throne. Common sense tells us, we cannot hope to understand God’s Word without God’s presence, counsel, and guidance. God’s Word is one of the most important connections we have with Heaven. One of the most important factors we have to gain a proper vision of Heaven. The other factor is, a direct connection with God’s throne. To gain a reliable and accurate vision of Heaven we need both.

We should have our own personal visions of Heaven. We have no way of knowing how complete each vision will be. We will have to wait to get to Heaven before we see what we missed, and what details we may have over estimated. But to get together and share is part of that building process we see in God’s household here on earth.

To me Heaven is a place of total trust. There are no locks on any doors. There is no reason for locks or security. God is our security. Jesus gives us a place to live.

Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, so that where I am, you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know. (Joh 14:1-4 MKJV).

We’re supposed to know where Heaven is what have an idea of what it looks like. The only one capable of describing the place prepared for us in Heaven is the One building that place for us. Jesus.

Jesus walked with people. Jesus talked with people. Jesus tried to explain those details to people. But the lessons from Heaven were intercepted by Satan, re-translated, then fed to mankind over generations. That never stopped Jesus from breaking those barriers wherever He could.

Your place in Heaven is custom designed by Jesus and includes everything you need. It is all mortgage free and tax free. On earth we are chained to our homes by mortgages, rent, and taxes. Not to mention constant repairs and maintenance. All of those are distractions designed by the enemy to keep our minds off our true home in Heaven.

All the food we need is outside our front door. There are no supermarkets in Heaven. So there is no need to staff those types of places with people like to devil does to create a class of working people. There will be no farmers by trade. God is in control. There will be no pesticides, weed killer, or machines to plant and harvest. Those are all inventions by the enemy to spread fear, and give this world a false sense of control.

Any of us can decide to visit a friend or relative days away. We can walk. There is never any danger of being mugged or robbed in Heaven. All our journeys will be safe. All the food and water we will need will be along side the road. Weather will always be mild. God and Jesus will be with us every step of the way. Time will never be a restraint. We can visit a son, daughter, mother and father for 100 years and still have an eternity to look forward to. We will be in a paradise we cannot imagine.

We will see forests like we never imagined with nuts and fruits that taste like we’ve never tasted before. We will see fields of flowers in colors like we’ve never experienced here in earth. Can you imagine the scents? Fields of grass will seem to go one forever. The grass will be softer. There will never be any risk of cutting ourselves on a sharp blade of grass or picking ourselves on a thorn. They will not exist in Heaven. Even the grass will shimmer in the sun like we never imagined. Fields of grass will make the shimmer of gold and silver pail in comparison with what Jesus has in store for us.

Has Jesus shown you the shimmering pools of water with gems stones of every variety sitting at the bottom of that crystal lake? Has Jesus introduced you to the animals. Every variety of animal with no fear of men. Even the animals will teach us new lessons in trust and lessons about how the earth was originally created. We will witness the recreation of this world first hand. It will be something we will never forget.

Satan stopped at the creation of mankind because that is where he has chosen to exist. Satan thrives on focusing on mankind and the burdens and lies he inflicts on us. Satan’s goal is to build a better society than what God offers. Satan has seen the world God has to offer. Satan has lived in that world. Satan knows no matter how hard he tries, he cannot give us one tenth of what God offers. So Satan does his best to obscure and hide that vision of Heaven from us. The only thing Satan can do is make us fall far shorter than where he landed when he was thrown out of Heaven and restricted to this world.

Ezekiel and the Sanctuary Ezekiel 37

Ezekiel 37:1-14 NLTse The LORD took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the LORD to a valley filled with bones. (2) He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. (3) Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” “O Sovereign LORD,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” (4) Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD! (5) This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! (6) I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'” (7) So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. (8) Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them. (9) Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.'” (10) So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet–a great army. (11) Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones–all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ (12) Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. (13) When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the LORD. (14) I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the LORD has spoken!'”

Ezekiel ministered among some of the first exiles from Jerusalem and Judah. Those people needed help and encouragement. It pained God to give up His people and city. Judah needed a new beginning. Judah drifted so far away, it was humanly impossible to bring back the nation. There comes a time when too many people with too many poor influences effects a nation in such a negative way, the few people God has left can become a far greater influence when everything is taken away, and people have no where else to turn. Ezekiel was a living testimony showing God still had people in Judah, and they were willing to work along side God, and suffer with the population in a effort to rebuild one nation under God.

Ezekiel experienced a number of visions. The exiles he lived with needed those stories to help them through the day to day toil, misery, the shock of losing everything, and finding themselves as nothing more than slaves. That wasn’t supposed to happen to them. God made a promise. What happened? Why did God chose their generation to turn them over to Babylon?

The dreams Ezekiel received centered on rebuilding. Ezekiel had the task of not only teaching Judah how they were placed in that spot, but why. They had to experience a rebirth. Visions Ezekiel received dwelt with that rebirth.

 

Before this vision, Ezekiel was told how God planned to redeem Israel, cleanse them. And teach them what they did wrong. It was not going to be an easy process. God needed their cooperation. People may ask, “why do we have to follow God’s laws?” Here we see the choice. We can either fight against God and His laws, or one day face the consequences. The education and rebuilding process was not much different than any education system on earth. It required time, dedication, and cooperation. The higher the cooperation level, the quicker and less painless the process with be.

For I will gather you up from all the nations and bring you home again to your land. “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. “And you will live in Israel, the land I gave your ancestors long ago. You will be my people, and I will be your God. I will cleanse you of your filthy behavior. I will give you good crops of grain, and I will send no more famines on the land. I will give you great harvests from your fruit trees and fields, and never again will the surrounding nations be able to scoff at your land for its famines. Then you will remember your past sins and despise yourselves for all the detestable things you did. But remember, says the Sovereign LORD, I am not doing this because you deserve it. O my people of Israel, you should be utterly ashamed of all you have done! “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: When I cleanse you from your sins, I will repopulate your cities, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The fields that used to lie empty and desolate in plain view of everyone will again be farmed. And when I bring you back, people will say, ‘This former wasteland is now like the Garden of Eden! The abandoned and ruined cities now have strong walls and are filled with people!’ Then the surrounding nations that survive will know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruins and replanted the wasteland. For I, the LORD, have spoken, and I will do what I say. “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am ready to hear Israel’s prayers and to increase their numbers like a flock. They will be as numerous as the sacred flocks that fill Jerusalem’s streets at the time of her festivals. The ruined cities will be crowded with people once more, and everyone will know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 36:24-38 NLTse)

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God didn’t give up on his people, He promised to gather them up, and return them to their land, after they reviewed the sins they committed, and saw the damage it did. Some people prospered in sin, but most of the population was destined to suffer. Eventually it seemed the only way to get ahead in Judah was to join the dark side. That seemed to level the playing field for a time, ut Judah was running out of victims, and God was running out of patients.

The change required a new heart, a total change on how people looked at themselves. The change required a deep examination and searching of one’s soul. Israel was lost because they confused the world’s standards of success with God’s acceptable standard of success. The rich and successful people made the poor worth more in God’s eyes than all the riches and wealth Jerusalem could flaunt. The change God needed was 180 degrees away from what Israel coveted and worshiped. How could God stand by and do nothing about the millions who were suffering and continue to allow the top 2 percent of the population to believe their blessing came from Heaven? It was a religion that had to be extinguished.

Ezekiel looked out over a valley covered with bones. They were easily identified as human bones. Ezekiel could identify skulls, arm and leg bones, rib cages, and smaller bones that looked like they were from hands and feet. It was the first time Ezekiel saw every bone in the body and was amazed how many there were, and the shape of each.

God lead Ezekiel from one end of the valley to the other. There were bones everywhere. Ezekiel had to be careful not to step on any. There was a certain amount of respect Ezekiel had to show for the dead, and didn’t want to find out what happened if he became unclean by touching any bone in God’s presence. It was a difficult task for Ezekiel to observe and remember everything he saw while looking out where he stepped.

Ezekiel was an experienced prophet. He knew how God delivered messages, and how he was expected to remember and deliver those messages. Ezekiel also knew the questions people would ask, and the look of doubt in some of their eyes. Ezekiel thought that was strange to stand among so many empty skulls while thinking about looking into human eyes.

All the bones were bleached white by the sun. Then Ezekiel noticed something. Not a single bone showed any signs of being disturbed by any animal. Not a single bone was broken, cracked, or chewed on. None of the bones seemed to be in order. None of them lay on the ground in the form or shape of a human. It appeared like some force, the wind, maybe a flood dumped all those bones in the valley and this is how they settled.

After reaching the other side of the valley, God asked Ezekiel a question. “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?” That was the last thing Ezekiel would have thought about. How could life return to those dried out bones? Not even an insect was seen in the valley. No signs of animals or any birds. Grass grew between the bones. Ezekiel thought, maybe when they break down, the bones will somehow nourish the soil. But that wasn’t the question. God asked if those bones could become living people again. In other words, turn back to their previous form. Ezekiel replied, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know the answer to that.”

God didn’t waste any time getting directly to the message. “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD!This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'”

Ezekiel knew God created life from the dust of the earth, but to hear God talk about recreating life was something else. Ezekiel knew God could put new flesh on those bones if He wanted to, but to hear God talk about such a thing was rather unexpected. It seems creation, and now recreation were the best witnessing tools any prophet could ask for. How to properly use them, when, with whom, and why, were other questions. If people had the wrong heart, all of God’s creation, and all the recreation He would perform would not make a difference to people who just refused to believe. But this was something new. Ezekiel knew how God brought light, plants, birds, fish, and animals into the world with just a word. Now God wanted Ezekiel to talk, and those bones would transform into human beings. Why would God want to give Ezekiel the power to bring life to those bones?

Ezekiel had to hesitate for just a minute to gather his thoughts, and repeat the message just as God gave it. With such an awesome responsibility, Ezekiel didn’t want to take the chance of making a single mistake. As soon as Ezekiel began speaking, the earth shook, the bones began to move around on the ground, coming together in the shape of a human. How did those bones know where to go? That showed how God remembers every detail about us, where every bone is, and where every bone belongs.

As soon as the bones were together, red flesh began to cover them as if it came from the air around them. The flesh formed into muscles in front of Ezekiel’s eyes as thousand of skeletons took on the shape of men. Soon they stood in front of Ezekiel, all of them red flesh. Then skin began to form over the bodies as they took on individual features. Ezekiel began to see how alike we all are. Only a thin layer of skin differentiates one of us from another.

God wasn’t finished, and neither was Ezekiel. Next Ezekiel had to bring life to those bodies. “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.'”

What a privilege Ezekiel was receiving. All he had to do was repeat what God said, and life would return to those bodies. Why didn’t God do it Himself? Why did God want Ezekiel to bring life, or at least play a part in bringing life to those bodies? There had to be a lesson in that.

Ezekiel did what he did best, he followed instructions, spoke the words God told him to say, and the winds began to blow. First from one end of the valley to the other, then back again. Then one side of the valley, up the hill on the other side, then back down again. The four winds swirled around those bodies for a while, then they all stood up at attention. An army ready to serve the LORD.

Ezekiel stood amazed at what he saw happen in front of him, still wondering why he had such an important part to play. Before he could give it another thought, God told him what the scene represented. “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones–all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the LORD. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the LORD has spoken!'”

In an instant everything became clear to Ezekiel. It was only a vision. A vision God used to show Ezekiel how important the message is. Israel was lost, broken, forgotten, nothing more than slaves in a distant land. They were torn away from their homes, friends, family, everything they had. Their lives changed in a flash, now they had to learn why. God didn’t want them to suffer. God’s compassion told Him to comfort His people. Ezekiel had to see how important the message was, how much God depended on him, and how much God trusted him. Everything had to come together like those bones did, also the muscles, and skin. Then there had to be breath, the Holy Spirit to give them life. God knew the sequence, there was no doubt, God could do the job, but there had to be that union between God and man to accomplish what needed to be done.