Living Under An Open Heaven
05 Jul 2014 Service – Dr Dick Bernal
We are fighting a spiritual war!
We have tremendous weapons in our arsenal. Pray for your enemies etc!
51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” Jn 1:51
23 And your heavens which are over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you shall be iron. Deut 28:23 …blessings and cursings
One of the major curses is I will close the heaven..
Everything relies on the former and latter rain. Agriculture, food, cattle etc
Earth on iron means it will become so hard that the seeds you plant won’t take root.
The righteous is never forsaken, heaven will be open!
1 Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.” 2 And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments. 3 Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.” Gen 35:1-3
Angels ascending are bringing prayers to God. Angels descending are bringing the solutions!
Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Gen 28:13
The gates of hell will start to open… But we press on!
V16-17: 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!”
Jacob.. A young man in transition. A mamas boy. Now he’s all by himself.
He finds a rock as a pillow. Christ is the rock!
As soon as Jacob laid his head on the rock, he began to have visions and dreams. He sees angels ascending and descending. Then God begins to prophesy to him.
But it always comes back to… Go to the land and I’ll show you.
Luz: place of almonds.
The almond tree is called the announcing tree especially in the Middle East, because it is the first tree to bud during winter spring transition. It symbolises that spring is coming.
So Jacob falls asleep in the place of announcement.
11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” 12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” Jer 1:11-12
Change is coming, a new season is coming! Your winter is almost over.
Jacob changed Luz to Bethel. The house of God, the gate of heaven.
Notice gates of hell.. Plural.
But gate of heaven is singular.
There are many gates of hell. It is any place where demon activity is welcome.
1 Truly God is good to Israel,
To such as are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
My steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the boastful,
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no pangs in their death,
But their strength is firm.
5 They are not in trouble as other men,
Nor are they plagued like other men. Psa 73:1-5
God is good but why do the wicked prosper? And the righteous suffer.
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
Then I understood their end.
No matter what happens, God is good. And we need to come back to the house of God. To get a word, a revelation.