Where Heaven Meets Earth
According to Genesis, God’s house is where heaven meets earth. He resides where there is a connection, where there are those–forgive the analogy–who are plugged in. As I edited this study I drove around looking for a wifi connection. I needed a place to connect. In the same way the earth needs those who are connected to Heaven. Anywhere this happens, God’s house is being built and established.
This is a continuation of my last post God Dares Us to Dream. I mentioned Jacob’s dream and described how it was much more than a dream, much more than the way we have always seen it. This was the introduction of heaven kissing earth. Lighting is simply the fact that particles in the atmosphere have a need to connect to the particles on the earth. We are called to be the lighting in our generation. Jesus compared His appearing to lighting flashing in the east being visible in the west.
For just as lightning comes form the wast and flashes event to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. (Matthew 24:27)
We are all lightning bolts. We are the connections of heaven to earth. Jesus announcing that His return would be like lightning is not on accident. It is the ultimatum of heaven and earth colliding. Our lives are prophecies of this. We are living epistles that this is what is going to happen. John G. Lake described the power of God on him as lightnings in his hands. Even though we live on the earth our homes are in heavenly places.
And raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 2:6)
We are bi-universal. There is a parallel universe–it is the supernatural realm. Not only do we have access there but we also have authority there because we are seated next to the One who owns all authority. We have the authority to administer heaven to earth in Jesus name.
We are called to a higher existence. We are called to live like we were created–in the image of God. There is a chasm of sin that separates men from God that is completely destroyed by faith in Jesus.
This is the magnitude of the impact of Jacob’s dream. His dream is insight into the meaning of life. His dream opens the door to endless possibilities. God showed Jacob how He builds His house in the earth. He uses people who are connected to heaven.
This is apostolic. This is prophetic. This is fulfillment. This is the way its supposed to be. Men connected to God. A father connected to His kids. There was never meant to be a separation with men hidden from the presence of God. This is the very place we are supposed to dwell, to live, to thrive, to function, to be.
And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold,the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. (Genesis 28:12)
As I mentioned previously: “This dream is a call for a land to be inhabited by a people where heaven meets the earth.” This is where God showed His son Jacob that there is a place where heaven meets the earth. There is a place man can once again find God. There is a place where supernatural activity takes place. There is a place in the earth where God will build His house.
This dream is the introduction of God’s house in the earth. Through this He will build a nation. This nation will be one called out from all the other nations to have this relationship with God. Through this nation His Son will come to the earth with His kingdom. Jesus is the ladder, the connection.
Truly, truly I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. (John 1:51)
This is a statement of monumental proportions. All of Israel not only knew of Jacob’s dream but built their existence on it. And here is Jesus fulfilling it on the earth in plain sight.
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered Him, “ Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.”Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” (John 1:48-50)
The secret is to believe. When this happens, the connection is established. Here Jesus is explaining to Nathanael that he too will see in the same way and even greater than when Jesus saw him under the fig tree. The ones who see are beckoned to open the eyes of those who do not.
Jesus was telling Nathanael that he was going to see the same things Jacob saw. And by the way, I am the Ladder. I am the one that brings you into this heavenly realm.
Bethel. God’s house. God is building His kingdom in the earth today (Daniel 2:44-45). It is going to be full of these houses. If its not connected to heaven then its not in the network. Our job–our calling–is to be those who are connected and help others to get and stay connected. This network covers and is covering the whole world. God wants everyone, everywhere to experience His kingdom, to experience heaven on earth.
Bethel Church in Redding California is led by Bill Johnson. His book When Heaven Invades Earth is an inspiration. I used to think; “Why don’t they change their name to something new.” However, there could not be a more suitable name for what God is doing in them. There is miracle after miracle happening there. They are a prime example of what I am so feverishly trying to describe. Their heart is to see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Bethel is God’s house and God’s house is where heaven meets the earth.
It is clear that we do not have to wait until eternity to partake of these heavenly things, but that we have access to them now. The culmination of it all is His coming. Until then we prepare the way by generating a “where heaven meets earth” experiences everywhere we go.
Stay tuned, I plan to write more on the topic. I just wrote this out as it flowed. I plan to continue this theme as the Lord adds to it. Thank you.
I encourage that if this is interesting to you and you have not read the title above, to read it. Bill is a leader in everything I am trying to teach here, and he comes with a significantly higher level of experience. Also listen to their podcast, and you will be blessed.