Series: New Creation Realities; Open Heavens
Sunday 17 March 2019 – Kobus Swart
John 10:8-9 (TPT); Matt. 6:10; John 3:13; Heb. 4:16; (Eccl. 3:11); Isa. 2:3; Eph. 2:19; John 1:51 (TPT); Rev. 12:5; Rom. 8:19; Gen. 1:26; Col. 1:27; 13-23
All those who broke in before me are thieves who came to steal, but the sheep never listened to them. I am the Gateway. To enter through me is to experience life, freedom, and satisfaction (John 10:8-9). Rick Joyner says, “As we proceed to the conclusion of this age, the conflict between light and darkness will become increasingly supernatural. The day it was possible to take a neutral stance towards the supernatural is over.” Things are changing very rapidly in our nation and in many nations, not without shakings and chaos in every realm. Jesus taught us to pray: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). Can we see it with new eyes? This prayer is going to become a key to understanding the conflict and chaos in today’s world. We cannot refuse the fact that it is a supernatural thing that is happening. In this conclusion of the age we are in, we are going to see the conflict between light and darkness becoming increasingly supernatural.
Jesus is our pattern Son; He is the One we should follow. He is the Head of the Church. When you read John 3:13, it is clear that Jesus was in heaven on earth. He is our pattern, the One we should follow and He is the gateway. He is more than just a gateway. For Him it was natural to shift dimensions to engage the heavenly world. He had free access there as a mature Son. That is the corporate Son that the universe is crying out to see (Rom 8:19). Many are waiting to die to access the heavenly realm, but God says He has put eternity in the heart of every man (Eccl. 3:11). Jesus opened the door and became the Gateway for us to experience heaven on earth. He told us to pray that way.
Death does not open this reality to us. It is Jesus who gives us free access now. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture (John 10:9 NASB). In where and out from where? Into the heavenlies! He was in heaven on earth. We are battling because our mind is still stuck in old understanding of these things. ‘Kainos” means ‘new’, ‘never been before,’ ‘unprecedented’. It is a dimensional shifting in our mind, or a mind quake. We have religious terminology that blocks us from understanding what Jesus meant. Jesus opened the door for us to go in and out and live a fruitful life.
And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths” (Isa. 2:3). Many are experiencing these things here and now. We are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God (Eph. 2:19). The family of God in heaven and the family of God on earth is one family. The distance between the two realms is shrinking. We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses.
We are talking about the order of Melchizedek. We are so quick to build networks and organizations and associations and we forget the real meaning of what God is requiring and wants to see happen on the earth. “From now on you will see an open heaven and gaze upon the Son of Man like a stairway reaching into the sky with the messengers of God climbing up and down upon him!” (John 1:51 – TPT).
We must look deeper into new creation realities. In Christ we become a new creation, a ‘kainos’ creation. Does this new creation only refer to us as new creation believers? God is going to make all things new! (Rev. 21:5). On the Isle of Patmos, when God opened the realm of spirit to John, and he was in the spirit, he saw things from the finish. He saw a new heaven and a new earth. God is going to make all things new! All of creation and the universe is waiting and is in travail to see the manifestation of the sons of God – the Son in the sons; the corporate. In the beginning, at the end of the 6th day, God said, “Let us make man in our image and likeness” (Gen. 1:26). Let us participate together as co-workers to see a new creation, a new heaven and a new earth; to see the Garden of Eden restored. Will the new creation participate in the conclusion of human history?
We all talk about Christ in us the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). Jesus was the firstborn of all creation. We are talking about billions of galaxies and stars, expanding at the speed of light. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven …. Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:15-27). This passage should cause a mind quake. God reconciled humanity to Himself through Jesus.
If unsaved people come into the meeting, we do not have to preach condemnation and fire and brimstone. God reconciled the whole of humanity to Himself through Jesus. This truth must come through. Whether you are backslidden or in pain, whether you are going through shakings and testing, this word can open up your full release and deliverance.