The Cryptogram Of The Superlative Arcadia AKA Heaven – Part 1: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
Then I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, all arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her husband; Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away. And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine).Revelation 21:1-5 (AMP)
But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].1 Corinthians 2:9 (AMP)
But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to His promise, in which righteousness (uprightness, freedom from sin, and right standing with God) is to abide.2 Peter 3:13 (AMP)
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.Revelation 22:1-5 (NKJV)
For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.Hebrews 11:10 (NKJV)
But the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.Galatians 4:26 (NKJV)
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.1 Corinthians 15:50 (NKJV)
But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.Hebrews 11:16 (NKJV)
To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,1 Peter 1:4 (NKJV)
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.Revelation 3:12 (NKJV)
In today’s world, there isn’t much enthusiasm for spiritual things. They are regarded as hogwash and old fashioned to the Western contemporary culture.
What is even more troubling is that few Christians understand spiritual things, and those who do, don’t live in them. They live as if these things are irrelevant.
Many Christians have been in the process of inward introspection as they realize there’s a spiritual dimension they want to connect to.
You need to interpret the natural by what is happening in the spirit. Don’t be ignorant of the spiritual dimension as you’ll misunderstand that which is natural.
In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.Genesis 1:1 (AMP)
The name God in its original Hebrew rendering is Elohim. It is a plural word acknowledging that there are 3 persons of God.
Heaven is a dimension divided into 3 compartments. It is not just the skies. That is the first level. That is why Genesis 1:1 says that God created the heavens and the earth.
Heaven is the Biblical name for the spiritual realms that exist parallel to the physical world.
Heaven is the realm where God’s governmental structure exists and finds it authority. It is God’s spiritual dimension of power.
Heaven is a realm, but God is a person. You cannot talk about heaven without talking about God. When you talk about the existence of heaven without talking about God, the presence of God.
If there is no heaven, there can never be an earth. What takes place on earth is supposed to be a manifestation of what has been ordained in heaven. It is a place of demonstration, manifestation and impartation of God’s power in heaven.
As believers, we are to be the supernatural representation of God on earth.
When we talk about the Kingdom of heaven, we are talking about the location or dimension where the kingdom exists.
The Kingdom of God is the person of God where the Kingdom of heaven originates from. Heaven originated from God. Before anything was, God existed. He does not need heaven to exist. Heaven is a place of convergence for God’s finite creatures – angels and humans.
The Kingdom speaks of the person and the presence of God. God is the head of the Kingdom.
The Kingdom of heaven exists in the invisible realms of the spirit.
When God was creating the universe, He created a multidimensional universe. As humans, we see in 3 dimensions because of the effect of our sins.
The spiritual realm has a multiplicity of dimensions. It consists of many dimensions of reality beyond what we can see with our naked eye.
For every authority that exists in the natural, there is a parallel corresponding authority in the heavenly realm.
We need not fall short in understanding parallel authority systems in the spiritual realm. They interface and mesh with the authority systems on earth. Nothing exists on earth without the supernatural.
We need to understand how spiritual authority affects the earth – whether from the kingdom of darkness or the Kingdom of God.
The contemporary world thinks that what is, is all there is and that if it is not scientifically deduced, it does not exist.
Life is not in the physical. It is in the spirit. The physical is an arena for manifestation.
There are two people that exists in the world – those who believe in God and obey Him and those that do not.
God sends us to a people that do not believe in Him but He expects us to influence their lives so that their lives are in concert with heaven.
As children of God, we need a worldview that sees how spiritual authority systems affect the earth. We need to embrace the reality of heaven.
Heaven denotes the presence of God and the person of God in the life of a believer. Heaven is a created reality that exists beyond the earth. It is not an eternal reality as it never existed before time. God does not need heaven to exist. He is self sufficient.
There is a certain dimension of accessibility of God that humans and angels cannot enter outside of heaven. The highest accessibility you can ever have of God is heaven. Beyond that, what you would be doing is seeking to elevate yourself like Lucifer did (he wanted to ascend to God’s throne) before he was cast down from heaven.
Heaven is a representation of God’s sublimity. It is symbolic of His elevated status and transcendence, that is He is Holy and separated from that which is created as He is uncreated)
Heaven is God’s seat of power and His power is incomparable to human power. The authority that men have is delegated by God. His power is not delegated but by virtue of Him being God. It is His nature. His power is so that He can administer to His people.
Heaven is also a representation of God’s proximity. Heaven is not far. Heaven is here, at hand, in your heart. The kingdom of heaven is within you and you can only access it by faith in Christ.
God has chosen to dwell within the created order (Revelation 21:1-5). For the sake of harmony, God has chosen to dwell in this created dimension – heaven.
Eternity has no length, breadth and height. The same way one can describe eternity is the same way one can describe God – boundless, limitless and without end.
The reason why God created heaven and earth was so He could have fellowship with men and angels. God does not just transcend the earth. He transcends heaven.
The Hebrew word for heavens – Shamayim – is plural denoting various aspects of what constitutes heaven. It means high and lofty places.
Heavens in the physical is the sky. This is the atmospheric heaven. It is the immediate heaven where birds fly and we are able to celebrate that which God created in the atmosphere.
The celestial heaven is where you behold the celestial creation of God. It is where God exercises control over time and season.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork.Psalms 19:1 (AMP)
God reveals Himself through that which He created. God uses this dimension (of the solar system) to communicate His promise e.g. rainbow to communicate His promise to not destroy the earth with water like in the time of Noah. He also uses this dimension to communicate the future e.g. A star used to guide the Maggi to Christ.
Stars in prophetic language are used by God to speak about people’s future. Everyone has a star that represents your destiny.
The second heavens is the arena of supernatural activity between the kingdom of darkness and light. It is a realm of spiritual warfare.
In the spiritual realm, the first level is thrones, then dominions, principalities and then powers.
When God created man, He gave him dominion. Lucifer in heaven had oversight over principalities and powers. But humans were given dominion (Genesis 1:28). This dominion is above powers and principalities.
We are to pray God’s heart and mind into manifestation in the physical realm. Dominion is a level where we are in the spirit but have control on earth. Our prayers are to draw from the pattern that is in heaven.
When you operate in the dimension of heaven, you are supposed to capture what He shows you.
God wants you to realize that He operates in a dimension that is spiritual that is more real than the physical where things manifest.
You need to realize that God wants you to understand the interlacing and meshing between the physical and the spiritual.
Our eyes have been calibrated to see things in 3 dimensions. But when you operate in the dimension of heaven, you go ahead of time and operate in eternity.
Don’t wait for the manifestation in the physical for you to believe. Heaven is a heart thing. You need to see with the eyes of faith.
The physical world is one half of reality.
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows – was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this man – whether in the body or away from the body I do not know, God knows-Was caught up into paradise, and he heard utterances beyond the power of man to put into words, which man is not permitted to utter.2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (AMP)
Paul was unable to explain what he saw. The human language is to describe that which is physical. The human language cannot cope with spiritual reality.
God speaks through light, energy and sound. But this is too lofty for us. So He uses elements of nature. That’s why Jesus spoke in parables.
There’s a level of revelation that takes the Holy Spirit to decipher the things of God, to decipher heavenly language.
The Bible is a prophetic book that speaks of certain hidden realities of God.
By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones).Ephesians 1:18 (AMP)
Adam and Eve were not like us before they fell. They were able to see into the spiritual realm and had access into the presence of God. Sin is what messed up our access into the spiritual realm.
God has ordained that we have our eyes dimmed toward that which is physical. Having an earthly mindset is how we miss God. We judge people as per their appearances. We get easily discouraged when we don’t focus on the spiritual. Sin causes you to underrate people, despise people and miss out on God.
When you’re in the spiritual realm, you are not controlled by time.
When Adam’s and Eve’s eyes were opened due to eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they discerned that they were naked. The glory lifted from them.
When God created us, He created us raw. The only reason we are good because of God’s purpose for our lives.
The language of God is the language of positivity.
Sin destroyed the glory of unity that existed between heaven and earth. There was a division that took place in heaven and earth.