The Cryptogram Of The Superlative Arcadia AKA Heaven – Part 4: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.Genesis 1:1 (AMP)
Heavens is in plural. In Scripture, there are 3 dimensions of the heavens:
- 1st heaven – the sky (stratosphere).
- 2nd heaven – a place of execution of spiritual activity both in the kingdom of God and that of the devil.
- 3rd heaven – it is paradise; the abode of God where He resides.
Heaven exists parallel to the natural world. It is an invisible realm.
The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.Genesis 1:2 (AMP)
The heavens and earth in that era were of a different time. God judged Lucifer’s rebellion by covering the earth with darkness and covering the land with water.
Heaven is the presence of God as well as the person of God. It is His seat of government and authority whereby He decrees a thing and it is executed firstly in heaven, then it manifests on earth.
God does nothing on earth. What He does, He does in heaven so what manifests on earth is as a result of what He executes in heaven.
Heaven cannot exist unless there is the person and presence of God as it is His throne.
What you see in heaven is nothing but the presence of God.
The Kingdom of heaven is a place where God executes His authority and establishes His governmental structure. It has its inception in heaven.
Heaven is a dimension found in the dimension of the spirit. It is not a physical location.
Heaven is a multidimensional sphere and universe. It is a dimension that exists beyond the dimension of time and space, which is 3 dimensional i.e. length, width and height.
The reason why we are unable to comprehend heaven is because we are limited because of sin but God wants us to see things on earth in terms of heaven. He wants us to understand that what manifests on earth is because of what is established firstly in heaven.
The machinations of satan are executed in the 2nd heavens. Daniel fasted for 21 days and when an angel was sent with his answer on the first day, the angel was delayed by a principality called the Prince of Persia. After Archangel Michael was sent to wage war on Daniel’s behalf against the Prince of Persia, Daniel received his answer.
And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength. Yet I heard the sound of his words; and while I heard the sound of his words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.
Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.Daniel 10:7-13 (NKJV)
We must have a conception of the way authority, God’s authority, works in the heavens. The reason why we have a problem in the Church is because we don’t understand how God’s authority works or how authority operates in the supernatural realm, or how heaven affects earthly events.
Our worldview must be transformed to see the spiritual realms operating alongside the natural realm. Both realms need to interface for you to understand your mandate on earth. Man was given a body to host the spirit so as to operate on earth. Every organ must submit to your spirit man. Your mind, emotions and will must submit to your spirit man. If you let your spirit man be in control, you will have uninterrupted fellowship with the Holy Spirit who resides in your spirit man.
Heaven is not up, neither is it down or East, West, North or South. Heaven is a created reality that is above the earth. It is not above in terms of height. Heaven is not eternal. It is did not exist before time. It was created along with the earth but God existed before heaven.
How have you fallen from heaven, O light-bringer and daystar, son of the morning! How you have been cut down to the ground, you who weakened and laid low the nations [O blasphemous, satanic king of Babylon!] And you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol (Hades), to the innermost recesses of the pit (the region of the dead). Those who see you will gaze at you and consider you, saying, Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms?- Who made the world like a wilderness and overthrew its cities, who would not permit his prisoners to return home?Isaiah 14:12-17 (AMP)
Lucifer desired to access the dimension higher than the 3rd heaven (paradise of God). He wanted to establish his own rulership beyond heaven. He was trying to be like God that’s why he was cast down. Lucifer was curious about the secret things of God. He wanted to have access beyond what was allotted to him by God.
Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God. Every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.
You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you. You were on the holy mountain of God. You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. By the abundance of your trading
You became filled with violence within, and you sinned. Therefore I cast you as a profane thing
out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.
Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty. You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground. I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading.Ezekiel 28:12-19 (NKJV)
Therefore I brought fire from your midst. It devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you. You have become a horror, and shall be no more forever.
Heaven was created to facilitate fellowship between God and the angels and humanity. God exists beyond heaven. He is infinite, without beginning and end. Heaven is supposed to be an emblematic expression of His perfection. It embodies His sublimity and transcendence. God is completely separated from that which He created. He is Holy (morally perfect) and what He does is perfect.
The earth was created to serve as a place to display and manifest that which God executes in the heavens. Manifestation is necessary because the earth is limited and exists in realm of time and space.
For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].1 Corinthians 13:12 (AMP)
In heaven, you will know everything that you do not know now except for those secret things that belong to God.
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but the things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all of the words of this law.Deuteronomy 29:29 (AMP)
There are certain secrets of the counsel of God that humans and angels cannot handle. Secrets which once known, will destroy you.
The secret things of God are not evil. They are magnificently sublime (full of beauty and splendour) beyond our capability to handle. There are secret things that belong to His counsel.
The physical dimension (earth) is supposed to be part of the multidimensional. Heaven exists because of the earth and the earth exists because of heaven. They cannot exist apart from each other. Earth is where humans execute God’s will as His governors.
God wants us to have the right perspective of things on earth from a heavenly perspective, even that which is evil. He wants us to not be critical. He wants us to see beyond the physical. E.g. to see a prostitute beyond the physical into her future and seeing the purpose of God in her life so you can win her over to God. Not being critical of her lifestyle.
Heaven is a change of attitude and heart so as to apprehend the will of God.
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].Romans 12:1-2 (AMP)
Having a renewed mind is what it means to be born again. It is having the mind of Christ that results in a heart that is transformed. This is how to have the capability of knowing and perceiving what is God’s perfect will. Many believers will be shocked during judgement day because of this.
Christians are excited about the presence of God (manifestation of His glory) but don’t commune with the person of God (the One manifesting His presence). So they miss out on the person of God.
Heaven is a composite of His presence and person. The person of God defines the boundaries within which His presence is made manifest and what happens in His presence. The most important thing about the presence and glory of God is the person of God.
The glory of God is a consummation of the presence of God. It is the weight and substance of the presence of God. It is derived from the Greek word kabod (meaning the beauty and character of God), which is the description of the consummated attributes of God.
The language used to talk about heaven is symbolic as we are limited in our language as opposed to the language of heaven or the language of God which is light, energy and sound. This is too lofty for our comprehension so God compresses it into our own human languages by use of symbols in dreams and visions. He has to be metaphoric because of our limitations of distance, sound and logic. Know this – human logic cannot apprehend that which is divine.
The limitation of our language even to describe certain words such as love, joy or peace is so vast beyond our scope of thinking. The peace of God transcends our human understanding. And the joy of the Lord is unspeakable.
The Kingdom of heaven denotes God’s authority and power. The earth derives its source of existence and purpose from the heavens. The first earth fell short of submitting to heaven (Genesis 1:1-2) after the fall of the angels and became a mass of wastage. But God said let there be light (Genesis 1:3) and separated the waters and the land so there can be order.
The earth is dependent on heaven for there to be order. It is the same for your life. If you do not have access to the presence of God and the person of God, your life will lack order.
A human being without God stinks like a corpse. When your heart is not right before God, everything about you smells before Him and becomes an abomination to Him. The smell of a human corpse is better than the smell of a person (in the spiritual realm) that does not have God in his or her life.
If you are right spiritually speaking, then everything about your life will be right. That is why Paul urges us in Romans 12:1 to present ourselves as living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God.
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)
The new heaven and new earth is different from the old. It is a symbolism to represent the new nature of man in Christ Jesus. The new earth had no presence of a sea. The sea in Revelations 19 symbolized restlessness and turbulence of nations that do not have the knowledge of God. There was no place for the old order of things in the new earth. This is not the new world order which we hear which is wicked.
The solution to the Middle East is Christ.
You can access heaven before you die.
And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).Ephesians 2:6 (AMP)
We are seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly places so we are elevated above earth into the realm of heaven. You can sort out issues of life using the reasoning of God.
God is calling us heavenward because our citizenship is in heaven. He wants us to have a heavenly focus. God has given us a nature that has no mixture of that which is old. It is completely different.
The old heaven is our old spiritual understanding but the new heaven is a new perspective of heaven and earth.
Anybody born of the spirit has a heavenly nature. They have unlimited accessibility into the realms of the spirit.
God wants us to realize that when He ordained His Kingdom, the place of manifestation and execution of His kingdom should first begin in our hearts. For God to execute His rule on earth, He needs a man, a human vessel, that He may use so that earth is in tandem with heaven. We must have a heavenly nature, the nature of Christ able to receive downloads from heaven to execute nothing short of heaven on earth. When God wanted to save the entire human race, Jesus had to take on the garment of humanity and become man with a spiritual heavenly nature – to die for our sins.
When God speaks to us in the language of symbolism, we need to have a heavenly perspective of our dreams as they connote and communicate something of a spiritual reality. You are the best interpreter of your dreams.
God wants you to have a revelation of what is happening spiritually. If you want a promotion or a salary increase, understand what is happening in the spiritual plane and the spiritual implication of what you want. Learn to consult God before you do something. You will never succeed in these perilous times unless you are in tandem with heaven.
God wants to see His Son formed in us, His nature, so that it can be expressed in each and every situation. The natural mind is dark and can never access that which is spiritual. The new mind has light (mind of Christ) that helps you see the true nature of all things.