Monthly Archives: February 2017

3…2…1….Blast off!

I was shown a short vision of a rocket as I was praying. The rocket went up into space and off into the unknown. I was shown what it meant.

The atmosphere has five different layers that are determined by the changes in temperature that happen with increasing altitude.
  • Exosphere: 700 to 10,000 km (440 to 6,200 miles)
  • Thermosphere: 80 to 700 km (50 to 440 miles)
  • Mesosphere: 50 to 80 km (31 to 50 miles)
  • Stratosphere: 12 to 50 km (7 to 31 miles)
  • Troposphere: 0 to 12 km (0 to 7 miles)

Troposphere

It contains 75% of the atmosphere’s mass.  Temperature and pressure drops as you go higher up the troposphere. Water vapour cannot go any higher because it changes into ice and is trapped in that layer. The troposphere is an invisible barrier and it protects us from many . In the troposphere you don’t need a spacesuit on. You might need some warm clothes as you go higher but you can survive with minimal clothing and equipment. However, in order to go into space you need to break through the troposphere.

Statosphere

At this extreme altitude and low air pressure, if your body were exposed it would cause  your blood to “boil”. It is called “ebullism” which causes gas bubbles to form in bodily fluids; and blood literally boils! The stratosphere also forms a protective layer shielding life on Earth from the Sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.   This is where you need a special suit and a helmet.

Mesosphere

Directly above the stratosphere, extending up to 80 km above the Earth’s surface, the mesosphere is a cold layer where the temperature generally decreases with increasing altitude. Not only would you need a special suit here but you would also need even warmer layers below the suit to protect you from freezing.

Thermosphere

The thermosphere extends up to outer space. The temperature is hot and may be as high as thousands of degrees as the few molecules that are present in the thermosphere receive extraordinary large amounts of energy from the Sun. However, the thermosphere would actually feel very cold to us because of the probability that these few molecules will hit our skin and transfer enough energy to cause appreciable heat is extremely low. However, because of this the spacesuit would have to not only be there to protect our bodies from space but it would also have to be able to protect itself but these powerful molecules too.

Exosphere

The exosphere is the final layer. This is a layer without end.  Once you arrive in the exosphere you could say in one sense your journey has ended but in reality a whole new journey would have only just begun.

In order for a rocket to take off it must produce an enormous amount of thrust to help it leave the Earths atmosphere. The journey will be dangerous and the rocket must withstand great pressure and many changes in temperature and dangerous atmospheric conditions.

God is saying to us that He first and foremost wants to be that thrust, that force that takes us out of the comfort zone because with each atmospheric layer peeled off your eyes are opened to a new perspective and you can see things you never dreamed of before.

Secondly, He also wants us to put on appropriate clothing for the different conditions that we will encounter on our journey. He doesn’t want to just take us to the top of the troposphere but rather to the ends of the galaxy  or ‘to infinity and beyond’ (in the words of Buzz Lightyear). He wants to take us on a journey. That journey will be hard, it will mean that we must be fearless and we must withstand great pressure and great changes . It also means we may have to leave some people behind in the troposphere. We may even feel the pull from below discouraging us as we go upwards but if we have his armour on then we will go further than we ever dreamed.

I believe that in tune with this vision God will also do great things involving space travel. In the next twenty years it will become more common for people to visit space. Many people will come to know God through this incredible experience as they see the wonders he has made for us. On the subject of space there will even be a new energy we can use discovered from outer space (see Kat Kerr).

So put your spacesuit on and get ready for an incredible, awesome and unbelievable ride.

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Picture from www.more-sky.com/group/wallpaper-heaven/

Sources:

Kalee Thompson (2015) found at: http://www.popsci.com/balloons-new-way-get-space  (accessed 2017)

Alan & Hui Meng Found at: http://www.vtaide.com/png/atmosphere.htm (accessed 2017)

Tom Benson (2014) found at: http://www.spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/education/rocket/TRCRocket/rocket_principles.html (accessed 2017)

 

 

 

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Faith Leads Nations

The slave trade as we remember it began in the 15th century although people had been trading other people throughout the ages. Olaudah Equiano (a friend of William Wilberforce), who was a former slave explained, “…how he and his sister were captured by fellow Africans who then sold them on to eventually be exchanged with the ship owners and taken to work in Europe.”.

Merchants in England under a spirit of greed and deception despatched more than 10,000 voyages to Africa for slaves. The money from the slave trade built the rich fine mansions, established banks, funded other institutes and ports benefited too. The bankers, factory owners, slave owners and plantation owners all grew richer at the expense of the slaves. The profits also helped finance the industrial revolution and by the end of the 18th century approximately four million pounds had come into Britain from its West Indie plantations.

It was at this point that a man came onto the scene.  His name, William Wilberforce*. William Wilberforce was seemingly alone in his fight against slavery especially at the start. However he did have scores of the host of heaven with him and he knew nevertheless that however corrupt the politicians were and however difficult they made his life, he had a mandate and that was to fight for the lives of ALL human beings. They ridiculed him, after all on the outside Britain had prospered from the slave trade (well they the rich had). The ordinary people however were not so easily persuaded. Poverty was still rocket high and the poor died in their youth and in appalling conditions. William Wilberforce knew the truth that if you distance yourself from corruption and lies and you fight for true justice you will reap the benefits not only as an individual but also as a nation.

However, they laughed and scorned him, to them they were completely right. It was the richest part of Britain’s trade and after all to them ‘Africans were thought to be sub-human, uncivilised, and inferior’. James Houston who worked for a firm of 18th century slave merchants wrote “what a glorious and advantageous trade this is…it is on the hinge of which all the trade of this globe moves”.  His words may seem terrible and offensive now but in the wake of society he was only echoing what was indeed happening in his eyes.  The elite and politicians were angry and disillusioned because they believed that they were being robbed of their livelihoods and many benefits, although many did receive compensation from the government in return for the freedom of their slaves.

In 1834 the slave trade ended. However, it is not surprising that in this same year the poor law amendment act was passed which took away many rights of the poor and pushed them into further poverty. This I believe was a distraction from the true benefits that Britain would later reap as a result of leaving the slave trade. There was fierce hostility and organised opposition from many and the amended act was eventually amended once again.

An assessment would highlight that the profits of slavery were more modest than the great bonanza that was once thought to have taken place, and that the contribution of slavery and the slave trade to national income was very marginal at best. Britain didn’t suddenly sink into the Mariana trench and disappear into the depths of the ocean. She didn’t suddenly find herself sucked into a storm and crashing mercilessly upon the rocks. It did indeed take a leap of faith to end the slave trade but when many millions of lives were set free abroad and at home something happened in the heavenlies and a great spiritual shift took place. God honoured those faithful abolitionists who gave their lives heart and soul for the cause.

During the Victorian era although Britain experienced a great many problems and there were a great many atrocities done in the name of ‘the empire’ many ordinary people did indeed climb out of poverty. Many great philanthropists were born, many inventors were successful and healthcare and education all improved vastly. The faith of the people grew and God was once again honoured in many homes and lives throughout the British Isles.

Slavery was abolished and I believe that because as a nation we took a stand against it we prospered and gained many benefits that in turn we could use the bless the rest of the world and that is what happened in many ways. Many listened to the words of these brave abolitionists who even risked their lives for their fight against slavery. Faith was very much a large part of society and even though yes there was still much poverty and evil where there was true faith there was true prosperity and blessing (Birmingham is one great example of this).

I feel that as a nation we need to take a stand once again. We need to become a forerunner on some of these giant global issues that are destroying lives whether it be physically, emotionally or spiritually. Is England ready to take the helm and launch into the open sea? I believe that yes we are and we will see wonders as a result. But we must be prepared to take up our cross and follow him first and foremost.

*William Wilberforce meaning: Resolute protector with wilful force (I just thought the name meaning was so interesting that I would share it with you)

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Sources:

The Illustrated Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James (Little, Brown, 1999)

The Oxford History of the British Empire: The Eighteenth Century edited by PJ Marshall (OUP, 1998)

Atlas of British Overseas Expansion edited by AN Porter (Routledge, 1994)

Kenneth Morgan (2014) Found at: www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/trade_empire_01.shtml

abolition.e2bn.org/slavery_45.html  (Accessed February 2017)

What is a Heavenian?

                                                       What is a Heavenian?

The term is so new in fact it’s not even in a dictionary yet! It’s very simple: A Heavenian is someone who lives out heaven culture.

                                                         What is Heaven culture?

Heaven culture is living out the culture of Heaven here on earth. Let’s take a look at the age old prayer named ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ which was first prayed by Jesus when he walked on the earth. He prayed “Our Father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

So Heaven is a place where God’s will and only God’s will is done, it’s a holy place. Perhaps in your head you see clouds with little angels with harps, of God sitting on a throne with a long white beard while people just spend all of eternity bowed down before him. While I am certain that we will spend time bowing down before Him our worship won’t just consist of bowing and singing praises. Here are some different aspects of heaven culture:

  • In Heaven people don’t pray. They declare. They declare over those who live with them and over those coming after them. You in the same way have the power to declare over your children, over your future generations, over those not born.
  • In Heaven people use their gifts all the time. The church spends too long and hard trying to work out what people’s spiritual gifts might be. They try and overcomplicate things and miss the mark. The world has no problem using their gifts. Why do you think people flock around great singers, great sports players and great actors? It’s because they have something, something planted in them before the beginning of time and they’re using it. Heaven is waiting for us to use our gifts*.
  • In Heaven people walk in divine health. One of the main reasons for this is that their soul is in health “… I pray that in all respectsyou may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers” 3 John 1:2 (KJV). This means that they have loosened any unholy and unhelpful soul ties. It also means that they are careful about what they put into their soul and only fill it with positive and heavenly things, For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”  Luke 6:45 (KJV).
  • In Heaven everyone loves one another. It’s impossible not too. They are so thankful and blessed to be there and there is not an ounce of hatred or resentment. However, this doesn’t mean that people are all the same but rather they love each other and celebrate their differences and are all bound together in their love for God.

God bless you all!

 

*You might say, “I don’t know my gift”. What is that thing that you love? What is that that thing that you would do all day if you could. That’s your gift.” You might have more than one and God will hold us accountable if we don’t use our gifts. We need to use them because he has given them to us and they are irrevocable, regardless of salvation. However, what happens if someone who is saved and has the Holy Spirit living in them starts to use their gifts? Let’s take a look at the past. Florence Nightingale had a gift. She used it to change the world. Jesus himself had the gift of carpentry. King David loved to sing and William Wilberforce stopped the slave trade. Let’s all use our gifts freely and compassionately doing what we were made to do but for Him.

Kingdom Age Church

The church of the Kingdom Age won’t look much like church today. Here are some ways that it will be different.

  • It will be messy. I often think of my son and how dirty and messy he gets when playing outside or with paints yet at the same time I remember his look of pure joy when he’s realised he can get as messy as he wants and he enjoys himself even more. Church will be a little bit like that. It’s going to be a place where people are going to be able to ‘be’ who God created them to be.
  • It will be filled with messy people or people who are labelled as ‘bad people’. For this reason there will be a big split in the church because many people with a religious mind-set won’t be able to accept this. This comes from the same spirit that the Pharisees were under. It is a spirit that says ‘I am better than you. Salvation is for me but not for them. They’re not the right kind of person’. I am afraid we cannot pick and choose. Yes we do need to repent but true repentance is never not messy.
  • Church may not be in a church. John Wesley was a great preacher from the 18th He preached in the fields, on the highlands and was persecuted greatly for his faith. He reached thousands of messy people. He wasn’t accepted by the church.
  • It will be creative and fun. I don’t know about you but I don’t always think of the word ‘fun’ when I think of ‘church’. Heaven is really fun so guess what something is going to change.
  • Jesus will be there in the midst of this new church. For many churches who decide to continue with blind religion Jesus may never appear there but for those who are following the Father’s heart He will be very much in the midst. God’s presence will be tangible and He will touch all who enter in.

“Jesus at the center of it all
Jesus at the center of it all
From beginning to the end
It will always be, it’s always been You
Jesus, Jesus”

Darlene Zschech “Jesus be the center”

Dinosaurs didn’t exist and other excuses to argue

Christians will make a lot of excuses as to why people don’t really like church. In case you hadn’t noticed a lot of people don’t really like church…

If you have pondering this issue then here are some reasons why:

Yes there are many things that are right and wrong but I am afraid arguing about whether dinosaurs existed or not is not going to give you a back stage pass to the throne room or to the marriage feast of the lamb for that matter. Dinosaurs did exist by the way (there are some pretty big fossils to prove it) I am not going to argue with you on this one though. You can find out for yourself. 😉

The rest of the world is waiting for the church to bring truth and I am sure most of them will be pretty happy that you can have a pet dinosaur in heaven although the truth I am talking about is Jesus and showing Jesus by living heaven culture on earth.

The world doesn’t like church very much because well let’s face it Christians don’t really seem to get along very well. I mean you’d think that if you were going to argue you’d pick something a little more substantial than the following:

  1. Arguing over what is the most suitable length for the pastor’s beard or anyone’s beard in that church.
  2. Whether women should be allowed beards in church (I’m just joking on this one at least I hope so.).
  3. Fighting over which picture of Jesus to put in the foyer (I think by this point we may really have missed the point.).
  4. Whether the Lord’s Supper had cranberry/grape juice or buck fast Abbey wine (Of course it should be grape juice. It’s right there in Hezekiah 4:11.).
  5. An argument over whether to have gluten-free communion bread or not (No more gluteny!).
  6. Should the church should allow people to wear black t-shirts, since black is the color of the devil (Are you sure he’s not red? That’s what I’ve heard.).
  7. A fight over whether or not to sing “Happy Birthday” each week (I have been in this church and I must say it is amusing when more than one person has a birthday in the same week.).

This doesn’t even cover other stuff like whether the 7 days of creation were literal or not or which year the rapture will happen and whether Jesus was born in December or September.

Anyway jokes aside I think it’s important to get back to basics, to get back to our first love, to get back into that throne room and sit on father God’s knee to listen to His truths, to dance with Jesus and to sing with the Holy Spirit. We need to realise that He is coming for a bride without blemish and that means a bride that is whole.

I believe that yes there will always be people who use the title ‘christian’ but I am going to use Kat Kerr’s word ‘heavenian’ (I’ll be discussing this in my next post) to describe the kind of people a church should be filled with.

Instead of arguing with people who will never see eye to eye with you find people that do. Leave the rest to God. If something isn’t right he will show them or He might show you.  I am not talking about big issues but rather silly little things that don’t define your faith or relationship with God, little things that can be ignored or looked over.

Yes there has been and will be a significant shift and split in the church in the next few years and this will strengthen those who are already on the same wavelength until the Holy Spirit gives a stronger bond like never before.

The darkness is getting darker but we must not be afraid because the light will become lighter until there is an explosion that no man and no demon can put out. This will be the church, walking in Truth (first and foremost), in unity, in love and in joy.

There are two words I want to share with you in Hebrew

1) “FIRGUN” (פירגון)

It means to have a generous, unselfish spirit and a joy in the accomplishment of someone else. It means to make someone feel good without having an alternative motive.

This is the way that Heavenians must be and act with one another. There is also another word.

2) ‘NESHAMA’ (נשמה)

It has a similar meaning to “sweetie” but it means “soul.” People say “neshama sheli” which means “my soul.” It means you are so important that you are part of my soul.

I know that if we can apply these words to the way we treat one another one day it will be again as it was in the early church.

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had” Acts 4:32

Be encouraged, think differently and live fully and the world will want to share in this Heaven culture.

Heaven Culture

Did you know in heaven they have roller coasters?

Yes you heard me. Its time to get out of our box, our comfortable little box full of all the comfortable and cosy little things we are used to. I am not talking about a literal box but rather the box that  is the limited space that we think in. I rather like the quote from a prophetess who says “it’s time to take your natural mind out and replace it with your spiritual mind”. This is important because before we are to understand the supernatural and the spiritual things of this realm and the next we need to say “goodbye” or “adios” to our fixed ideas and open our eyes to the fact that the most real and exciting things cannot be placed inside a box.

In heaven there is a roller coaster called The Rush. It is higher than any roller coaster we can imagine on earth. In fact it goes miles up and the capsules leap off the roller coaster before landing back on it and whizzing down and then up to the next loop. I know I want to live my life like that here. I don’t want to wait until I die.

In heaven people see music. Well I know that there is a condition called Lexical-gustatory synesthesia which is where certain colours, emotions and more commonly sounds cause these people to experience taste and smell. In heaven be prepared to have your senses crossed over, mixed up and being entirely topsy turvy as we know it. In this busy world sometimes I close my eyes and try and imagine what this would be like.

In heaven everything is full of light including the food. I can’t imagine weight gain is an issue here or greed for that matter. God is our light, in fact it was one of the first things he created.  One day soon people are going to use light to paint and do many other things here on the earth. I just can’t wait.

But why wait. Let’s all start by taking out our natural minds and taking a leap into the unknown. I bet you never knew that heaven was a lot more fun than a few angels sitting on a cloud and perhaps very soon people will dare to live the unknown here on earth bringing to life the very words Jesus spoke, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.

Join me in this prayer and let’s live in expectation.

Shaking

As I was praying the other day and spending time with God I saw a picture:

I saw the island (the UK) being shaken in an earthquake from side to side. It was being rocked with force. This forced people who were otherwise stationary to have no other option but to move. They resisted until they could not resist for any longer and then they fell down.

At the same moment I saw ancient wells. The water inside was shaking with ripples. The wells were made of stone and did not shake themselves but the water did as a result of the earthquake.

Then finally I saw seeds being planted over the land. I heard “Now its the time to sow seeds”.

What this means for us:

Firstly we should be encouraged, encouraged that God is moving (he is not about to move. He is already moving) 2016 saw a great change in the spiritual atmosphere here and in other places too. The earthquake represents a spiritual quake that is going to shake us from the inside out. It is something that will change us as individuals and then spread across the nation to affect communities, towns and even whole cities (just like in the 19th century for example in certain cities). This won’t be every city, nor every community but it will be hard to escape God’s love and power as it comes in greater waves. However, he will always give us the choice.

Secondly, I believe the wells represent the spiritual foundation of long ago, places and people of great wonder who lived under the same spirit which is now being revived. The ancient spirit that was here before the world began. Worship is the key. Worship changes the atmosphere. Instead of playing the radio play worship music that points to Him. Keep it playing at all times in the background. See how this will change the atmosphere of your house, of your neighbourhood, of your town and city.

Finally we need to start changing ourselves first but then as a result we can also impact our communities and cities just as people like John Wesley, William Wilberforce and Florence Nightingale did. Believe me when I say they are watching us because when perhaps you really wanted to meet someone like them they’ve been waiting for years to meet you and can’t wait to meet you one day in heaven.

 

 

 

Worship as a lifestyle

 

Jeremiah 35 was given to me. This is a chapter I had never read before but I believe is relevant to us today. It tells the story of how Jeremiah was instructed to go and speak to the Racabites.

They were a group of very simple living people who lived above the sinful lifestyle of the cities. They were nomads. They did not even settle down to one spot when they were in the city. They were constantly on the move. They were people of very high morals.  Their lifestyle depicts the fact that all believers are strangers in this land. This is not our home. We are headed for our home in heaven. They were not materialistic people and we can learn from this. Their religious convictions were similar to the Israelites but the difference was that they lived more holy lives than the Israelites.

These Rechabites were rewarded for living a holy life by obeying the commandments of Jonadab. God never overlooks even one person who is living upright before Him. They had made a stand, and had not backslidden . God respects this type of loyalty and faithfulness. I believe this applies to us. We are not called to be just ‘christians’. With so many people using the word and with so many different meanings perhaps it has little relevance to us now. People often think of the Israelites but not much mention is given to the Racabites who lived a very holy life, a life set apart and although they lived among and were related to the Israelites God used them to show the Israelites that if you want to follow God you have to set yourself apart. There have been many movements that we can learn from like this and again in the 16th century the movement of the ‘Quakers’ was founded , a movement that pushed away from ‘mainstream Christianity’ (whatever that means) to search for truth and the roots of faith and God’s face.

I wanted to share this with you that when you set yourself apart God can do mighty things so don’t go with the flow and follow the crowd. God bless you.

It’s OK to let go

I read a prophetic word at the start of the year about 2017 being a year of ‘uncoupling’ and re coupling’ and I can surely say that for me it has already begun that way and we are only in February. However, let me put it into context.

I have constantly all my life been worried, worried about what people thought of me and worried about pleasing others. My mother would continuously scold me for being as she put it ‘too much of a people pleaser’. I used to get this muddled up with helping people, being there for people and being kind to others. However, the truth is being a people pleaser is the opposite, being a people pleaser means you fear others and their opinions so badly that you place their opinion above God’s. Jesus calls us to put Him first (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison… Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26). Wow you might think, what an offensive and dreadfully outlandish statement in comparison to what we otherwise know of Jesus’ character. However when reading this in detail, what He is doing is not contradicting himself but rather saying our love for other’s should come as a result of our love for God or we cannot love others at all. We should love God so much that our love for others cannot be compared but we should also love our neighbour as ourselves (which is the second most important commandment) and is of the up most importance as a Heavenian.

What is loving others? I used to think it was to hide my opinions and agree endlessly with others whilst doing everything possible to make that person happy.

Loving others means that sometimes you are not always going to be loved by others. This means you should love others unconditionally knowing that they have no obligation to do the same.

Loving others means speaking the truth. Sometimes it will be necessary to share true opinions, your true desires and your heart  and if the other person doesn’t agree or like you anymore then they should have the choice to walk away. This doesn’t mean you stop loving or praying for them but if you cannot show yourself then you are actually being dishonest to them.

Loving others sometimes means letting go or distancing yourself for your sake, for your family and sometimes your own health because sometimes we say things like ‘Oh but what if they won’t know God’. We shouldn’t say things like that. We need to be declaring truth over them and God should be the one in charge not you.

  • There are those people who have suffered much, who are broken and make mistakes but who welcome your light of God into their lives. Encourage them, stand firm in your faith because if they seek the light they will always be open to your helping hand of friendship. Help them, sacrifice for them, speak life over them.
  • Then there are people who don’t like the light you carry, maybe they hate it, they hate the way you’ve changed for the better and they don’t want your positivity. In fact they try to curb it, they try and knock it to the ground. They deserve to be loved unconditionally but the darkness and negative energy sometimes is so great that you feel your faith shrinking. In these cases my advice would be to ‘walk away’ or to ‘distance yourself’. This doesn’t mean sending a message telling them you don’t want to see them again but rather explaining your reasons and being honest. Usually in these cases they will choose to walk away but you may be surprised. I would like to make a note that I am talking from the perspective of a mother and thus have a greater responsibility to protect my child but in the same way we need to also protect ourselves. We need to be honest and careful and if something is not good for us we need to walk away  or to distance ourselves (I am talking about long term friendships here not strangers in the street). However, NEVER stop praying for them.
  • Finally, there are some people who are filled with faith and will always be there encouraging you and yet ready to listen to you at the same time. Yes they will have their ups and downs as you will and that’s what we do as friends is to take one another by the hands. As C.S Lewis said in his book ‘The Four Loves’ a friend is someone who you can walk with side by side towards a common goal helping one another along the way.

In conclusion, this doesn’t stop us from loving unconditionally, we should always seek to listen to God, God will tell us when and who to help and how to help them. We should be generous with our time, our money, our help, our words and our hugs. However, I wanted to share with people that sometimes it’s OK to let go and you shouldn’t feel bad, just don’t dwell on the issue, continue to pray for them and never speak badly about that person. Put them in God’s hands as you never know what can happen, be it in 5 days or 50 years. He will always be in control if you let Him.