While writing this article, the Lord led me to 1 Corinthians 15 where Paul speaks about this life and the next, to demonstrate why He was revealing our abilities in Heaven.
But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. (1 Corinthians 15:35-38 ESV)
The apostle begins with a metaphor about seeds which must die to receive their full glory. What we sow in this life is only a seed for what will grow to the fullness when we die and receive our eternal body. Paul relates it to our existence in this way:
So it is with the resurrection of the dead. [The body] that is sown is perishable and decays, but [the body] that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal). (1 Corinthians 15:42 AMPC)
This scripture begins the discussion about sowing. We are born into a body that is perishable and decays, knowing that we will receive an imperishable body one day.
It is sown in dishonor and humiliation; it is raised in honor and glory. It is sown in infirmity and weakness; it is resurrected in strength and endued with power. (1 Corinthians 15:43 AMPC)
Paul talks about our life on Earth in a physical body compared to what happens when we die. The revelation was a little disappointing, for I had hoped and been told that we are perfect now, but this isn’t what the scripture is saying. The definition of the two topics stated as “it” are seen in verse 44:
It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body. [As surely as] there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:44 AMPC)
In a few more verses, we find out when we can expect to receive an incorruptible body, raised in glory with the power the Lord has revealed to us:
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. (1 Corinthians 15:49 AKJV)
In this life, we must endure with the bodies God has planted us in. “We shall also bear…” indicates that we will, in the future, receive the fullness of our heavenly bodies which are perfect and powerful. Let us read a bit more so that we are sure not to take anything in this chapter out of context:
“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57 ESV)
The “sting” of death was the curse of the Law. Anyone who didn’t uphold every part of it would not receive eternal life, i.e. the spiritual bodies of which Paul had just spoken of in the previous scriptures. Everything in this verse is referring to what the apostle was speaking about: we WILL receive an incorruptible spiritual body once this body has perished, thanks to Jesus. Why did Paul write this to the Christians who were struggling with sin in Corinth?
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 AKJV)
All of this information about what will be in Heaven after we die was to encourage God’s children to continue in good works for the Lord as they turn from sin so that their reward in Heaven will be great. Much of the New Testament is filled with encouraging words about “turning from sin” and “crucifying the flesh” meaning to not give in to desires that are against God’s ways. It is time for the Body of Christ to remember God’s ways and follow them, for this life is but a moment, a blink of an eye, compared to the eternity of Heaven! I hope you will carefully consider the following revelation which the Lord brought to me about the way Heaven works and your eternal destiny.
What will Heaven Be Like?
I began focusing on the Lord, imagining bulky packs, the burdens of life and leadership sliding off me. Suddenly, in my mind, I saw myself at a brown sandy beach where the waves lapped gently at the shoreline. In the distance I saw my love, Jesus. This was a place I am very familiar with. It is where my true home is: the one in Heaven. There is a house behind us a short distance away, with a mountain on the other side of it.
When a vision of a place in Heaven overcomes you, at times you have little control over what happens. Whatever is in your heart becomes reality. My mind was shocked as I headed for the Lord of Heaven in a mad dash, leaping toward Him with all I had. He gracefully swooped me up over His head, as graceful as any dancer I have seen on TV. I twirled around with arms outstretched in a flying position for a few seconds before my greatest, most dear Love brought me down into His arms.
I addressed Him with all the title of affection, as I asked the question burning within me, “My Love, I was wondering, I’ve heard it said that anything scientifically advanced enough will appear as magic to those of lesser knowledge like the present times we are now living in would be to the people of Your time. Is this why Heaven seems so marvelous to us on Earth? Is it just a place of greater knowledge?” He answered with His usual ambiguity, “Yes and no. Heaven’s ways are immeasurably higher than the ways of Earth, so yes. However, Father is not only greater and more advanced than you, He is what makes up and holds together all of Heaven and Earth, so it is also no, for in that way, Heaven and Earth are the same.”
The Lord continued explaining with precision. I didn’t often get to my unending inquiries, “Satan sees Father like this…” A picture appeared in my mind: God, shaped a man made of energy, had cords extending behind Him through which power flowed. They were attached to various points in time. “When He created Heaven and Earth, Father put rules into place that He, Himself, couldn’t transgress without destroying what He created. It is His power that keeps His creation in existence, so in a way He is bound to it. One rule is that He cannot destroy a sentient being, once it exists.”
Absorbing the information, I listened as He continued to explain, “Father is really like this…” Another picture appeared. God was in the center with energy lines extending all around Him. “He exists not only connected to the past, but to every possible future.” Understanding came with the words. What lies before God are all the possible futures by His creation's choices, like a maze with many paths, all leading to main points that will have an inevitable conclusion that He created when designing the dimension in question. I could see that our universe and Heaven were two dimensions or places out of many that Father had created. Each one was fully created with unique rules of operation when God brought it into existence.
I shook my head in wonder, “The enemy doesn’t know that he is playing chess with someone who has mapped out every one of his moves. There is no way Satan can win!”
“Exactly,” Jesus confirms before turning swiftly around and urging me, “Come, I have something else to show you.”
Racing beside Him, we came quickly to the sheer cliff jutting out into the ocean on one end of the sandy oasis. The Lord began climbing up using the easy hand and foothold on the nearly vertical rock face. It is more like climbing a ladder than going up a hill.
About a third of the way up, without warning, the air seemed to thicken under my feet and backside, so that with grace, I am lifted upward. A short time later, wings sproutedvon the back of the Lord and myself, and we flew the remainder of the way up. “Whoa… what was that!” I exclaimed. When our feet touched the ground, high up on the cliff, I lunged for the Lord, holding Him by the shoulders. Looking into His eyes I demanded, “Do you confess that Jesus, the Messiah has come in the flesh upon the earth?”
My haste to grab Him had put me on unstable footing. Before the Lord could give a full answer, I toppled to the ground, taking Him with me. We rolled a short way down the gentle slope of the back of the cliff. Determined not to be led astray by any impersonating spirit, I jumped on top of Him, pinning His shoulders to the ground, I demanded once more, “Do you confess that Jesus, the Christ, has come in the flesh upon the earth?”
The Lord laughed, “You are very enthusiastic…I do so confess because I did and I shall once more!”
Realizing I was pinning the King of Heaven and Earth, I moved and sat beside Him, “I’m so, so sorry… I was just so startled by the way we came up the cliff that I wanted to make sure I wasn’t being fooled.”
Jesus kissed me on the forehead and light and warmth cascaded down my body, “I love you, my beloved.” I could sense His genuine pleasure in my desire to do good.
“What happened coming up the cliff?” I asked.
He explained, “Because Heaven is where the Father lives, His children will find different circumstances when they arrive. Some will find the place of their eternity much like Earth. They will use natural means to travel, by foot or on animals. Others who have developed a good relationship with the Father while on Earth will find that connection remains. His power will flow to them allowing them to accomplish the will of the Father. This includes flying by manipulating the air. There are some whose connection will be strong enough that they will be able to change the substance from which Heaven is created in many ways. They can even create wings if they wish.”
His words brought a knowing about Heaven: It is where God lives and because of this, the essence of His being is more prevalent there. On Earth, molecules are held together by His essence, but in Heaven it is ALL Him. Our relationship with Him on Earth develops a bond between God and His children through which His power flows. This flow of energy has the ability to manipulate the substance of which Heaven is made to some degree. What the limitations are, I really have no idea, but one aspect is an ability to manifest wings so that we can fly.
While discussing the different realms I asked, “Will some be able to create portals from one dimension to another?”
Jesus nodded, “Father creates portals through both dimensions (realms) and time. Some portals are permanent in each dimension. Those are like God’s highway to move His people about. The enemy has hijacked some of them for his use. For a very few, there will be the ability to use temporary portals to quickly travel from place to place.”
I shook my head, “This is information I’ve loved to have, but it is completely unprovable. Shouldn’t I wait until I experience Heaven in a more concrete way before sharing stuff like this?”
He chuckled, “When will you trust in the vision I sent through your team?”
Blushing, I bowed my head, “Okay, okay, I will share it when you tell me. But You must lead me strongly. I don’t want to step out where You haven’t led me.”
This visit was a very interesting visit. I had not realized that our actions in this life would impact what we received when we arrived in Heaven. Our Father knows that this physical body has limitations. Despite this fact, we expected to do greater things.
The video attached to this article has a few more details about the visit as the Holy Spirit brought back vividly all that occured. At the end is a prayer so that you can dedicate your imagination to the Lord, if you wish.
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