The Anatomy of an Open Heaven
Recently The Lord has been speaking to me about the issue of Open Heavens. To some of you who are less ‘charismatic’ in your theology, this teaching might be offensive. Sorry, but thats just the way it is. All scripture references are from the NKJV unless otherwise stated.
We as Charismatics spend a lot of time asking for an Open Heaven. A ‘Bethel Portal’ of sorts. I am all about encountering Open Heavens, however praying for them is pointless. Jesus has already opened the Heavens. Lets look at Mark 15:37-38 as the first refrence to this.
“…And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last. Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”
The Message Bible states Verse 38 this way, “At that moment the temple curtain was ripped right down the middle” Emphasis mine. I like this way because it puts a time stamp. this point was a time gate which before the gater were closed heavens, but after are open heavens.
When Jesus died for our sins, the veil of the temple, which was a symbol of the separation between God and man was torn. It was ripped apart and this was Symbolic of Abba Father ripping the veil that has separated Heaven and Earth, or Man and God since the Fall. Moses who passed through the separation and met with God, had to wear a veil to cover his face so that the people of Israel didn’t die from the Glory of God shining on his face. Exodus 34 But when Jesus was crucified, the veil was removed that we might look upon the Glory of God for ourselves.
When we beg for open heavens, its like if you are holding a Hot Dog in your hand and praying, God give me a hot dog. You already have the Hot dog, so stop asking for it. Celebrate the Hot dog you have.
Our inability to access the open heavens is not because God hasn’t allowed us, but rather a lack of intimacy with God to know what he has given us. We do not understand our Identity. The story of the Lost Son comes to mind, but not in the traditional sense that most people look at it. The parable can be found in Luke 15 (to save time, the passage will be posted)
“…But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.'”
The problem with the Brother in this story is that though he did not rebel and leave his father, he did not view his father as a father, but rather a master. He had worked and worked to earn his father’s love, which he could have had for free at any time. the brother lacked a sense of his true identity. The older son had full access to everything his father had, but he never knew it. He spent his whole life working and doing acts of service for his father, but he never actually knew his father, and never knew his heart.
Many of us in the body of christ face the same reality. We have been made sons of God through the spirit of adoption, and yet we still walk in the ways of a slave. John 16:24 says, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” We are caught up in ministering and are so busy doing things for God that we miss him and his heart. When you are intimate with someone you know everything there is to know about them. There is a level of relationship that Craig Groeschel calls in his book It ‘Refrigerator Rights.’ Refrigerator rights say that you can come into my house and raid my fridge. We are that close to one another that its acceptable.
When the veil was torn at the crucifixion, God gave us eternal refrigerator rights. He has allowed his sons to freely enter into the kingdom of heaven. Hebrews 4:10 puts it this way
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
We are not to view the Kingdom of God as a far off vague reality. But rather that it is a here and now reality. We can boldly enter. There is much more available to us than we ever want to realise, but many of our past leaders did great Exploits. Look even at the men who have died recently. Men like Oral Roberts whose healing ministry and knowledge of the Bible will be remembered for a long time.