This is the third day of pursuing the reactivation of open visions and regular encounters with Jesus.
Today I received understanding of that the Lord was attempting to do for me in the first quarter of 2015. I was shifted from ministry and isolated. He told me to fast for 40 days. No food was allowed. Only two cups of water per day. Only olive oil was to be used to anoint my skin. The Holy Spirit informed me that it would keep my skin moist and not let me sweat. Most of the day was to be spent praying in the spirit. Little sleep was allowed. Most of the night was spent in prayer from midnight until daybreak. I did not know what was happening. All I wanted was out! I did not seek understanding. I did not simply act in obedience. Little did I know that the Lord Jesus had planned to make Himself known to me. After many nights of this routine I He visited me. I was exhausted that night. My bones ached. I was also very frustrated. I was not hungry. My body had gotten used to being without food. My eyes were shut. I was sleeping but the moment He entered the room I knew He came. I saw His outline in the dark. He touched my foot and told me to wake up. My body ached. And I was just plain angry with Him. What did I do? I choose to sleep! I turned over. As I did I broke wind. What a stupid thing to do. Never sleep when Jesus comes to visit. Never ever do that! And never insult Him in the manner that I did. It was just plain stupid.
The next morning, the moment I woke I knew what I had done. I was filled with regret. I just knew I had messed up real bad. As I knelt to pray in tongues I was taken, in a vision, to a park. There was a water fountain. Many exotic flowers and plants were all around. I was standing before the fountain. The ground underfoot had stone tiles . Before the fountain was the Lord Jesus. He was pure light. I could see through him. He was furious. His voice thundered as He scolded me.
“Do you know what you did! I can go away and you will never see me again for the rest of your life.”
I was stumped. I didn’t know what to say. His words drove me to my knees. I wept and wept and wept bitterly, as I repented.
Thankfully He did not stop the visions. I begun to see visions of the Heavenly Father as a cloud of fire, thunder and lightning and the Holy Spirit. The open visions only came in glimpses. I could not understand what had happened.
You must understand that my spiritual eyes were opened very early in my walk with the Lord Jesus. After recommitting my life to Him I begun to hear His voice and have numerous spiritual encounters in dreams. Sometimes I would ask Him to show me something and immediately I would see it with crystal clarity. When a friend wanted to confirm who was his wife he asked me to let God show me. I didn’t think it was possible. He insisted that He would show me. So I asked. I was immediately taken into a vision. I saw them at the altar getting married. My friend was dressed in a black suit with black bow tie. The bride stood beside him in full white. A veil hid her face. My friend asked me to that her face be shown clearly. When I did. I immediately saw her. No The veil was pulled back. She looked me directly in the face. Then turned her head from side to side. I had good look at her. Identifying her was easy. I am happy to report today they are happily married and building their family. These visions came with my eyes wide open. Although I had no sensory knowledge of my natural surroundings. I started seeing angels and other creatures around me. One Wednesday in October 2011 the clear audible voice of God told me to put some money in a savings account. The money was to be used to feed the poor. I did as told but doubled the money. That night the Pentecostal church I attended had convention. During worship the presence of God filled the building. The Pastor was about to take the microphone to preach when I heard a loud thunderous voice command “let the anointing flow”. To my shock that came from me. Without warning I spoke. The preacher stopped and allowed the anointing to flow. Without music. Without prompting children as young as three years old raised their hands in worship. Tears rolled down their face. Everyone was taken over by the Presence of God. I kept shutting “hallelujah! hallelujah!”. I was not filled with the Holy Spirit. My head was raised to the ceiling. It disappeared and I saw angels flying in a large circle around the building. Demons came down and the angels fought them. As I kept shutting hallelujah I was watching this battle.
There were many other similar visions that I experienced for a while. Then I could not see anything openly. Only the natural world. If I closed my eyes. I saw only black color behind my eyelids. Occasionally I experienced a trance but something was missing. Why was able to still sense everything that was happening but could not see it? I could often describe what was happening but I did not see it.
As I researched seeing in the spirit realm, I heard terms like seer and perceiver. The description of a perceiver fitted me. I could smell, feel, hear and taste things in the spiritual realm but not see it. Somehow I was not satisfied with the explanation. My spirit rejected this label. Why was I able to walk into a Christian home and tell where an angel was standing guard? Why was I able to identify a demonic presence in a home? Yet I could not see them? It made no sense to me. Deep within I felt that something was missing.
Almost everyone I mentored spiritual eyes were opened. I taught them how to trust what God was showing them. By faith, to step into the visions. Most of all I encouraged them to approach it with earnest expectation to see. I watched as they grew in this operation of the spiritual gifts until they were confident. But I was having no success.
I was not comfortable with the explanation that there are prophets and seers. Both were two streams of prophets. One heard and repeated what was said. Seers saw and would speak. Just a cursory reading of the Bible had very little mention of the term seers. The title never came from God. People called the prophet a seer. What I read did not make clarify what I experienced at church in Queens, New York. Almost everyone was able to see in the spirit realm. Men and women. Young and old. They all saw. No one taught them how to see in the spirit realm. They were encouraged to trust God to show them visions. Sure enough the visions came.
I tried the advise of several books. Focusing the imagination did not work much for me. I really never had any problems with activating my imagination. If you described something to me, I could easily see it in my minds eye. I wasn’t comfortable with that. I wanted more.
I wanted to see Jesus with my eyes wide open. To see angels. To have frequent encounters with Him. I want full experiences of visiting heaven. Right now! Not when I am dead.
What Hinders You?
I do not could easily accept that I am a perceiver. But the Holy Spirit told me the label of the Seer does not apply to New Testament saints. Under the New Covenant all saints are spiritually alive they are renewed in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
By blood and water we have entered the Kingdom of God. As citizens it is our right to see and interact with the Kingdom. In these last days we must work with the angels and cloud of witnesses and the other other hosts of heaven. Paul in His letter to the Hebrews said the Old Testament saints would not be made perfect without us. (Hebrews 11:39-40). That means we all will work together in these last days. Part of that involves being able to see them.
Dearly beloved, as I pondered on why I was unable to see clearly in the spirit realm the Holy Spirit made clear what happened. My heart was too clouded by the cares of this world. Very little time was being spent in prayer and meditation of the Word. I had gotten weary of the prophetic process and the spiritual warfares. That shifted my focus more to the natural. hurt, offense, rejection, abandonment, the scars of gossip and rumors, financial concerns, problems at home and fatigue with the prophetic process all bombarded me. My heart no longer had the purity of a new born in the Lord.
Several people prayed for me. Hands were laid on me. Nothing happened. I was blessed at times to see glimpses of shadows. My wife had no such problem. She kept growing in the ability to see. For a long while I thought I had shut down the gift. Words I spoken in ignorance had closed down the gift. Then the Holy Spirit informed me that the gift was turned off so I could learn how to activate it and teach others. To maintain the gift the heart had to remain pure.
Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
All May See
Why may all see? We all have a spirit. Our spirit lives in the spirit realm. Without Christ Jesus he is in darkness. When we receive Christ our spirit is regenerated. The darkness around him is removed. Suddenly he is filled with light. Suddenly he can see what is happening in the spirit realm.
Proverbs 20:27 Amplified Bible Classic
The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God] is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.
But there is [a vital force] a spirit [of intelligence] in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives men understanding.
Our body is in the natural realm. As it interacts with the natural our spirit will communicate with our body through our soul. We may feel a conviction, an alarm or hear a small inner voice. Sometimes it is very authoritarian. However it comes we must listen. God is speaking through our spirit. Trust it.
1 Corinthians 2:9-11
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].
10 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny].
11 For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
As we grow in spiritual awareness communication with our spirit sight becomes clearer. Think of it like a baby learning to see. The muscles of the eye must be exercised for it to grow and stabilize. Eventually the baby is able to see clearly. As we become more inward conscious. And live our life from the inside-out we are able to clearly see what is happening in the other realm-the spirit realm. The Kingdom of God is now revealed to our eyes. A whole new world opens up.
What we see greatly depends on our focus. We must stay connected to God. Being joined to Him will lift the veil from our eyes. Through bible meditation, prayer and fasting we will be able to see the angels around us. I have been privileged to see the Holy Spirit in many different forms. Even as a gentle dove descending from heaven. You too may have this experience. Chase after God with your whole heart and you will receive all that is within His Kingdom.
There are lots of fantastic things to see. God will determine what you see first. Trust him to teach you. Do not be too hasty to see. the Holy Spirit is your guide follow Him.