Heaven on Earth!
Does Heaven Invade Earth?
MattS February 2018 Part 15 (heresy and false teachings)
As I start this article, I realise that I only scratch the surface of the information on the topics I write about. I try to raise the most relevant points related to the topics but I know that I miss some of these at times. I am not a theologian, I have not trained in a Bible college and I don’t count myself an academic. I can write a bit and I asked God to use that several years ago, He honoured and blessed that. My concern is to bring “the truth” to people, and “that truth” is “God’s truth”. “That truth” is centred on God’s word. I do speculate and offer opinions at times, but they are just that, they are my speculations and opinions. However, God’s Word is God’s Word and God does not change. He has also given us His Word as an anchor.
The devil will use every opportunity to throw doubt at us regarding God’s Word. The devil has done many things to distort God’s Word. But, God is God, He is the creator of the universe and He will prevail. We need to trust that God will come through for us in every way.
He has given us His inspired Word for a reason. (as Paul writes in the book of Timothy)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
We live in days where things are very wobbly and uncertain (perhaps a minor understatement). Christians and Christian beliefs are being assaulted from every angle, both directly and in every other subtle way, but Paul spoke it clearly some 2000 years ago when he said;
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
We need to hold these words close to our hearts knowing that we are living in the last days by what we see happening now!!
Anyway!! Back to topic!
This particular false teaching, “Heaven coming Down to Earth”, was a bit hard to pin down. It was hard to determine exactly where it had come from, and I realised again after reading a great deal, that it was an old lie disguised in new clothes. I have written a little on this topic with the misinterpretation of Matthew 6:9-13, commonly known as the “Lord’s prayer”. I have covered this to some degree in my article “As Above, So Below”, however I discovered that there is a broader deception happening, and yes! I believe is all related.
I believe that the subtlety of this lie has caught a lot of Christians out, because it sort of sounds okay. It did have me scratching my head a few times to clearly pick out the deception, so I will try and lay it out for you as best I can so that it makes sense.
To give you an idea of how this theme of “Heaven Invading Earth” comes about, here are some pointers. Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding California wrote a book called “When Heaven Invades Earth around 2005, Kris Vallotton, (also of Bethel Church) wrote a book a few years after, called “How Heaven Invades Earth”. Both books are highly popular best sellers. There are catchy songs like the song “Spirit Break Out” by William McDowell but taken up by Kim Walker of Bethel’s very own Jesus Culture. (The full lyrics are in the “Spirit Break Out” link above) You may know this song, it’s very catchy and great to sing. Here are some of the lyrics to this song.
“Can you hear it
A sound of Heaven touching earth
A sound of Heaven touching earth”
“Spirit break out
Heaven come down, oh”
All this is quietly slipping into our thinking in Church, and from the local Christian bookstore/radio station. Who bothers to check out the theology!! It sounds like “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, doesn’t it????? By the way “The Message” version of this Bible passage in the Gospel of Matthew is an occult heresy.
So here are the questions.
Has Jesus already brought his kingdom to earth, or is that a future event? And where is the kingdom of God?
Luke tells us the that Jesus spoke to the Pharisees when they questioned him on this and He said;
20 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
There are some that say that the interpretation of this verse means the kingdom of God is within us from what that verse describes, however it is possible that Jesus was also referring to Himself being the kingdom of God right in front the Pharisees nose and they did not see it. So in this case the kingdom was present at that time with Jesus, however he is now gone and set to return at a future time that God alone knows.
I believe that there are two things being said here, and they are completely different to what the “Heaven Invades Earth” crowd believe.
So, back to “has Jesus already brought his kingdom to earth?”
My belief on this is yes and no, He (Jesus) is not yet ruling and reigning on Earth but there is Bible evidence to support something of God’s kingdom being here. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek God’s kingdom first above all else and God will take care of the rest, if the kingdom of God was out of reach why bother mentioning it. In Matthew 13 Jesus goes to great length to describe the “kingdom of heaven” as a precious thing with small beginnings, something that grows as we go after it wholeheartedly. So unless I have this completely wrong, this would suggest that we do have “something” of God’s kingdom here with us as Christians.
This is a clearly different scriptural definition if you compare it to the “Dominionist – 7 Mountains Mandate” ideas, where Christians are personally responsible for establishing and making the Lord Jesus Christ’s kingdom here on earth in the 7 spheres of influence. That is of course to ensure that it’s “nice and safe” for Jesus to return. (You will need to wipe that last sentence as it was dripping with sarcasm)
It is my belief that Jesus will soon return to Earth for a second time, to establish His kingdom as the ruler of the nations. There are many verses in both Old and New Testaments, that point to the overwhelming evidence that Jesus is returning, and will rule and reign, (for the sake of brevity) they can be found in this article from “Lamb & Lion Ministries”.
So we know that Jesus as yet has not fully established His kingdom on earth. The kingdom that is on earth currently is ruled by satan (the ruler of this world). We as Christians are in but not of this world and we await the return of Jesus to defeat satan and to establish His kingdom on earth. Jesus said that His kingdom is “NOT” of this world in John 18:36. Revelation 2:25-27 is interesting because Jesus says that those that hold fast until He comes, will “RULE ” with Him, (NOT “BEFORE” He comes, but “UNTIL” He comes).
What does that mean when someone like Bill Johnson talks about “Heaven invading Earth”? Or when you hear a song that has the lyrics that promote the idea that heaven touches, or comes down to earth, (as in “spirit break out”). What do the NAR/Dominionist folk mean when they talk of “Heaven invading Earth? Perhaps they are saying that we should have control over the earth as in the Dominionist ideas or the 7 Mountains Mandate of the New Apostolic Reformation. I believe that these are NON scriptural and heretical ideas and I try to lay a little of that out for you.
By the way Galatians 1:8 has strong words to say on non-scriptural ideas being preached as Gospel.
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
Scripture says very little to nothing about “Heaven invading Earth” or coming down to touch earth, however there may be some references to special gateways, and I will discuss this a little later in the article.
I looked at the book reviews of Bill Johnson’s book “When Heaven Invades earth”. Many of the book reviews were critical, and many raved about a “New Revelation and Fresh Perspective” on scripture. Some reviews suggested downright heresy regarding Johnson’s ideas in this book. I will let you judge for yourself in this well written article which reviews Johnson’s book. In essence Johnson promotes the idea that study of the dry word of the Bible is destructive to us individually, and is unnecessary. Johnson also promotes the idea of Kenosis (yep, another one to learn about). Johnson believes that Jesus became fully man with no vestige of his divine nature. In turn Johnson believes that Jesus performed all his miracles as “a non-divine man” and that we can do this “and greater” than Jesus. This is sounding like the “ye shall be as gods” of Genesis. And it sounds even a little like the Nazi Ubermensch idea of the “superman”.
Johnson also believes that there is a “great” revival coming, and that “select Christians” will be imbued with great supernatural power to do great “signs & wonders”. This is “Joel’s Army” theology which also happens to be the topic of my next article. This is at least part of Johnson’s definition of how heaven invades earth, with heaven reaching down, and power being imparted to us in order to save the day for Jesus!! I do wonder (pun possibly intended) if the likes of Johnson’s super Christians will make up those that perform false wonders for satan’s “last gasp” regime.
In my opinion, this type of thinking may be setting Christians up to be part of a “One World Religion” that will be integral with the False Prophets religious system. Those that are embedded in this system will ultimately and knowingly worship the Antichrist. 2 Thessalonians 2 speaks of the apostasy/rebellion/great falling away, it also speaks of satan using all power, signs and false wonders, deception and wickedness, and it tells of God sending a “powerful delusion” to those that refuse to love the truth, and so be saved. The words “those that refuse to love the truth” in this passage of 2 Thessalonians 2:10 are both strong and telling.
Another aspect of “heaven invading earth” is the much older idea of “As Above, So Below” from the Emerald Tablets. One of the very disturbing aspects of NAR and the Emergent Church is that they are embracing old occult universal/ecumenical ideas of the “many paths” to God, and of the necromancy of “grave sucking” detailed in my article of the same title. “As above, So Below” is a principle that is embodied in so many aspects of the occult, Tony points out in his recent video series on the “New World Order”, that there are many aspects of dualism and “As Above, So Below” principles embedded in occult symbols and architecture. My article on “As Above, So Below” outlines that this as a “universal principle”, it implies that we are one and the same as the universe, and teaches that we are really god!! Once again the satanic lie “ye shall be as gods”. However the idea of Heaven reaching down and touching earth or invading earth subtly inserts this idea into our thinking. My opinion is, that this is a return to the same type idolatry and occult practices that got the Israelites into so much trouble with God in Old Testament accounts.
I will finish with an interesting idea that I was reading about that delves into the realms of science and science fiction. There is scriptural evidence that might suggest a connection between heaven and earth and other dimensions such as hell/Hades, that evidence suggesting the idea of a gate or a doorway. There have been a few Christians in recent years that have speculated that there are dimensional gates that operate between the reality of our world and other dimensions. There are also scriptures that allude to God opening access to Heaven through non-physical gates, (note that God is the one doing the opening). The dream/vision that Jacob had in Genesis 28:10-17. This is commonly referred to as Jacob’s ladder. It describes Jacob having a dream of seeing angels ascending and descending on a ladder from earth to heaven. Jacob referred to this as a “gate of heaven”. There is the classic verse in Matthew 16:18 where Jesus tells Peter “and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” [Emphasis added] In Revelation 4:1 the apostle John describes “a door standing open in heaven”. These are but a few of the verses that can be found that refer to a connection/doorway/gate to heaven. There is nothing in scripture that indicates that heaven reaches down to imbue us with super powers.
The idea that dimensional gates actually exist has increasingly been seen with the work being carried out at CERN. Tom Horn is a researcher in this area and here is an interesting audio program with Dr Hildegard Staninger featuring Tom discussing this subject. Tom Horn and Cris Putnam (sadly, Cris is now deceased) wrote a book called “On the Path of the Immortals”. Tom Horn and Cris Putnam lay out a very compelling argument (inclusive of scriptural references) that dimensional gateways or portals are real (both for good and evil), and will be increasingly evident with the close of this age.
From my own perspective I must logically conclude that there has to be some type of access to the supernatural realm of heaven. It is also apparent that we are unable to “naturally” access this realm of our own accord, whilst being biologically alive on this earth. The bible tells us we pass into a place of sleep when we die, so if we die, we will not know about any dimensional portal until Jesus returns. Jesus is the one who has the ability to operate these gates to heaven, it is not for us to do this thing.
God was concerned about what (probably) Nimrod was doing building the Tower of Babel. Was this an attempt to build an interdimensional gate to “heaven” or “the heavens”? I don’t know if this is what the Tower of Babel was for, but we do know from scripture that God was pretty unhappy about it, and took some drastic action. We also know from scripture that there are 3 heavens. Tom Horn and Cris Putnam write that when Jesus returns He, and He alone will open a dimensional gate to earth from heaven. On page 158 of “On the Path of the Immortals” Tom Horn and Cris Putnam speculate that Jesus being part of the trinity, has knowledge of how the gate/s between heaven and earth operate, He, (Jesus) being the creator of these gates. They add [paraphrased] that if God called the apostle (true apostle) John into his presence in the book of Revelation, then He will be able to open that Gate for us into heaven when He chooses to do so.
The “New Age/New Spirituality” folk are determined that we are entering a new time on earth where there will be utopia. Those that oppose this will be swept away. This could be a very convenient way for the Antichrist to usher in the luciferian New World Order. Christians could well be caught up in these notions, especially if they are unable to discern the lies behind ideas such as “When Heaven Invades Earth”. Such ideas are being proposed, that we are to become “god-infused super-beings” upon earth, preparing the way for the Messiah (as if He really needs our help). Are Christians accepting without question, the old luciferian lie that “ye shall be as gods”? I believe that they are accepting this satanic notion once again, through people like Bill Johnson and Rick Warren. They are believing what man says above what scripture says, and if they continue to do this, God will send them a “powerful delusion”.
I hope that this has cleared up some of the ideas and misconceptions around “Heaven Invading Earth”. That it is nothing more than a slippery psychotic fallen angel twisting scriptures, manipulating people, (particularly Christians), by trying to insert his satanic ideas of bringing his kingdom to earth in place of “the rightful kingdom of Jesus”. Satan wants to create an empire to rival God, and we know from Bible prophecy in the book of Daniel and Revelation that God will allow him to create a short-lived empire that will be unrivalled in the destruction and chaos that it creates. Satan will happily use Christians and twist scripture to fulfil his plans. So as Jesus reminds us so often, do not be deceived and be alert.
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RESEARCH. (The author of this article may not necessarily agree with all the views expressed in the research material)