WHEN HEAVEN TOUCHES EARTH

            By: Cain, Paul
            First published on THE ELIJAH LIST --- Nov 3, 1997
            From the Morningstar Journal
            Morningstar's website: http://morningstarministries.org/
 
 

(Default version: NAS)

The coming move of God is going to be a lot different than I ever
thought—and I’m sure it will be different than you thought, too. The
Lord is going to move in a completely new way, unlike anything we
have ever seen before.
 

MANY UNPRECEDENTED THINGS AHEAD

It is good to look for precedents in Scripture and in church history,
but many of the things that God will do in the days ahead are truly
unprecedented. In fact, God has set somewhat of a precedent for doing
unprecedented things. There never had been a precedent for a burning
bush, but He used a burning bush as a powerful sign (see Exodus 3).

Moses didn’t have any doctrinal or theological foundation to prepare
him for his encounter with this burning bush. God simply put His
glory on a bush that burned without being consumed, and Moses turned
aside to see. Like the burning bush, the church will again shine with
the glory of the Lord. Though the bush was merely an inanimate plant
impregnated with God’s glory, the church will be a living body that
is glorious beyond description. Like the burning bush, we will be a
sign that people will turn aside to see.
 
 

GOD'S HOLY RADIATION --- CURE FOR CANCER AND AIDS

The holy radiation of God will drive out all kinds of illnesses in
these last days, and it will be the number one cure for cancers, AIDS
and all kinds of communicable diseases. God will once more do things
that are unprecedented. He will do things that are different from
anything He has ever done before.

In the day of God’s unprecedented acts, we need to be careful about
saying, "Well, that’s not in the Bible." No one had ever experienced
a burning bush prior to Exodus 3. Paul had no Bible verse directing
him to go and stay in a certain house, nor did Ananias have a
Scripture giving him revelation of the geographic location, street
number or name of the man he was going to see. Ananias had no
precedent to follow that would show him what had caused Paul’s
blindness or what God would do if he would go and lay hands on Paul.

Although Moses, Paul and Ananias may have lacked scriptural
precedents for how God was choosing to move in their lives, they had
the witness of the power of the Holy Spirit and they obeyed when God
called to them.
 

KEYS FOUND IN ISAIAH

I do not know all the details of what God plans to do in coming days,
but surely one of the key aspects is found in Isaiah 60:1-3:

"Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth,
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the LORD will rise upon you,
And His glory will appear upon you.
And nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising" (Isaiah 60:1-3).
 
 

PEOPLE WILL SHINE

Just as Jesus stood on the Mount of Transfiguration and his three
disciples saw Him shine (Matthew 17:1-8), God is going to have a
whole company of people who are going to shine. The world will see
the light, and all the nations will come. It is going to be the light
of "a city set on a hill" that "cannot be hidden" (Matthew 5:14). It
is time for the body of Christ to arise and let her light shine forth
for the world to see.
 
 

A NEW BREED OF LEADERS

I see a whole new leadership and a whole new move of God for these
last days. The Lord is going to speak mightily again, and He is going
to cause heaven to touch the earth. It is not enough for the world to
hear our teachings, our prophecies, or our expositions of Scripture
if the heavens are not stirred to action. Multitudes of men and women
might thrill at the words they hear, but it matters little if there
is not a chain reaction of kingdom life on the earth.

The world is not so much questioning the reality of life after death,
but rather it is watching us to see if we truly have a new kind of
life after we receive Christ. Our inability to evangelize the world
has been more the result of the world’s skepticism about "life after
life" than about life after death. Are we really saved? Do we really
have new life? When we do, a heavenly chain reaction will follow.
Life will beget life after its own kind (see Genesis 1:24).
 
 

FEAR AND RESPECT COMING TO LEADERSHIP

I believe an awesome, reverential fear and respect is coming back to
the leadership of the church. Losing her self-imposed restrictions
and her imprisonment to human traditions, the church is going to
regain her power and emerge shining brighter than the noonday sun. We
are going to be called upon by heads of state and kings of nations.

The Lord is going to give heaven to earth so that we can evangelize
the world. In the condition we are now in, the church would never be
able to fully win the world. But, thank God, she is about to change.
 

EZEKIEL'S SCROLL AND BECOMING THE MESSAGE

In order for the changes to occur, we, like Ezekiel, must "eat this
scroll" that contains the Word of the Lord (Ezekiel 3:1). What does
it mean to eat the scroll? It means that we have to digest His
message to the point where we become the message. We will never be
able to reach the world unless that happens. God gave John the
Beloved similar instructions about eating a little book (Revelation
10:8-11) and, like Ezekiel, John was able to prophesy in a way that
caused a mighty chain reaction.

When we eat the scroll and get His Word in us so that it becomes a
part of us, the world will behold the glory of the Father. The
nations will respond to this kind of word—not because God’s servants
are listed in Who’s Who, or because they raise the greatest
offerings, or build the greatest buildings. Rather, people will
respond because they know that ordinary men cannot speak with such
authority unless the power of God is in them.
 
 

TRUE SEED FAITH

One thing I am sure God will challenge is the idea of "seed money."
God makes it very clear in His Word that His people are to be the
seed that is planted, not the "almighty dollar." He distinctly shows
us that we are to be the seed that is planted, and we are to be
fruitful in the earth.

Out of love for the Master they serve, God’s true disciples are those
who forsake everything (Luke 14:26). The teaching that one can grow
financially prosperous by giving more to the church is a perversion
of truth. We cannot be His disciples until all we have, all we are,
and all we ever hope to be has been laid before Him. Only then can He
do with us and through us all that He wants to do. "If anyone wishes
to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,
and follow Me" (Luke 9:23).
 

THE SACRIFICIAL LIFE

This is what true discipleship is all about—the sacrificial life. The
Lord wants the seed to be planted so that it can produce grain, but
it must first be bruised and crushed before it can be living bread
for the hungry (see John 12:24). Although the "seed money" principle
may have filled the coffers of the church, it has left the ministry
and the people sterile. There is no birthing. The womb is closed. Yet
God is going to change all this. He is going to plant the right seed
in the right soil, and life is going to come forth.

In the book of Acts, Peter and John were on their way into the temple
when they saw a lame man lying at the gate. Fixing his gaze upon the
man, Peter said, "Look at us!...I do not possess silver and gold, but
what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the
Nazarene—walk!" (Acts 3:4-6). Then Peter took him by the right hand
and lifted him up. Immediately the man’s feet and ankle bones
received strength, and he began walking and leaping and praising God.
This is what the world is waiting to see.

The first thing Peter told the lame man was, "Look at us!" However,
the world is not presently looking at the church. In fact, most
unbelievers pay no attention to us at all. What is going to impress
the world is the power and the character of God in our lives. They
will take note when we are able to say, "What I do have I give to
you"—and then do mighty miracles in Jesus’ name. That kind of
authority is going to be restored to the church.
 
 

A HEAVENLY CHAIN REACTION

There is going to be a release of power evangelism that will meet the
needs of mankind. This will cause a chain reaction throughout the
world. God is going to have a mighty army that goes into every place
on the face of the earth, sharing this glorious gospel. The gospel of
the kingdom is not just His Word—it is also His power. It is always
associated with healing the sick and doing the works of God. This is
the gospel that Jesus proclaimed and demonstrated, and He is about to
do it again.
 

NO TWISTING OF ARMS REQUIRED

When heaven touches the earth, we won’t have to twist any arms to get
people saved. Jesus is the Lord of the harvest, and He has given us
the opportunity to proclaim His life-changing kingdom. We won’t have
to strive in our own energy. We won’t have to go out and evangelize
in the energy of the flesh, knocking on doors in hopes that someone
will get saved. As never before, lost people will come to us.

In this spiritual chain reaction of the last days, we are going to
know the times, understand what God is saying, and then go do
something about it. We will have life to pass on to those who will
hear, and they will receive life to pass on to others. When heaven
touches earth, the world will know that we serve an awesome,
life-giving God. His glory will be seen throughout the whole earth!