When Heaven Opens

by Ian Johnson

An Open heaven is about to open over you and nothing will be the same.

Isa 64:1-3 "Oh that you would rend the heavens, That you would come down,That the mountains may shake at your presence"

Jacob received angelic visitation and the Nation of Israel was born. Peter had a trance when heaven opened and the Gentiles received salvation, as a result the gentile Church was born. John received the revelation of the book of Revelation when heaven was opened,The final chapter of history was revealed.

To me one thing seems clear, that when heaven is opened only God can shut it! Once the wall between dimensions has been torn, then it is easy to break through again. The Lord is opening your eyes to see how thin the walls between the dimensions are. Heaven is about to invade your world.

In the Celtic tradition of Christianity these places are called "Thin Places"

Columba's Iona, Patrick's Croagh Patrick, The cliffs of St David and more These places are called thin places because the glory of heaven has been opened there before and it is easy to break through again. Evidenced I think in recent times by the 1904 Welsh revival (St David) 1950's Hebrides revival (Columba) 1920's Jefferies brothers in Ireland (Patrick)

There are two lessons here

1) We need to be seeking to break through so the glory of Heaven can break in.

2) We need to break through again in places where the glory has shone.

I started to think about when I was a teenager and we dug a big drain in a swamp which allowed the water to flow freely, It was an excellent flow from one end to the other. But over a period of time the cattle pushed dirt into the drain and ever so slowly the flow was slowed again. But I realised that because the drain had been formed all it would take was to re-dig the existing drain for the flow to start again. Even if the swamp were to return there would always be a drain to clean to get it going again. The swamp need not ever have dominance again.

When God opens no man can close!

Think about this: Find the drains or dig new ones.

Leah had heaven open over her and she bore Sons.

Gen 29:31: When the Lord ??saw that Leah was ?not loved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. So Leah conceived and bore a son,

That which God opened bore fruit:

Levi & Judah from which came the Law (Moses a Levite) and Messiah (Jesus was a descendant of Judah)

God says Heaven and earth shall pass away but my Law shall remain forever!

God says The throne of David shall endure forever (Jesus)

Now that's an open heaven! The impact of the open heaven over Leah will be felt forever.

The New Life A/G church in Chennai India has over 30,000 members. It is no coincidence that one of the biggest Church's in India is at the base of the mount where the Apostle Thomas was martyred? Thomas saw heaven open in that place and the heavens have been opened for nearly 2000 years in little mount and that which God has opened no man can close.

What has gone before in your city? There may be an open heaven waiting to be unstopped again near you! Perhaps your city has seen an out pouring of glory in the past, unblock the drain! Release the flow again.

These are some of the things that block the drain.

Religion; Dis-unity; Unbelief; Fear of the supernatural; legalism; disobedience; envy; strife; greed;

Or perhaps you are the one digging the drain in your city. Labouring in a dry field, be encouraged your labour is not in vain, Glory will come.

I am reminded of Acts 3:19 "Repent! that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" Repent simply means turn around and walk in another direction. Its not an act of religion or piety its simply an abandoned heart to the purpose of God. Its not doing nothing, rather its doing what he asks you to do. Walk in the direction he asks you to go. That's repentance.

We do things because we need to see an immediate result, The Lord asks us only to do what he asks. Any more is dead works, any less is dis-obedience.

Be like Mary at the Wedding of Cana who said "Whatever he says, just do it"

The result was a release of fresh wine, good wine. The containers that Jesus used were ceremonial washing pots, full of dirty water. He got the servants to fill them with fresh water and it turned to wine. Cause they just did what he asked them to do.

I am reminded of a story I heard some time ago of a missionary family who laboured in a certain field (Because it is an Islamic country I will not name it) for over 25 years they toiled for seemingly no fruit, then the whole family was martyred and that seemed to be that, But 70 years on in that village there has recently been an amazing outpouring of Miraculous glory. Jesus has transformed the village; the Church was born out of the dust it seems! Could it be that this family did dig a well and now it's been found again?

Revelation 3:8 "I will open a door which no man shall shut"

Your labour is never in vain, keep praying, keep digging, and keep seeking. There will be a release of Glory as heaven opens.