The Divine Exchange Between Heaven and Earth
by JoAnn McFatter
There is at all times a sound being released from earth
to heaven as well as from heaven to earth – a divine exchange, so to speak. In the unseen realm, it is in the form of energy patterns, waves, particles and though the vast majority of it is not heard with our natural ear, it is
sensed by us because we are part of this existence. What is coming from our end is "heard" by God, and I believe that He has an ever flowing response back to us that we need to be aware of and "tune into" with
our spirit man so as to tap into that constant communion we can have with Him. We often refer to it, as does Scripture, as "spirit to spirit, deep to deep". Part 2
In John 17, Jesus prays concerning our oneness with Him,
"…that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me." Regardless of whether or not we are conscious of it, without that constant exchange this world as we know it would not even exist… "in Him all
When God set up this whole existence of ours, He put it all in motion with the release of His sound, His Word, "Let there be Light."
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the
darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend
[overcome] it. John 1:1-5.
Science is only just now catching up with the Word, but what they are discovering these days, especially in the quantum world of physics, is
absolutely amazing as it pertains to scripture.
He released His sound, His Word out of Eternity and by It all of this that we experience and all that has been experienced in all of history, along with what is to come is
held together by It. Science calls it the zero energy point which is at the very center of the smallest particle. It is what keeps everything from collapsing all around us. Jesus is the fleshly Manifestation of that Word – He IS
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or
principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:15-17
It is all held together by Him, again, "...and in Him all
things consist". I had to look up that word "consist." I've heard this passage misquoted many times – I'VE misquoted this passage myself because of the way I've heard it said so often as "all things exist,"
rather than "consist." So I looked up the word consist because Holy Spirit used that word specifically and the misquote drew my attention to it. The word consist means to be made up or composed, to be comprised or
contained, to exist together or be capable of existing together. I found that very interesting – all of this is made capable of existing together only in Him.
I wanted to lay a scriptural foundation for some of what I
wanted to say so that we don't get tripped up by some of the terminology I need to use to help unravel a bit of the mystery of this divine exchange of sound between heaven and earth. This is in order to move into a focus on the
coming sounds of worship being released to Heaven by way of intercession, hope, holy anticipation, faith, good works, etc., as well as the sounds of response from heaven to earth in the way of signs and wonders, manifestations,
angelic participation, revelation being released, etc. that are coming our way - the sounds of Heaven invading earth. There is a sound of BREAKTHROUGH being released from Heaven in this hour that I believe can even be activated by
our sounds of worship mixed with the sound of faith here on the earth. Our agreement with Heaven's agenda will truly affect the outcome.
It may be strange to hear the phrase, "the sound of faith" or "the
sound of good works," but energy that is released from these things really does have a sound. Worship is a sound, whether it be audible or inaudible to our natural ear, flowing from us to the Father. When we direct our hearts,
our intent toward Him, even when we don't verbalize it, there are waves and/or vibrations that are released into the atmosphere that He sees, smells, hears, tastes – that He receives unto Himself. Obviously, Scripture uses metaphor
to describe the exchange between God and His creation – "Taste and see that the Lord is good." Our prayers are as an incense unto Him and He "fills His nostrils" with it. There are so many examples. But if you
were to really look at what is happening at a subatomic level, that unseen realm, our words and sounds are releasing energy into the atmosphere that everything around us is affected by.
I am reminded of something Neville
Johnson (a father to the body of Christ in matters of the Spirit) shared in a teaching session. He went through a period of time, I believe several months, where the Lord caused him to see and smell the spirit realm – particularly,
the realm of emotions. He actually saw the colors and smelled the fragrance that was released from people as they entertained emotions. If a person was angry he saw red coming from them with a foul scent accompanying it. Jealousy
in a person released a greenish grey color, again with a particular foul smell. The most fowl scent of all came with self-pity. Demons would see and smell it and flock to the person to fuel the emotion. It worked as well on the
flip side of that. Positive emotions released particular colors and pleasant fragrances, causing angels to come. My point is that we see, hear and sense only in part what is taking place in the unseen
realm. Actually, Neville
begged God to "turn it off" because it was driving him crazy to be constantly aware of all of this. God is constantly aware of all of this, and even more, in all of creation at all times.
I remember John Paul
Jackson relaying an experience he had in heaven during a visitation. He said every fiber of his being was illuminated as if it were alive and he was conscious of how everything in his body was connected – even things science and
the medical field are not yet aware of. In his thoughts he knew that God was that aware of every aspect of creation at all times – every blade of grass, every particle of every atom, as well as every creature, every human on the
earth – not to mention the things of heaven. What we say and what we do does not go unnoticed by God. Every intent of our heart, every action, every word, every song, it's all "breathed in," so to speak, by God. John Paul
went on to say that when a word was released in heaven, with it came music, fragrance, a color of light and a numerical equation. I was undone by that statement, as I had been studying physics, light, sound, color, etc. for a
couple of years at that point and wasn't even sure why. I would go to the book store, stand in front of the physics/science section and throw my arms up to God, saying "What !?!? What am I doing here?!" Then a couple of
titles would catch my eye and I would
buy the books and go home and try to read them. Well, when John Paul mentioned the numerical equation with each word I just started sobbing. That's what physics is all about – mathematical
equations! My heart was so relieved, thinking, "This is You, God. You really are behind this!" Many of you have that same sigh of
relief, "I'm not going crazy after all and I am hearing God on all of this."
I can't tell you how many people have said the same thing to me in the last few years – God is up to something! Something's up in the Spirit and it's a spirit to spirit understanding that He is giving us in this hour. Things have
escalated drastically and there is a divine acceleration going on. I liken it to an earthquake. If you were to say that the end of time as we know it is the epicenter of the quake, then the closer we get to it the stronger and
faster the ripples will be that pull us toward it. God is going to be releasing understanding at a greater pace. We are going to be much more acclimated to the unseen realm and I believe we will be more able to sense and discern
what is happening there as a result of our actions and our words. We will see and hear more clearly His response and heaven's response, as we become more skilled in the ways of the spirit and the unseen realm.
I am setting
the stage to move into some explanation of just how our words, our actions, our worship affect the unseen realm. The church is finally exploring that which was meant for us as believers from the beginning of time. We lost the
understanding of His ways as we trusted more and more in the thoughts and ways of man….the opinions and traditional way of thinking in Greek-based philosophy.
We need to begin to pray and ask for the fullness of God to be
released in our spirits, that we might be enlightened to the way He meant for us to walk with Him even on this earth. He said He would have those who worship Him in spirit and in truth.
There really is something on the
horizon in the not so very distant distance. Worship will be key in releasing much of this. It will be used to change the atmosphere for the Light to penetrate the darkness "and the darkness will not comprehend [overcome]
it." As He is lifted up He will draw all men unto Him. God is unlocking mysteries and allowing us to peer into things we've not understood until now. In part 2 of this article I want to go into the nature of sound and how our
words, our intent of heart, impacts the atmosphere. The Lord set it all up in the very beginning with the release of the "let there be light" and we are just beginning to catch a glimpse of what that is.
a line in a song that He gave me that goes, "Breaking the sound barrier, breaking the barrier of sound between heaven and the ground." We've got to get in touch with the power of our words and, yes, even the intent of our
hearts. As we align ourselves with the "sound of heaven" these things will begin to manifest on the earth.
Last time I attempted to introduce the idea that there is what I called 'a divine exchange" going on between heaven and earth at all times.
It's a rather obvious point, yet we go about our daily lives in a state of stupor as to the impact of this truth on us, in us and through us with each breath we take. It is our loss, as well as heaven's loss. It is a great loss to
the manifestation of the Kingdom of God on earth.
I talked about how God has set up this intricately interwoven set of principals and laws in both the seen and unseen realm that everything is subject to. The laws of the
spiritual realm and the physical realm that are intertwined much more than we know. Unfortunately, we've handed over the opening up of these mysteries to science and to the new age philosophers and have lost massive ground over the
last 2000 years.
In fact, we have gone backwards as we have given ourselves over to the Greek mentality in our approach to God. One impact of that is that we have gone deeper and deeper into our own 'reason', the mind of
man, which has taken us farther and farther away from the walk with Him that Adam had in the garden. We have failed to see the fullness of the Cross and the Blood and its impact on the curse of the fall. We have access to so much
more than we partake of – but that's all about to change.
The Hebrew Culture
God presented Himself to us through a Hebrew culture. I doubt very much that it was a random choice. The Greek mentality has a
strong propensity toward dividing everything up into separate categories; dividing spirit, mind and body. The Hebrew approach is a holistic one, keeping spirit, mind and body as influencing and overlapping each other coming
together as a whole.
God calls us 'made in His image'. Just as He is 3 in 1 in Father, Son and Holy Spirit, so we are a type of 3 in 1 in mind, body and spirit; yet we are one whole being. Outside of this truth we will fail
miserably in our attempt to understand His ways.
This faulty approach has led to great error in our efforts in education
as well as medicine and science, but we won't go there right now. Our main concern at this point is in the area of our spiritual endeavors – our attempt at communion with God, worshipping Him, and learning of His ways.
Back to the Beginning
There is that innate
drive within us to get back to what was in His heart in the very beginning. Back to the 'in the Beginning 'when He released the 'let there be Light 'and there was Light. The drive to find out what was in His heart in the very
beginning when He created us to love and be loved, as companions with Him in the Garden before the mind of man gave entrance to sin by reasoning with the serpent and taking his own way of thinking over God's way.
brings us to where we left off last time with the thought of worshipping Him in spirit and in truth, in the reality of the unseen as well as the perceived realms. We need to gain understanding of these two realms and how they
affect our individual lives as well as the advancing of the Kingdom on the earth.
A "new sound is coming" is a phrase that you hear everywhere you go. Just about every conference gathering I have been at in the last couple
of years someone has referenced this and every time there has been loud agreement from the people or even as much as a roar coming up from the crowd. It seems that the Body is in agreement with this phrase, yet no one really knows
what that means. I'm not saying I know what it means, either, but I want to address at least a few aspects of that sound as I see it.
I believe it is a sound of faith…a sound of understanding …and the sound, as Paul Keith
Davis so often refers to it, of the overcomer. It is also a combination of our sounds and the reality sounds of the supernatural, melding into One sound that carries the authority of heaven in it – a supernatural sound that should
be natural for us by now, but, alas, is not. However it is soon coming and there are those who have at least attempted to attune their ear to it.
It's a difficult process because we've not been given the tools to acclimate
with, but Truth is coming. The mind of man and our reasoning's, will give way to it. God said, "come, let us reason together", not "you guys figure it out in your own thoughts and get back to Me."
Sounds funny, but that's
pretty much been our approach ever since we let Constantine set our course down the Greek path of reasoning in 320AD.
The Sound of a Shift
I had a vision once of a mass of people bent over, harvesting a
field. A sound was released, but it wasn't of this natural realm. It was of another realm and a few people scattered throughout the fields heard it. As they did they would straighten up and look around to see where it was coming
In doing so they would see each other and know that they really did hear a sound because others heard it also even though they couldn't understand what the sound was about or where it was coming from. They did,
however, catch each other's eye as if to say "you heard that, too, didn't you. " They took solace in the fact that others had heard it, and it filled them with anticipation of something coming.
When we hear a sound like
that it causes a shift in us. Depending on just how much of it we allow into our being, it can literally cause a shift in us. It can introduce something into our fiber that until that point was not there…..or perhaps it was, but is
only now being awakened. The sound of truth or deception can cause a shift in us if we embrace it, but it's not just mental or spiritual, it is physical also.
Sound travels by way of vibrations that are transported from
molecule to molecule on what is called waves. The energy that is created mixes with our energy. We are made up primarily of energy when you get down to the subatomic levels of things. It's amazing that we actually look like empty
space for the most part, but that empty space is actually energy.
I realize this is grossly simplified, but the point I'm making is that we constantly emit and receive energy. We impact everything and everything impacts us.
We can control that a bit, but I won't go into that quite yet because it would take us off the path too far.
If you have ever come across the book " The Hidden Messages In Water " by Emoto, a Japanese physicist, you
understand a bit about our make up. It's a very interesting study done on water and the effect that sound, music or words, has on it. You might wonder what that has to do with us as humans, but we are 70% water as adults. It shows
the impact positive and negative words have on water.
Even different styles of music affect the water for good or bad. Again, it's an energy thing. Interestingly enough the words "love and gratitude" were of the most
Prayer was released consistently for 3 days over a polluted lake and at the end of three days the water was pure. Granted, the people praying were of varying faiths and beliefs but it's a spiritual
principal that was set up in the beginning when God formed this existence of ours. There are spiritual and physical laws that have been put into motion by Him that we have not even begun to tap into.
The same is true of
plants. Studies have been done that show plants "reacting" to music. Classical music stimulates growth and even shows plants growing toward the music, wrapping itself around the speakers. Hard rock music causes some plants to be
stunted in their growth, some to grow away from the music and some to even die. It's the energy of the sound waves that are affecting the plants.
Thank God we are finally beginning to wake up and take back the truths and
look into the mysteries of creation! I've heard it said many times that the New Agers have stolen the things of God. They didn't ' steal ' anything – we gave it over to them by not exercising our dominion over the earth as the Sons
of God. We abandoned the truths of the spirit and took up the mind of man, what we could see and touch and hear with our natural senses. It's time for the Sons of God to come into their inheritance of the mysteries of creation,
both in spirit and in truth.
HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR.
Sound is a profound thing when understood and utilized in its fullness. Mankind has barely begun
to realize the effect it has on our body, mind, and spirit. During the days of the harvest we must grasp the implications of sound relative to the triune nature of man.
The scripture records the Lord oftentimes saying
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear. " This clearly implies that we can have ears, yet not hear. (Matthew 11:15, 13:9, 13:43, Mark 4:9, 4:23,7:16, Luke 8:8 and 14:35.) It's a statement made to highlight a point, much
like "Truly, truly I say to you "
That particular line of thought is taken even further in Romans 11:8 saying,
just as it is written, ' God has given them a spirit of stuper, eyes that they should not
see, and ears that they should not hear, to this very day'
During days of apostasy, God at times even closes our ears to what is being said. Yikes! It needs to be a conscious prayer of ours that He would open our ears
to what the Spirit is saying in this hour. Just like it takes God to love God, it takes God to hear God. We would be wise to ask Him to do that in us.
The Act of Hearing
It is reported that our own minds can close our ears to certain sound frequencies. If fact, if you have been exposed to someone who constantly
says things to you that you
don't want to hear, things that berate you, your ear will stop itself from ingesting, so to speak, the frequency levels of that person's voice. It could affect your hearing the rest of your life. Fortunately, they are now coming up
with treatment to repair the damage. It's just something a person does to survive the sound that is causing death in them. That is why it is so important what we speak over our children.
There are numerous studies being
conducted today involving sound and vibration and it's affect on us. Organs can be affected positively or negatively by sound; yes, even music. The Spirit has been showing me some very interesting things about our hearing that we
need to be aware of. Many times Paul warned the saints about what they listened to that would lead them astray. We are approaching the day that
"Even the very elect would be fooled "if God did not intervene.
Now, I'm not trying to scare you, but I feel like we need to be educated in some of these things to make the most of what God gave us to use. We often hear that "the new sound" or "the sound of heaven" is
about to be released. What if we don't have ears to hear it? In the last article I referenced a vision that I had of the people working in the field and a few of them heard a sound that the rest did not.
Actually, our ear
is much more than something we hear with. When a fetus is in the womb the ear is the first sensory organ to be fully developed and there is a reason for that. When sound enters the ear, it goes through an amazing technical process
that actually turns it into electrical impulses which charge the brain.
In a fetus, this charge actually causes the brain to grow as early as 4 ½ months. There is a muscle that is activated at this point inside the ear that
never rests until you die. This is the only muscle in the entire body that this is true of. We literally "absorb" sound non-stop until the day we die.
The Mechanics of Hearing
There is a cranial nerve
attached to both sides of the eardrum that extends throughout the body and is attached to every organ except the spleen. To some extent, what we hear with our ears affects every organ in our body. We not only hear by sound being
transferred through the air, but also through our skin and bones. Our entire body takes in sound in one way or another. Jeremiah declared,
His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones. I was weary of
holding it back and I could not - Jeremiah 20:9
There is a spiritual and natural implication to this verse. The sound of God's word had entered his bones and he was compelled to let it out. Have you ever felt like that?
I certainly have-especially during time of intense worship. This truth can give us even greater understanding of Ezekiel's vision of the dry bones. He was told to,
Prophecy to these bones and say to them, ' O dry bones,
hear the word of the Lord! - Ezekeil 37:4
He is commanding the bones to hear a sound-a particular sound that they might live. Is that "the sound" that is being released today? A sound that causes spiritually
dry bones to come together and produce life!
It is interesting that the bones are dry because water is one of the most effective conductors of sound. I remember "communicating" with my first son while he was in my
womb by lying in the bath tub full of water. I would knock on one side of the tub and he would shift to that side of my belly. Then I would knock on the other side of the tub and he would move to that side. It was a game I played
with him - a way of interacting with him. Because the child is in a sack of water in the womb, the water outside the womb was most effective.
Natural and Spiritual
As it is in the natural, so it is in the spirit.
The words we listen to and the sounds we allow to wash over us, affect us in diverse ways. Jeremiah 6:10 says, "indeed their ear is uncircumcised and they cannot heed." If we do not have God's Spirit flourishing in us,
our ears remain uncircumcised; Jeremiah says they CANNOT heed. It's not that we just choose not to, it's not possible.
We can have uncircumcised hearts as well as ears. We must learn to hear what the Spirit is saying in
this hour, particularly in a day when we are given the warning that even the very elect would be fooled apart from the Lord's intervention. Lord, cause our hearts and ears to be circumcised that we may hear with understanding, your
What is our Sound?
Sound is measured by vibratory frequencies. Science has discovered that we all vibrate at a certain frequency. They are presently determining how to take the frequency of an individual
and convert it to audible sound. There is actually music that each of us carries within our being at sound frequencies that are inaudible to the natural ear, but are sensed by those around us -even by creation itself.
resonate with His Truth? Do we echo the sound of the Spirit? Perhaps, the more of Him that resonates in us causes us to "sound" just like Him and become one with Him.
These are all things to ponder as we attempt
to hear the sound that is being released today in this "divine exchange" between heaven and earth. This realization is only going to increase……"He that has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying".
Grace, grace - JoAnn McFatter