I heard the Spirit of God say...Seven Lights of Heaven!

by Tom Panich

What you're about to read pertains to a subject that some have been strongly criticized for faithfully following in the body of Christ. It's those heavenly experiences that some get caught up in. This past year there's been tons of negative reports on heavenly encounters. Precious time has been spent bitterly critiquing what others have done in the name of Jesus.

I firmly believe that if some of those same harsh critics would spend more time with God, they would probably find themselves caught up in God's heavenly places as well. Not that there aren't going to be anti-Christ spirited doctrines arising, but many Bible believing Christians have come dangerously close to totally loosing their focus on Jesus in all of their criticisms.

May we as sons and daughters of the Most High God keep a narrow-gated focus by continuing to remain in Christ, doing what God has called us to do and not being drawn away by experience alone. When a holy, pure manifestation of God's Glory is spiritually discerned, it's life-altering. Supernatural manifestations from God are displayed to inform us that somehow we've gotten God's attention. God's presence is a divine sign of His drawing us further into His arms of love.

The Spirit of God imprinted in my spirit that the ones that brought the most criticism of moves of God are the ones He wants to release a greater measure of heavenly vision upon. That in and of itself is a definitive sign and wonder of God's profound grace being continuously poured out. God's sovereign true desire is still to express His great love for all mankind.

Heavenly Portals can open anywhere

Recently I arose and in the Spirit I saw a bright white opening in the ceiling above my bed. I then heard the Spirit of God say, "Seven Lights of Heaven!"

The Spirit of God then began communicating with me through revelation, about men and women of God that were made in His image. They all came to Earth, died, were buried and then each rose from the grave into heaven. Every single one of them had supernatural encounters with God. In the very beginning at the foundation of the world, when the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were together creating the world, even Jesus himself had a supernatural encounter. God, the true Divine Glory of the light of the world, spoke and said these illuminating words, "Let there be light," and then there was light!

Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Beloved Heavenly ones, we're not exempt!

All of these heavenly illuminated people and those of us currently in Christ, now sit in God's heavenly places, along with Jesus the first born of many brethren who sits at God's right hand. Without Jesus there would be no heavenly access for us, not to mention we would also have absolutely zero fellowship with what we call the trinity.

Jesus is our right hand of God-man. Jesus Christ is our right-hand man! His sacrifice was the highest praise offering ever made and He forever makes Godly intercession for us. Jesus is our sole advocate with God. He's our continual propitiation, our atonement, our reconciliation back to God for our past, present and future sins as well as for the sins of this world!

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.

Moses' Supernatural Encounters with God

May we first inquire of God's Spirit when we believe we're experiencing supernatural things of God. Clearly the burning bush experience that Moses viewed was a manifestation of the true Holy presence of God. In the driest places of our Christian walk, God may just send us a sovereign encounter such as Moses had along the backside of the desert.

When the bush lit up from the flame of fire that came from the Holy presence of God upon the angel of the Lord, Moses' attention was drawn toward the sight as the majority of us would probably be inclined to do today. But why did Moses look? He looked because it wasn't a common earthly experience.

For Moses, it would've been one thing for the bush to have just lit up, but then from within a bush, an even more radical thing happened. A voice came forth out of the burning bush and gave directives. The obvious but unique part of the phenomena was that the bush wasn't consumed by the fire from within it. It speaks of God, our all consuming fire that is in the midst of us, burning from within. It's God's Spirit that says, "You're going to go through this fiery trial, but in Christ you shall persevere and be victorious in your persistence."

In our spiritual burning experiences with God, everything that is near us that's not of God will be consumed. Just as Moses' face was totally illuminated by God's Glory from being on Mount Sinai, our outward appearance won't always show evidence of external burnings until God's eternal fire is kindled and burns brightly within us. It's our new heart God has given us that He's in hot pursuit after, and He's igniting hearts with a new measure of His consuming fiery presence.

Exodus 3:2-4 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush [was] not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here [am] I.

Jesus is our Illuminator

In Christ we have unlimited heavenly access, but many today speak timidly as Peter did, "Lord, it is good for us to be here?"

Matthew 17:4 Many don't feel worthy to be in God's holy presence. Even before the cross, God wanted to make a public display of His Son, demonstrating Jesus as our Illuminator, The Glorified One.

Because of the Father's signatory approval, at the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus' face and garments were totally illuminated by the Glory of God. Jesus, Elijah, and Moses and probably the whole top of the mountain glowed with the expression of the man of holy burning fire, the man of holy light, the One and only light from God's holy love. God revealed heavens royalty and placed the appearance of heaven upon Jesus that day, and a heavenly announcement from God followed.

Not only did God make His glory known on the mountain that day, but God also sent a glory cloud down and it completely surrounded Jesus, Elijah and Moses and from the cloud God himself spoke words endorsing Jesus. God said in Matthew 17:5, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.odG still wants to make a public spectacle of the triumph of the cross of Christ and by His Spirit He still speaks to His people.

Luke 9:29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment [was] white [and] glistering.

Mary Magdalene saw God's light

Perhaps we all could ask ourselves, are we attracting God's holy light and His holy angels? Is heaven's glorious light being seen around us when we walk down the street or when we simply go to the grocery store or mall?

Just as the earth quaked and the heavens were opened with thunder and lightning when Christ gave up the ghost, His resurrection was also a supernatural sign and wondrous display as the angel of the Lord once again came. The angel rolled back the stone from the tomb for Christ, The Rock of Ages. Mary's vision of the angel's countenance was like lightning and his raiment was as white as snow with God's glory.

Matthew 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.

Stephen had the face of an angel

Stephen was definitely one of God's mighty men of valor. I like to call him what he was, a true revivalist, an extremely zealous but godly man full of God's grace and power. As he ministered amidst great opposition, Stephen performed numerous miraculous signs and great wonders before he was finally stoned.

As if his holy boldness preaching wasn't enough, his greatest warfare came when he declared actual manifestations of God's glory. The final straw that upset the high priest of the Sanhedrin was when he appeared to have an angelic lightning- like countenance. Stephen got to see and actually experienced a true manifestation of the Glory of God.

In the presence of the high priest, before the Sanhedrin the religious leaders of the day, Stephen then literally expressed what he saw. Acts 7:56, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." This obviously was enough to get him stoned.

Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.

Saul's Damascus road encounter and his new name

Like so many of us, Saul had much religious training. Before Saul's supernatural experience with Jesus, the majority of his learning was through studying the Jewish law. Just as so many are called of God to share His realities, sometimes through our own disobedience God decides to set up divine encounters. When God does these things they aren't always because of disobedience. One thing is for sure, our Father's intention is definitely to get our attention as to His work He has for us to perform.

We call it Paul's Damascus road experience, but it was actually Saul's Damascus road encounter with the Lord Jesus himself. Saul's rude awakening by Jesus is one of the most precious glory experiences recorded in the Bible. Saul was divinely set up by God. In reference to godliness, he was obviously on the wrong road of life. Saul definitely had an illuminating glory invasion on the road to Damascus.

Many of us today are just as bad as Paul was, deliberately hunting down, imprisoning and sometimes even killing Christians because they follow the way of Jesus. We may not literally be killing one another, but the words that get thrown around are as evil darts from our enemy himself. Saul's Damascus road experience was a very enlightening phenomena featuring God's son himself. On Saul's conversion day, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him and he and his ways were literally overthrown by the glory of God coming from Jesus!

The Spirit of God is saying, "Throw down your weapons of anger, hate and rage that destroy your brothers and sisters. Use those weapons of praise and worship to destroy and dismantle the forces of darkness. Throw down your vain impressions."

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Tom and Candace Lights of Heaven in this world

The glorious reality of the light of these heavenly experiences is for all of us, along with all of your family and friends that believe and follow Jesus. Myself, I'm very familiar with the glory lights of God. They are wonderful signs and wonders that go before us.

Then there's the illumination of our sleeping quarters as mentioned in my January 2008 prophetic word titled, "Yahweh's Life Expressions: His Colors, His Lights and His Sounds." I frequently have to ask myself, "Why me Lord?" I'm at least half as bad and just as disobedient as Paul was. Why are you blessing me? The Spirit of God's answer was simple and true, "I love you."

Thunderclap and lightning of God surrounds Candace in Boise, Idaho

After several years of supporting various ministries my wife, Candace, and I found ourselves in a meeting were a woman prophesied over people with musical instruments. She also had prophets minister with her.

I was given "the Seat of Honor" and ministered to the first day. On the 2nd day, Candace was given the "Seat of Honor." As the woman began to play a David's harp Candace held on her lap, the Spirit of God prophetically sang to her, "Faithful one, Faithful one, thank you for taking care of the weird one." The "weird one," what the Spirit of God had called me the previous day.

Right after singing, "Thank you for taking care of the weird one," a thunderclap from heaven sounded in the room, immediately followed by a blinding light that wasn't from earth. One person expressed that they saw an angel throw a lightning bolt across the room. A few people were turned upside-down from their seats. The nice thing about this whole glory explosion was that we were video-taping, so we caught the whole experience on tape.

Before we went to these meetings, I had given the worship team a prophetic word. The word was, "Thunder and lightning is coming to a worship theatre near you soon!" I had no idea the meetings were to be held in a building designed as a theatre. If that isn't interesting enough, not only was this much kept secret prophesied, but then it actually happened!

Do you know that you're a light of Heaven's Glory in the earth?

We might not always believe that or think so, but we are the Light of the world.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.