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MESSAGE FROM OUR MINISTER - SUNDAY 17 MAY 2020
24"The God who made the world and everything in it is the LORD of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28'For in him we live and move and have our being.'
As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' (NIV)
1After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." 2At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. (NIV)
A Door Standing Open in Heaven for Believers!
We should remember that the Apostle John wrote the words in the Book of Revelation while on the Island of Patmos. He was there ‘because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus’ (Revelation 1:9). He had been banished to this island which in actual fact was an isolated, rocky and inhospitable prison. Yet it was here, under extremely difficult circumstances, separated from his loved ones, excluded from his church and condemned to only the companionship of unpleasant fellow captives, that he was granted this vision as a special privilege. It was as a prisoner that John saw ‘a door standing open in heaven.’
We should also remember Jacob, who lay down in the desert after leaving his father’s house. ‘He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord ....’ (Genesis 28:12 – 13).
The doors of heaven have been opened not only for these two men but also for many others. And in the world’s estimation, it seems as if their circumstances were utterly unlikely to receive such revelations. Yet how often we have seen ‘a door standing open in heaven’ for those who are prisoners and captives, for those who suffer from a chronic or terminal illness and are bound with chains of pain of sickness, for those who live in lonely isolation and for those who are kept at the margins of the church because of various reasons.
But there are conditions to seeing the open door. We must know what it means to be ‘in the Spirit’ (Revelation 1:10). We must be ‘pure in heart’ (Matthew 5:8) and obedient in faith. We must be willing to ‘consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:8). Then once God is everything to us, so that ‘in him we live and move and have our being, (Acts 17: 28), the door to heaven will stand open to us as well.
Rev. Asif Das.