REVELATIONS OF HEAVEN AT THE ADULLAM HOME

We are giving a synopsis of the 1920s outpouring in China among the orphaned children of the Adullam Rescue Home.

Some of the Adullam boys who had died the previous year were seen in heaven by those who had been caught up to heaven during the outpouring. Heaven seemed so near as time after time these boys acted out the visions they were seeing there and conversations they were having. With their eyes closed and radiant faces they clapped their hands in joyful rejoicing, hurriedly calling the other boys over to see some dwelling, or golden street, or some new scene and discovery in Paradise. Those boys who had died and were now in heaven were constantly seen by those on the earth who frequently shouted out their names with joy and ecstasy in the midst of the Adullam Home. They were very much alive and did not seem far away at all—just out of sight. Heaven was so real, so near, so wonderful, so certain, that if one of the children had died in those days the others would have envied him and counted him privileged.

This is one of the chief purposes of sharing on these invisible realities—to make heaven, hell, and the eternal world real, near, and certain to you. I believe Jesus appeared to His disciples many times after His resurrection to also fulfill this purpose in them and to remove all mystery as to the afterlife and the reality of these eternal things. Often after one of His appearances Jesus would vanish and disappear from their sight and it caused an awe, an excitement, and an unspeakable joy to be activated in their hearts (Lk. 24:51-53). This is the reason those first disciples in the early Church were able to sell all their possessions and face persecution and suffering without wavering. The step to heaven after death is small, only one breath away, and not mysterious. Our kingdom is not of this world. We are citizens of heaven. Our life, our work, our service and sacrifices are brief and fleeting, but our eternal destiny, and our true life is secure and will never be taken from us or pass away. Let’s live like these things are real because they are.

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this. Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne” (Rev. 4:1-2).

When in the Spirit these children were lost to their natural surroundings. Often they supposed they were in heaven and spoke aloud, describing what they saw, and carrying on conversations with either angels or saints that all who were near could hear. As I’ve shared, they acted out what they were doing and saying in heaven.

The children testified that they went to the third heaven. As they passed the first heaven, which is the sky just above us, they felt the air on their faces. And then passing into the second heaven, which is outer space, they looked back upon the beautiful stars like a person on a mountaintop would gaze down below at some valley or lighted city.

Then when the children finally reached the third heaven they saw the light of the New Jerusalem afar off, and as they approached it they saw the beautiful wall of the city reflecting its wonderful jasper light. The foundations were of indescribable beauty, sparkling with the varied colors of the most radiant jewels.

The city these children saw and testified of were three cities in one, not a cube as some have supposed it to be, but a pyramid. One city was suspended upon another with the largest below and the smallest above. These children knew nothing of what the Bible said, but one of them prophesied that the Lord had made heaven big enough for everyone, and that he had made it in three cities, one above the other, and that presently His throne is in the upper city.

Heaven is a real place with real people. It’s our home. It’s where we will spend eternity, and where there is love, joy, peace, perfection without end.

To be continued…

These accounts are found in the book, Visions Beyond The Veil, formerly entitled Visions of Heaven, first published in 1973. 

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THE GREAT 1920s CHINA OUTPOURING: THE REALITIES OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD

We are giving a synopsis of the 1920s outpouring in China among the children of the Adullam Rescue Home.

They had prayed so long for a mighty conviction of sin and now it had finally come. The presence of God was in manifestation and the desire to pray increased greatly. One child after another went down under the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and were prostrate on the floor—more than twenty of them.

The children showed no desire to leave the chapel service as hours passed by. The Lord had complete control and brother and sister Baker seemed to have nothing to do or say except to try and stay out of the way (oh, how I wish more leaders would learn to do that when God is moving!).

“As the children in visions saw the awfulness of hell, the anguish of lost souls, and the indescribably hellish power of the devil and his angels, their agonized crying was beyond anything I had ever heard or imagined. It was all so real to them. Many saw themselves bound and dragged to the very brink of hell. Condemnation for sins and the power of the devil over them was terrifying in its reality, but freedom from this evil power through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ was just as real. When they experienced this liberating power from the clutches of the evil one, their salvation was as real as had been their condemnation. Their joy, laughter, and peace of soul in the knowledge of what they had been saved from gave them an experience which I am sure they will never be able to forget.” – H.A. Baker

One prayer and praise service lasted 20 hours. Children hardly ate and slept. All they wanted to do was pray and wait on God. This was all new to the Bakers as previously the children barely endured the one hour services. The outpouring was so continuous that for over a week no attempts were made to perform any regular functions of work. Only necessary things were done as everyone was absorbed in the mighty presence of God.

It also became difficult to have meals at the regular hours without interfering with the work of the Holy Spirit. At times the power of God would wane and dissipate and children would go out and eat a meal or a snack, and also get some rest. But then the children would return to their prayer rooms and come under the power of God once again. Some would stay under the power of God all day and night, often going without sleep while continuing to pray. When sleep overcame them they would rest on the floor for awhile and then get up and seek the Lord again. Soon they would be lost in the Spirit.

All who received the Holy Spirit initially knew enough of the Bible to believe in one God and to trust in the blood of Jesus for salvation. The Bible was taught daily and the gospel was preached regularly at the Adullam home. Even before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit some children prayed and sought Christ. No one was seeking visions or manifestations of the Spirit that became daily happenings. They single-heartedly prayed and praise Jesus and His Name alone was magnified.

The experiences of these children could not have been a product of their imaginations. These boys were simply minded, uneducated, mentally untrained, and could not have conceived of the things they  saw and heard. Most of them had been recently converted and were not familiar with Bible themes. The visions that had been given to them were all new even to the teachers. Furthermore, the children did not compare notes and imitate one another. Many of the children were filled with the Spirit at the same time, and often would have simultaneous visions of the same thing in separate rooms. The complete harmony of these visions covering multiple details is beyond natural order or reasoning. Thorough questioning and examination was made to these children and clear uniform answers were always given.

As I continue to share on this great outpouring in hopes of producing hope, expectation, and willing vessels who will pray for such in our day, I realize many may be skeptical  of these things. But remember that supernatural visions and revelations are seen throughout the entire Bible, and it is the foundation upon which the Church was established and upon which it stands today.

To be continued…

These accounts are found in the book, Visions Beyond The Veil, formerly entitled Visions of Heaven, first published in 1973. 

If you are interested in these themes of life beyond the veil and eternity, please like our Facebook page, Behind The Veil, and enjoy our television program that will first appear here in both English and Arabic. The first two episodes have already been posted on this page. 

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ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE OUTPOURINGS EVER RECORDED IN HISTORY

In the furthermost southwest corner of the Yunnan province of China in the 1920s a great outpouring took place among the beggarly outcasts and homeless street boys of the city of Kotchiu (now Gejiu). It happened at the rescue mission of the Adullam home run by missionaries H.A. and Josephine Baker.

This was one of the most incredible outpourings ever recorded in history that lasted for many days. These school boys fell prostrate on the floor under the mighty power of God and were translated in the Spirit into the next world. They spoke with angels, saw saints of old, and played in the wonderful parks of paradise. These children ranging in age from 6-18, received visions and revelations of heaven and hell, and preached in the power and demonstration of the Spirit. These manifestations are beyond natural order, likened to the apostle Paul or John when they were caught up in the Spirit and saw and heard amazing things.

Time after time these children left their bodies and were caught away, not in dream form, but in actual reality. In fact, their visits were so real that in one instance when they returned to their physical bodies they immediately searched their pockets for the luscious fruit they had just picked from the beautiful trees in heaven. Not finding it, they acted very surprised, confused, and disappointed that they were not able to share the heavenly fruit with the Bakers and others in the Adullam home. It seemed to them that they went to heaven in bodily form just as someone would journey to a distant land and return.

Walking the streets of gold in heaven seemed as real to them as walking in some Chinese city. In many cases when they were in the Spirit in heaven, they conversed aloud and could be heard by those in close proximity describing what they were seeing or acting out what they were doing. These children shouted for joy, clapped their hands in rapture, jumped and danced in great delight, and at times rolled around on the floor in unrestrained laughter. The glory of the celestial city seemed to shine on their faces as they radiated with “a joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

The children knew the scripture describing the heavenly Jerusalem as being populated with “an innumerable company of angels” (Heb. 12:22). At the gates of the city and everywhere in heaven they observed these happy angels who walked and talked with them and explained things to them they did not understand. In these experiences the children were often given harps or trumpets and taught to play them and sing with the angels. They learned the music and language of heaven. With eyes closed and dancing around the room to the rhythm of the heavenly music, and acting out playing the harp or the trumpet, the others bore witness that they were indeed caught up in the Spirit in the praises of the King. Daily it was not unusual to see these children in some corner of a room acting out what they were doing or saying in heaven.

The climax of all the children’s heavenly wonder and joy was seeing and worshiping Jesus. No matter the joy and pleasures they heard and witnessed, Jesus was always the center of attraction. His name was never forgotten in conversation and He was praised and magnified continually everywhere, in everything, and in everyone there.

In these visions and journeys to heaven the children knew that their visits were temporary. They also knew their purpose was to see what was being prepared for them after death, and to tell others on the earth that if they believed and obeyed, all things would be theirs.

And so we must tell you. To be continued…

These accounts are found in the book, Visions Beyond The Veil, formerly entitled Visions of Heaven, first published in 1973. 

If you are interested in these themes of life beyond the veil and eternity, please like our Facebook page, Behind The Veil, and enjoy our television program that will first appear here in both English and Arabic. Here is our second program:

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OUR SEXUALITY AND OUR GLORIFIED BODIES

And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection (Heb. 11:32-35).

On the surface, according to this verse, a better resurrection is the difference between accepting deliverance, or choosing martyrdom and awaiting your glorified body at the resurrection of the just. But could there be a deeper meaning and a mystery embodied within a better resurrection?

Somehow it seems to me that beyond martyrdom, which is what Hebrews 11:35 speaks of, there is a close relation and connection between our physical bodies and our future resurrected bodies. I believe that a part of obtaining a better resurrection is in proportion to how we steward our bodies on the earth. For instance, concerning our sexuality, let us look closer at the identity between our physical and glorified bodies.

Notice the following verses:

“Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power (1 Cor. 6:13-14).

Paul is correcting the dangerous misconception among the Corinthians who believed, “as the stomach is designed for food, the genitals are created for sexual experience.” This mind-set is not only common among unregenerate human beings but also among Christians who justify or are entangled in sexual immorality. Paul shows how this analogy is false because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and belongs to Christ. Here’s where many people err in their understanding of their sexuality.

The margin of my Bible says that eating food is a secondary and temporal arrangement, but sexuality reaches into the eternal and metaphysical depths of one’s being. An essential identity exists between the present physical body and the future glorified body (v 14). Sexual intercourse is more than a biological experience; it involves a communion of life. Since Jesus is one with the born-again believer’s spirit, it is unthinkable to involve Him with sexual immorality; thus the strong Scriptural admonition not to let the sin of fornication and all uncleanness “even be named among you” (Eph. 5:3; emphasis added).

Sexuality is a uniquely profound aspect of the personality involving one’s entire being. Sexual immorality has far-reaching effects, with great spiritual significance and social implications (v18). Such immorality is not only a sin against the body but against the Holy Spirit, who dwells in the body. It is just one of the ways we are to discern the Lord’s body, which when consistently neglected can bring weakness, sickness, and even premature death (1 Cor. 11:29-31).

Regardless of how satisfying and fulfilling sex is in its rightful place within the marriage, it is still a temporal arrangement and not a part of our eternal existence. And yet by it we procreate and give birth to eternal spirits. What a sacred responsibility! Sexual immorality messes with this sacredness and the power of procreation with someone to whom you are not in marital covenant with. The sexual drive is not sinful, but it is hurtful if not kept in its proper place. Scripture forbids sexual immorality in order to protect us.

I hope this helps someone to resist immoral temptations. If I would’ve known these things when I first got saved it would’ve strengthened me to overcome this sort of temptation. Instead, as a younger man I struggled with it for years.

THE QUALITY OF OUR SPIRITUALITY=A BETTER RESURRECTION

Other passages of Scripture also appear to suggest that a better resurrection refers to the quality of spirituality and the fitness of our souls that are dependent on the spiritual exercise we exert unto godliness in this life.  This appears to be one of the reasons Paul made the comment to Timothy about physical exercise vs. spiritual exercise, which he calls godliness.

“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Tim. 4:8).

Exercising ourselves unto godliness is profitable, not only in this present life, but in the age to come when we receive our new glorified bodies.

Hebrews 11 speaks of the consecration and suffering of some of the OT saints. Many in the West fail to understand that this is a big part of our faith. Trials and tribulations are considered a curse in our cozy Christian culture, but if we see it as a grace that gives us an opportunity to grow in the inner man in a way that will have eternal implications and consequences, we would count it a joy to suffer for righteousness sake. We could then experience a kind of spiritual growth that we otherwise could not have if the Lord didn’t allow us to go through it—a kind of growth we wouldn’t have been able to catch up with in the afterlife.  It is only in this earthly life we have the opportunity to suffer for Christ’s Name so we should graciously embrace it by trusting the Lord and living godly through the process.

Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Pt. 4:19).

Hebrews 11 teaches us that faith is operative in both the exploits we achieve for the Lord and in our sufferings. There were times when God delivered and rescued His people, and in a few instances the dead were even received to life again (v. 35a), but there were also times when they chose to suffer and die without accepting deliverance. We have one shot in this life to glorify God in our lives and with our bodies. As we do, we can be assured of sharing in His glory in the better resurrection.

“so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death” (Phil. 1:20).

“…if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:17-18).

If we endure, we shall also reign with Him” (2 Tim. 2:12).

 If you are interested in these themes of life beyond the veil and eternity, please like our Facebook page, Behind The Veil, and enjoy our television program that will first appear here in both English and Arabic. Here is our first program: 

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