FROM MY HEART: MY GREATEST DESIRE ON MY 60TH BIRTHDAY

I’ll be 60 at the end of this month. It’s hard to believe. Where has time gone? It seems like yesterday I was a young single man in Bible school. The fire of God and zeal for the Lord that was in my heart then still remains, only in a different way.

The trials and seasons of a man’s life have a way of maturating wisdom, patience, and love in him if he’ll stay close to Jesus. I don’t have many regrets in my life, but one thing I wish I learned earlier was to love better. But love is a fruit and it doesn’t grow overnight.

For example, whenever I’d try speaking to a God mocker or a scoffer who was throwing insults at me I’d say something like, “We’ll see how tough you are when you stand before God and He tells you to depart from Him and casts you into hell.” Unless really prompted by the Spirit to do so, I would never say that to a God mocker today. Instead, I’d feel so sorry for him and see him in a totally different light.

The love that has been in me since my new birth is stronger and more developed now (Rom. 5:5), and I still have a long way to go. I see this same work done in John the beloved as he went from a son of thunder who wanted to call fire down from heaven (Lk. 9:54) to a great apostle of love who writes his final letters to the saints so tenderly (1,2,3 John). I, too was a son of thunder, and did not know what spirit I was of. Ha!

When I was a very young convert one of the first impressions I had from the Spirit of God was this, which I wrote in the first person:

“Like the apostle John and his brother James I use to be a son of thunder until the Lord my God tucked me under His wing, nursed me, cared for me, and patched up my wounds. Then He sent me from the nest into all the world and I became a lovebird, sharing that great love with others wherewith the Lord my God loved me first.” I wrote it down and dated it: (12/8/82).

I used to love to preach more than I loved people, but everyone has a starting point. I’d preach without hardly taking a breath, so it seemed, and sometimes I didn’t have as many words as I did fire. I was described by someone as a fire hydrant, but instead of water gushing forth, fire would come out. I burned many people until the Lord began to teach me and lead into a greater love. Today the intensity of the fire of God is still there, but the love for people has grown. Thank God.

As I celebrate my 60th birthday on July 28, which also happens to be my wedding anniversary to Carolyn, my greatest aim and goal in my remaining years is not to have a bigger ministry or greater influence, or to even write more books, but it is to love others better with the love of God and to see them though God’s eyes. When you go that route it is difficult to miss God in your life because your motives will then  always be pure.

The real love of God has two outstanding characteristics. It is quick to repent and quick to forgive. Boy, if you ever cultivate those two traits in your walk with God, you will cut off a major access point to the devil in your life. He will not be able to easily steal, kill, and destroy you.

I know one thing that has helped me immeasurably throughout my marriage has been that I refuse to let the sun go down on my wrath (Eph. 5:26). I refuse to go to bed angry or in strife with my wife. In the MEV translation the second part of that verse reads this way: “Don’t go to bed angry.” Marriage is the strongest bond of agreement and you would be unwise to choke that bond by allowing strife into your marriage. As one older man of God used to say, “I’ve passed up wonderful opportunities to stay in strife with my wife.” Be the bigger man and apologize and make it right before going to bed.

This counsel will save your marriage, your life, your health, and secure your eternal reward. God’s protection, favor, and prosperity will be upon your children and children’s children all the days of your life.

A man of love will stand in the gap for others who have sinned and ask God to forgive them and give them life (1 Jn. 5:16), instead of wishing them ill-will or judgement. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Love is the greatest of all Christian attributes and love always wins. So if you want to offer me a gift for  my 60th birthday, pray Phil. 1:9-11 and Eph. 3:14-21 for me. I will be very grateful.

 

 

 

 

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SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS: THE BITTER FRUIT OF THE LAW

When is the last time you walked into a room full of people and all you thought about was them? How can I be a blessing to them, how can I make their day, how can I bring encouragement and joy to their heart? How deep can a man go into selflessness where he is no longer concerned about himself, thinking of himself—thinking of ways to get ahead, to put himself in the best possible light in all conversations and appearances, to look good, to impress others and to project an image of himself that belies who he really is? Did Jesus ever live a day with that sort of mindset?

Why do men do this? Could this selfishness and self-focus be the larger part of what Jesus came to free us from?

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me. For I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).

Is not self-consciousness the largest part of the bitter fruit of what the law produces? And is not cultivating a God-consciousness and beholding the glory of the Lord, as in a mirror, with your heart, the solution toward this sort of radical transformation Jesus came to bring (2 Cor. 3:16-18)? Is this not the bigger part of what it means to grow up into Him and mature? Is not coming to Him and learning of Him what produces selflessness in our lives and a blessed rest where we quit striving to be someone, to achieve something, to be great as the world counts greatness?

TRUE DISCIPLES OF JESUS ARE KNOWN BY LOVE

Many churches are known for many different things. Some are known for prophecy or their charismatic gifts, some for benevolence, some for their good singing or great preaching, etc. but how many are known for their love, not in word but in deed (1 Jn. 3:18)?

Here’s where much of the body of Christ is at today.

“For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a gluttonous man, a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is justified by her children” (Matt. 11:18-19).

Our words and actions often fail to justify that we are the children of God. We argue, we fuss and we constantly engage in doctrinal disputes. Many seem to be consistently looking to pick a fight, to grumble and complain about things, and to never be satisfied unless their own opinions and points of view are heard. Our strife and division are our most frequent and consistent witness to the world. But listen to what Jesus said:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35).

How did Jesus love us? He denied Himself totally and completely to reconcile us to God. He brought to us the highest life by a firm committal to His death on the cross. His deepest motivation was to go as low as He could go to lift us up as high as we could go—the lowest death producing the highest life. He endured this death because we were His joy.

“Let us look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:2).

Should not this be our aim—to be like Him? To be conformed to His image? To love as He loved? How else will the world know that we are indeed Jesus’ disciples?

CAN’T LOVE UNLESS WE KNOW WE’RE LOVED

But it is the revelation that we are loved by Him that will ultimately produce the beginning of this transformation in our lives. We must constantly be receiving His love in order to release His love. The greatest glory we can experience on the earth is to know how loved we are by God. When we live loved, we will manifest His love to others.

When you truly commune with God you lose what you don’t need, and gain what you need in His presence. You lose those burdensome, weary, burned out physical and emotional feelings that come from constant striving, and you gain real rest in your soul that comes from His grace and knowing His love. This Scripture blesses me immensely and gives me a glimpse into real freedom:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matt. 11:28, MSG).

Some Christians pray and worship regularly, read the Bible faithfully, attend church consistently and constantly show God how much they love Him, but still have no peace and mental freedom. What’s the problem?

The revelatory truth of how much they are loved by God has not yet gripped them. They see themselves through their own weaknesses and shortcomings instead of through the eyes of the love of Christ. Their pursuit of God is from a position of somehow trying to earn His love instead of from position of already being loved.

This is one of the greatest prayers that we can pray for ourselves and for one another:

“That He would give you, according to the riches of His glory, power to be strengthened by His Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:16-19).

The fullness of God is to know His love which is beyond our intellectual capacity and knowledge. To be filled with the revelation of God’s love is to be filled with all His fulness. There is nothing greater. As believers, we’ve got to move past identifying ourselves with anyone or anything—whether they be our failures, our greatest achievements/accomplishments, man’s acceptance and approval, what we do or don’t do, our jobs/careers, churches, ministries, finances and so on. and move into a full-fledged identity with His love.

The heart that knows he is loved by God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ ceases to look elsewhere for love, peace and satisfaction. His delight is in the Lord. He has found his dwelling place and his rest in Him. When you receive a revelation of His deep love for you, it will put such a delight and contentment in your soul. It is then that you will truly live free and full.

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THE MOST PRECIOUS WORK GOD DOES IN A MAN’S HEART

Ephesians 1 and Ephesians 3 contain two Spirit-inspired prayers for all saints. The essence of these prayers are for us to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation–some refer to this as “the spirit of seeing and knowing”, and secondly, for us to be filled with the fulness of the love of Christ.

Consider the impact and transformation in our lives when we are walking in the manifestation of what these prayers comprise. What more do we need when we have spiritual accuracy in our lives that comes from the spirit of wisdom and revelation that allows us to see as the Father sees? Add to that the breadth, length, depth, and height of His love which passes knowledge that we might walk in the fulness of that love. Wisdom, revelation, and love are our biggest needs.

When this work is truly done in us, our Christian walk is no longer mechanical, but it flows from within our transformed hearts. To be rooted and grounded in Christ’s love means we receive our own nourishment from it, just as a tree receives nourishment from being rooted and grounded in rich soil. When we are nourished by Christ’s love we are satisfied. It’s nutrients feed us and fuel us constantly.

Jesus was nourished and fueled daily by the Father’s love. He lived and ministered from this position.

“For the Father loves the Son…” (Jn. 3:35, 5:20).

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you…” (Jn. 15:9).

The only way we can love others is to first know how loved we are by God.

“We love Him because He first loved us” (1 Jn. 4:19).

Love is the fuel and the oxygen of life in God. We will have less and less of a need to receive the love and approval of others when we are nourished by the Father’s love. If you are not receiving His love, you will find it difficult to release His love. It’s that simple.

Before God is the Creator or the Almighty Ruler, He is Father. It’s when we see that, even in creating and ruling, He does so as a kind and loving Father, that we are moved to such joy and delight at the thought of being His children. The God who is love (1Jn.4:8) is a Father who sent  His Son, so we could all, in turn, be sons. To be the Father means to love, it means to give life, it means to beget the Son, and to share His Son and now His Spirit with us all. In eternity past, before anything else was, God was loving, giving life, and delighting in His Son. This is what filled the heart of Jesus and is the reason He delighted in doing the Father’s will.

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (Jn.4:34).

“I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart” (Ps.40:8).

The Father’s love is always primary, but the Son reciprocates with that love that manifests in obedience.

The Father’s eternal love for the Son excites the Son’s responsive eternal love for the Father, and His eternal love flows freely to His disciples and now to His Church. By this, one may see how the Christian life is to be lived. Without this exchange and free flow of love, there is no joy and delight in the heart and in our service.

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THIS AGE WILL END AND CHRIST SHALL SOON RETURN

In 2005 the Lord told me to begin to speak and write more on lost themes and discarded/understated truths in the body of Christ. These blogs are a small part of that assignment.

We are giving a synopsis of the various accounts and testimonies of the 1920s outpouring in China among the orphaned children of the Adullam Rescue Home (these things were chronicled in a book called, Visions Beyond The Veil by H.A. Baker)  Heaven, hell, angels and demons, the end of the Age and the return of the Lord were central themes to all the visions the children experienced during this fascinating outpouring. 

A great focus of the visions and prophecies the children of Adullam received were concerning the end of this age, the rule of the Antichrist, the great tribulation, the harvest outpouring, and the return of  the Lord. These children were not schooled in theology and knew nothing of these things, thus they were constantly questioned and cross questioned about what they saw and heard. They had no knowledge of the Bible and yet everything they witnessed in vision form and prophesied was exactly according to the Scriptures.

The Bible teaches that this present age will end in the greatest tribulation and time of trouble man has ever known, immediately followed by the return of the Lord who will destroy the wicked and reward the righteous (Mt. 24:29-31). When the darkness is at its worst we will see the greatest harvest.

PROPHECIES AND VISIONS

The Adullam children prophesied continually of a time of war, famine, pestilence, and great tribulation in conjunction with increased persecution of God’s people with promised protection. At times during intense persecution saints were caught away bodily to a place of safety as Philip was in Acts 8. There was also miraculous provision of food similar to the manna God manifested in the wilderness during times of scarcity and hunger. The saints received strength and boldness to testify fearlessly, and some were given power to preach in tongues of languages of unevangelized tribes. In some cases when the gospel was rejected fire would come from heaven to destroy the wicked place as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. There was such preaching power in their words that their enemies were smitten by plagues or death.

The children also received numerous visions of the Antichrist accompanied by prophecy. They saw him marshaling his forces toward the final war of this age. During his reign the saints were standing strong in spite of hardship and danger. This was a time of the unleashing of the powers of Satan, having great wrath knowing his time was short (Rev. 12:12). No one but Spirit filled saints could stand and endure such Satanic onslaughts of power and manifestations.

Visions of the war on the earth were seen. Children saw battleships destroyed by bombs from airplanes, and sinking into their watery grave. Armies were gathered from all around the earth as poison gas was released (could this be chemical/nuclear warfare?) and deadly instruments slew their victims in countless numbers. Eventually there were multitudes of dead bodies that could not be buried and were left to decay as manure on the earth (Jer. 25:31-33).

   

THE RETURN OF THE LORD AND DAY OF HIS WRATH

In the midst of all this tribulation and trouble Christ suddenly returned. The sun became dark and the moon red like blood. The stars fell from heaven. The heavens were rolled up like a scroll. A great earthquake swallowed people up. Multitudes were running everywhere in fear and confusion. Men fled from their shops leaving behind their goods and valuables without a second thought. Families rushed out of their homes in the same way. All humans became one in purpose–to flee from the wrath of the returning eternal Judge and seek a place of refuge. Some fled to the mountains, some leaped into the rivers and perished, and some even slew themselves with their own weapons.

“For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Rev. 6:17)

Think these things not strange for they are all recorded in the Bible (Rev. 6). The amazing fact is that these children did not know such things were in the Bible. And very often they would act out and speak out the things they were seeing and hearing.

THE GREAT SUPPER OF GOD

For example, when they saw all the dead bodies and the birds and scavengers of the earth eating their carcasses in the great supper of God (Rev. 19:17-18), the others could hear their remarks and see their movements. One would say, “Look at that eagle eating that rich fellow. See it picking his fancy clothes from his body. Look at that! It has taken a piece of his flesh and flown away.”

Another said, “Oh, look over there; a vulture and a crow both eating at that man. He has the most courage. He just picks away, gorging himself, never taking time to look up, but the crow is afraid; he takes a bit and looks around to see if he is in danger. ‘Ai ya’, do you see that? Look at the birds standing on that well dressed fellow and digging into him.”

These abhorring scenes repelled the children and made them turn their backs from it all. This once again signified the authenticity of these visions and what they were seeing. This shows us that the esteemed materialism of this passing world and the rich and mighty rulers/leaders of all Christ-rejecting enterprises and religions of this world will be brought to nothing. How sobering! How fearful to realize that all peoples and nations who forget the living God shall be turned into hell.

God chose to reveal all these end-of-the-age events to little, innocent, and simple children. They were shown by God and angels that the consummation of the present world with its human systems of education and its boasted organization and wealth will be “the great supper of God,” where the flesh of the dead will be more of a prize than will be the elevated splendor of this culture that is now the pride of the living.

The children saw the Lord and His angels bind the Antichrist hand and foot before casting him alive into hell (Rev. 19:20). There were also visions of the devil taken alive to the mouth of the pit where a lid was lifted up to cast him into a well-like, deep, black abyss. The lid was shut, and the Lord locked it with a great key (Rev. 20:1-3).

These things are real, dear friends, and God chose the most unlikely people, little children to bear witness of these invisible realities nearly a century ago. The time is drawing very near to the culmination of these events. God loves us and desires that none perish. Let us become eternally minded, live soberly, be watchful and prayerful, and made ready.

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.

First Episode

Second Episode

Also, check out our YouTube channel. Go here to enjoy our most popular Face To Face series where my wife and I share briefly on revival and the move of the Spirit.

CONVERSATIONS AT THE CROSSROADS OF HEAVEN AND HELL

In 2005 the Lord told me to begin to speak and write more on lost themes and discarded/ understated truths in the body of Christ. These blogs are a part of that assignment.

We are giving a synopsis of the various accounts and testimonies of the 1920s outpouring in China among the orphaned children of the Adullam Rescue Home. Heaven, hell, angels and demons, the end of the Age and the return of the Lord were central themes to all the visions the children experienced during this fascinating outpouring. 

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Mt. 7:13-14).

Great, busy, hurrying multitudes hustling with business, carrying great loads of sin and rushing along with the affairs of life, were passing in endless streams and countless numbers. Caught up in a vision in the Spirit, the child was the preacher at the crossroads. Again, only one side of the conversation was heard:

“Hello, my friend! Please wait a minute; I want to speak to you. Say, do not go down that broad road; it leads to hell and ruin. I have been down that way and have seen hell for myself. Stop here by the cross and let Jesus wash all your sins away. From the cross of Christ here you can start up this other road that will lead you to heaven and everlasting life and joy. Oh! that fellow does not believe it. There he goes down the broad road. What a pity! 

“I will stop this other man and see if he will believe. Hey there! Just a minute! Say, do not follow that crowd. They do not know where they are going. That road leads to destruction; that is the road to the lake of fire. Please don’t go on. I came out here to stop as many of you as possible and give you fair warning. Better turn aside here, let Jesus wash your sins away, and go with us up the road to heaven where God is. Oh, there he goes, too!

“Here is another. Wait a moment! Say, come out of that crowd. Can’t you see there is no one returning? They all go down that road and no one ever comes back. That is the broad road to hell. Stop here by the cross, believe the gospel of salvation through Jesus’ blood, and you will be safe. There is no other road further on. This is the only road to heaven. Turn in here or you will be lost, too. Oh, what a pity he does not believe me. There he goes with the others.”

Sometimes the youthful preacher would decide that if no one believed him, he would follow the willful crowd to see what happened. When he arrived with the crowd at the brink of the lake of fire in hell, we heard him say, “Look at that crowd falling into hell! No one escapes. Everyone goes in.” 

Slowly drawing near the edge of the pit and leaning over and looking down into the lake with its suffering multitudes, the youthful preacher said: “I cannot help you now. I told you all about this back there at the gospel crossroads, but you would not believe. And you still would not believe, even if I could help you out. No, I am helpless now. If you had listened when I warned, the Lord would’ve saved you. You came on and fell in because you would not take advice. No, I can’t. I am going back to the crossroads to see if I can find someone who will listen. I must stop a few at any cost.”

The youthful preacher was occasionally successful in persuading one to listen. Then he would say:

“Now you get down there at the foot of the cross of Jesus and pray. Oh, you don’t know how to pray? Well, you say what I tell you. ‘Jesus, I am a sinner. I was on my road to hell. I am only fit for hell. The big load I carry is only sin. Forgive my sins and teach me to live only for your glory. Amen.”

There was rejoicing then as the sinner was saved and started up the narrow road, while the preacher went out to try to rescue another deluded traveler.

These visions with some variations, were repeated many times, making it clear that salvation was only by repentance and faith in the blood of Christ, through the preaching of the gospel–that many were called, that few were saved–that the road to destruction is broad and multitudes pass that way–that the way to life is narrow and few there be that find it. It was equally clear that the Christian is to stand in the gap at the parting of the ways and persuade and warn others to the limit of his ability.

During this outpouring and these marvelous visitations these young preacher boys could be found on the streets preaching under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, at times even with interpretation, as one would speak the message in tongues and another nearby would step up to preach the interpretation. Girls played a part in this outpouring also.

ANOTHER SOLEMN EXAMPLE

One day a young girl was speaking to a university student out in front of the gate of the Adullam home. In a simple way she began to tell the student of Jesus and heaven and hell, and of his great need for salvation. Here is the conversation:

“What’s the use of me being a Christian? I do not need to be saved.”

“You might die suddenly in your sins, and you would go to hell.” the girl responded.

“Who are you?” scoffed the student. “You are a little snip of an ignorant girl, just a sort of useless beggar. What do you suppose you are trying to do? You are trying to teach me something when you are not worthy to even talk to me. I am a university student. I am wise. I have read many books. I have been many years in Peking. I can read and speak English as well as Chinese.”

He then spat in her face and told her to mind her own business.

About two weeks later this young university student succumbed to his death. Shortly after his funeral this young girl went into a trance by the power of the Spirit. After seeing visions of heaven and the glories of the redeemed she stood still and bent over as though looking into hell. (H.A. Baker, the founder of the Adullam Home knew nothing of the conversation the girl had with this university student). Seeing this student now in hell here is what the girl said to him:

“Ah! There is no hell. No, I cannot; I have no power to help you now. You certainly are in an awful plight.  It is you who are worse than a beggar now; all dirty, all filthy, and suffering in the lake of fire. In fact, you look worse than any beggar I ever saw. I thought you told me you were wise and that you had a great education. Where is your education now? Well, I cannot help you now even if you do apologize. That may be, but I have no power. No, only Jesus can save you, but when I told you about Him you made fun of Him and cursed me. Look what we beggars who believe in Jesus have received in heaven: all is joy, all is happiness, all is love in the city of golden streets with its wonderful paradise of God.”

Beloved, we need to have the Word of God and visions like this repeated to us time and time again. The world makes us dull. The natural things of life pull us down from giving attention to these realities of heaven and hell. The busy-ness of our earthly affairs rob us of living in the light of eternity.

For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Heb. 2:2-3)

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.

First Episode

Second Episode

And enjoy our YouTube channel for Spirit-filled resources. Go here to enjoy our most popular Face To Face series where my wife and I share briefly on revival and the move of the Spirit.

VISIONS OF THE KINGDOM OF THE DEVIL

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

Not only did the children of Adullam have visions of heaven and angels, but they also experienced visions of hell and the kingdom of the devil. They saw the warfare between the angels and demons, especially in the mid-heavens, and how the angels prevailed in the lives of believers through their faith and praise.

Those children who were under the anointing also often saw demons by other children who were drowsy and could not pray. They saw them entering in through windows or doors, and they’d also observe some reclining under a table or the couch.

Over and over again the children also had visions of hell and the lake of fire. The first time any of the children were under the anointing of the Spirit they would usually have a vision of hell. They were bound in chains by demons and taken through a region of darkness. Some children could hear demons all around them. If taken far, they could see a dim light in the distance which proved to be reflections from the lake of fire. Some of them were forced so near they could see the lake of fire ahead. All the time they were pleading the blood of Christ, asserting that they would not obey and would not be subject to the slavery of their captors. They believed Jesus would surely save them, and before they reached the lake of fire He indeed would always intervene.

The Scriptures teach that hell is a place of blackness of darkness, and the devil’s angels and the ungodly are now reserved in chains of darkness awaiting judgment.

“And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day…raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 6, 13).

TAKEN TO THE EDGE OF THE LAKE OF FIRE

These children not only saw the darkness in hell, but were led to the edge of this great lake of molten fire in a semi-dark pit from which arose clouds of smoke. When the smoke settled low, the fire in the lake was less distinct. When the smoke lifted a little, the burning lake with its flames could be distinctly seen.

“When the children were peering down into this pit in hell we saw them taking a firm hold on some piece of furniture or getting down on their hands and knees, cautiously bending forward to peer into the infernal regions. They looked a moment and then drew back, afraid lest they fall in. They were horrified at what they saw. Then very cautiously they looked again and drew back. Sometimes the children lay flat on their stomachs, lest they slip and fall while looking over the brink of the lake of fire.

“The lost were seen going into hell. Some fell in, some walked over the brink, and some were bound by demon chains and cast into hell by demons. One boy saw groups of the wicked bound in bundles, ready to be cast into this furnace of fire.

“When the fire abated and the smoke settled down the moans of the miserable could be heard. When the fire at intervals increased in intensity and the smoke lifted a little there were shrieks and wails of agony. “

Oh dear one, hell fire is real. Let us work diligently to rescue the perishing in this late hour before they step over the ledge and are lost forever.

A CONVERSATION WITH ONE IN HELL

In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus gives an account of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man finding himself in hell had a conversation with father Abraham. We should not be surprised or skeptical about such things for they are written in the Scriptures and settled forever. The Bible provides sufficient evidence and is enough, but God in His mercy has throughout the ages God left us with many witnesses. These children are such ones. Also, when Christ reigns as King of kings upon the earth, the redeemed nations will look upon the lost.

“In the lake of fire were oceans of hands reaching up for help. Those below pled with those looking in upon them to come to their rescue. We could hear the children talking to them just as you can hear someone talking over the telephone and get but one end of the conversation. We could hear one end of the conversation like this:

“I can’t help you.”

“No, I cannot do anything for you.”

“But when you were alive you would not obey the gospel.”

“No, it is too late; before you got here I preached to you, but you made fun of me and despised Jesus. Now you know I told you the truth.”

“No, I cannot do anything; this is the judgment of God.”

“If you had obeyed, you would now be enjoying heaven with us.”

After some such conversation, the children were led away to enjoy the presence of Jesus in heaven or the glories of the golden streets of the Paradise of God.

One tribal village boy saw his grandmother in hell, whom he had tried to win to Christ. She was once a sorceress and murderer who had rejected the gospel in her village and also caused others to reject it. This village boy also saw his little sister and believing aunt in heaven. Other children also had these types of vision of relatives in heaven and hell.

There was no vision of anyone in heaven or the name of anyone written on the mansions by the golden streets who did not trust in Jesus. All who were in hell were unbelievers. One night the Lord spoke through a young boy in wonderful prophecy and said, “There will be no one in heaven except those who believe in the gospel.”

After the Lord had taken the children through wonderful systematic lessons in the Holy Spirit, they nearly all came at last to the parting of the roads. In this vision, repeated until it seemed the impression could never be forgotten, the one in vision seemed to be standing by the cross at the parting of the two great roads. The one road was the narrow way of life that leads to heaven and glory; the other was the broad way to hell and destruction.

Great, busy, hurrying multitudes hustling with business, carrying great loads of sin and rushing along with the affairs of life, were passing in endless streams and countless numbers. The child was the preacher at the crossroads. Again, only one side of the conversation was heard:

To be continued…

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THE PARADISE OF GOD

“To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7).

“On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits…” (Rev. 22:2)

There is a paradise of flowing living water and luscious fruit trees. It is our blessed hope and land of promise, and one we should be put in remembrance frequently.

Since I’ve never been to this Paradise of God I must share from the accounts of those who have. I know there are many fabrications, but I know the anointing and I know the Scriptures, and the ones which are true will bear witness with me and you. In my humble opinion, two of the greatest, highly authentic, and most fascinating accounts in recent centuries, according to my knowledge, are those of Marietta Davis in 1848 and those of the children in the Adullam Home in the 1920s outpouring in China. We’ve been sharing for many weeks on these accounts to prepare people for eternity. I consider it an assignment from the Lord.

AN ELDERLY SAINT

There is an elderly lady, a former minister alongside her now deceased husband, living in the vicinity of Toronto, Canada who watches our videos and reads our blogs. She is confined to her home most of the time and considered a shut-in. Her departure is near and she gets filled with the Spirit when she connects to what she is seeing and hearing from us. Recently she called us to let us know that she put our ministry on her last will and testament as one of her beneficiaries. The importance of the “one” (Lk. 15) took on new meaning for us and became a deeper revelation.

Surprisingly, these blogs on the afterlife and heaven and hell have received decreased visits and views, but I’m not not moved by any of it. If all my labor be for this one solitary life of an aged saint who served the Lord most of her days, it is the sweetest joy and reward to me to hear how blessed she’s been. In a way, she is being anointed for paradise.

THE NEW SPIRITUAL ORDER

When people’s affections are set below, they have very little interest in what’s above. It is often proof that they have no citizenship there. Yet God has made a place in paradise for every human being ever born. It is in accord with the Father’s plan from the beginning when He created the garden of Eden for man. Amidst all the beauties of nature before there was sin, sickness, and death He formed man and set him there. That Eden world was heaven on earth and full of such beauty and glory that hasn’t been seen since—all  planned and established for our eternal enjoyment. When sin entered, that all changed as creation was made subject to vanity (Rom. 8:20). Man lost his Eden garden and his Eden God.

But the day is now drawing nearer when all will be restored to its new spiritual order. We are to hasten for that day and anticipate its glories. Not only shall man be fully restored to his former glory, but all of creation itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God (Rom. 8:18-21). If the present natural order of plant and animal is looking forward to this freedom, how much more ought man? If all nature is looking forward to being delivered from this cursed earth into the new spiritual regeneration of the redeemed, how much more ought the redeemed? “For Christ has brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures” (Jam. 1:18). I’m about to have a glory fit just thinking about it!

This is a new spiritual order—similar to the earthly, but so much higher and so much more! After His resurrection Jesus was similar to what He was before, but without limitations. Although He possessed flesh and bone, and could be touched and felt and perform earthly duties, He was not subject to the confinements of this material world of time and space. Even so, shall we be—being swiftly transported at the speed of thought from one place to another and walking through walls as Jesus did.

Even the earth itself will be regenerated into a new and higher order since “we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness” (2 Pt. 3:13). That earth including all the plant and animal life will possess all the beauties of glorified nature that shall never be destroyed or cursed ever again.

“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them” (Is. 11:6).

Oh, these things are as sure as the Scriptures! The beloved apostle John saw it and wrote it.

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:1, 2).

But most of all Jesus said it.

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful” (v. 5).

Why are so many so dull of mind and slow to believe these things?

To be continued…

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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. 

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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:

English Episode 2