Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The Heaven was Opened

Scripture: Luke 3 v 21 - 22; Isaiah 25 v 7 - 8; Daniel 10 v 12 - 14.  

When Jesus came to be baptized in water, as He came up out of the water He prayed and the heaven was opened and then the Holy Spirit in bodily form descended upon Him like a dove landing on Him.

A prophecy about Jesus in Isaiah 25 says He will break the covering that is over all people and the veil over all nations then wipe away every tear from their eyes.

In Daniel 10 where the pre-incarnate Jesus appears to Daniel, He says to him that the first day Daniel started fasting for 3 weeks that He responded but that a demonic force called "the prince of Persia" withstood me for 21 days until Michael the Archangel came to help Me break through to you.

There is a demonic covering over the Earth aimed at blocking Jesus out! The only way through was to be born on Earth as a man. When He was baptized in water it broke the covering over Him so that the Holy Spirit could come in response to His prayer.

Satan fights more against water baptism than against salvation and now we know why. The heaven gets opened over us as it did when Jesus was baptized and we receive power from on high. The demonic covering is shredded every time a believer gets baptized! The veil over our hearts is removed so we can understand the scriptures.

This is why Jesus said that the veil remains unbroken over the hearts of His Jewish people who have not believed that He is their Messiah and Bridegroom. John the Baptist knew and declared in John 3 v 29 that he was the friend of the Bridegroom who stood and heard Him and rejoiced greatly at the Bridegroom's voice because He that has the Bride is the Bridegroom.

The Heaven is Open is a translation of the Hebrew words Rosh Hashanah, a feast they celebrate in their September New Year. I believe this is also the time of year that Jesus was born as a baby on Earth because surely the heaven would be opened for such an event as the shepherds testified while out all night with their sheep.

They saw the angelic host rejoicing in the birth of the King of Kings!! I doubt that shepherds would be out with sheep in the dead of winter in December in Israel! So that could not be the birth of Jesus. Likewise His baptism would have taken place on Rosh Hashanah when the heaven was opened for the fullness of the Holy Spirit to arrive upon Him.

All the things John the Baptist said about Jesus were true. He said Jesus was the Lamb of God who has come to take away the sin of the world; and that Jesus was the one who would baptize us in the Holy Spirit and fire. He called Him the Bridegroom and so He is, and Israel is His Bride.

In Ephesians it is written that Jesus is the Head of the Church which is His body. The Head (Jesus) plus His body - which will join up together in the Rapture - become the completed Bridegroom, who then will come to rescue the finally believing Bride, Israel, at the battle of Armageddon.

Back to Daniel and the Prince of Persia demonic force which blocked Jesus from him. A spiritual prince is a ruling spirit in high places. Persia is now called Iran but that same demon prince still hates Israel and causes the Ayatollahs who rule that nation to declare perpetual war until she is totally destroyed.

They finance and arm Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Gaza to fire missiles at her even as recently as 3 days ago. When she fires back the whole world complains!! The refuse to even recognise the existence of Israel. Israel the Bride of the Lamb (Revelation 21 v 9ff) and the apple of God's eye! Israel with whom God made eternal covenants as His Chosen people. Israel to whom Jesus was born to manifest God's love, compassion and glory! The nations who reject her will be put to a perpetual shame.

So rejoice that you are a baptized believer and the heaven is open above you to receive the abundant blessings of Almighty God who sent the Holy Spirit to make Jesus Christ real to us and to give us revelation knowledge out of His Word.

Prayer: Heavenly Father we appreciate You for Your thoughts which are toward us continually for our good. You made provision for every eventuality so that the Body of Your Son Jesus (us) could be kept from harm. We must adhere to Your rescue plan for us and follow Your Word to escape harm. We love You Father and ask for wisdom to understand all things. In Jesus' name. Amen.