I guess you’d call it a vision.
What I saw took place beyond the dimension of physical eyes. Amidst the clouds of heaven, One “like a Son of Man” riveted my attention. I could not see Him in His entirety, only His Head, which peered out from the heavenlies with a perspective cutting across time and space.
This One Who had been in the beginning with God, stood with Eyes wide-open, seeing all and knowing all, scanning heaven and earth with just a glance (John 1:2; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 139:4). All things were open and laid bare to His eyes — eyes which flamed with the brilliance of fire, in purity and light (Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 1:14).
Mesmerized with the radiance of His glory, I realized that He was the exact representation of His Father (Hebrews 1:3). Together, their Light penetrated the expanse, extending like a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day (Ezekiel 1:27-28). United as One, He spoke and it was accomplished (Psalm 33:9). His Word, like an arrow which is always aimed precisely and accurately on its target, never failed, regardless the purpose (Isaiah 55:11).
Despite my awe-inspired fear, it was His lovingkindness that extended throughout the heavenlies, not His terror. His faithfulness reached into infinity with color and brilliance (Psalm 36:5). The mountains I saw in the distance had been created through His righteousness and the clear waters of bottomless lakes swirled with His limitless plans (Psalm 36:6). His every character trait exploded into reality in this place where His perfection reigned supreme.
Then slowly, as if an unseen camera lens adjusted, my viewpoint panned out to expand my perspective. Breathless, I saw that this Head, Who saw all and knew all, had a body as well (Ephesians 1:22-23). Comprised of ligaments and joints, muscles and sinew, His expansive body filled not only the spiritual dimension, but spanned into my time and space. My eyes scanned His form and I realized He Himself was like Jacob’s ladder, with His feet resting on earth yet His Head reaching into the heavenlies (Genesis 28:12).
My gaze rested upon His feet and shocked into realization that they resembled a mere human’s. Like mine. And like yours. Yes, like those of the whole church, standing in the midst of the earthly while His Head kept His viewpoint of the heavenly.
There the vision ended, but how greatly it continues to influence my prayer.
We, who are many, are one body in Christ (Romans 12:5). He, as our Head, has positioned each of us in His body to stand as watchmen wherever He has placed us (1 Corinthians 12:18). I in my place, and you in yours, our feet know well the trials and temptations of those around us.
But from our stance, we send petitions for resources upward to “Christ, Who is the head…” (Ephesians 4:15 NET). “Truly, truly, I say to you, you shall see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man,” “sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation” (John 1:51; Hebrews 1:14). “Devote yourselves (then) to prayer” “for everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it shall be opened” (Colossians 4:2; Matthew 7:7).
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I was twenty years old when I flew to Taiwan for the first time.
Since I had spent most of my life on a farm, landing in a city of 3 million was quite an experience.
As the summer progressed, I began to realize that it wasn’t only the sights and sounds that were unique. I could feel the difference in my soul even with my eyes closed. There was a whole varying spirit that seemed to rule the air.
In America, I had struggled with materialism, distraction and gluttony to name a few.
Yet, here in Taiwan, I found that a new stirring seemed to tempt me. Fear, despair and hopelessness seemed to crouch at every corner. I noticed these not only in my own emotions and thoughts, but also in the eyes of those around me.
Today, after many overseas experiences and many years of prayer, I’m convinced of the following spiritual principle:
The evil one has different spirits ruling over different communities.
Now, we know that satan has a limited and temporary rule over the kingdoms of the world (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). He even had the audacity to offer these kingdoms over to the Lord if Jesus would only bow down to worship the devil (Matthew 4:8-9).
We would also agree that the evil one has the power to influence people (Ephesians 2:2). He spends an inordinate amount of time roaming around looking for ways to deceive and devour (Job 1:7; 1 Peter 4:8). His whole purpose is to deceive this world in every way possible (Revelation 12:9; 1 John 5:19).
But, did you realize that the evil one is also very organized? He has taken darkness to an extensive, organizational level by setting up rulers over families, powers over cities, world forces over regions and spiritual forces over nations (Ephesians 6:12). There is a spiritual oppression in Taiwan because fear is one of the princes over “the power of the (Taiwan) air“ (Ephesians 2:2).
Do you deal with gluttony?
It’s because he is one of the princes in your region.
Are you worried one moment and apathetic the next?
It’s because distraction rules the air around you.
Does this news cause you to despair?
See? That too isn’t from the Spirit of God (2 Timothy 1:7).
Remember: our Ruler is “far above all (other) rule and authority and power and dominion.” He is far above “every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:21). All of these rulers and powers are already in subjection under His feet (Ephesians 1:22). It’s a done deal! Christ has already won the victory (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Don’t you want to live above this corrupted place where governmental spirits are put in place by satan?
Well, good news. As His siblings, we have already been raised up with Him and are seated with Him in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).
What better reason to be praying daily that the Lord would open our eyes to see spiritual Truth (Psalm 119:18)?
That’s what I’m praying for myself today. Wanna join me?
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