“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28
A Vision From Heaven
Have you ever had a vision of something happening? A wide awake dream in which you see something-perhaps even before it has happened? Maybe a vision that gives you a deeper understanding and causes you to say… “Oh, so THAT’S what that means!” Some like to refer to déjà vu AFTER a vision has manifested itself, and some see visions of things in the spirit that are actual visual metaphors. The Lord graces them with the ability to “see” into the spirit realm so that they can explain to others in more clarity what is really going on behind-the-scenes.
Last night I had one of those visions. The kind of blessed vision that the Lord uses to help me understand deeply complex and spiritual problems, then helps me to illustrate to others why things are happening- and more importantly what changes need to be made. I am not at liberty to share with you ALL of the details (as the Lord requested I do not), but I can share with you the message and the intent that I received from what I saw.
There will be a day!
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev 21:4
A Weeping Church
Last night we went to our Wednesday evening church service, it was a cold and brisk January night. There was nothing out of the ordinary about my arrival, or the air or anything like that. I have known for a while now that there has been turmoil in the church (the church, meaning in general) and many church goers have been dissatisfied with the messages that they have been hearing their Pastors give. Time and time again I have heard of Pastoral indifferences, and members who are exhausted from trying to fit round pegs into square holes in their lives. This church however on Wednesday nights teaches a Bible study, and I have been very happy with its teachings. It wasn’t until more than half way through the sermon that I began to notice things changing.
I tuned out for a minute and stopped listening to the message, (this was atypical of me, as I am usually somewhere near the front and in plain view of the preacher) instead I started looking around the room. (You how have experienced visions-know what I am talking about, that day dreamy type tune out) I looked around the room at the lights, the ceiling, the stately columns all the things that made up the church. I looked to the balcony, and as I glanced up at the wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling curtains, I saw water drops start weeping down the walls of the church. Tears they were, salt water tears. What I was seeing was that the church was crying.
The weight of those heavy curtains way, way, way up the back of the church was weighing on the church, the cost of the draperies pulling it down. The Lord began to use the church (as a building) to show me the state of our churches in modern-day Christianity. I was shown the expensive sound systems, the light housings, the glowing crosses, the curtains behind where the Pastors preach… each expenditure added more and more tears so much so that the water was beginning to well up.
The Pastor was left standing, the preaching continued- but the entire building was gone.
I Saw the Pastor Continue to Preach and the Building Being Washed Away
There then became so much water in the walls that they turned to solid water, there was no more brick and mortar. The church to me was looking more and more like a clear and translucent Jello mold. The hard walls vanished, and I could see only walls of water, where the foundational walls had once been. As if held back by glass, there were waves of salty teary water nearly over flowing. It was only by the hand of God that the water remained held back.
Not long after I began to see this vision, the Lord permit me to see the building being washed away. As I closed my eyes, I could see the Pastor remain preaching, and waves of water wash over him as the large building of water gave under the pressure of the water, and as a dam breaks- so did the invisible force that was holding it together broke. The Pastor was left standing, the preaching continued- but the entire building was gone. This was the end of the vision.
What Did it All Mean?
It isn’t everyday you come in contact with crying buildings. I don’t usually sit next to rocks and talk to them, and find out what is wrong. Last night was a different story though. The vision was so real, and the spiritual weeping that I saw the building make was so true that after the service (probably looking like a fool), I went up to the churches wall in the sanctuary and laid my hand on it, closed my eyes, and asked the church to tell me what was wrong, why was it so sad? Throwing all of my credibility out-the-window, this was exactly what I knew needed to happen, it felt more like I was laying my hand on an elephant or an animal that can only use expression to explain itself. NO, the wall DID NOT talk back to me. But I did feel it was trying to tell me something.
I continued to touch the churches walls as I walked down the hall, running my hands along them, feeling the bumps of the textured paint. Praying in my spirit for the Lord to explain to me what He wanted me to understand in the vision. What did a “liquified” church mean, how was I permitted to see the church “cry”, and how could I deliver the message that He desired me to deliver?
The Bible says: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Phil 4:4
Clarity and Understanding At Last
After all five of our children were rounded up from the various Church locations, and we were on the road- I needed to go to the store to buy toilet paper and milk. As I was shopping (and thinking), the Lord revealed to me what it was that He wanted me to see. Ever sense I had seen the vision, I kept asking myself… “Why is the building crying? What can we do to STOP the crying? How can I HELP?”
WHAT WAS REVEALED
1. DRY EYES. The only way for the Church to stop crying, is to dry its eyes. We must clean up what goes on inside our churches, what our churches are witness too. We must return to treating our churches as HOLY ground, complete with altars to the Lord.
2. FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY. The fancy fixtures, the extra lighting, the promotional material that is here today and gone as “just a fad” tomorrow, must be thought of in terms of business operations and overhead. No company can continue to operate backwards indefinitely. Our churches are left crying like women with heavy weighted pearls hanging from their ears. They cry in pain, under the weight of their “jewelry” but their ‘masters’ have commanded them to keep the jewelry on-and continue to add more pearls to them for what the masters consider MORE “beautification”. (When we try to accommodate and make EVERY person happy in a congregation-we quickly go broke. STICK TO THE WORD-STICK to the basics) In order to dry the tears of the church, we as church leaders must choose to spend within our means and live and run DEBT FREE churches.
3. REJOICE. Since the “economic down turn” and “recession” jargon has littered our media and ventured into the pulpit- the majority of the messages from our pulpits have been messages geared to mournful and sorrowful sermons. The worship music pleads for the return of Christ, and the messages evoke a sense of weight and heaviness, burdening the hearts of the church further and its members. This is not a guilt of just one church-this is a guilt of many churches. The Bible says: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Phil 4:4
2011 IS NOT A YEAR TO PREACH A HEAVY LADEN MESSAGE, THE CHURCH IS WAILING… ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
How do you “dry the eyes” of the burdened? How do you remove the pain and the sorrow of a grief riddled man or woman? JOY! JOY! JOY! UNMISTAKABLE JOY! If you are a Pastor, and continue preaching a sorrowful and heavy message for 2011- I am afraid that you will MISS IT. In the vision I had, the church was washed away… when the tears did not stop flowing. Don’t let your church get “washed away” the people are leaving our churches with heavy hearts… so much so that I am having visions of the buildings themselves WEEPING!
Sing unto the Lord a NEW SONG and let us see what the Joy of the Lord will bring!!
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn–shout for joy before the LORD, the King. psalm 98:4-6
Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel. Isaiah 44:23
Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them. Isaiah 42:10
JOY! Is an unpopular message at the moment… let us choose to dry the eyes of the church- AND PREACH IT!
Inspiring Others to Heaven, and Delivering Them Straight From Hell
Solomon coined it perfectly when he said, “To everything there is a season, a time and a purpose under heaven”. 2011 IS NOT the season to burden each other with messages of doomsday and grief, recession and unemployment. 2011 is a year to preach a message of righteousness and the hope that springs eternal!
If you desire to teach others to “stay out of hell”, educate them on the glories of heaven and its completed finality. Remind them of the gold streets and mansions that the Lord has prepared for them. Remind them of the Glory of the Lord and the crystal sea! There is NO place on this earth that can compare to the jasper, carbuncle and sardonyx that lies in heaven for us. Read Revelations 21 to your flock, encourage them with what lies ahead! The JOY of the Lord is HERE now, and heaven awaits ALL of us who believe!!! Did Jesus preach hell to the man on the cross? Or did He say “Today wilt thou be with me in Paradise“! The end is near… let us rejoice and be GLAD in it!
Other things cause the church to cry and mourn. Fearful, sad, depressed, and over burdened people. In the first temple, if you were allowed to enter into it- you would have left it a changed man! No one who has ever had contact with God the Father, has remained the same! People need to leave our churches BRAND NEW! Having tasted the presence of God, and WANTING MORE! The church weeps when it is full with people who would “rather be somewhere else”.The Lord does not desire for His people to be in this state.
Counseling people out of this state can be very hard. Just stick to preaching the Bible. If you have a Bible church- you can choose to teach the hope that lies within its pages. People give out of cheerful and JOYOUS hearts. Hearts that are grounded on the Word, firmly planted in the Word and dried up from anxious laborious and mournful toil.
God Bless you my friends as you dry your eyes, and replace those tears with the Joy of the Lord. I am praying for every Pastor and teacher that they would see the opportunity that 2011 presents to them to preach the message of the Joy of the Lord! And that the Light that has come! Jesus IS HERE NOW. While we wait for His millennial reign- THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HERE and the people NEED TO KNOW IT! No more talk of things that weigh us down, no more burdens of the people with costs and financial unaccountability… Let’s let the redeemed of the Lord SAY SO!
Love Always and in Him,
Jessica Heilman is a Christian author, Preacher, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.
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