“In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God,” Ezekiel 1:1.
On the morning of October 11th, I was caught up into the heavens in an experience that is difficult to describe. It has taken me this long to share it because I’ve been wrestling with how to explain how this actually happened.
It was so completely unique from any experience I’ve ever had. I have heard of people having similar encounters with Jesus, but I’ll admit, I was curious about what was actually happening.
Realizing these types of experiences have been recorded in the Bible, I still had questions as to how this could be. I had been asking the LORD for more of His Glory, and finally, asked that if I could be taken into the heavenly realms, then I wanted to go!
Needless to say, this is an extraordinary experience, but very real. Absolutely, there is so much more to behold in the unseen.
I woke up early that morning to the LORD saying, “Come up here. Do you want to see moments in the miraculous?” As though it was perfectly normal to do, we stepped onto an open elevator and He began to take me up and show me levels and rooms.
He said, “See all of the gifts? There are many gifts here, yet no one has claimed them.” I asked, “What gifts?” He answered, “Everything! Any gift you can want! Healing! Faith! Anything!”
I especially remember Him emphasizing HEALING. I asked why people are not receiving these gifts and He looked so sad, even putting His head down.
Then, He said, “They don’t want them.”
As I looked, I saw people in hospital beds, suffering, but content to be suffering, and taking medicine instead of receiving these gifts. They were turning their heads, not asking for prayer, and were rejecting healing in other ways; but desiring and receiving what we are accustomed to receiving in the world.
This hit me hard. Suddenly, I had a clear awareness of our inclination to trust man and go with what we think we can see, instead of trusting God for what is truly there that we cannot see. I realized we have become more dependent on man rather than God in so many ways.
Next, He showed me the UNCLAIMED PROPERTY Room – for Descendants.
It was FULL of swords and shields, and full armor, all shining and beautiful; gleaming gold and the very best possible craftsmanship. He told me it was purchased by the ones who had come before, through prayer, the ancestors had asked for these for people and they have not claimed what is theirs. I asked, “Why not?”
He said, “They don’t even know it is theirs. They aren’t aware of their inheritance. They have been captive so long, they’ve forgotten they are free to ask for anything and I will give it. These are rightfully theirs, yet they wander around lost and sad – without the armor that belongs to them.”
Then He showed me the REMNANT ROOM. I saw scraps of all kinds of material and it was like the cloth remnants like my mother used to have on the floor when she was sewing. I saw people that I assume were angels, but they looked like people, who were busy and paying no attention to us, all working with these huge scraps of cloth.
They were gathering them up and recreating with them, putting them together into NEW PIECES and making things no one had ever thought of making with them. He told me these “leftovers” were cut off dreams and ideas that people had walked away from and never returned to pick up and try to use.
It was the saddest thought, yet I knew it was true for so many people.
It was very similar in the INVENTIONS ROOM. He said these are toys for children and games that are good for them to play, all waiting to be inspired into life. There are all kinds of inventions waiting to be made, but people have lost hope because creating them on earth has been made difficult by the processes of the earthly realm. The rules and laws in place that hinder and slow people down have caused them to QUIT and give up HOPE.
He said, “THIS IS ALREADY OVERCOME. You just need to SHOUT THROUGH THESE! SHOUT PRAISES AND VICTORY IN THE REALMS and GO FORWARD, AND AS YOU DO, THE DOORS WILL SWING WIDE OPEN FOR YOU TO THE OPPORTUNITIES WAITING,
but you have to put up your head and LOOK UP and get OUT of the RUT you are in!
THE HEAVENLY REALMS are FOR you!
People are striving too hard for these things, instead of expecting miraculous ways to open doors! Shattered dreams restored. Hope renewed. Love offered freely.
People don’t even know what gifts to ask for or how to receive them!”
At this point, it gets more intensely personal, but I’m here to share encouragement for you, not to pretend I don’t struggle the same as everyone else. He then turned to me and asked me what gift I wanted, and I couldn’t think of anything!
I was saying, ‘I want everything You have for me’, but I couldn’t really identify or name anything specifically. It was like being put on the spot by a teacher asking a question and just going blank. I realized this is how we operate! We don’t know what we want from our relationship with the LORD. We don’t engage with Him as partners in our destiny. We miss out on LIVING in the ways He intends for us; focused and expectant!
I became determined to think of something and then realized the problem was that I couldn’t think! I had been feeling like my memory just hasn’t been as good as it used to be. I have wanted a better memory! So, I recovered and asked for it.
And this is going to sound like OZ, but He handed me the most gorgeous gleaming bright and detailed GOLDEN BRAIN! Just like that. I know! It sounds wild, but that is exactly what He did. He actually adjusted it on me, like He was ‘setting’ it somehow.
Regardless of how crazy that sounds, it is what happened. And I completely forgive you for however you may be judging me right now! I have since noticed that, indeed, my memory has been sharper, even with added depths.
Next, we arrived in a ROOM of BOOKS. It looked like a library. There were shelves full of books, but many of them didn’t have titles on the binding. These were the unwritten books. He led me to a big table to sit and there was one book with a title on it.
He told me it was a book to read, and that although there were also books there waiting to be written, this one He had written for me to read. He said, “That is why it’s on the table now.” The title on the book was SAVE THE CITY. I was stunned and just stared at it. I knew it was an assignment for right now. I asked Him, “How?” He said, “Start at the beginning. Start at Genesis 6:1.”
There is so much there to understand, but it is captioned in one of my Bibles as, ‘The Corruption of Mankind.’ The substance of what He was showing me is a separate study beyond this post. But the understanding of ‘Saving the City’, interceding for repentance and turning hearts toward God; this took my breath. It is sobering. Even though I know I am called as an intercessor, this is a daunting task; one over which I labor in the spirit continually.
The last room we entered was full of maps and said DESTIN-NATIONS on the door. There were maps on the tables and angels talking in low and very serious tones over the maps. They were planning and routing journeys.
Jesus was pointing to places all over the maps and discussing with these ‘navigators’ the details of the planning. I understood them to be ‘navigating angels’ assigned to people and in charge of getting us from here to there. They were plotting mission trips, assignments for moving to new places of residence, crossing oceans, and travel plans all being made in serious hushed tones.
It was the most amazing thing to see. How much care and thought, the depths of focus being applied to moving us from place to place to do the work of our assignments in life; this new awareness will not leave me.
He then said, “Happy New Year in the Spirit and Miraculous Heavenly Realms! This is the Day of Miracles!“ I realized later that indeed, October 11th was the Day of Atonement; the most precious Miracle of all! AWESOME GOD. He is HOLY and SO HIGH above our ways!
We pray… Thy Kingdom come, Thy WILL be done On Earth as it is in Heaven. Consider it now. Do we truly want this? Do we even know what it means or is it just a prayer we have become accustomed to praying without thought? I encourage you to seek Him for more.
I am only just beginning to see; He has so much for us, beyond wildest imagination, far greater, more interesting and immensely more amazing than our most far-reaching and creative ideas.
“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,” Revelation 4:1-2.
With Love and Belief,
~ Jill Steele
Jill Steele. Truly, it’s not ‘About Me’, but has always been about Him. I am a grateful, willing vessel, broken to be used.
My passion comes alive in writing, offering encouragement, sharing perspective on life, and pointing others in the direction of the Heavenly Father.
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