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Cloud of Witnesses, 11/1/17

Several days ago, on 10/27/17, God gave me this incredible INTERACTIVE prophetic experience:

I saw Elijah in a fiery chariot in a whirlwind of fire. I saw a map of Israel. I saw Israeli tanks. I saw the Lion of Judah. I saw a fierce attack on Israeli soldiers but they fought back well in hand to hand combat. I saw the King of Glory  riding on the clouds with the armies of heaven. He was so awesome and the brought such a great feeling of peace. Then I saw him as Aslan. I saw men climbing a mountain. I saw the heavenly army right there next to me as I lay on my bed. It took my breath away. I saw a wise old white-bearded father. Was it our Abba, or Enoch or Abraham? Who? I don't know. He turned his attention to the battle. He and others rode out against the enemy.  I saw Elijah again, smiling. I saw two great saints talking together. I do not know who they were. Then I saw they were giving me something. I believe it was a sword. I saw the Lord Jesus gallop toward me on his white horse, back from the battle, wearing a crimson robe. I was then surrounded by the  Army of Light. We were sitting on our horses, milling about, waiting to make the next move in the battle. Then I saw the Lord Jesus, in his crimson robe, riding into the city with jubilation. He was throwing gifts to the adoring crowd. I thought maybe he was throwing coins. Then there was another fierce battle charge against the enemy, a very furious charge. Then I thought maybe it was rose petals the Lord was throwing to the crowd. I am not sure. I saw Jesus riding again so powerfully on his steed. It excited me greatly to watch him. He was charging fiercely uphill, his horse's hooves eating up the ground! Then I saw knights in armor of light. Their armor was of the more medieval style. I wondered if it was Joan of Arc and the like. There was such great glory all around me and such great peace. Then I saw Elijah again talking with someone, I don't know who. Then I saw more fighting again. Then the Father began to speak to me. He gave a long and very encouraging word of prophecy just for me that would not be appropriate to share. I was elated and swimming in the Spirit for the rest of the day.(END OF VISION)

This was an amazing experience and so was the word of prophecy God gave to me along with it. But many do not understand an important thing about the vision. Let me explain it to you. This was not just a vision of something God will do in the future. God was involving me with the saints and with Jesus in the heavenly warfare in the present. Let me give you scriptures. Jesus interacted with saints who were in heaven when he was on earth and God wants to do it with us as well. Do you remember this?:

Mark 9:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
Jesus Transfigured on the Mount
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus

In his life Jesus modeled for us what life in the Kingdom of God is like. And interacting with the saints who are in heaven is part of true Kingdom life. This is what Paul was talking about when he wrote about in Hebrews:
Hebrews 12:1-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Race of Faith
12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses...

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

The saints are all around us and God wants to teach us to interact with them. The church and heaven and the church on earth are to move together in the Kingdom work. That is what was happening with me the other day. Jesus and some saints came to me and involved me with them in the heavenly warfare. If Jesus interacted with saints from heaven when he was on earth then he wants to teach it to us too. Did Jesus not say?:

John 14:12New King James Version (NKJV) The Answered Prayer
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

Yes he said it!! So we should believe it!!! So do not think that this vision was for some future time after Jesus has returned. These kinds of experiences are for all who will BELIEVE in them and pray and reach for them and make themselves available to God to be used by him in this way. We do not want be children in the faith but to let God us grow us up in these deep things from him so that we can fulfill your destiny as  sons of God. If you will let him, God wants to do a great many things like this for you in the years between now and the resurrection. But you have to make a choice to believe it and want it and reach for it. We are not to call on the saints or try to contact them ourselves, but God can send them to us anytime he wants to. He is GOD!!  Do not worry that this is necromancy, the talking with the dead, for the saints who are in heaven are not dead but alive!! Did Jesus not say?:

Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.”

So believe in the blessing of interacting with the saints and let God give it to you. This way we will be fully participating in the complete church that is in both heaven and earth, as the apostle Paul referred to it:

Ephesians 3:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named

Bless you.

Steve Pursell, 11/1/17