HOW HEAVEN OPENED FOR ONE AND LEFT THE REST
What is open heaven? Is it possible that heaven do open? How does heaven open? Could a human being see when heaven opens? Does it open spiritually or literally? Does heaven still open today? Or was it a thing of the past? All these questions we will try to answer in this topic, so relax as you read on.
We will define open heaven as a direct revelation of heaven to a person. It is also a unique show of heaven or about the Glory of God to someone. To better understand it, we use the case of Evang. Stephen as a case study Acts. 7. Stephen saw heaven opened to him and he saw the son of man who Jesus Christ is standing up to welcome him when he was being stoned by his own people for rebuking their stony hearth and unbelief.
Open heaven has to do with God’s goodness to an individual who has proved him/herself to him. No one makes it possible by him or herself, no, it is done by God himself.
When we say or talk about open heaven, it does not mean that heaven is opened for every individual to see, no, it is opened to a specific person whose love for God has been proved by God.
When Evang. Stephen saw the open heaven, he said it saying, “I see heaven opened and the Son of man standing at the right hand of majesty on high”, and those who were stoning him heard it from him but they did not see the open heaven.
This is a powerful mystery. How heaven will be opened to someone among the crowed, and this crowed would gaze into heaven at the same time to see it, but it would be closed to them while the other is seeing it open. When this crowed fail to see the heaven opened, they would immediately conclude that this individual is mad. Even at the same time that Stephen was saying that he saw heaven opened, and the crowed could not see the open heaven, the Bible said “they closed their ears”.
Heaven opened for a General of the kingdom of heaven coming home. Heaven opened to a champion of the kingdom coming home. God saw everything by himself, and he didn’t stop those stoning him, instead he opened heaven to welcome him home.
And again to free himself and those who were stoning him, he charged God not to count this sin on them. Stephen did as Christ did, saying “father forgive them, for they know not what they were doing”. We as Christians today are required to forgive our arch enemies even at the point of death, or else, you may not make it straight to the kingdom of heaven.
Heaven has a standard which everyone aspiring to enter must fulfill or follow. Unforgiving spirit does not go to anywhere called heaven. This spirit belongs to the kingdom of Darkness, so if there is anyone you refuse to forgive, then you are heading towards Hellfire straight. If you are opportune to read this post, you are highly privileged; you can now make amends here on earth before it is late.
Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. Those who are not prepared do not go heaven to prepare, for every preparation is done on earth. A popular secular musician in Nigeria, though dead said “They do not know the way to the kingdom of heaven”. Now nobody will show him the way from the dead, he will know it by himself; but here in Nigeria also we are preparing people for the same kingdom of heaven. We are creating serious awareness about the kingdom of heaven and the second coming of Christ. If anyone doesn’t know it, or doesn’t hear it, then he is to blame.
If you refuse to heed the warnings of God through his servants the prophets who are here on earth, when you die nobody will show you the way you rejected, but you will locate it and begin to go there alone. If it leads you to Hellfire fine, if it leads you to heaven better. Your spirit will be going alone with no guide.
THEN IT WILL BECOME A REALITY TO YOU AND YOU MIGTH DESIRE TO SEE THOSE PEOPLE FROM WHOM YOU REFUSED TO HEAR FROM. AN EXAMPLE OF THIS WAS THE MAN JESUS CALLED “THE RICH MAN” LK.16. THE BIBLE SAID THIS MAN WAS WELL TO DO, AND HE FED SUMPTIOUSLY EVERY DAY ACCORDING TO JESUS. BUT A DAY CAME AND HE DIED AND ALSO LAZARUS THE BEGGER DIED AS WELL. BOTH OF THE WERE BURIED, BECAUSE REMAINS ON EARTH WHETHER RICH OR POOR. EVERY DEAD MAN OR WOMAN MUST BE BURIED EXCEPT PEOPLE WHO DROWNED IN THE WATERS AND THEY WERE NOT SEEN, OR THEIR BODIES REMOVED FROM THE WATERS. THEN FISHES AND OTHER SEA ANIMALS WILL BURY THEM.
THIS RICH MAN REACHED HELLFIRE WHERE HE BELIEVED NOT, AND IT BECAME A REALITY WHEN HE COULD NOT MAKE ANY AMENDMENTS. BUT HE OPENED HIS EYES FROM HELLFIRE AND SAW LAZARUS; THE BEGGER HE CHASED OUT OF HIS COMPOUD WITH HIS DOG, AND ALSO SAW HIM IN ABRAHAM’S BOSSOM.
HE QUICKLY CALLED OUT “FATHER ABRAHAM”, AND HE ANSWERED AND HE SAID “MY SON”, HE SAID “PLEASE SEND LAZARUS TO USE HIS TIP OF THE FINGER TO COOL MY TONGUE HERE, FOR I’M IN TORMENT HERE IN THIS FLAME”. ABRAHAM ALSO CALLED HIM SON, AND SAID, “YOU WERE WELL FED ON EARTH AND YOU ENJOYED EVERY BIT OF YOUR WEALTH ON EARTH, AND HERE YOU ARE IN TORMENT BUT LAZARUS HAD EVIL THINGS OR WAS NOT WELL FAVOURED AND HE IS BEING COMFORTED HERE.
SO HELLFIRE IS A PLACE OF TORMENT, A PLACE OF GRINDING AND GNASHING OF TEETH. WHEN SOMEONE BEGINS TO GRIND OR GNASH HIS OR HER TEETH, IT IS PAIN EXTRA-ORDINARY. IT HAS GONE BEYOND CRYING OUT TO GNASHING OF TEETH. THIS IS A HORIBLE SITUATION FOR ANY HUMAN BEING.
Although with Lazarus and the rich man, we do not say that Lazarus saw open heaven, no, instead he was translated into heaven when he died. He prepared himself well here for heaven and when he died, he was taken to heaven because no man goes there by him/herself. It is God’s prerogative to take someone to heaven or to hellfire.
But if one prepares himself very well here on earth, he or she would be taken to heaven at the time of death, very sure about that. God is not one that disappoints his own people or anyone at all. Open heaven therefore is for God’s generals and champions who excelled in their lives here on earth.
You too can be god’s general and champion, if you allow the Holy Spirit who is here in the world today to help you, teach you and inspire you about the things of heaven. He is also Lord because he is the Spirit of the Lord 2Cor:3:17. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus.
In his lifetime when he came out from the water of river Jordan after his baptism by John, Jesus saw open heaven. As he was coming out the waters heaven open on him with a voice of his father acknowledging him Matt.3:16. Yes it’s not because he is the son of God but because he was mindful of what he came for. He prepared himself very well before coming, if not he would have missed the way because of the heaviness of our sins.
On another occasion heaven opened also and the voice of his father was heard again. This time the father said “This is my well beloved son in whom I’m well pleased, hear you him”. So anyone who pleases the father will see open heaven, because it is not peculiar to some people, no. The father is generous and does not discriminate at all.
He doesn’t have racial preference, nor cultural choice. Instead he gives us his own culture, and everyone must cue to it from all angles. The Bible didn’t tell us which nation was where Lazarus or the rich came from. But they found themselves one in hellfire and the other in heaven or Abraham’s bosom.
Abraham’s bosom could be said to be heaven. Yes we are sure that all children of God shall find themselves there where Abraham was for long. Some people might not agree with me here. Well whether it’s in heaven or elsewhere, we will be where Abraham is. Do you believe this? Or do you believe that Abraham is where as at now?, since he was a friend of God according to the bible.
In the case of Abraham he was the father of all nations according to God’s promise to him Gen.12:3. When he died, he was taken to his own bosom in the kingdom of God. This is what we believe and this kingdom is no other than heaven. It was promised to him that all the earth shall be blessed through him. Therefore those gave their lives to Christ today have become Abraham’s Children by faith, i.e who will come to Christ. But we say that open heaven even appeared to Abraham when he was here on earth. He heard from God on many occasions, even when God instructed him to leave his father’s house and the time God told him to use his only son Isaac for sacrifice. These were open heavens to him.
Open heaven can take place in many ways and in divers forms. Even when God speaks to an individual or prophet and what God says comes to pass, such could be called open heaven. Yes we believe it because no one can mechanize it by himself and it comes to pass.
So it was not only Stephen and Jesus that saw open heaven, a lot of God’s people had seen it including my humble self. Therefore strive to see it because it makes you God’s own. When you live a worthy life which is well pleasing to him, you will see an open heaven.
HOW HEAVEN OPENED FOR ONE AND LEFT THE REST