Rev Dr Edgar Mayer; Living Grace Toowoomba Church; Message on The Visions of The Father’s House; Date: 27 Sept 09

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Adventure House

 

Opening comments: Last Sunday there was an outpouring of the joy in the Lord in our worship service. During the week someone from our congregation said: “This has never happened to me before. I received so much joy.” I had the same experience and someone said to me: “You almost skipped across the stage.” Then another person shared with me that he had experienced “a moment”. Last Sunday – during the preaching (not an exciting segment of the preaching) – the peace of God came over him and he became oblivious to anything else. This did not last long but made him hungry for more. Another church member – a few Sundays ago – became “drunk” in the Spirit during the service, struggled to drive home and then collapsed (in a good way) onto the floor at home. We are coming into new things …

 

The last few Sundays we had a look at the Tabernacle – the ancient worship tent – which was built according to God’s precise blueprint and the original copy in heaven. We learned that there was an Outer Court, a Holy Place and then the Most Holy Place and that as you progress through these worship rooms, you are drawing nearer to God. The presence of God intensifies the closer you get to the Holy of Holies. This morning we want to continue with this theme but explore this further from a different angle.

Throughout history – God has also been teaching and reaffirming the truth of the Tabernacle in visions and prophetic encounters. For instance, in 1577 St Teresa of Avila – a Spanish nun – wrote the Interior Castlein response to a request by her superiors to write a book on prayer. As she was contemplating how she should engage the topic, God (in a vision) “showed her a most beautiful crystal globe, made in the shape of a castle, and containing seven mansions, in the seventh and innermost of which was the King of Glory, in the greatest splendour, illumining and beautifying them all. The nearer one got to the centre, the stronger was the light; outside the palace limits everything was foul, dark and infested with toads, vipers and other venomous creatures” (St Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle, New York: Dover Publications 1946, p2). St Teresa writes in the book: “I began to think of the soul as if it were a castle made of a single diamond or of very clear crystal, in which there are many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions” (St Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle, New York: Dover Publications 1946, p3). “These mansions are not ‘arranged in a row one behind another’ but variously – ‘some above, others below, others at each side; and in the centre and midst of them all is the chiefest mansion, where the most secret things pass between God and the soul.’ The figure is used to describe the whole course of the … soul’s progress from the First Mansions to the Seventh and its transformation from an imperfect and sinful creature into the Bride of the Spiritual Marriage. The door by which it first enters the castle is prayer and meditation … ” (St Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle, New York: Dover Publications 1946, p4).

Another more contemporary vision of the same truth was given to James Goll (The Lost Art Of Practising His Presence, Destiny Image 2005) who writes: “I had a visionary encounter where I was shown seven consecutive doorways through which we proceed in order to come into greater union with Christ. I could read these words written over the door post in this encounter. 1. The inward journey (an invitation to enter into), 2. Forgiveness (having a clear conscience), 3. Cleansing by the power of the blood, 4. Lowliness of heart (the quality of humility), 5. Grace (from the Father towards us), 6. Mercy (towards others through us), 7. Union with Christ (2 Corinthians 6:17).”

These visions and experiences are expanding on what we have learned from the Tabernacle in the Bible. Now I want to share more extensively a series of three visions which another person had on prayer and our relationship with God. In these visions the focus will not be so much on the progress from room to room but instead we learn about the nature of different prayer rooms which (I think) will help us to get into more of these rooms ourselves. There is so much more for us to explore. We are in for an exciting adventure.

 

Three visions of a healing evangelist – the first two before he even came into full-time ministry. Vision 1: “It was in a cell meeting … guy comes in … going into a vision … long road, guy at the end of this road, before him is a long driveway, beat up, mud all over him, looking to the right and to the left, indecision, walking up this road, looking behind him, should I – should I not, all scuffy, top of the hill, huge house, a mansion, pretty excited about this house, allegory – not a literally interpretation of what it looks like in heaven, represents spiritual truth, huge house on the top of the hill, the house was alive, it even moved, thought that it was dancing, every part of the house was alive, I felt that the house was saying something to him, a big circus, confetti blowing out of the house, balloons, surprise – happy birthday, colours, streamers, excitement, town-fair feeling, … wow … guy is coming up to the path, standing outside the house, comes to the door of the huge house, there is no door, you can just come in, big welcome mat, warm voice: come on inside, invitation, like fresh hot apple pie, warm and inviting, no door, standing open, you can come and go as you wish, peeked his head in, guy indecision, looked back down the path, drawn by what was the world, the guy was backslidden, Luke 15, the world was pulling him back, the house was inviting, … then the vision ended … ”

 

Vision 2: “Weeks later, sharing with youth in a youth service, in an Anglican church, moving in the prophetic, young girl, go to prophesy and as I touch her we are in heaven together, I can see her, she is standing in this hallway which goes on further than the eye can see, doors on the right and on the left, girl was checking the doors, but never going in, I’m in the Father’s house, I’m in the house that I saw in the previous vision, checking out rooms, doors, doors, doors, open a crack but never going in, she was in the Spirit – not prodigal, but was not enjoying and not chasing all of the fullness of God’s house, fear and not entering in, … vision was over … ”

 

Vision 3 – Prophetic Encounter: “In bathroom brushing his teeth, not just vision but prophetic encounter, felt myself being sucked up like a huge vacuum cleaner, travelling through air, stars, planets, … body shaken, going up, fast, fast, landing, felt myself land and I was still in the bathroom but eyes opened, was in the Father’s house, hallways, opened the doors, brought into these rooms, went into nine rooms that day, each room represents a different level of intimacy with God, something in each room, communion, fellowship, excitement in the area of prayer … John 14:2: “In my Father’s house are many rooms … ” … Psalm 36:7-8: “How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among people find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house … ” … there is just more … Psalm 65:4: “ … We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.” …

 

First room came into, Living Room, furniture, huge couch, big and comfy, I and twenty friends would fit, huge TV was there, home stereo, like a wall TV, on the TV were commercials, just commercials, advertisements, you come in, go into prayer, Living Room one of the first places, flick through the channels to see what God has to offer us, what can I get out of this, place in prayer about us, my needs, what God is going to do for me, room of supplication, cast all your cares upon me because I care for you, the things we need, what we need God to do for us, concerned about us, blessings, what’s being offered, I need this and that, cares, my family, my business, I want you to bless me, a place in the Father’s house, most Christians just live there – spiritual couch potatoes, you can tell because they always pray about themselves, shopping list prayer type, wasn’t intercession, petitions and requests, it was a significant room, it was exciting, blop themselves down, what’s going on today, God,

… came out of the Living Room and then came into the Kitchen, woman in there scurrying, pots and pans, towels on the floor, flour and baking soda on the table, fridge door open, dishes overflowing in the sink, woman with an apron on, her hair all messed up (hair was coming out of the bun), stressing out, the puffcake was not rising, the machine was not working, just busy, room where we serve God, we do stuff for God, like Martha (Luke 10:38-42), the Martha room, all the things I am doing, the service to the body of Christ, working and working, doing and doing, anointed for work, what I gotta do for God, my service and working …

came into the Dining Room, huge banqueting table, like King Arthur knights around the round table, twenty feet or more, sit down about a 100 people, huge spread, yeah, saw the feast, saw the meal, all this honey, jars of honey, cakes, weren’t cakes but were manna, jam, bread of life, fresh, hot bread, the aroma, smell the raspberry, there was meat, meat lovers, huge steak on my plate, tender, juicy, raw, saturated, the meat of the Word, ushered to the table, I noticed two huge throne-like chairs, the guy wanted me to sit down on one, huge arm rest, diamonds and rubies, the king’s chair, I cannot sit there, all these diamonds and precious gems, this must be for Jesus, but I was invited to sit there, Jesus was in the chair at the other end of the table, I will dine with you and you will dine with me (Revelations 3:20: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”), why am I sitting in this chair and put me on equal level, the Son of Man came to serve, we are brothers, we are friends, I want to have fellowship, communion, look at you eye to eye, share a place with me at my table, joint heir together with me, sit in heavenly places with me, wasn’t in the Throne Room but the Dining Room, there was wine on the table, goblets of wine, the new wine of the Holy Ghost, sat down, began to feast, manna, jam, the Dining Room was the room of experience, room of manifestations, renewal, revival, fragrance of his presence was in the room, vineyard vines on the walls, on the side was a huge fountain, like a crystal fountain, a glass on the table, every time I wanted to drink I could put my glass in the fountain and freely drink, as I began to drink I could have more, smells, sights and sounds, the room of experience, …

but there were Christians that were in the Dining Room and that was it, went to Living Room and then ran into the Dining Room, have a good time with God and then say “amen” and go home, once you have been in the room, you know how to get back, Christians they just live there and that’s it, enjoy God but nothing else, …

some were stuck in the Kitchen and never went to the Dining Room, in fact they struggle with the Dining Room, what is Mary doing in there, Kitchen type people struggle with Dining Room experience, we got things to do, I don’t have to lie around on the carpet and drink, these other Christians don’t want to be in the Kitchen, I am saved by grace and not works, I don’t have to tithe, I am here keep on drinking and eating, getting all fat, I don’t have to do anything, these are grace days …

went into the Storage Room, saw Matthew 13:34, Isaiah 11 (v2: “The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord … ”) – the Spirit of counsel, knowledge, might … eyes of my understanding (Eph 1:17-19: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparable great power for us who believe … ”) … open the door, I was blinded by the yellow/golden light, taken off my feet, light-blast of sunray in my eyes, saw a huge treasure chest, overflowing gold coins, to my knees, silver coins, light pearls, emeralds, rubies and diamonds, sapphire stones, every type of stone, the treasure kind of spilled out into the hallway, what room is this, it is the room of revelation, flesh and blood has not revealed this to you (Matthew 16:16-17: “Simon Peter answered: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by any human but by my Father in heaven.”), this is where you get the download, you don’t have to study or read the word, wake up one day got revelation, prophetic word, just comes to you, people in the body of Christ just live for revelation knowledge, I won’t read the word but get some kind of download, preachers like this place, evangelists like this place, here have some treasure, then get to preach it, this message came out of the storage room, Rev 4, gold and nugget are truth (Mt 13), preachers, teachers, scribes, brings forth new and brings forth old, in the timing of the Spirit, at the same time getting revelation, overcome by golden light, taken off my feet, the overflowing treasure, this room is revelation, a lot of resources that I have come from the storage room, here is a revelation on healing, here is a revelation on what I am going to do on the earth today, not have to dig up the Hebrew and Greek, no concordance, no study notes from the Bible School, Isaiah 11 …

taken into the Study, open the study door like stepping into a huge library, wall to wall books, history, encyclopedia, Bible versions, books on revival and prayer and everything else, fire-place in the corner, huge desk in the middle, oh – not the library, not the study – please, meditation on my word day and night, daily discipline in the word, get out of the concordance, get a little bit of the diamond – work on it, pray through it, … (Psalm 1: “Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers … For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous … ”) …

some Christians want the Living Room, Storage Room but not the Study, I don’t wanna go there, I hate the Study but other Christians they love the Study, just like banging at the door: when are you coming out, Mr Theologian, they love it and they want more, come and study with me, New Testament survey, love to learn, love to read, spend hours in breaking apart the Scriptures, I like it better to have a trance, Storage room no effort, but empty wells do not get revelation, if you have nothing to draw on, …

go to the Recreation Room, saw huge ping pong tables, pool tables, arcade tables, like the youth room, fun and celebration, dancers were in there, intercessor flags, party, the room of joyous celebration worship, timbrels, shout, make a noise, …

someone else: excuse me, we need to be a little more holy and reverent, I don’t like the rec room, some people get stuck into a room, a place in the Spirit of that joy, dancing, shouting, wasn’t the only room, some Christians live in that room, if worship is not like this, they cannot enter, are used to favourite rooms but not enter into others, so many Christians are stuck and don’t understand fullness, some people crying over here – others laughing over there – others lying on the floor – looks like confusion – how can he shake and this one cry – they are all in the Father’s house – just in different rooms at the same time …

Bathroom, the room where I get cleaned up, was supposed to be like for a guy, go in and out – quick, women go into the bathroom and then you wait for ten minutes for the ladies, what are you doing in there, bathroom – get in and out quick, room of repentance, spiritually constipated, didn’t think that they needed to go into the bathroom, I’m forgiven already, I’m not healing an offense, I believe and now it’s okay, washed in the blood, not ongoing conviction, other Christians were stuck in the bathroom, no matter how many times they stood in front of the mirror, they still felt dirty, never happy with their image, walked around with guilt and condemnation, never felt cleansed, washing with the water, some don’t even know that there is a bathroom, others you need to bang on the door, how long does it take you to be forgiven, …

Basement, went to open the door, this dread came over me, big basements, lived there for twenty years, everything that you ever had came into the basement, the big long staircase, one little light bulb, the freezer is down there, all the canned goods, boxes, clutter, junk, go to open the basement door, Oh God it’s kinda dark, no windows, no one knew that you were even down there, room of intercession, oh God – no wonder that I don’t wanna go down there, time to go into intercessory prayer, have to clean things, do I have to pray for Israel, pray for the cancer, why do I have to go to the basement, others should pray for me, so much work, I value intercessors but I don’t like this room, it’s so much work, labour for someone else, better to be couch potatoe in the Living Room and pray about myself, other intercessors – run right past God in the dining room and all other rooms and go into intercession, run down the basement, groaning, birthing, bye God, not knowing that there is a Dining Room, a Storage Room, a Recreation Room, locked into intercessory mode, have a difficult time to enter into anything else, others don’t want to go down there, it was hidden away, no one knows that you are down there, no glory, no windows, the Lord said that the basement is the foundation of the Father’s house, …

Bedroom, bright chamberlike beds, canopy on top, everything was white, carpet, bedsheet, flowers everywhere, bridegroom chambers, Jesus was in there, room of intimacy, lay my head on the chest of Jesus, (Song of Solomon 1:1-4: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth – for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you! Take me away with you – let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers.”), with your kisses on my mouth, romance, deep, most Christians especially men don’t know how to enter into that thing, struggle with emotions, communication, so precious, God wants to take us there …

many other different places … what room are you living in … what rooms haven’t you been in … yard, forest, river outside the house … Jim Goll: Teaching on the rooms of the interior castle … ballroom (dance with the Lord), hallway – past nine doors – goes on further than your eyes can see – on the sides are portraits of Jonathan Edwards, Moses, Elijah, Charles Finney … – whole family tree on the hall – hall of faith (Hebrews 11) … end of the hall – took me into the Throne Room – behind the throne …

Deeper place of prayer, bring back excitement, adventure, open doors for you, experience for the first time, see something that you have never seen before … bring impartation … fresh fire in the area of prayer … lost in him and take you somewhere … Martha: take a break … get out of the bathroom … move into the room of intimacy …”

 

The nine rooms in summary: 1. Living Room (supplication), 2. Kitchen (service), 3. Dining Room (experience), 4. Storage Room (revelation), 5. Study (meditation), 6. Recreation Room (worship celebration), 7. Bathroom (repentance), 8. Basement (intercession), 9. Bedroom (intimacy).

 

In closing, how do we get into these rooms? 1. The opening vision said that there were no doors. The house was open. It is easy to walk in. There is a warm welcome from God to anyone who wants to come. Luke 15:7: “ … there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” 2. Persevere. Matthew 7:7-8: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” 3. Have faith. Galatians 2:20: “ … The life I live … I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 3:14: “ … by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

Therefore, we explore the rooms in the Father’s house – feeling welcome and persevering with faith. Next time we pray, we are ready for an adventure. There will be new rooms opening up for us. Amen.