DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY!

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I would like to ask you a few questions concerning scripture. Now I would not have known to ask the questions had the Lord not shared the context. The vision and events of April 8th, 2007 included information concerning the manner believers are carried to Heaven. My first question is, does the Bible say or imply that the way believers are carried to Heaven is important for us to understand? Most people I have asked said "no".  But I tell you it was very important according to Elijah. In 2 Kings 2, Elijah says he is about to be taken to Heaven and he asks Elisha if there is anything he can do before he is taken. Elisha says he would like a double portion of Elijah's spirit. Elijah explains this is a hard thing his friend had asked, but if he saw the manner in which the Lord carried Him to Heaven, he would receive the double portion of the spirit he was seeking. If he did not see the manner, he would not receive the gift. I submit to you, Elisha was looking for a revival of sorts in his own life. He wanted the same spirit that was in Elijah that loved, trusted and followed God. If it was important Elisha understood the manner we are carried to Heaven, is it important that you understand the manner we are carried to Heaven?

2 Kings 2

9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. 10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. 11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that,behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

I could not see the importance of this scripture without the context the Lord has shared with me. Elijah is saying unless you see the manner that I am carried to Heaven so that you can understand, you cannot have the double portion of the spirit that is in me. Remember the question, does the Bible say or imply that the way believers are carried to Heaven is important? 

The Word of God says blessed are those who believe and have not seen, and I say to you with the Word of God, faith can see. We did not see Moses part the Red Sea or Noah lifted up on the waters in the ark and spared from what came upon the earth or Elijah carried to Heaven in a chariot, yet faith see’s and we believe.  What would happen to our faith if we understood the transitional process for our trip from earth to Heaven? What would that do to our faith? We hear testimonies of near-death experiences where people describe a tunnel and a bright light. But what if we really understood this event per the Bible and dreams or visions promised in the last days? I submit this is what’s happening for all who are willing to pray and ask to understand. You are not expected to believe me on my words alone, God is revealing this forgotten information. Pray and ask for wisdom!

Also, in Acts 1: 9-11 the two angels who stand by in white apparel say that Jesus would return in the same manner He was carried to Heaven. This should not be overlooked. The angels did not merely say He would return one day, they said He would return in a particular manner.  I submit to you, understanding the manner Jesus was carried to Heaven was just as important to the apostle’s spiritual life as was the manner Elijah was carried to Heaven to Elisha's spiritual life. Just as the people of the world laughed at Noah for building an ark that lifted him up from the earth. So also, will God’s children be laughed at for believing we will be caught up in the air and carried to Heaven in same manner the angels said we were to look for Jesus' return. The days of Noah have returned.  The vessel aspect to those days has been overlooked or forgotten as it pertains to events surrounding the second coming of Jesus Christ. In Acts 1 it’s important to note the angels said Jesus would return in a particular manner.

Acts 1:9-11

9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

The angels did not simply say He would come back one day, but also to look for and understand the manner.

I've also heard many quote the scripture in Matthew 24:37. They say, “the ends days will be like it was in the days of Noah, people will be eating drinking and marrying.” But we forget the rest of this scripture which also points to the manner believers are caught up in the air and spared from what comes upon the earth. The scripture goes on to say, “these things continued until Noah entered the ark".  In our days these things will also continue until the day we are caught up in the air and in the clouds and carried to Heaven. The saving of Noah and his family from what came upon the earth when he was lifted up on the waters in the ark is a picture of what we are to expect. The ark speaks to the manner or vessel in which God spares His children and carries us to Heaven.

Matthew 24

37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Now Elijah is carried to Heaven in a chariot. Noah is lifted from the earth on the waters in the ark and the two angles said that Jesus would return in the same manner He was carried to Heaven.Remember the question? Does the Bible say or imply that the manner we are carried to Heaven is important for us to understand? 

In Matthew 13: 47-52, The parable of the dragnet, Jesus speaks of the end of the age and what happens to the Good and the wicked.  Just as Noah and his family were saved in a vessel or the ark, Jesus speaks of the good being gathered to a vessel in this parable.

Matt. 13

47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,  50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Can you see the similarities to the days of Noah? The good at the end of the age are gathered in a vessel, just like it was in the days of Noah and carried to Heaven.  Jesus goes on to say, "have you understood all these things?" In both Matthew 13 and 24, Jesus is speaking of the catching away of believers or the rapture at the end of the age. In both scriptures He references the manner or vessel in which we are carried to Heaven.

From what very little I knew of the scriptures prior to this experience, I knew I had never heard anything about a vessel that went between Heaven and earth. But the Lord pointed out these scriptures you have just read and Acts 10.  In Acts 10 Peter is hungry and God lets down a vessel from Heaven carrying animals for food. This was done three times and the bible says the vessel was taken back up to heaven.

Acts 10

11And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: 12 Wherein were all manner of four footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. 15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

So, does the Bible say or imply that there is a vessel that goes between Heaven and earth? Does the bible say or imply understanding the manner we are carried to Heaven is important to the believer’s spiritual life? I am certain all who are willing to pray for understanding and search the scriptures will find the answer to be, "YES". 

I had a limited knowledge of what the Bible said prior to April 8th of 2007.  I knew I had never heard anything related to a vessel of God that carried anything to Heaven. But what I saw on Easter Sunday of 2007 appeared to be a great resurrection of those who had fallen asleep headed toward the ocean to a supernatural vessel clothed in the light of the sun. The following day I witnessed people being caught up in the air and I did not understand it was a vision. I believed it was happening. I must also tell you, in all that I was shown my faith is still required of me to understand this forgotten supernatural vessel clothed in the light of the sun. 

My next question is, what vessel has God designed to carry life? No one I have asked gave me an answer. Remember, God does things naturally or per His nature. He doesn't build airplanes or ships. Again, I ask this question because as a part of the events God showed me, there appeared to be a supernatural vessel clothed in the light of the sun that spirits were being gathered to.  I had never heard anyone speak to or teach on this subject. But again, the Lord walked me through the Bible so that I might understand.

In the third chapter of the gospel of John, Nicodemus states to Jesus that they knew He was from God. Jesus in turn says, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God".  Nicodemus takes what Jesus says literally. He looks at the natural aspect of being born and cannot comprehend how this could be possible to enter his mother’s womb for a second time. What the Lord showed me in this scripture is that He never corrected Nicodemus, but He continued to teach about God’s supernatural way. In this scripture He goes on to teach about the spirit and ascension to Heaven.  I know there is an element to being born again in this life. I am truly born again. But Jesus also speaks to the spiritual manner in which we are carried to Heaven. It’s also important to note Jesus referenced the information as being forgotten when He said, "How is it that you are the teacher of Israel and do not know these things?” We are born again when we accept Jesus Christ and His death on the cross as our personal gift of salvation. But Jesus had not died on the cross when He asked Nicodemus why he did not understand this aspect to entering the Kingdom of Heaven. So, Jesus expected Nicodemus to understand the born again aspect to the ascension or manner we are carried to Heaven because He had not yet shed His blood on the cross.  Please read John 3 and I pray that you see, Jesus is also speaking to the manner we are carried to Heaven. 

John 3

The New Birth

3 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly,I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him,“How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.[a] 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but[b] have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

After reading this scripture, I pray you can see Nicodemus was thinking of a vessel aspect when he referenced his mother’s womb. Also, Jesus speaks to the supernatural aspect of being lifted up while He is explaining born again as a means to entering the Kingdom of Heaven. Did not God design the woman, and does she not carry life to term in the womb? Our fathers seed enters our mothers egg that carries life to term in the womb and Nicodemus knew, although he did not understand, Jesus was speaking to the image of birth in this life as the way we get to Heaven.

So, to answer the question, what type vessel has God designed to carry life? He designed the perfect vessel to protect life before it is born into this world. The egg. If God is the same yesterday, today and forever is it too hard to believe what He showed me or was captured on video appeared to be a vessel clothed in the light of the sun, supernatural in nature and in His design. We believe Heaven exists and if so, what manner does the Bible say we are carried to Heaven? It should be harder for a Christian to believe that it would happen any other way than what we already know of God. He never changes.

When God first showed me this vessel of light, I knew there were spirits within the vessel, but I did not recognize its shape. Not long after the supernatural events I was outside praying and asking the Lord what is this, a ball of light that spirits ascend to Heaven in? I looked down and on the grass He had placed a beautiful speckled bird egg between my feet. And He made it possible and I went and looked again, and it was not a ball of light it was vessel clothed in the light of the sun and it had God’s signature form. It was in the shape and form of His design to carry life. The light was in the shape of an egg. I was amazed at how simple this was. This is God’s way. We are truly reborn into the Kingdom of Heaven.

With this imagery of an egg-shaped vessel clothed in the light of the sun, I went online to see if I could find anything in the historical record.  There was no question I could see this vessel referenced in scripture. But without the context of what the Lord had shown me, I understood how many could overlook this vessel found in the Word of God and its importance.

In my search the Lord led me to an image of Mary Magdalene holding a red egg. Similar images can be found in churches around the world. Remember Mary Magdalene was the first person Jesus appeared to after His resurrection. Jesus tells her to gather the disciples in Galilee because He would be ascending to Heaven. So, we should believe she was present and a witness to His ascension to Heaven.  I continued my research to see if I could find anything written in the historical record that would explain why Mary Magdalene was holding a red egg. I found a story that said after Jesus' ascension to Heaven, Mary Magdalene traveled to Rome where she was admitted to the court of Tiberius Cesar. Her intent was to explain how poorly Pilate had ministered justice at Jesus’ trial. I am not sure of her intent but according to the story Cesar addresses Mary Magdalene and says, “Where is Jesus He is not in his tomb, where have they put Him?” To help explain He had risen from the dead she held up an egg in the air. Cesar stops her and says, "A man could no more rise from the dead than that egg in your hand turn red" The egg supernaturally turned red immediately.  I submit to you Mary Magdalene was asked where is Jesus? She had seen Him ascend to Heaven in a particular manner, a vessel clothed in the light of the sun. She held up the egg to describe the ascension of Jesus Christ. We are truly reborn into the Kingdom of Heaven.

As I continued to look for this egg-shaped imagery within the Christian faith, the Lord reminded me of the Easter egg hunt. I began to do research to see if I could find where this tradition came from. I was amazed at what I found. Some said that the egg symbolized the empty tomb of Jesus. I certainly could not see that. Some said the egg symbolizes new life. This was easier to understand but still did not answer the question. Why do our children hunt Easter eggs? The worst of what I have heard is from non-Christians. They say that we continue the tradition of some god named estore. And worse than this, some of us believe it. It is true that we have forgotten the reason for our own Christian tradition, and we allow non-Christians to dictate its meaning. Well on this day we have been made to remember. The two angels who stood by in white apparel said He would return in like manner. The disciples witnessed Jesus ascend to Heaven in a particular manner. Each year during the Passover they would go out and look up for the return of Jesus in this egg shaped supernatural vessel clothed in the light of the sun. This is where our Christian tradition of the Easter egg hunt comes from. It’s time to start looking up!

The Lord reminds me of the resurrection that took place during the time of the supernatural events. I saw what appeared to be spiritual bodies headed towards the ocean to this vessel clothed in the light of the sun. I am reminded of Matt. 27 and the resurrection of the saints that took place after Jesus had risen from the dead. Many who study the Bible ask questions about this scripture. Why were people resurrected with Jesus? There is a gestational period for all life in the womb. It also appears there is an appointed time that the dead are raised from the grave and it is possible it happens every year. Some are raised to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt. I believe it’s important to note this because some believe there has been no resurrection other than Jesus Christ. Many people saw resurrected saints after Jesus had risen from the dead as you will see in Matt. 27. The Lord opened my eyes and I also did see the spiritual bodies of those who were raised on April 8, 2007.  See Matt. 27:50-52 

Matt 27:50-52

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Over the last twelve years I moved 6 times, as a result I've been to many churches and not one of them ever taught me anything related to prophecy. If the consensus among the Christian community is that we are living in the end times, why are we not being taught prophecies concerning the second coming? I've heard different answers to this question. Some say the prophecies are not intended for our time. Others say the prophecies are too hard to understand. But the Word of God says,

Daniel 12:9-10

"9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. 

I know our Heavenly Father has a good plan for His Children. That plan includes understanding the prophecies of these days. They are given to us to help strengthen our faith and prepare His children for the second coming.  But history repeats itself. Just like it was in the days of Jesus, the Pharisees and church leaders did not understand the prophecies concerning the appearing of The Messiah. In large part the Jewish people to this day do not understand Jesus fulfilled every prophecy concerning His birth, death and resurrection.

Like a balanced diet for young children to grow up strong and healthy, so is the Word of God to His children.  Now the church is in her place and acts as the mother of our Heavenly Father’s children and she is responsible for feeding and caring for them per His plan.  But for some reason the church has decided to feed the children what she thinks is easy. Now the mother loves her children but does not understand the children are malnourished. She does not see the harm she has caused.  If the children are only fed meat and sugar, they spit out the grain and vegetables. The prophecies in the Word of God are like vegetables on a balanced plate of food. But the children will not eat what is good with immature palettes. It is a difficult thing to correct a child after the fact and that's where the church finds herself today. She should not be surprised if the children resist and will not eat. But I know this, that if she will trust in our Heavenly Father, He will help her and work in the hearts of the children and they will eat. Children, turn your heart to our Heavenly Father, pray, ask and He will show you and give you understanding of the prophecies of these days.

The Lord has given me the heart of a husband and of a father, that I might be better equipped to share this information. As a husband who loves the Lord and his wife and has a good plan for his family, I know a strange hurt difficult to explain. Our Heavenly Father loves His church even though she has her own way and does what is easy.  I have witnessed and heard testimonies of church leaders who began to preach on what appeared to be the modern fulfillment of Biblical prophecy only to upset the congregation. Instead of doing what is hard and pressing forward they reverted back to more commonly taught Biblical lessons. Now I have heard a woman say, "I had to feed the children something sweet because they were hungry and would not eat what I had set before them." Who is the head of His household? Is it God or is it the Church?  Our Father in Heaven has trusted the church to care and feed the children a balanced diet of the Word of God, but she forgets the prophecies. She believes all is well and cannot see the children are malnourished and sickly. Now it brings me to tears to think that our Heavenly Father feels this hurt as He looks upon His family. 

There must be a Godly plan for a successful family and it’s not easy to correct a child. The Biblical tenants set forth in the Word of God pertaining to marriage and family are given to us for our benefit. Just as the prophecies in the Word of God detail His plan for the end days. Now I know God loves the church, but if she does not trust His plan it hurts Him.  Now a good husband will never leave his family just as God will not leave His church and a good wife desires intimacy with her husband just as He does. But intimacy is lost if a wife or the church does not trust her husband and hearken to His Words for the sake of His Children.  I've seen it in churches in other countries, new churches and new children baptized in Holy Spirit. These churches and children experience the intimacy with our Heavenly Father that we so long for. We cannot fault our children for an immature palette. I witnessed this recently with what I considered were mature Christians. Once I began to speak of the prophecies of these days and what the Lord was sharing with me, they all took the time to explain why these things weren't important, like a child who spits out their vegetables. 

I have desired to walk with God, to spend time with Him to have Him teach me something new. But to walk with our Heavenly Father we cannot be sick or malnourished.Now my young child was sick one day and asked if we could go for a walk the following day. I looked forward to that walk so I could teach her something new or pick a piece of fruit from a tree or point out a flower that she had never seen. But the following day she was still sick and could not go out. I did not leave her side and cared for her the whole day. So is it with our Heavenly Father, He does not leave us when we are sick with sin or malnourished. But he cares for us and waits for us.  To take a walk with Him, to teach us something new, to give us a piece fruit from His tree we should be healthy in repentance and eating the whole Word of God.  If the church will hearken to His Words, do what is hard and feed the children what is right, He will come to her and help her, and the children will eat.   

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