Isaiah64: 1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains
would tremble before you! 2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to
boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations
to quake before you! 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
Matthew 6:10 – KJV – Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Open Heaven. This seems to be a buzz word in our churches today. “We are living under and open heaven.” “We are worshiping under an open heaven.” “We are preaching under an open heaven.” But what is an open heaven? What does it look like when we have an open heaven? How will we recognize it?
We all want to live in the unhindered release of the power of God. The great thing is that God wants it for us even more than we want it. This is why Jesus taught us to pray in the Lord’s prayer, “Thy kingdom come.” So, the first thing we must recognize is that an open heaven is never “confessed down”, it is prayed down. If we already had the open heaven Jesus would never have told us to ask God for his kingdom to come. He would have told us to rejoice because it was already here.
In order to recognize an open heaven, let’s first look at some scriptures that will show us what it is like when there is no open heaven.
1st Samuel 3:1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. (KJV)
If you will remember the story in the first chapters of 1st Samuel, Hanna wanted a child. She promised the Lord, that if He would give her a child, that she would place him into the service of the Lord all the days of his life. God granted her request and so the child was ministering unto the Lord before Eli the priest. Then, the verse says something very interesting: And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
The first thing we notice when there is a closed heaven is this: Revelation is shut up. There is no widespread revelation coming to the church like fresh, hot bread to feed us. Every message sounds the same. God’s people are left starving from eating the vitamin deficient, seeker friendly sermons that are coming from the pulpit. God seems to have left the ministers to fend for themselves in preparing for Sunday service.
That is what the Old Testament has to say. Here is the New Testament:
2nd Timothy 4:2. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (KJV)
If you will take an honest look at the churches across America today, you will admit that there is a lot of this. We are seeing this scripture come to pass before our eyes. We have become a nation of seeker friendly churches more interested in building numbers than in changing lives. When an open heaven comes, we will have more numbers than we know what to do with. But, those numbers will be coming because of the conversion of lost souls into the kingdom.
That is not what we are seeing now. We want it the way we want it! Don’t come to me with the absolutes of God’s Word!
When you see this happening, this is a sign that we are not operating under an open heaven. People will bring in preachers that tell them what they want to hear. They will embrace fables that make them feel better without having to change their lives to be more like Jesus. This is the first thing that happens when the heavens are not open: Fresh Word of God is virtually nonexistent.
Let us, as ministers, fall on our face and pray for God to give us the word that will “open the heavens” and cause a mighty revival to sweep this earth.