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24 Paradise Here And Now

 

You Can Dwell In Paradise Here And Now

 

by Kenneth Allan Clark.

 

On coming towards the end of a study on End Times, I felt challenged by the Holy Spirit with the following questions. Where, when and what is the Jerusalem above mentioned in Galatians 4:26 & Hebrews 12:22. My answers to these questions are the basis for this booklet.

As Christians we are meant to dwell with Christ in The Jerusalem above, upon the throne of God with Christ, with all power and authority above all powers, authorities and principalities.

Being in the spirit we are up there in the Spirit above all things, yet with our feet firmly planted on the ground, it is Paradise.

 

 

What is and where is heaven?

 

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If we follow the law of first reference, heaven is defined as atmosphere that divides the waters under the atmosphere from the waters above the atmosphere (Gen 1:6-8). In the King James Version, it is the Hebrew word shamayin meaning the heaven up things or heaven up places (as in to lift something up and heave it up on the top shelf) which is translated and shortened to heaven.

 

When the Jews translated the Bible from Hebrew to Greek, most times they translated shamayin as ouranos meaning sky or air. Other times as epourania meaning things in the air or sky.

 

To most ancient cultures there three skies yet they all merged into one. The sky of the birds of the air. The sky of the angels, demons and gods. And above them all in the third sky (the third and highest heaven) sat the supreme god who ruled supreme over all.

 

Take this ancient view and put it in a Christian setting. The birds fly in the air we breathe. The demons and angels are all around us in the air we breathe (in what we often call the heavenly realms). And above it all Jesus Christ is seated with God the Father ruling over all, and we also in Christ have been raised up and seated with Christ, ruling above all powers and authority. Right now I am seated with Christ in the third heaven above all principalities, powers and authorities (Eph 1:18 – 23 & 2:5 – 6).

 

In 1st & 2nd Corinthians, Paul is preaching and teaching into an ancient culture, so he would of very much had this view mind; when he says I was caught up to the third sky, and there in Paradise. There he was seeing a view of these three merging realms in the sky (the heavens).  Some times when I am in prayer or in worship, spiritually I get caught up to be alone with the Holy Trinity above, and it is Paradise.

 

Now Paul, who has never had a personal encounter with God the Father and Son before. On the day he first meets Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, falls from his horse slain in the Spirit and is caught up God in the Spirit. Paul has absolutely no idea what just happened to him. Therefore he writes;

 

 

2 Corrithians 12:1 It is not profitable for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;) such a one caught up to the third sky. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such a one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

 

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In the Old Testament, the most common Hebrew word translated into English as heaven is shamayim. This word literally means the heaved up things. From this word comes the thought, the mountains tops are the heaved up things that have become places in the sky.

 

In Genesis 1:1 – 8 (the first mention of the heaved up things) what we would call the sky and the earth’s atmosphere is called and identified as the heaved up things.

 

In Jeremiah 4:25 & 9:10 we are told of a time, when the birds of the heaved up things will flee. In early to mid-English, the heaved up things became the heaven up things, which was then shortened to heaven. Therefore any further references in the Old Testament to the heaved up things (or heaven) could either literally translated into English as the heaved up things, or as the sky.

 

As I have already mention, in the New Testament, the most common Greek word translated into English as heaven is ouranos. This word literally means the sky. So given that sky is the literal translation of ouranos, let us look at some passages in Ephesians using the word sky instead of heaven.

 

 

Ephesians 1:20 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand above the sky. 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come:

 

 

So Christ is seated at the right hand of God in the sky. And we, the overcomers, have been raised up and seated with him.

 

 

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father in his throne.

 

 

Ephesians 2:6 And he has raised us up together, and made us sit together in Christ Jesus above the sky.

 

 

To be above the sky, is to be seated in the position of power and authority above the angels and demons that inhabit the spiritual realm. The angels and demons dwell in the spiritual realm within the sky, within the air we breathe. Christ Jesus has been raised up in the sky above all power and authorities. Or as they would say in King James, Christ Jesus has been raised up and seated in the heavenly above all power and authorities. And it is from this position, we who are also seated with Christ in the heavenly places, battle against the powers of darkness.

 

 

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God; that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the sky.

 

 

One of the ways we battle against powers of darkness is by speaking against them with our God given power and authority; binding and casting away the of powers of darkness and losing the power and goodness of God in the name of Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:10-11; 8:28-33 & 12:28-29).

 

Where is the throne of God and of his Christ? Answer: Above the spiritual realm in the sky. Not necessarily literally physically above, but above the spiritual realm in power and authority.

 

Where are we seated in Christ? Answer: Above the spiritual realm in the sky.

 

Through the prophet Isaiah we are given two glimpses of God sitting on His throne.

 

 

Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim - - - - -

 

 

The question is; is Isaiah having a vision of God’s throne within His temple here on earth, or is Isaiah having a vision of God’s throne within his temple in the sky? Before you even try an answer that question, let us look at Isaiah’s other glimpse of God sitting on his throne.

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Isaiah 66:1 This says the LORD, The sky is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that you build unto me? And where is the place of my rest?

 

 

 

God’s throne is up there in the sky, the earth is his footstool, and around God hover the seraphim, the angels of God. How can we possibly build an earthly temple large enough to contain the throne room of God? Yet as believers in Christ we sit with God and with Christ upon their throne, above all things. 

 

First let us look at Galatians 4:21-31.

 

Galatians 4:21 Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bond maid, the other by a free woman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the free woman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the Mount Sinai, which was born to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written, Rejoice, barren that bear not; break forth and cry, you that travail not: for the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband. 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 29 But as then, he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what says the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman. 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

 

This passage is about two covenants;


1: The covenant of the Law, represented by Agar and Mount Sinai.


2: The covenant of Promise.

 

The covenant of the Law also represents and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children (Gal.4:25). That is, those who are born of the flesh, born under the Law, are of the Jerusalem which now is, and lives under bondage to the Law.

 

The covenant of Promise corresponds to Jerusalem which is above and is free. Free from what? Free from the Law and free from sin. When do we become free from the Law and sin?

 

When we are first born we are born of the flesh and born under the Law. But when we believe and receive Jesus Christ as God come to earth in the flesh, we are born again by the Spirit of God (John1:12-13) and we become free. We become part of the Jerusalem which is above and is free.

 

 

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed in him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; 32 and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

John 3:5 Jesus answered, truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and of 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 Marvel not that I said to you, you must be born again. 8 The Spirit breathes where it wills, and you hear his voice, but cannot tell from where he comes, and where he goes: so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

 

 

When we are born again we enter into the kingdom of God. Where is this kingdom? It is all around us in the air we breathe, above all principalities and powers. There is the throne of God, where we are seated with Christ above all principalities and powers.

 

Where is this throne of God? Upon mount Zion, in the city of the living God, the Jerusalem above. The Jerusalem which is above and free, is now and is our present position in Christ.

 

In Hebrews chapter 12; Paul again speaks of two covenants.

 

Speaking of the Old Covenant.

 

 

Hebrews 12:18 For you are not coming unto the mountain that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard begged that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake

 

 

Speaking of the New Covenant.

 

 

Hebrews 12:22 But you have come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the Jerusalem above, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in the sky, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.

 

 

 According to this passage, you (that is the born again believer) have come unto Zion (not will come but have already come), and unto the city of the living God, the Jerusalem above. This is not future prophecy, this is now. You, the born again believer in Christ have come unto Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the Jerusalem above.

 

Where are we now? Our body and our soul are down here on earth; but our spirit is up in the sky above; upon mount Zion, in the city of the living God, in Jerusalem above, surrounded by an innumerable company of angels. Here with us is the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which have their names written in the book of life, kept in the sky. There we are seated together with Christ Jesus the mediator of the new covenant and with God the Judge of all. And there also are the spirits of just men made perfect.

 

Who are the just men made perfect? Through Christ every born again believer is justified and made perfect by blood of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.

 

 

Ephesians 2:6 And he (God) has raised us up together, and made us sit together in Christ Jesus above the sky.

 

 

Our body and our soul are still down here on earth. Therefore how are we seated with God and with Christ above?

 

By our spirit;

 

All have been born of the flesh, born under bondage to the Law. But when you first believed and received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Deliverer, the Spirit of God came upon you, by which you were born again. God’s Spirit became one with our spirit. Now we can commune with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, both on earth and above. It matters not that our body and soul are earth bound; we by our spirit can be both on earth and above. We just need to believe it, claim it and by faith lay hold of it.

 

 

Hebrews 12:22 But you have come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the Jerusalem above, and to an innumerable company of angels.

 

 

(K.J.V.) Hebrews 12:22 But ye have come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.

 

 

This is not future prophecy. This is not the Church in the Millennium; this is not the Church in eternity; this is the Church now. You, I, we are the Church of the first born have come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the Jerusalem above. 

 

Paul on the road to Damascus falls to the ground slain in the Spirit. He is caught up by the Holy Spirit with Christ to the throne room of God; and here in Paradise he sees visions and hears inexpressible things (Acts 9:1 - 9  & 2 Cor 12:1 – 6).

 

 On the Day of Pentecost, the disciples were all together in one place and the Holy Spirit came upon them and they all spoke in tongues. Some were amazed, others made fun of them, saying that they have had too much wine (Acts 2:1 – 13).

 

 

Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Men of Judea, and all that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and listen to my words:  15 For these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.  16  But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  18 And on my bond servants and on my bond maids I will pour out my Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy:

 

 

The disciples had been caught up to the throne room of God, in the Jerusalem above; the place from where we receive power and authority, dreams and vision. They were up there in the highest heaven, the highest sky; yet they were still here on earth.

 

We to can dwell both in the highest sky with Christ upon the throne of God, yet have our feet firmly planted on earth. These things are all part of what available to us; all who repent and are baptized.

 

 

Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the deliverance from sin; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

 

 

These things may be all new to your understanding; in which case I don’t expect it to come to your understanding straightaway. Believe it and give it time, and by the Spirit of Christ who dwells in you, the understanding will come and you (here and now); to you who dwell in Paradise, in the New Jersualem, seated with Christ upon the throne of God.

 

 

God bless you all,
Your brother in Christ,

Prophet Ken Clark.

 

 

You Can Dwell In Paradise Here And Now.

by Kenneth Allan Clark.

 

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