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I've known and have been in contact with Theresa Phillips for several years now. She is the real deal. I must be honest that as I read, "It's springtime in Heaven," I thought, "Now that's what we want our readers to see. Many have been discouraged from a long, dark night of the soul for the last few years. They need to know that in Heaven, it's SPRINGTIME NOW!"
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"It's Springtime In Heaven"
Just as I was preparing for the holidays, I decided I'd sit at my window and gaze out, longing for snow. It didn't come. I watched the sky; it was blue and gray daily, but still no snow. I prayed for family and friends sitting in my small room off my kitchen. I never prayed hard for snow, because somehow I knew it wasn't coming. I prayed for the nation and I prayed for Israel. I felt God was pleased with that. Each day I gazed out the window, just being.
Then, after many days and without notice (O, how our Lord likes to surprise us!), I heard these words:
"Theresa, it's springtime in Heaven."
My heart leapt within me, and I was suddenly caught away in the Spirit.
To Every Thing There Is a Season
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven.
I began to sing to every thing, "Turn, turn, turn... There is a season. Turn, turn, turn..."
As I began to sing this song, I heard Him speak O so gently, "Theresa, birth pains and rumblings and trembling earth shakings have started, but it's springtime in Heaven."
Matthew 24:8 "All these are the beginning of birth pains."
I began to read the above Scripture and read it some more. A charge for surrender was coming forth. A surrender was taking place in the upper chamber of the Heavens. I knew it. And I was willing. I began to sing that old song, "I surrender all! I surrender all..."
John 16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.
As I read this next Scripture, I began to realize what our Sovereign Jesus was saying to me. He was reminding me that many have gone through so much in 2012. Many spiritual, financial, and physical crashes. He was moved with compassion for ALL (see Mark 1:41).
As I wept over this Scripture, I could feel the pain I had felt in 2012, the murmuring and complaining, the abandonment and the losses of loved ones and friends. I, too, was a victim of the sorrow of many things. But, somehow, here I was in front of a window feeling a bit like Daniel, when He spoke: "It's springtime in Heaven." I got so excited that I began to soar again upward and onward – more, Lord, more!
God Is Love
The Scripture of His love poured all over me. First John 4:8: "God is love." I began to say it over and over again, "God IS love! God is love! GOD IS LOVE!" I shouted it; I could hear myself saying it over and over again!
Gone was any anxiety I may have been experiencing. Gone was the lack of faith. I was being built up in His presence. Then it happened. I could feel His heart. O how He loves us! O how He adores us! O how He longs for us to rend our hearts toward Him!
"Theresa, its springtime in Heaven." The words were now so alive I felt as if I was gliding on air. I soared up and beyond and across a sapphire sky, landing softly on a garden path in the Heavenlies. I knew it was a NOW moment.
2013: Adversity and Joy
Then somehow I was back in my room weeping from experiencing that beautiful sight. The Spirit of the Lord was still filling the room, and He spoke to my heart:
"2013 will be a year of many interruptions. Earthly eruptions, earthquakes and volcanoes will continue. Pray for the people. Pray for the people! Even in spontaneous praise I will interrupt a service with gladness!"
I was now giggling like a child; each time He spoke of adversity He gave me spontaneous joy!
"2013 will see climate changes and snow will fall in the spring. It will be a sign of a new move of My Spirit.
"There will be a huge change in several governmental structures.
Then He spoke about that part of the Levites who were involved in community:
"'Now if a Levite comes from any of your towns throughout Israel where he resides, and comes whenever he desires to the place which the LORD chooses, then he shall serve in the name of the LORD his God, like all his fellow Levites who stand there before the LORD' (Deuteronomy 18:6-7). These men and women will be placed in the local and federal places of government to bring about a blessing of peace and will serve in My name. This will evolve when the crocus blooms early.
"The second portion of the Levitical will be to restore holiness in My house. I will call for a return to My house," says the LORD.
"These men and women will have humble hearts and outstretched hands in worship. I will build a new realm of worship with radical praise upon the lips of My people. Whole houses will shake under the power of praise, and the doors will swing wide and many houses of worship will begin to have visitation of the angelic, who will assist in soul-winning (see Hebrews 1:14). They are already being sent into the earth carrying with them fresh and new glory written in the hem of their garments. They are even walking with a SPRING in their step!
"Prepare the way, O prepare the way of those in darkness that are about to come into the light."
Stillness came. I knew He had shared with me His heart in that moment in time.
There I was, standing in my small room, looking out a window when He spoke this clearly: "2013."
1 Corinthians 13:13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I was so moved with a fresh love for my fellow man, for my family, for everything that God put on this earth! I felt like I had been in a new spring rain.
Suddenly, I realized that I had not gotten my mother-in-law a flower for Christmas. I quickly went online to purchase her one. When I opened the page, I saw – would you believe it? – tulips! Something new for Christmas: Springtime in Heaven. So I did what the Word said (Matthew 18:18): Loose what is in Heaven into the earth. I bought springtime for my mother-in-law.
Jesus! O Jesus loose the heavens, vision, insight, and freshness to Your tired and weary Body. Release that wondrous angelic realm that assists in soul-winning! When the quaking takes place, remind us all to earnestly pray for people. All people. When springtime comes and we see the snow, help us be reminded the breath of God never fails (see Job 37:10).
O Lord, make our hearts one with Yours. Help us each to contribute to our community and love each branch of Christianity and welcome their efforts. O God, guard our hearts against judgment and all that accompanies it. Bless us, O Lord, with your gifts of faith, hope and charity...yes, love is the greatest.
I embrace the new season being released from Heaven, a fresh new season ahead of natural elements – it's supernatural, and I thank You for that! Yes, I adore You for that! I praise You, I thank You, I worship You in the season we are in. In Jesus' name, Amen!
Chicago Prophetic Voice
Theresa Phillips is the presiding bishop of Praise Ministries. She recently formed The Encounter, a sub-ministry of PMI Glory Institute that reaches out to area churches to develop intimate relationships with Jesus. Theresa is dedicated to helping you encounter the living God and be filled with His never-ending glory. Pastor Theresa and her husband Robert have started an online publication called Chicago Prophetic Voice. This online publication is intended to help you see and hear the unseen and unheard realms of God as they are portrayed in the written Scriptures of the Holy Bible.