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TODD BENTLEY: "Understanding on the Various Levels of Visions and Revelations"

by Todd Bentley
Sep 18, 2003

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"UNDERSTANDING ON THE VARIOUS LEVELS OF VISIONS AND REVELATIONS"
by Todd Bentley
Web: www.freshfire.ca

Holy Desperation Lays Hold Of Revelation

Although God is sovereign and, in his sovereignty, he releases visitations, I believe we can take hold of God's promise in holy desperation and hunger and say, "God, I want you to communicate with me the way that you communicated with them". The Bible says Elijah was a man like us. If John can go into revelation, if Paul can go into the third heaven, then I can have it too. If Peter can have trances, Daniel can see angels, Gideon can have an angelic visitation and God can direct Mary and Joseph with dreams and angels, then I believe I can experience those things too. If these divine encounters are in the beginning of the Bible through to the end of the Bible, then I will lay hold of it for myself. Iíve said to the Lord, "If angels can come to Abraham's house, God, they can come to mine".

Before I started experiencing these things in my life, I came to that place in my heart where I said, "I can have it!" Some of you reading this already know that. Others of you need to think about whether God wants you to have visions, revelation, or an audible voice from heaven. Could God want to bring you into the heavens, transport or translate you?

A Teaching on the Levels of Revelation

As you ponder this question, let me lay a foundation by teaching about the difference between all the levels of revelation. Now I've been to the third heaven, which is the highest level. Whether or not I was in my body, I don't know. Iíve spoken to many men and women who have been there. Some people call this place the "throne zone". When you hit that level, itís very obvious.

In 2 Cor. 12:4, Paul tells us what the third heaven is. He says, "I was caught up into paradise". It's the bosom and dwelling of God - it's throne zone - up there where God dwells. By the way, the heavens can't contain Him, so although heaven is a physical place, I think heaven is a lot more than we believe it is. Many believe that there are geographical places in heaven just like there are geographical locations in places on earth. You can go to South America or you can go to Hawaii. You can go to Africa or Europe. The geography, industry, and culture are different in different places.


Spiritual Travel Through the Supernatural World

Are you enjoying the world that God created? God has made us a wonderful natural creation and Heís created earth for us to enjoy. Heís given us natural senses to touch, taste, smell, hear and feel the things of the natural realm and Heís given us the ability to go places. In the same way, God has provided a spiritual creation for us, the spiritual senses to experience it, and the ability to travel to different places within this spiritual world. We have an inner man with inner ears, eyes and other senses on the inside of us. In fact, because it is eternal, the spiritual realm is even more real than the physical realm. Everything that we have in the natural earthly realm came out of the invisible realm.

So I want to learn how to begin to touch, access and experience that invisible realm on a daily basis. You may be thinking, "Wait a minute Todd. What if God doesn't wants you to see?" You see, I come from a whole different paradigm now. Iíve come to realize I have a heavenly Father called Daddy - Abba Father. If my daughter asks me a question, I'd answer her. God also wants to answer us when we call on him. He even says in Jeremiah 33:3 - "Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." You can't determine what you're going to see, where you're going to go or what level of revelation it's going to be. But you can ask and you can ask daily.

Learning to Disengage

Our Father wants us to cultivate a lifestyle of making ourselves available, positioning ourselves before the Lord in quietness, learning how to disengage our understanding and beginning to operate in the inner man with the inner eyes that we have. The apostle Paul refers to those eyes in Ephesians 1:18. The reason God wants to give you that spirit of wisdom and revelation and enlighten the eyes of your understanding is for the knowledge of Him. And I believe that, even if I donít understand why Iím having an experience, I can still grow in intimacy with Him. Often the Lord blesses us with revelation just so we can see Him, experience Him and be with Him. He wants us to live in that intimate place now rather than when we die in 70 years.

Although we cannot go into the heavens at will, not once when I made myself available to go, did God not permit me to enter in. That may not be your testimony, that may not be the way that it's going to be for you, but I've come to the place where I'll take one to three hours to wait before the Lord every day and every time I will receive revelation. I don't know what level; its not third heaven all the time, but God speaks every day.


Heavenly Encounters In The Throne Zone

During my first third heaven experience, I was in my living room with a group of intercessors and one of my pastors. We had a time of worship and an atmosphere came into the room. I felt the glory. Although Iíd had many revelatory experiences before, I'd never been in a third heaven experience. This may sound very unusual, but I'm just going to be honest with you here. I was in the living room when I started to enter this revelation. All of a sudden I shouted out, "The grass! Can you see the grass?" I could feel it coming up through my toes. When I looked at the grass it moved and it had life - the glory came off it. It was greener grass than you've ever seen before. As I stepped on it, I could feel it under my feet. It was as if the grass itself was alive and had personality. I'd look at it and it would say things to me even though there was no actual conversation. There was life in that grass; it was as if God himself was in it.

At first, everyone in my home thought I was crazy! Then people started getting scriptures - at the moment I'd share something, the Lord would bring a verse to them associated with the vision. Then suddenly, the walls of my apartment seemed to disappear. When I looked out, I saw a forest and trees that went further than my eyes could see. It became so real and vivid that, as I looked towards where my kitchen would have been, I saw water an inch deep come pouring in out of the kitchen and come across my carpet. The carpet actually looked wet - I thought my wife had left the bathtub or the dishwasher on. I screamed, "The river just came into my living room!"

An Interactive Prophetic Experience

Nobody else knew what to do. Then the pastor jumped off the couch and threw himself onto the floor in this revelatory river. I saw it rise a couple of feet and start flowing across his back. And there was grass and trees - a full-on interactive prophetic experience. The more I shared the vision and the more they'd engage themselves and allow themselves to be taken into what I saw, the more it grew. Then I saw a tree that looked like a huge oak - it was gold, silver and bronze all at the same time. This huge tree covered my apartment; we were under the shade, and there was fruit as big as my head. The branches were weighed down and just about breaking off.

By now there was a guy lying on his back, under the power. The others weren't seeing the vision like I was; they are just experiencing it in the emotions realm. I saw it and experienced it with all of my senses. Yet I still knew I was in my apartment. After seeing this tree, I yelled out, "The tree of life!" When I said that, the guy lying on the ground was acting as if he was eating fruit. But he hadn't seen the tree. Then I said, "shhhhh" and there was nothing but silence. In the midst of the silence, from a different realm, I could hear a sound, like a bass going off on the inside of my spirit man. So I asked, "Can you hear it?"

However, they couldn't hear the sound. The same thing happened to Saul on the road to Damascus. His companions saw the light, but they couldn't hear the voice. But this experience was so real to me that I thought for sure the others could hear it too. Next, I began to think, "The sound of the Lord God walking in the garden". Eventually, I realized I was in the Garden of Eden, in Paradise. We were hiding from the presence of the Lord and he was looking for us. We just lived this thing out.

Intimacy Is Godís Highest Purpose

By now some of you may be asking what the purpose of this prophetic experience was. Did Adam have to have a purpose every morning other than just being - to be with God and walk and talk in the cool of the day? Does every experience have to have some kind of purpose that's going to benefit us? Perhaps, in many cases, there is a purpose that we don't know yet in our understanding. I believe that, at times, I see and experience things during prayer and intimate fellowship with God just because he loves me and I love him. He created the heavens and the earth. Yes, I'm a natural creation but I'm also a spiritual creation and I don't have to wait 70 years to get into those heavenly places. I can begin to access that spiritual realm as God permits. As I become hungry for these divine encounters and as I make myself available for His Spirit to take me up, things begin to take place. We just need to cultivate a lifestyle of seeking for and living in the presence of the Lord.

On another occasion during my three-month season of soaking (in the glory presence four to 12 hours a day) I had another dramatic third heaven experience. I was in prayer and I felt the sensation of being sucked out of my body and being flung into space. I could feel the G-force, the kind of feeling you get on a roller coaster. My body began vibrating and I could even feel the force on my face - my face was physically contorting. But I was in my living room. Here I was going through stars and I wasnít even in a spaceship! Then I entered into another dimension where my whole being was filled with a brilliant white light. Suddenly I felt the sensation of landing. Next I was on a mountain, the wind was blowing and I could feel it. I began to freak out. This had never happened before. Even though I was lying on my carpet I felt a cold wind on my face. My senses felt the emotions of what I saw but I could still feel the carpet under me.

This was only my second third heaven experience. I eventually came before the King, the Lord of glory, the Lord of hosts. It would take hours to describe what took place. These prophetic encounters happened before I was in the ministry. At the end of that three-month season of visitation God called me into the ministry. During that training time, the Lord equipped me and imparted things to me for what He had called me to. But it took me two years to understand what took place on that mountain of visitation.

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