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"God Desires Us To Experience The Reality Of The Supernatural"
by Todd Bentley
24th, 2004. Harvest Rock Church, Pasadena, California
This lesson examines the scriptural foundation of the reality of the Supernatural
- every day walking and living in this realm. How many of you are hungry for an
open heaven in your life? If you really want the supernatural to be natural and
common in your life, this course and this lesson is for you. Is your heart's cry,
"I want heaven to touch the earth. I want heavenly glory. I want to open up the
windows of heaven, and I want to live in the supernatural provision of God's grace,
power and presence"? In my life and in the ministry of Fresh Fire, we have been
living, on a daily basis since 1998, in the reality of the spiritual realm. Through
this lesson I want to lay a foundation for understanding the spiritual realm. I
want to raise our expectations of how much of God we can receive and walk in now.
Let's grow in faith to encounter and experience God in ways that we have never encountered
before. Let's get hungry for that spirit of wisdom and revelation to come upon our
lives, for God to open up the windows of heaven.
Seeing Into the Supernatural
(John 3:5-13; Eph. 2:5,6)
(John 3:5-13) 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."
(Eph. 2:5,6) 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made
us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up
together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
In this lesson, I am just going to share with you very quickly just a few Scriptures
the Holy Spirit has given me. I want to lay a foundation for the miraculous and
the power of God. The Kingdom of God is not in word only but in power - we need
to see the demonstration of the Holy Spirit and power. But more than that, as believers,
we need to walk in God's power. I want you to encounter and experience the supernatural,
to encounter and experience the reality of the spiritual realm. I'm praying that
God is going to open up the eyes of your heart, of your spiritual understanding.
Todd's Prophetic Experience
Recently, while I was in Salt Lake City, I had a prophetic experience. I was taken
up into the spiritual climate over Utah and I saw what God was doing in Salt Lake
City. I had an open eye vision. The heavens opened and I was taken up into a large
vortex. It was like I was in the eye of a tornado or in a spiritual portal. It was
if God had ripped open heaven, and I was able to see that something was taking place
in the spiritual climate of Utah and of Salt Lake City. I saw angels ascending and
descending into the service - they were bringing eyes and wings into the meeting.
"God what are these eyes?" I asked. "Todd," He said, "the eyes are for the seer
prophet. They represent the seer anointing." Then the Lord told me that the wings
are for the eagles, the prophetic people, anointed with fresh revelation, those
He is gathering and releasing this year. This year God is releasing a fresh dimension
of the prophetic anointing. This download will come in the form of prophecy that
involves the emotions in a greater way - it's going to involve the spiritual senses.
It's going to be more like experiential prophetic experiences - visions, dreams.
Visions will become more graphic, involving various detail which will include emotions
and even natural senses. After talking with other prophetic people, I realized we
agree that this year the Body of Christ is ready, on a corporate level, for the
kind of anointing that we have touched and seen hidden in back rooms until now -
angelic visitations, dreams, trances and other third heaven realm experiences
From the beginning to the end of the Bible we see the reality of these supernatural
experiences. I believe God wants to take the spook out of the prophetic and make
it common place and available to all believers. In this lesson, I want to lift our
expectations of how much of the supernatural we can walk in now. I want to lift
your faith levels to believe for a whole new place of personal and corporate open
heavens where the supernatural gates swing wide open. When the spiritual realm opens
up, the power of God, favor and resources are released into our lives.
(Mark 9:23; Luke 8:49, 50; Matt. 8:7-10)
Jesus said to him, ''If you can believe, all things are
possible to him who believes.' Mark 9:23
While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of
the synagogue's house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the
Teacher." But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, "Do not be afraid; only
believe, and she will be made well." Luke 8:49, 50
And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The centurion
answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But
only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority,
having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another,
'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus
heard it, He marveled and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you,
I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!" (Matt. 8:7-10)
(This Centurion must have believed that Jesus had angels (servants) to carry out
At a later date, I will tell you about the angel that has visited me. However, first
I want you to realize how important faith is. Once the Lord told me, "Todd, if you
can get people to believe in the angel, I will bring miracles." Now listen: It's
not about believing in the angel in the same way we believe in Jesus. We don't put
our faith in angels - they are agents through which Jesus works. But often we won't
be able to receive and walk in what God is doing in His supernatural power until
we hear testimonies of powerful works that God is doing, and our belief in the unseen
realm begins to grow. Testimonies aren't greater than Jesus, but scripture does
tell us that the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy. That prophetic testimony
releases faith if we hear with an open heart. The Lord has said to me, "Todd, if
you can get people to believe in what I am now releasing by the prophetic power
of my Spirit - the prophetic word , angels, dreams, the realities of the spiritual
realm, the manifestation of heaven touching earth and people being healed and set
free - then I can begin to fully release My power." It's the power of faith and
believing. "Only believe," says Jesus. Believing is the door that opens up the spiritual
realm and that brings heaven; it's the entrance through which heaven touches earth
and through which miracles, signs and wonders come. God wants to challenge our belief
system and our mind sets. He wants to challenge our levels of faith. God wants to
make the supernatural natural and commonplace. Yes, He wants us to believe like
the saints of old who we read about throughout the Bible.
(Gen. 18:1-16; 19:1; Judges 6:11,12; Dan. 10:5-21; Gen.
28:10-12; Luke 1:26-30)
Angels are everywhere in scripture - whether it was angels coming over to Abraham's
house for a meal or an angel showing up at the winepress with Gideon. Then there
is Daniel who is taken into heaven – he sees an angel who has just come from a battle
with the Prince of Persia. In scripture there are so many prophetic experiences.
There's Jacob who sees the ladder with angels ascending and descending, going into
heaven, getting revelation and coming out of heaven. We read about Mary and Joseph
being led by prophetic dreams. Angels appeared to them to bring direction and warnings.
Here are some passages which describe some of these angelic experiences:
Abraham (Gen. 18:1-16) 1 Then the LORD appeared to him
by the terebinth trees of Mare, as he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of
the day. 2 So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing
by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed
himself to the ground, 3 and said, "My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight,
do not pass on by Your servant. 4 Please, let a little water be brought and wash
your feet and rest yourselves under the tree. 5 And I will bring a morsel of bread,
that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have
come to your servant." They said, "Do as you have said." 6 So Abraham hurried into
the tent to Sarah and said, "Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead
it and make cakes." 7 And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf,
gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it. 8 So he took butter and milk
and the calf which he had prepared and set it before them; and he stood by them
under the tree as they ate. 9 Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?"
So he said, "Here, in the tent." 10 And he said, "I will certainly return to you
according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son." (Sarah
was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were
old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 Therefore
Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure,
my lord being old also?" 13 And the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh,
saying, 'Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?' 14 Is anything too hard for
the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life,
and Sarah shall have a son." (Gen. 19:1) Now the two angels came to Sodom in the
evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to
meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.
Gideon (Judges 6:11, 12) Now the Angel of the LORD came and
sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrmite,
while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the
Midianites. 12 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, "The LORD is
with you, you mighty man of valor!"
More Angelic Visitations
** Daniel (Dan. 10:5-21) 5 I lifted my eyes and looked,
and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of
Uphaz! 6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his
eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and
the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude. 7 And I, Daniel, alone saw
the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror
fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. 8 Therefore I was left alone
when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned
to frailty in me, and I retained no strength. 9 Yet I heard the sound of his words;
and while I heard the sound of his words, I was in a deep sleep on my face, with
my face to the ground. 10 Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on
my knees and on the palms of my hands. 11 And he said to me, "O Daniel, man greatly
beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have
now been sent to you." While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.
12 Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set
your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were
heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of
Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes,
came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now
I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter
days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come." 15 When he had spoken such
words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. 16 And suddenly,
one having the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth
and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, "My lord, because of the vision my
sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. 17 For how can this
servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me
now, nor is any breath left in me." 18 Then again, the one having the likeness of
a man touched me and strengthened me. 19 And he said, "O man greatly beloved, fear
not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong! So when he spoke to me I was strengthened
and said, "Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me." 20 Then he said, "Do
you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince
of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. 21
But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me
against these, except Michael your prince.)
** Jacob (Gen 28:10-12) 10 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba
and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night
because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it
at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold,
a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels
of God were ascending and descending on it.
** Mary (Luke 1:26-30) 26 Now in the sixth month the angel
Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed
to a man whose name was Joseph of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.
28 And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the
Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" 29 But when she saw him, she was
troubled at his saying and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then
the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God."
2b. Prophetic Experiences
(Ezek. 8:3-4; Hab. 2:2; Obadiah 1:1; Acts 10:9-15; 2 Cor.
12:1-4; James 5:17,18)
Throughout the Bible, we read about numerous prophetic experiences. Not only did
all of the major and minor prophets have supernatural encounters, but just about
every major bible character from the beginning of the Bible to the end, had spiritual
experiences. Men had trances, visions, visitations, dreams, supernatural chariot
rides and other prophetic experiences. Ezekiel was taken out by the Spirit into
visions of God; he was actually taken to physical places (into the river Shabar
and into Babylonian captivity). Whether he was in his body or not, we don't know.
Then, in the New Testament, we have Paul, the Apostle, caught up into heaven, into
paradise. In the book of Acts, Peter has a trance, Cornelius has a vision, Peter
gets out of prison with the help of an angel and John receives visions which he
recorded in the book of Revelation. Are you getting the picture, that from the beginning
to the end of the Bible, men and women had encounters with God? They were able to
say that heaven had touched earth in a supernatural way with visitations, signs
and wonders in the heavens and earth. Or with power, miracles, deliverance from
demons, visions, angels, trances, dreams, translation in the Spirit, or visitation
to heaven. Do you believe it? Elijah was a man like us and so was everybody else
in the Bible. They were just men like us – saints saved and cleansed by the blood
of Jesus. Today, in heaven, there is a cloud of witnesses excited about the day
that we live in. That cloud - Abraham, Elijah, Elisha, Daniel, Paul and Peter -
are cheering us on.
These past saints are looking at our generation, at the last days anointing. They
are looking at the last days army. It is our time, as end time saints, to shine
with His glory and to take His love and power to the world. It's our time to pray
like Elisha prayed when his servant's spiritual eyes were opened. That prayer opened
up the second heaven, the realm of angels and demons. When I read that story, I
believed that same experience could be mine. I said, "God that is going to be my
expectation. That is going to be my experience." Why not? Why can't that happen
to me? Why wouldn't I want to make myself available to the Lord to release the anointing
of Ephesians 1:17 so the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation would come upon me? We
need to have these supernatural experiences with God because that's how He speaks.
To grow in faith and relationship with God, we need hear his voice. Every relationship
is built on communication. So we need to be open to every different manner that
God speaks, whether it's through the still small voice or through visions or through
angelic encounters. God reveals Himself in a multitude of ways.
by Todd Bentley
Saturday, January 24th, 2004. Harvest
Rock Church, Pasadena, California
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