The Staircase of Books
On the morning of June 5, 2022, I was praying in preparation for the Arise Women's Summit I was hosting near Knoxville, Tennessee, when the Lord took me into an encounter. I found myself in the library of Heaven standing before a giant staircase made of extremely large books. In pure fairytale fashion, I was filled with wonder in this realm of records, where the imagination of the Father had influenced the lives of individuals, who then made history with Him on Earth. The books stacked up on top of themselves and made a spiral staircase that reached up into a glimmering cloud far above.
I began to walk up this staircase, or bookcase as it were, taking my time to read the titles of each book. I was intrigued to see that books from the Bible, including the Torah and the New Testament epistles, made up some of the steps; but also incorporated in the stack were works of the saints, revivalists and reformers of old, such as Maria Woodworth-Etter, A.A. Allen, Smith Wigglesworth, Aimee Semple McPherson, the Moravians, Puritans, pilgrims, Joan of Arc, Harriet Tubman and the like.
There were journals, captains' logs and journalist reports documenting moves of God and revivals of the past. It was powerful! I could feel the explosive power of God between each cover as my foot touched them.
Then as I approached the glimmering glory cloud, near the top, I hear the Spirit of God recite John 21:25 (paraphrased): Jesus did countless things that I haven't recorded here. If every one of His acts were recorded, the world would not be able to contain the books.
At the Threshold of "Signs and Wonders Land"
Once through the cloud, I found myself standing before a giant, ancient door made of heavy wooden beams. There, before my face, and significantly larger than my head, was a giant doorknob. I was reminded of the classic story of Alice in Wonderland, when she shrinks in order to go through the door that leads to Wonderland. And much like Alice, I began to experience an overwhelming sense of curiosity and desire to understand why the Lord had brought me here. I had an inner knowing that I was at the threshold of a world called "Signs and Wonders Land."
It was then that I realized that Jesus was the door and my faith was the key! He is the way, the truth and the life, and our faith in Him gives us access to every realm He invites us into!
The door was cracked open to me, and brilliant light streamed from the opening. This knowledge produced such a holiness and reverence within me for Christ that it took my breath away. I knew that thresholds were sacred to the Jews, because of the blood of lambs being applied on the doorposts at Passover, but this experience took my understanding to the next level.
Threshold moments are so sacred because they mark the crossing over from death to life; the end of one season or era and the beginning of a new one. They are the birth canals of the spirit realm that release new moves of revival, and the access points between Heaven and Earth for acquiring blueprints directly from the throne room.
Entering "The Book of Acts"
I looked up to see a plaque on the door that read "The Book of Acts." The Lord began to speak to me and said, "I am turning the page for My governing Body, the Ecclesia. My Church is now crossing into a new chapter. This is a sacred transition, and it will be known as the book of Acts for the Millennial generation.
It was then that I received a supernatural download in the spirit, revealing that the book of the acts of the apostles, which we are familiar with in the New Testament, is still being written in the spirit realm – and we are in it!
God has all of our days recorded in His book. All of our lives are recorded in the history of Heaven. And for those of us who live on Earth as lovers of God, devoted to being conformed into Christ's likeness and constantly being empowered by the Holy Spirit – our acts, works and exploits are still being recorded in continuation of the never-ending story of the ever-increasing Kingdom of our God and Father! (Photo via Pixabay)
The Spirit prompted me to step inside the door. With much reverence, I crossed over the threshold and entered into the book of Acts. I found myself standing with the 120 disciples that were in the upper room, waiting expectantly for the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Suddenly, a blast of wind hit the room like a tornado! The heads of each person lit up as if they were candles on a cake, as tongues of fire rested on them, enabling them to speak in other languages so that they could proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the ends of the earth and to every people group! The manifest presence of God released waves of joy and what appeared to be drunken euphoria over a people who had never experienced such pleasure before! Psalm 16:11 became alive to them in this moment.
I watched as even those who had literally denied Christ just days before, now became empowered with the Holy Spirit. They became filled with wisdom, courage and supernatural grace to deny their own lives and risk death, as they tumbled out of the room and began to preach, with power, the good news of the Gospel in the streets.
The teachings of Jesus, while they walked with Him on Earth, became alive to them! They received clear understanding through the infilling of the Spirit that Jesus came to establish a Kingdom. They understood that they were adopted by the Father into a royal family lineage, through the Blood of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit. They understood that in order to receive their entire inheritance as coheirs with Christ, they had to accept the sufferings of Christ as their own, or (in other words) be willing to die to themselves, just as Christ had done for them.
Jesus gave His life for His Bride; He gave His all on the Cross, and He gave His very best by sending the Holy Spirit in His place. The only proper response for them (and us today) was to give their all and their best back to Him. It was a life in exchange for a life. It was in that place of total surrender that they could experience the same uncompromising resurrection power available to them through their union with Him by faith.
The Volunteer Army of God
It was then that I received a revelation that the book of Acts was actually the record of the volunteer army of God. A volunteer is a person who takes part freely in an enterprise or willingly gives themselves to a task. It is a military term for somebody who deliberately enrolls themselves in a particular mission or faction of a military unit, rather than being drafted or hired into military service beyond a willful desire to do so.
Rather than being paid, a volunteer is somebody who actually pays and gives up their life to serve the welfare of the common good for a greater purpose. Every Believer in the book of Acts Church was known for this radical generosity. They all willingly served wherever they were called; they even sold everything they had so that no one was without.
Holy Spirit spoke to me, "Christa, the season that My Bride is walking into will be known as the book of Acts for the Millennial generation, and the spirit of volunteerism is going to fall on My army again; and they will give up their comforts and offer up to Me the gifts and talents that I gave them, so that they may go about doing good and destroying the works of darkness.
"I am releasing mantles, mandates and destiny scrolls for My people to find their place of enlistment in My end-time volunteer army. They will be the company who will usher in My glory, and with My glory will come the billion soul harvest. This is My will, so that My house might be full and so I might receive the full reward of My suffering."
The Lord is stirring within His people the same spirit that was on the early Church, who willingly gave their lives to serve the Kingdom of God without competition or compensation this side of eternity. This was the same spirit that inspired the apostle Paul to give up his desire for a life or earthly comfort, to live a life of singleness, self-denial, suffering and imprisonment, all so that he could share the revelation of Christ with a people.
He was willing to suffer for the sake of God's name, because Jesus suffered for him. And he worked with his own hands making tents to provide for himself, because he knew no one owed him anything; in fact, he owed the people around him the same God encounter he had experienced, because to whom much is given, much is required. He poured his life out for Christ in the same way that Christ poured his life out on the Cross. The spirit of volunteerism is the antidote for an entitled generation. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
The Spirit of Volunteerism
This spirit of volunteerism is active through every reformation, right before revival fire falls. When the fire falls it is a sign that God desires for His people to renew and remember His covenant with them and their descendants. I believe that we are in a season where God is reestablishing His covenant with America, but first we must re-covenant ourselves, our families and our land to Him. We must remove the mixture and the compromise.
Jesus said, "Those who cling to their lives will give up true life. But those who let go of their lives for My sake and surrender it all to Me will discover true life!" (Matthew 10:39). We must volunteer to give up our lives for Christ's sake so that we can experience the same unadulterated power the early Church experienced. We must stop merely singing songs about being laid down lovers and actually take action to fully lay down the idol of SELF on the altar of God. This is when revival fire will fall, my friends, because an empty altar receives no fire, but a fresh sacrifice, God will not ignore.
We see that this spirit of volunteerism rested upon a historical remnant. It was the same spirit that inspired George Washington to serve two terms as president and refuse to receive a salary for his military service.
It was the same spirit that inspired the leaders of the Underground Railroad, like Harriet Tubman during the Civil War era, and leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement.
It was the same spirit that inspired the pioneers and the pilgrims who came from a far off country to find a land where their children and grandchildren might be able to worship God freely. They did this knowing that many of them would not even survive that initial voyage, nor the first winter. They knew that they would lose many of their little ones. They knew that they were going to lose their friends and family to disease and hunger. YET, they were willing, for they carried, in their hearts, a hope for a generation they would never see. They sacrificed it all to come here. They paid a great price to establish this land so that future generations would be able to lives free from tyranny.
It was the same spirit that inspired the Methodist circuit riders to risk life and limb in harsh conditions, exposed to the elements on their horses, with little more than their saddles, Bibles and the clothes on their backs.
It is the same spirit that has rested on every renown preacher, revivalist, reformer or righteous civil servant. It is the same spirit that rested on those in the upper room, who turned the world upside down, and it's the same spirit that desires to rest on you today.
A Risky Prayer
I want to encourage you to pray this risky prayer with me:
God, I repent for mixture in my heart, where I have tried to keep my life when You asked me to give it all to You. I ask for Your forgiveness and thank You for Your Blood that cleanses me from self-centeredness. I willingly give my life and my all for the sake of this glorious Gospel.
I invite You to reveal to me what gifts and talents You have given me, so that I can give back to You by contributing them to Your Kingdom purpose. Where am I being called to volunteer? What are Your dreams that You have put in my heart that I can give my life to? Who are the people You have called me to reach with Your love? I want my life to be recorded in the book of Acts for the Millennial generation.
Today, Lord, I ask You to catch me up in Your story. I give my life for Your glory. Baptize me in fire as I lay myself down as a sacrifice. I receive Your spirit of volunteerism to secure a heavenly reward. In Jesus name, amen.
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Arise Kingdom Ministries
Christa Elisha¬†is the founder of Arise Kingdom Ministries, the Revival Rooms and W.I.L.D. (Walk In Love Demonstrated) Equipping. She is a vibrant apostolic revivalist that burns with passionate devotion to Jesus. She carries a strong anointing to invite others into the ecstatic bliss of knowing Christ for who He truly is: The only one who satisfies every need for every soul. It is out of this intimacy that Christa has been commissioned by God to baptize a generation in Holy Fire so that the Bride of Christ arises in purity and power to shake the gates, destroy Hell and radiate the splendor of the risen King, bringing glory to the Father. Christa walks in signs and wonders and prays that revival fire is sparked in each person she touches as her heart cries, "On Earth as it is in Heaven!"
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