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Deborah Perkins: "Two Doors & Keys to Overcoming All"

Deborah Perkins, Medway, MA
Apr 17, 2024


Dear Friends,

For several weeks now, as I've listened to the Lord, I have felt such a fiery passion in His heart for intimacy with His Bride! There is a loud cry and a standing invitation in the Spirit for the Body of Christ to "come up higher" and abide in an ascended place of intimacy with our risen Lord.

I had a vision of the enemy trying to advance ahead of the Bride, digging ditches and depressions along the path, desiring to trip her. But her intimacy with the Lord and her ability to walk in the Spirit kept her high above such traps.

Even as satan is trying to disturb and deconstruct Heaven's influence on Earth, God is shaking demonic foundations and bringing Heaven to Earth!

Specifically, I've been drawn to Christ's words to the church of Philadelphia in Revelation. I've heard the Lord say that in order for His Bride to be a present-day overcomer, there are two doors she must access. Two doors must always remain open.

The First Door

The first door is to the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Lord's message to Philadelphia is a key message of authority for our time. In Revelation 3:8, we discover that there is one door the enemy can never shut: the door Jesus Christ has opened in the spiritual realm.

Nothing can close the door to Heaven, whose "key" is faith in God's Son. The Lord is still proclaiming, "I AM the door! If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture" (John 10:9 NASB 1995, emphasis mine). Nothing can separate the Believer from His love or provision!


The letter to Philadelphia reveals that overcomers receive not only access to God in heavenly realms, but also a permanent abiding place as "pillars" in God's temple, bearing God's name:

"The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of My God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of Heaven from My God; and I will also write on them My new name." (Revelation 3:12 NIV)

"And now we are brothers and sisters in God's family because of the Blood of Jesus, and He welcomes us to come into the most holy sanctuary in the heavenly realm—boldly and without hesitation. For He has dedicated a new, life-giving way for us to approach God. For just as the veil was torn in two, Jesus' body was torn open to give us free and fresh access to Him!" (Hebrews 10:19–20 TPT)

Philadelphia (meaning "brotherly love") was named in honor of Attalus II in 189 B.C. Attalus was nicknamed "Philadelphus" by King Eumenes II, who considered him a loyal, faithful brother. The city was established as a missionary outpost for Hellenistic (Greek) culture and thought. It was also known for its frequent earthquakes.

The words Christ gave to the Philadelphian overcomers are promises for us today. In a time of both natural and systemic "shakings" and great hypocrisy, those who faithfully persevere will receive provision and protection in worldwide trials (Revelation 3:10). (Photo via Snappy Goat)

He who is "holy and true" (Revelation 3:7) speaks into the name and destiny of the Philadelphian church, when God commends these Believers for their faithful perseverance. In an age where liars abound, Jesus' love will be so manifest that even the most demonically inspired worshipers will be forced to acknowledge God's love for His people (Revelation 3:9; see also John 14:21).

"He who opens and no one can shut, and who shuts and no one opens" is the God Isaiah saw removing Shebna from office in favor of Eliakim (Revelation 3:7; see also Isaiah 22:19–25). Today, the same God is removing false shepherds who have mismanaged His Kingdom and installing secure fathers and mothers as "Eliakims" in their place.

The Key to the Door Set Before Us

If the prophecies to Philadelphia are for us today, how do we access the first "door set before us" in Revelation 3:8?

John showed us the way.

Just one chapter after hearing Christ's promise to the Philadelphians in Revelation 3:8, John looked into the spirit and saw the open door to Heaven (Revelation 4:1–2). Believing, he chose to go through!

John walked in the spirit and gave documented proof that Believers in Christ have the ability of bilocation. By faith, through Christ, your spirit being can ascend to supernatural places while your physical body remains on Earth.

The Second Door

Even as the Lord urged me this year to speak on intimacy and how to enjoy access to Kingdom realms, I inadvertently discovered that there was more to this message. There was, He reminded me, a second door that must remain open for present-day Believers to become overcomers.

Sickness swept through our home, and I became ill for several weeks. Not wanting to miss my times with the Lord, I resolutely continued to press into the Spirit.

One morning, as I poured out my heart to the Lord in prayer, I was feeling too exhausted to access any spiritual doors. Physical worship felt impossible; I could barely breathe without fits of coughing. I completely identified with those of "little strength" in Revelation 3:8!

Suddenly, the atmosphere shifted.

A powerful wave of peace flooded the room, and the presence of the Lord filled my entire being. Both the love and the fear of the Lord became thick and tangible. As this happened, I heard the Lord say, "I choose to come and dwell with you, too! I come and eat with you when the door of your heart is open to Me!"

The intense reality of God indwelling the Believer encompassed me so strongly in this encounter! The Lord mercifully reminded me that He communes with us, even in our weaknesses, whenever the second door—the door of our heart—remains open to Him.

This is such a glorious reminder that access to the Kingdom of God is never out of reach; it is within!

Christ comes to us, saying, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with Me" (Revelation 3:20 NIV).

He Feasts on Our Praise and Worship

In the midst of this encounter, an unexpected thought surfaced: If Believers were called to "eat" of the Lord's body and blood (John 6:53–58), what did He eat? I had nothing of substance to give the Lord that day; no physical strength remained!

The Lord responded to this thought with a reverberating voice: "I FEAST on your praise! I FEAST on your worship!"

I sensed such immense delight in the Lord's heart as He said this. Simple acknowledgment of His presence caused Him to draw near; in response, His presence evoked gratitude to erupt in praises to Him! (Photo via Hippopx)

"...These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at My Word." (Isaiah 66:2 NIV)

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the spirit and in truth." (John 4:23 NIV)

The Key to the Door of Our Hearts

There is an increase of the Spirit of the fear of the Lord being released right now that is meant to keep the Bride in this protected cycle of shared communion and close intimacy with the Bridegroom.

Just as the first door of Christ's heart is perpetually open to us, so the second door of our heart must remain open to Him. The key to the second door is the fear of the Lord.

"He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure." (Isaiah 33:6 NIV)

You can set an open door in your heart just as Jesus has set an open door in His. Paul confirmed this relational truth when he wrote these words:

"We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened our hearts wide to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also." (2 Corinthians 6:11–13)

True worship, whether offered in strength or in weakness, is real food to Christ, just as the sacrifice of His body and blood is real food—living bread and water—to us. Our worship and intimate fellowship is a reasonable service and a "fair exchange." God has chosen to be with us in this realm, just as He hopes we will choose to be with Him in His!

The incredible beauty of Christianity is that abiding in Christ is not limited to our strength alone; when we abide in Him, He also abides in us. Healing for the body and hope for the soul are forever accessible through open-hearted intimacy.

No matter what "shakings" you are experiencing today, I pray that the beautiful mystery of communion and friendship with Christ will sustain you as it does me. May you overcome all as you pass freely between the two doors.


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Deborah Perkins is a seasoned prophetic author, speaker, and intercessor with more than 35 years of ministry experience across denominations. Her passion is to communicate God's heart for His people, equipping and restoring individuals to minister more strategically in the fullness of the Spirit of God. Through Bible teaching, Spirit-led prayer, and prophetic counsel, Deborah has mentored both ministry and marketplace leaders to deepen their relationship with God. After a radical, extended visitation with the glory of God, Deborah is now working to expand the House of Prayer movement, establishing sacred spaces for inner healing, personal retreats, and corporate worship gatherings throughout New England. She and her husband Kevan have three wonderful, grown boys, and love raising bees and chickens in their spare time. To connect with Deborah, visit


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