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My Encounter in Heaven (Vision)

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JacobsLadderWhen I was first saved I prayed and prayed to God to show me how to have access to the Throne Room. After three years I was in my local church worshipping the Lord when He spoke to me and said "Are you ready for the second baptism in the Holy Spirit"? I had no idea what that was so I said "Yes". Immediately I saw a black curtain, and upon pulling open the curtain I saw an altar with candles on a table and a cushion. I knew to sit on the cushion and continue to worship. The Lord spoke again and said that this was my heart. The black curtain represented a counterfeit veil because I was offering God false worship. False worship is when we cannot trust God through all the trials and tribulations.  It is also when we don't put God first in our lives. It is all about unbelief, hardness of heart, rebellion and lack of trust. Worshipping in Spirit and truth is total submission to God with all of your heart and trust - trusting God always no matter what the circumstances or trials are telling us. The Lord showed me that I did not fully trust Him and I had built a guard around my heart. He asked for my permission to enter those areas of my heart that I had guarded. I terminated the assignment of the guard at the door and told him to leave, that I did not want his false protection anymore. God told me that the first baptism is when we make the decision to make Jesus our Lord and Saviour, are born again and receive the Holy Spirit into our spirit-man. The second baptism is the fire. This is when the Holy Spirit tests us to enter into a higher call to trust - this represents the refining of our heart and soul. Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech— unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:12-18, NKJV). The Holy Spirit wants to permeate into our entire heart and soul, but first the fire must refine us. The Lord wants to separate the true believers from the pretending unbelievers. This I believe will be where our trust in Him will be put to the test. We need to trust in God no matter what the circumstances are showing us. We must focus on the unseen promises and not on what we can see. This is the separating of the wheat from the tares. At the presence of God I wept and wept. He told me that when I enter into His presence into the Third Heaven, His Kingdom I would never be the same again. You are able to bring Heaven to earth. Everything changes from that point.

That year for me after this experience was incredibly difficult.  God was taking me through a trial in order to trust Him.  It was not going very well and I ended up errupting at God, telling Him that I felt satan had more control over my life than Him.  The Holy Spirit told me that what I spoke was correct. You see I tried to be in control of everything.  I had taken the reins of control from God.  I hadn't yielded control over to God, which meant satan was in control.  When 'we' are in control it ties the hands of God, and makes it harder for Him to be in control. Satan has a legal right to take control of many situations because we are refusing to hand this control over to God. When you submit all control over to Jesus, you can trust that You are in His perfect will. This means that you can walk in peace to continue in the direction and path you are currently on, trusting in Him to show you when you need to change direction. This in no way interferes with free will, as you are still free to make any decision you wish.  When we hand over the reins of control to Jesus we can trust Him entirely to know that He will never violate or control our free will. He will always give us the freedom to choose. Giving Him control of your life helps you to recognise God easier enabling God to guide you in the perfect choice and make correct decisions. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Provberbs 3:5-6, NKJV). When I received this revelation, I was then able to, with all my heart hand control over to Jesus because I totally wanted Him to be in control now, not me.  For the first time in my life I knew I truly trusted God more than I trusted myself. I even prayed that if any prayers I prayed were not in alignment with Gods purpose for me, to make them null and void!

Not long after this the Holy Spirit would say to me, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6,NKJV). "Are you ready to meet your Father?  I replied "Yes" and waited with eager anticipation.  This happened many times over several weeks until I finally did meet my Father!  I have to say I had an absolute mindset of what my Heavenly experience would be like.  I imagined angels, a vision of God so magnificent that I would weep and be unable to look upon His face.  What happened next showed me to never put God in a box!

Mark and I had been invited to speak at Elim Church in Marton.  We had been asked to preach in the Sunday morning and night service.  We were pretty nervous about this as it was our first speaking engagement without Rodney (Mark's father, GFM Ministries), and was only about the fourth time we had preached to a crowd of people. The night before we decided to praise, worship and soak in the presence of God.  After about an hour of this Mark went into the computer room and left me to it. Sitting in the Lord's presence on my own I had a vision of Jesus destroying the false altar I had previously worshipped at.  I then saw my spirit (in a vision) leaving my physical body.  I ended up in a very dark room, there was fear, screaming and torment in the room.  I felt very scared and started to whimper.  A voice called out from the darkness, Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand’(Isaiah 41:10, NKJV). The fear left me and I immediately felt peaceful.  I asked the Holy Spirit where I was?  He said "You are in the holding room where the souls are kept for judgment".  I said to Him, "Why am I here"? "My name is written in the Lambs book of Life". Immediately I saw the Book, it was flicking through pages until it came to my name. Immediately the door opened and a lady told me that my father was waiting for me and to come with her.  I came out into a huge office complex building and was motioned to go towards an office door.  I entered and a man in a chair said "Hello Tania, do you know who I am?  I said "No". He said "I am your father".  I said "No you are not". He said "Do you know who I am"?  I said "No".  He said "I am satan and you belong to me".  I felt anger rise up and I said to him, "For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father''' (Romans 8:15, NKJV). "God is my Father, not you"! Satan screamed at me and said "Get out"! I left the office and standing in the foyer was Jesus. He was wearing a white robe and had long brown hair. He looked at me and said "Do you know who I am"?  I said "You look like Jesus, but I am afraid of being deceived, how do I know it is really You"?  He said "You can trust me, follow me".  I followed Him down a long passage way, there were many doors and I asked Jesus what was behind them.  His reply was "You don't want to know"! We came to an elevator, pushed the button and went inside. We went up and the elevator opened into the night sky.  There was a ladder going up and I said to Jesus, "This is Jacobs ladder isn't it"?  "Yes", He said.  We climbed up, and there was a trapdoor at the top.  Upon opening it and exiting, I saw beautiful scenary of lush landscape.  We started to walk and came immediately upon a beautiful white building  with white steps.  Jesus told me that my Father was inside waiting for me, and that His office was on the right in the corner.  There was a large button outside the door of His office, so I pressed it.  A voice asked "Whose there"?  I replied "Tania Francis".  "Come in" the voice replied, so I entered.  What I saw was an old man with a white robe with long white hair and a long white beard sitting at a desk.  He said "Do you know who I am"? I replied "You are clearly not God because if you were I couldn't look upon Your face".  He laughed at me and said "I am Your Father, I am God.  You are always looking for the spectacular signs and wonders aren't you"!  I said to Him, "How do I know You are not duping me, how do I know You are really God"?  He said "My sheep know me, they know my voice, and they do not follow the voice of a stranger". These words resonated within me and I hugged Him and said "You really are God".  He said to me "Do you know why you are here"?  I told Him that I did not know why I was there.  He said that I was there to receive a diamond to release upon the church of Marton.  He presented the diamond to me and it was huge.  I said to Him, "I can't carry this, it is too big"!  He told me to swallow it.  I said "I cannot swallow that, it is far too big"?  I took a gulp and I swallowed it in one go!  He smiled at me and said "You need to go back now".  I told Him that I wanted to stay a bit longer as I was enjoying it there with Him.  He told me that I couldn't stay and that I needed to go back now. He then asked me before I went if I had any questions I needed to ask Him.  I had been suffering from a very sore neck and inflammation in my esophagus which hadn't been diagnosed, and had raised some concerns in me that it may have been cancer.  I asked Him if this condition was cancer. He told me it wasnt!  I hugged Him and said "Bye". I went back outside and Jesus was waiting for me.  He asked me how it went?  I replied "Good, but not what I expected". He laughed and said "Always wanting the spectacular, with the signs and the wonders aren't you"!  We headed back to the trapdoor and climbed back down to the elevator.  We ended back up in satans office complex building.  I asked Jesus what this was.  He told me it was the second heaven and where satan operated from.  As we were walking through I couldn't resist, and had to open one of those doors that Jesus had warned me against.  Inside was a huge dragon with smoke all around.  I believe it was a torture chamber. We walked right past satans office to another elevator, and stepped inside.  It went down and opened up to a barren landscape.  There was a huge creature outside that looked like a triceratops.  The Holy Spirit was sitting on the back of it and beckoned me to jump on.  We galloped off and raced through the barren terrain, and came to stop at the edge of a very high clifftop.  It was night time and as I looked over I saw the lights of people's houses.  I asked the Holy Spirit why I was there?  He said "This represents you being separate from the world".  I believe now I was shown the  valley of the shadow of death which represents the dying to self process we need to go through to be conformed into the likeness of Christ.  I walked down the cliff face and ended right up in our cul-de-sac.  I walked through our front door, and into our lounge then morphed back into my body sitting on the couch.  I asked my husband if he had heard me talking during my visitation, as I had been aware I had been speaking audibly.  Interestingly he had not heard a thing, even though he was right next door in the computer room with no sounds going.

The next day we spoke at Marton Elim Church and I shared my experience with the congregation last thing at night.  As I was speaking the Holy Spirit impressed upon me that the diamond represented Wisdom, Revelation and Understanding.  As I released it over the church I saw the eyes of the Pastor light up and fill with tears.  The Pastor shared with us later that the Holy Spirit had impressed upon Him the meaning of the diamond also.  There are many facets to a diamond. He was very excited about the diamond as they were making plans to build a new church, and were believing on God by faith for the finances to do this. As he showed Mark and I the plans for the new building we couldn't help but notice the shape of a diamond within the plans.

Since that experience the Lord has shown me that I now have direct access to Jacobs ladder, to be able to enter Heaven when He calls upon me to impart something straight from Heaven to others.  

It is interesting to see that I could not have access to Heaven until I truly trusted God no matter what the circumstances were showing me. Do the Scriptures not say: 'Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations' (Psalm 100:4-5, NKJV).

By Tania Francis