THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
Heaven Invades Earth
January 18, 2010
As a writer, for each topic I address, I often am left wondering if I have left out some key point to make
the matter clearer for my readers. For any one topic, there is often much that could and probably should
be explained, especially for subjects that might push the envelope, so to speak, or challenge the
conventional thinking or traditions of men. Two such topics that come to mind are the shaking of all
things that can be shaken and New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven. Both are intertwined and
dependent on one another.
(26) And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE
MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” (27) This
expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken,
as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. (28)
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken…. (Hebrews 12:26-28 NASB)
Notice that not only is the earth shaken, but also the heaven is shaken; it is heaven and earth.
Obviously, God’s abode, which is heaven, cannot be shaken, so this leaves us with the question: What
heaven is shaken, and what in this heaven is shaken? I will answer this at the end of this issue.
And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God….
(Revelation 21:2 LITV)
The shaking must come first so that New Jerusalem can come into view. In fact, the shaking in heaven
and on earth is so that heaven, meaning the realm and rule of God, can invade earth. It is about heaven
coming to earth, not earth going to heaven. Heaven coming to earth means the rule of heaven is
manifested (literally experienced) on earth, for the heavens do rule (Daniel 4:26 ASV), and the
Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind (Daniel 4:32 NASB). In other words, when heaven
invades earth, it is the kingdom of God taking root on earth and overtaking the nations with the
righteousness of God until the glory of God fills the whole earth (Isaiah 26:9; Habakkuk 2:14). The
nations are destined to be ruled by righteousness, justice, mercy, and the lovingkindness of God.
Many Christians have been erroneously taught that they have been saved to leave this earth and go to
heaven, either when they die or when the Lord comes a second time, if they are alive on earth at that
time. However, I challenge you to search Scripture for any direct reference to going to heaven. Merely
citing verses that mention heaven or our relationship to heaven will not do. Case in point: Being
snatched away to meet the Lord in air (1 Thessalonians 4:17) does not mean that the snatching away is
to heaven. See my article #17, January 2009, Snatched Away [The Rapture] .
I am referring to references that specifically state the destiny of Christians is to leave this “old earth
behind and go to heaven,” as many say and sing fancifully about in their gospel songs. It is true that our
citizenship is in the heavens (Philippians 3:20), or, as one translation states, we are a colony of heaven
on earth. See issue #03-09124, May 20, 2009, Colony of Heaven . However, this does not mean that our
future abode is a far-distant land called heaven . It means that our very essence or nature is to be of God.
Our future abode is a dwelling from heaven when what is mortal is swallowed up by life (2 Corinthians
5:2, 4), that is, by the immortal and indestructible life of Christ (Hebrews 7:16). In other words, our
abode, as well as our inheritance, is an immortal, glorified, spiritual, celestial body in the image of the
Son of God. As I have shared elsewhere, the immortal body will be able to move freely between the
spirit realm (heavenly, celestial realm) of God to minister to the Lord and the physical realm (earthly
realm) of man to minister to the mortals. The type for this is seen in the sons of Zadok who put on linen
garments (spirit bodies) to minister to the Lord and wool garments (physical bodies) to minister to the
people (Ezekiel 44:15-19). This is essential for the ecclesia which is His (Christ’s) body to fully
manifest itself as the complement of the One completing the all in all (Ephesians 1:22-23 CV),
the One who heads up all things in the heavens and on the earth (Ephesians 1:10). We also see the
antitype (real thing) of this in how Jesus, after His resurrection but before His final ascension, moved
freely between the two realms and manifested Himself to His disciples in a flesh and bones (not blood)
body (Luke 24:39, 43; John 20:27; 21:13). I cover some of this in issue #03-09123, May 18, 2009,
Celestial [Epouranion] , and in issues #03-09177 through #03-09180, October 2009, Flesh and Blood
Shall Not Inherit the Kingdom .
It also is true that the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother (Galatians 4:26); but, according to
John’s vision, New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven to reside on a new earth (Revelation 21:1-2,
10). In this context, New Jerusalem speaks of the full complement of the body of Christ that will come
through the first and second resurrections. New Jerusalem represents all the redeemed saints of God,
the immortal sons of God that were promised immortality when they believed on God’s Son, our Lord
Jesus Christ. New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven means that all the saints, all the believers will
receive their heavenly abodes in the image of the Son of God. This is truly heaven invading earth.
Add to this the encouragement from Paul that we are to be eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from
heaven (1 Thessalonians 1:10; Philippians 3:20), and from John that we are to be a kingdom and priests
that will reign upon the earth (Revelation 5:10), and it should become quite apparent that our destiny
has something to do with the earth, along with heaven or the celestials.
But here is another fact that is often overlooked: Heaven already has begun its invasion of earth, but not
in the outwardly visible way that many might think. Heaven has invaded the very life of those who have
been called to believe on Jesus in this eon.
Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he
cannot sin, because he is begotten of God. (1 John 3:9 ASV)
All believers have been begotten of God, meaning that God’s spiritual seed has been planted in their
earthly (soilish) bodies to form an embryo, which is the spirit life of God that is to grow into a mature
man in the image of the Son. Another way of stating this is that believers have been impregnated by the
Holy Spirit of God to bring forth Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). This is a
glorious mystery that the world cannot see, for it is hidden within the soul of the believer. In essence,
the believer is the mother, and, in concert with the Holy Spirit, will bring forth a fully matured son ,
also called the man child . Many speak in earthly terms of the marriage of the bride of Christ, but the
true marriage began when the seed was implanted within us. It is the marriage of heaven and earth, of
the spirit and the soul, of the Father and His sons, and of the Lambkin and His bride.
Obviously, the process of spiritual growth must take place at the individual level; however, it will be
manifested on a corporate level, which is what New Jerusalem represents. John, in his Patmos vision,
gives us a glorious glimpse of the birth of the corporate man child.
(1) And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon
under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars; (2) and she was with child;
and she crieth out, travailing in birth, and in pain to be delivered. (3) And there was seen
another sign in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten
horns, and upon his heads seven diadems. (4) And his tail draweth the third part of the
stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon standeth before the
woman that is about to be delivered, that when she is delivered he may devour her child.
(5) And she was delivered of a son, a man child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod
of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and unto his throne. (Revelation 12:1-5 ASV)
In John’s vision, we discover a woman (our mother above) with child in heaven, a great red dragon in
heaven, stars of heaven, and a male child caught up to God. It is a scene of heaven being shaken to clear
the air, so to speak, for the man child. The first man child to be caught up unto God was the Son of God
Himself. However, all who are to be caught up unto God as part of the corporate man child must
proceed along the same line. Heaven must be shaken so that the man child can come forth to be
presented to the Father on the eighth day, the last, the great day of the feast of Tabernacles (John 7:37-
38). But notice that they will rule all the nations, which means heaven invades earth .
The Upward Call: #04-1006
by: Stuart H. Pouliot