I believe we are entering an apostolic era when open heavens are going to break wide open over cities. There will be teachings, revelations, expressions, and experiences of this on a scale unseen, at least since New Testament days, if ever.
Homes, families, congregations, parks, hospitals, city halls – all will become “ground zero” for open Heaven manifestations. I have faith for this divine realm to be extended over entire regions for protracted periods of time. From all my years traveling in many nations, helping to light fires in many places, and having interviewed and walked with many “fire starters,” I have learned one very important principle: Before there is ever an open Heaven over a congregation, city or nation, there first is an open Heaven over a person.
God is looking for candidates in this generation who will be seated with Christ in the heavenly places, calling forth God’s destiny and design into the earth realm. It has happened before in all historic awakenings. I am talking about ordinary folks who surrendered to an extraordinary God.
Will You Open the Door for Your City?
In Revelation 4:1, John says, “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in Heaven…” After what things? Since the division of the Bible into chapters and verses was made long after it was written, it is only logical to look in the previous chapter to see what John was referring to.
Chapter one of Revelation relates John’s initial vision of the Lord that he saw while “in the Spirit” on the Lord’s Day. Chapters two and three contain message from the Lord to seven churches in Asia Minor: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. The messages reveal the spiritual condition of each church, good or bad.
Laodicea, the seventh church, is described as “lukewarm – neither hot nor cold” (Revelation 3:16), and the Lord threatens to spit them from His mouth. Just four verses later, however, He gives a glorious promise to those who will listen and obey:
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)