The Holy Spirit wants to open our eyes so that we can look into the heavenly dimension and be able to move in it. He wants to reveal to us a reality that we have not even begun to imagine or comprehend – the reality of Heaven!
This visionary book is about discoveries in the heavenly reality. The author shares astounding spiritual experiences and insights which he received over a period of more than ten years.
The first part Insights Into The Spiritual World covers topics like: Where is Heaven?; Born into the heavenly reality; Approaching the throne of grace; Seated in heavenly places.
In the second part Discoveries in the Heavenly Dimension Martin Baron describes in forty different pictures what was shown to him in the heavenly reality.
This extraordinarily encouraging and significant book will broaden your horizon and has the power to transform your life.
“Heaven is the spiritual realm which transcends and permeates our natural reality. Heaven is not somewhere “up there”. It is not a physical place. Heaven is a dimension that is beyond our human comprehension, and that is all around us. It is present right now, encompasses us, it is not far from us in space or time. It is really there, surrounds us, now and here. That is why you can speak to God in prayer. He is there, close to you.“
The Scriptures declare, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God”
(2 Corinthians 2:9-10).
There are special benefits that those who love God are able to enjoy in this world. Two of the most precious ones are to be able to see what eye has not seen, and to hear what ear has not heard. In Discovering Heaven, Martin Baron not only shares his personal experiences in the heavenly realm, but also encourages us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. He shares how the Holy Spirit also desires to open our eyes to behold the reality of heaven, and to open our ears to hear His truth. The kingdom of heaven is within the reach of our hand! When we realize how glorious it truly is, we readily turn away from our sins simply to experience its righteousness, peace and joy. And when our eyes are opened to see the face of Jesus, we live for the day that we will behold His countenance again! As you read “Discovering Heaven,” your prayer will become, “Please, show me your glory” (Exodus 33:18).
If you belong to the kind of people who long to look into the heavenly reality, and if you want to start out on your personal journey of discovering the dimensions of heaven, then I would like to give you some tips that may help you along the way.
First of all it is important that the spiritual vision is not something that happens automatically, something that takes hold of you, something that you cannot control, or which even takes complete control of you. Spiritual vision has its origin in a living, undisturbed relationship to your heavenly Father – Yahwe; to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – Yeshua; and to your advocate, counselor and comforter, the Holy Ghost – the Ruach ha Kodesh.
Here is the foundation: without being born again you do not have access to heaven, neither now or in eternity. That is why your conversion, your surrendering your life to Jesus, and your new birth are absolutely essential.
In case you have not yet taken the step of personally surrendering your life to God, or if you want to do it consciously one more time, I advise you strongly to turn to God in prayer and with a sincere heart, and to pray something like the following prayer out loud. Not just as a formula, but as the starting point of your communication and relationship with God. Once you have said this prayer, continue talking to God and tell Him in your own words, honestly and without being “religious,” what is on your heart.
I give my life to you. I acknowledge that I am a sinner who has no means of his own to stand before you justified.
But through Jesus Christ you have made a way for me to come to you unhindered. I now acknowledge and accept that you have done this for me. I acknowledge that Jesus lives for me and that he died and rose again for me. I acknowledge the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross in my place. I now willingly claim this for myself.
Lord, I repent of the things that I have done wrong, knowingly or unknowingly. I ask you to lead me into the process of purification, sanctification, and growth. I want to live a different life. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. Please, let me grow and become spiritually mature. I accept all that Jesus has done for me. I accept Him as Lord, Savior and Redeemer. Amen.
It is only through your honest, personal, conscious, and deliberate decision to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior that you become a Christian. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, who takes up his dwelling in your spirit the moment you surrender your life to God, you will be born again. Like a baby, you will be born into the spiritual world.
No-one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.
Now begins the process of growing up, learning and understanding. Now begins the life-long process of sanctification, through which you will become more and more mature in your relationship with God, and come to know Him more and more.
During this process of growth, there will be numerous attacks from the enemy, temptations and assaults on the mind, through which satan and his followers will try to rob you, weaken you, stop you, and if possible neutralize you. In overcoming these assaults, you will become stronger, gain more experience and be more mature. God will never allow attacks against you that are more than you can cope with. The same way you have to pass tests again and again in the natural – at school, in professional training, at university or at work -, so it is in the spiritual. Unfortunately, many Christians stay stuck somewhere in this maturing process, and never enter the complete maturity God has planned for them.
It is, for instance, a sign of immaturity that some Christians think they can live in a way that is against the commands and ordinances of God, since they are “under grace.” They completely block out the importance of a godly lifestyle. In the same way, an exaggerated, pharisaical, legalistic attitude can be a sign of immaturity. Even holding on to old hurts, unforgiveness, living in conscious sin, dependence on other people etc. are an indication that the person is immature. What is so good about the spiritual life, though, is the fact that you can always turn to the Lord, confess the problem and make a new start with Him. There is no problem that you cannot overcome with God’s help. God has not meant you to remain in a state of immaturity. The Holy Spirit living in you only waits for occasions to minister to you, to lift you up and help you on your way.
Practically speaking, sanctification means for instance: do not watch movies when you know that they are not good for you and will not be beneficial to you in your walk with God, even if other Christians are perhaps the ones tempting you to do it. Most movies are a considerable blockage to your ability to see spiritually. This is also valid for newscasts and similar programs. It is equally important, with what kind of books and magazines you are feeding your inner man, and also music you are listening to. Does it glorify God, does it edify your spiritual man, or does it rather hinder you? The simplest would be to ask the Holy Spirit to show you clearly what is good and beneficial for you, and what is not.
The Bible dresses a very useful list showing which criteria the things that you occupy yourself with, must meet:
whatever is true,
whatever is noble,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable-
if anything is excellent
think about such things.
In order to get to know God, you need to spend a lot of time in intimate fellowship with Him. Reading the Bible is vital. Nothing else is more reliable and clear to reveal God and the supernatural reality to you. So, studying the Scriptures yourself is an absolute necessity. That which you fill yourself with, is what will be inside of you. If you fill yourself with the things of the world, then they will determine your thinking, if you fill yourself with the truth of God, it will influence your thinking and your vision. So, I repeat what I have already said in the first part of this book, the Bible tells you this:
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Your prayer life, i.e. the times you spend worshipping God, expressing you love towards him, thanking him for everything he has done for you, spending time with him and also bringing your requests before him, are also very important. When you become more mature you will discover that prayer is not a monologue that you recite before God, but a real dialogue. The Holy Spirit dwelling in you wants to communicate with you, speaking to you as a counselor and comforter at all times, and having you listening to him. Most of the time, this happens in a much less spectacular manner than many people imagine. It is him speaking into your spirit, into your heart – a communication spirit to spirit.
Quite a few Christians mistake this speaking of the Holy Spirit for their conscience. It is the gentle voice in you that reminds you, for instance, to pray for a certain person, to call someone and to ask for forgiveness, to visit someone who is sick, to switch off the TV and listen to good worship music instead, to put a certain matter right, to make a donation of a certain amount, etc. Often, Christians brush this inner impression to one side and say to themselves “I’ll do it later.” But in the end they never do it. The more often you ignore this voice, the more difficult it will be for you to hear it. But the more often you do what it says – preferably straight away – the easier it will be for you to hear it. It is essential for your spiritual growth to make room for the directions of the Holy Spirit and to obey them.
Any resistance against the Holy Spirit and his working in you, each disregard towards his person, will keep you in a state of spiritual immaturity. That is why a good part of the propaganda of the devil is directed against the person and the work of the Holy Spirit.
One big barrier can be fear of what could happen to you, if you open yourself without reserve to the Holy Spirit. Fear is the opposite of faith. If that is your case, you should go to God and tell him freely what you are afraid of, what reservations you have, and ask him to reveal the truth to you. Check if it may be necessary to repent of your wrong way of seeing things.
I am personally convinced that the filling with the Holy Spirit – the baptism of the Holy Spirit – is the most important key in order to be able to see into the spiritual dimension. Our conversion is not the same as the baptism in the Holy Spirit. A personal Pentecost was necessary for the disciples and the first Christians – and so it is for us today. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a sort of deeper conversion, reaching a deeper level in our relationship with God. Many people are Christians for several years before they consciously reach out to be personally filled with the Holy Spirit. And for that, you need trust, openness and willingness.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit does not happen automatically, in some sort of mystical way, but it happens when you invite the Holy Spirit sincerely and with an open heart to come and fill you completely and to extend the lordship of God in your life. In the New Testament, the speaking in tongues, i.e. the supernatural ability to speak in an unknown language, was generally the sign for having experienced a personal Pentecost. Speaking in tongues is something that “launches” you into a new level in your spiritual life, because you allow the Holy Spirit to speak out spiritual truths with your voice, things that are not influenced by your fallen earthly mind and your thinking infiltrated by the enemy. You are praying the secrets of God.
For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no-one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. … He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, … I would like every one of you to speak in tongues …
1 Corinthians 14:2-5a
Extensive, prolonged speaking in tongues, for instance during our daily work, while driving the car, going for a walk, under the shower etc. will help you make a big step towards a better understanding of the spiritual reality around you.
If you have not yet personally experienced the filling with the Holy Spirit, I recommend that you say a prayer like the following out loud and then continue praying. Allow the Holy Spirit to flow through you, to use your voice, to take away all fear and doubt, to engulf you in his shalom and to take you into what he has prepared for you.
My tip: Keep at it, do not give up. Don’t be discouraged, if it sounds funny. When a baby learns how to speak, it won’t speak in full sentences straight away either. Many people have made the experience that a relaxed atmosphere is helpful, to be alone and without any pressure or constraint, for example while taking a bath or when lying in bed at night.
I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit, to give me the baptism of the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised in John 14:16-19 and in Acts 1:4-8, and that the first disciples experienced on the day of Pentecost, as well as millions of Christians have experienced it since.
I allow the Holy Spirit to flow out from me, as the Scriptures say, and to use my voice in order to do that. Let the fruit of the Spirit grow in me and shape my life more and more. Use my speech to glorify you.
Take all of my life; I surrender the lordship of my life to you.
In order to be able to see the spiritual world, you have to first of all desire it. As I already said, it does not happen automatically. You have to ask God again and again – perhaps over a long period of time – to open your eyes of the spirit and to show you your personal access point. As for me, I had prayed the following for many years: “Open my eyes, Lord,” “I want to see your glory,” and “Let me see your face,” etc.
The perception of the spiritual reality around you is very much under attack, which is why it is something that does not simply fall into our lap. You have to press in with perseverance and determination, always keep going and not give up. Many people who are used by God in a supernatural way have paid a personal price, whatever it may have been. People who move forward spiritually often experience incomprehension, rejection, mockery, accusations and reproaches.
The way people perceive the spiritual reality can vary a lot. Some Christians, for instance, mainly have dreams. Others are able to see angels – and perhaps even demons. Still others experience physical manifestations when they see something. Some have visions with open eyes and audibly hear God’s voice. Others have radiant faces after they have experienced something supernatural. Some have visions in their everyday life, whereas others experience these things mainly during times of prayer and fasting and so forth. What the Lord has for you, he will have, in this exact same way, for nobody else.
Say a prayer like the following, and make it the call of your heart. I am sure that the Lord is already waiting for it, and rejoicing that you come to him with this request.
Open my spiritual eyes and let me see. I want to see you, your glory and all that you have prepared for your children in the heavenly places, the inheritance of the saints in the light. Grant me a glimpse into the heavenly dimension, into the spiritual reality that surrounds me, so that I can perceive it with open eyes. Open my understanding and my spiritual perception. Take me on my personal journey of discovering heaven.
Take everything that hinders me, and remove any spiritual barrier or veil. I give you my lack of faith, my faintheartedness, my self-centeredness, my looking at the things of this world. Help me develop faith, trust and a confident assurance, as well as a deep and heart-felt love relationship with you, out of which can come true spiritual discernment. Open my eyes, Lord!
Growing and moving forward spiritually is a life-long process. There will never come a point where you have reached all that God has prepared for you. You can always, constantly, each day of your life, until the Lord will call you to leave this earth, become more mature, grow and press in to a greater spiritual authority and power.
It does not matter how old you are and how far you have already come in your life of faith. You must know this:
God still has more for you!
in English language, not as printed edition.