ASCENDING AND DESCENDING UP TO HEAVEN

BY:  LINDA KEITH

DECEMBER 9, 2003

I impart Father’s Love to all of you. In this study, we are going to have a lot of scripture. And I Am, THINKING IN MY HEART, that after you have gone over these words, you will be hearing Father speak; and there will come within you the willingness that you will allow those words that Father is speaking to find place in YOUR HEART. It won’t be so necessary that you carry the WRITTEN WORD; but it will be MORE IMPORTANT to hear the words that Father speaks to YOUR HEART.

Father is laying us wide open for the world to see us as we are.

John 3:11-13, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.  If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, HOW SHALL YE BELIEVE, IF I TELL YOU OF HEAVENLY (that is, things that are in the SPIRITUAL realm) THINGS?  And no man hath ascended up to heaven (the realm of the Spirit), but he that came down from heaven (the Spiritual realm), even the Son of man which is in heaven (the Spiritual realm).

Genesis 28:12, “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.”

John 17:6-26, “I have manifested thy name (nature) unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me: and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me: and they have received, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me: for they are mine.  And all mine are thine, and thine are mine: and I AM GLORIFIED IN THEM. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me that they may be one, as we. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and NONE OF THEM IS LOST, but the son of perdition: that the scripture might be fulfilled.  And now come I to thee and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them thy word: and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them through thy TRUTH: thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them: that they may be one, even as we are one.  I in them, and thou in me that may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am: that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”

Romans 10:6, “But, the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise. Say not in thine heart, “Who shall ascend into heaven? (the Spirit realm) (to bring Christ down) Who shall descend into the deep? (bring up Christ again from the dead.)”

John 15: 16, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should REMAIN:  that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

John 15: 12, “This is my commandment. That you love one another, as I have loved you.”

John 15: 15, “Henceforth I call you not servants: for the servants knoweth not what his lord doeth:  but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard OF MY FATHER, I have MADE KNOWN UNTO YOU.”

I want to start out, looking at John 15:15. We see here two realms of people – SERVANTS and FRIENDS. And I want to say that this is a state of mind, or a mindset. It is how we are seeing ourselves. The majority of the children of God are not only PLEASED to be God’s servants, BUT they WANT to be servants of God. This is religious thinking. It’s what I call “natural religion.”  We saw that Father says servants do not know what Father is doing. And IF they don’t know what He is doing, then they don’t know where He’s walking, or what He’s saying. In fact, the majority doesn’t really know WHERE HE IS or WHO HE IS.

But, He says that a FRIEND KNOWS ALL THINGS of God. We have many acquaintances; but all those acquaintances are not really FRIENDS. Friends are those that we are really ONE WITH. It doesn’t matter how far apart we live; it doesn’t matter how we express ourselves; our age doesn’t matter; we KNOW EACH OTHER BY THE SPIRIT! I have a friend that I can talk to about anything. I can listen to her as well as she listens to me. We see who each other REALLY is, and we know that we are ONE. It is wonderful when we can visit in person; but no matter how long we go without physically seeing each other, we know that we have each other continuously in prayer. And we do not hold back anything about what Father may be showing us, about each other. We share it and we work on it together… LOVE… We have love for each other.

That’s sort of like the people that Father calls friends. They KNOW where each other is; they know what each other is doing; they know what each other is saying, moving and having their being, because THEY ARE ONE. In fact, they are so ONE, that they are the same person, the same being. If you were to ask them who they are, they would say, about each other, “as he is, in this world, so am I”.  LOVE has them so connected that when you see one, you see both AS ONE!  Hallelujah!!  If you were to ask them, “where are you?” – they would both answer, “I AM here.” It’s a glorious relationship. They are so totally entwined that nothing can separate them. ONE – they are perfectly ONE.  ONE, as we have known it, is NOTHING like the ONENESS that these friends are.  They KNOW each other and everything that concerns ONE, is the same with each of them. They are like, if you put Kool-aid in water, you can’t tell where the water starts and the Kool-aid ends; it’s like a nut would not be a nut, without the shell and the meat; it’s like understanding.  The Mind of Christ would be nothing without the Spirit… ONENESS and LOVE. That is the FRIENDS. One is not just looking out for himself… because they both want the same thing. Actually, you have to EXPERIENCE this BEING A FRIEND – to really know that you can’t even put into words, how to describe this relationship. It’s not even two being friends, they are so TOGETHER THAT THEY HAVE BECOME ONE AND THE SAME.  They have come to LOVE EACH OTHER SO, that they emit the very same thing that makes them SO ONE – LOVE.

Now, let’s try and find out HOW THEY CAME TO BE ONE.

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should REMAIN:  that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

It all started with Father. He LOVED us so unconditionally, before He ever spoke us into being. He loved us so much, that He created us, out of His Very Own Being. Until we get to really know who we are, it’s unimaginable to believe that someone could love us so. And we learned to love, because He FIRST LOVED US!  And it is just NOW, that we are remembering HOW TO LOVE AS HE DOES. We always knew it, but we forgot and NOW it is being remembered AGAIN!  Hallelujah!!

So, when He started waking us up, He said, “You didn’t choose Me, I chose you – to bring you to this place of BEING ordained and sent forth – to come to the place of dominion, and love – that you didn’t just KNOW ME as ALL IN ALL; but that you would come to know that YOU, TOO, are all in all!”  He said, “I wanted you to know that YOU, TOO, are a CREATOR!!  

You know, when this understanding first came to me, I thought, WOW! Can this be true?  But, as He has drawn me BACK INTO HIMSELF, I now think, “well, why not? I Am come from within Him, His very Being, so that makes me what He is!”  I may not be manifesting it fully YET, but, bless His Name, I am experiencing some of it. It’s ALL here within me, and it will ALL manifest because I AM repenting (changing my thoughts to His Thoughts) and I AM believing what He is showing me. It’s HIS PLAN so it has to be.

Now, He tells us in John 15 that “we are to bring forth fruit and that OUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN.”

This word “bring” means, to uphold, to lead, to bear or carry, to be driven, to endure, to go on.

The word “forth” means, outside of doors, strange, origin (often used in composition of completion.)

The word “fruit” means, something plucked, catch away or up, take by force.

The word “remain” means, to stay in a given place, state of being, relation or expectancy.

Fruit is what is born out from within us. Our fruit is our life. The real life of us is being plucked right out from within us and is NOW being seen. It is no longer as it used to be – with Him saying, “I stand at the door and knock”. Now, we have become the Door, and it is US knocking on the doors of others. We are ONE with The Door. That is the fruit that is being produced. But, what about this “REMAIN?”  This is where the DNA comes into play.

Now, I am not teaching DNA as a science or medical understanding. I am showing you, the way Father showed it to me.

Genesis 28:12, “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.”

As I was reading about our DNA, I just couldn’t grasp the understanding of all the things that make up the DNA, because I was trying to understand it intellectually. But, Father spoke and said, “Let Me show you a way for you to understand this DNA stuff.”  Now, there is so much teaching today, going around about DNA, that I am sure we have all seen the drawing that represents our make up, in the physical.  But, as I looked at the drawing, Father brought to mind, the “ladder that Jacob saw” in his dream.

Father said to me, “At the top of that ladder (DNA) is all that pertains to the Spirit realm, or as the earth calls it, heaven.”  So, at the top of the “ladder”, within us, is the Spiritual state of being – The Truths of Father – The Throne Room – Authority – The Very Being of God – AND THE REAL US!   At the bottom of the “ladder” is this earthly illusion and all that pertains to it… THE LIE about being just a mere human being… Sickness… Unbelief… Death. Weakness… Dependence on man… No Spiritual understanding – All of the garbage. In fact, a completed GARBAGE DUMP.

We learned that “angel” not only is archangels like Gabriel and Michael; but, it is also MESSENGERS OF GOD. We learned in the Book of Revelation, that the angels that were spoken of there were men that Father was using to bring understanding to us. Actually, WE ARE ANGELS. Remember the study on “The Angels Who Left Their First Estate.” (if you haven’t read it, let me know and I’ll send it out to you). Those angels who left their first estate were US. This is when we DESCENDED down from heaven. (the Spirit realm) And then we began our ascent BACK up the “ladder”.

We started being drawn, by His Holy Spirit. He started leading us. We learned ABOUT Him. I like what a brother said:

He IS there the moment you recognize His Presence; but, if He cannot come through the manger – the stable, He cannot come through the temple, until He be found in YOU.”

So, we started ASCENDING that “ladder” and we started finding ourselves, in short periods of time, in the Spirit realm. And He would teach us things. We loved it, but, soon, we DESCENDED.  Then, we started ASCENDING the “ladder” again… Over and over… ASCENDING AND DESCENDING. But, no fruit remained. We allowed the things that He had taught us, in our ASCENDED STATE OF BEING, to be taken from us, by the teachings of men that were not led by the Spirit.

And then, finally, we ASCENDED “the ladder” again, and something happened. We were given the understanding that it IS NOW – the time to ASCEND and REMAIN in the state of being – that we were being taught to LIVE IN. And, little by little, we ASCENDED higher until we were hearing, “AWAKEN TO WHO YOU ARE!!”

Some have. Some haven’t yet.

“But, the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise. Say not in thine heart, “Who shall ascend into heaven? (the Spirit realm) (to bring Christ down) Who shall descend into the deep? (to bring up Christ again from the dead.)”

We have had awakened in some of us, that Christ was brought up from the dead (our old man) at the Resurrection of Jesus and us, as new creatures (Christ). We NOW say in OUR heart, “I will ascend into heaven” (the Spirit realm between our ears – our mind that is out from within Father) “and as I ASCEND, I will recognize that CHRIST is the REAL me. And as I am given understanding, I will “stay in that given place” and I will “EXPECT” more of who I AM to come to my remembrance, and it will remain.”

We got to the place, as we ASCENDED “the ladder”, that we saw Re-Happenings.

One such Re-Happening was – God manifested in the flesh, in the person of Jesus. When He had done so, He told us, “I AM your Pattern, follow Me.”  Now, since God cannot die, He allowed the flesh man that He had manifested into, to see death AND taste death, so that He (Father) could then manifest in US!  Praise His Name!  And because He tasted death, we do not have to!  After He had DESCENDED into the flesh man, Jesus, and finished the Work He had to do, He ASCENDED back to the top of the “ladder,” once again, as Father, with US as the Sons. (1Tim 3:16, John 17:4-5, 1John 3:2)

NOW, we have ASCENDED higher. We WERE WAITING for Father to make us “manifested sons of God;” but as we stepped up the next rung of “the ladder,” we realized that we ALREADY ARE manifested Sons of God. We took our focus off of the works we had been focusing on. Then we realized, “I DID manifest from the Spirit realm into the earthen realm, and I was a Son.  So, I AM a manifested Son of God, ON EARTH”. As we ASCENDED we realized, “I really AM seated in Heavenly places!”   But the Spirit was calling us to ASCEND HIGHER. Oh! The glory that was revealed to us!!

We heard Father say, “There’s more to know about who you are.”  So, we ASCENDED a little higher up “the ladder”.  “I am in Him, He is in me, and we are in you.”   He said to us, “NOW, are you getting the big picture?  IF I AM in you, and you ARE in Me, and you are made from My very Being, and WE ARE ONE – ONE IMAGE – ONE BODY – ONE SPIRIT, Who are You?   You are Me and I AM YOU. I walk, talk, and have My Being in You.  You walk, and talk, and have Your Being in Me; WE ARE ONE AND THE SAME!

He Said, “THIS IS YOUR FRUIT THAT IS TO REMAIN. REMAIN IN THE STATE OF BEING, OF ME.”

Be Blessed,

 

 

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