An Open Vision

                            This vision blew me away. I have been seeing this for many
                    years. This is happening right now. It is on a small scale, but it
                                                  will get bigger and bigger.

 

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                           An Open Vision - May 1994
                                    -Tim Mather.
 

 One of the most frustrating byproducts of deliverance ministry is the  aftercare. For years, clients have undergone deliverance and then return  to their home. They frequently return saying, "I'm never going in the  again. It's too dark there. We want to come with you." Of course, our  response to such requests has been to put them into home groups (we call  them Life Groups) where they can participate in ministry while healing  from their wounds. The structured church offers nothing but a return to  the religious bondage from which they have been set free. In these  experiences, we have discovered Father's heart for His people. He is drawing us into the home to worship, to learn, and to minister to others  who need the liberty only found in Him. Several years ago, I found myself in the middle of an open vision. This  vision has become the expression of our mission. I share it with you to  both challenge and encourage you in your open church vision.   As I looked, I could see the backs of a crowd of people to my left. They  were intently looking in the same direction away from me. It was obvious  they were engaged in worship--some with hands raised, some with bowed  heads, most were singing. I watched myself disappear into the crowd and  reappear dragging a dead person by the collar. I dragged the person across the street and laid him on his back with his head against the  curb. I continued to enter and reappear with more dead people until  there was a long line of bodies lying side by side along the curb.    All at once, I began to weep over them because they were dead. Then, I  walked out before them, raised my hands and spoke over them. I could not  hear what was said, but immediately, they all sat up. For the next few  minutes, they began to recover and make their way, one by one, to a  standing position. It took some longer than others, but eventually, they  were all standing.    As their recovery process was proceeding, I disappeared once again into  the throng and began dragging more dead people out. When those from the  first group were able to stand and then walk, they joined me in dragging  more and more bodies out of the throng. Each time the area along the  curb was full, I stepped forward, raised my arms and spoke. The whole  line of bodies would sit up alive, work their way to a standing  position, and eventually help us in our work.   Before long, my view began to pan back to see the extent of the crowd worshiping off to my left. There were hundreds of thousands, maybe even  millions, gathered around a circular object in the middle. This object  was domed toward its center and was turning very slowly around, much  like a merry-go-round. It emanated a bright light that the people  worshiped. At the center of the object stood a brilliant angel with his  arms outstretched receiving the adoration of the crowd. The people were  worshiping the angel in a myriad of worship styles and traditions, from  the solemn to the exuberant. As I looked closer, the Holy Spirit opened  my eyes to see that the angel was not an angel of light after all but a  dark angel appearing as an angel of light. The people were worshipping  this dark angel, not knowing that it was a spirit of false religion.  Then, Father showed me what it meant:  The crowds of people were not the throngs of some cult religion. Rather,  they were major portions of the Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth.  They were actively involved in their own methods of worship without  regard for the source of the light. They were going about their church  business--some vigorously, some lethargically--but all with some level  of commitment. Most of the worship and church business was being done  out of guilt without a true and intimate relationship with the one  honored. These are the religious lost.  I was sent into the crowd to retrieve those who had died in the middle  of worship of the dark angel. They were the ones who KNEW they were  dead, not those who thought that their religious activities still held  some life. This is a picture of the people and denominations that no  longer make any hypocritical pretense of spirituality. They knew there  is no life and they had become desperate for the return of the Holy  Spirit breathing life into their dried bones. It is a mystery how I knew  which ones to drag out of the crowd, though it was evident this  identification came from the Holy Spirit.    The act of speaking to the dead bodies brought them back to life. This  pictures the mission statement of Jesus when He read Isaiah 61 for those  gathered in the temple. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he  hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to  heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and  recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are  bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19 KJV).  As the people became whole enough to stand, they were immediately put to  work dragging more dead out of the crowd and bringing others to  wholeness.    A spirit of false religion, that is, witchcraft, has deceived much of  the Church. This spirit appears as an angel of light, but its true  motivation is binding the worshipers in darkness. I began to understand  that the spirit of witchcraft was manifesting in the Church as control  and religious spirits, using manipulation and false spiritual authority.  Well-meaning leaders had taken control of the sheep in an effort to keep  them on the path of righteousness. However, this control and  manipulation is what keeps the Church impotent as an army and distanced  them from the One with whom an intimate relationship should be  developed. The man-made religious system designed to maintain the sheep  is the very thing that has drained out the power and intimacy of the  Body of Christ.  Our mission is made crystal clear in this vision: to reach into the  organized religious system and bring out those who have been made  desperate to know the life-giving breath of the Living God in spite of  the bondage of their doctrine and in spite of their theological  training. The harvesters miraculously find those who are dead and  desperate, raise them from the dead, and the Lord of the Harvest sends  them into the harvest fields to bring the true light of salvation and  wholeness to the multitudes who will otherwise die in their deceptive  religious stupor.

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