Perceiving Eden Amidst Shifting Landscapes

Snippets from my journal, early 2020.

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I sat with Papa, His presence rich, warm, enveloping. All was calm and peaceful, the kind of quiet that vibrates with life & song. The air, like a weighted blanket, wrapped around me in a protective bubble.

As we sat in that peace, Papa said, “Landscapes are going to shift all over the world, and they will keep on shifting over the next few years. Do not be shaken by what you see & hear. In the shifting landscapes, I AM the only constant.” This was said with gravity and my spirit felt the desire in His heart for me to perceive the weight of what He was saying. As I absorbed His words, I saw before me a projector slideshow of snapshots that kept changing and changing and changing around the world. Huge change was coming, and more change after that. Although the words were grave, Papa’s tone and body posture was full of peace and assurance. I understood that He was telling me this to prepare and assure me in advance that no matter what happened next, He was in control of even the shifting & shaking that was to come on a global scale.

In the companionable silence that followed, I pondered the repercussions of these shifting landcapes. As Papa gazed at the nations, His feet were firmly planted and His arms ready for war. His face was serene, He exuded peace. He was ready for action but was not in a rush. He was not anxious or worried. It was as if Time measured itself to Him and everything that was to come was 100 percent in keeping with His pace.

He smiled at me and said, “Keep your heart at peace, full of awe and wonder like a child. Always look at Me and you will see as I see. Keep your focus on Me, not what’s happening around. Keep My perspective. I will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on Me because they trust in Me (Isaiah 26:3). Those who keep their minds on Me will not be shaken. They will adapt & thrive in the shifts and shakings as they follow & flow with Me.

Do not be shaken by the news & what you see happening all around. Be rooted in Me, not the world. Those whose inner lives are rooted in Me will be marked by Steadfastness and Flexibility. They will not be moved by circumstances. They will be quick to move as I lead. Come up higher. Remain in the rarified air of heaven and you will see what I see. The pure atmosphere up here will slowly transform your eyes and make them glow, illuminated with the Light from within. The air of heaven will remake your eyes to see far and wide, to pierce through and see deeply, and to see in the darkness as if it were day.”

The months that followed were magical and wrapped in joy even as the world started to hum with one crisis after another. It was like there was a tear in fabric of the sky and I could see through it into the galaxy. It was beautiful.

One day as Papa and I sat together, He smiled and said, “Come and see.”

God Is Building Eden

In an instant, He lifted me up, up, up above the ground and we hovered there in the space between earth and clouds. Beneath me, I saw a circular enclosed city with tall towers very shiny and dark. The city looked strong and menacing, but as my spirit lifted higher and higher from the ground, I saw the panoramic view and it made the city look very, very small indeed. Outside of the city gates was the vast beautiful world of rolling hills, green grass, sparkling rivers, and flowers of so many colors & variety. From my bird’s eye view, the city was the size of a mere school compound compared to the whole world outside.

Papa began to explain, “The city is called The Way Of Living, or you may know it by its other name – Babylon. It is the way of living that people believe is the norm. It includes the systems you see in politics, the economy, families & society, the church, and even the internal structures within individuals that guide their perspectives, thoughts and motives. These systems are kind to the strong and cruel to the weak. This reality is one where man tries to do what man believes is best, and it’s never enough. Those who live in The Way Of Living, or Babylon, are governed by these internal and external systems. Many don’t even realize they’re being governed – this much has it already become the way of living for them.

What many think is their whole world or whole reality, is so small compared to the reality that I created them for – My reality.

The world you see outside is Eden. It is My reality, the truest reality, which readily welcomes anyone who is willing to leave the safety of the familiar in Babylon. Eden is vast and magnificent. Eden teems with new life, peace, and complete security. It’s the whole world where Babylon is a mere city. Eden is led by Me, and it is a leadership of love. Those who live in the reality of Eden know that there is a wide spacious place for them to run free. There is no need to jostle because everyone has more than enough. They are covered by Me and I am their safe place. Here is abundance, creativity, life and every good thing to satisfy.

How I long for My children to come out of their Way Of Living and enter into My reality.  This is what they were made for. My reality is a whole wide world outside that tiny city Babylon. I have established Eden, and I am building Eden in an ever-unfolding process.”

We’ve entered into a new age. God is building Eden reality which is very different from Babylon’s systems. He beckons us to come out and run free. Drink from the River and taste that its waters are so very good. But we cannot enter into the new using old ways. If we did, we would just end up building a new Babylon.

The new looks nothing like the old, and to perceive it we need the cages of old mindsets to be shattered. This is the reason for the shakings and shifting landscapes. God is revealing, shattering, systems that do not work to help us see that we have been drinking from “broken cisterns that hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13). He is awakening us to see there’s a whole world outside our windows, and Babylon is collapsing. He is challenging our “normal lives” to remove anything that may prevent us from perceiving the new.

Our only participation? Willingness. Saying “Yes” to His process of revealing the broken structures we’ve been living in or have been living in us.

Perceiving HIm

The world has need of a Saviour. Will we perceive Him?

When Jesus came to earth, the Jews could not perceive Him because He looked nothing like what they thought Messiah would look like. They’d lived under foreign rulership for centuries, and their idea of Messiah had been developed within that framework. They were looking for a King who would be a strong military leader, a fighter. They could not comprehend Jesus when He came as a son. Jesus presented to them a new way of relating to God. They could not perceive Him even as He lived and walked amongst them because it was outside of their Way Of Living.

In Noah’s day, the people of earth could not perceive the ark even while it was being built before their very eyes. Until that time, the earth had been watered from the ground up. They could not see beyond that way of living, and could not perceive a coming flood by rain. The ark was an object of ridicule because they could not perceive its purpose outside of their Way Of Living.

When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, the Jews could not perceive what God was writing because it was outside their framework of Egypt. They wanted political, physical deliverance; God wanted total deliverance for them to be truly free of Egypt spirit, soul, and body. God wanted the Promised Land for them but they had lived in slavery for so long that they said to Moses, “We reject God’s invitation to go up the mountain to meet Him. Moses, you go. You have a relationship with God, then just come back and tell us what He wants us to do.” Thus revealing that they still thought & lived as slaves (“Tell us what to do”) instead of children of God (Relationship). They could not perceive the kind of freedom God wanted for them because it was outside of their Way Of Living.

I felt such a strong desire in Papa’s heart for all people to perceive what He is doing, so that no one will miss out.

He said, “We have moved into yet another new shift, and this one will be a marker in history as in the time of Jesus, Noah, and Moses. I am doing new things in new ways, and many of them will take you by surprise. They may even offend you. Will you trust Me and keep your heart open to perceive? Be still before Me, allow Me to reveal & remove old frameworks governing your life that will prevent you from perceiving. I am going to fulfill prophecies about this year and decade, but will My creation receive it if it looks very different from how they imagined?

I am doing new things in brand new ways that may offend the old ways. Just like the days of Jesus, Noah, and Moses, we have entered a time of disruption that will continue over the next few years, making way for a new age of innovation and a new way of life – the most ancient one of all, Eden!”

There was joy and shouting, a happy anticipation in the heavenlies.Angelic activity began to increase on earth. I saw many of His messenger angels traveling from heaven to earth carrying scrolls. These scrolls contained architectural blueprints from heaven itself, and were being delivered to individuals who would steward and release them on earth through divine creativity. There were blueprints for finance, commerce, nations, how to live life well, parenting, and so many more.

Seeing As He Sees

Papa said, “My weapons of warfare are different from that of the enemy’s. Tell My children not to fight like them. Don’t go down and fight at their level; you were made for higher things. Come up higher. See with My wisdom of the seven spirits which rest on Jesus (Isaiah 11; Rev 3, 4, 5).

The seven spirits can only be found before My throne, and that is where I long for My creation to remain. Only here will they see – perceive – as I do. Eden is unfurling, can you perceive it? Light grows brighter even as darkness gets darker, and those who would step into My reality will continue to live in the land of the living even while landscapes shift all around them.”

The Golden Eagle

An excerpt by Anna Rountree:

As I viewed the surrounding mountain range, a string of very large paper dolls floated by.

The great Eagle spoke, “So much of what is happening now in the body of Christ is like paper dolls — one copying the other.”

The paper dolls disappeared, and an eagle of pure gold flew by. “I am looking for an eagle of gold, Anna — rare beyond measure.” As He spoke, power like a surge of electricity ran all over the eagle of gold. It became pure white, like the great white Eagle. “The golden eagle becomes like Me,” He said.

Then a line of large, paper, cut-out eagles floated across the mountain range. They were hooked together as the floating paper dolls had been.

He continued, “There are many eagles, for I am generous with the gift of the Holy Spirit. But, Anna, I am giving you an invitation to become an eagle of gold.”

“You must fly the mountains and valleys of heaven, though, and you must eat from My hand. Do not seek that which the eagles below seek. They seek fresh meat [fresh revelation], but their game is earthbound, and so is their revelation – times, seasons, natural signs and consequences of sin. I have given them to see into these things, but all of it concerns revelation for the outer court. Most eagles labor there. But there are few golden eagles who fly in the holy place. They minister to Me more intimately. They fly among the branches of the golden lamp stand. They, like David, are in communion with My Son, eating the showbread. Their revelation is used to assist those who minister at the golden altar of incense. Fewer minister in the holy place.”

Suddenly I saw a rocket blast off from the earth and shoot into heaven. The great Eagle continued, “The golden eagle’s nest is in heaven. The golden eagle does not even eat earthly food. It feeds above. The paper doll eagles catch fish, kill snakes, chase rabbits; but the eagle of gold breathes the ether above. It does not seek after or eat carrion. The golden eagle eats from the hand of God until it looks and smells and is like Me – pure white. There are many that look like Me, but you must eat from the hand of God to be like Me.”

His eyes were aflame now. “Will you fly with Me, Anna, over streets of gold? Will you fly with Me over lakes so clear that the bottom is as the top? Leave the snakes, the bugs, the rabbits running rabbit trails. Come with Me and feed from the hand of God.”

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A New Era Of The Prophetic

Last year I shared about the new breed of generals that the Lord was raising up. I have loved meeting & running with these remnant the Lord has prepared. Recently, James Jordan said something that resonates and perfectly encapsulates that prophetic word. He said, “Don’t ever follow a leader who does not walk with a limp.” Yes!

Building on this foundation of brokenness and intimate dependence, our Father is raising up a new breed of prophets in this coming decade.

We have entered a new era of the prophetic, and God is raising up a new breed of prophets.

1. Everyone Will Hear God Themselves

We have sat at the feet of fathers of the prophetic movement and are always awed & inspired by their amazing stories. The early prophetic movement was marked by incredible displays, like calling out to a stranger sitting behind them and prophesying for an hour straight about their family, their lives, their bank account number, etc. It was incredible, and I used to tremble when sitting in the same room as prophet.

When I asked the Lord about it, He said to me:

It was necessary for such incredible displays to be demonstrated by the few, My forerunners of the prophetic movement. This was done so that people would believe, hearts opened, and I could begin to release the five-fold prophetic gift to My church.

The pioneers of the emerging prophetic movement faced incredible resistance, opposition, and sometimes even persecution. I allowed the few to wield such power because that’s what they needed for their particular battle. They fought with much blood, sweat, and tears. It was because of their sacrifice that the next generation of prophets were allowed to grow in safety and much more acceptance than their fathers had.

BUT to have forerunner prophets moving in such power was always only stage 1 of My masterplan. It has never been My heart to have the prophetic gift only belong to elite few.

Now that the the first wall of resistance has broken through, it is a new era for the prophetic movement. It is a new day where every person can hear from Me, and the prophet’s job is to confirm what they’ve already personally heard from Me.

This is what I meant when I spoke through My prophet Jeremiah, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

It is My great desire that every one of my children will hear from Me directly. I long for face-to-face and I resent needing a medium to have relationship with My child. They belong to Me and they will know My voice, as they are known by Me.

I am removing the middle man. I tolerate no third party in My relationship with My child.

Tell My people to stop relying on prophets and start relying on Me! Tell them to cease their endless running from one minister to the next, hoping to catch some crumbs from heaven. Tell them to run to Me, come sit at My table and lean on my chest! Call to Me and I will tell them great and unsearchable things they do not know…

From now on, My prophets’ role is to:

  • Live often in My Throne Room and model a life of intimacy with Me, showing that this is accessible to all My children
  • Equip My children to hear My voice for themselves
  • Confirm what I’m saying to My children
  • Remind My children of the direction I’ve given them

2. Prophets Will Be More Strategically Deployed

My prophets are greatly valued by Me. But their role is shifting in this new day, for they are being lifted up to a higher level. They are being called up higher and released from prophesying over individuals and dispensing words of knowledge.. because I need them in a more strategic position in these last days.

My prophets are not being taken out of a job. No, they are being released into a more strategic one!

When My church is able to hear Me and walk in step with Me by themselves, My prophets will be freed to come up higher for a broader & further field of vision.

Instead of being tied to earth, now My prophets can truly soar up higher and live often in My presence. Their senses will be so filled with the reality of heaven as their whole focus begins to shift heavenward.

If My church is a ship, My prophets are the sails. As their whole being begins to pull heavenward (they will often feel like they’re living in heaven on earth) with their position turned toward Me, as My Spirit blows they will set the course for My church to follow.

My prophets’ prophecies on earth will only make up a very tiny fraction of what they’ve seen & heard in heaven. As their role in My church changes, they will be given much more wisdom in what to say and what not to. The prophetic gift is well-developed, but now wisdom needs to develop. Much more wisdom – MY wisdom – is needed in the days to come.

My invitation comes with the grace – empowerment – to step into it.

Just as silver was as common as stone in the days of Solomon, so will hearing My voice be commonplace in the coming days when My glory will cover the earth.

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The Tree of Many Fruit

Preface: If you are able to receive this, read it as an experience I had with the Lord as real as day. If not, read this as one of the imaginations of a girl exploring what the Bible tells her her Papa is like. Both ways work. I pray that God makes His word become flesh in our hearts, because God knows, we are in such desperate need of the Father’s embrace.

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I closed my eyes and took a deep breath.

In a moment, I was in my Father’s throne room. I stood at the door and peered in: Papa was at work poring over a large mahogany table with many scrolls, angels bringing more back and forth. It looked like an important strategizing session. The majesty and beauty of the room.. the Person in that room.. I could not enter it, not even as an observer. I had just been through a season of pain and loss that had left me feeling ugly, broken, and very very small. “Unworthy” was the lie wrapped around my heart.

Papa looked up from his big desk and saw me peeking at the door. He smiled, so happy to see me. Immediately, He left the table and came to me at the door. He stood before me smiling delight, joyful welcome. He bent down and wrapped His arms around me so tight. It felt like He was wrapping me with love and warm sunlight.

“Why didn’t you come in?” He asked in mock seriousness and a gentle twinkle in His eye because he already knew the answer.

“I felt unworthy.”

He bent down till His eyes were level with mine and said, “I love the unworthy, the broken, the sinner, the sick. It was for them I became a Savior. All are welcome in My chambers. Because they are Mine and I have written on them ‘Mine’, My love makes them worthy.”

But He did not force me to go into the Throne Room. He could see  I was not ready to believe the truth. Instead, He said, “Come, let’s go outside and play. I want to show you a whole new world.”

It felt like an invitation, “Call to me and I will answer you. I want to tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

He took my hand and I felt my spirit lift off and soar so high and free. We flew so high and the feeling of soaring through the air, bounding, dancing.. so free and joyful.

He took me to a part of the Garden – a cool, dense forest filled with many dark green trees. Some trees were small, some were very tall. We stopped in front of a tree that was shaped somewhat like a pine tree. Its branches & leaves were wider at the bottom with a pointy end at top.

We started to climb the tree, me on one side of the trunk and Papa on the other so that we were facing each other as we climbed.

As we reached one of the lower branches, I saw many fruit. They were fruit of many kinds & color, beautiful, large and shiny. I picked one – a big shiny red apple – and Papa looked at me and asked, “You can choose to keep this apple now. Or you can release it and keep climbing.”

I knew it was yet another invitation though I did not understand what.

It was difficult letting this apple fall to the ground, but His steady gaze watching my response gave me the strength to do it. As I watched the shiny red apple fall to the ground, I felt.. free. Papa smiled at me, looked up, and we kept climbing.

It was strange. As we climbed higher, the fruit got smaller and fewer in-between. But they were still beautiful. Every so often, I would stop to pluck one and again Papa would ask me, “You may keep this one now, or choose to keep climbing.” He always left the choice to me.

As we neared the top, I saw that the fruit were now so small they could easily be hidden within the palm of a hand. They looked plain. In fact, compared to the big shiny fruit near the bottom, these smaller fruit seemed ugly and plain to me. Of course, my frustration was not hidden from Papa who laughed and said, “Look closer.”

I looked closer and saw that these small plain fruit were… diamonds! Pure, crystal clear, sparkly.

Each of these diamonds were protected in what looked like walnut shells that were easily peeled off once in their pickers’ hands. At a cursory glance they looked plain because of those protective shells.

“All the fruit you see on these trees are produced by My children who walk with Me. Each tree is planted when My child enters a new season with Me. The ones at the bottom come first, they appear when My Spirit begins to bring fruit out of your life in that new season. That fruit is fresh, exciting, and a wonderful testimony to all who see My work in your life. There is a choice – to reap the reward of that fruit, or cast it to the ground before Me for the sake of going higher with Me. Those who choose to cast down that first fruit – that comes with praise of man, popularity, and honour – will climb higher.

I watch eagerly and long for My children to come up higher with Me. The temptation is great to touch the glory and take some of the glory for their own, but as long as they keep their face turned toward Me as I have shown you in climbing this tree, My unwavering gaze will hold their hearts steady.

As you climb up higher, there will be less outward fruit to show for it because that is where I do deep things that can only be perceived in the spirit, but this also where there is great & lasting impact. Even the fruit that is visible to those who cannot see will seem small and insignificant. BUT… these are fruit that will last. They will never perish. As you climb higher, My cloak of humility and brokenness is for your protection just as the walnut shells protect the diamonds. I hide My glory in jars of clay so that no thief will come and steal it away.”

By this time we had reached the top of the tree, and I saw a tiny walnut-encased diamond on that top-most branch. Papa beamed at me and said, “Now pluck this one. This one you can keep.”

I took the diamond and handed it back to Him. He smiled, took it and placed it over my head. I looked up and saw that the diamond had become the center-piece of a beautiful intricate crown on my head. I reached up to feel it. The crown had become attached to my head like it was now a part of me. I smiled up at Papa who was smiling at me with contentment & quiet pride.

I felt a rush of wind blow on me and felt power surge through me. With the crown, I was given huge wings. These wings were larger and longer than that of the mythical Pegasus. I felt power in those wings, and the urge to fly… Papa laughed with joy and said, “Come on!” With one flap of my wings, I lifted up into the sky. I felt so strong and so free.

We flew – played – high up there. Where we were, I cannot say. All I know is that it was a place of such joy, freedom, and the best feeling ever.. the love & delight of God.

When we landed back outside the throne room, I wrapped my wings around Papa in a hug. I was surprised that this time, because of those wings, I could hug Him. Before, It had always only been Him reaching His arms around to hug me. As I hugged Him, it felt like His body, arms & shoulders had grown even larger so they still enveloped me as before.

Papa was pleased, “As you grow in My love, so also will your ability to perceive & receive My love. I never change, but how much you are able to receive of Me does. As you continue to grow in Love, I will grow bigger and bigger to you. One day I want to appear to you as I really Am. But today that would frighten you. These wings, the crown.. have enabled you to perceive Me in yet a higher level than before. There are many rewards for those who walk with Me, but the greatest reward of promotion is being able to receive more of My love and to love Me in return.”

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Idream of Eden. We were made for the Garden and the full pleasure of paradise. We got separated at Eden and we spend our whole lives searching for a way back into that secret paradise. All of life's pursuit + pain + questioning can be traced back to man's search for home. Our deepest instincts tell us that we are not home outside of this reality, and our souls will never stop searching until we return. Only there will we find rest and our true being. There, we begin to dream again the dreams that have laid asleep in our hearts all along.

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