Perceiving Eden Amidst Shifting Landscapes

Snippets from my journal, early 2020.


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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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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