FROM A CONVERSATION WITH THE LORD~
And immediately I was in the spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat upon the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a RAINBOW round about the throne, in sight like unto a emerald.”
In the Spring time months of 2012, just after climbing into bed at night, I would often read a chapter out of one of the two books on heaven by Kat Kerr. They were short, but awesome, allowing me to go to sleep with a thrill in my heart.
One night, I read a chapter which has become a favourite of mine. I’ve always been awed by nature, all the sights and sounds of it. My earliest memories are of me being carried, sometimes by daddy and sometimes by mama outside. While they pointed out butterflies, and caterpillars, the hustle and bustle of tiny ants working together busily to store food for the winter, each tree and every flower, my eyes would widen with wonder.
Mama taught me the joy of cloud-watching (upside down, of course) when I was a shut-in and could not run and play like the others kids. But the beauty of the rainbow during a summer’s shower was one of the best things because I loved colours, and seeing the rainbow’s multi-coloured hues against the grey-lined clouds splashed on a backdrop of blue has always caused my heart to sing a special praise song to the Lord.
As nature came alive to me, the Lord God was brought to life for me at the same time. I saw every thing He had made and I knew in my heart that He was real and that He loved us.
So have you guessed that the rainbow encircling the throne of God is the one of the wonders of heaven I love best? And it’s only the chapters on the babies and animals that I love equally? If you have, you will especially enjoy this rainbow-centered writing.
That Spring night, I read about that rainbow above the Father’s throne and as I fell asleep, I saw this rainbow for myself, though the rainbow I saw was not very clear. I told the Lord I’d love to to see it better.
Two days later, I was in the kitchen preparing dinner when Chris called me in to the Living Room. He had shouted, “There’s a rainbow in the sky. Come and see it.” I paused in my work, and rushed into the room. I noticed that Chris was seated again.
I asked him, “Is it still there?”
“Yes,” he answered “but I find it disappointing.” This explained why he was seated.
I asked, “Why? What’s wrong with it?” and I walked to the window and looked out.
Always the artist, he replied,“It’s not a very colourful one.”
There it was, and Chris was right. It didn’t seem very bright at all, rather dull, in fact, and the bands of colours were few in number.Possibly three, maybe four. But I kept watching anyway, and as I watched, the rainbow brightened and was transformed into one of the most beautiful rainbows I’d ever seen. There were 7 bands of colour (7 is God’s special number of completion), and each colour band was rich and lush and full-bodied.
I stood there and glorified God for the bow of beauty He had placed in the sky, and for allowing me the privilege of seeing it that day. By seeing this rainbow the rainbow I was able to better see in the eyes of my heart the rainbow over His throne. It became richer and fuller in beauty as well.
Often in prayer I see Him sitting on His throne, although the Lord eventually reminded me, “That’s great white, Paula, not gold.”--meaning His throne. I had seen it in gold because I had been influenced more than I had realised by the paintings shown in some very popular music videos that showed Jesus on His throne, but that throne was painted gold, which is unscriptural. Our eyes are indeed the windows of our soul! And we need to be careful of what we see with our eyes, and what we hear with our ears. Sometimes we take in more than we imagine.
This was the beginning of rainbows for me. But it did not end there, it only seemed to end, and for a short while, because as time went on and I continued to come into the Father’s presence, I started concentrating more and more on Him, His glory and the throne on which He sits (great and white, not gold!) and less on the rainbow over Him, until eventually the rainbow faded once again.
Yet God has continued to teach me and to train me to become stronger and stronger in faith. He never stops, not even for a breather. I can never predict how He will move or what He will use in His training program. But first He will place the desire in our heart for we are always to walk by our heart (spirit) as it will never lead us wrong. The desire He placed in mine was to see that rainbow over His throne once again. I had no idea where this desire would take me that it would lead me straight into one of the most beautiful and powerful illustrations of faith the Lord has ever taught me.
And not just a teaching of faith for myself but for you. Everything He teaches me is for you. I am the example; I am the branch, you are the fruit. Without you, I’d be empty. But, without me (and others who are being raised up to preach the entire Word of God), you’d shrivel and die. So you see, we both need each other. And in the same way you need me, others need you. This may sound crude, but do you get the drift?
We both gain life through the Vine, the life we are to hold forth to the world, the life worth more than silver and more than gold--the Word of life: Jesus, the Creator of the rainbow.
When I crawled out of bed on the morning of the 5th of January (2014), little did I guess that it would be the day the rainbow would reappear in my life.
First thing that morning, the Lord said to me, “Seek my face, stay in my face. Look at the rainbow, concentrate on it.”
He meant the rainbow encircling His throne.
“Remember the promise. I set a bow in the sky, a token of my promise
that I would never again destroy the earth by flood.”
“And you haven’t,” I answered.
“Consider it and know that in this same way I will keep every promise I’ve made to you...
I will never refuse you anything...I will give you everything you ask in prayer...I grant you every request, and everything you desire. Each time you see this bow (surrounding His throne), know you can trust me to fulfill every promise I’ve made to you. Concentrate and remember.”
Without the slightest hesitation, I answered, “This is true.”
The words spoken to me were truth, and in harmony with the promises He has given us all within the pages of the Bible, both Old Testament and New.
I soke again,“I know, for you ARE truth. You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
Again the Father reminded, “Every time you see this rainbow, remember.”
My heart flowed with exuberance. “Praise you my great God and King! Praise you for all you are and all you do!”
“But there’s more,” He said.
After He had spoken those words, He began to reveal the gold at the beginning as well as the end of His rainbow.
“I will never refuse you anything..."
In John 11: 41-42, Jesus while facing the death of a friend and great unbelief and opposition,
“...And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me. And I [already] knew you hear me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that you have sent me.”
God’s agenda has not changed. His gospel is the same for us, and working through His power within us, as it was for Jesus. He heard Jesus, and He hears us, and for the same reason: that the ones standing by may believe He sent us.
“I give you everything you ask in prayer...”
“And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son....If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it..If you abide( remain) in Me, and My words abide (remain) in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 14:13-14;15:7)
“I grant you every request...”
“Ask and it shall be given you; Seek and you shall find; Knock and it shall be opened unto you. For EVERYONE that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
“And everything you desire is yours...”
“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of the heart.” (Psalms 37:4)
“Trust Me no matter what you see or feel to keep My word to you...”
“Commit your way unto the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.” (Psalms 37:5)
Trust Him even if things look worse after you’ve prayed. Trust Him even if you feel discouraged, and your feelings urge you, “Give up! It ain’t happening.”
This is the time to commit, this is the time to trust. Not when you feel good about things, but when you feel the worst.
“Commit your way unto the Lord; TRUST also in Him...”
And what does He promise? What does He say He will do?
“...And He will bring it to pass!”
Remember the rainbow. He is the keeper of every promise.
Behind every cloud, there’s a rainbow.
You may be thinking, “That’s easy for you to say, but all I can see is a cloud in my life, and it’s a dark and ugly one.”
I say to you, “Persevere. Stand. And He shall bring it to pass. Just as He says He will.”
The day the Lord began to speak about rainbows to me and the meaning of them, I had an overwhelming need to go to Genesis 9:12-15 back to that original rainbow,
“And God said, This is the token (sign, seal) of the Covenant which I make with you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual (everlasting) generations: and it shall come to pass when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: and I shall remember My Covenant...and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
Behind every stormy cloud in the sky, there’s a rainbow. Can we always see it with our physical eyes? No. Only when the sun shines while the rain is falling.
But God says He can. He can see it. And when He sees the bow--not us, but Him!--He shall remember His Covenant, His promise to us.
It is the same with Jesus.
Each time the Father looks on Jesus, He remembers. He remembers He loved us so much that He gave us Jesus while we were yet enemies of His, and dead in our transgressions and sins.
At that time,a dark ugly cloud covered us.Things were most dismal and the world filled with darkness. And at this time,the Father set His promise among us.
Each time He looks on Jesus, He remembers His promise in John 3:16,
For God so loved the world [each and every one of us] that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever [anyone who] believes in Him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life [ZOE, His life, and the life only He can give.].”
And Christ Jesus loved us enough
to give up all He had and all He was and empty Himself in order to die,
“For when we were without hope, Christ died for the ungodly.”
Each time the Father looks upon Jesus, the lifeless body of Jesus hanging on that cross flashes before Him.
He remembers that sinless body was broken...for us.
He remembers. The Father remembers.
And He remembers every single drop of blood which drenched the rooms where Jesus was beaten and tortured, and the pool of blood that soaked the earth around the tree where Jesus died...for us.
Every drop of precious blood cries out to Him, “I [Jesus] died that they might have life, and have it more abundantly....I [Jesus] died that they might have life, and have it more abundantly...I [Jesus] died that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
The Father sees and He remembers when He placed upon Jesus all of our sins and transgressions so that we might be made righteous in the Father’s eyes.
He sees the broken, crushed body of His unique beloved Son, and He remembers that He was crushed and wounded with our sicknesses and our diseases and our poverty so that we might be made whole and complete in Him from now and ever more, from the moment we believe.
God remembers that when He raised Jesus from the dead, He made us alive at the same time.
When He looks at Jesus, when He sees Him, He remembers Christ died ...for us.
“Much more then, being justified [made not guilty before God] by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
And when the Father looks to Jesus, He remembers the ‘much more’ part,
“For if when we were yet enemies, we were reconciled [made friends again with God] by the death of His Son, much more then [Did you catch that? MUCH MORE THEN, MUCH MORE THEN!] we shall be saved by His life.”
The Father sees and He remembers.
He considers that instant Jesus was made alive again, the instant His ZOE, the lifeforce of God, surged from the Father into Him, this Son who loved so much He willingly gave Himself in exchange for us.
All of us who turn and repent are given this same life.
We are to consider and believe.
We are saved by His life. ZOE.
The Father sees and remembers that through Jesus we are made whole, complete, delivered, healed, saved from sin, freed. For eternity, the same as Jesus.
All of us who turn and repent are given this same life.
“As He is so are we in this world...As He is so are we in this world...As He is so are we in this world.”
When we consider and believe.
Still, the Father remembers that every promise is ours in Christ Jesus.
He is speaking the same words to you that He spoke to me.
“Consider the rainbow and know that in this same way I will keep every promise I’ve made to you.”
And He says, “Consider”: Ponder upon,bend down for a closer look... Believe...Trust...In Me...the rainbow seals a promise.
Consider the rainbow and consider Jesus.
Consider the rainbow and consider His blood which seals the new Covenant.
It is a new and superior Covenant to the old, with all of the exceeding great and precious promises of the Old, plus MORE, for Jesus became sin for us. He has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption.
This promise,this Covenant, is love-soaked, signed and sealed with the blood of Jesus. He had to die to give it to us. All of the promises within it are truth for they are backed with His life. They are ours now and throughout eternity. They become ours the moment we believe.
Consider the rainbow. Consider Jesus. Consider all that is ours in Him the moment we turn and believe the God who is all goodness and light and love and never lies.
Last night He again reminded me, “Look to the rainbow.”
So I looked. The colours were stronger and richer than ever. It was beautiful.
Then suddenly I notice something new about the rainbow, “Hey! The rainbow is sparkling, Father.”
My heart was alive with wonder as I gazed upon the rainbow that danced with tiny flecks of gold.
Already mine in spirit, already mine in my heart, prayer answers began breaking through into this world where my natural eyes could see them. It was exactly like the Father said.
He backs up His Word to perform it.
Sometimes? Just when He wants to? Nope. As He wills.
And what is His will? Exactly what He says in His Word. It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you what you asked for. Otherwise why did He say it in the first place? and why did Jesus die and seal a Covenant for you with His own blood to give you these exceeding precious promises if they are not promises at all?
God backs up His Word to perform it.
So what’s the problem then when what we have asked for doesn’t break through?
We aren’t considering or trusting long enough.
When we see the sun while the rain is coming down, we know we can expect a rainbow to appear, and we are so convinced we look for it. With our physical eyes we scan the heavens, cloud by cloud, looking for it. We know it in our hearts.
Trusting God is the same. We know in our spirit, our heart, that we have what He has promised, and we are so convinced, we expect it before we see it or feel it. It is ours because God has said it. And that’s good enough for us. It’s better than all the words the doctor has spoken. Better than all the medication and other treatment they have given. They are only man. But God is God.
Man is not trustworthy, but God is.
Every thing here is flawed, but God is perfect.
We know we can trust the perfect God who has sealed His promises with His own blood and made them ours.
So we do our part: Believe. Say. Stand. Receive.
Did you notice the new word that’s added to the faith equation?
What is “stand?”
Hold on to...don’t let go..consider...Trust.
If at first we don’t see it, hold on to God’s Word and confess it, and consider it, not the problem.
For we know there is a rainbow behind every cloud. Even when we can’t see it.
And we can know when we trust God, He will look to Jesus, our rainbow of promise, and back up every blood-soaked Word.
We know He will set a rainbow in our sky, no matter how dark and ugly the cloud there may look.
Consider the rainbow.
Consider the promise.