There is a spiritual realm. It is as real if not more so than the physical realm. The Bible says that the visible was created from the invisible.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:3)
To anyone who will pursue an understanding of this reality, God will make it very apparent to them. God wants us to know about these things. He wants us to see the unseen and to have understanding about spiritual things.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Many have an understanding that seeing the unseen, or seeing the angels around our lives is an unnecessary or even frivolous pursuit that takes away our focus on the important things of God such as salvation or healing. I have encountered many people who feel this way, in the church and in ministry as well. I can only answer with the instruction given in the Word of God.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people. (Ephesians 1:18)
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. (Matthew 13:16)
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. (Revelation 3:18)
In the Bible we are given instruction and encouragement to see. In my own life, several years ago the Lord Jesus himself taught me about seeing in the unseen realm and He never once told me this is frivolous or distracting from important things or that it was only for the “qualified” few. If we seek we will find. This is our promise in the Word. It is my passion to share with you that the spiritual realm, the realm of Heaven and heavenly encounter is right before you. There is a revelation so profound that it will draw you into the deepest places in God. Right where you should be. Once you begin to experience this reality it will “ruin” you for the things of the world. The most exciting things that the world has to offer will seem dull by comparison.
Do you have loved ones who seem enamored by the things of the world? One encounter from God could change everything. There is a spiritual realm and we are supposed to walk in it. And the truth is you can do it. You were created to do it.
These things that I speak of or write of are not by any means just about “seeing your angel.” But rather coming to a relationship in Christ so profound that the things of Heaven are open to you as well. Seek Him, but value also those things of His Kingdom as they by design are also given to you. Do not distain the things from God that seem small or unimportant.
My prayer is that the Lord leads you into the most extraordinary encounters you have ever experienced and that you get closer to Him every day.
I love the book of Ezekiel. There is so much to learn and understand… so much revelation that the Lord has given us there. The times of the last days are laid out before us and some of this revelation seems somewhat open and accessible and other parts seems to be veiled in mystery.
And say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. Ezekiel 37:21
Sometimes we believe we understand some of the events of the last days because we have studied them so much. Sometimes the Lord has to send clarity to supernaturally help us to understand. I’m so glad He does.
The word of the LORD came to me: Ezekiel 37:15
On January 24th of this year (2017) as I was in my home an angel of the Lord appeared to me in a vision. He was clothed in light and everything about him seemed to convey light. He was about seven feet tall and powerful. His hair was a light blonde color and although I couldn’t tell the color of his eyes, they were also light. He had with him a scroll. He showed me the scroll and told me “Get ready for Ezekiel 38.” I looked at him and said “No… you mean Ezekiel 37.” He responded “No, Ezekiel 38.” And after delivering that message he left.
Almost immediately after this visitation another angel of similar look and stature appeared to me also carrying a scroll. He showed me the scroll and also told me… “Get ready for Ezekiel 38.” I again said to him, “You mean Ezekiel 37.” And he also responded “No, Ezekiel 38.” And after delivering this message he was gone.
And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD. Ezekiel 38:23
This message from the Lord had a considerable impact on me. I had thought for so long that there were events in Ezekiel chapter 37 that had to come to pass before the days of Ezekiel 38 would happen. The Lord through this visitation allowed me to see that the events of Ezekiel chapter 37 are already being fulfilled and He will make Himself known in the sight of many nations.
The time of “darkness covering the earth and deep darkness the people’” is not a time of fear among the children of God. It is not a time of wringing our hands along with the world, but a time of the glory of the Lord being seen upon you. We are in a time and coming into a time where we must shine brighter than ever. We must reveal the truth of the Gospel and it’s power to save. We must rise up and take our positions to do the will of God as He reveals it to us. This will be a time of unprecedented salvations such as no other time in history.
I encourage you to read Ezekiel chapters 37 and 38 and ask God to help you see everything that He desires to show you. You are created for such a time as this! Bless you!
Gordana Van Vlymen
When the Lord first told me to share the revelation He had given me... I said "Lord, can't I just tell a few "normal" angel stories?" He said "No. You have to share everything."
Well.... I do have a couple kind of "normal" angel stories as well. Here is one from the book Angelic Visitations.
Angel Over the Mall
My wife Gordana used to work at a shopping mall about twenty minutes from our house. One day I borrowed her car to use for the day. I figured that I would just pick her up at the end of her day. The only variable was, if my wife had more clients or customers show up even after I got to the mall, I would either have to wait for her or leave and make a return trip.
So of course this day was one of those days. I had actually gotten to the mall about a half hour early and then when I got there I found out that my wife had just committed herself to two more hours of work. So I was looking at a two and a half hour wait. I didn’t really want to drive home and waste the time or the gas. I didn’t really want to hang out in the mall for two and a half hours. You can only cruise the food court for free samples so many times before they start looking at you funny. What to do?
I suddenly got a brilliant idea! Why don’t I do a prayer walk around the mall! That would kill a lot of time and I would actually be doing something useful, changing the spiritual atmosphere. So I set out on my prayer walk. I walked around the interior of the mall praying out loud in tongues, walking sometimes into stores and sometimes not. I sang in tongues a lot because it’s a way of praying that makes you look like less of a nut. People sing right? Well after one lap I still had loads of time so I did another lap. After the second lap, I still had a lot of time so I decided to move my prayer walk to the outside of the building. I then walked around a large portion of the outside of the mall. I didn’t realize until I began walking that it would be considerably more walking! But I had committed myself. I walked around the mall and made it back to the main entrance, a little tired but spiritually refreshed to be honest.
I still had about twenty minutes of free time so I headed to the food court. I figured I could use the facilities and also get a little nourishment. After using the facilities and washing my hands, I walked out into the food court portion of the mall.
As I walked into the food court, a handsome young black man in his mid thirties approached me. He smiled and held out his hand and shook mine and said “I want you to know that I appreciate your being here today.” I was a little confused. Revelation was not instant but there was something about the way he spoke that carried something more. Then he spoke again, but this time to my mind and all confusion was immediately cleared up. He said “I am the angel over this mall.” Then he turned and walked away.
I was so glad I listened to the Lord’s voice and did the prayer walk! I will be honest and tell you that I have since done many more prayer walks at the mall, but have not seen him again. But I know he sees me! And more importantly the Lord sees!
What's Going On?
Over the past year it seems that everywhere I go I have been seeing a strange phenomenon. I have been finding that large numbers of the people that I talk to have all been experiencing the same kinds of extraordinary supernatural things. Many people have seen a marked increase in dreams and visions. Many have also either begun to see or experience angels around their lives. Many others are seeing things in the spiritual realm and are trying to understand what exactly is going on. Signs and wonders are increasing to the point where many are seeing daily events of one kind or another. The Bible talks about this!
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: (Acts 2:17) (also Joel 2)
For a while I just accepted and was happy that God, being no respecter of persons, was giving the hungry these extraordinary experiences in Him. I would see people take simple steps of faith and those steps were yielding powerful and immediate fruit. It was thrilling to watch and to be a part of but I soon found out that God was doing more than I was aware of.
Calling all Forerunners
It wasn't too long ago that as I went here and there, teaching about spiritual sight and engaging the realm of the spirit, God began to instruct me to tell people that He was calling them to be forerunners. I would speak at a home group or some other gathering and the Lord would instruct me to issue the call to them.
I was a bit uncertain about this because I always thought of forerunners as the 20-30 people that I had heard of who walked powerfully in the Spirit and had all the awesome testimonies about encounters with the Lord or encounters with angels etc.. In other words I believed them to be a very small but elite group that taught everyone else. But on the other hand I couldn't deny that I was hearing the Lord's voice.
After giving this message to several groups, the Lord began to speak to me more about this. He told me that the few people we know of and have heard of are indeed forerunners, But they cannot possibly do all the work across this world in all places and to all people in the days to come. They are forerunners who are preparing forerunners in greater number. And it all began to make sense to me. In Joel 2 and in Acts 2 it talks about the Lord pouring His Spirit out upon ALL flesh. That is a huge group! I get excited thinking about this but I definitely get excited sharing this because I know that everyone who has a desire can walk in this!
In meeting after meeting I am seeing people from young to old who are being raised up by the Lord for these last days. The only requirement seems to be a passion for the Lord Jesus and the willingness to say "Yes." (Duet. 4:29)
Little things that the Lord had told me to do and say began to have an understanding for me. For instance I found myself telling people "Please make sure to journal your journey so that you can have a record to teach others from." ( Habakkuk 2:2) Now I realize why I said things like that.
Walking in the Supernatural
What exactly will you be doing as a forerunner? You will walk in the power of God and you will be teaching people to walk in the Spirit and the power of God. The supernatural will become natural to you. Miracles, signs and wonders will follow you. (Mark 16:17) For many of you this has already started. Many of you have been experiencing the most extraordinary things and have wondered... "What is this all about? What is this for? Why are you showing us these things Lord?"... The interaction with Heaven and the things of the Kingdom will increase. Angelic activity will increase and visitation will become habitation. We are coming back to who we were created to be and as this happens the world will take notice. (Isaiah 60) And as a forerunner you will help others to rise up and be who they were created to be. (1 John 4:17) I believe that this is the day we are in.
Pursue With Passion!
If I am speaking to you, and I hope I am, Please pursue God with everything in you at this time. He will show you great and mighty things!
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3)
I know that you have heard it said that "God does not choose the qualified but rather qualifies the chosen." You are a chosen people. You are qualified in Christ.(2 Cor. 5:21) For years I have heard the forerunners we all know say that these incredible experiences with and in God are for everyone. It is true! This is for you and I for such a time as this! God is doing a quick work. Rise up and take your place!
God Confirms His Word
Recently I had the opportunity to share with a large, hungry group of believers and I felt that I was to share this Word with them that they were called to be forerunners. As I waited my turn to speak, another speaker went before me. His message to the assembly was "You are called to be forerunners!" I thanked the Lord for confirmation and then later I spoke with another friend who also told me that this corporate Word should be typed up and shared with the body.
So, having been established in the mouths of two or three witnesses, I gladly and enthusiastically share this Word with you! Take it and run with it!
God Bless you!
Michael Van Vlymen
Extreme Measures for Extreme Times
A good friend of mine spoke to me recently about the Translation by Faith Workbook that I had the pleasure to be a part of.
“You guys sure put a lot of exercises in there! To do all that stuff you would literally have to be doing it all the time. ” He looked at me for explanation. I said “That’s the point.” He just smiled. I knew beyond a doubt that he got it because he walks in it.
To really connect with the spiritual realm and function in your inheritance in Christ, you have to be continuously engaged. There is really no other option. The only question is are we willing to do it or not? What is it that fuels our passion to pursue something when you know there will be a price to pay? How do we stay motivated before we taste the fruit of our labors? What spurs us on until breakthrough?
Testimonies do a couple of different things for us. They can encourage us. To hear of someone else’s miracle or breakthrough can kindle a fire within us. Testimonies also can instruct us. As people share their journey, we can glean important keys or factors in and around their miracle or breakthrough. They also carry a supernatural empowerment. To speak of and share the miraculous manifestations God has brought, giving Him glory and honor, it plants a supernatural seed that allows or makes room for a similar manifestation.
One of the greatest blessings for me in my own walk has been the powerful testimonies I have heard from those walking in the things that I desire to walk in also. Testimonies have sustained me many, many hours, days and weeks as I pursued the supernatural things of God. I know that they do this for you also.
The testimonies that we shared in Translation by Faith are the fruit of pursuing God for this reality. I know they will inspire you and stir up a passion for God.
Instruction, Activation and Fruit
Because you are being asked to continually engage with God. Because you are being asked to continually be aware of and walk in both realms, I wanted to share the fruit of that in my own life. The testimonies in the book Supernatural Transportation are the fruit in my life of doing the things taught in Translation by Faith. This is a reality that must be experienced. It is powerful and supernatural. It is our inheritance in Christ. It is what you and I are supposed to be walking in. I’m looking forward to hearing the testimonies!
ps. The book of my personal journey should be coming out soon. ( I wish I could be more precise! ) Thanks.
I always get excited when I get the chance to share with others the things that God has shown me. It is my calling really….and my joy. To relay in a simple way the things that the Lord has shown me about spiritual sight and how to walk in it is a pretty exciting thing in my opinion. I see the hunger in people. Everywhere I go, whether it’s a home group or a large gathering of some sort the common ground is hunger. And why wouldn’t people be hungry? To see the unseen, the angels, Heavenly places and the Lord Himself is something that breathes new life into our Christian walk regardless of where we are at spiritually. It increases our faith and gives us revelation about the spiritual realms.
The really great thing is that the Lord did not make seeing in the spirit complicated in any way. Yes there are steps to take and sometimes it takes a little time, but in general many, many people begin seeing something right away.
Recently while in Germany, a woman came to me on the second day of the conference there and said “I always knew that I had an angel that is around me a lot but last night I got to see him for the first time!” She was so excited! I was excited for her! I knew that this encounter would give her a renewed passion for Jesus and for the things of Heaven.
The Bible tells us to look on those things that are not seen. ( 2 Corinthians 4:18 ) I really, really think we ought to do that!
Journal Your Experiences
Acknowledge the Spiritual
I would like to start off by saying that I believe everyone has angelic encounters. Not only that but I believe that the angels of the Lord are around you and your life continually. The Bible says...
For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: (Luke 4:10)
The problem that most of us experience is that we are not aware of the spirit or the spiritual realm. We have spent so many years focused on physical things that it has become our whole world. We can interact in the physical realm quite well because we have been trained to do so since birth. For us to have experiential knowledge about the spiritual realms or the realms of Heaven, we must learn to do that as well.
How We Can Easily Turn Our Focus to Spiritual Things Everyone has to start somewhere and journaling is a powerful starting place. Even if you have been seeing things in the spiritual dimension for a while, journaling can bring increase. Journaling everyday is an act of faith that helps us experience more of Heaven. Journaling says I believe God to show me things. Keeping a journal is in itself a statement that the things of Heaven are important to us!
What Should I Write in my Journal? I believe that you should write down every little supernatural or unexplainable thing that happens. Even if there is only a possibility that it is supernatural, write it down anyway. Keep record of strange or unusual lights you may see. Write about smells that are out of the ordinary. Keep track of strange feeling or sensations and thoughts that come to you that seem random. Keep a record of things people say that are odd, inappropriate or out of the ordinary. Journal about the things that you see in your peripheral vision. Things that you may have dismissed before. Many times we see things but immediately dismiss them because they don't fit neatly into our natural and normal thought processes. Write it all down. :)
How Journaling Helps Our Eyes to See
The fact that you are writing things down and thinking about things to write down causes your awareness to be increased. As your awareness increases you will notice things that you have overlooked in the past. The natural inclination to dismiss spiritual phenomenon because we don't have a grid for it, a history to draw upon as it were, lessons, and we begin to be more aware and to see the unseen.
Here is a quick example. For most of my life I like many others have seen flashes of light that seem out of place. Maybe at night for instance when there are no discernable sources of light. Because there is no solid reason to explain it, I would dismiss it as my eyes playing tricks on me. That goes for just about everything that we see that we can't explain. The natural inclination is to dismiss these things without giving them any thought. That whole process changes as you begin to journal.
should I want to see the weird, odd and unusual? Isn't that Demonic?
In a word...no. The thing to remember here is that EVERYTHING we see at first, as we are learning is odd and unusual. If it was usual it would be a non-issue. Everything that we learn about the spiritual realm is unusual until it becomes usual. The first time we pray for someone to be healed and they are healed, it is unusual because it hasn't happened before. After a few times of seeing these kinds of supernatural miracles they become the usual...the "norm" instead of the exception. As you do begin to see, we don't need to be in fear because the Bible tells us we have not been given a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7) If there is any question about something you do see, you can have great confidence that as you seek the Lord according to His plan and His will, you are safe in the palm of His hand.
There is Much More to Learn. We could not possibly cover every topic, concern and question on a topic such as this in a brief blog post. Exercise wisdom and ask questions. We don't have to rush in blindly (no pun intended) because God has raised up many wise and gifted people in the body of Christ who can provide direction as we pursue spiritual sight.
God Bless You!
This is from a guest blog post that I wrote for my friend Jesse Birkey the author of "Life Resurrected" , a book he has written sharing the miracles he has personally seen and been a part of and testimonies of the several people the Lord has used him for to restore life from the dead. (See photo at left- Jesse and Kara Birkey)
Submitted by Jesse Birkey on June 18, 2014 - 20:19 Michael Van Vlymen is the author of How To See In The Spirit and Angelic Visitation and Supernatural Encounters. He is a Pioneer in the understanding of Spiritual Sight. His transparency and obvious love will draw you closer to the heart of God. It is my privilege to have him share on our blog.
Spiritual Sight? Everyone is Qualified!
Thank you Jesse Birkey for giving me the opportunity to share a few things that have been on my heart concerning the topic of spiritual sight.
Spiritual sight is a wonderful thing! To literally see at times what God is doing in your life can really supercharge your family’s walk with the Lord. That’s why I really feel so impassioned to share the message that everyone can see. Seeing the presence of angels in your home brings extra comfort knowing that He has given His angels charge over us and is a strong reminder of who you are and who you belong to!
My daughter Angie has awaked at times to see angels standing guard by her bed at night and my son Matt has also had angels pray over him. As a parent, I can’t tell you the joy of knowing that the Lord is making Himself real in the lives of my children. There is nothing the world can offer them that even comes close to that.
Many times, after your eyes begin to open you may see evidence of the heavenly realm without necessarily knowing exactly what you are seeing or why. My wife Gordana sees orbs of light and heavenly gemstones a lot! One evening not too long ago she excitedly called out, “Come and see this! There are diamonds floating in the kitchen!”
I thought that perhaps it would be something that only she was seeing. When I came upstairs and into the kitchen I saw what looked like small semi-transparent diamonds floating all over the kitchen and breakfast room! I saw perhaps thirty or so but my wife told me there were hundreds of them. It brought a feeling of awe upon us that shifted our focus that evening completely onto the Lord.
Do I know why the Lord did that? Not the exact purpose, but I know that as the Lord allows us to see these things and experience His kingdom it draws us ever nearer to Him. There is nothing that compares to being nearer to Him! I desire with all my heart that you experience everything that the Lord has for you.
It wasn’t long after the release of “How to See in the Spirit” that questions began to roll in on a variety of things. I’ve tried my best to answer those questions as they come in but there seems to be several questions that I hear a lot. I’d like to address a couple of those.
One of the most commonly asked questions I have received is…
“Does it always take such extended times of prayer to open your spiritual eyes?”
The short answer is “No, it doesn’t.” When I wrote about my own journey I was being open about what it took for me personally. Originally I had thought that perhaps the long hours of prayer was what had given me the ability to see, but the Lord corrected me on this.
To someone like myself, it may take long hours of prayer to bring sanctification to cleanse all the garbage that your eyes have encountered over the years. I found that just as it can be in deliverance sometimes, what took years to do may take a little time to undo.
But that’s ok. In my case the Lord gave me time to pray for the sanctification I needed and He will for you. It is still a work in progress.
The Lord showed me by using my wife, that desire for spiritual things is enough if you don’t have a lot of “clutter” in the way. My wife Gordana was seeking the deeper things of God, crying out to the Lord and she has always shown honor to the things God is doing.
She has never had large chunks of time to devote to prayer specifically, but prays as she goes. She has a lot of responsibilities and demands on her time and the Lord has not penalized her in any way because of this. She prays as she works. Her mind is always leaning toward the things of the Kingdom and God has given her more than anyone in our household.
Her prayer is that the Lord increases everything He is doing in her life and He has. The Lord has allowed her to see the most phenomenal things like angels in the spirit and in the natural, orbs of light, gemstones from Heaven that high-lite scripture when she reads the Word, translations and many more things. All born out of her love and desire for the Lord and the things of His Kingdom.
Desire is a powerful key!
Does God want some of His kids to be spiritually blind?
One of the things that really surprised me in this journey was the resistance from spirit-filled ministers concerning who is qualified to spiritual sight.
Many people who minister in the gifts of the spirit are apparently discouraging others from believing that they can also see in the spirit. I have been taken to task several times over this.
“What makes you think that just anyone can see in the spirit?!”
Many people have been discouraged because they do not have a ministry or are not approved by the church committee, or are not on the healing teams etc., and have been told that this disqualifies them.
I have been told that this is a special gift not just given out to anyone, but only to those who are moving in the gifts and doing “significant” ministry for the Lord.
Let me just say for the record that that isn’t so. God doesn’t look for people doing a certain volume of ministry and then “reward” them because they are more worthy somehow than the others.
Even if you lead only ONE soul to the Lord, that is significant! Even if you only heal someone with a mild headache The Lord is thrilled with you! Even if your ministry is only to your children or grandchildren, you are qualified! Whether anyone recognizes you as being “somebody” in the church world or not, you are somebody important to God!
To go even further, even if the only thing you ever do with your new found spiritual sight is behold the Lord and worship Him, that is OK!
Fear not little flock, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. ( Luke 12:32 )
So God bless you every one and keep seeking the deepest things of God and know that He desires to give you more than you could ever ask or even dream!
Michael Van Vlymen accepted Christ as his Savior at five years of age in a little church just south of Chicago that his father also pastored for several years. He was filled with the Holy Spirit in his late twenties and began to learn about deliverance and the power of God to set people free. At about fifty, the Lord began to reveal even greater things about His Kingdom as Michael began asking the Lord to experience more. From those experiences Michael has written so that others might be encouraged to believe for everything the Lord desires to give . Michael currently lives with his family in Carmel, Indiana where he works, writes and worships and goes with his wife Gordana on long prayer walks with their dogs on nice evenings.
Here is a link to Jesse Birkey's ministry