Have you ever pondered what is meant by “the gate of Heaven?” In Genesis 28:17 we read where Jacob falls asleep and has heavenly visions. He describes a “stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven,” in Genesis 28:12. And, in Genesis 28:17 he says, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
Another exciting section of scripture on this topic takes us to the island of Patmos, a primary teaching location seen on our Christian group travel tours. This Biblical island, where the apostle John was imprisoned toward the end of his days, is where John received intricate visions that make up the Book of Revelation. Particularly interesting is what God showed John in Revelation 4:1. It says:
“After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
The Greek word for “door” here is thura, meaning portal or an opening. Perry Stone, author of “Opening the Gates of Heaven,”(below) proposes that there are gates in the spiritual realm that God opens over his people to connect us to His blessings and give us access to Him. We see with Jacob and with the apostle John how this “gateway” seems to give access to the spiritual realm.
The island of Patmos is the ideal location to do an in-depth teaching on “the gate of Heaven” and what it means to have access to God’s throne room through prayer, faith and spiritual gifts. Visit Patmos on a Footsteps of Paul cruise in 2017 or 2018 or learn how Living Passages can organize your next group travel Bible adventure!
Description: Opening the Gates of Heaven, by Perry Stone
Do your prayers, praise, and worship sometimes feel like a routine? Weeks or months may pass with no demonstration of any financial, spiritual, or personal breakthrough. In Opening the Gates of Heaven, Perry Stone shows you how to release the flow of heaven’s blessing through both God’s revelation and the intervention of angelic messengers. With powerful examples from the lives of biblical characters and current examples from his own life, he reveals:
- Twelve truths he learned from the greatest prayer warrior
- The keys to recognizing the gates of heaven
- What you should do when God says no or delays answers
- Seven spiritual laws you must follow for answered prayer
- How to pray through the battle of the firstborn
You do not have to be bound by the frustration of empty prayers and miracle-less living. God’s desire to meet your needs and to pour out an overflow of blessing is a part of His covenant with you.