I'd like to write something that will hopefully open your mind to the teeming activity in the supernatural realms which our current eyes cannot see. However the bustling activity is all around us on earth and extends into the second and third heaven.
151,600 people on earth die each day. Each death releases a soul that had formerly been imprisoned in a body. Upon death, this soul is immediately catapulted into the supernatural realms. The soul either goes up or goes down. So if the 6,316 people die each hour, there is a lot of traffic going up and down. (2 Corinthians 5:8).
Satan is the prince of the power of the air, Ephesians 2:1-2 reminds us, as does Ephesians 6:12 which says there are "spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places." In 2 Kings 6:17 Prophet Elisha's servant was cowed by the impressive number of enemy men encircling the camp. They were severely outnumbered. However Elisha prayed, 'O LORD, open his eyes so he may see'. Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. The air was filled with blazing angels at attention and ready to fight for God against the human armies.
Daniel also was given heavenly insight into the supernatural realms, specifically the second heaven. He prayed to God and God immediately dispatched an angel with a response. However one of the chief unholy angels of the nation of Persia caused a delay in the holy angels' progress and there was a fight. Michael the archangel had to eventually be sent to help the angel burst through the opposition in order to reach Daniel. (Daniel 10:12-14). Angel wars not only occur in the second heaven of the air, but they go on in heaven, also. (Revelation 12:7)
In another case, Daniel was visited by a mighty angel on earth, which only Daniel could see, but the men with him felt the presence of heavenly glory and trembled. Some just ran away. (Daniel 10:7). The same thing happened with Saul when he was knocked down on the road to Damascus. (Acts 9:3-7).
Revelation 5:8 and 8:3 give us a hint of the prayers rising from the saints' lips to the throne room of God, where much activity is performed regarding these prayers.
God sends His ministering angels from heaven to His people with tasks, messages, comfort, and other ministry. (Genesis 19:1, Hebrews 13:2 & etc.)
So we have recently released souls departing for their final destination, demons zooming around in the air, angel wars, chariots abounding, angels coming and going, and prayers rising...that is a lot of activity. We can't see any of it. But it's there.
When I sailed on the ocean, we were guided in navigation by a nautical chart. Cargo ships, cruise ships, pleasure boats...all adhered to the rules of the road. This what it's actually called, the rules of the road. The chart lays out the comings and goings of ships so they won't crash into each other, especially as they near the busy port. They are called shipping lanes. Every mark on the chart means something and ships obey them if they don't want to crash. It's all highly managed. It looks like this:
|Chart mapping San Pedro Channel; Dana Pt. Harbor, Catalina Island, SoCal|
It's much the same with the supernatural comings and goings.
Consider the supernatural. To that end, my exhortation here today is:
1. Revisit the amazing supernatural life that you have in Christ. Every breath, every moment, is driven by a series of continuing supernatural events in us and around us that propel us forward into the Kingdom of Light, and;
2. God is completely sovereign. His omnipotence extends from heaven to earth and every area, realm visible and invisible in between. He is directing an expansive and magnificent plan that will culminate in His glory shown through a renewed universe and a multitude of redeemed humanity, all in obeisance and worship of Him.
When a person dies, where does his or her spirit and body go until the Second Coming?
Does the soul cease to exist after death?
Entertaining angels unawares