The Intercession of Heaven, Pt. 1

Revelation 8:1-5 says, “1And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.”
So, Jesus is completed the work of redemption for us, and He continues to intercede for us in heaven at the right hand of the Father, but He is not alone! Have you ever really wondered what they are doing in heaven today? What do they see? What are they experiencing? Today, I want to paint a picture of what heaven really looks like and what believers who have already entered into glory are doing. There are 5 transitions that people in heaven make that they are doing and will do in heaven:
(1) Worship to Intercession
(2) Feasting to Fellowship
(3) Knowledge to Knowledge
(4) Judgment to Rewards
(5) Imperfection to Perfection
First of all, just as you move from worship to intercession in the Tabernacle of Moses and on earth today, you transition from worship to intercession in heaven. If you cannot praise and worship God down here, you might as well not try to make it to heaven because there is a thundering of worship in heaven. Isaiah 6:3 says that the seraphim, who are angels in heaven with six wings, are seen around the throne of God, continuously crying to one another, “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” Revelation 4:8-11 says, “8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” There is continual, nonstop worship, occurring in heaven every single day, and the saints will be doing the same in heaven as well. Revelation 7:9-12 says, “9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” A number which no man can number are joining and harmonizing with the angels of heaven, worshiping God in spirit and in truth. Revelation 19:1-6 says, “1And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: 2For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. 3And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. 4And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. 5And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. 6And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” There is praise and worship in heaven, declaring the holiness of God and how He reigns as all-powerful. It is so boisterous that it sounds like waves crashing into the beach and thunder during a thunderstorm! We worship here on earth because it prepares us for eternity!
That worship in heaven leads people to a place of intercession. Revelation 6:9-11 says, “9And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” The saints of God in heaven, who had been martyred for the gospel, are seen underneath the altar, interceding for what is going on in the earth. This tells me that not only do they know what is going on in the earth, or even what happened to them on the earth, but they can pray the will of the Father and things can and will shift on this planet. Brandon said that the bowl judgments in Revelation are the prayers of the saints of avenging their blood upon the earth. The wrath of God is not reserved for God’s people on the earth, but for the children of disobedience (Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6). In Revelation 5:8, the 24 elders are seen in heaven with harps and bowls of incense, indicating worship and intercession. They are the 12 sons of Jacob and the disciples of Christ, excluding Judas Iscariot who was replaced by Matthias, which indicates that Christ is the bridging of the these two covenants between the Old Testament and New Testament. He was concealed in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament. These bowls of incense are the prayers of the saints (Psalm 141:2), which is why the Tabernacle of Moses had the golden altar of incense. These bowls of incense contain not only our prayers to God, but also the prayers of the saints who are already in heaven. They carried by the angels of the LORD! Revelation 8:1-5 says, “1And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. 5And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” Angels minister to us and to the LORD (Matthew 4:11; 1 Kings 19:5). They are seen throughout scripture, delivering prayers to God and delivering answers from God to His people (Daniel 10:12-13). Intercession is what puts your angels on assignment! That is why in John 1:51 that Jesus told Nathaniel that he would see the heavens open and the angels of the LORD ascending and descending upon Him. This is why in intercession heaven comes down to earth. This is not just the ministry of a prayer team, but this is all of our duty. Do not live on the prayers of someone else. Talk to God yourself. Otherwise, you seek to only diminish everything that Jesus did on the cross and is doing now in heaven. He has given us direct access to the Father ourselves. Use it!