Digging the Wells of Revival
Courtrooms of Heaven
1) Introduction to the Courts of Heaven.
2) The Protocol of Heaven is a Courtroom
3) We Can Plead our Case In The Courtroom Of Heaven
4) Saintly authority we have to make Decrees and Judgements.
1) Introduction to the Courts of Heaven
"Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne." Ps 89:14
God's invitation to stand in the Courts can be seen in Jer 23:18
18 But which of them has stood in the COUNCIL OF THE LORD to see or to hear his word?
Who has listened and heard his word?
20b In days to come you will understand it clearly.
22 But if they had STOOD IN MY COUNCIL, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.
An amazing story is told in Daniel Chapter 10 about the prophet Daniel's perseverance in prayer. As Daniel prayed over a period of 21 days, the Scriptures tell us there was raging conflict in the second heavens as the enemy tried to resist the answer to Daniel's prayer.
Many people view prayer from the perspective of Daniel the intercessor's story, and in our prayer lives, we at times can feel like we are slugging it out with 'second heavens' warfare, not realizing that we, as New Testament believers, have an advantage that not even Daniel had.
The GOOD NEWS is that, as new covenant believers, we have been given a whole different level of access before what the Scriptures call the Throne of Grace, and have been told we can come boldly before that third heaven throne room to obtain mercy and grace to help whenever we need to.
Heb 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Also let's take a look at Zechariah 3.
The Court scene for Joshua the High Priest - He is cleansed and promised governing powers and charge over the courts.
1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel.
4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.”
Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”
5 Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.
6 The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua:
7 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, THEN YOU WILL GOVERN MY HOUSE AND HAVE CHARGE OF MY COURTS, and I will give you a place among these standing here.
Are we in a battlefield or a courtroom?
We need to realize certain kinds of prayer such as petition and intercession best occur, not on a battlefield, but in a court room and directly pertain to the setting and processes that occur before the Courts of Heaven, and can literally be viewed as legal transactions before the Judge of all the universe. The protocol of a battlefield is completely different from the protocol of a courtroom.
To understand this better Jesus teaching on prayer points the way. In Matthew 6 and Luke 11 the disciples asked Jesus how they should pray. Jesus painted a picture of a child coming to a gracious giving Father. We are to say 'Our Father who art in Heaven'. How much more would the great pure and holy God the Father give us what we need if our earthly fathers know how to.
Approaching the Father for everything is different to confronting the adversary in the battlefield. Look at the following picture of the widow approaching the unjust judge. This passage teaches us how to pray and not give up and is a picture of a heavenly courtroom.
2) The Protocol of Heaven is a Courtroom.
The protocol in a courtroom is different than the battlefield. Too many times we haven't bothered to get legal things in place first, so that we can get break-through.
With that in mind lets look at this well known parable about prayer from Luke 18:1-8
“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”
Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.”
Three interesting things we learn from this.
1) Jesus puts prayer into the context of a judicial system.
2) No where in this parable does this woman address her adversary.
Not that we don't EVER address the enemy in spiritual warfare, but that was not mentioned here. Our greatest success is totally caught up in getting a verdict from the Judge. Not us doing something to the adversary. A verdict from the judge will incapacitate the adversary.
3) Will not God avenge His elect, speedily?
Suddenly it is not about spending MORE time in prayer, it is about keys for breakthrough. No longer “if we just pray more, strive more. Etc.” We don't need to strive more, we need to know these important keys to breakthrough by knowing protocols of the court of heaven. We need to understand that once we get legal things in place we can win on the battlefield. We need to understand that we have a right to stand in the courtroom of heaven and get verdicts from the Lord and set them in motion.
So now let's look at the principle parties in any courtroom: (including the courts of heaven)
a) The Judge
b) The mediators
c) The witnesses
a) The Judge:
God is the judge. “There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?... Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!” James 4:11; 5:9
The Judge is in place
Dan 7:9-10 “I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.”
b) The Mediators or attorneys (they argue for or against something)
Mediator is a court function. Scripture tells us we have two mediators at work in our situation - the Accuser vs the Intercessor. It further tells us that the Accuser brings accusations day and night. On the other hand we have Jesus our intercessor who is“ the mediator of the new covenant.” So both accusation and intercession is going on before the Judge.
The Importance of Witnesses
2 Corinthians 13:1-3 tells us about the principle of two or three witnesses. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” (see also Matthew 18:16)
Satan is continuously accusing us before God, and Jesus is continuously interceding for us. We know these two voices in the heavens are looking for agreement (a witness) on Earth. God is looking for agreement on earth. And so is Satan, the accuser of the brethren.
Jesus is our Intercessor:
“Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Romans 8:33-35
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25
So we see Jesus, after he rose from the dead, sitting at the right hand of the Father, making continuous intercession for us. Satan, on the other hand, is accusing us before God day and night. (ref. Revelations 12:10)
We see Jesus interceding and declaring blessing for us, while Satan is accusing and declaring cursing upon us.
The question then is, who will prevail? The answer depends on which we will agree with. Which voice in heaven will get a witness on earth? When we discover the weaknesses of others, which we all do sooner or later; the question we must ask ourselves is will we cooperate with the Great Intercessor and become intercessors, or will we inadvertently side with the devil and become accusers of the brethren?
c) Witnesses on Earth
The tragedy is that, way to often we are bearing witness to the Accuser’s accusations against our brethren, rather than Christ’s intercession for us. When we do this we can actually find ourselves reinforcing the devil’s witness against our fellow saints by helping him do his job.
The will of God is being heralded at the throne of God, and the question is, "Will He get a witness on earth who agrees with Jesus' intercession?" Will we agree with God and loose His will, or will we give witness to the accuser? It is certainly important then, that we pray and join with Jesus the intercessor, to give Him a witness on earth.
Heb 12: 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
3) We Can Plead our Case In the Courtroom Of Heaven
To plead is a legal word, meaning to make a plea in a legal action, to put forward a legal declaration, or to address a court as an advocate. Pleading our case and detailing our arguments pleases God, helps us understand the need more completely, moves our compassion, strengthens our determination, and stirs up our holy hunger to see God move.
The covenant of God with His people is a contract, and His protection and provision are in the terms of the contract on His part.
Intercession means to present a case in council or to plead the terms of the covenant Ps. 74:20 Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land.
As discussed previously we can present our case before the bench of the Ancient of Days, the Lord of hosts. God invites His people to do that. We as intercessors are aware of these spiritual realities.
Many Old Testament writers used the format of pleading with God as if arguing a case in a court of law.
Job said that he would lay his cause before God, Job 5: 8 “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.
Job 23:4-5 4 I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say to me.).
Moses affirmed that God defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow. Deut. 10:18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
David said that God secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy Ps. 140:12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.
David strongly cried out to God for Him to contend with those who contended with him Ps. 35:1 Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.
Contend means a judicial proceeding, a lawsuit, or the litigation of a valid legal case.
Jesus designated the Holy Spirit as the Paraclete, meaning comforter, encourager or exhorter, one who gives aid. Greek writers used parakletos also for a legal advisor, pleader, proxy, or advocate, one who comes forward in behalf of and as the representative of another.
In 1 John 2:1, Christ is called our Intercessory Advocate, who pleads our case with the Father. 1 Jn 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
The Holy Spirit witnesses concerning Jesus (John 14:16-17a,26). 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
The Holy Spirit pleads God’s cause with us John 16:15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
We can use His word to make our pleas in the courtroom of heaven before the Judge of all men. Examples:-
For the sake of the honor and glory of Your Name Lord you guide me in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. Ps. 23:3.
Because You are my redeemer, creator, helper and Father, please answer my requests and deal with my adversaries. The psalms are full of these pleas.
Because Lord you are a just God, Neh. 9:33; a compassion God Ps. 103:8; a righteous God Isaiah. 42:21; a faithful God Ps. 89:14, a covenant-keeping God Ps. 89:34; a merciful God Ps. 25:6, 4:1, 27:7, 30:10 I trust that You will answer my pleas and my pleas on behalf of all those I bring before You now.
Because You have answered my past prayers and have delivered me, please Lord do it again, and astound me with Your wonderful works, and mighty deeds.
Ps. 85:1-4. 1 You, Lord, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.
3 You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger.
4 Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us.
We can plead the Word and promises of God and quote God’s promises reverently back to him. David pressed God to fulfill His promises.
1 Chron. 17:23-27 23 “And now, Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, 24 so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.
The most powerful plea in the courtroom before God is to PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS.
Rev 12:11 They triumphed over him (the accuser) by the blood of the Lamb (“Blood that speaks better things than the blood of Able) and by the word of their testimony (THEY TESTIFIED OF THE ONCE AND FOR ALWAYS BLOOD THAT ATONES ALL SIN); they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Hebrews 12:22-24 “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God,... to God the Judge of all, ... to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.”
“Blood that speaks better things than the blood of Able.” THE BLOOD SPEAKS, IT TESTIFIES ON OUR BEHALF, IT ISSUES A PLEA FOR FORGIVENES, HOLINESS AND REDEMPTION! We see a voice is crying out for a verdict from heaven based on the blood of Able.
But the Blood of Christ speaks even better things. It speaks of forgiveness, atonement and the new covenant. In fact, without the blood we have no basis to come before the throne to begin with. But as we come into agreement with what His blood is saying about us we realize the blood is what legally releases the provisions of the new covenant.
Spurgeon called the blood of Jesus the master key “that unlocks the treasury of heaven.” In any court of law, we must have legal standing in that court. Our standing in the court of heaven is by the blood of Jesus. “He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption” (Heb. 9:5,12). We have no merit of our own. Our prayer experience counts for nothing. Prayer doesn’t work; Jesus works on our behalf. We plead His finished work on the cross in our behalf in accordance with God’s will and His glory.
How do we do this? From the Word of God, we gather our case. We prepare to present our petition, we prepare our hearts, and we hear the officer of the court say, “All rise!” We stand before the Judge to honor Him and approach the bench in God’s High Court.
Jesus our is our Advocate.
Our Father is our Judge.
The Holy Spirit is alongside us as Friend of the court. Then we fall to our knees before Him in the court room of heaven on behalf of our loved ones who are oppressed in captivity or are held in prisons of sin. The case is stacked in our favor. We know God's merciful verdict. We trust in God's mercy.
4) The Saintly authority we have to make Decrees and Judgements.
Here is a definition of a Saint. It means a person who has been sanctified, consecrated or made Holy. In the Old Testament a person who has been consecrated was sometimes called a Saint. In the New Testament a Saint is someone who has been made Holy by God through their relationship with Jesus Christ.
We are the Saints of God.
The following authority was given to Joshua the High priest after he was given fresh clean clothing and turban by God after removing His filthy clothing:-
Zechariah 3:6-7 says 'The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua:
7 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, THEN YOU WILL GOVERN MY HOUSE AND HAVE CHARGE OF MY COURTS, and I will give you a place among these standing here'.
The saints received God's word in Deutronomy 33:2-3
2“The Lord came from Sinai, and dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, and He came with ten thousands of saints; From His right hand came a fiery law for them.
3 Yes, He loves the people; all His saints are in Your hand; they sit down at Your feet; Everyone receives Your words.
The Saints were in an assembly around the throne of God and were to be reverenced or FEARED! This shows our authority. Psalm 89:4-7
4 ‘Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.’” Selah
5 And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.
6 For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord?
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.
The Saints in the Courts of heaven. Daniel 7:9,10,13
Vision of the Ancient of Days
9 “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated;
His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire;
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him.
A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.
The court was seated, and the books were opened!
A vision of the court and the Saints being given authority Dan 7:18
18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’
21 “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the ANCIENT OF DAYS CAME AND A JUDGEMENT WAS MADE IN FAVOR OF THE SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH, AND THE TIME CAME FOR THE SAINTS TO POSSES THE KINGDOM.
The Court made up of Saints acts in authority. Dan 7: 26
26 ‘But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever.
27 Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH.
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’
The Saints will judge the world. 1 Cor 6:2-3, Jude 1:14-15, Psalm 149:7
1 Cor 6:2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels?
Jude 1:14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
Ps 149:7 9 To execute on them the written judgment -This honor have all His Saints.
His Saints have the authority to make Prophetic Decrees.
Job 22:28 You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
His Saints love the decrees and statutes of God's word. Psalm 119:
11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.
20 My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.
23 Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.
Let us learn to love the decrees and precepts of the Lord and decree and send forth His word.
The word PROPHESY contains the word ROPHE which is one of the names of God Jehovah Rophe. This means the Lord that heals. Speak out, Prophesy His healing.
As we speak the Word in faith the Lord will heal all diseases Psalm107:20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
Decrees and Declarations about the Blood of Jesus
Through the Blood of Jesus:
I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil (Ephesians 1:7)
Through the Blood of Jesus:
all my sins are forgiven (First John 1:9)
Through the Blood of Jesus:
I am continually being cleansed from all sin (First John 1:7)
Through the Blood of Jesus:
I am sanctified, made righteous, just as if I’d never sinned (Romans 5:9)
Through the Blood of Jesus:
I am sanctified, made holy, set apart for God (Hebrews 13:12)
Through the Blood of Jesus:
I have boldness to enter the presence of God (Hebrews 10:19)
The Blood of Jesus cries out continually to God in heaven on my behalf (Hebrews 12:24)
Use the word in declarations and God will watch over His Word to perform it.
Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which it was sent.