Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames


††††††††† "I know a man in Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in body I do not know, or outside of the body I do not know; God knows) was caught away to the third heaven. And I know this man (whether in body or apart from the body I do not know; God knows) that was snatched away into paradise, and he heard unspoken sayings which it is not lawful for man to speak." This statement of fact was made by the Apostle Paul in his second letter to the Christians in Corinth. (II Cor. 12:1- 4)

††††††††† The third heaven is a reality. It has been visited by several of God's prophets in ancient times. The Apostle Paul is the only one of them who calls it the third heaven. The others simply relate their experience, telling what they saw and heard and felt. Among those who by God's Spirit entered the third heaven were Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, and the Apostles Peter, James and, John.

††††††††† The purpose of this book is to disclose the meaning or certain things written by two of those men. Some of the things seen by both Daniel and John while in the third heaven are even now taking place. In order to fully grasp the fulfillment of the visions, it is necessary to appreciate the reality of the third heaven. What, then, is it?

††††††††† To begin with, the term, "heaven", denotes a relatively invisible expanse in which objects can be seen. This, the first heaven for any planet is its surrounding atmosphere. The second heaven is the entire realm of space in, which all the stars, galaxies, comets, planets, etc., exist. Just as the second heaven encompasses the first and everything within it, so also is everything in both first and second included in the third. Hence, the third heaven is not located somewhere in distant outer space. No, but it is actually everywhere. Stated in another way, the third heaven is a fifth dimension.

††††††††† The three dimensions of geometry (earth-measuring) are mutually inclusive. This page can be measured for width and length only because it also has a measurable thickness. But the fourth dimension (time) is also involved; any object is measurable only during the time in which it exists. Conversely, time is measurable by man only in relation to moving objects.

††††††††† Beyond these limiting factors, there is at least one more dimension. This fifth dimension includes everything within the first four, but is not limited to or by them. There are many realities which are invisible to the human eye. These are clearly seen in the fifth dimension; but only by spirits. (A spirit being is a body of energy, roughly comparable to wind, fire, or electricity, yet possessing in some degree the faculties of consciousness, sensitivity, and intelligence.) Because of its relative invisibility, the realm of the fifth dimension is called heaven.

††††††††† When Jesus Christ wanted the Apostle John to see things taking place in that third heaven, he performed a miracle by Holy Spirit. John describes it in this way; "Immediately I came to be in spirit." (Rev. 4:2) While "in spirit", John was able to see the realities of the third heaven, We could also see more completely the things of the second and first heavens, as well as the earth and sea. He could even see under or inside the earth and sea. Furthermore, Jesus showed him scenes from the past, present, and future.

††††††††† Another mysterious aspect of the fifth dimension is the visibility of thoughts. Just as the electro-magnetic waves emanating from a television station produce pictures on the screen of the receiver, so also do the thought waves of man produce patterns in the realm of the third heaven. These are visible to spirits. They may appear beautiful or ugly, large or small.

††††††††† When a like thought is shared by many people, it may appear in the fifth dimension as a massive living creature. And, for as long as the people continue to nurture that thought-creature mentally, it continues to exist in the third heaven. Any certain set of thoughts or "way of thinking" is called an ideology. Other terms used for describing such thought patterns are "faith", "belief", "religion", or "ism".

††††††††† Down through the centuries of man's history, there have been several very prominent ideologies which have prevailed over portions of mankind for periods of time. People are ruled by what they believe in; their way of thinking governs their actions, For that reason, the belief of a people could rightly be called their king, When they espouse a certain religion or faith, then that ideology becomes the kingdom of which they are subjects.

††††††††† As an example of this, note the eighth chapter of the book of Daniel. There you may read of the fifth-dimension view of two great ideologies. The first is Zoroastrianism, the governing belief of the Medes and Persians. Yes, their religion was their king. And it was promoted by the human kings in the royal dynasties of Media and Persia. Before adopting the teachings of a man named Zoroaster (Zarathustra) both nations were rather insignificant on the world scene. But, when first the kingdom of the Medes, and then also Cyrus, the king of the Persians, began to zealously spread their new religion, they rose to undisputed world power. The Zoroastrian religion was seen by Daniel as a powerful ram. The ram's two horns were the monarchies of Media and Persia.

††††††††† While Daniel was watching the ram, he saw a second living creature approaching. He describes it as a he-goat having one great horn between its eyes. The he-goat attacked and trampled the two-horned ram. This he-goat was the king of the Greeks. That king or ruling ideology was called Hellenism. The great horn of the he-goat was Hellenismís first dynastic monarchy. It was begun by Philip of Macedon, and greatly strengthened by his son Alexander. When Alexander conquered the Medo-Persian Empire, he spread Hellenism throughout its entire realm, thus trampling Zoroastrianism.

††††††††† Daniel's vision continues and is explained to him by an angel. But, that prophecy is not the subject of this book. I mention it only to show the way in which thought-patterns are seen spiritually as living things; and that such fifth-dimension creations actually rule as kings over their devoted adherents.

††††††††† Appreciating these aspects of the fifth dimension, or third heaven, leads toward a clearer view of prophetic visions. The visions which this book discusses were seen by the Prophet Daniel and the Apostle John. Daniel received miraculous visions both while asleep and while awake. But all the visions of John were experienced by him while he was fully awake. In fact, he wrote down what he saw and heard even as it was being revealed to him.

††††††††† Included in John's report, are visions of four great enemies of God. The identification of these is the subject of Part II of this book. Part I is the explanation of the seventh chapter of Daniel, in which that prophet describes his dream-vision of four huge living things. In both parts, I offer explanations which differ completely from the traditional interpretations ventured by Catholics and Protestants. I do not know of anyone who has presented similar explanations. Even the more recent prophecy-oriented religious groups have accepted the standard views, making only slight changes,

††††††††† I have not taken from any human source the interpretations I present here. Nor do I consider myself to be sufficiently wise or discerning to have figured them out on my own. I believe that God's Spirit has directed by thinking and opened my mind to the correct understandings these very important prophetic visions, However, I do not claim to be a prophet. Nor do I ask that my writing be viewed as inspired of God or infallible. I simply offer this book as a statement of what I believe to be the true interpretations of the things discussed herein. Yet, I do believe that interpretation belongs only to God. Therefore should this book really prove to be truth, I can accept no credit for myself; all glory and honor and praise belong to God, the Revealer of secrets. (Daniel 2:27-30)

Philip Mark Ames

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