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The Roof and the Supernatural Realm

01.08.2019, Daniel Glimm

Many saints resonate with God's desire that we should comprehend the supernatural realm, and what it means to be raised up in order to be seated with Christ Jesus in heavenly places (see Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 3:1-3).

Ephesians 2:6:
6 And God (note: the Father) raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, …

Colossians 3:1-3:
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

In this regard, the Holy Spirit led me to the Hebrew word for ‘roof – gâg’, which in itself contains revelation about the principles of God concerning the walk in the supernatural realm.
The Meaning of the Hebrew Letters

Since everything was called into being by the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ, in His threefold existence, and since Jesus also emphasizes the importance of each Hebrew letter in its size and form in the Torah as important, we can receive revelation when the Holy Spirit emphasizes certain words (see John 1:1-3.14; Revelation 19:13 i.c.w. Matthew 5:18).

John 1:1-3:14:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. …
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Revelation 19:13:
13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.

Matthew 5:18:
18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter (note: Hebrew: ‘Yod’; Greek: ‘iōta’ => means the smallest stroke written with a pen), not the least stroke of a pen (note: Greek: ‘kerạịa’ => a small horn, end point, point, dot), will by any means disappear from the Law (note: Torah – teaching) until everything is accomplished.
As already mentioned, the Heavenly Father desires that we go to a higher spiritual place in the sonship of Christ and the fellowship of the Spirit with Him. This place is connected with the expanding greatness of God and His open heaven.

This higher spiritual realm can be equated with a flat roof of a house to which someone goes. This means that one brings the relationship with Christ Jesus to a higher place of revelation in order to receive God's instruction for the future in an expectation similar to what Peter experienced when he went up hungry to the roof of the house of Simon the Tanner (see Acts 10:9-11).
Acts 10:9-11:
9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.
10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.
11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners.

The Three Characteristics of Peter's Trance

Behind Peter's dwelling place during the prophetic trance, his hunger and the smell of food lies a revelatory truth of God:
In Peter's trance, it was important for God to combine this event with the ingestion of food, because He wanted to strengthen Peter's spirit for the new mission, so that he would have enough courage to carry it out (see Acts 10:10-13).
Acts 10:10-13:
10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.
11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners.
12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.
13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
As mentioned before, the Hebrew word for ‘roof’ is the word ‘gâg’ and is related to the top of an altar. The Hebrew root word of the word ‘roof’ is ‘gâ'âh’ and means ‘to mount up; hence in general to rise, (figuratively) be majestic: - gloriously, grow up, increase, be risen, triumph’.
(note: part excerpt from the Strong’s Concordance to the word ‘roof – gâg’ with the word key number: H1406 and its Hebrew root word ‘gā`āh – be risen’ with the word key number: H1342)
This explanation of the word makes it clear that the location of the roof is connected to the supernatural realm, since one looks up with one's head raised (note: like Peter in the trance) into the open sky and also comes into contact with the atmosphere and the movement of the spirit (note: wind/air) in the high place.
The Hebrew word for ‘roof’ is composed of two identical Hebrew letters, the ‘Gimel’.
The Fourfold Cord in the Hebrew Letters
=> The Hebrew letters contain pictures, meanings, sounds and numerical values, whereby the individual letters can consist of several Hebrew letters of the alphabet, with which the pronunciation contains a name meaning.
The numerical value of a Hebrew letter can also give a name or a statement.
The pictographic representation of the letters is also important.
They were chosen by God as a part of His revelation to serve man.
The Jewish people are aware and convinced that the form of the letter is part of God's revelation. <= (note: The text set in ‘=>’ is based on a teaching by Dr. Robert Heidler on the Hebrew letters.)
The Hebrew Letter ‘Gimel’ and the Camels
The Hebrew letter ‘Gimel’ carries the numerical value of ‘3’ and has the pictographic meaning of a ‘camel’. Among other things, it also means ‘bringing to maturity’.
In the biblical context, the camel is associated with the movement of the wealth of the nations and with the access to God’s Kingdom (see Isaiah 60:6; Luke 18:25).
Isaiah 60:6:
6 Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.
Luke 18:25:
“… 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
The Hebrew word for ‘roof’ contains two ‘Gimel’. Since the ‘Gimel’ has the numerical value of ‘3’, as mentioned before, and Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day (see Acts 10:40), for us as God's people living on earth, it points to a new era of access to new heavenly realms by Jesus Christ (note: on earth as it is in heaven; see Hebrews 1:3).
Acts 10:40:
… 40 but God raised him (note: Jesus Christ) from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen.
Hebrews 1:3:
3 The Son (note: Jesus Christ) is the radiance of God’s glory (note: the Father’s glory) and the exact representation of his being (note: of the Father), sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
The Completion of a Time Period and the Bringing Up
It is important that we accomplish a period of time and bring our relationship with God, the Father, to a higher place of the Spirit through Jesus Christ.
This bringing up can be equated with the wood from the mountains that was brought to the roof by the people of Israel at Sukkot (note: The Feast of Tabernacles => feast of the harvest and the glory of God) on behalf of Nehemiah in order to set up a Sukka – tabernacle (see Nehemiah 8:15-16a).
Nehemiah 8:15-16a:
… 15 and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make temporary shelters” – as it is written (see Leviticus 23:37-40).
16a So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves temporary shelters on their own roofs, …
It is important to God, the Heavenly Father, that we bring the value of fellowship in the triumph of Jesus, which He attained at Passover, to the pinnacle of His appointed threefold feasts (note: Passover, Shavuot/Pentecost, Sukkot; see Deuteronomy 16:16), which is the feast of Sukkot.
Deuteronomy 16:16:
16 Three times a year all your men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. No one should appear before the Lord empty-handed: …
Here it is up to us whether we are ready to bring our spiritual intimate fellowship in the triumph of Jesus (note: cross/wood of Golgotha) to a higher place of the presence of God (note: on the roof).
Jesus Christ also did not stop at the cross or in the tomb, but sat down at the right hand of God. This makes it clear that we should not stay in any expired area of space and time, but transfer our experience with the Lord to a higher heavenly place (see Luke 24:2-6).
Luke 24:2-6:
2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?
6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: …
It is God's desire that we go from the place of redemption to the place of His glory with the forgiveness, healing and protection obtained through Jesus Christ through the Cross of Golgotha in order to spread out by giving the Heavenly Father room or a place of visitation for His work in our lives (note: pitching the tent on the roof).
The Double ‘Gimel’ and the Two Kerubim
In connection with the roof, I don't consider this a coincidence that two Kerubim (note: symbolized by the double ‘Gimel’ in the Hebrew word for ‘roof’) were placed on the pure gold cover of the Ark of the Covenant, which they covered with their wings. Thereby it was about the covering of a special spiritual realm which created a supernatural ‘shadow of glory’ (see Exodus 25:17-20).
Exodus 25:17-20:
17 “Make an atonement cover of pure gold – two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.
18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.
19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends.
20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover.
This shadow was associated with the presence of pure gold, which represents the richness of faith that is necessary to please God in order to see the things that He reveals (see Hebrews 11:6; Romans 12:6b i.c.w. Revelation 3:18a).
Hebrews 11:6:
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Romans 12:6b:
… 12b If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; …
Revelation 3:18a:
18a I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; …
The Camels and the Spiritual Movement
In connection with the camels mentioned in Isaiah 60:6, which carry gold and incense, they are the spiritual movement carrying the richness of faith and bringing about purity or holiness in people's hearts. Here it is no coincidence that John the Baptist who paved the way for Jesus Christ also wore a garment made of camel hair (see Matthew 3:1-4).
Matthew 3:1-4:
1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah (see Isaiah 40:3): “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ”
4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.
Meaning of Frankincense
=> Frankincense also represents the Spirit-filled prayers prayed in the will of God before His throne, because according to Revelation 8:3-4, incense is added by God to the prayers of the saints and is thus also an indication of the Spirit of the Father.
Incense means purity, holiness or consecration. It is a gum resin obtained from the inner wood of the incense tree (olibanum).
The word derives in Hebrew from a root word which means ‘pure’ or ‘white’ due to the glittering, milk-white ‘resin tears’.
When these tears are burned, they give off a strong fragrance or balsam odor. The finest incense contains pure frankincense, which rises in white smoke. Frankincense was part of the sacred incense used in the desert tabernacle (see Exodus 30:34-35).
It represents the purity of the consecration of the resurrected Christ in His ministry on our behalf before the Father (see Romans 8:34). Our Lord Jesus has sanctified Himself or set Himself apart unto the Father (see John 17:19) as the ‘holy, innocent, undefiled’ high priest (see Hebrews 7:25-26) in order ‘to redeem us from every lawless deed and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession’ (see Titus 2:14).
When Christ appears in glory, ‘we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself as He is pure.’ (see 1 John 3:2-3) <= (note: The text placed in ‘=>’ is based on a part excerpt from the book ‘Heaven Awaits the Bride’ by Anna Rountree, page 259)
The Increase in Power and the More Significant Communication
If we now apply this explanation to our spiritual walk with the Heavenly Father who is Spirit (see John 4:24a), it means that we increase our faith in power and that our communication takes place on a new spiritual level which results in the manifestation of God's response in both the supernatural and the natural realm (see Revelation 8:4-5).
Revelation 8:4-5:
4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.
5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.
When we trust God and go to a higher heavenly place in Christ, we gain access that is associated with greater power (note: anointing) and the movement of the Holy Spirit. This is what the Hebrew root word ‘gâ'âh’ of the word for ‘roof – gâg’ conceals as revelation (note: The root word is composed of the Hebrew letters ‘Gimel, Aleph, He’).
When we are on the ‘roof’ (note: in a new heavenly place with Christ), it is important that we maintain a humble heart and in all of this don’t look at what is before us or among us, but look up to the author and perfecter of our faith who is Jesus Christ (see Hebrews 12:2).
Hebrews 12:2:
… 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.
As a result, we are protected from false desire, distraction and arrogance and are able to secure our future in order to continue to govern as kings in submission to the king of kings.
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm