The House Is The Gate Of Heaven

By Francis Frangipane

"In the last days, the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it" (Isa. 2:2).

Today, in the very context of our lives and times, the first stages of this Scripture are being fulfilled. Throughout the body of Christ, leaders and intercessors are uniting in unprecedented ways. Indeed, the house of the Lord is being established.

How significant is this? In the history of the church there has never been a time when Christians from so many backgrounds came together as we do today. Our pattern has always been to divide and then criticize those with whom we once associated. Yet, today this trend is being reversed! God is establishing His house.

Some would argue that this unity is a prelude to the "one world church" of the Antichrist. Others contend the emergence of the house of the Lord won't occur until Christ comes. Isaiah plainly says God's house will be rebuilt "in the last days." This refers to our present dispensation. Since the book of Acts, the church has been in the period known as "the last days."

Indeed, in many areas of the third world, the house of the Lord is already rising above the sociological "mountains" of capitalism and communism.

While this has yet to occur in the western church, the Lord continues to remove sin and division from the lives of born-again Christians. When He is done, we too will see the Lord's house rise in cultural ascendancy.

I am amazed by the power in Isaiah's promise. He says "all the nations will stream" to the mountain of the Lord. Only in God can streams flow up a mountain! This promise speaks of resurrection life being poured out upon the nations - drawing people out of the ancestral sins and generational curses that have, for so long, weighed heavily upon them. Supernatural power is coming from the house of the Lord to reverse the "gravity" of life's situations!

Do we not often feel a downward pull, whether from work, school, world events, or cultural and moral corruption? These all weigh heavily upon us. Yet, God's word tells us that wherever the house of the Lord is built, the updraft of eternal life will inspire new beginnings for the nations streaming toward Christ.

Isaiah continues, "And many peoples will come and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways, and that we may walk in His paths' " (Isa. 2:3).

This, too, is happening in our day. While some may be focusing on the signs of the times, as well as the signs of renewal, still others are seeking to go deeper: to learn God's ways and to walk in His paths.

"For the law will go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He will judge between the nations, and will render decisions for many peoples" (Isa. 2:3-4).

The Lord is rendering "decisions for many peoples" from His house. He compels us to deal with the conflicts between us. He has decreed: Racism cannot exist in God's house. As a result, a worldwide reconciliation movement has begun and is touching scores of nations!

"And they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war" (Isa. 2:4).

Repentance is the first sign of revival; reconciliation is the second. However, the result of being upgraded to God's standards is that He accompanies us in the great harvest. Swords and spears, instruments once used against each other, are being hammered into plowshares and pruning hooks; they are becoming instruments of harvest!

How Awesome is this Place!
Yes, destructive judgments will come upon the world at the end of the age. Yet, an outpouring of redemptive mercy is also coming from the Lord; it is streaming through His house into the world. Yes, the antichrist will arise; but so also will the glory of Jesus Christ be seen in His living house!

It is significant that Isaiah's prophecy refers to the Lord's house as "the house of the God of Jacob." It was Jacob to whom the first revelation of God's house came. We may think God should have chosen one more spiritual. Jacob was fleeing Esau, whom he defrauded. Yet, there is a message in this first unveiling of God's house: God chooses, redeems and transforms whom He wills (see Rom. 9:18). Those He draws into His house, He absorbs into His craftsmanship.

Let's look at this initial revelation of the house of God, for it speaks of the essence of what we will always find in this wonderful place. Jacob had stopped to rest. Putting his head upon a rock, he slept.

"And he had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it" (Gen. 28:12-13).

The second characteristic of the Lord's house is this: It is the place where religion fades and the reality of God appears. This is where the living God has chosen to manifest Himself.

"Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, 'Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.' And he was afraid and said, 'How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven' " (Gen. 28:16-17).

The final revelation is that the Lord's house is "the gate of heaven." There is absolutely no place on earth like the house of the Lord! It is truly an "awesome" place.

So Jacob called this angelic reality, this spiritual abode where God and man could dwell together, "Bethel," the house of God (Gen. 28:19). It speaks of more than the visitation of God; this is God's habitation.

The Highest Priority
Throughout the Old Testament, it was the people's regard for the house of the Lord that revealed the condition of their hearts toward God Himself. Whether it was called the "tabernacle," "sanctuary" or "temple," God's house was the focus of His attention.

Consider: By some counts there are fewer than ten chapters devoted to the entire creation event, while more than 1,100 references point us to the Lord's house. The construction and service of the Lord's house clearly rises above all other themes in the Old Testament!

The house was to be a house of prayer, which would open the "gate of heaven." It was not only limited to Israel, but intercession that expanded "for all nations." In this place, sacrifice was brought; it was here that celebration was offered. Even in Israel's times of exile, the house was to remain their focused priority. The Lord told them that as they would "pray toward this place" (see 2 Chron. 6:20, 21, 26), He would bring them back and "heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:14).

In biblical times revival was never consummated merely by an increase of miracles or signs. Supernatural wonders may have brought personal or localized revival, but only after the Lord's house was restored could national revival be attained.

One may argue that using the example of the Old Testament temple does not apply to New Testament Christians. Certainly, we are not seeking to rebuild the Jewish temple - although that would indeed be a revival of sorts. Our focus is not on a building made with hands, but the spiritual union created by believers united in Christ. Paul tells us that we are the temple of God, His living house. Thus, the principles that determined revival in the Old Testament are perfectly applicable to us in our times.

Today we are praying and working for revival in our land. If we would give the restoration of the Lord's house a higher priority, if we would repair our ruined relationships and rebuild our fallen unity, we would find an ever-increasing power from God to heal our national needs. We will never have the manifestation of heaven touch earth without the restoration first of the House of the Lord, for God's house is the gate to heaven.

The River
In recent years, the Holy Spirit has inspired many leaders to turn and begin rebuilding the Lord's house. This move toward unity has given birth to praise marches, prayer summits, citywide prayer meetings and prayer retreats; we have come together in Concerts of Prayer, Promise Keepers and other powerful gatherings. We are uniting in evangelism and reconciliation services. Each event has furthered the rebuilding of the house of the Lord.

Now, as our unity increased, in a number of areas, revival is awakening.

The prophet Ezekiel's words illumined what is about to occur. In chapters 40 through 43, Ezekiel foresaw a time when the house of the Lord would be rebuilt, returning God's glory to the temple (43:1-6). The following chapters continue speaking of the restoration, but then in chapter 47 Ezekiel records an amazing event: "From under the threshold of the house . . . from south of the altar" water was flowing (v. 1).

This water was but a trickle at first. Then it flowed ankle deep, then knee deep; soon it reached the loins and continued rising until it became a river that could not be forded. Ezekiel tells us that wherever the river went, it brought life and healing (vs. 8-9 KJV). It is important to see that the river did not flow straight from heaven; it came through the rebuilt house of the Lord!

Today, the house of God is revealed wherever churches are united in Christ. It is the place where, as disciples, we reap the benefits of Christ's sacrifice, and we strive toward obedience to His teaching. His cleansing blood and creative word establish us in His love. We are His living house. From here, His love compels us to cover one another as we reach to the lost.

This house is truly the gate to heaven.

By Francis Frangipane

"In the last days, the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it" (Isa. 2:2).

Today, in the very context of our lives and times, the first stages of this Scripture are being fulfilled. Throughout the body of Christ, leaders and intercessors are uniting in unprecedented ways. Indeed, the house of the Lord is being established.

How significant is this? In the history of the church there has never been a time when Christians from so many backgrounds came together as we do today. Our pattern has always been to divide and then criticize those with whom we once associated. Yet, today this trend is being reversed! God is establishing His house.

Some would argue that this unity is a prelude to the "one world church" of the Antichrist. Others contend the emergence of the house of the Lord won't occur until Christ comes. Isaiah plainly says God's house will be rebuilt "in the last days." This refers to our present dispensation. Since the book of Acts, the church has been in the period known as "the last days."

Indeed, in many areas of the third world, the house of the Lord is already rising above the sociological "mountains" of capitalism and communism.

While this has yet to occur in the western church, the Lord continues to remove sin and division from the lives of born-again Christians. When He is done, we too will see the Lord's house rise in cultural ascendancy.

I am amazed by the power in Isaiah's promise. He says "all the nations will stream" to the mountain of the Lord. Only in God can streams flow up a mountain! This promise speaks of resurrection life being poured out upon the nations - drawing people out of the ancestral sins and generational curses that have, for so long, weighed heavily upon them. Supernatural power is coming from the house of the Lord to reverse the "gravity" of life's situations!

Do we not often feel a downward pull, whether from work, school, world events, or cultural and moral corruption? These all weigh heavily upon us. Yet, God's word tells us that wherever the house of the Lord is built, the updraft of eternal life will inspire new beginnings for the nations streaming toward Christ.

Isaiah continues, "And many peoples will come and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways, and that we may walk in His paths' " (Isa. 2:3).

This, too, is happening in our day. While some may be focusing on the signs of the times, as well as the signs of renewal, still others are seeking to go deeper: to learn God's ways and to walk in His paths.

"For the law will go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He will judge between the nations, and will render decisions for many peoples" (Isa. 2:3-4).

The Lord is rendering "decisions for many peoples" from His house. He compels us to deal with the conflicts between us. He has decreed: Racism cannot exist in God's house. As a result, a worldwide reconciliation movement has begun and is touching scores of nations!

"And they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war" (Isa. 2:4).

Repentance is the first sign of revival; reconciliation is the second. However, the result of being upgraded to God's standards is that He accompanies us in the great harvest. Swords and spears, instruments once used against each other, are being hammered into plowshares and pruning hooks; they are becoming instruments of harvest!

How Awesome is this Place!
Yes, destructive judgments will come upon the world at the end of the age. Yet, an outpouring of redemptive mercy is also coming from the Lord; it is streaming through His house into the world. Yes, the antichrist will arise; but so also will the glory of Jesus Christ be seen in His living house!

It is significant that Isaiah's prophecy refers to the Lord's house as "the house of the God of Jacob." It was Jacob to whom the first revelation of God's house came. We may think God should have chosen one more spiritual. Jacob was fleeing Esau, whom he defrauded. Yet, there is a message in this first unveiling of God's house: God chooses, redeems and transforms whom He wills (see Rom. 9:18). Those He draws into His house, He absorbs into His craftsmanship.

Let's look at this initial revelation of the house of God, for it speaks of the essence of what we will always find in this wonderful place. Jacob had stopped to rest. Putting his head upon a rock, he slept.

"And he had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it" (Gen. 28:12-13).

The second characteristic of the Lord's house is this: It is the place where religion fades and the reality of God appears. This is where the living God has chosen to manifest Himself.

"Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, 'Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.' And he was afraid and said, 'How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven' " (Gen. 28:16-17).

The final revelation is that the Lord's house is "the gate of heaven." There is absolutely no place on earth like the house of the Lord! It is truly an "awesome" place.

So Jacob called this angelic reality, this spiritual abode where God and man could dwell together, "Bethel," the house of God (Gen. 28:19). It speaks of more than the visitation of God; this is God's habitation.

The Highest Priority
Throughout the Old Testament, it was the people's regard for the house of the Lord that revealed the condition of their hearts toward God Himself. Whether it was called the "tabernacle," "sanctuary" or "temple," God's house was the focus of His attention.

Consider: By some counts there are fewer than ten chapters devoted to the entire creation event, while more than 1,100 references point us to the Lord's house. The construction and service of the Lord's house clearly rises above all other themes in the Old Testament!

The house was to be a house of prayer, which would open the "gate of heaven." It was not only limited to Israel, but intercession that expanded "for all nations." In this place, sacrifice was brought; it was here that celebration was offered. Even in Israel's times of exile, the house was to remain their focused priority. The Lord told them that as they would "pray toward this place" (see 2 Chron. 6:20, 21, 26), He would bring them back and "heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:14).

In biblical times revival was never consummated merely by an increase of miracles or signs. Supernatural wonders may have brought personal or localized revival, but only after the Lord's house was restored could national revival be attained.

One may argue that using the example of the Old Testament temple does not apply to New Testament Christians. Certainly, we are not seeking to rebuild the Jewish temple - although that would indeed be a revival of sorts. Our focus is not on a building made with hands, but the spiritual union created by believers united in Christ. Paul tells us that we are the temple of God, His living house. Thus, the principles that determined revival in the Old Testament are perfectly applicable to us in our times.

Today we are praying and working for revival in our land. If we would give the restoration of the Lord's house a higher priority, if we would repair our ruined relationships and rebuild our fallen unity, we would find an ever-increasing power from God to heal our national needs. We will never have the manifestation of heaven touch earth without the restoration first of the House of the Lord, for God's house is the gate to heaven.

The River

In recent years, the Holy Spirit has inspired many leaders to turn and begin rebuilding the Lord's house. This move toward unity has given birth to praise marches, prayer summits, citywide prayer meetings and prayer retreats; we have come together in Concerts of Prayer, Promise Keepers and other powerful gatherings. We are uniting in evangelism and reconciliation services. Each event has furthered the rebuilding of the house of the Lord.

Now, as our unity increased, in a number of areas, revival is awakening.

The prophet Ezekiel's words illumined what is about to occur. In chapters 40 through 43, Ezekiel foresaw a time when the house of the Lord would be rebuilt, returning God's glory to the temple (43:1-6). The following chapters continue speaking of the restoration, but then in chapter 47 Ezekiel records an amazing event: "From under the threshold of the house . . . from south of the altar" water was flowing (v. 1).

This water was but a trickle at first. Then it flowed ankle deep, then knee deep; soon it reached the loins and continued rising until it became a river that could not be forded. Ezekiel tells us that wherever the river went, it brought life and healing (vs. 8-9 KJV). It is important to see that the river did not flow straight from heaven; it came through the rebuilt house of the Lord!

Today, the house of God is revealed wherever churches are united in Christ. It is the place where, as disciples, we reap the benefits of Christ's sacrifice, and we strive toward obedience to His teaching. His cleansing blood and creative word establish us in His love. We are His living house. From here, His love compels us to cover one another as we reach to the lost.

This house is truly the gate to heaven.

Knee Deep and Rising
Today the "river of refreshing" is beginning to flow in many parts of the world. It is not happening coincidentally, but as a direct result of Christians coming together as the Lord's house. Now some will say, "Wait. The church is not completely united. We still are divided in many ways." True. And others will say the river is still quite shallow. That is also true. We need to see that the depth of the river is proportional to the depth of our unity!

Just as the Lord is not done uniting us, so the river is not done rising. Imagine, therefore, what the river will look like when the Lord is finished building His house. Remember, in the last days this glorious house will be "established as the chief of the mountains."

As we continue to unite as the Lord's living house, the river will rise accordingly. The "sign" of revival is that the house of the Lord is rebuilt.

The house is the gate of heaven; the river runs through it.





Today the "river of refreshing" is beginning to flow in many parts of the world. It is not happening coincidentally, but as a direct result of Christians coming together as the Lord's house. Now some will say, "Wait. The church is not completely united. We still are divided in many ways." True. And others will say the river is still quite shallow. That is also true. We need to see that the depth of the river is proportional to the depth of our unity!

Just as the Lord is not done uniting us, so the river is not done rising. Imagine, therefore, what the river will look like when the Lord is finished building His house. Remember, in the last days this glorious house will be "established as the chief of the mountains."

As we continue to unite as the Lord's living house, the river will rise accordingly. The "sign" of revival is that the house of the Lord is rebuilt.

The house is the gate of heaven; the river runs through it.