Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gems from Heaven

On March 13, 2012, I showed some videos to my wife and children, regarding gemstones from heaven, as well as others of gold dust, oil from heaven, manna from heaven, and the Lord’s glory cloud appearing in church meetings. I then taught them about the link between the physical and spiritual realms, and later posted a blog about it that I encourage you to read (see here).

Glory of God
On March 18, 2012, at 2:30 AM, I was lying on my back on my bed, and I had a dream. In the dream, I was in the same bedroom, lying on my back on my bed.   The only thing in the dream that was different than reality was that, in the dream, our three-year old son was in his crib in our bedroom. He was awake and indicated that he was aware of the presence of a (holy) entity right next to my bed in our room.  At that moment, I suddenly felt the presence of the Lord standing right next to my bed, but I did not see anyone.  There was an overwhelming sense of God’s presence upon me.  I immediately felt “terrified,” “afraid,” and “overcome with fear”.  I was also completely astounded. In other words, I was filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock.

In the dream, as I looked toward the presence of the holy entity (perhaps the Lord), I cried out very loudly.  I am not sure whether I cried, “Ohhhhhh!!!!!”  or “Woe!!!!!” But when I cried out, I was awakened by the sound of my own voice. 

Once I awoke, I remembered how the prophet Daniel fell at his feet as a dead man.  I remembered how the disciples were afraid and they cried out with fear when they saw Jesus.  They were afraid.  I was, too. 

Then I felt the glory of God.  I realized that what happened in the dream had actually happened in the room, and that the Lord’s presence was still there.  I got up and worshipped the Lord on my knees beside my bed in the very spot where the presence had been in the dream.  I still physically felt a sense of the presence upon me, but not in an overwhelming way like it was in the dream. 

In the morning, I shared this with the family at breakfast and looked up the passage about Daniel.  I immediately related to the terror, and Jennifer agreed that what I described was similar to this.  She reminded me that even Isaiah and Zechariah felt this way. She said that when she awoke during the night while I was worshipping beside my bed, she felt joy, peace and love inside her heart.

Here are the Scriptures I was pondering as I lay in bed immediately after the dream, plus a couple more about Isaiah and Zechariah.

“Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great dread fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves. So I was left alone and saw this great vision; yet no strength was left in me, for my natural color turned to a deathly pallor, and I retained no strength. But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground. Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said to me, "O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you." And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.” (Dan 10:7-12)

In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.  (Rev 1:16-18)

When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid." (Mat 14:26-27)

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!" When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, "Get up, and do not be afraid." (Mat 17:5-7)

The prophet Isaiah had a similar experience. “Then I said, ‘Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.’” (Isa 6:5)

And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. (Luk 1:11-13).
Open Heavens
On March 19, 2012, during our family prayer meeting, we experienced an open heaven over us and I felt the presence of the Lord.

Presence of the Lord
The next morning on March 20, 2012, during my personal morning prayer time, I sensed the presence of the Lord once again.

Crystal Gems from Heaven
After our Morning Prayer and breakfast, Jennifer discovered a supernatural gem in our bedroom (more photos at end of this post).  She said, “I was thinking about going to heaven and people that I want to see.  I thought that I just want to get rid of everything – all the worthless things of this earth – and leave it all behind for the Lord’s sake.  So I was cleaning out the shelf in our bedroom closet, and I got to where my basket was.  I moved my basket and there was a little, crystal-like gem.  I immediately thought it was a supernatural gem from heaven.  As I looked more closely at how it was shaped and it seemed to have a perfect cut with many facets.  Then I walked into the kitchen thinking that this is really from the Lord.” 

As I was sitting at the table, finishing my breakfast, she walked in and said to me, “Look what I found in my closet! I think it may be a jewel from heaven!”  And she handed it to me.  As she placed the gem in my hand, I felt the presence of the Lord all over me.  I said, “Jennifer, I can feel the presence of the Lord all over me right now! The Lord gave you this to show you how much He loves you!” 

A little while later, she was back in our bedroom again, drying her hair, and looked over at another shelf in the closet.  She wondered whether she might find something else in there. Then she turned away from the closet, and pondered how the Lord has been giving supernatural gems to His people in the US, Africa, and other places.  She wondered if He was going to do the same thing here in this spiritual wasteland, because the glory of God needs to come.  She said, “As I once again turned back toward the closet, there on the floor lay another crystal-like gem.  It was laying perfectly face up in the carpet.” 

I was in my office when Jennifer came in and shouted, “Len! Look!”  And she showed me in her hand a gem just like the first one, which was larger, but had the exact same cut!  We went into the bedroom, and she showed me where she found it.  It had been on the floor, in the exact center of the spot where the glory of God appeared two nights ago.  Then we were certain it was from the Lord.  As we looked at it in the light under a magnifying glass, it had a perfect cut with many facets.  When we put the smaller one beside it, we could see that they were both cut exactly alike.  As I held them in the palm of my hand and looked through the magnifying glass, I could see the details of my palm print perfectly and clearly through the stone.

I said, “Jennifer, I felt the presence of the Lord when you placed the first one in my hand earlier.  I know this is from the Lord.”  Then we all knelt down and praised the Lord profusely, not for any thing he could give us, but for Who He is.  We declared that He is more beautiful than diamonds, more precious than silver, more costly than gold, and nothing that we desire compared with Him.

She said that as she was praying yesterday, she heard the Lord say, “It is my Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”  Last night as she was going off to bed, she thought that she would need to use our electronic Bible to find that passage.  She opened the Bible and read a passage.  At the end of the passage, she read, "But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” (Luk 12:31-32).  She said, “Wow!  That’s the verse!” And she hadn’t even gone searching for it.  She wasn’t actively looking for it.  So that confirmed it had been the Lord speaking this to her.  So when these gems appeared this morning, it further confirmed that the Father has chosen to give us the kingdom.

When she tried placing the gem back into the carpet in the same position it was in when she found it, she could not get it to sit perfectly upright like it had been when she found it.  She commented later, “It’s the latter rain!  It’s raining!”  We also tried dropping it from eye level onto the carpet and it always bounced away.

As I studied the Word of God afterward, I felt this passage best describes these stones: “And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper." (Rev 21:10-11).  The holy city has the glory of God and brilliance like crystal-clear jasper.  Jasper is quartz, and the stones Jennifer received are like crystal clear quartz, as pictured at the end of the Wikipedia article about quartz.

The Lord Himself is "like a jasper stone," as He sits upon His throne. In John's Revelation, he wrote: "And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance." (Rev 4:3)  According to a commentary on Revelation by Dr. Oliver B. Green, he states: ""The Jasper, the last stone in the Old Testament breastplate, represented Benjamin. This was a clear stone, speaking of total victory. On the Jasper stone was Benjamin's name, which is a combination of two Hebrew words (BEN and JAMIN), so scholars tell us, meaning 'the son of my right hand'...or, as one authority puts it, 'the son of my power.'"

I checked online to see the difference between crystal and glass.  All crystal is glass, but only certain types of glass can be classified as crystal.  It has to do with the higher lead content of crystal.  Glass typically has a yellow or green tint, while crystal is completely clear. Glass often has sharp cuts, while crystal has smooth, rounded cuts.

These stones the Lord has given us do not have sharp edges.  They have smooth, rounded cuts.  Both stones are identical with eight facets, one stone being larger than the other. They don’t have any yellow or green tint to them, but are perfectly clear with no inclusions or cloudiness. We believe they are crystal clear quartz.

Later in the afternoon, I spoke by phone with my Christian cousin, back in the States, who is a certified gemologist.  I told him about these and he said that if I place the stones face down on a printed page, such as a magazine, and can read the text, then they are not diamonds.  He said that when it is a diamond, you couldn’t read the text through the stone.  He asked me to take a photo and send it to him.  So rather than use just any text, I decided to use God’s Word, in order to take a photo of the stones face-down on some text. I opened Jennifer’s Bible to Proverbs 8,where it was book marked, and I placed the stones right on the verse that says, "Take my instruction and not silver, And knowledge rather than choicest gold. For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her.” (Prov 8:10-11).  We were unable to read the text through the stones.  It was distorted.  I took the photos and some video footage of it to send to my cousin.  He wrote back saying his first impression is that these are glass jewels.

When Jennifer saw the Scripture beneath the stones, she was amazed and said that was the very chapter she was praying about yesterday!  She had been praying with her Bible open to that very same page.  Proverbs 8:11 states, “Wisdom is better than jewels!” 

Then Hope came to me and said that in school today, she had just read the following words in the spiritual warfare chapter of her Health textbook: “Solomon describes wisdom as better than rubies or anything else we might desire in this world.”  This is a paraphrase of Proverbs 8:11!

Here is the entire passage that Jennifer read last night, containing Jesus’ word about the Father giving us the kingdom: Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions." And He told them a parable, saying, "The land of a rich man was very productive. "And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?' "Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."' "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?' "So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." And He said to His disciples, "For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. "For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! "And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span? "If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. "But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! "And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. "For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.” (Luk 12:15-30)

I told Jennifer that these stones are probably of no earthly value, but only eternal value to those with the eyes of faith.  It’s just like anything the Lord gives.  The world places no value on the spiritual things, because the natural man cannot discern them.  For example, if I go to a public speaking expert and share my testimony, he will evaluate it based on his criteria for a good speech.  He may tell me that my speech is too long, or I use the word “Umm,” too often.  He may rate other aspects of it, and tell me that no one would ever pay anything to hear me give this speech.  In his estimation, my testimony is completely worthless.  Yet to me, and all who hear it with the ears of faith, it is priceless.  No man can ever place a monetary value on my testimony, yet it has eternal value that is greater than all the riches this world could afford. Isn’t it the same with all the Lord gives us?

This testimony is part of something much greater that God has been doing in our lives here in Hungary since January 1, 2012 (for more on this amazing outpouring from God see here). 

Video Footage
If you would like watch the video of the crystal gems see here. I encourage you to watch the whole video: 

For the photos of the gems see here:

Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, I recommend reading The Voice That Changed Everything -- the Testimony of Dr. Stenhouse, Discerning the Things of the Spirit, Pastor Raised from the Dead, Muslim Woman Now Follows Jesus, An Atheist Turns to Christ, Godly Attire and Adornment -- Seven Divine Revelations, and Holy Fire Baptism. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master." 

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"

Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission.

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