The gospels record Jesus going up into a mountain nine different times, but Luke 8:16 also says he “often went,” and there are likely many more instances than those recorded; it was Jesus’ regular practice. If you’ve been to Israel, you know there aren’t many tree-filled mountains (like none). Are mountains a metaphor for something else? Mt Zion is not just an unimpressive hill in Jerusalem (Heb 12:22).

Mark 4:33-34 – With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it; 34 and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.  NASU
Prov 25:2It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

Experiencing Heaven – The concept of the courts and Council of Heaven is going to heaven in the spirit to allow our Father to “show us” what he’s doing. We can bring heaven to earth with some sense of knowing what we’re doing and why. My own experience is in Seers and Doers, and the theological foundation is in The Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser. The point is straightforward. When you see what Father is doing, you will turn the earth upside down to do it with Him. We call that Kingdom – It’s fun (Jn. 5:19).

John 5:19-20He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. NLT

The New Testament has many references to “mountains” that are parables for the Council of heaven. That’s where Jesus was going oftentimes (Lu. 5:16). And that’s where sons are being invited to go as well. The Greek word is oros (G3735) which means ‘a rising’ and is usually translated as mountain. You can see dozens of these instances of oros in the New Testament at the end of this blog – it’s amazing!

Isa 2:2In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. NIV
Ps 84:7They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion. NASU

Practical Ascension – The point of all this is that it’s not new. Jesus ascended to His Father’s heaven often, and so should we. Yes, your seer gift plays a role too. Father wants to show you His purpose. As I looked through all these references to mountains, I ran across the Olivet discourse in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. When Jesus throws in a phrase like “let the reader understand,” that’s a hint that this isn’t about running away to the mountains and hiding out until the rapture. There is one literal fulfillment in 70 AD when Jerusalem fell to the Romans and the temple was destroyed and it was wisdom to get out of town.

Matt 24:15-16So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel — let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  NIV

Note: Jesus is referring to this verse in Daniel!  Is this court on a mountain (Heaven) or on earth?  Do sons play a role in the courts of heaven?
Dan 7:25-27 – He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. 26 “‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’  NIV

The Timeless Pattern – So what do you do when a wrong spirit stands in a holy place (a fraudulent election)? When your government is corrupt, and its leaders are an abomination (transgression) that causes desolation (Judgment)? Evil in positions of power (on a mountain of cultural influence) is a pattern that powers and principalities have repeated throughout history! If you’re a believer (those in Judea), it would be wise to flee to the mountains (the Council) and see what Father is doing. He’s cooking up a scheme (reformation of nations) that is bigger than any plan from the dark side. That’s why we’re all over Intentional Reformation; we’ve seen it!

Ps 2:7-8I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.  NIV

Powers and principalities love to occupy the tops of cultural mountains in every nation. They always have; it’s a timeless principle. Our job isn’t to endure the corruption, it’s to take down the high places and occupy those mountains with Godly leaders. The real sons of Romans 8 are replacing the fallen sons of Genesis 6 and establishing His Kingdom on earth. Jesus was the firstborn son and he’s not ashamed to call us brothers. Sonship is part of the atonement and part of God’s Kingdom strategy to repossess the earth.

Rom 8:28-30 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. NIV
Heb 2:11-12 (Ps 22:22) – For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying, “I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION (ecclesia in heaven’s council) I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.”  NASU

Why go? – We’re are experiencing more and more opposition as God’s Kingdom gets brighter and brighter. Most people can see this administration trying to destroy the economy, impose censorship, mandate vaccines, flood the border with illegals, give Afghanistan to the Taliban, start another war, etc. Most can also see it’s intentional, and it fits a larger Satanic strategy. A cabal is leveraging Covid-19 to perform a great reset – All reinforced by governments and media to discourage and overwhelm! But God has an answer; a prophetic trumpet!

See the Kingdom – But if you can see what Father is doing and understand the strategy He has in mind, it dwarfs all the ridiculous howling coming from the Jackal, the Hyena, and the media. Can you and I know the Father’s plan? ‘Yes and no!  “No” if you are passive about seeking him, and “Yes” if you appear before God in Mt Zion (the Council). All creation is waiting for Sons who frequent heaven, see God’s Kingdom, and bring it to earth. The outcome is not in doubt. We are only deciding if we’re individually playing the role God has written in our book and in our hearts – So Go!  Will fear immobilize us, or will we be part of the Ezekial 37 army who awaken to co-labor with our Father and see a great victory? It’s our choice!

2 Tim 1:7For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. NLT
John 3:3 – no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again NIV
John 3:25 – . . . whoever rejects the Son will not see life NIV

Sons (Seers and Doers) – The ecclesia are really the sons who ascend, not the saints who sit. So we get the keys to the car, to bind and loose, and we know how and why to use them because we’ve seen the Father’s purpose. We really can be our Father’s sons and Jesus’ brothers. The whole point of the cross is sons; to pave the way from lost to ascension right into the Council of Heaven. Paul calls it seated in heavenly places.

Matt 16:15-20 – He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.  18 “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church (ecclesia); and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.  19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”  20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ. NASU

Reformation of Nations – All creation is waiting for the new sons of God (Rom 8:18-25) to join the divine council and replace those who fell . . . and replace their rule over the nations, which belong to God. He is bringing many sons to glory (in this life) for a purpose – the great commission. It’s our job to disciple nations first in the spirit then in the natural. We are called to bless nations by our ministries in the seven mountains of culture. Jesus is the firstborn of many brothers whom He is not ashamed to call friends. Why? We are the sons called to be part of His council. That’s the message behind all the intimate language, e.g., thrones, crowns, friends, sons, brothers, Kings and Priests, co-laborers, sharing His glory, reigning with Him, seated with Him, etc. Because the Nations belong to the Father, they are also “our” inheritance as His sons. Can you see the connection with reformation instead of just revival?

Ps 2:8 – Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
Ps 72:11 –  all kings will fall down before You; All nations shall serve You.
Ps 82:8 – Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.
Ps 115:16 –  The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to man.

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oros (G3735) a rising – usually translated mountain

When you read all these uses of oros, how many of them imply the council?

Matt 4:8-9 – Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.  NIV

Matt 5:1-2 – Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them NIV

Matt 5:14-15 – “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. NIV

Matt 8:1-2 – When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him.  NIV

Matt 14:23 – After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. NIV

Matt 16:16-20 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.  19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  20 Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ. NIV

Matt 17:1-2 – After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  NIV

Matt 18:12 – “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?  NKJV

Matt 17:9 – As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” NIV

Matt 21:1-3 – As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” NIV

Matt 24:3 – As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” NIV

Matt 24:15-16 – “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel — let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  NIV

Note: is this court on a mountain (Heaven) or on earth?
Dan 7:25-27 – He will speak against the Most High and oppress his saints and try to change the set times and the laws. The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time. 26 “‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.’  NIV

Matt 28:16-17 – Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. NIV

 

Mark 3:13-15 – Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve — designating them apostles — that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach  NIV

Mark 5:11-13 – A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. 12 The demons begged Jesus, “Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.” 13 He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs. The herd, about two thousand in number, rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. NIV

Mark 9:2-3 – After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.  NIV

Mark 9:9-10 – As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. NIV

Mark 11:1-2b – As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, NIV

Mark 11:23-24 – “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.  NIV

Mark 13:3-4 – As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled? NIV

Mark 13:14-15 – “When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong — let the reader understand — then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. NIV

Mark 14:26 – When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. NIV

Luke 3:4-5 – ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.  5 Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. NIV

Luke 4:5 – The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.  NIV

Luke 4:29-30 – They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.  NIV

Luke 5:16 – But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  NIV

Luke 6:12-13 – One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles NIV

Luke 9:28-29 – About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.  NIV

Luke 9:37-38 – The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. NIV

Luke 11:1 – One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”  NIV

Luke 19:29 – As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, NIV

Luke 21:21 – Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. NIV

Luke 21:37 – Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, 38 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple. NIV

Luke 22:39 – Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him.  NIV

Luke 23:26 – Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” ‘  NIV

 

John 4:20 – Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”  NIV

John 6:2-3 – and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. NIV

John 6:15 – Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.  NIV

John 8:1-2 – But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them NIV

 

Acts 1:12 – Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city.  NIV

Acts 7:30 – After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.  NIV

Acts 7:38 – He was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words to pass on to us. NIV

Gal 4:24-27 – These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.  NIV

Heb 8:5 – This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. NIV

Heb 12:18-24 – You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm… 22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. NIV

2 Peter 1:17-18 – “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. NIV

Rev 4:1 – After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” NIV

Rev 14:1-2 – Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.  NIV

Ps 84:7 – They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion. NASU

Rev 21:10 – And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God NIV

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