A few years ago Holy Spirit dropped a word into my spirit-SUMMONS. As I pondered this word I heard Him say, "You have been sent a summons-you have been summoned." Holy Spirit then gave me a vision of a court convened in heaven. The Judge was seated but I couldn't see His face. There also was a jury seated, facing the judge, and standing between them was a defendant. There have been numerous books written on the court of heaven - among them Robert Henderson's Courts of Heaven stands out. In all of these God was the Judge, we were on trial, the prosecuting attorney was satan, and Jesus was our advocate-the defense attorney. But this vision was different. God was still the Judge, but satan was the one on trial, and we were seated as the jury. Satan, the defendant, didn't have an advocate- he was on his own. I don't recollect there being a prosecuting attorney present, but I suppose Jesus could be the Prosecutor, presenting evidence to the jury. In the vision, it seemed that all of the evidence had already been presented and the Judge was just waiting for a verdict from us, the jury, in order to sentence the defendant. Here's what I believe it meant. As the church, the 'ekklesia,' we have been summoned to a court in "heavenly places." Satan is the "enemy of the court." As jurors of this court, we have been given authority to issue a verdict to the Judge and He is waiting for us to issue this verdict, based on the evidence, so that He can bring judgement on the defendant. Judges listen to the evidence just as the jury does, but must adhere to the jury's decision. Earlier this year the Lord gave me a similar vision except this time it was a tribunal in session. A tribunal is similar to a court of law except the tribunal can be a party to the dispute and be partial, whereas a court cannot be a party to the dispute and must be impartial. As a tribunal, we can stand with God in heavenly places and judge the enemy. God has given us much authority in the spiritual realm and it's high time for the church, the ekklesia, to operate with this authority. We must answer the summons; our families, our communities, and future generations are depending on us.
Pastor Frank Dodson