The Courts of Heaven!

Shalom Partner and Friend of Israel,

In the English Language the word "COURT" has several meanings. Among which are; "an area where a tennis or basketball game is played;" and "a venue where legal cases are presented and a Judge presides;" and "a Monarch’s assembly of Officers and Advisors." In the New Testament, the word "Courts" are normally used in the LEGAL sense. "The Courts are in session and let them bring charges against one another" (Acts 19:38). These "earthly courts" are NEVER used in conjunction with the "Heavenly Courts" as God is the ultimate Judge!

God presides over Heaven's Court and He pronounces Judgment even on the "heavenly beings;" There is a cry out to God by Psalmist Asaph to act against the wicked for justice on-behalf of the weak. "How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked!" – Psalm 82:1-8. The he asks God; "How long will you hand down unjust decisions by favouring the wicked? And, explains who is affected by this and asks God to; "Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Asaph closed the Psalm with a plea to God to take His place on earth as the "ultimate Judge;" "Arise, O God, judge the earth:"  The unjust judges had their own area of authority acting as "gods" judging on earth for far too long …BUT God’s Authority is over ALL the earth.

This prayer of Asaph -  Psalm 82 called upon God to do what the earthly judges would NOT do – which was to properly judge the earth. Human judges had failed! so he asked God to take JUDGEMENT into His own hands; "You (God) shall inherit ALL Nations: This inheritance shows the greatness of God as Supreme  Judge. Earthly judges may have their own "greatness" but many are unrighteous NOT acting on behalf of the people. There is NO judge, NOBODY, compared to "the Great Judge" who will soon JUDGE the Nations and people of the world …and so this inheritance ultimately belongs to Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah!

In the Old Testament, the term "Courts" are used almost exclusively to refer to "the Temple" (or a part of the Temple) where God was enthroned; "Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my (God)  courts, for I (God)  have chosen him" – 1 Chronicles 28:6. In the Psalms we find; "Enter His (God)  gates with thanksgiving and His (God)  courts with praise!" - Psalm 100:4. At the time this was written, "entering God’s courts" referred to walking into the "physical" Temple. When most read this verse …today, we picture entering the "spiritual presence of God" …and can imagine this happening in "the Courts of Heaven in the "Spiritual Realm" where God is enthroned!

There are different ways we can come to God in prayer... We can come to God as our ABBA Father with "our own needs" and we come to God "as a friend for the needs of others." But did you know that we CAN come to God as a JUDGE when we are dealing with resistance and an adversary? The Bible paints a picture of a widow who is granted JUSTICE from an unjust judge; "Then the Lord said, "Learn a lesson from this unjust judge.  Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So, don’t you think God will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will He (God) keep putting them off? He (God) will grant justice to them quickly!" – Luke 18:6-8.

There are times when we have prayers that need to be petitioned before God and so we need "a Judge" that stands in absolute righteousness and can give us "a just verdict"… These are the prayers that are taken to "the Courts of Heaven" where we plead our case before Almighty God. There are Scriptures in the Bible that reference; "the Heavenly Courtroom" …as well as the steps on how we can present our case as believers. We read in; Daniel  7:9-10 ; " I watched as thrones were put in place and the Ancient One sat down to Judge. His clothing was as white as snow, his hair like purest wool. He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire, and a river of fire was pouring out, flowing from His presence. Millions of angels ministered to Him; many millions stood to attend Him. Then the court began its session, and the books were opened." 

Let’s see how a Courtroom on Earth functions …and just for a moment, sit back and picture; “a court room setting:” There is; a Judge, Prosecutor, Defence Attorney, Witness Stand, Court Clerk, and a Bailiff which is a Law Enforcement Officer responsible for maintaining order in a courtroom during a trial or hearing. When we take our case to Court, we have it seen before a Judge who renders the verdict; There is a Defence Team, which is our Lawyer and Witnesses who will testify on our behalf. The courtroom also has a Prosecuting Attorney and their job is to present the opposing evidence. The Court Clerk is the one that is keeping up with the paperwork and recording what has been spoken in Court and the Bailiff overseeing the Courts bringing order in the Court room. 

Now Let’s picture God’s Heavenly Courtroom… In the Heavens, the Lord (or Ancient of Days) is the Ultimate Judge who renders the verdicts. The Bible backs this up in Psalm 89:14 where we read; "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your (God) Throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you (God)  as attendants." Our cases are the prayers we petition before the Lord God, where we are seeking JUSTICE. In 1Kings 8:49, the Bibles says; "…then hear their prayers and their petition from heaven where You (God) live, and uphold their cause."  

Our Defence Attorney is; Yeshua (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. There's only ONE practicing Attorney in Heaven …and He is the defender of ALL who belong to His Kingdom and is our "divine" Defence Attorney" …and His name is YESHUA – Jesus Christ our Lord and SaviourThe Bible discusses this in; 1 John 2:1 where it says "My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our cases before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous."  

Our “witness stand” in the Heavenly Courtroom… is the “great cloud of witnesses” that have already gone on to be with the Lord …and who can testify on our behalf regarding our lives and commitment to the Lord. These witnesses could be friends or family members that knew us on earth …but then passed on to be with God. The Bible references this in; Hebrews 12:1: “ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses…" The prosecuting attorney is the accuser of the brethren (or the Devil).  The Bible talks about the accuser inRevelation 12:10: "...For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth - the one (Satan) who accuses them before our God day and night." The Court Clerk are the Angels that keep record over everything spoken in the Heavenly Courtroom …and the Bailiff would be God's Elders who are the overseers in the Heavenly Courtroom. Revelation 4:4 states that; "…round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold."

Does Satan have legal rights on earth? After the fall in the Garden of Eden, SIN entered the world. We have a choice to follow God and His authority or to go our own way and fall into temptation from the enemy. The fall allowed Satan to have access to this world. Let’s look how God’s Word describes this;

"…the ruler of this world." - John 12:31

"…the prince of the power of the air." - Ephesians 2:2

"…the god of this world’." - 2 Corinthians 4:4

"…the whole world is in the power of the evil one" - 1 John 5:19

Throughout the book of Job, we see the limited nature of Satan’s power (Job 1:6-12) God limited the enemy’s affliction on Job!

Abba Father, We your Children come to You, in the mighty Name of Yeshua - Jesus Christ, we believe that You are our Judge and FINAL Authority over the affairs of this life and the life hereafter. We declare that Christ is our Advocate with the Father. We choose to take our role as believers to rule and reign with Christ. Teach us Heavenly Father these ways of Kingdom Authority in which we enforce the victory of Calvary through our Intercessory Prayers. Let the "Church and Bride of Christ" arise in this LAST hour for Your Glory and Kingdom! Amen and Amen!

Israel once more today stands; “ at the centre of the world stage” because God has chosen the Jews and  He has selected Israel to play a leading role in world history as well as End-times. “…but now has He promised!” is a key phrase in Hebrews 12:26. It strongly affirms that this “shaking” of ALL things is promised by God …and as such faithfully fulfils “His Promise” to us. On this ground alone, the shaking should be welcomed and embraced by ALL God’s people as it brings TRUTH to the forefront so that every wicked thing done in secret WILL be revealed! God brings un-shakeable things out from under the shakeable ruins, hidden in dark places! Islam has NO mercy for others and is a cult of death as we saw that openly displayed when Hamas attacked Israelis on the 07th October, 2023.

King Jehoshaphat of Judah gave wise instruction to judges in 2 Chronicles 19:6-7 And said to the judges, “Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. Now therefore, let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.” Make NO mistake, those who HATE Israel and wish her destruction, persecute the Jews are antisemites who are ruled by Satan! God WILL hold them accountable and surely His JUDGEMENT is coming very soon! When God judges Nations; He sends FOREIGN powers or wicked Leaders to rule that, Nation! Did you know EVERY country on the face of the earth has been “invaded” by another at some time in history? 

South Africa stands on a very shaky pathway of becoming “a GOAT Nation!” (Matthew 25:31-46) Sadly, the ungodly President of the ANC’s attacked and openly accused Israel (God’s Land and people the Jews) of a “genocide” in the “Courts of man” at ICJ at in The Hague; 11-12th January, 2024. Israel has every right to defend their people and country from a barbaric attack of Hamas Islamists terrorists. The ANC and their cohorts attack on Israel was for the sole intention of destroying Israel and for selfish re-election and ”taking of bribes.” This will surely NOT fare well, as their greatest contention is against the God of Israel and His people …and the Kingdom of God and which is also plans for the Nation of Israel in these End-times!  Their siege against Israel at the ICJ Courts filled with lies and hatred of Jews was submitted BUT will be destroyed and God’s Judgement surely follows! Do NOT touch what God has blessed. Israel is the “apple of God’s Eye!”(Zechariah 2:8)

The "Sheep" follow Jesus and the "Goats" do NOT… The "sheep" know that Israel has NOT been replaced, that God is watching Israel that Israel is still “the apple of God's eye and His people are the Jews! The most delicate and touchy spot on His body is the EYE. Don't dare to poke God in the “apple” - the most delicate part of the eye that feels the most pain. True believers and Nations that stand with Israel are the “sheep” and are aware that God has promised “to bless those who bless Israel, and to curse those who curse Israel.” God's Covenant with the Jews is Eternal and Ever-lasting. Yeshua (Jesus) was a Jew, He was proud to be a Jew, and His entire ministry was to save “the lost sheep of Israel.” Stop and think about this!

The Goats “curse” Israel and God's chosen people, the Jews, seek to hurt them, and do not act like sheep… The reason for God’s Judgment is the Nation’s treatment of Jews! Goat Nations” are destroyed and the “Sheep Nations” remain: “When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: And before Him shall be gathered ALL Nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his  ‘sheep from the goats.’ And He shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. “ -  Matthew 25:31-33. Three groups are involved in this Judgment …the Sheep Nations, the Goat Nations, and the Jews. Yeshua (Jesus) did NOT count the Jews with the other Nations …but called them His “brethren.” When Yeshua (Jesus) takes His place on the; “Throne of Glory,” He will FIRST Judge the NationsALL Nations on the basis of their dealings with the Jews. Just as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats, the Lord will “divide the Nations.” The “Sheep Nations” (those Nations supporting Israel and the Jews) WILL go to the right, the “Goat Nations” (those Nations fighting against Israel and the Jews) to the left!

To those who did NOT care for Israel and His brethren the Jews… And before Him shall be gathered ALL the Nations; and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divided His sheep from the goats. And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say to them on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world! And these goats shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous – the sheep into Life Eternal (Matthew 25:41,44-46).

God is going to gather ALL the GOAT Nations… “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I (God) restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem (1948), I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgement with them there, on behalf of My (God) people (Jews) and My heritage Israel, because they have scattered My people among the nations and have divided up My land (Israel), and have cast lots for My people…” - Joel 3:1-3 This JUDGEMENT is the same as depicted in the “Sheep and Goat” judgment (Matthew 25:31-46). Shortly after the Second Coming of Christ, He will gather ALL the Nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat - “put them on trial” and enter into Judgement with them. Among the atrocities described is the hatred towards Jewish people (who are our Lord’s brethren) and are reasons for God’s Judgement! And because the Nations  “…have divided up My (God) land!” The Judge is none other than Yeshua - the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, the King of the Jews, who as God …but also as Son of Abraham refers to this as ‘MY Land!” While this Judgement will only take place shortly after Christ’s Second Coming, …today we already see continued and relentless pressure on Israel “to divide” their land under the mis-guided refrain of “land for peace.”

Let’s look at this: "…they scattered My (God) people among the nations!" This occurred repeatedly in the course of Israel’s history. The Jews were violently uprooted from their land by ‘foreign powers.’ This occurred under the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians (who also oversaw the return from the Babylonian Exile, however), in a slightly different form under the Greeks and then, most decisively …and with the longest consequences, under the Romans following the crushing of the two Jewish Revolts - 70AD and 135AD. Nor must it be forgotten that there were repeated violent expulsions of Jewish people "in the Diaspora," albeit not from their own country, but from their respective homes.

The greatest forced migration of the Jewish people occurred in the time leading up to and during the Second World War. Of the 12–13 million European Jews around 1940, 6 million lost their lives and almost all the others were forced to flee in one way or another. And, in very recent days …the sudden – yet well planned for years, WAR against Israel by the Hamas terrorist in Gaza with the help of (so-called innocent Palestinian civilians) and cohorts; Iran, Hezbollah, Syria, Turkey etc., planned this attack on unsuspecting innocent civilians in Southern Israel to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Yom Kippur War 06th October 2023 and so it took place in the early hours of the 07th October, 2023 in God’s land and upon His people the Jews!

The Valley of Decision” is a name given to the “Valley of Jehoshaphat” - also known as the “Kidron Valley… It is the location of Yahweh's inflictions on Zion's enemies. The Bible mentions the “Valley of Jehoshaphat” only twice and identifies it as the final place where God will destroy these, Nations. The word “Jehoshaphat” (Yehoshafat in Hebrew) means; “Yahweh shall Judge,” and in this narrow furrow of land located in Jerusalem between the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives and is where the Bible says the events of Judgment Day will ALL take place (Joel 3:12) …and ALL Nations WILL be judged! Since the 4th Century AD, an identification of the “Kidron” with the “Valley of Jehoshaphat” (Joel 3:2,12) has led to the belief that it WILL be the place of “Final Judgement!” During the Second Temple period a high, two-tiered bridge spanned the Kidron Valley from the Temple Mount to the Mount of Olives. Across this bridge on the “Day of Atonement” …each year, “a goat,” symbolically bearing the SIN of the people (and the original scapegoat) was led into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:10). NOTHING just happens and is NO coincidence with our God! God WILL Himself gather ALL Nations (Joel 3:2–3).

God’s Throne of Grace and Mercy… “Let us then approach God’s Throne of Grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” - Hebrews 4:16. The Courts of Heaven is a real place where Believers in Yeshua (Jesus Christ) have access to by way of prayer and petition, through intercession by the Holy Spirit who intercedes on our behalf. God governs His Court system in Heaven as He is the Sovereign Judge. God hears our prayers, sees our tears, and answers us according to His governmental system. Our interactions with the Lord in the Courtroom of Heaven are centred around PRAYER and INTIMACY. It is important to approach the Lord with “grace and mercy” toward others and ourselves. But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” - Hebrews 12:22-24.

We as true believers in Yeshua (Jesus Christ) need to know YHVH – Yahweh God’s mercy and have God’s heart of love (1 John 4:8). It is clearly NOT about changing the mind of God …It’s about having such an intimate relationship with our ABBA Father God that we can approach Him, and at the same time humbly grasp His Sovereignty and Authority. It’s all about seeing the need to follow His Commandments …so that we can be used by Him to accomplish His will. No matter what lies ahead – God is with us and He already knows the future. He is our defender, He is our deliverer and though it may NOT seem like it at times when cruelty, hatred seems to be winning, we believers know the end as we have God’s Promise and His Word written for us thousands of years ago in the Bible.

Mankind lives and operates in "a parallel realm;" Physical and Spiritual. The Courts of Heaven operate similar to the legal system we see on Earth... Because of all the injustices happening in the world especially in this LAST or FINAL generation, God is releasing NEW revelation about gaining JUSTICE through "the Courts of Heaven" The Cross of Yeshua – Jesus Christ is our verdict …but there are times we need to enforce this by entering into the "Justice System of God!" We operate in "the Courts of Heaven" through our prayers and an intimate relationship with the Lord. And just like here on Earth, there is more than one type of court in "the Courts of Heaven." You might be wondering: which ones are accessible to us? Let’s take a look together!

Throughout the ENTIRE Bible, we see a pattern similar to a Court of LAW... Many Greek and Hebrew words for God, Yeshua (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit will confirm the roles of the lawgiver, advocate, intercessor, and witness. There are many verses in the Bible about this and so we encourage you to search them out. Who does what “roles” and “who does what” in the Courts of Heaven? Believers in Christ are Petitioners“Do NOT be anxious about anything, BUT in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” - Philippians 4:6. God is our Judge; “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King; it is He who will save us.” - Isaiah 33:22.

We must always remember here that God is also a loving Father and He is NOT out to "get us!" Everything God does is for our benefit and so He even disciplines us because He loves us (Hebrews  10:6); Yeshua (Jesus) our Mediator (Attorney):"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus." - 1 Timothy 2:5. The Holy Spirit is our Witness; "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children." - Romans 8:16. Satan is our Prosecutor / accuser"For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down." - Revelation 12:10.


We know God is in control and someday we as"Body of Christ" - true believers WILL receive our "crowns for faithfulness!" Maranatha Lord we are waiting!

We most sincerely believe that God WILL bless you for your faithfulness and love for His land and chosen people. God’s Word is true! He IS watching to see how the Nations are treating His people. God will have mercy on Israel through Gentile believers acting as mediators towards them. This is one of the most amazing revelations ever given to the Church – an opportunity to do something that carries the highest priority in the heart of God. Yet, sadly, so few have seen the potential and the rewards of serving God in this manner - as agents of mercy to Israel and the Jewish people! Israel was and still is despised today and a despised Nation continually turning away from God …BUT nothing ever altered the purpose of God for that Nation. The "despised element" is always a noticeable element in the purpose of God. When the Saviour of the world came, He came of that "despised Nation" (and just like Israel) He Himself was "…despised and rejected by men." And there is that despised element; "…things that are despised God has chosen," - 1 Corinthians 1:28.

We hope that you enjoy and become more informed by our work. We serve an awesome God and we are humbled by this opportunity to bring you this information. With Shalom to you and your family always,

Alf & Julie Saunders

01st February, 2024



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