‘Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant…the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues’ (1 Corinthians 12:1-10).
With ByFaith Media books, missions and documentaries growing, the Lord sent Paul Backholer in an unexpected direction. In the early hours of the morning, the Lord woke Paul saying, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
“I didn’t know what it meant,” said Paul. “I took this Scripture from Jeremiah 33:3 as my prayer and began asking the Holy Spirit to be shown things I do not know, great and mighty things.”
Operating in spiritual gifts became a part of Paul’s experience as a young person in church twenty-five plus years ago. Reaching out by faith to give an interpretation or prophecy, as you receive it, is an important step in hearing from God and speaking. But this new revelation was an additional level of faith.
What followed in response to this ongoing prayer over many months was a series of dreams, visions and revelations which shook Paul. “It scared me,” he said, “the Lord showed me the end times and I felt sleep was no longer a place of refuge. Seeing heaven was beautiful, not so hell or the apocalypse.”
Paul found himself doing something he read about in Christian biographies but never understood. He prayed for the Lord to stay His hand. “Viewing an earthquake shake the world in the early hours was disturbing,” said Paul. “The burden was heavy and I received enough from God to fulfil the purpose for which it was given.”
The first book to come from this series of revelations was Heaven, Paradise is Real by Paul Backholer. The journey follows a man as he enters heaven, who explores the heavenly Jerusalem with a glorified believer and an angel.
“The book is a wonderful tool to explore our eternal home in paradise,” said Paul’s brother Mathew. “This was a new direction for ByFaith Media and I was keen the book should be the most biblical book about heaven available. We read it many times seeking biblical proof from the Bible and filled the manuscript with hundreds of scriptural references to assure Christians of its veracity.”
“The Bible is the absolute source for all doctrine,” said Paul. “It’s very important that all spiritual gifts operate within the context of returning to and confirming the revelation of Scripture. The personal revelation from the Holy Spirit will harmonise with the inspired Word of God” (2 Timothy 3:16).
The second book from the revelation the Lord gave is the paperback and eBook The End Times by Paul Backholer. The book explores the end of the age, the apocalypse, the tribulation period and the return of Christ. Grounded in Scripture, it unveils a narrative of the phases of the end times as revealed in the book of Revelation, Thessalonians and the Old Testament etc. “It is extremely important that any revelation God gives you takes you back to Scripture,” said Paul. “If it does not conform to the revelation of Scripture, it must be rejected.”
‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law’ (Deuteronomy 29:29).