Unaware of my natural surroundings, I was totally caught away in a heavenly vision. I still search for the adequate words to paint a picture of the majestic vision I saw. Before my eyes, a chariot of fire swept down from the heavens. It was the most glorious sight! The flames appeared to leap from the chariot, lighting up the heavenlies so that a golden glow encircled the chariot. Each flame seemed to carry within itself a remarkable ability to release light into the atmosphere. As the flames leapt, in their places other "fresh" flames would ignite upon the chariot, and new flames also descended from heaven upon the chariot to ignite where previous flames had been. The glorious glow from the flames lit a highway in the skies where the chariot traveled. The chariot was constantly lit with a fresh fire, a fire that never burned out. It was an eternal burning vehicle of glory, burning with a fire that would not be quenched.
The chariot also sparkled with a richness of gold that is almost indescribable. The "depth" of the golden color somehow symbolized a most profound depth of God's glory, so deep that His glory extended into eternity with no boundaries. Similar to the weightiness of solid gold, the chariot was draped with the heaviness, the stability and the majesty of His divine glory.
The chariot swept through the skies as if it were circling the globe. It seemed to be searching for a landing strip. The vehicle of golden fire circled and then re-circled repeatedly/ finally heading toward the earth as if to land. But not landing, the fiery presence hurled back into the heavenlies and circled once more. Finally, the chariot of glory made a direct descent and attempted to make its landing. As it reached the earth, I noticed that it did not actually plant firmly on the ground but, rather, hovered a few inches above the ground. Now the chariot was directly in front of me, and I could examine its characteristics more closely.
The chariot seemed to have a personality all its own. It appeared to be alive and active with a strong determination to move forward and accomplish its mission on the earth. Two eyes appeared in front of the chariot like two headlights on modern-day vehicles. The eyes were focused on the ground, looking at a road that was inappropriate for landing or traveling. The road was full of potholes and rocks. It had so many gaping gulches and deep crevices that absolutely no vehicle could travel on it. Because the road was not properly prepared for travel, the chariot seemed saddened. I sensed that the chariot desired to go forth, and yet it grieved because there was no highway on which it could travel.
Suddenly I knew the purpose of this vision. God was seeking a highway upon which to release His glory! I felt the compassion of the Father who desired to show His glory to His precious children, but no path had been prepared. I was overwhelmed with a sense of urgency, and I knew that He wanted to come now. I also was aware that the road needed proper preparation so that His glory could travel upon it. As I continued to observe the vision, I began to cry out within myself, Lord, how do we prepare the way? Help me to understand how to prepare You a place!
I then saw miles of men and women all dressed in solid white garments and standing in rows on each side of the road. God revealed to me that these were the apostles and prophets of the Most High God. On one side of the road were the prophets, and on the opposite side were the apostles. I was amazed at the number of white robes lining the road, which extended like an endless highway into mountains and plains.
A sound from the chariot caught my attention. It was the sound of a fresh burst of flames being ignited. The chariot was becoming "fired up" to move forward down this road. I thought to myself, How are we going to fix this road for God's glory to travel upon it?
Suddenly the apostles and prophets began to lie down in the road. One by one, they flung their bodies on top of the unleveled road to fill every gulch and crevice with their bodies. They did not hesitate to hurl themselves on top of sharp rocks and briars, to lay down their lives as a Highway of Holiness for the chariot of God's glory. My thoughts and emotions leaped inside myself. What bravery! What commitment! I only wish that I were that determined.
I was overwhelmed with a sense of destiny and spiritual fortitude. I found myself involved in the sacrifice, this death-to-self experience. I quickly threw my own body down before the chariot, not caring how much pain or suffering I endured. I only knew that I wanted His glory and would gladly lay down my life for it At that moment of tremendous sacrifice, a level highway stretched out for the chariot to travel upon. The chariot landed on the road and sped forth. Ignited with a fresh thrust of fire, the chariot blazed a trail upon the new foundation of the apostles and prophets who were willing to lay down their lives for His glory.