Hey folks, I just wanted to post this article written by my good friend Abi Mackriell. In the past few months God has been speaking to us about the secret of the stairs. You might be wondering what on earth is that? Well I hardly know myself. All I do know is that God is offering this generation an invitation to meet with him face to face. Tommy Tenny, the author of the God chasers, puts it like this:
“God wants to raise up a generation of God-pleasers, not the run-of-the-mill religious man-pleasers. Our destiny is founded upon His wisdom and purposes, not the ever-changing whims and wishes of men. That means the church desperately needs people who possess the secret of the stairs Solomon alluded to in his Song of Songs: “O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.”
Let us always be careful to hear what the spirit is saying to the church!! Read this and be inspired to understand more fully the secret of the stairs!!
hi everyone, i think a lot of you will know that a while back , justin abraham had an angel whisper to him ‘the secret of the stairs’, he shared it with stevie and stevie shared it with me . well, i don’t know why but it seriously piqued my curiosity. there was something about it…it resounded with some of the stuff i had seen in the spirit and i was hungry to know more about it. it took me a while to actually get down to some serious delving. anyway, being a bit slower than the average bear, i finally found this:
“O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” Songs 2:14 KJV
now tell me that isn’t awesome! lol. i love songs 2 and have read it over and over but never in the KJV – totally blew me away. so then i did the obvious and googled ‘the secret of the stairs’, yeah so it isn’t a total secret – there was quite a lot of juicy stuff to trawl through. well i’m still in the process of doing that but thought i’d share some of the stuff i’ve copied and put together so that you too can be blessed …although you may have to work for it a bit!
my own basic understanding of the secret of the stairs, within the context of songs2 is that it is a place of face-to-face encounter with God. so if we can find that secret stairway then ta-daaah we’re right in front of God saying, ‘i like your face’. well you know me, i don’t just like to know stuff, i mainly love to do it…so i’m gonna be walking this out and i know you all want it too…there is lots of other juicy bits about stairs throughout the bible which i hope to get round to sharing. bill johnson has recently intimated that Solomon is the man for this season, and he obviously really got the secret of the stairs – listen to this verse: “When the queen of Sheba perceived all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his waiters and their attire, his cupbearers, and his stairway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her.” 1 kings10:4-5 NASB
now i dunno everything that God is telling you right now, but i believe this secret is the key to unlocking a lot of the things that are being discussed prophetically at the moment: face-to-face time with God, Kingdom government and authority and wisdom. so listen to Holy Spirit, because revelation comes to the body, not just one person.
love you all,
The Secret of the Stairs
(Tommy Tenney – The God Catchers, Ch 9 – excerpt)
Where are the people who know Him so intimately that their worship and ador4ation can almost “change” His Mind? Where are the people of the inner chamber, the intimate companions of God who are so in tune with His heart that others seek them out for advice on how to approach the King? God wants to raise up a generation of God-pleasers, not the run-of-the-mill religious man-pleasers. Our destiny is founded upon His wisdom and purposes, not the ever-changing whims and wishes of men. That means the church desperately needs people who possess the secret of the stairs Solomon alluded to in his Song of Songs: “O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.”
Later translations use other terms for this secret place, but there is something about this phrase that clearly conveys the privileged access of the lover to the Beloved. This is the path of exclusive passion, of worship reserved only for God. This is the secret of the stairs, the portal of privileged access enjoyed only by true worshipers. Worshipers are the one group of people we know from the Scriptures that the Father actively seeks.
God talked about five men in the Old Testament who knew how to move His heart so effectively that He made statements about them to the effect, “Even if these men came to talked to Me about this situation, I don’t think I would change My mind.”
There is an underlying principle at work here. Evidently some people know how to access the heart of God so effectively and persuasively that He almost “avoids talking with them” over certain issues.
Does this sound heretical? Explain to me why God singled out five men in the Old Testament the way He did. In the book of Ezekiel, God said, “Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver themselves by their righteousness.” God also declared in the book of Jeremiah: “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favourable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth.”
Somehow these five men developed a path of secret access to the heart of God. He is saying, “There are people whom I am reluctant to talk to in times like these because I know they can move My heart. They can bring Me to the point of doing something that was different from My original intention. It is as if some people can talk Me into more things than others can.” We know it as the power of prayer!
These men managed to get close enough to God to win His heart in some way. This is the power of proximity personified. We are not talking about bribery of flattery; we are talking about God Chasers who knew how to pursue Him with genuine passion in ways that drew Him close. Noah, Daniel, Job, Moses and Samuel – they all drew close to God in spite of impossible crises and adverse circumstances
Can you see why it is so important for us to draw close to Him in love and adoration? God selected five men who spanned thousands of years of human history and commented on their heavenly influence. How many would He choose today? Who are they? Where are they? We need them!
I know this much: He wants a whole host of intimates like that. He’s longed for an entire nation of kings and priests and sons and daughters.
The five men seemingly hand selected by God in the Old Testament era seemed to know about and understand what Solomon called “the secret of the stairs.” The men knew this secret “back stairs” access to God’s presence can produce a celestial “yes” when every earthly circumstance says “no.” Passionate worship will weave its weave its way through the trappings of failure, discouragement and difficulty to bring you to the place of passion with Him.
This is what it means to “worship until you get toe the face place” or to “tarry until…” You refuse to stop or turn aside to celebrate when His hand of blessing “sticks out from underneath the veil.” You are after more than the blessings of His hands; you want the glory of His face. You’ve made up your mind and refined your pursuit to the point that you no longer seek a blessing; you are after nothing less than the Blesser.
Perhaps your mind has mounted a protest throughout this chapter. If so, please understand that logic isn’t the magic key to access Daddy’s heart. My girls have been “accessing my heart” since they were toddling around in diapers. Before they even developed the intellectual capacity to use logic, they were well versed in the use of passions to persuade their father.
…[Learn] how to go beyond logic and make something that was totally illogical accessible by passion.
If you are not in this place now, it is certain that someday you will be asking the Father for things that logic says are impossible: “That can’t be revived. There is no way that can be taken care of. Don’t you know you can’t do this, and that request is out of the question?” At the same time, passion is saying, “I think I know a way. There is a back door, a secret stairway that can lead you there, but the only way to reach it is through passionate worship.”
Obviously no one can or should even try to manipulate God to do something. However, it is also obvious to me that God “sets us up” for fresh encounters and gives us the “secret of the stairs” just to intensify and preserve our dependence upon and passion for Him.
The first line of divine encounters takes place through the wonderful pursuit of His face, when we chase Him as little children and He allows us to catch Him for a grand reunion of joy and delight. Unlike the natural progression of human children from infancy to adolescence, our position is such that we never “graduate” from this level of encounter with the heavenly Father. We are to make ourselves as little children.
However we add a second level of encounter in our journey of pursuit. It is the “secret place of the stairs,” where we pursue Him passionately as His bride, using every means at our disposal. He gives us the secret place of access through passionate worship, but we must supply the passion and the active pursuit.