Spend time laying quietly before the Lord, humbling yourself in His presence, and strange but wonderful things will happen. At least, this is the case for Peter and Deborah Berlenbach, lead pastors of Face to Face Ministries in Abbotsford, BC. After years of serving God, they discovered Abba Father, the healer of broken hearts and giver of all good gifts. In the attached audio interview, Deborah shares how supernatural phenomenon has consistently marked their ministry in the forms of gold dust, oil, and precious jewels. These things began to manifest in their lives and ministry – though they never had knowledge or experience with such things, before.
You may ask, “Why would God do such things?” or “What is the purpose?” Would you believe that God does things simply because He can? He often lavishes divine expressions of affection on those who receive Him with the gratitude and innocence of a trusting child. For the believing, manifestations increase faith. Contrariwise, they can further harden the heart of the skeptic. Heaven doesn’t manifest in the natural realm to make believers of us all. These things happen whenever we, as believers, ascend in worship, opening the portals of Heaven with our unfeigned adoration.
Gold Dust and Jewels
I have been in services where gold flecks appeared on faces, hands and clothing. Though fantastical to us on Earth, gold flecks are but street dust in Heavenly realms. The significance lies in knowing we have touched Heaven with our worship. Signs and wonders of this kind are merely indications that God is among His people. Signs can confirm the preaching of the Word, testify of God’s presence, or convey a special message to the recipient. Just as we give gifts that convey our heart to our loved ones, Father gives gifts that reveal His heart and nature. A wonder makes us ponder the vast greatness of our God! He enjoys enlarging our perspective of Who He is and what He can do.
As for the manifestation of jewels, this is nothing new. Here’s a fascinating testimony from Puerto Rico of gemstones falling in The House of Restoration and Mercy, as reported by Patricia King. Other ministries have reported similar manifestations on occasion. Gemstones have always spoken to me of the rich and multi-faceted truths of God’s Word. Jesus is described in 2 Peter 2:4 as a living gem, “As you come to him, the living Stone–rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him.” Gems, gold, oil, feathers, and the like are part of the language of Heaven. What precisely they mean, when they appear, must be discerned by the recipients who, in turn, take the gifts to the Lord in prayer.
As for the Berlenbach’s, they are experiencing a steady outpouring of Heavenly gifts in their lives and ministry. Below is a photo gallery (courtesy of Face to Face Ministries) of gemstones that have fallen in recent years. It was an honor to speak with Deborah about this phenomenon, and to hear her unique insight as to why this is happening.
Connect with the Berlenbach’s at http://www.facetofaceministriesonline.com.