by Richard Billingsley
9/23/2015 (updated 1/20/2022)
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The following is a brief testimony of my life and calling. It reveals the call God has placed on my life and the key events to fulfill his calling on my life, to prepare the Bride of Christ for its day of glory in the Rapture.
When I was young, I found John 6:44, and challenged God with it, saying: “If you want me do this!”
John 6:44 (NKJV)
44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.
That call came at the age of seven, in church on a Sunday night, December 12, 1965. The pastor gave an altar call for those who wanted to accept Jesus as Lord. However, this time I felt a hand on my shoulder and heard the voice of God saying: “Richard, I want you now.” Without hesitation, I went forward and knelt at the altar. With a few words, I gave my life to the Lord. When I rose to my feet, I turned and could see the people socializing as they made their way out. But I also saw something in my spirit. It was my first vision. I was walking a wide road up to the New Jerusalem, the city of God toward one of the gates. I approached the giant pearl gates and, on each side stood an angel holding a staff. They nodded hello, as the gates opened, and I entered the city. The streets were crystal clear gold and the buildings of pure white. People in white robes walked the streets. I look around in awe for a several seconds before the vision ended.
Over the years God has given me many dreams and visions; so many that they became common in my life. These visions, dreams, and visitations to heaven were so common in my life that it wasn’t until I was in my twenty’s that I realized most people don’t experience these things. Here are just a few of those experiences
When I was about ten, as I was getting ready to sleep, I was in my bed praying when the Lord stopped me with a vision. He told me he wanted to show me something. As he took me by the hand, I felt my spirit go up leaving my body on the bed. I could feel it as my spirit was flying off into space. I was too wide-awake to be dreaming.
We began to move up and away from the house. I watched as the house faded into the distance, then the earth as we zoomed out of our solar system, and out of the galaxy. Moving at the speed of thought, we continued for what seemed like several seconds, and then came to a stop. God did not tell me, but I knew in my spirit where we were. God had brought me to the edge of the universe. As He stood beside me, God waved his hand in front showing me the expanse of the universe and said, “This is my domain.” As I looked in awe at all the shapes and vivid colors of the galaxies, I noticed something that caught my attention. I had an interest in astronomy and remembered hearing that galaxies are scattered randomly throughout the universe. But what I saw here were galaxies in clusters, and those galaxy clusters scattered throughout the universe. God was showing me the truth of the big picture. Something that He would be doing for the rest of my life, and it left me speechless.
After several seconds, we returned to earth, and the vision ended. It was a remarkable experience, and I wondered why the Lord would show me such things. About three months later, I learned the answer to that question. While watching television, newscasters announced that contrary to current theories, astronomers had discovered that the galaxies were not scattered evenly throughout the universe but were actually in clusters. The Lord had given me an insight into his universe and confirmed it by the news media!
Most of the time when the Lord taught me, He would show it to me in the Bible, and then we would discuss it, occasionally, he would do something special. One of those lessons occurred three times over a span of a couple of months when I was 11 years old.
It happened when I was lying on my bed. I could feel my spirit become one with the Holy Spirit and together we would encircle the earth. I really cannot explain how it felt. There were no physical limitations. I was suddenly everywhere all at once. I could see and feel the earth inside of me; I was holding the earth in my bosom. I could see everything that was happening on the earth all at once, and I could feel the pain of the Holy Spirit crying in anguish for those who would not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Three times the Holy Spirit shared this experience with me. The third time the Lord ended the vision with a very painful experience. As the vision ended, my sight went dark. I could feel my spirit moving from encircling the earth to focusing on one location on the earth, but I didn’t know where I was going. When my sight returned, I was watching a horrible sight. A beautiful young woman, wearing a beret, was screaming as a man stood over her, stabbing her with a knife. I wanted to help, but I was not there physically, I could only watch in horror.
As that vision ended, the Holy Spirit, crying, told me that this was not her time to die. God had plans for that young woman’s life, and now she was lost because of the sin of this man. I knew then that there was no such thing as fate and while God has plans for our lives, there are many forces at work in this world seeking to kill, steal, and destroy those plans. God does not always get what he wants. God does not want anyone to perish, but desires that we all find salvation in Jesus Christ, 2 Peter 3:9.
At the age of 12, I had a visitation from Jesus, when he took me through the Rapture and placed a call on my life.
Tuesday, March 3, 1970, at 1:30 AM, I was sound asleep when a very loud shout woke me up. As I lay on the bed wondering what had just happened, I realized that my body was still asleep, but my spirit was awake and aware of everything that was going on around me. I could see in all directions at once. I looked at the bedside table and could see the molecules vibrating in the wood and then zoomed in to see the atoms spinning. All of my senses were hyper-alive and aware. I was more awake than I had ever been in my life. Questions were answered as they came to my mind. I knew I was experiencing the glorification of the Rapture and with that, I realized I could control time. My mind and spirit were working at the speed of light, and I knew that what had seemed like several seconds had only been in the twinkling of an eye. Immediately there was a trumpet blast that resounded with a voice of thunder calling all who heard it to “Come Forth!” I felt my spirit rise out of my body and watched as I approached the ceiling, then just as suddenly my spirit crashed back down into my body causing it to wake up.
I jumped out of bed, positive that the Rapture had occurred, but for some reason, God had changed his mind and put me back in my body. As a young 12-year-old, I was scared, thinking I have been left behind and all alone. Was I alone? If the Rapture had truly happened wouldn’t my parents have also been taken? I headed toward their room, got half-way there, got scared and ran back to my bedroom. After several minutes I eventually built up my courage and made my way to my parent’s room, where I found them still sleeping in their beds. Relieved and realizing it was just a vision I went back to my room. But when I crossed the threshold of my room, Jesus was there, and he spoke audibly with a voice filled with love and said: “Richard, tell them to prepare.” I answered “Yes, Lord” and then he left. I went back and woke my parents and told them what had happened.
While I call it a vision it was much more than that, it was a visitation that left my spirit awake. I could see the spirit world around me; spirits, angels, fallen angels and demons. I could see them, but they didn’t know that I could see them, not at first, not until I started describing what I was seeing to those around me and exercising my authority over them. Then one day as I was walking through the house, I turned a corner and ran into a fallen angel standing in my way and caught me off guard. Startled by his boldness, I asked: “What do you want!” He snarled at me with words filled with hate saying: “I’m going to kill you!” When he said that I laughed and walked right through him, waving him off and went on with what I was doing.
One ability this experience caused that was very important was the freedom to visit heaven in my spirit any time I wanted. Almost every evening after reading my Bible I would relax on my bed and release my spirit to the Holy Spirit and journey to heaven where I would walk the streets, spend time with Jesus and others, but most of my time was spent in the throne room being taught by Father God.
In the beginning, I thought these visits to heaven were just visions, but early in these visits I was in the throne room with God and asked if I could take a walk outside. As I exited one of the front entrances, I was facing a gigantic column that must have been at least 20 feet across. I began to work my way around the column to go down the steps; when I ran into someone, I hadn’t seen before. He reached out to shake my hand and said: “Oh, you must be Richard.” I instantly knew it was the Apostle Phillip and that he had come to the throne room to meet and talk with me. I was so startled by what had happened, I inadvertently terminated the visit and found myself back on my bed. It was then that I realized these were not visions, but real visitations into heaven where I could interact with anyone. The Holy Spirit has told me that Phillip and I have an appointment to meet again after the Rapture. It is important to understand the difference between a vision and a visitation. A vision is essentially a structured event with the purpose to impart some specific information. While a visitation is dynamic and can move randomly in any direction.
I spent a lot of time with Jesus as well, and we would walk along the river of life talking. Once while we were walking, we sat down and put our feet into the cool water of the River of Life. As we talked, I noticed a fish swimming down the river. I watched as the fish suddenly darted over to where we were and poked its head out of the water to say hello. However, my reaction was unexpected. I jerked my feet out of the water thinking the fish was going to bite me. Jesus rolled back in the grass laughing and when I realized what had happened started laughing also. Then the Holy Spirit showed me that as a young child our family had gone to a nearby lake for the day with friends and while I was in the water all these tiny fish kept nipping at my freckles thinking they were food. It upset me so much as a young boy I refused to go back into the water.
Since my salvation at age seven my prayers always included asking the Father to make me more like Jesus. I also prayed that the Lord would keep me out in front and never let me fall behind where the Church was concerned. In April 1976, when I was 18, the Lord answered the first prayer with a second visitation. He stood in front of me and declared: “Richard, I have heard your prayers to be more like me. Therefore, this day I have placed you in the office of the Prophet.” He then departed, probably because he did not want to hear what came out of my mouth next. As I screamed: “NO!” What had I done? That was the last thing I wanted. I wanted to be used by God, but not as a prophet, anything but a prophet. I didn’t reject His call, but I knew the responsibilities of a prophet, and I did not want that calling.
In July, three months after this visitation I was in prayer when the Lord gave me a vision. In the vision, I saw myself as a young man walking on the path of my life, which was straight and white. As I walked, the road ended at a great wall in front of me. I looked left, right, up and down and there was nowhere else to go. There was nothing I could do, no choices to continue this journey. I thought, was my life over? I was still a young man, and I have come to the end of the road, the end of my life? Suddenly, I saw the hand of God come down and scoop me up. The hand lifted me higher and higher up the wall until it reached the top. When the hand of God withdrew, I saw myself as a baby, sitting before a new road stretching off into the distance, then the voice of God saying: “Now, you are a child of God.” What did that mean? Before this I knew I was a “Son of God,” but now I am a “Child of God?” It wasn’t until many years later that I came to understand this vision was a confirmation vision of the appointment into the office of a Prophet and that the wall meant that I had no choice in that matter. I was placed by God on a new road, beginning a new calling and it would be necessary for me to grow up in this new calling that I must travel.
Those early years of training as a prophet were hard and I was stubborn and rebellious as I did not want this path given to me. It was during this time that I struggled to understand everything He was teaching me. I was young and argued with God about a lot of different things. God was always patient with me but, I wanted to run and get away from what was happening. In the summer of 1979, I decided to take a vacation and head north and visit the State and National Parks, ending up in Yellowstone before heading back. But God didn’t want me to leave and ordered me to stay in Phoenix. In my rebellion, I packed up and headed north with the voice of the Holy Spirit telling me to go back home. I went through the Grand Canyon and drove north into Utah where I got a room for the night. The next morning, I got in the vehicle and discovered I had a pinched nerve in my neck. I could drive straight, but any turn was agonizingly painful. Being hard, headed, I continued driving north, stopping to visit the various national and state parks along the way. I stopped for the night and got a room still in pain from the pinched nerve and doing my best to ignore the voice of God. After a difficult night’s sleep, I finally broke, gave up, got in my vehicle and headed back home.
The instant I crossed the Arizona border the pinched nerve disappeared, and God began talking to me, saying that He had chosen me to be a “Timepiece” in His Kingdom, and said that I could only do what he said, when he said do it. A Timepiece is someone who has a very specific calling on their lives. They are called to carry out a specific task, but it must happen at a very specific point in time, hence the name “Timepiece.” God continued by saying that my calling as a “Timepiece” was to bring a restoration of understanding of His word and prepare the Church for the Rapture. He gave me some very specific instructions, but He said that I must not utter those words until the appointed time. (You can read what those words are in the teaching: The Kings Messenger.)
In April 1980 at 21 years of age, Jesus came in a third visitation and surprised me, by asking if I would allow Him to teach me about the book of Revelation. I was thrilled that He wanted to teach me the book He authored about Himself, as I had been a student of Bible Prophecy since my salvation at age seven, but I was not prepared for what was about to happen.
The Lord continued by saying that before He would begin teaching me, I would have to agree to two rules. “First,” He said, “You must forget everything you have ever learned about the book of Revelation. I will teach you everything you need to know.” I was surprised at what I had just heard. Why should I forget all the teaching I had learned before? If I had not known to whom I was speaking I would have rejected it right there, but I did know, and I agreed. Then he told me to turn to Revelation 22 and start reading. I got down to verse 18 and 19 when He stopped me and told me that these commandments apply not only to those who would twist and misinterpret the book of Revelation using outside sources, but it also applies to the rest of the Bible as well.
Revelation 22:18-19 NLT
18 And I solemnly declare to everyone who hears the words of prophecy written in this book: If anyone adds anything to what is written, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that is described in this book.
He said the book of Revelation was self-contained and we must study it as such. We cannot take scriptures from the rest of the Bible and use them to interpret the book of Revelation. To do so would be adding to the book of Revelation, violating this commandment, corrupting our understanding and has serious consequence for those who break it and also for those who accept such teaching.
He later clarified that explanation by saying we can use the book of Revelation to interpret prophecies within the Bible, but we cannot take other scriptures in the Bible and use them to interpret the book of Revelation. Revelation 19:10 tells us that this book is the key to understanding all Bible Prophecy. The word “spirit” here is unique as the root means that it is the core, the essence and the key to understanding.
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