Who’s Who in the Courts of Heaven

First, you may be wondering, “What exactly are the Courts of Heaven?”

There is a lot of interest in this topic these days, but not a lot of understanding yet. Throughout the Bible, we see God interacting similarly to the legal system on Earth.

Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence. Isaiah 43:26 NIV

The Courts of Heaven are best described as a place of prayer and petition where we obtain justice from the Lord.

We can pray more effectively once we understand some of the basic principles and protocols of the Courts of Heaven. You deserve justice from the Lord because the attacks of the enemy have been so great.

Who’s who in the Courts

Throughout the entire Bible, we see a pattern similar to a court of law. Many Greek and Hebrew words for God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit will confirm the roles of the lawgiver, advocate, intercessor and witness.

There are many verses in the Bible about this—and I encourage you to search them out. I’ve provided a few verses below to illustrate the “roles” of “who does what” in the Courts of Heaven:

  • We are Petitioners: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.     Philippians 4:6 NIV
  • God is our Judge (but not a judge as you might think; remember God is also a loving Father and is not out to judge you!):  For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.                Isaiah 33:22 NIV
  • Jesus is our Mediator (attorney): For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5 NIV
  • Holy Spirit is our Witness: The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16 NIV
  • Satan is our Prosecutor: For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.     Revelation 12:10b NIV

You’re already interacting

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NIV

When you pray, you are already interacting in the Courts of Heaven at some level, but you may not have realized it.

We are most familiar with intercession and spiritual warfare prayers. God is now releasing deeper understanding and revelation on this topic because the love of many has grown cold, which increases injustices.

The Courts of Heaven are even more important now as the enemy is over-attacking us, and we need justice.

New understanding

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:10–11 NIV

Jesus opened the minds of His disciples and they received greater revelation of how He was fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies (Luke 24:45).

We are no longer under the Law of Moses in the Old Testament. We now have the law of the Spirit of God in the New Testament (Romans 8:2).

We have the finished work of what Jesus did for us on the Cross, which gives us access to all we need. But if you are not seeing the fullness of God’s promises—which include good health, financial blessings and answered prayers—then you might need to access the Courts of Heaven to change things.

I will be sharing much more on the Courts of Heaven—including how to open a case for yourself or someone else—in my upcoming online workshop Understanding the Courts of Heaven–Part 2 (Currently Unavailable) . (You can get the full replay and notes of Part 1 here.)

Doug Addison

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Doug Addison is the founder and president of InLight Connection. Doug is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is best known for his Daily Prophetic Words and Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where they are impacting the arts and entertainment and media industries.

    • Tabitha
    • November 21, 2019
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    Hi is there anything I can listen to on the courts of heaven for beginners please? The courts of heaven part 1 & 2 are unavailable here.
    Thank you

    • WILLIAM CHAKABWATA
    • February 13, 2019
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    New teachings derived from the natural dimension can be dangerous. The devil is our prosecutor?The devil has no legal standing in heaven. Why do we need to go to courts in heaven when scripture says the greater one lives in me?I see a manipulation of scriptures to fit some new extra biblical teaching.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • February 15, 2019
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      Hey William! I get what you are saying :). If you want more information on the Courts of Heaven Elizabeth Nixon has a lot of free teachings on it. Here is here website, https://whitequillmedia.com/. God bless you!

    • Pastor mike moore
    • April 25, 2018
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    I’m a pastor/teacher and have a church 30 years now. Always open to a deeper walk with the Lord, but in my brief but intense study of this “courts of heaven” teaching which just sprang up more or less suddenly out of a vision Larry Henderson says he had, seems similar to the visionary who wrote the Book of Mirman. You can make scriptures support almost any “new” doctrine. Denominations have done it for years. So far, no one has shown me where IN OUR NEW COVENANT THAT “the courts of heaven” is mentioned. I could go on, but it sounds like someone is selling a lot of books, dvds, and cds with this “new thing”. Not sold on contending with the devil when he is already defeated.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • April 27, 2018
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      Hello Pastor Mike. Thank you for sharing. You may find some answers in the podcast Doug did with Elizabeth Nixon that you can listen to here. But above that, we always encourage people to ask the Holy Spirit to show them. I understand that it can be a difficult teaching to grasp at first. God bless you!

        • DW
        • May 11, 2018
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        Hi Pastor Mike,
        I agree with you 100%…this “new” teaching does not feel right to me and so my spiritual discernment turns me away from this “concept”. Satan has already been defeated through Christ’s blood and HE has given us the power to tread on serpents. God bless all of my brothers and sisters in Christ.

    • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
    • February 28, 2018
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    Awesome Ann! I am so glad that you have been blessed by this post. Agreeing with you for God to do amazing things in your life and in the state of Utah!

    • Gina
    • February 19, 2018
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    Doug – I was introduced to the courts of heaven through other teachings, it had many protocols and I was not sure about it because I didn’t understand it. Your teachings have simplified it for me and I now have confidence to enter into His courts and present my cases. I have seen tangible answers. The Lord has prompted me to take national level cases to His courts (through dreams or words) received the judgement and papers and saw headlines represent. Humbling and amazing!

    Do you have a teaching on coming to the throne of grace, on the sea of glass and trading with Jesus. Recently had this revelation and heard a breif testimony. Trading beauty for ashes, shame for honor, failures for His planned successes.

    What are the counsels of the Lord. I had a dream about being asked to come but I don’t understand yet.

    Thank you!! You are a blessing 🔥

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • March 15, 2018
      Reply

      Hey Gina! I am so glad that Doug’s teachings have helped you understand the Courts of Heaven better. And that is wonderful that you are praying in them with such boldness!

      In Doug’s newest webinar, Understanding the Courts of Heaven Part 2 Doug does go into greater detail about the Throne of Grace. This is a Part 2 teaching that goes into greater detail about the Courts of Heaven and how to operate in them more effectively. Bless you Gina!

    • BECKY MDALI MWASI
    • February 16, 2018
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    Thank you for the word

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • February 16, 2018
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      You are welcome Becky! It is Doug’s joy to be able to share with you all. Bless you!

    • Rosalind Brooks-Tucker
    • February 15, 2018
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    This is awesome and makes so much sense. I need to study this out thoroughly.
    Thanks Doug, I appreciate your knowledge, wisdom and Understanding of God’s word.
    Blessings!!!

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • February 15, 2018
      Reply

      Hey Rosalind! I am so glad this post made sense to you :). Bless you!

    • Grace lopez
    • February 15, 2018
    Reply

    It is so helping to open up our spiritual understanding about courts of heaven. Please send me the complete topics about the courts of heaven, the part 2 and the whole. God bless u more and your ministry.

    • Teri Zumbusch
    • February 15, 2018
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    I have had a real reticence to enter into this courts of heaven teaching haven’t been sure if it’s God or me but I thought we had that in Jesus. Now you pray that the father in my name believing in your heart that it’s done is done. I guess I don’t understand why we need to make a case or Argue why we should have our prayers answeredWanna try to understand it because I do trust you but Jesus said you now go to the father through me make your request known and know in your heart that when you pray you have what you have asked for so I don’t understand why we have to press in and make a case can you explain that to me? I’m certainly one of those that feels as though their been lack of response to my healing and I’m in the healing ministry my son’s don’t walk with God and there’s a real Gulf of misunderstanding between us and I am not sure why, its been years of prayer,except that it’s attack, but God has taken wonderful care of me and I see his hand in my life, Just step back and trust God will reveal to him the truth of these things because he won’t listen to me I know that God is preparing him for the ministry he has for him and he is gifted as a seer prophet. Thanks for all you do appreciate it so much I just need to understand this court of heaven thing because I have a real heaviness in my spirit about it. Thank you so much and bless you and all you do. Teri

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • March 1, 2018
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      Hey Teri! I am agreeing with you for your sons to walk with God and for your healing. You may gain more understanding on the Courts of Heaven through Doug’s webinar Understanding the Courts of Heaven Part 2. This is his newest webinar on the topic. He also has Part 1 available.

      He also has a free podcast interview that glosses over the the Courts of Heaven as well.

    • Susan Mitnik
    • February 15, 2018
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    I have experienced the Love of God through the beauty and fragility of nature, as an environmentalist and artist the love of all children as a teacher, and the love of all nationalities and races through humility and acceptance. God’s Love overcomes me and moves me to tears as He reveals himself to me through these gifts and trials, especially when I experience hears closing and growing cold. I know I must continue to Love radically with His love. Otherwise, I am lost. Then the darkened paths are grueling, when my stomach churns and mind races and the shadows play tricks on my eyes. Again and again, The Lord comes in his splendor to blaze a new path for me….

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • February 15, 2018
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      That was beautifully written Susan. Bless you!

    • Sherrie
    • February 15, 2018
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    WOW! I’M THANKING GOD FOR GREATER REVELATION! IN JESUS NAME!

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • February 15, 2018
      Reply

      Wohoo! I am so glad you enjoyed this blog post Sherrie. Bless you!

    • Ashley Killebrew
    • February 15, 2018
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    This has been life changing for our family! I am loving learning and experiencing more about the courts. Asking Him for more! Thank you for sharing what He’s shown you!

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • February 15, 2018
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      I am so glad Ashley that the Courts of Heaven is changing your family. Bless you and your family!

    • Marc
    • February 15, 2018
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    Thanks and blessings for all you are and do 🙂

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • February 15, 2018
      Reply

      You are very welcome. Bless you Marc!

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