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What is "When Heaven Invades Earth"?

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"When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to Miracles" is a 2003 book by Pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, Calif. The book describes how anyone can receive God's miracles, revelations and teachings. Johnson frequently posts passages of his book to his ministry's website. The work is approximately 200 pages long and contains scriptures, theological points and anecdotes from Johnson's charismatic Christian ministry.

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One passage of "When Heaven Invades Earth" lays out six practical steps to practice a lifestyle that is receptive to miracles. Johnson proscribes specific, relentless prayers to call on God to fulfill His promises. The pastor believes people should thoroughly study the Gospels to understand and obey those teachings. Followers should also read books by revivalists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Johnson believes healers, who create miracles by the laying on of hands, anoint others with God's miracles. The pastor thinks those seeking to transform their lives need to spend time around evangelists who regularly experience signs and wonders. The sixth point relates to obedience to God's will.

Detractors of Johnson's ministry feel miraculous signs such as feathers falling from the sky are signs of the occult instead of manifestations of the holy spirit. Supporters claim to have witnessed and received miraculous recoveries from ailments that medical science could not solve. Johnson's church in California has approximately 1,500 members and contains the School of Supernatural Ministry.

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