Sunday, April 20, 2014

John’s Trip to Heaven!

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After this, I looked and saw a door that opened into heaven. Then the voice that had spoken to me at first and that sounded like a trumpet said, “Come up here! I will show you what must happen next.”  Right then the Spirit took control of me, and there in heaven I saw a throne and someone sitting on it. The one who was sitting there sparkled like precious stones of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded the throne.

Twenty-four other thrones were in a circle around that throne. And on each of these thrones there was an elder dressed in white clothes and wearing a gold crown.  Flashes of lightning and roars of thunder came out from the throne in the center of the circle. Seven torches, which are the seven spirits of God, were burning in front of the throne.  Also in front of the throne was something that looked like a glass sea, clear as crystal.

Around the throne in the center were four living creatures covered front and back with eyes.  The first creature was like a lion, the second one was like a bull, the third one had the face of a human, and the fourth was like a flying eagle.   Each of the four living creatures had six wings, and their bodies were covered with eyes. Day and night they never stopped singing,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,

the all-powerful God,

who was and is

and is coming!”

Revelation 4:1-8

The Book of Revelation might also be called "John's Trip to Heaven!"  God is not trying to hide the existence of Heaven from human beings.  In fact, He wants us to know what it is like and what happens there. 

The Apostle Paul talked about someone he knew, and it may have been Paul himself, going up into Heaven and coming back. 

There is currently a movie called "Heaven is For Real."  It is about a little boy who tells a rather amazing story of a trip to Heaven while he was not responsive on the operating table.

Did anyone ever accuse you of being "So Heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good?"  Well, the truth is quite the opposite.  Those who are mindful of Heaven and desire to go there and be with Jesus are of the most good on this earth.  It is the man or woman who is "sold out to Jesus" who can live his or her life for the sake of others and not be concerned about treasures here on this earth.

The hardships of the trip are only bearable if you know where you are going.  If you are simply wandering through life with no certain destination how will you know which way to go when you come to a crossroads?

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, think about Heaven.  Think about the throne of God and what it will be like to stand before Him.  Ponder the beauty of your eternal home.  This life is a long journey and it is very short at the same time.  When you are young it seems that life on this earth will never end, and when you are old it seems you have been here only a little while! 

Take heart, if you Love Jesus Christ, very soon you will stand before the Throne of God and begin an eternity with Him.  Let Heaven and what the Bible tells us of that very real place fill your mind with joy and hope!

"Lord Jesus, help me to imagine the reality of Heaven.  Give me a clear vision of what it will be like to stand before the Throne of God and see You, face to face.  And may all Glory, Honor and Praise be Yours forever.  Amen."

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