Sunday, 24 March 2019

Glimpse of Heaven

Scripture: Revelation 7 v 9:  "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;"

Revelation 7 v 14 - 17: "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
 15  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
 16  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
 17  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

Our God has prepared a place for us where we can dwell with Him and Jesus forever, where we will want for nothing and never be sad or have any reason to cry.

We will be clothed in robes of righteousness, sinless through the blood of Jesus. He was our Passover Lamb; He was even born in the special place they kept the spotless lambs set apart for Passover. He was the Lamb who was sacrificed on Passover. The first night of Passover there is a feast. This was the Last Supper which He shared with His disciples before His betrayal and arrest.

The second night of Passover is another feast. This is the day He was sacrificed. God instituted the original Passover to set Israel free of Egypt through the slaying of every firstborn child or animal not under protection of the blood of lambs on the doors of their houses. At the same time the priests were selecting the lamb for the Jew's Passover sacrifice, Jesus was on trial and declared innocent by Pontius Pilate. At the same moment the priests slew their lambs, God's sacrificial Lamb was dying on the Cross.  

That was in commemoration of a physical event which caused Pharoah to command the Jews to depart from Egypt. The Egyptians were so amazed at God's power that they gave the Jews fabulous wealth of jewels and goods as they left.

Spiritually we have to depart from Egypt - the world system. God will bless our obedience and faith by supplying all our needs. The Blood of Jesus gives us life as He took all sin and death for us. If we are obedient we will grow quickly. If not we will wander in the wilderness of doubt and despair until we do obey.

The Israelites entered Canaan the land of promise after crossing the river Jordan on dry land just like the Red Sea crossing. They had been in great tribulation in Egypt and in the wilderness. This Canaan was the land flowing with milk and honey. 

When they crossed the Red Sea on dry land they were in Saudi Arabia and about 50 miles from the border of the Promised Land, yet they wandered 40 years until all the people involved in worship of the Golden Calf were dead.  Our God is determined to bless those who are pure in heart.

Billions of people of all nations, colours, tongues who have believed in Jesus were seen by John in Heaven. Its the ultimate victory for God and us. No more suffering, disease, death, sorrow, affliction, hurt, damage or heartbreak. 

Revelation 21 v 21 - 26: "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
 22  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
 23  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
 24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
 25  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
 26  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it."

In Corinthians it says that  we cannot begin to imagine the wonders God has prepared for us in Heaven. We will be surrounded by those we love and long for who have gone before us.
1 Corinthians 2 v 9 - 10: "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
 10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."

The amazing testimonies of Betty Baxter and Betty Malz, who both had their own unique glimpse of Heaven and came back to share it is available online and worth viewing.  The reality of what happened to them inspires us all to keep our eyes on Jesus.

Prayer:  Father God, how we all long for that day when we are finally all united and full of wonder at the treasures of Heaven. The joy of being part of Jesus and finally restored to Him is bubbling within us. The ecstasy of spending eternity in Your presence is beyond our ability to imagine. However, we are so ready to leave this world behind and discover Your Kingdom. We wait and watch with great anticipation. In Jesus' name. Amen.