“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.””
Revelation 21:1-4 NKJV
I am sustained by looking to the prize, the goal of my salvation, eternity with Jesus in Heaven. There are those who seek to cheapen the promise of our great, eternal home as some kind of metaphor, so kind of “not really real” thing that we seek to encourage ourselves with. Most of these people are young, with many years ahead of them. I don’t think people being martyred around the world today are going to their deaths for a metaphor.
I look at Heaven from the perspective of one soon to be there. The glory of God is growing brighter in my eyesight, as the light in my mortal self is dimming. I am like an hourglass, as the last grains filter out into the fullness at the bottom that is my past.
I am nearing the end of my reading of the bible for this year, and it seems more profound than any other time I have done it. Every word has jumped off the page and into my heart. I am looking forward to starting all over again.
This morning I starting playing some new music, BALLADS OF THE REVELATION, by Dalton and Anna Thomas. Just as the music started, I encountered the familar passage in chapter 21, and I began to weep. Suddenly, I felt transported from the struggles of this present time, into the future, with no pain, no sadness, no loss. I am looking forward to the literal time when I will spend my eternity with Jesus.
The knowledge of heaven, propels me to share the Gospel, to tell people of this great salvation purchased by Jesus on the cross at Calvary. His death was an atoning sacrifice for our sins, a propitiation or payment. Without Jesus, we are all bound for eternity in a literal hell. The suffering will be real and not a metaphor. I desire many to know who Jesus is, and to know the peace of salvation, knowing that sins are forgiven.
Brothers and sisters, seek the Lord today, open your bible and spend some time soaking up the goodness of the Scriptures. I highly recommend reading through. I use a plan in my bible app that gives me a variety of readings from various books, old and new testament. I like the bouncing around, as it make it less monotonous.
Take some time to pray. Make a list and pray for a few people. I started praying for five or six people, then I gradually increased to the point that my list today is in the hundreds. I find that prayer, connects me to the Lord more deeply. I have a greater peace. He has also made me a shepherd, as I now have empathy. I can tell you that my transformation from one self-centered, to one concerned about others, is a miracle.
Make the most of fellowship. Due to my lowered immunity, I am currently missing church. I love the prayer chair, because I am still able to interact on some level. Brothers and sisters make the most of the opportunities that you have to encourage the fellowship of believers, as I believe that things will be harder in the near future. We will need to cling to each other for endurance.
In the face of perilous times, look to the future with the Lord. I find that I can sustain myself in the blessed hope, that there is coming a day when all this suffering will come to an end, and true justice will reign. Believers, remain steadfast and seek the Lord. We have a great cloud of witnesses that have gone on before us who are now waiting, who know first hand the goodness of the Lord.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
I am looking forward to the day that God will be with us, as He intended with Adam. There will be no more sin, no more separation. Immanuel.
“Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
Revelation 21:5-7 NKJV
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