Tuesday, September 18, 2007

How many times have you taken time to just picture what heaven must look like? Or have you ever just tried to picture what Jesus really looks like? (I mean what He REALLY looks like - not the pictures we have seen all our lives of Jesus with blue eyes and light brown hair - He was from the middle east - there are no blue eyes in the middle east). I love to just sit and think about what it will be like in heaven. I also love to get on my knees and pray pretending I am sitting at Jesus feet or putting my head in His lap. John got a glimpse of heaven and he tells us about it in Revelation 4:
"After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing
open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet
said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." At
once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with
someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper
and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.
Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were
twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their
heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of
thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven
spirits[
a] of God. Also before the throne there was what
looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the
center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered
with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the
second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a
flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered
with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop
saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to
come." Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who
sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall
down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and
ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: "You are
worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and
power, for you created all things, and by your will they
were created and have their being."

I get so excited by these verses because I believe with all my heart that we are so close to the church being raptured (and I mean CLOSE, people, very CLOSE!). I look at the news and it seems that the labour pains are getting so close and stronger in intensity (http://raptureready.com/rapnews_db.php). All the countries that the Bible says will play a part in the end times are on the political scene and things are developing every day that are setting the stage for us to hear the shout (1 Thess 4:16-18).

Sometimes I get so bogged down by life and busy-ness, but God's promise to believers never fails to pick me up and calm my anxious spirit. There are many people who would say that I have the perfect family and the perfect life. The truth is that even though my life is beyond wonderful and I love my husband and children more than any words can say, none of our lives will be perfect until we are in the presence of the Head of our Family - our Father.

Here is a link to a YouTube video about John and what he saw in his Revelation from God. It is so worth your time to watch - it brought tears to my eyes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCUlga4qgQc

4 comments:

Jennifer Partin said...

Thanks Bethanne for stopping by my Blog. Your boys are beautiful----I especially love the picture of them on the beach. Makes me miss Florida.....
Hope to hear from you again soon.
Grace to you,
Jennifer

Renee said...

Thanks for giving me something to think about today! It will be more glorious than we can imagine when we're all together with our Father in heaven!!

Earen said...

My mom is studying Revelations in her Bible Study group & she encouraged me to read it because the Word says that those who read it will be blessed. Thanks for reminding me of that & sharing!

He Knows My Name said...

i wanted to post earlier about this because the previous day from your post i was at my mom's who is 87. we were remarking about the beauty of the rose we picked from her rose garden and that led to the beauty of heaven we in our finite minds can only imagine.