Stories, Scriptures And Thoughts About Heaven- Part III
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” —John 14:1-3
Oh, my, my, my. How enjoyable and inspirational it will be to spend thousands of hours in sweet fellowship with the redeemed of the Lord and with the angels as well. To visit with the Patriarchs of the past, the prophets, kings and apostles. And we should be able to fellowship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In Romans 11:33, Paul writes about the depths of the “wisdom and knowledge of God.” In I Corinthians 13:12, he writes, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face.”
Also in Ephesians 1:16-20, Paul writes out a prayer for the church and says that the church might receive the wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him and that our understanding being enlightened: so that we will know three things:
This will happen in heaven as we listen to our heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the wonderful Holy Spirit. Can you imagine that—face-to-face teaching by the Father, Son, and Spirit? As we hear these great truths explained, we will find ourselves shouting, “Praise God, hallelujah, and amen!”
- The hope of His calling
- The glory of our inheritance
- The exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe
Another very important activity of heaven will be praise and worship. Revelation 21:22-27 says there will be no temple in the new Jerusalem. But there might be a gigantic amphitheater that seats millions so that we can hear great choirs, musicians and singers.
In Revelation 4:8-11, the angels sing followed by the twenty-four elders who worship and “cast their crowns before the throne.”
In Revelation 5:11-13, millions of angels worship with a loud voice and then all in heaven break out in worship to the Lamb.
In Revelation 7:9-12, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues worshipped with a loud voice saying, “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”
Then the angels fall and worship God. In respect to these great gatherings of redeemed saints of God in heaven, I do hope and believe that certain persons will be called upon to testify of God’s goodness and faithfulness. I want to hear a testimony from Moses, Caleb, David, Elijah, Paul, Peter, Martin Luther, and John Wesley.
Also, I hope that our blessed Lord will call on certain ones to sing songs of praise and worship. I want to hear Ira Sankey, the great soloist of evangelist D.L. Moody. I hope to hear Reverend Jack Holcomb, Tommy Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, the McDuff Brothers with Big John Hall, and for sure, Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart. These will be glorious concerts of praise.
I hope there will be beautiful farms and ranches with dogs, cows, horses, etc. on the new Planet Earth. Whatever, it will be awesome, perfect, and good. I have made my plans to be there. I am washed by the blood of the Lamb, and you can be also. To be ready for heaven, you must:
You can be born again today.
II Peter 3:13 says, “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
- Repent of your sins
- Ask Christ to come into your heart
- Believe that Christ died for you and is alive today
- Confess your new faith to others immediately and often
Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote these words to the song, “This Is Just What Heaven Means to Me”:
A country where no twilight shadows deepen,
Unending days where night will never be,
A city where no storms will ever gather,
Oh, this is just what heaven means to me.
What will it be when we get over yonder
And join the throng upon the glassy sea?
Will join our loved ones and crown Christ forever,
Oh, this is just what heaven means to me.
See, it’s a place where there is no misunderstanding,
Out there from all enmity and strife we’ll be free,
There, no unkind words that wound the heart are spoken,
And this is just what heaven means to me.