Heaven

Revelation 4:1
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was
opened in heaven: and the first voice which I
heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with
me; which said, Come up hither, and I will
shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Hebrews 13:14
For here have we no continuing city,
but we seek one to come.

 

Revelation 21:9 � And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;...

18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 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.

 

Revelation 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I SHALL DWELL

Psalms 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

David was a man with a warrior's heart, but he was also a shepherd in his youth. All boys in the Middle East and Africa, during David's era, would have to take their turn herding the sheep and goats. So, the fact that David was a shepherd was nothing startling.

But, the tenderness of David's heart is very precious, and God used it to bless Israel. It is well known that really manly men are gentle. When you hear men talking tough and showing their hate for other people-- when you hear men making threats and flipping knives out in the church foyer-- you are in the presence of cowards. Real men have the spirit of David.

David, in the above Psalm, shows how sweet it is to follow the Eternal Shepherd, and the progression is instructive. In Verse 1 David says he has no "want." This is not the aspect of greed, as we would mean it today. This "want" speaks of lack of something. God provides all we need.

Then, in verse 2, David speaks of God's provision through life. Green pastures speak of the feast provided in God's Word. Read Psalm 119, and you will see how deep the green pasture is, and you will see how refreshing the still water.

Verse 3 speaks of the spiritual life where the Shepherd restores the soul and leads David along paths of righteousness. If we recall the experience of David with Bath Sheba, and the restoration David found after his confession of sin in Psalm 51, we see how merciful our Shepherd is. We tend to be a lot more harsh on the sinner than our Lord, so we must always seek out the Lord when we need restoration.

Verse 4 talks, not about death, but about the journeys of life which lead through peril. The key word is "through." The Shepherd leads, or follows. "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." "....thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." So, whether our Shepherd is leading or following, it is with the rod of comfort in his hand which sustains us.

When a lamb is stumbling along in a dangerous place, the shepherd will reach forward with the staff and steady the lamb so it does not fall off the edge of the path. This is the picture David gives us. This is NOT the rod of discipline. Bombastic preachers love to tell you that every time you are in the valley of the shadow of death that you must have been naughty and need the rod. Bah. The rod is a comfort to faltering sheep.

Verse 5 moves into something suddenly somber. War! The enemy is on every side, and a table is set for dinner. What a strange picture. But, many stories are told of missionaries and Christians who found their enemy feeding them. There is a time when the enemy is stilled by the miraculous hand of God, and instead of a blood bath, the feast comes forth.

When I was in grade school in a missionary kids' school in Africa, the Mau Mau terrorist era was in full force in Kenya. Our school was in the highlands and was virtually surrounded by devil possessed man, oath bound, who planned to eventually kill us all. But, every day we had three square meals, and we went to school, and when the Mau Mau were finally defeated, no missionaries or kids were killed or hurt. I did step on a piece of barbed wire one day and got cut, but I did not miss one meal during the whole era.

We were guarded night and day be a contingent of the King's African Rifles, about thirty soldiers. They were a tough lot, with two British officers and the rest Africans. But, God was our defender. I say that for this reason....

One day the soldiers caught a Mau Mau terrorist up in the forest. They interrogated him, and he talked freely. The British officer asked him about a rumor that a couple thousand Mau Mau had earlier massed above the mission station with the intention of massacring all the missionaries and us kids. The Mau Mau man told the British officer that they did indeed mass there for the attack. The officer asked the Mau Mau man why they did not attack. They would have easily killed all of us and the soldiers, in spite of the bunkers and barbed wire enclosure.

The Mau Mau man told the British officer, "We became terrified when we saw your soldiers." The officer told him that there were no soldiers up on the north side of the mission station. The Mau Mau man then said, "We saw them. They were huge, and they were all wearing shining terrible white clothes. We were terrified and ran away."

I recall that happening in the morning, and we heard it at the noon meal, feasting amidst our enemies.

Now, we have come to the most blessed thought.

Verse 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The sum of a life is this-- The goodness of God, and the mercy of God shall follow me all my life, and God does not stop at death. He keeps following me for eternity. The house of the Lord, what is this? It is where God lives. It is the "mansions" of John 14. It is the throne where God's glory is manifest. He will have me right there beside him forever.

But, here is the choicest thought. David does not speak of life and death-- he speaks only of life and life. Life and eternal life. My dear friend, if you are in Christ Jesus, a saint, called unto Glory in him, you are as much in heaven right now as you will ever be. Your body, which must die one day, is incidental. Death is a slight inconvenience along the path of eternal life. And I can prove David by Paul:

Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

This 1611 English usage of conversation speaks of our place secured as eternal residents in heaven. Paul has this in the present tense-- NOW!

Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

God's household is you, me, and anyone else born again by faith in Jesus Christ. Get used to it. We belong to God and are secure in our place with him.

Hebrews 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

John comes to the end of his Revelation, and the end of the whole Bible, and he tells us what God is planning on doing for eternity-- living with YOU!

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

I must challenge you, and me, to think more like God. You and I are in heaven as far as he is concerned. There is this small inconvenience of dying, but to God that is a small event, but, I think, also a special time to God. Look what the death of a saint means to God.

Psalms 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Why? Answer: The kid is coming home to stay. The purchased possession will be standing right there at the throne for eternity-- you-- the one Jesus died for on the Cross. God is intensely looking forward to having you in heaven fully participating.

So, as you and I plod on through the dreary days, the joyful days, the valley of the shadow, and the days of feasting, let us remember that the path ends at the throne of God-- in the house of the Lord-- FOREVER!

Perhaps we should be acting more like people just passing through-- people with an eternal appointment with Father.

 

SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS
Fanny Crosby

MIDI music

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o�ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! �tis the voice of angels, borne in a song to me.
Over the fields of glory, over the jasper sea.

Refrain

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast
There by His love o�ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world�s temptations, sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials, only a few more tears!

Refrain

Jesus, my heart�s dear Refuge, Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages, ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience, wait till the night is over;
Wait till I see the morning break on the golden shore.

Refrain

 

Poems on Heaven and the New Jerusalem:

For Ever with the Lord! by James Montgomery

I Shall Dwell Forever by Annie Johnson Flint

It Is not Death to Die by George W. Bethune

That Will Be Heaven for Me by J. McGranahan

The City of God by Annie Johnson Flint

Oh, for the Bliss of Heaven by Mrs. C. F. Alexander

Other links in our site:

 

Looking Forward

We look for a city which hath foundations,
Whose builder and maker is God;
We don't owe a thing to this old wicked world,
But here is the path we must trod;
While our true relations,
The saints of all nations,
Sing gladly God's praises above;
All washed by the blood,
Of the dear Son of God,
Christ Jesus, the one whom we love.

Mary Van Nattan

Hebrews 11:10
For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

 

 

More Quiet Places to Visit

 

1. QUIET IN THE BIG CITY

2. QUIET KANSAS STYLE

3. QUIET OTHER PLACES IN THIS JOURNAL

4. A LITTLE QUIET TALK WITH UNCLE STEVE

5. QUIET BIBLE TIME

6. QUIET WHIPPED PREACHERS-- DON'T GIVE UP

7. QUIET PRAYER CORNER

8. QUIET WITH JOY HARDIN ON THE PIANO

9. NEVER GIVE UP

10. QUIETNESS WITH WHOLE SCREEN PICTURES OF GOD'S CREATION--
Long Load-- Graphic intensive.

11. QUIETNESS IN BLACK AND WHITE

12. QUIET IN THE HOLY LAND

13. QUIET OF THE HEAVENS

14. HEAVENLY SONLIGHT

15. DELIVERANCE FROM GUILT AND GUILT MONGERS

16. QUIET REST

17. HEAVEN-- You are here :-)

18. THE GOOD SHEPHERD-- Very Special Page by Mary Van Nattan

19. LOOKING BACK-- This is a time when it is OK

20. QUIET IN THE GARDEN

21. A QUIET PLACE TO EXALT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

22. THE SHIPS THAT WON'T GO DOWN- By Henry Lawson

23. THE SOP OR THE SAVIOR OF THE SOP?

24. NO GREATER LOVE

25. QUIET DIVERSION

26. WORSHIP AND EXALTATION OF GOD

27. THE PRESENT DISTRESS- WORLD CHAOS - NEW

 

 

THE CREATOR - PLEASE SEE A VERY SPECIAL PAGE BY MARY

IN JESUS - PEACE, REST, JOY --- A poem by Annie Johnson Flint

VITAMINS FOR THE SOUL

 

 

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