“After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven…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 ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne… Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal…” Rev 4
I must admit that in the past I have been found guilty of accusing others of being “So Heavenly minded they aren’t ANY earthy good.” Indicating that these types of people were so consumed with being “spiritual” that they had TOTALLY forgotten about being practical. On the flip side however… have we as Christian’s been found “So earthy minded… we aren’t any HEAVENLY good?” I would have to say… YES.
We live in a time when the 9th Circuit Court can judge to find a 29ft War Memorial cross in San Diego, Ca as going against “church and state” and thus can be ordered for removal. What a time! The reason this particular example of moral decay hits home to me, is because we spent some time living in San Diego, and my children as young boys when they saw that cross would say “THAT is where Jesus died!” They were 100% convinced that Golgotha was in our backyard- and it was a reminder to us all that Christ = THE CROSS.
Our Government in America has forgotten that we as a Nation were founded on Judeo-Christian principles and that our freedom “FROM church and state” was intended too give us the freedom to WORSHIP without Government intervention… NOT to keep the Lord OUT of Government. After all, our Founding Father’s were Deists for Pete’s sake!
Our flesh CAN NOT enter into Heaven.
“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, [even] the Son of man which is in heaven.” John 3:13
Heaven is THE REAL and Tangible Place
In this time of ALL guts and NO glory… we must realize that the “earthly” realm that we are living in is nothing but a vapor. It is but a mere COPY of the original- THE SPIRIT REALM. In actuality, this earth is NOT reality at all.
In Heaven there are MANSIONS:
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. John 14:2
In Heaven there are recognizable PEOPLE:
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. Rev 7:9
In Heaven people wear CLOTHES:
They were wearing white robes. Rev 7:10
In Heaven there are PLANTS:
[They] were holding palm branches in their hands. Rev 7:10
In Heaven there is MUSIC:
Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. Rev 8:6
There are ANIMALS:
I heard an eagle that was flying in midair… Rev. 8:13
In Heaven there is TALKING:
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say… Rev 12:10
If like most, you have avoided reading the book of Revelations because of it being “too scary”, I must encourage you not to start off 2011 WITHOUT taking the time again to read it through to the end. The reason that I suggest for you to re-read the book of Revelation (or read it for first time) is #1 you will be blessed by reading it, [Behold, I come quickly: blessed [is] he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Rev 22:7] and #2 you will begin to SEE that there is MORE to our eternal life than just clouds and little floating baby angels strumming harps. For a long time I used to think that our only position in Heaven was going to be to worship God day and night. Thankfully, I have learned that God does not need nor desire 24/7 eternal worshipping ACTS from us- He desires SONSHIP. (I have a feeling however, that we who are with the Father in Heaven WILL be found worshipping continuously regardless-He is so AWESOME!)
“Anything that is alive NEEDS to be fed.” If we claim to be spiritually alive-we MUST feed our spirits the Word of God/spiritual food.
DEATH is an ENTRY INTO- NOT A FINAL ACT
Contrary to popular belief, death is not an end-it is just the beginning. How we live our lives will determine just HOW we spend our eternity. I read just the other day a fabulous saying, “Anything that is alive NEEDS to be fed.” If we claim to be spiritually alive-we MUST feed our spirits the Word of God/spiritual food. HEAVEN operates in the spirit realm. Being “Heavenly minded” to us means- we understand that THE ONLY NON-PERISHABLE LASTING realm IS THE SPIRITUAL and HEAVENLY REALM of CHRIST. This earth/flesh/dirt/mortar is only a COPY of the original.
When man sinned, he took on the flesh. Fleshly thought, fleshly motives and fleshly action. Man was NEVER intended to live in a body plagued by sin, he was intended to live heavenly here on earth- and thanks be to Jesus for returning us to this place!
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matt 16:19
Earth and it’s problems under the god of this earth (satan) has become nothing but “Ducky Dust”… it is ONLY by God’s grace and Jesus’ overcoming of the devil that I can even write what I am writing about to you now!
Don’t Settle for “Ducky Dust”
Ducky Dust is a term that we use for the bottom-of-the-bottom. It is yes, basically duck poop. Earth and it’s problems under the god of this earth (satan) has become nothing but “Ducky Dust”… it is ONLY by God’s grace and Jesus’ overcoming of the devil that I can even write what I am writing to you about now! (Read Romans 8:28)
When you take the time to read the end of the book, and keep the book of Revelation in mind (on a daily basis), you will realize that there in NO FEAR in this flesh. Why should we be afraid of the “sting” of death-when it has no sting at all! Eternity in Heaven and with Christ IS SO MUCH BETTER! Christ is coming, and He will be on a white horse (I know this from reading the end-of-the-book) and after a glorious reign HERE- we who have been found blameless will all move out of this tired old earth and go on to a better place!
“The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Rev 21:18-26
The fire you know burns the flesh and temporarily hurts, but hell BURNS THE SOUL
A Charge for The 21rst Century: a WORD for 2011
“You who follow Christ will surely see Heaven. Do not be mislead by the signs of the time trying to steal from you YOUR rightful place in eternity. Be wary of things that glorify the flesh and NOT the spirit- movies, music, ad campaigns, etc. all created to rob you of your eternal lives. Instead, remain Heavenly minded and focused on Christ the Lamb of God who was slain so that you could enter into His rest and HIS peace. Heaven is only a last breath away-for those who believe! Just as Heaven is a real and tangible place- SO IS HELL. Just as Heaven is in the original spiritual realm, hell is the original fire. The fire you know burns the flesh and temporarily hurts, but hell BURNS THE SOUL. I desire My children to walk with Me in Paradise and in this Paradise there will be NO MORE death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will be passed away. You will be walking in your spirit man-the only “reality” that has ever, or will ever last, Me and My Kingdom.”
God Bless you my friends, as you journey forward toward those pearly gates!
Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.
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