You know, no matter how hard things get, the most comforting and peaceful thoughts I have are about home and Who is there…I think about Heaven. Even if things aren’t going well, I can lay back at the end of the day and think about Home. All the tightened muscles in my face relax into an expression of peace and contentment. One may think it a boring topic. Actually, there is so much to be imagined! Some see Heaven as a bunch of clouds, or a city of golden buildings with no furniture inside. And worst of all, there’s nothing to do! Think about something for a moment. If God made such beautiful nature here on earth, why wouldn’t He want it in Heaven? It says in Genesis that God walked with Adam in the Garden every evening. I’m sure God relished those walks. He was pleased with His creation. Just look around! Every natural thing of beauty is His idea. So when I see Heaven in my mind’s eye, it’s unbelievable. I’ll describe it this way…
It’s very quiet and peaceful. I look up at the rolling hills and notice a bright light crowning the top of the hill directly in front of me. Climbing the hill, a gasp breaks from my lips, for in front of me is a city built by no man. The walls surrounding it are higher than skyscrapers and reach as far as the eye can see in either direction (Revelation 21:15-17). There are twelve massive gates, elaborate with precious stones and indescribable designs inset in its pearly surface. In fact, the gate itself is pearl (Revelation 21:21). Guarding each gate are angels clad in armor, many of them around forty feet tall. The most extreme fantasy angel pictures you can find now days doesn’t come close to them: unimaginable strength mixed with deadly grace in their movements, their eyes of pure, white fire reflecting off of their armor like a mirror. They stand watch, swords of fire and lightening held with the familiarity of a master in their massive hands. There’s something human-like about them, and yet not. They are neither human nor monster, they are simply- well- Guardians. With their permission I walk through the gateway and into the City. Imagine taking that first breath entering Heaven – so fragrant, fresh, and reviving, drinking it in as if it were the first breath of life itself!
On entering Heaven, I see the most magnificent city unfold before my eyes. It is with mixed feelings that I call it a city, because each mansion has its own grounds. No two mansions are alike, but neither could you say that one is more beautiful than the other. Each is designed and decorated specially according to the person’s deepest likes and style. The city is nestled in the arms of gigantic mountains that would make Mt. Everest seem nothing more than a hill. The snow-capped peaks shine bright against a colorful sky– dawn, midday, and sunset put all together being the only way to describe it. Even from a distance I can see the Son’s reflection on the waterfalls and rivers that flow down the mountains (Revelation 21:23). One waterfall drops hundreds of feet over a vertical rocky surface to be lost in a glade of mist-enshrouded Secoyas at the bottom. A rainbow of nameless colors crowns the scene. The sound of laughter breaks my trance. I turn to see children playing and splashing around in a river illuminating many colors from under its surface. Curious, I jump in. Immediately I feel as if I were being cleansed of every unclean thing, both inside and out. Looking down, I see the reason for the colors I first noticed in the water. Imagine scooping up a few pebbles from the bottom of a stream. That’s exactly what I did, only what I came up with were diamonds, rubies, emeralds, pearls ..every natural rock of earthly worth was in the river. As I looked at them, I suddenly realized I had no need to resurface for oxygen. Remember, this place is beyond Death. Coming out of the water, I see something hard to describe.
The source of the river is directly above us, cascading down beside a huge staircase winding up to the throne of God. The River of Life (for that is its name) begins at the base of the throne (Revelation 22:1), gushing out and making me think of the water from a rock in the time of Moses (Numbers 20:11). Now, I cannot describe the throne room of Heaven better than John does, so I will quote him here (Revelation 4:3-11) :
“He Who sat (on the throne) was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne , and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. the first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying,’Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!’ Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him Who sits on the throne, Who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him Who sits on the throne and worship Him Who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.’”
Wow! What an awesome sight! I could write on and on about the throne room, but I’ll leave it as it is. There is so much in Heaven that I could write about… the great host of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1); the enormous library, more magnificent than a cathedral, filled with books holding every detail of our lives in them; the angels’ different names and personalities (God’s not one for cloning, as nature is living proof. I imagine angels have their own likes and dislikes, personal character, specific strengths, etc. Being perfect doesn’t signify a lack of personality). But I don’t think I’ll have enough space to write about all that. Mentioning them is enough. Next time I write I’ll tell you about Jesus. I’ve intentionally left my description of Him til last because it’s the best part. That’s how a Christian life goes, isn’t it? Best for last. I can hardly wait to write about Him!
Just to let everyone know, not all that I’ve described about Heaven was my original idea. It’s either straight from the Bible or from someone else’s description that I’ve read. This is what I’ve built on for my own imagining. Ah, I can’t wait to get Home!
“We who are in this tent (our bodies) groan, being burdened.” – 2 Corinthians 5:4
“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18