A Little Glimpse of Heaven

Revelation 21:23  New International Version (NIV) “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.”

No doubt you have wondered about deep questions regarding heaven–what it looks like, where it is, what we’ll do there, etc.  The Scriptures contain many references in giving us a tiny glimpse.  However, they fall far short, because the reality is far beyond the ability of a finite man to describe.  

The New Testament mentions Heaven 276 times.  In fact, it cites three separate heavens:  the sky with its clouds and birds, outer space containing the stars and other celestial bodies, and the place where God dwells (referred to as the Third Heaven, New Jerusalem, New Heaven and Earth.)  

Many of you know the story of my wife’s near death experience on January 18, 2017.  Here’s a brief summary of what she observed:

–In the distance was a light brighter than anything she had ever seen on earth.  The Bible informs us that heaven has no sun or moon, and light is provided by the radiance of Jesus.

–People’s faces glowed with a golden tint from this light.  This appearance is akin to Moses when he came down from Mt. Sinai after meeting God, and he had to wear a veil to cover his face.

–It was noisy!  However, the various languages and sounds proved indistinguishable.  

–Time did not exist.  

–A greeting party lined up to welcome her entry.

–Her brother, who had passed away years earlier from the same cause, awaited her first in line.

–Incredible happiness existed there.  

–She did not want to return to earth, but sensed that God has something else for her to accomplish.

–The experience was just as real and vivid as talking with me face-to-face.  

You may chose to believe her story or not.  I know it is true and reliable.  She is delighted to have had the experience, as it gave her the assurance of salvation and eliminated any fear of dying.  She’s looking forward to her return trip!  It gave me great awareness, too, of the brevity of life and the need to be ready to leave this planet at any instant.  

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