What we know or don’t know about heaven shapes how we live our lives. Our VISION determines our hope.
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.
Without a clear view of heaven, God’s reality and ours, we tend to lower our sights and work to make this world work for us. There is so much more than just what we see! The kingdom of heaven, which is this earth, the first heaven (the sky), and the second heaven (the sun, moon and stars–space), are separated from the kingdom of God, which is where God lives and saints from this world reside–for a while! Soon, Jesus will come and establish His kingdom here on earth and we will be with Him:
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. Revelation 12:10
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. Revelation 21:2
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
God’s overall plan is to live together with us forever. Most people know this part. What they miss are the particulars, such as:
- Where will we live?
- Will we have real bodies?
- Will we keep our identity?
- Will we know each other?
- Will we work?
- Will we do anything besides be part of a huge worship service?
- Will there be animals?
The answer to all these questions is YES! Tomorrow, we will look at some Scriptures that give us the answers to these questions. For today, let us focus on this verse:
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Proverbs 29:18
The King James Version reads,
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
From these two versions, we can deduce:
- If we don’t have a firm concept of where we are going and what God intends for us, then we will wander from God’s path to His glorious future.
- We are blessed and happy when we keep His goals and His Plan in mind. Why? Because we can interpret our circumstances and our beliefs according to what He has promised rather than what we see and what we are told (lies and deception by Satan).
- We gain hope through our understanding of how God works in this world and what He has planned for His Church, His Bride. Consider this passage:
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
Let us pray for the Spirit to reveal to us more of His Plan. There is MUCH about it in the Word of God, so tomorrow we will look at some of those passages.
Abba, please reveal to us aspects of Your Plan that will inspire us to live for You. We pray for revival, which is basically Your bride resetting our sights on You and what You are doing in this world. May we join You in what You are doing, Lord Jesus. Help us to “fix our eyes on You, the Author and Finisher of our faith.” Amen.