The next few weeks I will be sharing some previous posts, because I will not always have access to my computer while working in our camps and serving on a mission trip. I hope you enjoy them, and I look forward to visiting with you all when I can return to my normal schedule of blogging. Until then, I pray you are blessed.
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Rev. 1:3.
“And I saw heaven opened…”
This time of year, in my neck of the woods, God’s creation explodes with a kaleidoscope of colors. As beautiful as is the picture our heavenly Father paints for us showing His beauty and faithfulness, it cannot compare to the day the heavens are opened.
“And I saw heaven opened…” The apostle John stands in good company with Isaiah, Ezekiel and Stephen. What did they see?
Isaiah: “…I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.” Isa.6:1.
Ezekiel: “…the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.” Ezek.1:1.
Stephen: “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”
John’s sightings exceed the others: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns…he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God…and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS…
And I saw the beast taken, with him the false prophet…These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone…
And I saw…the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, bound…a thousand years, And cast…into the bottomless pit…
And I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them…and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years…
And I saw a great white throne…And I saw the dead, small and great stand before God; and the book was opened which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books…And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire…
And I saw a new heaven and new earth…And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven…And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Taken from Rev. 19-21).
One day the heavens will open again and we will see, “…the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory…” “…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go…” “…Hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” “…we shall see him as he is.” (Luke 21:27; Acts 1:11; Matt. 26:64; 1John 3:2)
We don’t know when we will see Christ face to face, but we do know, “…yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” Until then ours is to, “Be…patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” “Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Heb. 10:37; James 5:8; Matt. 24:44).
Have you seen Jesus? I have through the written word. You can too. If not now, know this: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Rev. 1:7.
Heavenly Father, your word is true. May all who read know the return of Jesus Christ draws near, see Him in the pages of your written word and be made ready for that day.