The Glory of Heaven: The Opportunity of a Lifetime By Geoffery Sherrell

The Glory of Heaven: The Opportunity of a Lifetime By Geoffery Sherrell

March, 14, 2017 by: 0 Comments

The Glory of Heaven: The Opportunity of a Lifetime By Geoffrey Sherrell 

You’ve been offered a front row seat to an unexplainable experience. It’s hard to put into words what is taking place around you. You know that you couldn’t get here alone, and yet you recognize the opportunity was still presented to you.

The call: A trumpet like voice that says to put off the former you and take on a new you because where I am taking you, where you are about to go requires you to leave behind everything. Every vestige of who you think or thought you were must die to go to this place. The call is clarion and undeniable. In order to go where I am being called, I must change because without death of self I cannot reach the heights I am being called to.

The cause: An image of the heavens no one has seen before. Well, it has been seen, but no one comes back to write about it. “Let me show you some things,” He says to John. John’s change led to a vision of heaven. His eyes were open to see what only the Father could see. His eyes were open to take in what only the Father could describe.

The conception: John saw the throne room of God. He saw God and in seeing God could not put into words His appearance. Using finite descriptions to portray He which is infinite. John, the better than average orator could not verbalize the appearance of God, but at the same time recognized Him. “Who is this King of glory?” (Psalm 24) John’s relationship and connection to the Father led to His recognition of the Father, but caused him to struggle to put into words the depiction of Love that he saw. The Father, on his throne, in the throne room of heaven, was complex, yet simply beautiful. He was encircled by promise. He was surrounded by wisdom. Above Him was the vision of worship. From His throne truth exploded.

The conclusion: Theologians throughout time struggled to understand what John saw. Thomas Aquinas called it the, “Beatific Vision” and while written with divine eloquence, his description only points to a small portion of the heavenly experience. “After the general resurrection when bodies and souls will be reunited, the blessed will not behold God’s essence with their bodily eyes. For bodily eyes, even when they are glorified, behold bodily things, and God’s essence is not bodily.” What we experience in Revelation 4 is the marriage of the Church and the Bridegroom. Christ finding His bride without spot or blemish (Ephesians 5: 27). We then see the setting in order of that which God designed from the time man fell out of fellowship with Him in the garden (Ephesians 2:1 – 10). This is the beginning of the end of Earth as post-fall men knew it. John does his best to describe heaven and the “Calm before the storm” or the “Peace before the Great Tribulation”.

Why is this important to us? This is important to us because the events that take place after the rapture will be very callous. All men will struggle to see the love of God in the events that will take place. Revelation 4 describes the beginning of the end, and sets in order the transition from grace to judgement. For those who have not chosen to accept Christ, the world will be a very dark and lonely place devoid of God’s love. As the Church, it is our responsibility to show the path to those who have not received Christ (evangelize the lost), lift up those who are struggling in their walk (edify the saved), take care of the sick and hurting among us (minister to those in need), and to show the dying world that our living is not in vain (be a conscious in the [global and local] community).

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