2037 – 3036 AD
Entering the upwelling was a remarkable experience even by an immortal’s high standard for such things.
The best way to enter was with others and while singing. Immortals from all ages knew various songs of ascents. It was curious if you thought about it. Timothy, who had been mortal during the first century after Christ appeared on earth the first time was able to sing in harmony with Brian who had sung in the 21st. The styles were different but the combination was wonderful.
Sometimes people held hands, sometimes they just stepped forward together in unison. The force of the water was such that no mortal could enter, they would have just been swept down the mountain, presuming they could have approached the place at all.
When Florence entered the most amazing thrill filled every atom of her body. The space between the nucleus and the electron cloud of each atom resonated so that laser lights poured out through her. Then there was the rush upwards, the deep intake of breath and suddenly out into the brilliant light.
And there she was with the others standing on the sea in the middle of heaven before the throne of God, still singing.
Everything had become heavenly, the music was intricate, multi-placed, harmonious and surprisingly loud. Near the front were some huge drums (though that name didn’t do them justice) producing crashes of thunder and flashes of lightning. The classical instruments of an earthly orchestra had their heavenly counterparts: flutes, trumpets, oboes, violins only these seemed to be living somehow.
The word “life” in heaven carried many different meanings: the source of all life was The Life who was God Himself in all three persons. The Father was somehow unknowable as to His substance – He was Spirit but more than that. Jesus was like the immortals, the Spirit in an indestructible body. Then there was the Holy Spirit Himself.
Then there were the purely spiritual beings, the angels who moved so easily with God.
The immortals standing on the sea were those who had been redeemed from the earth from every tribe, tongue and nation. During this millenial phase they ruled with Jesus on the earth and were able to enter heaven and leave again through the sea.
Florence wasn’t keen on the leaving part. She usually found some way of lingering there as long as possible. The millenium could have come and gone if the Spirit didn’t tell her every so often that she was needed on earth during it.
Then there were the other creatures like the four living creatures beneath the throne. They seemed to be of a different order altogether. It was hard to relate to them and some of the other things going on in what seemed like the endless dimensions of heaven. Florence thought she would have eternity to find out if she wanted to.
Though every time she looked up at Him on the throne she wondered why she would ever want to.