Category: heaven

  • Dwelling in a Dark Place

    Dwelling in a Dark Place

    Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud;” 1 Kings 8:12 When God decided to show the Israelites (and us) what Heaven was like (Hebrews 8:5), He instructed Moses to build a Tabernacle or a Tent. This had three parts which represent the three heavens. The Most Holy Place (Exodus […]

  • The Heavens

    The Heavens

    Fix your hope fully on the grace that is to be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13) In the beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12), all the rewards promised are exclusively related to the next life, not this one.  The parallel passage in Luke 6:20-26 makes this even more clear. One of the […]

  • He who Overcomes Part 1: Heaven is for Real

    He who Overcomes Part 1: Heaven is for Real

    There is no point in me talking about the promises to overcomers unless you also share my understanding of what the Scriptures say about heaven. Overcomers are at the end of their sometimes long, and always testing, journey with the Lord and are looking forward to rewards. A lot of these rewards are related to […]

  • He Who Overcomes, Part 2: A way to interpret Revelation

    He Who Overcomes, Part 2: A way to interpret Revelation

    Some people say Revelation is purely symbolic. Some people say it is literal. Personally I consider most of the images of Revelation open to a literal interpretation, i.e. it was literally what events on earth looked like from the vantage point of heaven to a human transported there (i.e. John). John is in the third […]

  • Living on the edge of heaven

    Living on the edge of heaven

    I have a dear friend and I’ve benefited from his wisdom, prayers and friendship for nearly 25 years now.  He suffers from a life threatening condition that could send him home at any time – he has already lived well beyond the expected life span of people with it. I called over to him  yesterday. […]

  • Three ways of looking at anything

    Three ways of looking at anything

    Paul went into the third heaven (2 Cor. 12:2) and there are a number of other indicators in the Scriptures that there are three heavens as of now. The first one is the one we can see, the universe outside this earth that extends to 15 billion light years or so it seems. We don’t […]

  • What happens when we die?

    What happens when we die?

    A young saint’s spirit went home last week and her body died.   According to the bible, the body without the spirit is dead….James 2:26. Despite being in contact with her husband during Friday, when I went into the specially convened prayer meeting at Open Arms that night I had no idea what to pray […]

  • Using our imagination

    Using our imagination

    I think that one of the biggest problems facing evangelical Christianity in the west is a lack of imagination.  Fear seems to be the biggest obstacle.  We are afraid to let our minds go in case we get into vain imaginations and get puffed up.  So one verse in the Scripture (Colossians 2:18) prevents us […]

  • The Sea

    The Sea

    Many years ago a preacher pointed out the curious statement at the beginning of Revelation 21:   “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.  Also there was no more sea.” I’ve been thinking about that ever since (among other things). Now […]

  • Heaven

    Heaven

    Sometimes classical music describes heaven better than words. Faure’s Pavane, Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto, Mozart’s clarinet concerto, the list goes on and on. There is something in the eternal depth of the relationships that we will experience, the striking and fantastic adventures, the discovery of new worlds and aspects of creation – all these and […]