Covenant Chronicles with Chris Lovett

Heaven: Part 5


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“*7. There will be no clocks in heaven, because time shall be no more.

 

John writes that an Angel appeared before him and stood on both the sea and land.   The Angel then raised his hand to heaven and, according to John,  “Swear by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer”  (Revelation 10:6,  my italics).

 

This is one of the hardest concepts for me to get my mind around.

 

A moment is going to come when time itself will be cast aside.   Imagine it:  No more years, no more months, or weeks, no more days, hours, minutes, or even seconds.   There will be nothing to mark time, nor even nighttime nor daylight, for Christ will be the light in paradise.

 

A Puritan Pastor tried to describe to his congregation the limitlessness of eternity.   He told them not to try to figure it out, that eternity always was and always will be, with no beginning or end.   He gave them this illustration:  “Picture earth as a ball of sand, 25,000 miles in circumference.   Once every thousand years, a bird flies in and takes away one grain of sand.   When that creature has taken away the very last grain, then eternity has just begun.”

 

In other words, in the grand scheme of eternity, “time” is right now having only a brief appearance.   The day is coming when time will have utterly served its purpose and be done away with.   It’s all so amazing for me to consider.

 

Paul sums this up with an admonition for all of God’s people.

 

Paul exults,  “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”  (1Corinthians 15:57 NKJV).   Many Christians quote this verse daily, applying it to their trials and tribulations.   Yet the context in which Paul speaks it suggests a deeper meaning.   Just two verses earlier, Paul states,  “Death is swallowed up in victory.   55) O Death, where is your sting?   O grave, where is your victory?  (15:54-55).

 

Paul is speaking eloquently about his longing for heaven.   He wrote,  “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.   2) For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven”  (2 Corinthians 5:1-2 NKJV, my italics).

 

The Apostle the adds,  “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord”  (5:8).

 

According to Paul, heaven — being in the Lord’s presence for all eternity — is something we are to desire with all our hearts.

 

As I ponder these things that Scripture says heaven won’t be, a glorious picture begins to emerge.

 

First, I imagine a huge gathering.   When all the multitudes have been gathered, I picture a great victory march taking place in heaven.   Maybe everyone will be singing, “When the Saints Go Marching In.”   Try to imagine that song being played out literately in heaven, with millions of glorified children singing hosannas to the Lord, the way children once did in the Temple.   What a sound of victory and praise it will be:  Multitudes of orphans crying, “Father!”   I can just see the beam of delight on Jesus’ face.   “For such is the Kingdom of God,” He has declared.

 

Then come all the martyrs.   Those who once cried for justice on earth now cry,  “Holy Holy Holy!”   I picture the beheaded touching their heads and saying,  “I am whole again.”   Those who were sawed in two, look for the marks of agony on their bodies, but find none.   Those who were burned at the stake, now have whole bodies, with no trace, or scent of smoke.   All of these will be dancing with joy, crying,  “Victory, Victory in Jesus!”

 

Then a mighty roar comes forth, a sound never before heard.   It is the church of Jesus Christ, with multitudes from all nations and tribes,   This group includes those who were once addicts, or alcoholics… who were poor, widowed, or forced to beg.   I picture among them the impoverished widow who faithfully cast a penny into the collection plate when she didn’t have anything else.

 

Maybe all this sounds farfetched to you, but Paul himself testified about it.

 

When the faithful Apostle was caught up to heaven, he  “heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter”  (2 Corinthians 12:4 NKJV).   Paul said he was staggered at what he heard there.   I believe these were the very sounds he heard.   He was given a preview of the singing and praising of God by those who will be rejoicing in His presence, their bodies made whole, their souls filled with joy and peace.   It was a sound so glorious that Paul could hear it but not repeat it.

 

Dear saint, make heaven your earnest desire.   Jesus is coming for those who long to be with Him there!*”

 

We wrap up this series today.   I pray it was a blessing to you.   Help us spread the Gospel by:  Reading, Sharing, FOLLOWING our blog, and Telling a friend.   Be Blessed.   CHRIS

*This message was delivered at Times Square Church in New York City, April 30, 2007,  By the late David Wilkerson.

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