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Heaven – The Lamb Who is Worthy   Leave a comment

Then I looked and I heard angels, thousands and millions of them!  They stood around the throne, the four living creatures and the elders and sang in a loud voice, “The Lamb who was slain is worthy to receive power, wealth, wisdom and strength, honor, glory and praise.”

And I heard every creature in Heaven, on earth, in the world below and in the sea – all living beings in the universe – and they were singing, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise, honor, glory and might, forever and ever, through the eternities of eternities.”  (Rev.5:11-13)

Can you imagine such a spectacle?  What prompted this extreme amount of praise from the realms of Heaven and earth, from every living being in the universe?

John the Beloved, one of Jesus closest disciples, was now an old man exiled for his faith on the Isle of Patmos.  In this  prophetic encounter he is taken into Heaven and sees the Father on His throne.  In the hand of the Father is a scroll covered with writings on both sides and sealed with seven seals.  Reading further into the book of Revelation shows us that this scroll was filled with the judgments of God which are to come upon the earth.  “And I saw a mighty angel who announced in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” (Rev.5:2)

Who can the Father entrust with the power to judge the earth?  Who is worthy?  A search began throughout all of Heaven and earth.  It could not be an angel.  It had to be a man from the earth in order to be just.  All the saints passed by in review.  Abraham – the father of our faith, Moses – the friend of God, David – the warrior and worshipper, Paul – the great apostle.  But no!  None was found worthy for all have gone astray. (Isa.53:6, Rom.3:10)  It had to be a spotless one.  But “no one in Heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or take a single look at its contents.  And I wept audibly and bitterly.” (Rev.5:3,4 Amp.)

And finally, in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and  the elders, there stood a Lamb who had been slain. (Rev.5:6)  He is the man, Christ Jesus and He is God, the only one found worthy in all of Heaven or earth.  And He came and took the scroll from the hand of the One sitting on the throne, from the hand of His Father. (Rev. 5:7)

When this was accomplished it brought an immediate response from all those in Heaven who fell down before the Lamb crying, “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals for You were slain and with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Rev.5:9)

This is why we love Him.  This is why we trust Him.  This is why He is worthy to judge us and judge the earth – because He died for us and poured Himself out for us.  His judgments are just and true.  He drank the cup and tasted death.  He received the wrath of God in our place and now He is worthy to administrate the Father’s wrath.  He is acquainted with our grief.  He is the suffering King who gave up His glory to bring us back to God.  This is why we love Him.  This is why we trust Him, because we know Him and we know His heart.

Sometimes the very questions we ask reveal our lack of real knowledge of who He is.  I still hear people ask questions like, “Why should we worship God? What does He get from our praise?”   An appropriate response to that question might be, “Have you seen Him?  Do you know Him?”   I am not simply speaking of prophetic experiences where we may see Him face to face in the natural realm.  These are available to us, of course.  (See previous posts on this blog under “On-ramps into Heavenly realms”)  But I am speaking of seeing Him and knowing Him in the Spirit – in our spirit, inside our hearts.  God is, after all, a Spirit … and we must learn to worship in Spirit in order to really experience and know Him deeply.  (John 4:24)  Those who really know Him intimately will have no need for such inappropriate questions.

The bride in the Song of Solomon was faced with the same questions from the maidens who asked her, “What is your beloved more than another?” (v. 5:9)  By the time she finishes describing Him (v. 10-16) the maidens have been won over by her love for Him. Their response now is,” Where is your beloved hiding himself? For we would seek Him with you!”   When we lift Him up, all may be drawn to Him. (John 12:32)

There was only one found worthy in Heaven, on the earth or in any realm.  He is the Lamb of God who was slain and by Him all things consist and are held together. (Col.1:17)  How could we not love the One who gave all for us?  How could we not give our lives to Him so that He may receive the reward of His suffering?

He alone is worthy of it all.

Heaven – Testimonies of Others – part 2   1 comment

Many people living today have had the privilege of seeing into Heaven just as many of the Saints in the Bible did.   I have been sharing testimonies from some of these people regarding what they have seen and experienced.

Another of my favorite authors is Anna Rountree.   She is a current voice who has experienced powerful prophetic encounters, many of which took place in Heavenly realms.   Here is a description of the throne room of God from her book Heaven Awaits the Bride.

“The throne room was brilliant with light.   The surface on which the redeemed were dancing was a pavement of light that looked like a translucent blue.   [On] this expansive “sea” was a dazzling white light, in the center of which was the throne of God.

A great yearning welled up within me and a whisper involuntarily escaped:  “Daddy.”   His presence drew me with cords of love.   (The angel with me) looked down at me and smiled.

The Father’s being is manifested by light of an indescribable whiteness.   His uncreated glory radiates outward in all directions to form a great sphere of awesome colors.   Like a bow whose hues blend from white to yellow, to gold, to the Shekinah reddish-gold, and on through the color spectrum of reds, purples, blues and ending with green.

Transfixed, I was lost in the wonder of Him.   The angel touched my shoulder and said, ‘Come with me’.   We began to pass through those worshipping, sometimes ducking beneath a dancer’s arm as we made our way toward the throne area.

The light into which we were entering began to intensify, as well as the sense of power.   As we moved nearer to the throne, the radiance looked more like the waves of light in the aurora borealis when it forms an arc of lights across the sky.   The blazing light was not blinding as would be the earth’s sun if you gazed at it.   One could experience, feel and even look at this light.

Thousands of angels were circling above the throne area and thousands more seemed to be arriving to join them.   Countless numbers of angels were already within the bow of the corona around the throne.  They were making musical sounds by flying at different levels and speeds and patterns.   The tones that their flight made were different from singing or the playing of instruments.   At times some would fly together, producing a different tone.

The melodies, like the light in the throne room , went right through me.   The music of praise entered me and passed through me and I became one with the sound.   The angel spoke to me.   “The harmony, the unity and the desire of those here to give to the Father His due – constantly giving of themselves and receiving more of Him when they praise and adore – bring forth a sweet music.”

I became more aware of the pleasant fragrance around the throne area and of the interwovennes of sound and color and smell.   These cannot be woven together on earth the way they are blended here in Heaven.   We below can experience them simultaneously, but above they seem to have the same properties.   It is more like water being poured into water.   So it is here with sound, light and fragrance.   It seems strange to see sound, hear color, and for smell to have a tangible quality to it.   Yet in heaven it all seems natural and right and even obvious.”

The One on the throne is the center of it all.  Everything proceeds from Him.  He holds it all together.  And everything returns to Him who alone is worthy.

Heaven – The Sea of Glass   2 comments

Rising up out of this earthly realm with an angelic escort, we suddenly broke through into the Heavenly realm.   Now my eyes were met with an intense shock of gleaming blue.  There were a thousand different shades of indigo, azure, cobalt, royal and sky blue all whirling together like a gemstone cut into millions of facets with light being reflected off each one.   I was standing on the sapphire sea, the sea of glass, the crystal sea in Heaven.

The throne seems to be situated in the middle of this expanse which appears to spread out from there for miles in every direction.   It is the Throne-room of God.  Rev. 4:6 refers to a “transparent, glassy sea as if of crystal, before the throne”. However, this ‘sea’ can change appearance at times.   In Rev. 15:2-4  it is mingled with fire as the victorious, redeemed ones stand upon it, praising the Lamb of God.

In Exodus 24 we find a different account of this ‘sea’.   In the first verse of that chapter God had invited Moses to bring Aaron, his sons and 70 of the elders of Israel and come up into the mountain (Mt. Sinai).   Apparently when they reached the appointed place, they broke through the natural realm and stepped into the Heavenly realm.   Verse 10 and 11:  “And they saw the God of Israel.  And under His feet was a paved work of (transparent) sapphire stone.   He did not stretch out His hands to the nobles of the sons of Israel  (to harm them or hide Himself from them).  And they saw God and they ate and drank!”

One could spend days in passages such as this in the book of Exodus and slowly begin to comprehend what really happened at Mt. Sinai.   Reading chapter 19 very carefully and slowly will reveal why there was so much of the fear of God associated with this place.   Now He was actually inviting not just Moses, but many of the leaders to come up into His very Presence.

However, my point in referring to this passage was to show the different ways that the sea of glass can appear.   Often it is a calm, glassy surface.   At other times the music and praise of Heaven stirs it into large waves like the ocean when the tide comes in.   (Everything in that realm is tied together in oneness with God.  This is also evident in the book of Revelation.   When the saints or the living creatures give praise to Him the 24 elders cast their crowns before Him and the angels worship as well.)   Sometimes this surface becomes transparent so that one can look through it and view the earth beneath, rather like videos taken from space where the continents are clearly visible.

Most often it is the scene of a jubilant celebration.   I have stood among thousands upon thousands of the Redeemed offering their praises in many different ways upon the crystal sea.   They were singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. Some were waving banners and brightly colored streamers. But all of this multitude of the Redeemed were moving together as a giant dance troupe choreographed by the Holy Spirit.  The joy and oneness between them was tangible and all were intent on one thing – to praise the One who is worthy of all praise.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come.  (Rev. 4:8)