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Echoes of Eternity

July 6, 2007

revelation 15:2-3  “And saw as it were a sew of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.”

Revelation 21:3-5  “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.  And he said unto me, Write: for these things are true and faithful.”

Two incredible passages of scripture that grant us an insight to that which is to come.  When pondering the world to come each of us probably have a differing picture in our mind of what it will be like.  To me, the single most fascinating element is that we will never again be out of the presence of the Lord.  We will be forever with the Lord Jesus and we will be like him as every shread of the former things has passed away.  Just thinking about this one thing makes it difficult to be alarmed by the changes and events coming to pass on planet earth; a world destined to be dissolved by fire. 

The environment of the everlasting will be a most incredible one.  Some folks think of the streets of gold (which is scriptural) the mansions (which is scriptural) or the splendor of the new Jerusalem.  (Which is scriptural)  Of all the elements which make up the ambience of eternity, for me, the most fascinating element has to be the sound.  The singing, the holy conversations, the pure unadulterated worship of the Lord Jesus.  Words and melodies; the likes of which we read about in II Corinthians 12:1-5  when Paul tells about a man who saw the third heaven.   In fact, I wonder if the very language of eternity will be like a melody.  A neverending song of adoration as every word, every thought, every tone will worship the Lord. 

One may ask why spend time pondering such things.  The truth is that for those who love the Lord Jesus, this world simply holds nothing that is to be desired.  The trappings, the vanity, the shallow conversations, of this fallen world cause us to all the more desire to be present with the Lord.  To be delivered from this realm where we must be on continuous guard, lest any contrary attitude or idol of this life sets up shop in our heart.  A world where we must (not should; must) die daily to the old nature which looks for any opportunity to reassert the dominance that it once had in our lives.  As we sojourn in this contrary world, our primary desire should be the furtherance of the kingdom of God and doing all to admonish those in the valley of decision to come to Jesus and live. 

The second passage above grants such an awesome picture of the world to come.  Sorrow, pain, dying, departings, and tears will no longer be present.  I was noticing in verse 5 where John is told to “write” even though he had been writing.  He might have been so overwhelmed at what he was being shown that his hand just kind of “stopped” possibly in the middle of a word.  He was being shown a realm that none of us have ever seen or been a part of.  We wake up each day not knowing what the day has in store for us.  It could be a peaceful day or it could be one filled with unforseen tragedy.  We’ve never experienced a situation which is so perfect that even time is no longer a player. 

II Corinthians 4:17  “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

No matter what our circumstances are in this life, it’s but for a brief moment.  A moment so tiny when compared to the eons of forever that it doesn’t even register.  With this in mind, we should do all to make serving the Lord Jesus and doing all to further the kingdom of God our utmost priority.  Not heaping up treasures for the last days or making a name for ourselves but lifting up the Lord Jesus and giving all diligence to ensure that our actions are gathering instead of scattering.  (Luke 11:23)

What the melodies of eternity will sound like none of us can say for certain.  I know that lately (actually for the past several months) praying if the spirit quickly moves into singing in the spirit.  It’s almost a natural response as our thoughts turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and just how awesome he really is.  Our God truly is an awesome God.  Awesome beyond our capacity to understand and yet so loving toward us that he would come into this fallen world, endure such a contradiction of sinners against himself and pay for our sins with his own blood. 

I pray that each day, we all would have a deeper grasp of just how great a salvation we have through Jesus Christ.  That each day, our love for him would be greater than the day before.  That each day we would be closer to him than the day before.  I need to be going for now.  Actually I wasn’t planning to post this morning but this was on my heart.  Today is July 6 which means my blogging season has 16 days left in it.   After that I plan to post once a month, probably around the 22nd of each month.  With events transpiring at such a rapid pace, it’s imperative to draw ever closer to the Lord and hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  Until next time, I wish a blessed day in Jesus to all.

II Peter 3:11-14  “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless.”

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6 comments

  1. Timbob, this is a beautiful post.

    “That each day, our love for him would be greater than the day before. That each day we would be closer to him than the day before.” These words remind me of the song my family used to sing just about everytime we were on a car trip – short or long…Everyday with Jesus, is sweeter than the day before. Everyday with Jesus, I love Him more and more. Jesus saves and keeps me, and He’s the One I’m living for. Everyday with Jesus, is sweeter than the day before….

    Such fond memories of praising Him as a family. I am hoping the LORD will give me a beautiful singing voice when I arrive home. It will be such a joy to sing as one with the eternal praise choir!

    God’s abundant blessings, Timbob!!!

    Marie


  2. I love Revelations 21:3-5…
    it gives me great comfort to think of being forever in the presence of our Lord Jesus where we are all so perfectly loved, and will have all of eternity together with Him.

    Blessings to you always,

    Susan


  3. hi – still praying for you. don’t have logistics worked out for internet at home yet.


  4. What wonderful things to ponder! Thank you for these beautiful words. I will miss your frequent posts. I have become a ‘blogger groupie’ of yours, Phil’s and Susan’s and will miss all of your encouraging posts.

    Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

    May the joy of the Lord Jesus Christ fill you today and always,
    Scotti


  5. Timbob, I love this post very very much!!!! And I am saddened that you only will be writing once a month 😦

    But you have to listen to the Spirit and I understand that. You will always be in my prayers my friend and brother in Christ!

    Love and Blessings
    Andrea


  6. “Of all the elements which make up the ambience of eternity, for me, the most fascinating element has to be the sound. The singing, the holy conversations, the pure unadulterated worship of the Lord Jesus. ”

    Yeah, that’s what you say now. Wait until you are trying to sleep. You’ll be the first one yelling out the window, “Hey! Keep it down out there, some of us need our sleep!” 🙂



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