[Papercut Press Publishing]  1998-04-21 - The Happiness of Heaven

After this I beheld and lo, a great crowd which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds, and people and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palm branches in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God, seated upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders, and the four living creatures, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God. Revelation 7:9-11

The Bible can only bring us a picture of heaven. It is as if can bring us to the suburbs but only show us a view from the outskirts of the blessed city. At best Scripture gives us a cursory glance at part of the heavenly city. For, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for them that love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9 Some things for us to note in these verses:

  • Consider the profound awe of the multitude as they view the Glory of God. Upon Him every eye is fixed and their lips can only speak praise. The angelic hosts bow around the throne. Picture such a vision, someday you will be there.

  • Think how awesome a thing it is to enter in to the presence of Divinity. Even to enter into the presence of earthly royalty is daunting. And yet all earthly royalty is, all it can boast, is a fading, dying representation of power and greatness. To enter into the presence of the King or Kings, the Lord or Lords, to come into those courts of Him who Himself creates royalty, who establishes kings or at His pleasure brings them down; to enter into these courts is a thought that should strike us to the core. Someday you will be there.

  • Imagine the number of those who will be there. Forget the myriads of angels, the attendants around the throne, the ministering spirits singing eternal anthems of praise. Imagine the great multitude of thankful, Redeemed souls starting out together in one voice to sing before the Lamb who was slain. Imagine the how many joyful souls will be there, clothed in white robes, praising God, having been given new resurrection bodies, how great will this gathering be? "No man could number them" (Revelation 7:9), and yet, someday you will join the numberless choir.
So great are the things God has planned for those who love Him. Joys unspeakable, sights unforeseeable, comforts unknown, blessings, as yet, undiscovered.

Maranatha.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim