Joseph Brazil | @blackdog575
I was watching my nine month old daughter playing on the floor the other day when the thought hit me how perfectly content she was. She would pause now and then from gnawing on a toy and or in the middle of her jabbering to look up at me to see if I was still watching. In her world, there are no worries beyond being fed or having her diaper changed on time. She lives, for now, in what we might refer to as a relative heaven, where everything is secure.
Adversely, this idea of contentment is nothing but a weak fallacy, being a simple perception of what man believes heaven to be.
In the Bible, the disciple John describes in lucid detail what a small peek behind the curtain revealed toward the true magnificence that is Heaven. His account, the last book of the Bible titled Revelation, is full of metaphorical descriptions, which go beyond what most, including myself, can easily decipher. As a kid, I would often poke through the book, randomly hunting for the most obscure descriptions and try to build an image of what John’s vision foretold. No matter how hard I tried my human mind couldn’t come close to imagining what is in store for those who have and will receive Christ’s free offering of salvation.
In the fourth chapter of Revelation, John depicts the throne of God as enameled in jasper and carnelian, two gemstones that usually take the color of blood red, and are offset by a rainbow of emerald encircling the throne. Twenty-four elders are seated around, dressed in white with crowns of gold upon their heads. From the throne comes thunder and lightning, and there are seven lamps ablaze in front of a sea of crystalline glass.
And that’s not all. Not even close.