Angels and Saints in Heaven by Peter Paul Rubens
On this eve of Singapore’s National Day, I am referring here to the SingaporeNational Day Parade participants of the parade which include members of the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Police Force, Singapore Civil Defence Force, representatives of the ruling political People’s Action Party, different labour unions (including members of the National Trades Union Congress) and Ministries as well as students in uniformed groups (such as the National Cadet Corps, National Police Cadet Corps, National Civil Defence Cadet Corps, the Singapore Red Cross, the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades, the Scouts Association, the Girl Guides and St. John Ambulance Brigade) and representatives of various Singapore business entities. A few charitable and religious organizations too participate.
What is true of every contingent which contributes in the form of mass-displays, choir performances, school band displays, sky-diving displays, and other light-hearted performances to entertain the crowd is that each contingent has spent months planning, choreographing, practising to perform as perfectly as they can on the day of the parade.
If you are going to heaven this blog is for you. However, if you are not going to heaven yet, I invite you to know the only Person who will get you there – He is none other than Jesus Christ the Saviour. Accept His love and repent of your sins. He wants you to be in heaven but you have to make the choice of whether it will be heaven or hell for you.
One day in heaven, the children of faith will be among the greatest audience of all – what will it be like in heaven? Will there be singing and praising God? Will there be loving? What will it be like in the courts of heaven?
That we must love God is a prerequisite. That we will do what He wants us to do must be essential. That we will be enjoying having let go of all earthly holds will be freedom in the presence of the Lord. Will you be comfortable there? There will be no unforgiveness, no false testimonies and lies about one another, gossiping and backbiting Will you be comfortable in such an environment?
Jesus said, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve” (Matthew 4:10). Jesus did not say “praise and serve.” The word praise in the Bible is for the most part singing. Worship, however, is from the heart. Worship manifests itself in praise. Serving God is worship, and Scripture is clear we will serve God in heaven. “His servants will serve Him” (Revelation 22:3). Are you worshipping and serving God today?
“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?” (Romans 11:34), “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). God is the “the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity” (Isaiah 57:15). God is bigger than forever, and it will take eternity “to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18-19). In other words, we will never stop learning. We will be able to talk to Him, ask Him questions, and listen to Him speak. Imagine hearing His voice – the Bible says it will be “like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder (Revelation 14:2). Imagine the stories He’ll tell, the lessons He’ll teach, the love He’ll share. Do you love learning about God now?
“the King shall say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’” (Matthew 25:34). Whatever we will be doing, we can be sure it will be wonderful beyond our imaginations! “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor 2:9). Our minds simply cannot comprehend the glory that awaits us.
“He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil 1:6) Are you eagerly waiting for that day?
In John 20:19,26 we find Jesus walking through walls and locked doors to reach the disciples. Elsewhere in the Bible we read about angels that appear and disappear. We will be able to travel anywhere instantly. Wow! We shall have bodies like Jesus’. Wouldn’t it be wonderful?
Not only will we be able to walk through solid objects, we still will be able to touch and eat like Jesus did in John 20:27 and John 21:10-15. Paul tells us that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven” (1 Cor. 15:59), so eating will be done for pleasure and not necessity Revelation 22:2 tells us that in heaven there will be a tree of life that bears twelve different kinds of fruit each month. Some think that there may be a feast each month when this tree blooms and a time of great fellowship as we gather around to share a meal together. Are we enjoying each other’s company today? If we don’t how are we going to enjoy when we are up there?
God tells us in heaven there will “no longer be any curse” (Rev. 22:3). What does that mean? Revelation 21:4 tells us: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Heaven will be a world where, “the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. And the lame will leap like a deer, and the mute tongue will shout for joy” (Isaiah 35:5-6). There will be no more suffering in heaven. We are not suffering here for nothing. We are suffering for perfection. Praise the Lord.
There will be no marriage in heaven (Matthew 22:30). The relationships will be much deeper than anything on earth. Remember that we’ll be free from sin. Relationships will be pure and free of doubt, jealousy and gossip. “I shall fully know even as I also am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). This would seem to indicate that we will not only know our friends and family, we will “fully know” them. There will be no secrets in heaven. There is nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide We will have eternity to interact with “a great multitude, which no man could number, out of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues” (Revelation 7:9). There will be no place for cheating wives and husbands over there. How wonderful – shall all the members of the ChristianBlessings family be there? Will we recognise each other for all our quirks and idionsycracies or for the love of God that is in us?
Love, joy and peace — in heaven we will experience these things the way they were meant to be. We can only experience these things partly now. While it’s true we love and have joy and peace on earth, we don’t fully experience them because we also know what it is to hate, grieve, and have trouble. In heaven, when these things are removed, we will love and rejoice and be at peace completely. What a glorious day that will be.
How are you preparing for time in eternity? Are you cultivating the qualities that will last forever, or indulging in the temporary?
Jesus gives us the best description of heaven in Revelation 21 and 22. What’s so wonderful about it is Jesus’ excitement. You can sense that He yearns to share heaven with us. When you get to heaven He will smile, put His arms around you, and say, “All this I have prepared for you because I love you. Enjoy my fellwoship!”
Then we will live happily ever after forever and ever with our God, Savior and Friend.
Practice makes perfect. Shall we practice to be comfortable in heaven?
Are we practicing to be comfortable in heaven?
Will you be in heaven?