A Glimpse into Glory!
Have you ever sat and wondered about heaven? What will it look like? What will it sound like? What will it smell like? How will I get along? Will I be communicating with others who are there? Will it be crowded? All these questions and more have stimulated my mind over the years as I think about home. However, there is one question above all others that keeps finding it’s place in my mind and heart. “What will I know and how will I know it”? I believe the bible answers this question in very specific detail.
In Revelation 15, the shortest chapter in the book of Revelation we get a picture of those who have been martyred for their faith in Christ during the tribulation period. This seven-year period is a time after the church (The Bride of Christ) has been taken off the earth. This span of time is unlike any other time on earth. The part of humanity who remains throughout this time will experience judgment and wrath unlike any other time in world history. There will be many who come to faith in Christ during this time and many will be martyred or killed.
In Revelation Ch. 15 we get a glimpse of the people who experienced terrible and extreme suffering during the tribulation and they are now in heaven, standing on the other side. What we see about these people through the lenses of scripture is mind blowing. As I read this account in Revelation Ch. 15 there is something missing for me. I feel like there needs to be the question “why”? Why did you allow me to experience this terrible time or why did my 18-month-old child have leukemia? As we read through their account there are no grumblings, complaints or even questions.
In fact, what we read is just the opposite. In Revelation 15:3-4 we see that these Christians are “singing the song of Moses” and the “Song of the Lamb” and saying, “Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways thou King of saints”. Those songs are songs of deliverance. They express the freedom found only in and through Christ our Savior. However, in the very next verse, verse 4 we are told that “all of God’s judgments are made manifest”. What this means is that every one of the Lord’s ways are fully known. They are out in the open and made manifest for all of heaven to see. So, all the questions we have in this life even the tough ones regarding the difficult things we face will be fully revealed to us in heaven. The best part of this is that it will all make sense to us and we won’t have any questions to ask. All we will be saying is, “Lord thou and thou only art holy”. Won’t that be wonderful? To have full knowledge of the “whys” and be “okay” with it. What a beautiful place outside of time heaven will be.