Let Him Hear: Reading Revelation For Spiritual Growth #9

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Many think Heaven will be an eternity’s worth of  standing in one spot singing 18th Century Hymns over the backing of 17th century instruments. The only variation will be a spare harp or two.

From what I have read in Revelation so far, this isn’t the view of Heaven that I see. In chapter 11, there is a trumpet and loud voices screaming, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Then the 24 elders fall on their face in worship and before this worship time is over the Temple of Heaven opens up and there is “lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.”

I have never been in a worship service that included screaming and thunder and a severe hailstorm. I am starting to envision these heavenly worship services as a cross between a Premier League soccer match and a natural disaster in which no one gets hurt. The vague notion of harps, and tinkling instruments and lame singing gets squashed by the images of heaven we see in Revelation. Again, it reminds me of what I miss when I don’t read my Bible and I let false narratives tell me what heaven is like and what my Lord is like.

Thank you, Lord, for your word and your revelation of yourself with in it.

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