I used to think some of Jesus’s parables within the Gospels were hard to understand, but then I wandered into the Book of Revelation.
I know Bible Scholars, Theologians, and Pastors study for years to break down and make human sense out of this final chapter in the Bible. I truly think there is a place in our brain that can comprehend all that Heaven will be like, but it won’t fully known until we get there and see it for ourselves. Until then, the descriptions below shine brilliantly in my mind.
Revelation 21:9-27 (NIV)
9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia[a] in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits[b] thick.[c] 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.[d] 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
I wrote in journals when I was younger. Regrettably, I disposed of them along the way. I wish I could go back and read and remember the specifics of my life that I felt so impelled to let out of my mind and onto a blank page.
I was raised in a Christian home; thank you mom and dad for this gift. Religion has always been the corner-stone of my life. I have attended many Bible studies throughout the years which helped me to grow my relationship with the Trinity. The Father created me, the Son died for me, and the Spirit guides me.
So why this blog?
I am a student of communication and I love to share information in an organized manner. If I had an opportunity to share the Gospel in a public forum, I would not be shy to do so as I conquered my greatest fear of public speaking while I attended college. However, I find that my thoughts are even more organized when I write. Something happens to me as I lose all sense of time rearranging the alphabet into words that are easy to understand and absorb by my followers.
Why this blog?
I’ll blame the Holy Spirit. When God wants you to do something, He does not let anything stand in the way. Since my first post on June 5, 2010 I have found a calm presence within by letting the Holy Spirit use me. Sharing personal stories with my readers shows that I am human, but in the painful stories, as well as the stories of joy, I find a way to praise God, which is what God wants us to do.
I want to be an encouragement to everyone that even though life is hard, it can be dealt with when you let God in your life. Let Him funnel the Holy Spirit through you and see how your life will be different. And your life will be different; I can attest to this movement.
For my long time followers, thank you for sticking with me. If you joined me recently, thank you! If you just found me today, please take a look at some of my previous posts.
The Holy Spirit is in this place. And for that, I am thankful that God brought me here to be here for you.
John 14:26 (NIV)
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.