The word Forever is mind boggling at least to me, it is so hard for me to fathom 'forever'. I know it is true but in this world we have never seen anything that even resembles 'forever'. The flowers fade and die, the trees lose their leaves when the leaves die, trees die, animals die and people die. So where does 'forever' come in?
I am going to go to the book of revelation and just capture a few thoughts to stimulate your mind in to studying this subject on your own, it is a fruitful study and so beautiful, you just can't miss the promises of eternal life for all who really want it.
Revelation 22:1 "And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb." Have you ever seen a river of water like that? I am sure that you can drink of this river because it says it is a pure river of water of life. I want to taste that water some day.
No poisons in it to purify it so we can drink it. A wonderful treat.
Verse 2, "In the middle of the street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Have you ever seen a tree that bore a different kind of fruit each month. And I am very sure that the fruit on this tree will be nothing like what we have here on this earth.
Verse 3 "And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. There will be no dying there, trees, flowers, animals, people. No more working by the sweat of our brow, which to us here is a blessing but it was brought upon us through sin and so no need for it in heaven.
Verse 4 "They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads." We shall see Him face to face and He will give us a new name, see Revelation 14:1.
Verse 5 "There shall be no night there; They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever." There will never be night there, no need for lamps or street lights, everything will be bright and beautiful. For the Lord God gives them light.
Verse 5 last line. "And they shall reign forever and ever." There it is, we shall reign with Him forever and ever. There are other texts that say this too.
I hope I have wet your appetite for the book of revelation, it is a wonderful book and a lot of people don't read it because they have been told it is a sealed book and we can't understand it but that's not true, you can see that it is pretty clear, so finish reading chapter 22 and then go back and read chapter 21 to see what the description is of the Holy City that will be here on the New Earth when it is recreated. Revelation is full of beautiful thoughts and prophecies to be understood by us for the days we are living in. I hope you have enjoyed just a glimpse of eternity, it was just a little glimpse, but revelation is full of promises to us who are looking to live with Jesus our Savior forever. So get busy and read some of it, it will enthrall your senses.
If you want a thorough study on the book of Revelation, click on the button 'Amazing Facts' and they will have a great study on it, and many other interesting topics. So until tomorrow, Grandma Joan