The return today to Central Standard Time and turning our clocks back one hour caused me to start thinking about Time in general. I thought about Joshua’s battle recorded in Joshua 10 and how he prayed that the day would be extended so they would have time to defeat the combined armies that were opposing the Israelites and “The Sun stood still.” It seems the 24 hour day was turned into a 48 hour day. And then, later in Scripture, there was the sign given to Hezekiah that he would recover from his illness and the shadow on the stairwell moved back 10 steps—an affirmation from God that he would get well (See Isaiah 38).
There is much debate over the 7 days of creations—were these 24 hour days or were they epochs of time? And the length of life in Genesis was in the hundreds of years but eventually was reduced too much shorter lengths. In several places the brevity of time is discussed and the reminder that we are to work while it is yet day for the night cometh, and life is like a vapor—here for a moment and then vanishing away.
In Revelation 10:6 there is a phrase in the early versions of the King James Bible that suggests “when time shall be no more.” Translators tell us that that would be more accurately translated “there shall be no more delay.” The verse in the NIV reads, “And he (the Angel) swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay!”
And with that thought, my mind began to think of that to which we look forward when we reach the end of this life and see what God has in store for us for eternity!
`And Revelation 21 tells of when God will usher in a new age and a new dimension. The Apostle John was a witness of so much. It is this Book of Revelation that gives us many glimpses into the heavenly realm that stagger our imaginations and whets our appetites and curiosity and makes us cry out for more.
In Revelation 21:1-8 we catch just a glimpse of life after the final Judgment—But what a glimpse it is! Let’s think about what John tells us from his Sabbath Day encounter with Jesus and his glimpse into eternity:
Conclusion:This beautiful glimpse of Heaven is truly inspiring. But there are some who speak of it in negative terms. Years ago there was a radio preacher called Rev. Ike who called this talk of heaven “Pie in the Sky By and By”.
But the real question for us today is this: how is the vision of Heaven relevant to me right here and right now?
Heaven beckons me—I must keep moving homeward.
Keep your eyes turned towards Home!