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I Can Only Imagine!

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Sermon shared by David Rigg

July 2011
Summary: This sermon explores what the Bible tells us about heaven.
Audience: General adults
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like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

Here we find a description of Jesus standing among 7 lampstands.

He wears a robe with a golden belt.

His head and hair is white as snow!

His eyes are brilliant like a flame of fire!

His feet are like fine brass!

His voice is like the roar of rushing waters!

His face glows like the brilliance of a shining sun.

The vision of Jesus was so breath-taking that John faints.

This is similar to the description of Jesus...

when He was transfigured on the mountain.

Matthew 17:2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

These descriptions of Jesus are difficult for us to comprehend.

Only those in heaven are capable of standing in His presence.


John's visions continue in Revelation chapter 4.

A door to heaven is opened!

Notice what John saw.

Revelation 4:1-11
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this." 2Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. 4Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. 5And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 6Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 7The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. 8The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!" 9Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11"You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created."


That's what it's like in heaven right now!
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