LETTER FROM HEAVEN
I recall the moment so clearly, when I closed my eyes for the final time on earth. At that very moment an angelic being of breathtaking beauty was holding my hand. An unbelievable peace immediately flooded my entire being. In the very next instant I was standing before my Redeemer. The only description of that moment that comes to my mind is LOVE. His very presence, His very person was simply love personified. I could see His love, I could feel His love, in fact, somehow, every one of my senses (and some new senses I can’t begin to describe) was completely enveloped by His incredible presence just dripping in love. And suddenly my senses jumped to levels of pure ecstasy and joy that I absolutely cannot even begin to describe as Jesus wrapped His loving arms around me and embraced me so wholly and completely. I did not want Him to let go! But even when He did, His love that had washed over me like a mighty wave remained just as potent as when I was in His arms. Oh, what amazing love!
What happened next had me shaking from head to toe with pure, undefiled excitement and unconstrained elation. They were all there, anxious to greet me and hoping to share their wealth of heavenly knowledge. I instantly recognized every one of them, even though some of them didn’t look at all like what I remembered from their last days on earth. There were my grandparents, though not a single grey hair was on their head, not a single wrinkle on their skin, unbelievable! There was my Bible teacher from high school, he stuttered something awful on earth, but his words now flowed like fresh streams of water with nary a hint of hesitation. There was Micah, oh what joy to see this joyful lad of whom I had prayed so fervently for. They kept coming by from everywhere and anywhere, even some of the famous people I always hoped I would get to see when I arrived. And then, oh my goodness, all of the Bible characters I had read about so often, thank goodness I have an eternity to get to know them all!
Finally I began to look around and try to take it all in. I’m at a complete loss for words. I could make use of words like fantastic, wonderful, breathtaking, amazing, spectacular, etc., and they would just barely be scratching the surface of what is before me, all around me and within me! One of my favorite songs from earth comes to mind, “I can only imagine” but even in my wildest imaginations, I couldn’t imagine this.
How can I possibly explain the fact the there is light all around me, exceedingly brighter and far more brilliant than the brightest summer day you could ever have on earth and yet there is no sun. The light is just there! And in spite of the brilliant light, my eyes can take in all this glory without any need to squint or slap on shades. Oh the glory that surrounds me!
I remember visiting some spectacular gardens on earth, but they might as well be fields of weeds compared to what I’m seeing now, and they’re everywhere. The colors are astonishing! I can actually somehow feel the colors, if that makes any sense. Remember those enormous crayon boxes with dozens of different shades of each primary color? Now multiply that a few hundred times and you might start getting close to what I’m seeing. Daisies, daffodils, tulips, roses, I could go on and on with the flowers I recognize and then I could fill another page describing the flowers I never saw on earth, and by the way, no sign of even a single weed. And then there’s the fragrance! Oh my goodness; the scent of uncountable flowers, each somehow penetrating my senses all at once as I gaze at their beauty; so many things that cannot be explained in human terms.
I must confess, I didn’t care much for fruit on earth, but I’ll tell you what, if the fruits I had on earth tasted like the fruits I’ve had here, I would have been a fruitaholic. In fact, everything I’ve tasted here, the flavor literally exploded in my mouth, and the variety, incredible. Some I recognize, most I don’t, but I’m trying them all! And I’m told there’s a banquet to end all banquets to be held in the very near future.
It would take volumes of books for me to describe to you the incredible beauty of the flowers and trees, the unreal scenery, much of it similar to the best that earth had offered and yet so much more to behold. The bodies of water, so crystal clear and shimmering as if the entire surface were covered in diamonds. The streets of gold, yes they are, but the gold so pure it’s somehow transparent, mind-boggling! Then there’s the ever present sound ranging from the exquisite songs from an enormous variety of birds to the lovely and superb sounds of praise and worship coming from seemingly everywhere I turn. I can’t wait to join in the chorus!
There’s so much more to share, but I will hold off for now. My only hope and prayer are that everyone who might be reading this letter will come to the saving grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; the Creator of all that was, is and ever will be. He is, even now, preparing a place for all who simply believe. The answers are all found in His Word. And the answer is Jesus. It is just as He said Himself, that He is the way, the truth and life. There’s no trick or deep, difficult formula to discover. There’s no amount of “works,” good deeds, or achievements that must be accomplished to achieve salvation and this most excellent eternal home. It’s just as Jesus said in the Bible, simply believe that God sent His only son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for all the sins of mankind; that Jesus rose again and is now completely accessible and the path to salvation for all who believe.
An anonymous saved soul
The above description of heaven is my imagination of what it might be like. In reality, I suspect that heaven will be considerably more incredible then what I imagine. Some of what I have written can be found in the word of God. Some of what I have written has been influenced by what I have read over the years from those who have received glimpses of their eternal home through miraculous events. All to say, I believe that heaven is real and I look forward with great anticipation to be going to my real home whenever He desires to come and get me.
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT) That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
2 Corinthians 12:1-4 (NLT) This boasting is all so foolish, but let me go on. Let me tell about the visions and revelations I received from the Lord. I was caught up into the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether my body was there or just my spirit, I don’t know; only God knows. But I do know that I was caught up into paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be told.
John 14:6 (NLT) Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Romans 10:9-10 (NLT) For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
In Jesus’ Amazing Love,