by Tammy Phillips
November 24, 2021
“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)
If you are like me, when you read a good book, you cannot wait to see how it ends. However, when you near the final pages, you slow the pace of your reading and turn the pages ever so carefully because you do not want the book to end. Revelation 21 and 22 are like that for me. They are so good! The last two chapters of the Good Book are like the most exquisite dessert. They are to be eaten slowly. We are meant to enjoy and savor every last bite. John attempted to paint a picture of the exceeding abundance of heaven. Usually, I devour a book until is finished within a day, or two. Revelation has been a feast that has fed me since early September. To quote my Mom, Marie Poon, “The beauty of this Book is that it is not over! It will last throughout all eternity! Praise God!” As His kids, the Lord God is sweetness that we will enjoy forever!
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Revelation 22:1 NKJV)
There may not be a sea in heaven, but there is abundant, flowing water and it is life!
“In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, [was] the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:2 NKJV)
What a tree! It is in the middle of the river, and it reaches to either side. God began life in the garden with the tree of life. He comes full circle in His plan of redemption and restoration. Direct access to God and the tree of life is restored us, and it yields different abundant fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for healing, therapy, serving and ministering to the nations.
“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. They shall see His face, and His name [shall be] on their foreheads. 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.” (Revelation 22:3-5 NKJV)
No more curse. No more tears. No more sickness. No more darkness. How is this possible? Because the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in the city. Hallelujah! We will serve Him and we shall reign forever and ever!
“No more curse Perfect Restoration
Throne in their midst Perfect Administration
Servants shall serve Perfect Subordination
Shall see His face Perfect Transformation
Name on foreheads Perfect Identification
God is the light Perfect Illumination
Reigning forever Perfect Exultation”– David Guzik (https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/guzik_david/StudyGuide2017-Rev/Rev-22.cfm?a=1189001)
God is in the House, forever and always! Love is in the House! Peace and Joy are in the House. Blessing is in the House. Worship, song, and dance are in the House. Life is in the House. We are His and He is ours. His name will be on our foreheads. We are God’s! We are the Untouchables because we will ever be in His presence. We shall see His face! What will it look like to gaze into the face of unconditional, unadulterated Love?
The LORD graciously allowed me a glimpse into my Nanny Abney’s ascent into heaven, as she passed from this life to the next. I was about two hundred miles away from her when she moved on. However, I knew she had taken off into her forever because I heard her say in the spirit, “It is so Love! It is so Life! It is so Love.”
I enCOURAGE you with the eternal hope that is waiting for us as children of God. I know that I know that I know that there is life after we die on earth. The only way there is Jesus. We can rest assured. His word is faithful and true.
“But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us –not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy – through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior so that, having been justified by his grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7 CSB)