Issue #3371 - Anticipation
Genni the wonder dog is sitting beside me as I type. She's licking her lips in anticipation of sharing my breakfast. It's just a bagel with some cheese, but that doesn't matter to her. Breakfast with the boss is a big part of her daily routine.
Watching her looks of anticipation got me thinking about anticipation in general. Most of us are anticipating something. Some are fearfully anticipating the end of the world. Others are anticipating a great opportunity that they expect to open up. Some might be anticipating a phone call which could bring either good news or bad.
An engaged couple I know is eagerly anticipating their wedding date. My son Kris and his wife Amanda are anticipating the birth of their first child in less than two weeks. Kathy and I are eagerly anticipating our first grandchild.
Some things we anticipate are longer term.
I'm eagerly anticipating my first look at eternity. I want to see the New Jerusalem that John describes in Revelation.
Revelation 21:1-22:5 NIV
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, by man's measurement, which the angel was using. The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
I can't imagine what it will be like even though John describes it. I can hardly wait to see it.
As beautiful as it will be I'm looking forward to meeting my savior face to face even more. How will I express my thanks? I'm not certain but I want to try.
I'm anticipating meeting the characters from the Bible. I want to hear the stories first hand and to ask them questions. I want to ask the authors of the Bible how they chose to write what they did and what they meant when they wrote certain things.
I'm looking forward to meeting many of you. Some of you have been my friends and loyal readers for years although we've never met face to face.
I can hardly wait. What about you?
Hallelu Yah (Praise God)
Never let the enemy tell you that you are worthless or insignificant. You have value in the eyes of God so great that it was worth dying for. You are a blessing to the world. You are so precious to God that heaven will not be complete without you.
HELP FOR THE HURTING
People can anticipate one of two things when they die. They can anticipate an eternity with Jesus or an eternity in hell. Everyone of us is destined for hell because of our sin. The only way to get to heaven is to trust Jesus and ask for His mercy before it is too late.
If you want to know how to do that simply email us and we will send you some Bible verses that will explain it to you.
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