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Hints and Clues
Theme of the Week: Heaven: Beyond Harps and Clouds
Monday, April 21, 2014

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Key Bible Verses: The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass. I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. (Revelation 21:21-22)

Dig Deeper: Revelation 21

First Corinthians 2:9-10 declares, "'What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him'"—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God" (ESV).

No man has seen the final heaven, yet God's Spirit has given us enough prophetic and symbolic foretastes to be able to long for it. How would the Spirit make glimpses of heaven known? On the pages of Scripture. The Bible contains enough clear glimpses, apocalyptic visions, and heavy hints about the final heaven that we are not entirely clueless.

[Still,] symbolic pictures in the Bible cause us problems because we are always forgetting they are figures of speech, not the reality itself. The jeweled symbolism of the new earth that includes streets of gold and gates of pearl are poetic metaphors meant to emphasize dazzling splendor and the incalculable value of heaven.

God has not left us clueless—yet heavenly wonders awaiting us are multidimensional. Now we know only by suggestion or inference what will be fully revealed (1 Cor. 13:12).

—Michael Allen Rogers in What Happens After I Die?

My Response: I will read today's Dig Deeper slowly, reflecting on what it is trying to say about my heavenly future.

Content taken from What Happens After I Die? by Michael Allen Rogers ©2013. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, crossway.org.

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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Creator, may I keep my eyes wide open for glimpses of heaven, knowing that the very best you have to offer is yet to come.

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Grayson Schwarz

April 21, 2014  10:19am

Refreshing and true--nice to read something that goes beyond the literal. Scripture is attempting to describe the undescribable, and is therefore forced to use metaphore and imagery. A far greater appreciation for the splendor of heaven is gained by recognizing this use of language than could ever be gained by reading it literally.

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Curt Schleicher

April 21, 2014  10:05am

I am clearly unworthy of such an an eternal future. It is more than humbling to think that after all I have done, such splendor and riches await me in heaven. Thankfulness overwhelms my spirit and praises to God, our Father, fill my heart and voice as I write these words. Dearest Lord, Your forgiveness is accepted with open arms, and me saying just "thank you a million times over" seems not enough for such an enormous gift. I will attempt to make my life worth such giving. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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