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Inside the Gates of Heaven by Oden Hetrick

Chapter 16


I promised you that we would visit a class where ladies and gentlemen were being instructed in the companionship of Heaven — the eternal relationships between sweethearts in the perfect conditions of Heaven.

In some of my visits to Heaven I joined in activities there. One of these activities was teaching a class of men and ladies about the covenant companion concept. The reason I teach this class is because I learned this subject while living on earth. It is a fact of Heaven that we cannot be rewarded in Heaven for something we did not do on earth. And the things we learn in Heaven must be taught by someone who learned that subject while serving God on earth. Every spiritual subject must be learned first from Jesus Himself before we as humans can teach it. These things can be learned and taught, both on earth and in Heaven.

So one day as I stood up to teach my class, I noticed Adam and Eve in the left rear section of the auditorium; and I wondered why they came to my class. I thought surely they must know more about the covenant companion concept than I do. The Spirit of God made known to me that just as Jesus on earth followed the ordinance of water baptism, so companions in Heaven must follow the procedure of attending a covenant companion class.

Nevertheless, I felt like the man who, as the story goes, was in Heaven describing the great flood of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, when someone told him that Noah was in his audience!

We go now to a spacious auditorium with large rooms on both sides. As we face the platform we see a large group of men and ladies in the room to the left. Bright angelic beings are arranging them so that men and ladies file into their seats alternately, a lady and a man, a lady and a man, etc., until all the seats are filled. Here now is the oration:

My companion and I greet you by the grace of God our heavenly Father, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom of Heaven. Welcome to this class, and to the knowledge of things that will make you worthy to join those who worship with exceeding joy in the Most Holy Place of God’s presence.

Having sought the face of God and obeyed His Word, you are those who are called and chosen and faithful, and therefore privileged to attend this in depth study on the relationship of Christ and His Bride the Church, the covenant companion concept, and the intimacies of Heaven. Let’s begin with some words of the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:3-11, 15:

I would like you to realize that Christ is the head of every man, and a man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ. A man should not pray or prophesy with anything on his head, but a woman should have her head covered when praying or prophesying, because to have her head uncovered is as shameful as having it shaved. So if it is shameful for a woman to be shaved, let her be covered. A man should not have his head covered because he is the image and glory of God, but a woman is the glory of a man, for Adam did not originate from a woman — the woman was taken out of the man. For man was not created for the woman’s sake, but the woman was created for the man; therefore the woman’s head should be covered as a symbol of her authority among the angels. However, in the Lord, the man and the woman are not independent of each other. A woman’s long hair is a glory to her, for her long hair is given to her for a covering.

We have in this passage the divine order of headship — God, Christ, man, woman and angels. Among physical people on earth, this headship is not completely fulfilled. But in this City, everyone is spiritual and this divine order of headship is in full effect — God, Christ, man, woman and angels. The man and woman are never independent of each other, but while their purpose on earth was physical, their purpose in Heaven is spiritual. While on earth they represented Christ and His Bride the Church, in Heaven men and women are the Bride of Christ. As Christ is in Heaven united spiritually to His Bride the Church, so the man and the woman are in Heaven united by spiritual union.

We are met here today to consider this spiritual union and the seven intimacies of eternal companions. Let’s begin with the creation of Adam.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him, male and female created He them. — Genesis 1:26-27

Adam’s body was made of dust, but Adam’s life is the Breath and Spirit of God. Adam’s companion was a rib from his side, chosen, created and given by God. Eve did not come by the will of Adam, but by the will of God. Eve partook of, and shares the life of Adam as the Bride partakes of and shares the life of Christ.

Adam was willing to die to be with Eve because when she ate the forbidden fruit, he ate it, too. Jesus also died that His Bride might be with Him. But the fall of man was no accident in the plan of God, because God intended that mankind obtain the knowledge of good and evil in order to be more like Him.

And the Lord God said, Behold the man is become as one of Us to know good and evil. — Genesis 3:22

From the very beginning God intended that men and women should be very much like Him, as He has said, in our image, after our likeness, as one of us.

We live now either as mortals on earth, or as spirits in Heaven, but when Jesus completes His Bride on the resurrection day, we will all have glorified bodies like His own.

The Lord Jesus Christ…will change our body of humility, and make it like His body of glory… — Philippians 3:21

Then we will be complete — spirit, soul and glorified body in the City of God. Then we will partake of the Life of the Spirit of God, and enjoy our place in the divine order of headship. Then the man and the woman will be companions by an eternal heavenly covenant and enjoy their companionship by seven spiritual intimacies.

Chapter 17


(Class continues)

  1. The first intimacy is the delight enjoyed by a spiritual soul as it dwells in a glorified body and senses the delights of this Celestial City. This is the intimacy of BEING. It will be fulfilled in your glorified body, after the resurrection.

    May your spirit and soul and body be perfect and complete at the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. — I Thessalonians 5:23
  2. The second intimacy is God’s Spirit united with your spirit so that you appear as one person. Of course, you would not be here without this experience, but after the resurrection you will also be one with God’s Spirit in your glorified body. Because God’s Spirit dwells in every person, and controls all activities in this eternal Home of the redeemed, He places His guidance so gently upon your mind that you think it is your own desire. This is the intimacy of the SPIRIT or of BAPTISM.
  3. Intimacy number three is the intimacy of WINE. It is a love feast for partaking of God’s Spirit as the New Wine of Heaven. You have kept the good wine until now. John 2:10
  4. Two illustrations will introduce intimacy number four. As you are now one with God’s Spirit, and as Adam and Eve were originally together as one, so companions here can unite together, masculine and feminine as one person. After the resurrection your glorified bodies will be able to unite in the same way. This intimacy is necessary for worship in the Most Holy Place. It is called PERFECTION, an important and much used intimacy in Heaven. In this intimacy we are called Sons of God.

    God made Adam and Eve from one lump of clay [Genesis 2:23]. God met with His people at the mercy seat, and this mercy seat was watched over by two cherubim, both made from one piece of gold [Exodus 37:7-8]. Christ and His Bride the Church will become one. The covenant of marriage is an earthly shadow of a Heavenly reality.

    For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. — Ephesians 5:31-32.

    A woman should not pray unless she is covered [I Corinthians 11:5-6], and a man should not appear before the Lord empty [Deuteronomy 16:16]. In this intimacy of Perfection, both of these requirements are met; the man is filled, and the woman is covered, and the two as one are accepted to worship in God’s presence.

    In the Lord, the man and the woman are not independent of each other. — I Corinthians 11:11
  5. These first four intimacies prepare you to minister in God’s presence, because they produce an ecstasy so sublime that it cannot be contained. And since the expression of this ecstasy includes all your heart, soul, mind and strength, it is really worship and must be expressed to God. So intimacy number five is the intimacy of WORSHIP when united Spirit-filled companions in the Most Holy Place of Heaven, the very presence of God, lose themselves in the rapture of wonder, love and praise to their Heavenly Father!

    Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. — Jude 24-25
  6. After the worshipping saints have completed their expressions of love to God, they submit themselves completely to the control of the Holy Spirit, Who carries them up to the Throne where God breathes upon them. God breathed into Adam the Breath of Life. Jesus breathed on His disciples the Holy Spirit. God breathes on His saints in Heaven an exceeding great reward (everything at one time). This is the intimacy of RAPTURE.

    The Word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision saying, Fear not Abram, I Am your Shield and your exceeding great Reward. — Genesis 15:1
    O send out Thy Light and Thy Truth: let them lead me, let them bring me to Thy Holy Hill, and to Thy Tabernacles. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding Joy. — Psalm 43:3-4
  7. The final intimacy is when companions become one in Christ and in God, the intimacy of DIVINE LIKENESS.

    At that day you will know that I Am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I Am in you. — John 14:20

These are the seven intimacies between covenant companions in this eternal Paradise. And this Paradise is far better than the Garden of Eden.

When you leave this room, please exit to your right. One more announcement and then you may rise and be dismissed. Your Divinely-ordained covenant companion is the lady to your right!

(End of class)

These companions knew each other before, but now they enter more completely into the fellowship of Heaven, and into a higher bliss of worship in the Most Holy Place.

From here these companions will go to the instructor’s Chamber Mansion, that is also located in this wall of the Temple. This will be our next stop after a brief introduction.

Chapter 18


Everyone who enters Heaven has the same eternal life, but everyone does not have the same reward. In the resurrection we are changed in substance from physical to spiritual, but we are not changed in character. All that is required to enter Heaven and obtain eternal life is to have our sins of disobedience washed away in Jesus cleansing blood.

If you want rewards and spiritual character, in Heaven, you must while on earth add to your salvation (faith), a knowledge of unseen spiritual things. You must receive God’s Spirit as your trusted guide and let Him teach you about Jesus and things to come. You must put off the old nature with its evil deeds and put on a new nature, that is like Jesus. And you must follow Jesus in humble service to mankind. Saints in Heaven are different in glory, brightness and knowledge. Let me encourage you to love God with all your heart, obey His commandments and seek the face of God.

It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body, There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body — I Corinthians 15:44
If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you shall be saved. — Romans 10:9
GROW in grace, and IN THE KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. — II Peter 3:18
If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things that are above where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection (mind) on things above, not on things on the earth. — Colossians 3:1-5
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. — Romans 8:14
Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth… and He will show you things to come. — John 16:13
…put off concerning the former life the old man, that is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new man, that in the likeness of God, has been created in righteousness and true holiness. — Ephesians 4:22-24
….giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue… knowledge… temperance… patience… godliness… brotherly kindness and love. — II Peter 1:5-7
Glory in His holy name; let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually. — I Chronicles 16:10,11

In the Holy Place we saw the crystal River, the Tree of Life and the streets of gold. We saw the City Mansions, pleasant and delightful and not too different from earth. We also saw that the saints there are a lot like people on earth. But the mansions, beings, saints and clothing you are about to see, here in the Most Holy Place, will be very different. These saints live close to the bright Throne of God and they are dressed in light so bright that you can see them only if you are one of them. The saints who live in city mansions see the saints who live in this Temple as very bright lights. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 15 that those who rise from the dead on resurrection day, or those who remain alive and are changed in the twinkling of an eye, are as different from each other in glory and brightness as the sun, moon and stars are different from each other in earthly brightness.

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. — Daniel 12:3
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. — I Corinthians 15:41-42

So now if you really desire with all your heart and soul to be near to God, come with me.

The first time I entered my Chamber mansion in the wall of the Temple, I knew not where I was. It seemed as though I was entering into a scene beyond the realm of human existence — a scene containing objects of adornment in beauty far surpassing such familiar things as flowers, trees, clouds and rainbows. The Light in this ecstatic domain was so bright and powerful it was not stopped by my body and I had no shadow! I feared to go any further lest I be consumed by the piercing brightness of the Light.

Three different times the Spirit of God tried to show me this hallowed place but my spirit was too weak. Finally, being strengthened by the Lord, I was taken into a scene difficult to describe.

Having nothing to compare, I shall begin my description with what I call a flower. It had a stem about two feet high that resembled a clear plastic drinking straw. This was topped by a sparkling red ruby two inches in diameter. From this red ruby center there extended three petals fourteen inches long, made of solid shimmering diamond. These petals were one quarter of an inch diameter where they joined the ruby center and tapered with straight sides to a needle-sharp point.

Then I noticed that everything was made of a substance like pure glass or crystal, and that each object reflected all the colors of the rainbow in a pattern all its own. Blended with these colors I heard music, and my attention was directed to a little brook of sparkling crystal water as the source of the music. As I started toward this musical water, I became conscious of a glorious rapture filling and thrilling my soul. I was blending with the surrounding atmosphere, and was in harmony with the music from the little brook. Looking through the water to the bottom of the brook, I discovered the source of the music. Precious gems were placed in symmetrical positions so that music was produced by the water flowing over them.

Suddenly I noticed two strange human beings as clear as glass, and I was very much startled by the presence of these other-world beings. That they had not noticed me was a slight relief, so I gazed with wonder and amazement at these two strangely beautiful beings — one masculine and one feminine. They were as smooth and transparent as clear glass, yet they appeared to reflect light like silver. They moved in unison like soldiers marching and were perfectly in place and at home in their surroundings.

Then they noticed me! And I suddenly felt as out of place as a pig in a parlor. I wanted to turn and run but the Holy Spirit, my Guide, made me face the sad fact that I was an unworthy inhabitant of this celestial abode in my present sin-marked body. But I know that someday I will have a glorified body like Jesus, and that this was a vision of my future state with my covenant companion in our chamber.

The word Tabernacle (a name for God’s House) means a clear shining home easily seen from a distance. So also a chamber in the Most Holy Place of Heaven is a clear shining home easily seen from a distance. This chamber is about 12 feet high, 24 feet wide and 216 feet long. The garden we first visited is toward the back of the chamber. At the front of this chamber is a living room. The walls look like soft clouds with rainbow colors upon them with ever-changing and blending hues.

There is a very large couch-like piece of furniture. It is bright white and looks like a big ball of cotton. It quickly and easily conforms to, or changes with, any sitting or reclining posture — very comfortable.

The entire front wall is an open window. Through it we can see or enter into the Most Holy Place and its activities. This Most Holy Place is a round area about 300 miles across and about 1,000 miles high. The Throne of God and of Jesus is at the top west side, facing east. From this position the Lord can easily see all the City mansion chambers, because they adorn the face of the inside of the wall of the Temple. So also the saints in the chambers can easily see God on His Throne and Jesus at His right hand.

And they will see His face, and know His Name. — Revelation 22:4
Thine eyes shall see the king in His beauty… — Isaiah 33:17

The chambers are in rows or stories reaching two thirds of the way around the inside of the Temple wall from the left side of the Throne to the right side of the Throne. There are 144,000 chambers in one row and 288,000 rows. Our chamber is over 800 miles above the courtyard garden and toward the left side of the Throne.

In Heaven, distance does not make things look small. Although they are earth-miles away, they seem to be magnified or enlarged as though spiritual eyes contained telescopes like the eye of an eagle.

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Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. — Psalm 119:105
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The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. — Psalm 119:130
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. — John 6:63

Chapter 19


Inside the jasper walls of the Temple or Most Holy Place is a courtyard garden. High above this enclosed garden, at the top of the beautiful walls is the Throne of God, characterized by a brilliant rainbow. This bright rainbow illumines the entire court with a perpetual profusion of prismatic hues. The space from the garden floor, to God’s throne above, to the high walls round about is the seventh dimension. This hallowed habitation is the Holy of Holies of Heaven —- the very Presence of the One true God who is the Temple of Heaven and the only Light in Celestial realms. Isaiah had a vision of God’s Throne, high and lifted up and His train (glorious light came down and) filled the temple [Isaiah 6:1]

No one enters this sacred abode without first receiving a desire to do so from the Spirit of God. They must be willing to suffer with Christ in this world. We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if we suffer with Him that we may be also glorified together. — [Romans 8:17]
The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us — Romans 8:18

The call of the Spirit to enter this sacred abode comes to those who look beyond the things of this world, and who press with heart and soul toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. This is the testimony of Paul the apostle who visited this Throne Room of God and called it the third Heaven. He said he learned things so sacred, he was not allowed to speak of them. [II Corinthians 12:1-4]

Brethren I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things that are behind, and reaching forth to those things that are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. — Philippians 3:13-14

God on His Throne is the center of all things, and from God comes the Light of Life. This bright white Light makes the City of God appear brighter than the sun in the sky of earth; in fact, the day is coming soon when the City of God will appear in the sky of earth, and the brightness of this City will outshine the sun and the moon.

For from Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. — Romans 11:36
For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and BY HIM ALL THINGS CONSIST. (everything is held together) — Colossians 1:16-17
(Paul)… I saw in the way a light from Heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me… — Acts 26:13

It would seem that being close to the throne, we would be blinded by the light. But this is not the case. Because those who are allowed to come close to God on His throne are given brighter glory and this makes it possible for them to see God. It is God Himself who chooses who comes near Him. Jesus brought the light of life to men, and made it possible for saints to enter Heaven, and dwell in the light there.

(Moses said) …Even to-morrow the LORD will show who are His, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near to Him: even him whom He hath chosen will He cause to come near unto Him. — Numbers 16:5
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to aproach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. — Psalm 65:4
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. — Ephesians 1:4

The River of Life begins at the Throne of God. This River is the Spirit of God flowing from the Throne, through each chamber in the Temple wall, then down into the fountains. This River of Life then continues in twelve spirals around the Temple out through the Holy Place to the eastern gate. From this gate of Heaven the River moves as the invisible Spirit of God to bless those on earth who will accept Him.

And He showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal coming from the Throne of God and of the Lamb. — Revelation 22:1
There is a river, whose streams shall make glad the City of God, the Holy Place of the tabernacles of the Most High. — Psalm 46:4

If we walk in the Light and in the Spirit on earth, we will walk in the Light and in the River in Heaven.

The Throne of God appears to rest on a large white-with-light oval structure about 100 miles wide, 50 miles front to back, and 25 miles high. But then again its size seems to vary greatly. It is difficult to describe; you will have to see it for yourself.

In front of the Throne is a large sapphire blue oval area called the sea of glass, and on the other side of the Sea of Glass from the Throne is the Ark of God or Mercy Seat, and the Altar of Incense. (The prayers of saints are called incense. Rev 5:8.) When the apostle John was in this Most Holy Place, he saw souls of martyrs under the Altar of Incense, praying God to hasten judgment upon the earth. [Rev 6:9-10] The Sea of Glass before the Throne is paved with blue sapphire gems. Its oval shape is about 150 by 200 miles. It is like a movable platform; it disappears when not needed and its size is adjustable.

And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal… — Revelation 4:6
And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: (covenant) and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. — Revelation 11:19

At appointed times there are various methods of worship in the space below where the Sea of Glass sometimes appears. But I find it difficult to describe these things because of sacred secrets that some earth dwellers who have not seen invisible things may not understand. However, I would like to describe worship activity for you as it takes place in the large area of the Most Holy Place before God’s Throne. This first worship activity is called Cup of Love.

Thousands of companion saints gather into this space before the Lord on His Throne, dressed in garments of very bright white Light. These garments are decorated with sparkling jewels in the five major colors of Heaven: gold, blue, purple, red and green. The saints place themselves in a round cup-like formation, like a large perfectly-shaped drinking glass, very artistic and beautiful. This symbolizes a vessel of honor and cup of love to Jesus who drank the bitter cup of death for these very saints who are now expressing their love to Him. Then the cup begins to turn slowly. This is the worship of love and is very delightful to God and to Jesus and to all who in this arena behold.

He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied. — Isaiah 53:11

At another time I was the only one in the great arena of space before the Throne of God. The Sea of Glass was removed and I was raptured with wonder, love and praise. In my ecstasy, I was waving my arms and dancing and spinning around, and as I did so, the five colors of Heaven were coming from the five fingers of each of my hands. I was not conscious of writing anything, but the trails of color remained in space as a love letter to God even after I finished my worship. That is when I learned about the five major colors of Heaven.

And His brightness was as the light; (sunlight) He had horns (bright beams) coming (flashing) out of His hand, and there was the hiding of His power. — Habakkuk 3:4

Chapter 20


Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. — Matthew 5:8

People have a tendency to be fearful of God because of their failures. Even some devoted saints are so afraid of God they do not seek His presence. But God does not see your failures. He sees a beloved child within the righteousness of Jesus. And God your Heavenly Father would love to have you come near to Him.

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. — Ephesians 2:13
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. — Hebrews 10:22
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. — James 4:8

I stood upon the sapphire Sea of Glass with a multitude of saints all arranged in orderly fashion as Jesus presented us to God the Father. God is not an old man with hollow cheeks and long white beard, whose delight is to punish sinners. No. He loves those who seek to do His will, even though we sometimes fail; and He is drawing us to Himself by the circumstances of life. Most people just don’t seek God until things get bad, so sometimes God lets things get bad so we will seek Him. If we seek Him when things go well, then He will make things go well for us so we seek Him more. To stand on the sapphire Sea of Glass and look into the face of God is to look into the face of the One who loves you and delights to see YOU. You will never be the same after this experience. Look forward to that day with confidence.

Anyone who will confess Me before men, that person I will also confess before My Father in Heaven. — Matthew 10:32
As the Bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. — Isaiah 62:5

When God sits on His Throne before a gathering of saints, He makes Himself big enough so that all may easily see Him. But when He is giving a personal interview, He appears to be, if He were standing, only twelve to eighteen feet tall. And His Throne also appears to change in size.

One day Jesus wanted to present me to His Father in Heaven. Now I knew from previous experiences that Jesus refuses to let me think that I am unworthy, because He has told us to pray that we should be considered worthy to stand with Him. So although I was a little afraid, I did want to go with Jesus to see God the Father.

Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. — Luke 21:36

Jesus said to His Father, This friend of Mine has been wanting to see You, — and I looked into the face of Love! My anxiety vanished. His expression was so loving and kind that I lost all my fear, and my soul was calm. His love made me feel free, and able to love Him in return. He gave me the impression that He waited from eternity just to see me face to face. He looked like a handsome young man and Light was shining from His face. He completely ignored the fact that I am only a creature, and His manner of speech made me feel like a long-time good friend of His. Being in His presence has not only changed my idea of Him but has also changed me — forever!

Seek His presence. Seek His face. He loves YOU.

When You said, Seek My face, My heart said to You, Your face, Lord, will I seek. — Psalm 27:8
Glory ye in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually. — I Chronicles 16:11

Finally, let me encourage you to be a friend of Jesus. Obey the Holy Spirit and seek the face of God. I have given my testimony in order that you may be among those of whom the Bible says:

And they shall see His face and know His Name. — Revelation 22:4
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. — Psalm 17:15

One day recently as I approached the Sea of Glass before the Throne, there were many patriarchs and prophets and righteous men already gathered there to pray and to worship God on His Throne. As it says in Job 1: 6,

The sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord.

I learned that those who on earth were concerned about the souls of men, are in Heaven still concerned about things on earth. I heard the souls of martyrs under the altar and their pleading cry, Until when, O Lord will You delay Your vengeance on the earth dwellers who shed our blood? Their earnestness almost caused me to weep.

I spent seven days there joining the prayer and praise to God. I learned that God is consulting with His concerned servants both in Heaven and on earth, informing them that Jesus will soon appear, and the time is short.

For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. — I Thessalonians 4:16-18

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