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The Yearning for Home

(Psa 84:1)
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

(Psa 84:2)
My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

(Psa 84:3)
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.

(Psa 84:4)
Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah

(Psa 84:5)
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

(Psa 84:6)
As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.

(Psa 84:7)
They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

(Psa 84:8)
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

(Psa 84:9)
Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!

(Psa 84:10)
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

(Psa 84:11)
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

(Psa 84:12)
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Psalm 84 ESV

The Promise of Heaven

Someday soon the promise of Jesus Christ in John 14:1-3 will come true. Jesus yearns to come down into the sky and call us up to meet Him there. We as Christ followers long to hear the voice of our Shepherd and King calling us to come and join Him. And once we join Him we will be taken to Heaven, and our place of eternal residence The Father’s House. Jesus will not let His Bride come under judgment; we are not destined for the wrath to be poured out on those who are in and of the world. As Pastor J.D. Farag of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe puts it: “The purpose of the tribulation is for the salvation of the Jewish nation.”

Our destiny is entwined with Christ. Just as Christ went to Heaven by the cross, so we go to Heaven by the cross. Our anchor is the solid rock of Christ Jesus and He’s seated at the right hand of God in the very throne room of heaven. Jesus is the one who holds everything together, and He’s the one who is working through us as Christ followers. When He has done all the work He has to do with us and through us on this earth and our spirit is fully mature, an amazing thing happens.

Just like an egg that has been kept warm by the hen eventually the chick runs out of yolk and nourishment, it becomes full and complete. It uses a little egg tooth to break through the eggshell and breathes air for the first time; it breaks out of the egg and begins its life as a chicken. Jesus knows exactly when that chick is ready to enter the reality of the real world.

Our life on this earth is a life of learning; this is a place of preparation. Our yolk is our parents and family, our friends and pastors, our Bible and the Holy Spirit. Once the Holy Spirit is given the throne of our lives we begin to voraciously devour the yolk, and we share the knowledge and nourishment we get from our yolk with others. And there will come a time when we will be ready, ready to crack out of our shell, crack out of this broken earth, out of this world that we know. Jesus will crack our shell, when we die it is because we are ready to go, our shell, our body, our earthly tent will eventually return to the earth from which it was made. However our spirit, made alive through the Holy Spirit came from God at conception, since our Spirit is God’s Spirit it cannot die.

Our Spirit, our ready for eternity self, goes right to heaven upon death. It is then that we’ll enter the courts of the Lord. We won’t even need to enter His house to know beyond a doubt that …”better is one day there than a thousand elsewhere.”

Not Yet Ready

Sadly though, it is not yet time for us to go to meet our maker in heaven. He could come for us at any time, you could die today for any number of strange reasons- so I hope you’ve come to the point of repentance, I hope you’ve accepted Jesus death on the cross as the only way to be saved.

For the saved even in David’s day they were desperately longing for the time they would be with their savior, they were fainting in anticipation. They wanted to be in the courts of the Lord then, it should be no different today. As Christ followers it is better to be focused on heaven than on earth, what we treasure should be heavenly as I said earlier our greatest treasure Christ our Redeemer and King is in heaven.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re so heavenly minded you’re no earthly good; I protest that pithy saying and offer this as a counter argument. You cannot be of any earthly good unless you are heavenly minded. If your mind is not on heaven the rotten yolk of the Domain of Darkness pollutes it, and then you are of no help to anyone who is lost and confused because you yourself are lost and confused.

Keeping a Heavenly Focus

The key to avoiding the pollutants of this world is to walk in a exceptionally close relationship with God. The Holy Spirit encourages your Spirit back to blazing life, it inspires you to be in The Word, call upon your Father in heaven, and engage in a steadfast relationship. This should always be true but it is especially true of when you are first born again and go from Pre-Christian to Christ follower.

Satan can drag you down through sickness, through work, through your sin nature. He will tell you all kinds of lies about God and what He thinks of you and about yourself and that you cannot be serious that you think God loves you. If you listen to those lies you will falter in that relationship with God, and you could easily drift away from what He has called you to be.

For a long time my life was a spiritual desert, my growth in the Lord was practically nil and I was a pastor’s kid! This is because my personal relationship with God was non-existent, my prayers were duds, I didn’t read my Bible and my Spirit was a flickering sputtering flame. This lasted for years and in the end the Lord had to bring me to the lowest place where I could no longer help myself, I had to give everything to Him.

I was sleeping on park benches at the time, and once I devoted myself to Him He fully devoted Himself to me. There was a spiritual revolution in my life as the Holy Spirit took over the throne of my heart, and I was filled with a peace that I cannot fathom. Since then I’ve devoted myself to being in The Word, having a prayer life that is alive and personal with my God, and sharing with others like you from my yolk. I love doing my part to help the church body and bring people to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, it’s what I live for.

Heaven Soon

And so we’ve come full circle, Jesus promised an immanent return; the disciples took Him very seriously. In 1st Thessalonians chapter 4 Paul puts Himself into the rapture of the church, He expected it at any moment. The only reason that the Rapture has not happened yet is that the Lord is slow to anger and wants to gain as many people to the Kingdom of Heaven as possible.

The Lord prophesied that the world at the time of His coming would be as it was in the times of Noah. People will be marrying and giving in marriage, they will be partying; they will be carrying out life as usual. They will be ridiculing those who are following Jesus Christ and are taking Him at His word.
We believe that He is coming to take us to His Father’s House. We believe that we are not appointed to suffer the wrath of God but were promised an escape. We believe that that escape has to come before the Tribulation because Jesus opens the Seals, which lead to the Trumpets and to the Vials in the book of Revelation.

Once the Tribulation starts things can never again be like they were in the days of Noah.

We believe we are like Enoch.

Enoch lived a righteous life; he lived a life like we are called to live, a life devoted to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Enoch lived in the time leading up to the flood, and while he lived on the earth His allegiance was out of this world. And so the Bible says:

(Gen 5:22)
Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.

(Gen 5:23)
Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years.

(Gen 5:24)
Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

This is further clarified in Hebrews:

(Heb 11:5)
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.

We too can please God by living in a deep personal relationship with Him, we can be like Enoch and walk like God. And just like God took up Enoch so that he should not see death, Jesus has promised to take up those who are devoted to a walk with Him so they do not see the wrath of God.

It is my earnest hope and prayer that I get to meet each and every one of you on that great Rapture day when we are all caught up to meet with our Lord and Savior. I want to experience Heaven and the courts of the Lord with each and every one of you. Don’t deny your eternal destiny, repent of your sins and accept the Lord, they’re waiting to celebrate in heaven. And eventually we’ll all see each other there.

In Christ,

Ross

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Comments
  1. Hi Ross,

    Just wanted to let you know I do read your writings and enjoy them.

    River

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