Yesterday, The Lord gave me a glimpse of heaven. A glimpse is enough to see and recognize but not to behold in fullness, it is only partial. I was driving down the highway and remembered someone’s offense toward me; I didn’t want this thought, so I prayed, Lord please forgive this person and remove this offense completely. I confessed my offenses against others and asked for His forgiveness. I asked Him how would it be to be totally free of these wrongs done to me, and that I have done to others. Then in an epiphany I saw the light of this world as though it was a shadow, and it parted revealing the bright light of Heaven. I knew this was Heaven because my prayer was answered; I felt totally free, light as a feather and had absolute freedom from any consciousness or memory of any offense. I felt as light as air and free, love’s light coming in and passing through me, there in the brilliance of God’s habitation. Then it was gone and the shadow of this earth resumed.
My mind was racing trying to understand what I saw and felt. There are no words for it and my description is very inadequate, just a paraphrase of words attempting to recount a new taste that has no equivalent. I wanted more of it, I strained to remember and somehow grasp and lay hold of that perspective once again and to behold it, because there seemed to be so much more.
This wasn’t like pleasure, although it was good, perfectly good. I wanted to continue to behold more than just a glimpse. My desire to get back was not to experience an emotion or anything that could be experienced in this world. It was to “be” again, rather than to do or feel. I could see that no amount of trying or fixing my mind on this vision was going to bring it back or more accurately, take me back there. It lasted only an instant, (which is good if you are driving). Time couldn’t even measure this as it was as fast as thought, realization, and perception. Yet, these were not merely thoughts, nor simply a vision, because there were realizations and awareness that accompanied this view. I started to say sensation, but that has to do with our five senses; this sensing was spiritual and enlightenment.
I could go on and on trying to describe heaven in earthly terms, but it is impossible. I don’t expect many will believe that this was a glimpse of heaven. There are few who really believe in the spiritual realm, or Christians who believe that there is an indwelling Holy Spirit. However, we have scripture to instruct us about the Spirit, and there is much about heaven and the nature of our Father in Heaven.
“It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” (Deut. 30;12). We can not get to heaven from here, not grasp heavenly substance. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matt. 5:8). Forgiveness – purifying our heart by the blood of the Lamb, opens eyes to see God. “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Forgiveness has a reciprocal influence in heaven. (Matt. 6:14). “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matt.7:11).
God promises to give good gifts in response to our requests. “About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions.” (Acts 26:13). Paul describes heaven’s light brighter than the sun. “Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” (2 Cor. 5: 2-4). The phrase, “What is mortal me be swallowed up by life” is a good illustration of heavens nature versus that of our physical world. “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven.” (2 Cor. 12: 2-3). All things are possible with God.
What is relevant from all this? This fallen world is full of offenses done to us and by us to others, we carry the burden of both. Yeshua, Messiah opened the way for forgiveness from all sin and He has carried our sin and burden to the cross. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV).