Human experience and imagining heaven?

‘Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.’ (Ezekiel 43v5) However you understand this scripture – whether figuratively in that Ezekiel was imaging or dreaming this experience – or literally as these were the  actually events  that happened to the prophet, know this: there is some sort of future telling or imagining  of God and the glory that  accompanies Him and radiates out to others.


Of course, whenever we attempt to think of what heaven is like…be that the temple or its inner courts, we are compromised by the imagination of others who have  drawn, painted or designed a set for a film as to how they saw it to be like. For myself, when attempting to imagine what heaven is like, I can’t help but default to the images I watched in a film ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ fifty years ago.  It starred a very young David Niven and I yet the images (filmed in black and white) seem to me to be be timeless. Given that we are told that however humans  imagine ‘heaven’ it will be both a disappointment and a sad reflection of what it truly is like. The enormity of God’s presence remaining – infilling the courts with people who bow and kneel and sing praise to Him in tongues. So for now, the lesser image will have to suffice, but one day…


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