Thursday, April 14, 2011
Who will we see in Heaven? Jesus? The Father? The spirit? All three?
A friend of mine posted the question, When we get to heaven, I know we will see Jesus, but will we also see the Father? The Holy Spirit?
One of the best things about the book of Revelations is it gives us a glimpse into what heaven will be like. The angels singing worship and praise, the saints joining them, the martyrs crying out from under the alter, the Lord sitting on the throne. Let's take a look at who we see.
We see in Revelations that we see God on the throne Revelations 4 - And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. This is a description in Johns words of seeing God himself.
Jesus is mentioned later as ministering at the alter, offering himself as a sacrifice. God is still on the throne, and Jesus is also present and separate.
Revelations 5:5-6 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
So yes, you will see God the Father and Jesus, the Holy Spirit itself exists between them. The spirit of Love and Truth that they share in harmony. Many indicate that the seven spirits of God in front of his throne are all one and the same, the Holy Spirit but seen as 7, because 7 is the number for biblical perfection. It means completion and rest. The Spirit is the completion of the trinity, and it is what brings us joy and peace (rest.)
In Isaiah we see that the spirit of God is a seven fold spirit. Isaiah 11:2 "And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD." Then again in Ezekial we see Ezekial 1:10-12 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out upward; each had two wings, one touching the wing of another creature on either side, and two wings covering its body. Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went."
So we see that in Isaiah's vision there were four angels that did the bidding of God's spirit, the Holy Spirit. Now let's look at revelations in the description of those angels.
Revelations 4 5-6 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spiritsa of God. Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back
We see a direct corelation between the 7 spirits of God and the Holy Spirit from these verses. The 7 descriptions of the spirit of God, the spirit of the Lord (Holy Spirit) who imparts wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and reverential awe! We also can see that these are indeed the spirit of God before the throne of God, by this statement in Revelations 1:4-5 Grace and Peace to you from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness. You see only God can impart grace and peace. This verse reminds us that all three are one, but separate. So the simple answer is, all three are God but we will indeed see all three as separate people in Heaven.