33 times. This is the number of times that John wrote: “I saw”in the book of Revelation. The vision that the apostle John had in Heaven must have been something extraordinary. The colors, the sound, the people, and the creatures must have been incredible.
In chapter four we have this invitation: “Rev. 4:1After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”John accepted the invitation, as if he could decline it. When he got there he described in the best way that he could what Heaven looks like, what would happen in the future, and who was there.
If you could make a list of people that would be in Heaven, who would be on that list? Well someone made a survey and here is a partial list:
- Those who have lived a good life.
- Those who have always tried to do their best.
- Those who believe in God.
- Those who believe in any God.
- Those who believe that Jesus died and rose again.
- Good Protestants.
- Good Catholics.
- Good Muslims.
- Nobody – there isn’t a heaven!
- My dear old Mum.
- My dear old Dad.
Maybe you are thinking that one or more of these people are going to be in heaven. But we cannot guarantee their presence there just based on one of these aspects. Some of them we would love to have there, and some of them we don’t. This is why it is so important to know that the decision is not in our hands, but in God’s hands. His hands are hands of grace and mercy, but also just and righteous. He knows best.
In Revelation chapter 5, verses 6-14, John shares with us the first things that he saw in Heaven. This text helps us to know who will be in Heaven. The text tells us what the Apostle John saw there, and not only that, it helps us to understand what will be the first things that we will see there when we arrive. Here is the text:
“ Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.  And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.  And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”
 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.  In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”  The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Have a blessed week,