How many of us have wondered about the passages in the Bible that speak of a great fire to take place before “that day” when the new heaven and earth come to be? Sometimes I find the courage to ask God a question, then I wait for an answer. Last week I asked, what will happen to us when everything we know here changes? What will it be like for us if indeed the Earth as we know it passes through fire and the new heaven and earth comes to be, of which scripture speaks?
This is the answer that came as fast as I could write it down:
“My daughter, what I can tell you is that you will feel nothing at that great change. For it will happen in the twinkling of an eye. One moment you will be in the old and the next moment you will be in the new heavens, the new earth. That is if you are still here when this happens. Meanwhile, if you die before that great change, please know that your passing from this earth experience into my presence will also take place in the twinkling of an eye. As your last breath goes out you will be with me. We will have a great time of celebration and our union will be complete. Until then, I want you to enjoy the level of union we currently have, letting it unfold slowly as the opening of a rose. You worry about mistakes and failures of the past. That is not what I see.”
As I closed my journal, I recalled the message from the mouth of the prophet Isaiah, “Come now, let us reason together . . . . Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool ( Isaiah 1:18).