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Holy Holy Holy

“Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.’”

Isaiah 6:2-3

By Jonn Dilley

I remember in 5th grade one of my Bible teachers asked me if I had ever thought about what heaven was going to be like. Most 11-year-old boys in the early 2000s were mostly concerned with pretty girls, video games, and what kind of cereal their moms stocked in the cupboard. Because of that, I had never pondered that question before. My leader began to tell me what he believed it was going to be like: 

“A bunch of old gospel choirs blasting over the heavenly speakers, an unlimited amount of carb-loaded foods that you could eat without gaining weight, a place where the Seahawks won every Super Bowl.” 

He continued to list dozens more descriptions of his version of the “perfect” heaven.

For years this influenced my idea about what heaven was going to be. Cocoa Puffs for breakfast, barbecue pulled pork sandwiches every day for lunch, and surf & turf every night for dinner. No more boring music or mean people, and even if I tried, I couldn’t sing off tune! Heaven was going to be my perfect world.

Later on in life, my wife and I became youth pastors at a church in the Seattle area. One day one of our students decided to paint a picture of heaven. Of course, he made sure to include God with all of his followers, worshipping Him in heaven. The student asked me what heaven was like, and in my head I thought, “Well definitely not that…” 

I realized my thoughts of heaven were selfish. I wanted heaven to be something Icreated and something I thought was perfect.

I decided to dive into scripture so I could learn everything the Bible says about heaven. The problem, however, is that the Word of God doesn’t give us a complete picture of heaven. Once again, I found no evidence of Cocoa Puffs, my perfect intonation, and the worst part is that apparently no honorable Israelite ever even ate pork.

What I did find is that there will be perfect peace (Isaiah 65:25), no tears or pain (Revelation 21:4), and best of all, the heavens and the earth will be restored to their “pre-fall” state (Acts 3:21; Romans 8:21).

In Isaiah and Revelation, we also see a description of these creatures called seraphim. We know that these things look a little crazy, with six wings and covered in eyes. They spend their entire eternal existence singing the same 16 words: “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” I think scripture’s depiction of the seraphim give us one of the clearest images of what we will occupy our “time” in heaven.

When God’s full glory is finally revealed to us, when we understand His infinite power, wisdom, and presence, we will want to do nothing other than worship Him with everything that we are. The joy of our eternal lives will be the opportunity to join with the heavenly hosts and sing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” Singing in tune is not required.

Each time we worship we are given a glimpse of heaven. Each time we sing of God’s perfection, we get to see just a sliver eternity. But for now, let’s live in an attempt to join our lives with the heavenly hosts even today, and let’s spend the rest of our time on earth living out the proclamation, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is yet to come!”

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