Revelation 22:16. ‘”I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” 17. The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. 18. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. 20. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. 21. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.’
“Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden pan for incense. He was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all God’s holy people. The angel put this offering on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke from the incense went up from the angel’s hand to God with the prayers of God’s people.” – Revelation 8:3-4
Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels around the throne, and the four living creatures, and the elders. There were thousands and thousands of angels, saying in a loud voice: Then I heard all creatures in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea saying: The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders bowed down and worshiped. – Revelation 5:11-14 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation5:11-14&version=NCV
“’The One who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands says this: I know what you do, how you work hard and never give up. I know you do not put up with the false teachings of evil people. You have tested those who say they are apostles but really are not, and you found they are liars. You have patience and have suffered troubles for my name and have not given up. “But I have this against you: You have left the love you had in the beginning. So remember where you were before you fell. Change your hearts and do what you did at first. If you do not change, I will come to you and will take away your lampstand from its place. But there is something you do that is right: You hate what the Nicolaitans do, as much as I. “Every person who has ears should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. To those who win the victory I will give the right to eat the fruit from the tree of life, which is in the garden of God.'” – Revelation 2:1-7
Every time I see a trail or path, I have a great propensity to go down it. This is especially true of paths that wind out of sight. I really want to see what is around the bend, what adventure awaits or what new thing there is to discover. I like it to be a surprise. Some of the best discoveries of my life were when I followed an unknown path. However, there have also been those paths that I have forged down that ended in disaster, that were not worth the effort or time or anything at all. In fact, the devastation at the end of them made me wish I hadn’t been so curious or adventurous. That being said, there is one path we can set out on where we know the outcome and the beautiful destination at the end of it. We know the final chapters of the book. We know what Heaven looks like. We know it is worth the toilsome but joyous journey to it. We know who waits for us there. We know the beauty of that place. Revelation 21 and 22 tells us about it. Walls of Jasper. I am of humble origins and don’t know my stones and gems well, so I googled it. Jasper is gorgeous! Walls made out of Jasper must be insanely beautiful. Streets of solid pure gold, as clear as glass. Really? I am digging this stuff. Foundation stones of the city walls of gorgeous diverse jewels. It will be like a rainbow, all the colors there. Gates of one solid pearl. Amazing. Visualize this place. And here is the kicker. Jesus Christ is the Light for the whole city. He who saved us and made a way for us to be there is not just our Champion Redeemer but also our companion! There will be no darkness, no night, no corruption, no lying, no uncleanness, no sin, nothing but goodness and truth. I cannot wait until the end of this journey down this path. This path is worth taking.