The angel first brought Marietta to the presence of the Lord. “This is your Redeemer who suffered and died for you,” he told her. In awe and trembling she bowed before Jesus, but the Lord lifted her up and welcomed her into the city of the redeemed. She then listened to the heavenly choir and was given an opportunity to meet some of her loved ones who had passed on before her. Marietta’s loved ones freely talked with her, and she found no difficulty in understanding them because thought moved with thought. In other words, they communicated by thought.
Most witnesses I’ve ever heard who’ve had visions of heaven have testified of speaking to or being welcomed by their loved ones, even unto many past generations in their blood line. One such incident I remember was from the late Kenneth E. Hagin when he was caught up to heaven and was allowed to speak to his sister Oleta who had just died of cancer. Among other things, she told him of their relatives and loved ones whom she had already seen in heaven and then discussed with him the spiritual condition of others still on the earth. You see, this is what the cloud of witnesses in heaven are most concerned about for they rejoice over one sinner who repents more than those who need no repentance (Heb. 12:1-2) (Lk. 15:7). The spiritual condition of people is what we should also be most concerned about on the earth. We will refer to this incident in greater detail in a soon-to-come future blog for there are other very important points to be made.
Marietta also observed that her former earthly acquaintances were all happy souls in contrast with their careworn appearance while they were on earth. She concluded that the beauty and glory of heaven was beyond what she imagined. This is what we know deep in our hearts. Heaven is more splendid, more beautiful, and so much more brilliant and glorious than we could imagine. This is our blessed and lively hope obtained through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Pt. 1:3).
The angel then said this to Marietta: “The highest thoughts of man fail to approach the reality and the delights of heaven.” Oh how this statement blesses me for I believe it with all my heart! She was permitted to talk to other inhabitants of heaven and they were all full of praise, especially for their Redeemer in particular as they chanted, “Oh death, where is your sting? Oh grave, where is your victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55)
Then Marietta was shown a descending Cross and the angel spoke again to her and said, “First you must learn that all of heaven reveres the Cross. Multitudes bow before it and the redeemed delight to linger around it.”
She was also informed of the relationship of angels to those who lived on the earth and the angel again said: “No day, no hour, no moment passes, but each human being is watched by the angel appointed to their charge.” Oh how precious that thought is.
“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 18:10). You don’t lose your angel when you grow up and become an adult. They stay with you and escort you to heaven when you leave this earth.
Finally, Marietta was informed of the Second Coming of the Lord, which is drawing near, and at which time the full redemption of the human race would take place.
One very interesting note is that Marietta Davis was also given a gentle reproof and correction for her previous lack of faith and consecration and was admonished that “there are no other means to attain her inheritance in Christ in this blest heaven.” As I believe I stated before, Marietta had gone to revivals with her two sisters and mother prior to her visit to heaven, and she was the only one in her family who did not receive the Lord during those meetings. Thus, the reproof and correction she received. Some people may wonder how in her yet unsaved condition she could’ve been allowed this experience in heaven, but she also went to hell as we will see in another blog. Perhaps this is the reason she was chosen by the Lord to visit both places because of her vacillating between the two spheres. She was under strong conviction but failed to surrender, but she was also encouraged by the angel, “Be faithful to the light which is given you, and you shall enjoy the bliss of heaven.” Then the angel proceeded to further discuss with her in more detail the Second Coming of Christ.
Oh beloved, these are the priorities of heaven and of our Lord Jesus Christ. He wants us to seek Him from a fully consecrated position and nurture our hope of heaven and being with Him forever. He wants us to be as concerned about people’s spiritual condition on the earth as the family in heaven is. His great desire for us is also to not live for this world but to be looking and longing with anticipation for His Coming, for our thoughts of heaven and His Coming purify us (1 Jn. 3:2-3).
To be continued…
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