In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 (KJV)
On Thursday, two days after the Jesus Moments in Time vision, I had another remarkable vision.
I began to get bolder, now that Jesus has revealed himself to me. At prayers I asked that God show me what Heaven looks like. I have heard so many stories of near-death experiences where people are drawn through a tunnel, and are greeted by long gone friends, relatives and Jesus, and I wanted to see for myself.
I thought that if they were en route to Heaven, Jesus might show me some of that. I fully expected to see angels, bright lights, long dead friends and relatives. Would God let me see Heaven? Would I have to go through a tunnel? Would the streets be paved with gold?
I have begun to be unafraid of death, being secure in the knowledge that Jesus was really going to be there for me. At the same time, I am not ready to hurry it along. I am convinced that God will take me when my work is done, and not before.
I am ready to go anytime and anyway that He chooses! I have already told our Bible Study class to rejoice when I am gone – throw a party in my name.
It would be nice to know what Heaven really looked like, so full of angels, relatives, and friends that have gone before me. So I asked God, if it was within His will, to show me Heaven.
The vision opened with me in the sky, approaching what appeared to be a two or three-story building from several hundred feet. The building was a reddish color with a grey roof, set against a deep blue shy.
However, my impression of the size of the building was gained only from the relative size, assuming I was close to it. I didn’t see any trees on the ground or windows, or other features on the building that gave me a clue as to its true size.
I was sailing along without any power, or conscious effort on my part. No wings, no vehicle, no consciousness of body – just moving toward the building ahead. I felt like I had the freedom to go where I wanted, but I wanted to go to the building.
As I came closer, the building got bigger and bigger, so my perspective was wrong – it was much bigger than three stories high! I was approaching from very far away.
As I drew near the building, it grew considerably larger, and it appeared that I was very high in the sky, maybe miles high! The building was so tall that I could not see the bottom. I was still slightly above it, but I was still flying toward it and as I did, it became enormous. Wide as well as tall.
I began to descend at the front of the building and it seemed that I took a very long time getting down. As I continued to approach the building and dropped lower, other building began to stretch from far below toward me and they were also very tall, even though initially they were too small to even see.
The buildings were many miles high, and there were many of them.
Inside – the rooms.
I flew down the front of the taller building toward the bottom, but did not land at the bottom. Somehow, as I drew near the bottom of the building, I simply appeared in one of the rooms inside of the building.
The room was furnished somewhat like a mansion or maybe a big hotel, with comfortable-looking leather chairs, tables, couches, rugs, fine pictures, and vases on the tables.
I remember one room with a fireplace. Each room was a comfortable arrangement of the type you would expect to find in the lobby of an exclusive, very fine hotel or perhaps a mansion!
I don’t remember any lamps or lights, but the room was lit normally. I strolled through several very spacious rooms and had the impression that this was someone’s living suite, and that each person that lived there was similarly provided for.
I never saw any people, however, nor doorways. Each room flowed into the next one through wide hallways, offset from one another slightly. In other words, as you reached the end of a room, you could turn one way or another and be facing a wide hallway which might be long or very short. The wall at the end of the hallway would be part of a wall for the next room. There were no framed doorways, and the layout was somewhat like a maze with rooms at the corners of each passage..
Each room opened up into other well-decorated rooms. Some rooms appeared to have patterns like wallpaper and some appeared to have solid colors as if painted. Ornate rugs covered what appeared to be wooden floors, and there were tables throughout. The chairs and furniture arrangements were set up for small groups of two to eight people in each area. I did not get to tour bedrooms, bathrooms, or kitchens if there were any. Nor did I see any telephones, televisions or radios.
After walking through the area and being satisfied that this was a home that I would enjoy living in, I was suddenly airborne again and outside. I was above and in front of one of the smaller buildings, but not too far off of the ground.
The grounds were beautiful, and I was admiring the surrounding estate, which was extremely well manicured, perfectly shaped trees, and shrubs of all sizes. There were green and flowery gardens, winding walkways, and areas enclosed within arbors.
I had the impression that an extended family lived in this mansion. As I think back, I also saw people strolling the walkways, but they were in the far distance.
The vision ended when I had looked over the smaller mansion for a while.
I did not receive word statements like those that I had during the God Partially Revealed vision. I didn’t suddenly think to myself, “A family lives here” or “This is Heaven.” I did come away with a peace and satisfaction from the impressions that I received during my brief visit.
I had the impression that the first building housed many people, perhaps many hundreds of thousands, comfortably. There were several very tall buildings in the vision and numerous smaller buildings surrounded by green parks and trees.
I had the impression that the smaller mansions housed larger, more extended families, and the larger buildings housed individuals, couples, and smaller groups in a city-like structure. Those were only my impressions during the vision. It almost seems more logical the other way around!
I also had the impression that Heaven was whatever I wanted it to be like on earth, nice furnishing, beautiful estate, comfortable living. I saw no clouds, no harps, and no angels with wings, and no tunnels of light.
These are the mansions of the scriptures!
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. John 14:2-4 (KJV)
Or as written in the New International Version:
In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. John 14:2-4 (NIV)
Since then I have had a few thoughts about the meaning of what I saw. It seems to me that Heaven was what would have been very comfortable to me.
Perhaps there are different mansions for people with different styles of living. I also believe that Heaven would be similar to whatever one would be comfortable with within their present culture.
For example, a man or woman of two thousand years ago would probably have been placed in mansions similar to those of the best homes of their time, not of some future time. I can’t imagine a person of 4000 years ago being placed in a 20th century setting and immediately feeling very comfortable.
Nor can I picture myself being comfortable in a setting of 2000 years ago, or of 1000 years in the future. If a person is not comfortable, then it wouldn’t be Heaven, would it?
I expect that as civilization progresses, newer mansions are created, and hopefully the inhabitants of the old mansions would have options to move into newer quarters.
I believe, of course, that God knows how mankind will be living in the year 4000, assuming that the end times are that far off. He could place us into that environment when we are resurrected, but we would probably be as “out of place” in that setting as one of the disciples would be if placed in a 21st century home – in shock.
Just how big is heaven?
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. Rev 21:10, 15-16 (NIV) The measurement 12,000 stadia is equivalent to about 1,400 miles. This is the New Jerusalem, but it came down from heaven in this vision of John.
Heaven being bigger than this New Jerusalem, is at least 1,400 miles wide, 1,400 miles long, and 1,400 miles high. No wonder I could not see the ground from the top of the tallest building!