Inspirational Photography and God's Word - Company Message
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     The bible tells us that we will know our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc when we arrive in heaven.We will know in heaven those people we knew on earth. We have all heard people say, so and so, is looking down on those loved ones who are left behind, here on earth. That they are watching over us here.

     I don't think this is correct. This is why that I say this. Follow my line of thinking and then form your own opinion. Please refer to the scriptures at the bottom of this page.

     God's Holy Word tells us that we will know no sadness, nor grief in Heaven, and that all of our earthly tears shall be wiped away, in Heaven. 
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

     Take a minute and think back on the things that have happened in your own life since a loved one went home to be with the Lord.
     Let me use myself as an example. My mother went home to heaven, 29 years and 4 months ago. I was 36 years old at the time. My older sister was 38 and my younger sister was 29. I had 3 sons all under 11 years old. One of my sisters had a boy and a girl under 12 years old and my other sister had a boy and a girl both under 8 years old. 

     Since the time that she passed from this life unto her eternal life in heaven many loved ones have passed on. Four brothers, a sister, four brothers in law, Eight sisters in law, and her husband my father. Countless other relatives, friends, and neighbors have also gone home. I believe that most if not all were saved and have arrived in heaven to a joyous reunion. This I look forward to as well. 

     If in deed she were looking down upon us from heaven she would have saw sorrow, grief, and sadness which has touched all of our lives. Things like a bitter divorce of a child, divorce of four grand children, as well as other nieces, and nephews. 

     These events would have brought great sadness to her on this earth and also in heaven if she were looking down upon us in this life. There were also many happy occasions as well, weddings of grand children, the birth of many great grand children and so on and so on which if she could see, she would have wanted to share in that joy with her children and grand children, etc.

     This bothered me greatly over the years, as I sought the truth of this from God's holy word. This is what he has shown me. I hope that this will give some peace to others who have wondered, or been troubled by this in their own lives.
     God's word tells us, 2 Peter 3:8 "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years

  • Now follow these findings that the Lord has shown me.
  • 24 hours is one day on earth
  • 365 days is one year on earth
  • 8760 hours is one year on earth
  • 15,208 days on earth = one day in heaven 
  • .0463 days in heaven = one year on earth
  • .003858 days in heaven = one month on earth

     My mother went home to heaven in January 1985.

     This is 29 years and 4 months ago.

     This means in heavenly time she has only been in Heaven 1.36 days or just over 32 hours. 'WOW.'

     Now look back on how many loved ones that they themselves lost, before that they went home to be with the Lord. Again using my mother as the example she had lost her mother and father, grand parents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, three brothers, and many more, to many to count here. Lot's and lots of close dear friends and distant relatives whom she had loved dearly.
     Now put yourself in her position and think of all of those people who you yourself have lost. Consider that you have only been in heaven some 32 hours. Imagine all of the beautiful things there for you to see and take in. Imagine sitting and talking with the one who gave his life for you, Jesus and God the Father. What a joyous time that will be. Now think about the reunion with all of those who are there with you as you hug and embrace those that you have missed while here on this earth.

     The great joy that I feel knowing that we too one day will experience this. But, until that day I now know in my heart that as in my mothers case 29 years and 4 months gone from this earth is only some 32 hours in heaven, and that she has not had time to even think about me or my sisters or our extended families because she has been too busy in heaven. 

     If you will just think back on the many times which we were away from our loved ones here on earth. I believe that you will see 32 hours away from them on this earth was nothing. Some of us went weeks, months, or even years without seeing them. Did we miss them after only 32 hours. Probably not.

     "Many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 8:11).While sharing the Passover meal with His disciples, Christ said, "Take this [cup] and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes" (Luke 22:17-18)
     Furthermore, Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. 

     Even though it had been centuries since Moses died and Elijah was taken to heaven, they still maintained a clear identity (Matt. 17:3)--All the redeemed will maintain their identity forever, but in a perfected form. We will be able to have fellowship with Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Samuel, Moses, Joshua, Esther, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, David, Peter, Barnabas, Paul, or any of the saints we choose. 

     For that to be possible, we must all retain our individual identities, not turn into some sort of generic beings. Describing the Lord's appearing and the resurrection of the saints who have died, Paul writes, "Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:17).

     We will be reunited not only with our own families and loved ones, but also with the people of God from all ages. In heaven we will all be one loving family. The immense size of the family will not matter in the infinite perfection of heaven. 

     There will be ample opportunity for close relationships with everyone, and our eternity will be spent in just that kind of rich, unending fellowship. 

     If you're worried about feeling out of place in heaven, don't. Heaven will seem more like home than the dearest spot on this earth to you. 

     It is uniquely designed by a tender, loving Savior to be the place where we will live together for all eternity and enjoy Him forever in the fullness of our glorified humanity. 

     Is it any wonder that the psalmist said, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints" (Ps. 116:15)?

God Bless you my brothers,

John Hipp
HVM - C52614