A Promise Kept
John 14:1–3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Revelation 1:7; The Desire of Ages, p. 739; The Great Controversy, pp. 640–652; Early Writings, pp. 13–20
Jesus loves us so much that He wants us to live with Him forever.
“Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him” (Revelation 1:7, NIV).
Have you ever thought about what it will be like when Jesus comes back to take us to heaven? Let’s take a peek into the future. It’s going to happen like this . . .
When Jesus comes back, He will ride on a cloud and everyone will see Him. Above the cloud will be the most brilliant, colorful rainbow anyone has ever seen. Below it the cloud blazes with fire. Jesus is surrounded by many more angels than we could count—maybe more than one million. Do you know how many one million is? It’s written like this: 1,000,000. That’s a big number, isn’t it? There are more angels with Jesus than 1,000,000! Jesus is wearing a bright, white robe with a sign that says “King of kings, and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16). When He died on the cross, Jesus was wearing a crown made of thorns. Now He is wearing a glittering crown of gold. But that crown isn’t as bright as His face. His face is brighter than the sun in the middle of the day. You are so happy to see Him that your face lights up too.
Every ear hears Jesus. When He shouts, “I’m coming!” it sounds like the loudest voice you’ll ever hear. It’ll make you want to listen. A blast of the trumpet follows. Then you hear the sound of a million angels praising God.
As the cloud moves closer, the whole earth shakes. Lightning flashes, thunder rolls (Psalm 50:3, 4). Jesus says to the dead, “Wake up! Get up!” And all God’s people who have died rise up and shout praises to Jesus. Adam gets up. Rahab gets up. Daniel gets up. Peter gets up. Mary Magdalene gets up. Everyone has perfect bodies as they rise from the dead, because Jesus changes them in a flash. Angels come to meet them and those who are still alive too. Then they take everyone up to the cloud.
The angels say “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!” And all the people riding in the cloud shout “Alleluia!” And the cloud moves upward toward the New Jerusalem, the city of God.
Jesus’ coming will be a bright, shiny, noisy, happy event. It will be something like a parade, a big family reunion, and a holiday all in one. I want to be there. Don’t you?