Just Inside the Gates
excerpt from "Heaven and the Gracious King"
2013  by Joyful Star  daughter of Oden Hetrick 

As we continue to enjoy some of the pleasures our Father has prepared for us in these suburbs, let's look at an interesting Scripture found in Exodus 28:15-20. The pattern God gave to Moses for the breastplate of the high priest was square with twelve gemstones set in gold settings. And now as we look toward the center of this outer expanse, we see a bright, shining, golden foursquare City with twelve colorful gemstone foundations. Its wall is so high that it seems to have no top. W-e-l-l, 1,500 miles is pretty high, to be sure! Let's go a little closer now to see the three massive gates bordered with huge multicolored arches. On top of each gate is the name of a tribe of Israel. This is the eastern side, and two of the gates are Judah and Issachar. Soon we will go through one of these gates.

But right now we have arrived at the twelve beautiful massive foundations made of different colored gems. Notice the first one is the largest, and each one decreases in size as you go to the top, forming steps that lead to the gates (Ezekiel 40:6). They sparkle just like all of Heaven. Let's ascend these perfectly clean, smooth, and colorful steps. They are so shiny that they almost look slippery. If you want to, feel free to dance up these steps because there is no falling down and hurting yourself here!

Is everyone on the top step yet? Ahead of us you see the gate, looking like pearl because it is concentrated white light (Revelation 21:21). (There is a more detailed description of the gate in Dad's book, Inside the Gates of Heaven.) You may take time to view the exquisitely beautiful arches, and then come on in through the pearly gate. There is no hurry here. We have all of eternity.

Hall of Records

We now find ourselves in a very long and bright hallway, in the thickness of the wall (Revelation 21:17). The light here is a little brighter than it is in the suburbs because we are entering more glory. On each side of the hallway, you will see highly decorated arches that lead to rooms like offices. This is one place where records in heaven are kept.  It is called the Hall  of Records.
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And your life is recorded in Heaven--your name, your devotion to Yehovah,
and your works.
It is very important that while you are on earth, you accept the free gift of salvation. This is when the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in you, making you His child. Then you should go on to feed your spirit by reading the Word of God, His love letter to you. Yield your life to Him completely. Obey what He tells you to do, and you will experience the joy that accompanies salvation when His Spirit comes to live in you!

Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3)  I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10)

At each of the twelve gates, there is a volume of the Book of Life (Revelation 20:12). If we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved (Romans 10:9). We know it is only Jesus love for us and His supreme sacrifice of going to the cross in our place, taking our sins upon Himself, that made the way possible for us to be here (Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 2:21-24). Everyone in Heaven expresses gratefulness for Jesus sacrifice and shows great respect for the cross.  Colossians 1:14 says it is in Yeshua that we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

You that were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless in His sight: if you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel. (Colossians 1:21-23)

Sometimes things happen on earth, that prepare me for what happens in Heaven. And sometimes things in Heaven happen to let me know what is happening on earth. So driving home from the store one day I was reminded of a lady I knew in Florida, who is now in Heaven.

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The next morning while I was singing a praise song, I entered the river. After stepping out, I went right to Yeshua in my chamber mansion garden. My companion was right beside Him, and Christina, one of my friends in Heaven, was also there. First I spent some time talking to Yeshua about things of earth. Then He said there was something He wanted me to see, and Christina offered to take me.

In a moment I found myself watching a group of people being welcomed in the hallway at the gate. Christina and my companion were with me in the background. A lady named Darlene, whom I knew and respected on earth, approached me. She greeted me with a hug and gave me encouragement to fulfill my calling.

Just then everyone's attention was turned to Yeshua, who came to welcome this group of people, saying, "Welcome to My Father's house, your home that is prepared for you. You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many. Come and enjoy the everlasting pleasures awaiting you." Then He was gone, and a bright shining angel said, "Enter into the joy of your Savior."
As the people moved on, I was taken to a golden stairway and given permission to ascend. Partway up, one of my little adopted children ran down to me. I picked her up and continued up the stairs. An angel was beside me, and my companion and Christina were behind me.

About halfway up, we stopped, turned around, and sat down on the steps. Yeshua appeared at the bottom of the steps. He was, very big in a bright, flowing garment glistening with many colors. As He moved, there were colors that came from Him and made patterns. Watching intently, I was completely captivated with the beauty and glory of it.
Then He reached out and took my hand, and as I moved with Him, I saw that I was also making patterns with colors. It was a glorious experience. How DO you describe all the glory and beauty and delight that is here in this place!?!