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Sea of Glass

Sea of Glass

Rev 4:6 Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

I have read and heard this description of Heaven on numerous occasions through the years but never realized what God may have been trying to communicate to us through this phrase.

I had a wonderful childhood!  I lived several years on Wright Basin that was attached to Blackwater River in Milton, Florida.  Because we lived right on the water, my friend and I had an advantage over everybody else that did not live on the water but enjoyed water sports on that piece of paradise.  While they were loading their boats and driving to the basin, Brook and I would already be enjoying the undisturbed waters.

I remember the joy of going early in the morning to water ski while the water was still a smooth as glass.  Not one ripple could be seen across the entire basin, it truly appeared to be a “Sea of Glass.” 

In the Scriptures, “Seas” often represented humanity.  We still use the expression, “Sea of humanity” when referring to a large number of people.  This Sea appears to represent “Humanity at perfect rest.”

The “Sea of Glass” that is mentioned in this passage is located “before the throne” of God.  I believe it represents perfect rest and peace!  Not one wave, not one ripple, complete rest and peace, undisturbed by even the slightest wind or interruption.  That is an awesome picture of Heaven. 

However, we can enjoy that picture of Heaven now, here on earth!  If we would get off the throne of our own hearts and allow the Prince of Peace to reign.  If we would stay in perfect submission to His Authority.  If we could place our complete confidence and trust in His Lordship, then we could experience the place of complete rest and peace, regardless of what may be happening around us.  Does He not invite us to, "Be still, and know that I am God” Psa. 46:10 

I pray that you will allow the Prince of Peace to reign on the throne of your heart so that you can enjoy the Peace of God that transcends all natural understanding.  Abide in His Rest and enjoy the “Sea of Glass” that is beneath His Throne of Authority!

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    Chris Williams - Virginia Beach, VA
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    A couple of weeks ago on a Sunday morning I preached on servanthood and washed the feet of one of the former pastors who now is retired and attends our church. I could not help but give you some of the credit because of your teachings on Honor. I am just grateful for men like you that are not worried so much about fame but people and investing in others. I wish more ministers had your heart. I just wanted you to know how much you are blessing people that you don’t even know but through media we get to learn from a great servant. THANKS!”

    Joey Ruth, Sr. Pastor, First Assembly of God - Bearden, AR
  • “Pastor Richard has had a huge impact on my life. Spending time in early morning prayer gatherings that Pastor Richard led sparked a desire in me to seek the Lord passionately in my own personal life before I ever consider leading others. Hearing his heart and being loved on by him taught me that a leader who is after God’s heart loves those he leads and is willing to lay down his life for them. I’m so thankful for the influence Pastor Richard has had on my life.”

    Crystal Harden, Missionary - Philippines
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    Matt Robinson, Youth Pastor - Church of His Presence, Daphne, AL
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    Jon Featherstone - England
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    Sandy D. Kirk, Ph.D. - America Ablaze Ministries
  • “I was behind the scenes during the time I helped in youth, helping with the prayer group and just being a volunteer. I learned so much from his Sunday School Leadership Class, and from his sermons. I have shared a lot of what I learned to my teenagers. I can honestly say that there will never be another youth pastor like him. I have wished many times that my kids could sit under his ministry.”

    Donna Cooper - Pensacola, FL