John had a vision on Patmos that began with a voice from behind him, continued with a door into heaven, and resulted in him being caught up in the Spirit and into the throne room of heaven. There he witnessed heavenly worship sessions, that all culminated with everyone casting their crowns as a new expression of Christ in heaven and a fresh outpouring on the earth. After twenty chapters of recording vision upon vision, John reached the apex of it all. A new heaven and new earth, one thousand and a few years from now.
Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me. “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” Revelations 21:2-5
This vision is our future, our training for reigning. Even in the middle of a pandemic, these words are true and faithful. Seeing these words helps me worship from here into the future; we shall overcome. We shall see the glorious Christ as the glorious bride, dwelling with God free of all trauma. No more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, and no more pain. Worship allows us to experience what is yet to come and experience it from our place in Christ. Worship in heaven transcends time, and tribulation. It is eternal and overwhelms everything else. God is already here, and in Christ, so are we.
Let us Worship God
SERVICES UPDATE—CHURCH INDOOR WORSHIP IS CLOSED DUE TO THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN THIRTY COUNTIES (INCULDING VENTURA COUNTY). This is sad, and although I believe we have conducted ourselves safely, we will comply with our governor’s order. Our mandate is to walk in love and faith, and to continue worship with intensity and sincerity as a community in love. Wednesday and Sunday services will be online. We are planning for an outdoor parking lot service soon and will keep everyone updated. Rather than protest, let’s press through into the Presence behind the veil and worship whole heartedly. We can behold and become all that our Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished within this current restriction. Greater grace is here!