Telling This World Goodbye

Telling This World  Goodbye   — 8-31-13
Since the  days of the Tower of Babel when men decided they should build something that  would “reach up to God” [Genesis 11], we have been fascinated with the sky, the  sun, the stars. Like a baby longs to explore outside its playpen, we really want  to know what is ‘out there.’  Many of the NASA astronauts were so  fascinated with space travel they lived for the next time they could go  up. Even some Christians have come to allow a  real possibility that we are not alone in this vast universe. Rather  than challenging our faith, I think it might be a clue for us as to why the  old Hebrew-Jewish people called God “King of the Universe.” Did they  suspect something a very long time ago that we are just lately beginning to  figure out?
The modern  entertainment industry got going on this theme with Superman comics. Then,  Flash Gordon serials at the Saturday movies. And then, I remember  vividly when I was 20 years old, my new husband and I sat in  front of our little TV, mesmerized by . . . 
space: the final frontier. these are  the voyages of the starship enterprise.
its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to  seek out new life
and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has  gone before. 
Now, it seems every other movie has some ‘other world’  aspect to it. I have believed for some time that not only does art imitate  life, it sometimes seems to have a prophetic aspect to it, especially in  books and movies. Jules Verne (1828-1905) wrote of submarines and many other  marvels that were yet to be invented. In 1938, George Orwell wrote of horrific  societal circumstances in 1984, some of which came true in  the Soviet Union and China under communism.  Movies were made from the  stories of both these men.
Did you ever wonder what makes some of us look up and think  of going up?  Our faith tells us that God lives up there, and one  day we will go where He is.  We call it “heaven.”  We sing  songs about “flying away” and “bidding this world goodbye.”  We  ponder Scriptures that tell of people going up. Enoch, Ezekiel,  Jesus. 
In Hebrew there is no singular word for heaven, it is  always spoken of as plural — the heavens. (We speak of 7th heaven as  a place of pure delight.  Paul said he ascended to the third heaven.)  Could this plurality of heaven mean it is much more vast  than we can ever imagine? Just what is it the Lord has for  us when we go to be up there with Him?  
This speculation on aliens and other inhabited planets, and our  longing to discover the secrets they may  hold, are both signs of the  times. We are educated, having the greatly increased knowledge predicted  for the End Times. [Daniel 12:4]  We are being pointed in this  direction even as the movie and literary industries are making a lot money  off our curiosity in these matters. God is using every means He can to turn our  hearts to eternity. But rather than worrying about hostile aliens who may  already be among us and plotting to overthrow us, we ought to be searching the  Bible for the truth it has for us in the here and now.
David said, “I don’t exercise myself in things too high for  me.”  [Psalm 131:1]  I bear this in mind when my thoughts wander out  too far, quieting myself with the truth that there is SO MUCH that is too  high for me. Space, and what life there will be is a great  mystery. But like the astronauts, I really want to go!
He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His  hands and blessed them. And while He blessed them, He was parted from them, and  carried up into the heavens.  And they worshipped Him, and returned to  Jerusalem with great joy.  Luke 24:50-51
Please rejoice in this Golden Oldie.
Just in  case you might think I have finally lost what little mind I had left, check  this:
Charlene  Reams Manning
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