Faced with mounting intergalactic pressure, Captain Jean-Luc Picard retreats to the Enterprise’s holodeck and the next thing you know he’s toting a six-iron at the O.K. Corral and relaxing with Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid.
The first episode with the holodeck by name occurred in The Next Generation’s episode “Encounter at Farpoint.” For the ultimate encounter at far point, wouldn’t it be great to have an episode where the holodeck takes somebody to the third heaven. To God’s glorious throne ruling supreme over the universe in all its resplendent glory!
No, it wouldn’t be great because the second commandment warns against making an idol “in the form of anything in heaven above” (Exodus 20:4).
Paul said he knew a man in Christ who went up there—whether in body or vision, he didn’t know (2 Corinthians 12:1-4)). Paul’s only description was “Paradise” and the words he heard were “inexpressible” and “not lawful for a man to utter.”
Good thing for us that Jesus revealed to John a biblical holodeck so that we can rightly picture the throne room of heaven. Here’s Revelation 4:4-8 from the Living Bible:
“I saw a door standing open in heaven … oh, the glory of it!—a throne and someone sitting on it!
“Great bursts of light flashed forth from Him as from a glittering diamond, or from a shining ruby and a rainbow glowing like an emerald encircled His throne.
“Twenty-four smaller thrones surrounded His, with 24 Elders sitting on them; all were clothed in white with golden crowns upon their heads.
“Lightning and thunder issued from the throne, and there were voices in the thunder. Directly in front of His throne were seven lighted lamps representing the seven-fold Spirit of God. Spread out before it was a shiny crystal sea.
“Four Living Beings dotted front and back with eyes, stood at the throne’s four sides.” The four were in the form of a lion, ox, face of a man and flying eagle. “Each of these Living Beings had six wings and the central sections of their wings were covered with eyes.”
Gene Roddenberry would never do justice to this! Forecasters predict that a holodeck can be a consumer-ready product by 2024—just nine more years! But why wait?
ENGAGE, MR. SULU! Here’s the main point that could right now lift your prayers like it’s doing for mine:
When you pray—and you find your mind on the unmade bed, the crooked painting on the wall, the peeling ceiling, or your purring cat Josie wanting your attention—don’t start talking until you can visualize the Supreme Beings of the universe in this glorious setting just waiting to listen to you!
ENERGIZE, DATA! My second point is to empower your prayers by claiming God’s amazing promises.
God the Father says:
My door’s open! My Son opened it for you! He’s sitting here at my right hand (Colossians 3:1). By His blood poured out for you at His death He ripped the veil covering the earthly Holy of Holies from top to bottom like a piece of paper! (Hebrews 10:19-22). We’re talkin’ the veil 60 feet long, 30 feet wide, 4” thick, made of 72 squares sewn together, so heavy that it took 300 priests to hang ‘em!
My beloved sons and daughters, just come in my Son’s name and authority. Quote us John 14:14 because He said if you ask anything in His name and according to His will, He will do it! If He’s too tired, I’ll do it! (a chuckle reverberates across the crystal sea of glass).
The ultimate power of the universe—my Holy Spirit—which was given on Pentecost in 31 A.D. and which we celebrated yesterday, is here for your asking!
Here’s another amazing scripture you can quote to us: God can do “exceedingly above anything you ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
On your knees is the most powerful position in the universe because with me “all things are possible.” Whatever takes place up here trumps anything going on down where you are.
The High Priest used to come once a year, on the Day of Atonement—why don’t I hear from you more often!
Hey, trekkies, what’re you waiting for? Who needs Scotty … beam on up! Spock’s dead but you can mind meld with me! Go boldly where no man has gone before “to the throne of grace, that [you] may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16)!
My Door’s open! Visualize my throne room of the universe that you are privileged to access. And come claim the power you need. Privilege and power!
Who needs warp speed, we’re so near.
Just come up and talk!
FUN FACT: You’re used to ringing a bell to open a door. Beneath my throat sways a flap of skin called a bell. Try to ring that and let’s just say I won’t be adoring you!
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