In the previous post, I established that all those who believed in the word of the Lord before Christ died went into Paradise (contrary to other viewpoints). These believers are a part of the church in heaven (called the church of the firstborn). Paul spoke of this church in Hebrews:

Hbr 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Hbr 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Hbr 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

This church is made up of the ‘spirits of just men made perfect”. The just are the righteous ones, those who were approved by God because they believed the word of God, even as Rahab did.

Men of God in scriptures saw and heard these saints in visions and revelations of the Lord. Here are examples:

* Daniel the man greatly beloved by God, heard a certain saint speaking to another saint about the timing of the vision which was revealed to him (Dan 8: 13). This implies that the saints in glory have access to information about the future. This “certain saint” must have been one of the outstanding ones like Abraham

* Jesus said that Abraham was alive and well in spirit and living in Paradise (Lk 16: 22,23).

* Peter, James and John saw Elijah and Moses speaking with Jesus about His death while in a vision on the mount of transfiguration

* Jude the Apostle spoke of Enoch’s prophecy about the Lord’s return with His saints(Jude 1: 14).  All we know about Enoch in scriptures is that he “walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Gen 5:24). Jude must have had a vision and revelation in which he saw and spoke with the man of God. In fact, the entire book of Jude is about things unseen, supporting my belief on this.

Paul said that about Enoch that by faith he “was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Heb 11: 5).

* John saw the saints worshipping God with abandon in heaven and interceding for their brethren on earth. In Rev 5: 8, the elders in front of the throne are singers and musicians since they each hold harps. They are also intercessors since they “golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints”. They are rooting for our success. Halelujah!
What is the purpose of visions involving the saints?

According to Paul’s writings in Hebrews 11, the saints provide living examples of the reality of faith or believing in the word of God. It is only by faith that we will please God (Heb 11: 6). They are the cloud of witnesses to the faithfulness of God in keeping His word (Heb 12: 1), serving to encourage and to cheer us on to the goal.

When speaking with the Apostles about the mysteries of the kingdom, Jesus said that “many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them (Mat 13:17). These saints long to know what we know about the riches of our inheritance in Christ and all the other truths that were revealed when He came to earth. How much greater they would have been if they had known what we have received about the kingdom of God! This is why we will not escape if we neglect so great a salvation by our Lord Jesus