• Staci Sweet

The Sea, The Square Footage of Heaven and the Passover

I was reading my chapter for the day and when I read Revelation 13:1 in the Amplified, I better understood why the Spirit of God, for the past week, kept highlighting the word SEA to me. Revelation 13:1 says,

[As] I stood on the sandy beach, I saw a beast coming up out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads. On his horns he had ten royal crowns (diadems) and blasphemous titles (names) on his heads.

When I read OUT OF THE SEA, the Holy Spirit quickened in my spirit that, ‘the sea is not the same as the earth’. For some reason, I thought that they were one-in-the-same but according to scripture, clearly, they are not. Revelation 5:13 says,

‘And I heard every created thing in heaven and on earth and under the earth [in Hades, the place of departed spirits] and on the sea and all that is in it crying out together, To Him Who is seated on the throne and to the Lamb be ascribed the blessing and the honor and the majesty (glory, splendor) and the power (might and dominion) forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities)!’

How I totally missed that and Genesis 1:10 which says, ‘God called the dry land Earth, and the accumulated waters He called Seas…’ is totally beyond me. But there it was, in black and white, for both you and I to see that there is a clear distinction between the dry land of Earth and the accumulated waters of the Sea.

But again, today while reading Revelation 16:3 THE SEA just jumped off the page. It reads,

‘The second [angel] emptied his bowl INTO THE SEA, and it turned into blood like that of a corpse [thick, corrupt, ill-smelling, and disgusting], and every living thing that was in the sea perished.’

Notice the second [angel] emptied his bowl INTO THE SEA while the first [angel] mentioned in Revelation 16:2, went and emptied his bowl ON THE EARTH. Again, totally separate. One angel for earth, the other for the sea. But why is this important?

Because according to Wikipedia,

‘the ocean (also the sea or the world ocean) is a body of salt water that covers approximately 70.8% of the surface of Earth and contains 97% of Earth’s water.’ [1]

That means that only 29.2% of the earth is dry land. That’s crazy because when you think about it, at this very minute there are 7,940,304,526 billion people on the planet. That would mean that 7.94 billion people live on 29.2% of the earth. [insert mind blown emoji] I don’t know about you but when I saw that it helped me to better understand heaven.

Every time I read Revelation 21:16, I just couldn’t understand how all the souls/spirits; past, present and future, were going to be able to fit into heaven. And not only fit, but live in heaven, in luxury mansions built by Jesus. Hence John 14:2 which says,

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.

I go to prepare a place for you.”

And not only that, but I didn’t understand how all of the souls/spirits; past, present, and future were going to live on 1,500 miles of heavenly land. Revelation 21:16 says,

‘The city lies in a square, its length being the same as its width.

And he measured the city with his reed—12,000 stadia (about 1,500 miles);

its length and width and height are the same.’

Again, I just couldn’t wrap my mind around how all of the souls/spirits of times past, present, and future were going to live on 1500 miles of heavenly land…in one house. You read that right? My last statement is a combination of John 14:2 and Revelation 21:16, so I didn’t make that up. Jesus said we were going to live in mansions in God’s house which just so happened to be in a city that’s 1,500 miles long. Not me. But now you can better understand why it’s possible for 7,940,304,526 billion people to live on 29.2% of the earth.

It’s because those of us who make it to heaven will live on 1,500 miles of land in luxurious mansions in one house. But so that you can get a clearer picture of why its possible, you must remember that, “God is [a] Spirit…” (John 4:24) and we are made in the image and likeness of Him (Gen. 1:26,27) which makes us spirits. However, when we die, our bodies will deteriorate in caskets on earth while our spirits will live forever, in heaven. Thus, we can now see that the reason we’ll be able to live a palatial lifestyle on 1500 miles of heavenly land is because we are spirits and evidentially, our spirits don’t take up or need that much space. But I digress.

After the Holy Spirit revealed that to me, I asked, “What about the sea? Is the sea in heaven?” Immediately, I was reminded of Revelation 22:1 which says, ‘Then he showed me the river whose waters give life, sparkling like crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb.’

There’s a river in heaven but not a sea. Don’t believe me? Revelation 21:1 says,

‘Then I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea.’

There are no oceans or seas in heaven. They’ll no longer exist. But why am I excited about that and why am I writing to you today?

Truthfully, I don’t know. 1 Corinthians 13:9 says, ‘For we know in part and we prophesy in part.’ Therefore, I really don’t know. Could it be that tomorrow is Passover, and that God brought the children of Israel out of bondage THROUGH THE RED SEA and is reminding us not to fear any impossible looking situations we may face? Or could it be that God is warning someone about an upcoming cruise that you may need to reconsider taking? I don’t know. But whatever it is, I pray that whatever the Holy Spirit needs for you to see, I pray that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened and that you do, or not do, whatever needs to be done. But just remember, just because we don’t fully understand how we’re going to get through the seas of our lives, we’ll always remember that God has a rod that can part it or faith-going feet that can walk on it, like our Lord Jesus. Have a great day my dear reader!

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1 - Wikipedia contributors. "Ocean." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 8 Apr. 2022. Web. 14 Apr. 2022.