The House by the River of Life
Patrick prophesied in the meeting Sunday night that many of us would be taken to Heaven by Jesus that night, and I said, “Lord I will go.” I was sitting at the sound table during the worship part of the service, when a few minutes later, suddenly the Lord took me into heaven in the vision.
I saw a river flowing down between houses, and I realized the river was the street, and the houses were all built along it…..it kind of reminded me of how Venice is built….the streets are all waterways ….. and the street of flowing water here in Heaven was very clear and it was full of light and life.
The houses were all different. Each one was built in a unique design of it’s own which complimented the next house along side of it, but also caused it to stand out in it’s own uniqueness. Some of the houses had stairs that went down into the watery street. Some of the houses had these clear crafts that were resting alongside of their porches- Kind of looked like huge clear leaves or flat floating things. All of the houses touched the water in some way, and each was accessed by the water….I wondered why the street was water, and how the people got to their houses from the other places in Heaven, as there was no ground to be seen. They must have boats moored somewhere else that they used to get there, but I did not see any from where I stood.
It seemed pleasant to me to be able to live by the water. I thought that it would be fun to sail right from your front steps and go for a ride whenever you felt like it. As I was thinking this, an angel stood next to me. He had been watching me and studying my reaction to the houses. He seemed amused at my thoughts. He smiled an said, “These houses are reserved for those who thirsted after the Lord, and who sought Him for the Living Waters. The Lord gives His Life continuously and unconditionally to those who truly love Him more than their own lives. He has prepared these Houses for those who have made Him their only Source of Life. As you can see, these houses are positioned by the River, and every room has a view of the River, and every Home has access to the River. For the Lord is their Life. He is object of their eye’s desire. And He is their sole access, and they are His. He knows truly their innermost desires and He has made provision for them all.”
I went inside one of the houses, and as I walked inside, I noticed that the walls of the room were very ornate. It seemed as if something moved within the ornaments etched into the walls. I went closer to examine an etching and I saw that the carving was actually a conduit in which the water from the river flowed through in very tiny wire like channels that were threaded and weaved into the etching. It made the carving look alive. This wall had many of the etchings, and this wall had different fruits carved into them. Each fruit had it’s own intricately woven strands of fluid from the river flowing through them. It was beautiful to watch. The fruit looked alive as the water flowed through it, -it seemed to make the fruit look like it glowed.
The carpet in the room, at least it looked like carpet, was a beautiful dusty wine color. It was very thick and soft to the feet. It felt like walking on air though and not on carpet fibers. It was then that I realized that I was barefoot. There was no pressure from my feet pressing into the carpet, as I couldn’t see any of my foot prints as I looked behind me, but I actually kind of floated on top of it instead. It was like I was weightless as I walked over it. This was a new sensation. The angel only nodded and smiled. There was no furniture in this house. The owner must not be here yet, I thought. I went out of this room into another, and it looked like a kitchen to me. There was a counter, but no table or chairs yet. You could see the river from the huge bay window.
I noticed that as I entered a hallway that I could see the heavens above me. The hallway ceiling was made of a clear roof or clear glass of some type. The lighting that shone into the hallway was from Heaven itself. It was beautiful to see the lights and the changing colors of the atmosphere of Heaven as we walked along. I went to the end of the hallway, and opened a door, and I stepped outside. I had only seen a portion of the house but I longed to see more. I thought of turning around and going back in. But the angel with me, said, “You are to see this now.” He pointed to my left and I turned and there were beautiful stairs leading down to the river in front of me. The stairs had the same fruits carved into them that the walls of the house had.
We walked down to the bottom of the stairs and I stepped into one of those clear water crafts that were waiting by the house. I noticed that it was not tied up at all. It was just sitting there, and even though the water was streaming by us. The craft just remained by the house, it waited for us. It kind of looked like a huge curled up leaf that was clear. It had 2 seats inside of it. So I got into the clear craft and sat down. The angel sat beside me.
The craft then left the bank of the river by the house and we slowly moved out into the river. I was surprised and looked for some oars to steer with. The angel nodded and smiled. He said, “You don’t steer it, the River carries you.” I looked down and through the floor of the craft I could see the current of the River coursing through small clear rivulets that were carved into the bottom of the craft. The river flowed through the rivulets propelling it forwards. You could see through the craft and watch the River as it flowed all around you.
The River was clear and beautiful. I reached my hand over the side of the craft, and the water felt like warm silk. I also felt love. I felt the Father’s love as it flowed through the River. I cried out, “Father, I love you. Thank you for this Life and for this Place.” I felt such a flood of Joy fill me just then. I felt such a flood of His Love. I closed my eyes and thought of how much He loved me and how much I loved Him. I opened my eyes and was sitting back at the sound table in the service.
End of Vision.
John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
Revelations 22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
Revelations 22:17 The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.