As a young girl, the book of Revelation had always fascinated me. As a fantasy reader, the dragon in it had me hooked. The God of the universe actually used a “dragon” in His book? So what was Revelation all about? I didn’t know and for years I didn’t even know a biblical commentary existed. Then came 9-11. I sat on my kitchen counter as the second plane hit the twin towers and sobbed. That was the first time in my life I knew I needed to turn to God for answers.
I started researching Revelation with a vengeance. Between 2001 and 2006 I read the Bible backward and forward multiple times, but I always had a commentary by my side, telling me what was “right” to believe. I never really knew God had made the Bible for people like me to understand.
Then came May 25th 2006. Two soldiers knocked my door. If you are a military wife, you know exactly why they are at your doorstep. At that moment I had a decision to make. Should I get mad at God or choose to trust Him? As I absorbed the news of my husband’s death, I knew there was only one place for me to turn. I knew God had the answers and I knew I needed to listen.
During that dark time in my life, I knew no commentary could help me. I knew what the Christian community believed – that life in Heaven was in no way similar to life on Earth. Heaven was worship – only. Pastors would tell me my life with my husband was over. And believe me, they did.
This did not bring me hope. And wasn’t Heaven supposed to bring me hope? Was the “life” we have here truly over when we died? I prayed about my feelings. I wanted to know the truth, no matter how painful. I closed the commentaries and began reading the Bible for myself, letting the spirit guide me and praying for God to help me understand “Heaven.” I thought God would tell me to move on and grow up.
He did not.
Time and again, God directed my thoughts to the Millennial Reign of Christ. I even found scripture that insinuated “life” was not over when we died. After years of research, I now have a firm grasp on the Millennial Kingdom of Christ and eternity. The image many Christian’s have about Heaven is wrong. Heaven isn’t sitting on a cloud, playing a harp and singing praises all day long.
Before I met Doug in December 1999, I worked as a financial planner but quickly discovered it wasn’t my passion. As a young girl I enjoyed writing poems and songs, so one day after work I sat down and started writing a fantasy book. I wrote before I went to work, when I came home, and on the weekends. I probably logged more hours of writing than I did at my full-time job. I had found my passion. I went to my employer and told him I wanted to trim back 5 hours of my job – only work 35 hours a week – sacrifice over 12 percent of my pay, to have one more hour a day to write. I was so poor! I ate Ramen noodles every day for lunch. No joke!
Then I married Doug and we went to Alaska, then Georgia, and then Germany. I still wrote every day and then came the news – your husband isn’t coming home. My dreams of being a fantasy writer were on hold. I had to breathe and only breathe for years. During this time, I wrote down my true-life story with all its pain and devastation and hope and miracles: Revelations: A Survivor’s Story of Faith, Hope, and the Coming Kingdom.
The research I did on Heaven continued to expand, so much so that I began to teach the biblical book of Revelation to different Bible study groups. This eventually led me to publish a Bible Study entitled Revelation in Black and White. Revelation can be confusing, but this study is not. It lays out Revelation for you in a way you can not only understand, but also explain to others. It, my fabulous friend, will rock your world.
With that book under my belt, I thought I had completed the task God had created for me. But God had other ideas. What I had discovered about Heaven led me to the beginning – to Eden, the garden of the Lord. I have just published my second Bible Study entitled The Beginning in Black and White. It is a study that will help answer the questions the Christian community has on the beginning of our world, the dinosaur debacle, and the controversy over a young earth. It is designed to give you another perspective, but also increase your faith in the Word.
Death is not the end. It is only the beginning. Heaven is not some place we will be playing a harp and wearing a halo. Heaven is Earth (Rev. 19-20). It is Eden reborn. It is swimming with the dolphins; it is diving in a clear mountain stream; it is riding on a back of a lion. And you know what? There will be dragons (Job 41:18-21). Oh yes, there will be dragons (dinosaurs). Heaven is coming and I am going to fly off on “Toothless” (if you haven’t seen How to Train Your Dragon, you may need to look up why I say this).
If you are walking in darkness, take a look up. Heaven is coming and it is life, as God created it to be – in the beginning. In the end, we will return to Eden, and life will begin again.
Amen and Amen, come quickly Lord Jesus!