Convocation Concluded

Following is an extract from the book called “Paradise-the Holy-City-and-the-Glory-of-the-Throne-by-Elwood-Scott. Elwood haved been blessed to write the heavely visits by Seneca Sodi. The purpose of these visits were for the church of Jesus Christ. Enjoy the extract. In the future I will include the sites to visit this information and many more. Here Seneca is giving the picture of what he witnessed in heaven. Its about the future events, which includes the gathering of the saints(the rapture) hence the title “The Great Convocation Concluded.” Be blessed.

The Great Convocation Concluded

I was eagerly waiting for Seneca’s return, to know further, myself, the things of the throne of God.  He was on time and greeted me with his usual pleasant smile and said:

As our Lord arose to speak, all heads were deeply bowed for a few moments and then most earnest attention was given.  We all hung on His words as when He spoke the Sermon on the Mount on earth.  The theme was: “The coming dispensation, now about to be ushered in, when He shall once more descend to the earth taking with Him all this mighty host of saints and angels, when will occur the resurrection of the bodies of all His saints.”

The great host listened with profound attention and received the word with great gladness, for everyone was deeply interested personally in the matter.  Thousands of saints shouted aloud with joy at the thought that so soon would occur the “redemption of the purchased possession.”

The angels themselves were dancing for joy, for our Lord had said that they should take a most prominent part in the great event.  Very many, indeed, of the unnumbered and countless host had been waiting for this even for thousands of years, and waiting for their spiritual bodies which we knew would be given us at that time.  Then we should be equal to the angels themselves, which the elders now are, and are preferred before them, for the place of the elders indicated this, being near the throne.

The pathos and feeling, which our Lord manifested during this sermon, was beyond anything we were accustomed to on earth.  We were melted into deep emotion.  He enlarged at great length on the ideas which Paul had advanced so long ago while writing under divine inspiration when he said: “having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of time, He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth even in Himself.” He called attention to the superior advantage the elders now have on account of their resurrection.  He described to the mighty host the order of events in connection with the closing history of His spiritual reign on earth, the events of the last times, the great political changes, and devastating wars of the closing period.  He declared also that in the last times great effort would be made among the leading civilized nations to bring about a peaceful settlement of national troubles.  That much had been done and much remained to be done.

How quickly I thought of the words of the prophets when he wrote concerning this same theme: “They shall beat their swords into plow shares and their spears into pruning hooks.” (Isaiah 2:4)

He went on to speak of the worldly character of many of the churches on earth, their loss of spiritual power, and the very great slowness of making disciples of all nations, many of the churches having almost forgotten their real mission in bringing the world back to God, as He repeated again some of His words uttered so long ago: “The church is the salt of the earth; but if the salt hath lost its savor wherewith shall it be salted?” (Matthew 5:13) As He spoke upon this point a holy fervor and deep pathos clothed His words until the mighty throng most solemnly bowed their heads with the very impressive thought that His words had a deep meaning suited to many thousands of us only a little while ago.

Oh, how many of us whispered to ourselves and to those about us, “If I only could go back even for a brief time, how differently I would live and labor for the great end for which our Lord suffered and died.”

He spoke also of the fearful formalities in so many of the Protestant and Catholic churches, of the corruptions and whoredoms so extant throughout the world.  As He was speaking of the degeneracy of His church on earth, I most deeply felt the force of His words uttered nearly two thousand years ago, “When the son of man shall come, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) “But,” said He, “there is a very great throng of blood-washed souls who are looking for His return and faithfully toiling while waiting for their adoption into this mighty host above.” He hinted again that the time was drawing near when He, with all this great host, with millions in paradise and all parts of the celestial city, should again go back to celebrate the earth’s great Sabbath.

Mighty angels with their trumpet voices should lead the hosts until the thousands of thousands of chariots should slacken their speed and slow to a halt in the regions of a terrestrial world.  Then the great trump of God should be sounded, of which the blast of Sinai was but a little hint, and awaken all the dead saints who should instantly rise with spiritual bodies and each soul of us should have our own.

When He had thus spoken, this entire mighty host led by the angels, shouted, “Hallelujah!  The Lord omnipotent reigneth!” “And further,” He said, “the living saints who have never died will never die.  Death shall have no dominion over them, but from thenceforth is destroyed forever, and with them we shall be joined in one great united church, world without end.” Again the great host said, “Hallelujah!”

But the most solemn and pathetic of all His utterances from the throne before the great assembly was His reference to a present condition of the church on earth.  He referred to a new and most cunning device of Satan, the old enemy of man, to introduce into the church of all Christendom a most destructive criticism of the Holy Scriptures.  “This,” He declared, “is a revelation of the man of sin — the son of perdition, only in a new form in the last days.  The mystery of iniquity was at work in the early days of the church in the various forms of the spirit of anti-Christ, but it was withheld until the Gentile world should have their opportunity of salvation.  But now that wicked one is being revealed whose coming is after the working of Satan and with all deceivableness in them that perish because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved.  So they are denying much of the Holy Scriptures of God, nearly all the Old Testament saints and all that is miraculous, even assailing His own divine origin, miracles and atonement.  And so God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe a lie.  (II Thessalonians 2:11) “Oh, Satan,” he cried, “Thy doom will soon be sealed in the vortex of hell.”

I can only repeat a tithe of His sermon.  When He closed, a number of the elders followed Him with brief expositions of truth along some lines on which He had touched.

Many, like ourselves thought how clearly the blessed Book of God on earth has told us many of these things, and what comfort, as well as sorrow, to the saints to know the great things which are yet before us!

Far in the distance as our eyes could reach we saw the seats glittering like the purest gold, raised amphitheater like, to a great elevation that entirely encircled the majestic throne.

Many responsive hymns were sung, those in the distance responding with choruses, which seemed like great waves of the sea that rolled in splendor over the great throngs of the redeemed.  At last, the great convocation was drawing toward its close.  Our Lord now arose and with a voice distinctly heard to the utmost bounds of the throne, invited us to a royal banquet given by Himself in honor of the last arrivals.  The great host sang the doxology of heaven.  Our Lord’s benediction and dismissal followed.  We all repaired to a great pleasure ground adjoining the throne on the east.  Many hundreds of rows of tables, more than twenty-four furlongs in length, were spread before us.  These were loaded with the richest viands that paradise ever knew.  A hundred varieties of the tree of life grow everywhere in the city, but especially in the valleys and upon the hillside of paradise.  Twelve kinds of fruit grow on each tree.  From these the tables were most gorgeously furnished.  The angels were waiters at the tables and surely we lacked for nothing.

As we were eating, Bohemond arose and said: “My brother, Seneca, look at what is before us.” I arose and looked across the great sea of human spirits interspersed with many thousands of angels whose delight it was to serve these honored guests.  Far toward the center of this great dining hall was a stupendous fountain, a fountain of fountains.  It was indeed immense in its dimensions and the height of its spray.  The royal gardens, fountains and palaces of the kings of the earth could in no wise be compared to it.  From this fountain we were all refreshed and also from the river of life from which its multitude of branches have their source.

While eating and drinking with the saints of all ages, and in the presence of our King, we certainly thought of the words of the book and how truly the beloved disciple had written concerning these great occasions.  “And the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them and shall lead them unto living fountains of water, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.  (Revelation 7:17) Indeed I thought to myself, “And who can ever cry again but those of the lost ones who shall lift up their eyes, being in torment.”

During the banquet the great chorister sang many new and beautiful hymns of praise.  While our Lord gave everyone such a glad welcome, and especially those who had so recently entered the doorways of paradise and passed through the gates of the city and were now forever at home.  Many of the ancient men and women also took part in short words of welcome.

David also tuned his harp and sang in meter the words of the beloved disciple, which nearly everybody in heaven knows.  “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.  And He that sat upon the throne said: Behold I make all things new.  And He said unto me write, for these words are true and faithful.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  I will give unto him that is athirst, of the fountain of the water of life freely, and he that overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:4-7) Again the congregation shouted, “Hallelujah,” and the chorister sang the dismissal.

We were now soon scattering for distant points of the city.  A hundred thousand chariots were filled with the busy hosts of heaven.  Salutations and momentary good-byes were heard everywhere.  Smiling happy faces knew no limit to the joyful expressions and greetings with which every soul overflowed.  Not one jar or discord or ruffled feeling or disappointed look was to be seen anywhere.  Oh, this was heaven indeed!

When the great concourse had somewhat disappeared, there still remained an innumerable company of saints and angels.  The returning chariots were bringing multitudes of others in place of those who had gone.  Those who led the music and sang their sweet solos had nearly all gone.  The seats of the elders were vacant, but hosts of others were crowding in.  As one of the elders passed near us, Bohemond and I called him to us for a conversation.

He said, “let us step on a chariot and go to a quiet place.” In a few moments we were slowing up at one of the fountains just outside one of the gateways to the throne.  After giving us a drink from the fountain he said: “We will now walk to yonder cluster of trees.” From them we gathered some fruit and sat down to have him explain the mystery to us.

“The revelations he gave us, I will not describe tonight.  I must leave you now,” said Seneca, “you are tired and have need of rest,” and he vanished from my presence.

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