Glass Mingled with Fire

It was a beautiful Friday evening in northern Scotland. Chelsea and I had spent the afternoon driving around the countryside and walking the grounds of Dunrobin Castle. Neither of us were feeling the best. I think the days of traveling were catching up with us. As the afternoon sun got lower in the western sky, we drove back to the little village we were staying in and ate a delicious supper in a lovely restaurant right on the water of a small lake. After paying for our meal, we walked out onto the pier to watch the sun go down. It was here that I pulled out my iPhone and captured the picture above. As the sun disappeared behind the hills, the glowing sky was reflected in the water of the lake. A small rowboat was bobbing up and down on the glassy surface, appearing as if it were suspended in a sea of fire.

In the book of Revelation, John saw a scene that he described in a similar way. "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God" (Revelation 15:2). This glorious picture describes those who have stood firm through the last scenes of this earth's history enjoying their reward in heaven. I'm not exactly sure what the sea of glass mingled with fire will look like, but until I see it with my own eyes, it's going to look an awful lot like a certain lake in the heart of northern Scotland. I can't wait to be there, can you?

Looking forward to the sea of glass,

Pastor Sutherland