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Isn't it hard to "picture"...

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Isn't it hard to "picture" heaven in your mind? Do such descriptions as in our text with all those angels help? We read about heavenly mansions, but are we envisioning apartment houses with kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms? We don't know! We will only know when we are there. Our main hope comes in the words of the only one who came back from the grave and said "Rejoice!" That should be enough for us. It is hard not to be literal in some scripture.
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