“9When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters,e were killed just as they had been._ (Revelation 6)
“On earth as it is in heaven.” Heaven and earth share in the experience of the already established but not yet fully here Kingdom of God. Heaven, right now, is a place of incomplete justice and incomplete healing. It is a place where weight is given to the word “wait.”
Remember that when you find yourself in sincere Christian circles where “On earth as in heaven” has become a mantra defined by human dream and imagination rather than informed by the witness of Scripture, as to what that actually means. It is a prayer both for miracle and for strength to receive the word “wait” in the face of non healing and injustice, should that be the will of God for us at this moment. Patience and faith are required in heaven itself right now. Saints on earth and saints in heaven are a waiting people still….
Part of “ on earth as in heaven” is carrying a “How long O Lord?” in our hearts. Bearing the marks of Satan’s hatred of Christ in the form of attacks upon our body and our souls, we live out day by day, “Wait a little longer.” Knowing Christ, knowing the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering is the way it is. There is sweet rest and consolation to be found there, as many of you could testify to with integrity.
I have had prophecies spoken over me that have been fulfilled and prayers prayed over me that have been asnwered, in ways that have astounded me. The ones that have more often than not, not been fulfilled, are the prophecies and prayers that have majored on the word “complete,” and/or the phrase “right now.” “We declare complete… we ask for complete…. righ now!” Sometimes there is indeed a “right now” taste of the day of completion of all things, that is certain, but such moments are tasters, not the day itself. For that day, which we taste in many beautiful and wonderful ways, we still wait…