Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
After all the arguments about the order of events at the end time are over this is what is left for those who have the Gospel. No matter when the rapture happens with reference to the tribulation, it will happen, but we will not yet be home. No matter if the second coming of Jesus is at the end or the beginning of the 1,000 years of Revelation 20, we will still have a ways to go until we get to that place.
It is home. My home. A greater longing for home grows within my soul with each passing year. I do not mean to imply there is no enjoyment here. God has been so good to us, but in the joys of this life I find hints of what it shall be like there.
The beauty here has more influence upon my anticipation than the ugliness. The ugliness in this life is temporary and will pass, and it is best to let it do so, but real beauty will continue on... ever increasing. There is nothing like experiencing beauty here to make me anticipate the beauty there... home.
Just to be there… to see the glory… to feel the radiance… to be bathed in the purity of an unspoiled creation, the creatures, the peaks, the valleys, the flowers… HOME! Come soon Lord Jesus!