Our Unchanging Hope for Heaven

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by Samuel D. Geroy
   Heaven is real because God created it to be His home and of those who believe & love Him. It is God’s palace and home beyond the universe, somewhere in the north (Psalm 48:2) above the stars and beyond time. It is an existence in the fourth dimension, which is above our human understanding. Abel was the first man who died and lived there (Genesis 4:8). Heaven is beautiful beyond comparison. God sends His commands and judgments from there. It is synonymous with salvation, glory, joy, rewards and reign.
   As the city of God, it is also called the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 11:10) that eternal foundations and was designed and built by God. That is why it is lovely as a bride, brilliant like clear crystal, with two million square miles of ground space, and high walls made of jasper or diamonds (Rev. 21:6, Macarthur Study Bible). It is built on twelve foundations namely: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysophrase, jacinth and amethyst. It also has twelve gates named after the twelve tribes of Israel namely: Asher, Napthali (north); Reuben, Simeon, Gad (south); Judah, Issachar, Zebulon (east); and Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin (west). The tribe of Dan is not included (Rev. 21:9-21).

   This city is laid out 1,500 miles wide, same in length and in height. It has the symmetrical dimension of a perfect cube. It is very strong, very rich and very beautiful.
   The main work of everyone in heaven is to worship the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb (Rev. 21:22) for they are the temple of heaven. We will all see His face and His name shall be written on our foreheads 9REV. 22:3). There will be no noght there because the Lord God will illumine everything (22:5).
   The greatest wonder is that heavenly Jerusalem will come down from heaven (21:2,3) and settle on the earth on the sea part as they were in the original creation (Gen. 1:9,10). It was only after the deluge (flood) that the continents were divided (Genesis 10:25). The only body of water that will run through the whole earth will be the river of life (22:1-3). Along its banks grow the tree of life on either side that will bear twelve kinds of fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of nations (22:2) and thereby enrich heavenly life, making it full and satisfying (MacArthur Study Bible).
   There will be no night there, no more death, or pain but God’s people will reign forever and ever (22:5). Believers will be rewarded with the imperishable wreath (garland or crown) for victory over corruption (1 Cor. 9:20), wreath of righteousness for salvation over unrighteousness (2 Tim. 544:8), wreath of glory for victory over defilement (1 Peter 5:4), wreath of life for victory over death (James 1:12), wreath of exultation for triumph over Satan and persecution (1 Thes. 2:19), and wreath of joy for fruits of souls won to Christ (Phil. 1:4). The surprising thing is that these saints will cast their crowns or wreaths before the throne of God (Rev. 4:10, 11).
   The joy of eternal life is glorious beyond anything we know (2 Cor. 4:17) and will more than heal all our troubles and pains with God’s eternal consolation (2 Thes. 2:16). The wonders and glories of forever are sop great beyond what eye has seen, or ear heard, or man’s thoughts have imagined (1 Cor. 2:9).
   Much more, forever will settle our questions on theology like- the headship of the Father, why we pray in the name of the Son, and in the guidance and power of the Spirit; why Christ is the only mediator; why we will be in glorified state there and why we will not be gods as some teach; and that whether the Bible is the only book God gave to man in order to teach us the truth and many nore…
   Heaven is also a land of song and wonderful music. The Bible tells of singing there: A new song of Old and New Testament believers (Rev. 5:8-14), song of believers from the Tribulation (7:9-17), song during the proclamation of the King (11:15-18), song of Jewish believers who came out of the Tribulation (14:2-5), song of Moses and of the Lamb sang by all saints who are triumphant over Satan’s Antichrist and his system because of their faith in Jesus Christ (15:3-4), and song of a great multitude in heaven (19:1-8).
   If heaven is all of the above, then it is a fantastic hope and a marvelous desire for all who love the Lord