Heaven is so beautiful and wonderful that after Paul had been caught up to "the third heaven" (2 Cor 12), God would not let him talk about it. He did say, however, " to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better (Phil. 1:23)." Why wouldnt God let Paul talk about it?If we knew how wonderful Heaven is we might be too careless and walk out into the path of a truck, being too anxious to go there.
The Bible uses this word "heaven" in three ways. The first heaven is the atmosphere where the birds fly (Gen. 1:6-8). The second heaven is outer space where the stars run (Gen. 1:14-18). The third heaven is where God is (2 Cor. 12:2-4). "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there was no more sea. And I, John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, and God himself shall be with them, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; " (Rev. 21:1-4).
Before God delivers His final heaven, He must purge what sinful man has defiled. At the last judgment, the first earth and heaven will pass away (Rev. 20:11). This includes the earth and the atmospheric/stellar heavens. The sun, moon and stars are not needed in the new heaven (Rev. 21:23 & 22:5). John saw the "new Jerusalem" coming down from God out of heaven. This proves paradise heaven had not passed away (Rev. 21:2).
Our eternal home will merge paradise heaven with the new earth and the new Jerusalem. The size of the new earth is not given, nor is it clear whether our present earth is renewed or an entirely new earth created. We know there are no seas in this new earth (Rev. 21:1c). There is, however, a river of the water of life proceeding out of the throne of God (Rev. 22:1). This river will supply all the water needed. The tree of life beside the river will bear twelve kinds of fruit every month (Rev. 22:2). God provides our food and drink for heaven.
"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; and they shall see His face: " (Rev. 22:3-4). Heaven will be a perfect place of joy without tears, pain or death! (Rev. 21:4). We will worship and serve God in perfect harmony. There is no temple in the new Jerusalem for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple (Rev. 21:22). We will not need a temple for we will see God in all His glory and enjoy Him and all the redeemed forever.
The new Jerusalem is a 1500 mile cube (Rev. 21:16). It has twelve foundations (Rev. 21:19). This could be twelve living levels of 2,250,000 square miles each, or a total of 27,000,000 square miles. There could be a 125 mile space between each level. Each foundation will feature a different precious stone for each of the twelve tribes of Israel (Rev. 21:19-20 & Exodus 28:17-20). The twelve foundations will also include the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (Rev. 21:14).
The walls and building of the new Jerusalem are made of jasper, clear as crystal, allowing the light of the glory of God and the Lamb into every area (Rev. 21:10-12 & 23).
There are twelve gates, three on each side. Each gate, a single pearl, is engraved with one of the names of the twelve tribes of Israel (Rev. 21:12 & 21). The gates are never shut, for there is no night there (Rev. 21:25). The street of the city is pure gold (Rev. 21:21b).
Do you want to go to Heaven? " there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, but they who are written in the Lambs book of life" (Rev. 21:27). Jesus, the Lamb of God, died for your sins and arose. When you believe in Him, receiving Him as your personal Savior, all your sins are forgiven and your name is written in His book. Make your reservation for heaven today! Amen.
© 2002 D. B. Martin