Jesus said in John 14:2 "I am going…to prepare a place for you."
All that stuff you see in the films, like fog banks and angels floating round in some nether world to the eerie sounds of Celtic music – forget it, that's all Hollywood ideas! Not HOLY GHOST TRUTH!
1 Thess 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Heaven will be:
1. A home built just for you by Christ.
Are you worried about where you go when you die or where your loved ones have gone?
Don’t be; just make sure you are born again because Jesus said John 14:1-3 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
2. It will be a city you’ll love!
Rev 21:2 "I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem."
Rev 21.9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, "Come hither, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife.
Vs. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God."
This Great CITY--Heaven--looks like a great and high mountain that comes out of Heaven--out of space in other words.
It’s an exact square of 1,400 miles, or 2,353 kilometres. It stretches from the Carolinas to California, from Canada to Mexico, or almost from Melbourne to Mackay.
It’s 40 times the size of England, 10 times the size of France and larger than India.
And that’s just the ground floor; it’s as tall as it is wide; 600,000 stories, more than enough space for billions of people to come and go. And come and go they will. The gates never close. Why shut them? The enemies of God will be banished, leaving only a perfect place of perfected people.
Vs. 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
Vs. 12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
This city is a light source in itself, shining with a glorious light like that comes from a precious gemstone, like jasper, meaning diamond! So this city refracts light that comes from within and it shines like a diamond, clear as crystal! It looks beautiful! It comes from God Himself!
Vs. 13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates on the south three gates; and on the west three gates
Vs. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
There is a great wall around it with 12 gates in it, made of giant pearls, as we can read in the scripture.
This outer wall has 12 foundational layers, one for each of the 12 apostles.
Vs. 15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
Vs. 16 And the city lies foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the HEIGHT of it are EQUAL!
Vs. 17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
The angel measured the length of the city as 12,000 furlongs long, which is about 1,500 Roman miles, or about 1,400 English miles which amounts to about 2,200 km! But that is just one side of it. And as its surface is a (four) square, it has four sides that long, altogether about 8,800 km around! That's as big as Europe! THIS IS A GIANT CITY! ENORMOUS!
But, it also says that the length and the width AND THE HEIGHT of it are equal! So it is not some flat city... but goes up 2,200 km as well!
Now you can imagine that anyway you want, like a big cube or something, or a mountain, the mountain of the Lord's house! It might very well look like a gigantic box, rising 2,200 km out of the earth's atmosphere (that goes up only about 10 km!)
What a city! WOW!
3. You will be with Christ - the One you love most!
Paul, who had the privilege of visiting heaven, wrote in Phil 1:23 "For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better."
So don’t get too comfortable here on earth, like Paul, we don't plan to stay here forever. Jesus is coming soon to take us all home!