Heaven (Revelation #52)

Text: Revelation 21

Reconciliation of all things (vss 1-3)

  • At this point you have come full circle in the Bible.  Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth… Revelation 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth…
  • John sees New Jerusalem, which is what we know as “Heaven” with the golden streets and such.  It will be described later in the chapter.
  • The fallen creation had been used by God to produce the only thing this universe will produce which is a people prepared to dwell with God forever.

Rest from all work (vss 4-6)

  • You can live in a mansion in fear, bitterness, anger, etc.
  • Revelation 21:4, 7:16-17—no tears, sin, death…
  • Isaiah 65:17—no bad memories
  • Freely allowed to come and drink
  • Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Rights to this new life (vss 7-8)

  • Faith is what pleases God in this life.  A sinner is going to have to believe the witness he is given by God.
  • 1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Resplendent glory of New Jerusalem (vss 9-27)

  • 21:16—Size 12,000 furlongs (furlong = 1/8 mile) = 1500 miles length, width, height
    • a single city that covers half the continental United States
    • Height 5,462 Sears Towers stacked on each other
    • Commercial jets fly about 6 miles above ground
  • 21:18,21—Foundation of gold, streets of gold with gemstone garnishes inlaid in the foundations with the apostles names (Ephesians 2:19-20—pyramid)
  • 21:17—the wall is about 250 feet wide
  • 21:21—pearly gates (diameter as wide as the wall? 21:15)
    • Largest pearl on earth found is 9.5 inches long, oblong shaped, weighs 14 lbs and worth $40M ($500/grain)
    • Many Mansions—John 14:2-3