I hope that this past Sunday was an awesome experience for those that were at Southern Hills. Preparing for this message was really exciting for me, as I myself learned a wealth of truth about Heaven. If you missed it, check out the message by clicking here.
There is so much in the Bible about Heaven that not only could I not fit it all into one message, I couldn’t fit it into one additional blog. So over the next few weeks, I would like to dive a little deeper into 4 truths about Heaven. This is the first of 4 posts and the following 3 posts will be on my personal blog next week. I also encourage you to study for yourself and engage in the discussion in the comments.
I want to share a little about the New Jerusalem that has already been prepared for us (Hebrews 11:16). According to Revelation 21:15-16, this baby is huge: 1,400 miles long AND wide. This city will stretch from Canada to Mexico and from the Appalachian Mountains to the coast of California! Even more crazy is that the city could stand at an incredible 1,400 mile height! Can you imagine?!? Alcorn writes in his book Heaven, “If each story was a generous 12 feet, the city could have over 600,000 stories… billions of people could occupy the New Jerusalem.”
The New Jerusalem and and the Tree of Life, which is currently in the intermediate Heaven (Revelation 2:7), will be brought down when God restores the New Earth, and the New Jerusalem will be it’s capital city (Revelation 21:2).
We will be able to eat from the very same tree that nourished and gave life to Adam and Eve (Revelation 2:7). Commentator William Hendriksen suggest, “The term ‘tree of life’ is collective, just like ‘avenue’ and ‘river’. The idea is not that there is just one single tree. No, there is an entire park: whole rows of trees alongside the river; hence, between the river and the avenue. The new Jerusalem will be full of parks. We will eat from these trees and enjoy the fruit far greater than any fruit we have ever tasted, thus giving us eternal life.” (More Than Conquerors)
What we long for, and what we were created for is to see the face of God. God will be the ultimate source of joy. We will desire many things on the New Earth, but desiring those things will in essence be desiring God, because He is the Creator of all things and He creates for us to enjoy.
In the New Jerusalem there will be no temple for everyone will have FULL ACCESS to God’s presence (Revelation 22:14), and Jesus will be our best friend. Alcon writes, “Have you ever imagined what it would be like to walk the earth with Jesus, as the disciples did? Have you ever wished you had that opportunity? You will—on the New Earth.” (Heaven)
This is only a foretaste of the New Jerusalem!
In my next blog I will discuss what our lives will be like in the New Heaven.