While in the car the other day, I heard someone on the radio use the phrase, “Just another day in paradise!” I am not even sure in what context the man was using the phrase. However, it brought a picture to my mind. “Paradise, heaven on earth,” will be our eternal home. There was such a warm feeling that enveloped me. Was this warm feeling of peace coming from my spirit recognizing it’s home? I can only guess, I just know it felt very relaxing and peaceful.
What do we know about God’s Heaven? It is where God dwells and communicates with His children here on earth through His Spirit. It is a place where God and all heavenly creatures reside. It was God who created and gave “Heaven” it’s name (Genesis 1:8). Remember, in the Garden of Eden, God walked and talked with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:80). The prophet Ezekiel called Eden the garden of God in Ezekiel 28:13. As best as I can determine, once Adam and Eve committed this world’s first sin, God cast them out of Eden and returned to heaven (Genesis 6:11). Sin now existed on earth and God’s perfection would not allow Him to dwell in the presence of sin.
So God’s presence has never returned to earth since Eden. In Isaiah 65:17-19, God previews the new heaven and earth – new Jerusalem. God speaks of earth, at this point, as His “Footstool.” The timing of His and Jesus’ return at the beginning or end of the “Thousand Years,” is interpreted differently by different Bible scholars. God often does not share all the details of His Plans before they occur. It is not my place to “add” or remove words from His Prophesy (Revelation 22:18-19).
John’s writing in the Book of Revelation gives some detail of what was shared with him of the future. He speaks of the old earth going away. It may be what John was referring to when he gave the description of the destruction of Babylon (Revelation 14:8). Then John speaks of the of the “Thousand Years” (Revelation 20:1-6).
Otherwise known as the Millennium, this is when Christ returns to earth and Satan, his anti-christ, their demons and those judged “dead” to Christ are cast into the abyss for the duration of the thousand years. God has not yet returned to the new earth. Those before Christ’s first time on earth that had previously died in Christ, they will assist The Lord of Lords and King of Kings in the ruling during these one thousand years (Revelation 20:2-6).
Hang with me here, because we’re getting close to the description of what our “new” home is going to look like and be like!
Now a thousand years have past and Satan is released back onto the earth. John tells us it is but for a “short time” (Revelation 20:7-10). At the end of Satan’s last attempt to over-throw Jesus, he and all of his bad cohorts are cast into the Lake of Fire. It is at this time, those of us who were here on earth during and after Christ’s first appearance, as well as, when Christ had His Second Coming, face our Judgement. Whoever is not listed in The Lamb’s (Christ’s) Book of Life will find themselves dying the second eternal death – they will join Satan in The Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15).
Now the “New Earth and the New Jerusalem” arrives. It is like a marriage of God’s people (the Bride) being given to their Savior “The Lamb (Christ).” Now this Celebration is in front of God Almighty (Revelation 21:1-22:5). His Throne is in the New Jerusalem. Since Eden, this is the first time He, Himself, has walked with His people (Revelation 21:9-27).
Okay, what is New Jerusalem like? Well, we are told in Hebrews the “architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). “It is the city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” (Hebrews 12:22).
The following description is taken from Revelation, Chapter 21 and 22. God made it into the shape of a square. New Jerusalem is 1400 miles long by 1400 miles wide or 1,960,000 square miles. The walls are about 200 feet wide. The walls are encrusted with every type of jewel on the new Earth and they shine with the brilliance of God (Revelation 21:11). There are twelve gates and there is an angel at each gate. Three gates are on the north face of the City and three on each of the other three walls. The walls are built on twelve different foundations. Each decorated with a different jewel. The number of gates represent the number of Tribes of Israel. All twelve gates are each made of a single pearl. The structures of the City are made of gold as pure as glass.
There is a single great street in the City. It, too is made of the purest goal. Down the middle of this great street flows the River of the Water of Life. It is as clear as crystal and flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Christ). Growing on each side of the River of Life are the Trees of Life. They bear twelve crops of fruit – one for every month. The leaves of these trees are for the healing of nations. Think of all the different nations that will be living inside this wonderful place.
The old earth’s curse will be no more. There will be no need for sun nor moon. God and Jesus’ radiance will light the city. God’s face will be visible to His servants and they shall have His Name on their foreheads. No lamp or light will ever be needed.
The beauty, I am sure, cannot be described by words alone. It will be more than just visual beauty. There will be a happiness and peace that truly “passeth all understanding!” (Philippians 4:12). There will be no old people living out their days and babies will be babies but a few days (Isaiah 65:20). Everyone will be a mature Christian and in their prime. There will be no pain, no mourning, no tears and no death (Revelation 21:4, Isaiah 65:19).
In Isaiah 65:21-22, the Blessed of God will thrive in their work and dwell in their own houses and “…enjoy the works of their hands.” In the old world, children were abused and killed. In the new World “They will not…bear children doomed to misfortune, for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them” (Isaiah 65:23).
Think about this: “Before they (you and me along with the other Blessed) call I will answer, while they are still speaking I will hear (Isaiah 65:24). Isaiah 65:25 speaks to our safety. “The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord (Isaiah 65:25).
So, do you think, just from this brief description that you and I can be happy in our eternal home? I, without reservation, say, “I can and will!” Anyplace I can serve my God and Savior, I hunger to spend eternity there! I hope you feel the same way!
I just know that if God can still love an old reprobate like me – I’ll gladly follow Him anywhere!
I pray your week ahead is Blessed, safe, happy and IN THE SPIRIT!!! Until next week, take care of yourself, those you love and those that God may send to you so that in your actions and words you may reflect His Glory and Love!
In Christ’s Love,