Revelation 21:22-27; Revelation 22:1-5
A popular misconception about heaven is that it’s ethereal and lacks any tangible substance, but this view is not supported in Scripture. John described the New Jerusalem as a material structure (Revelation 21:10-21). Although there are aspects that mirror our earthly existence, some things will be very different.
There will be no temple, “for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple” (Revelation 21:22). Throughout the ages, there have been dedicated places of worship, like a temple or church building, but none of these will be necessary when God dwells among us.
The city has no need for sun nor moon, “for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Revelation 21:23). God’s glory will light every inch of that city, and there will be no night.
The gates of the city will always be open. No enemy will ever storm these gates. Nothing impure will ever enter because sin is banished and only holiness dwells in this heavenly city.
It will be a place of abundance. From the living water originating at the throne of God to the fruit from the Tree of Life, all we need will be supplied.
There will no longer be any curse. Death and decay will be absent, and pain and suffering will cease to exist.
The government will be perfect. The Lord God will reign from His throne, and we’ll see His face and serve Him forever in delight.
What awaits us in the New Jerusalem is joy beyond comprehension because we’ll be with the Lord, the source of everything good.
Reprinted with permission: Charles Stanley | In Touch Ministries