HEAVEN, describe it….make me want it

Heaven, the Land of the Living. God is there and we look on His Goodness, Glory, Beauty and ask questions of Him.  We are His people, and He is our God, our inheritance. There are mansions, many of them, and God prepared them for us. The sun and the moon is no longer the light by day and night, for God is the Everlasting Light, there is no more night. He is seated on His throne, under His feet is like a paved work of a sapphire stone, His throne looks as if it is sapphire, with a rainbow that looks like an emerald surrounding it. He has the appearance of jasper and carnelian with the rainbow surrounding Him and His Glory. The Holy City Jerusalem is the Glory of God, its radiance like a rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It has a great high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel inscribed on them. The wall is built of jasper, the city is pure gold, clear as glass. The foundations of the wall of the city are adorned with every kind of jewel. The first is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates are pearls, each gate one single pearl and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass. There is no temple for The Lord God The Almighty and The Lamb are The Temple. The city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light and its lamp is the Lamb. Nations surround it and all the kings of the earth bring their glory into it, but nothing unclean ever enters it, nor anyone false, only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, clothed in white clothes, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne can come flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne there are seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and in front of the throne there is a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind. And in front of His throne is a great multitude of people from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in our hands and loudly saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!” These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. We have washed our robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. That is why we are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple. He shelters us with His presence. We shall never hunger or thirst, the Lamb is our Shepherd and leads us to springs of Living Water. Angels are everywhere and the River of the Water of Life, bright as a crystal flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flows through the middle of the street of the city. On each side of the River is The Tree of Life, with twelve kinds of fruit that it yields each month. The leaves of the tree are used for the healing of the nations. The Lord God Almighty has wiped away every tear from our eyes and no one ever dies, for death is no more. Neither is there any more mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things are all passed away. A loud voice from the throne announces to us that the dwelling place of God is with man. He dwells with us and we are His people. The animals there are completely tame and have no fear. The wolf and the lamb eat together of the beautiful garden of grass, the lion eats straw like the ox. The animals never hurt or destroy anything in heaven. We are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb, and these are the True Words of God. We are blessed and holy, sharing in the first resurrection! We are priests of God and of Christ and we reign with Christ for a thousand years. We shall judge the world and angels. We are now immortal and bear the image of the heavenly. Death is swallowed up in victory. We dwell with The Lord God forever and ever.


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