Blog 009 - What will heaven look like?
Posted on July 13, 2018
Revelation 21 v 1
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea."
Isaiah 65 v 17
"See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind."
The bible tells us what heaven will be like. The above verses specifically talk about a New Heaven and a New Earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and will not be remembered.
This renewal of all things is referred to as 'The Consummation'. It is when the old has gone and the new has come. According to bibletimeline; the consummation happens right at the end of events on this earth - after the Rapture and Tribulation have taken place, after the 1000 year Millennial reign of Christ on earth and after the Great White Throne of final judgement.
Have you ever wondered how God will clean up all the mess that we have made?
Think of all the scars and blemishes on planet earth that mankind has caused; desolate war zones, ruined cities, stinking landfill sites, oil spills, fly tipping sites, litter, pollution in the atmosphere and so on.
I have often wondered how God will deal with these issues. God will obliterate all of this when he disposes of the old heaven and earth. We can easily imagine how God could cause the solar system to be vaporised by the sun becoming a massive red star as it finally expires - at His appointed time!
Perhaps the solar system could be swallowed up by a black hole - crushed to nothingness. Regardless as to how God will cause the old heaven and earth to pass away, we need not worry because he will make all things new! Revelation 21 v 5
If you are not a Christian, by this we mean, if you have not accepted the Lord Jesus as your personal saviour - your only hope of salvation when you finally stand before God - then you will not enter this wonderful new world. You will be excluded on the basis of your own choice in this life.
John 3 v 16-18
"16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son."
I suppose the simple question that I must put to you is this; Do you believe in Jesus or not?
If you are already a Christian; may I encourage you to keep your focus on what lies ahead. This world and everything in it is transient; God's new heaven and earth are eternal!
2 Corinthians 4 v 16-18
"16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
May God bless you; whoever you are, wherever you are and regardless of your circumstances right now because circumstances are temporary - God's new world is eternal and you can enjoy it forever if you put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Read more: To get an idea of what heaven and the New Jerusalem will look like.
Read more: The Final Judgement and Eternity