1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Peace. Honestly, it’s all any of us have ever wanted.
From the very beginning, all God has ever sincerely wanted is to have a close loving relationship with we, His created beings. He loved us so much He bestowed the gift of free will to us, so that we could choose whether we desire to reject or reciprocate His love.
Since his rebellion and exile from Heaven, Satan has sought to wreak havoc upon we God’s cherished ones. The evil one struck first by taking advantage of Adam and Eve’s free will, by deceiving them into believing that God was not being honest with them, in regards to eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. In doing so, the first man and woman introduced sin into the world.
Since this time, murder, jealousy, sexual immorality, and sinful pride have run amuck throughout the world, leading to all of the issues we face in our society.
It can be very discouraging at times, to look at the wickedness that is running rampant throughout the world today. Those of us who love righteousness and long for peace, may find ourselves wondering when we will ever experience the true peace that Jesus has promised.
We can rest assured that our Savior is faithful, and will never make a promise that He will not keep. There will come a day, when peace will finally be restored to the universe forever.
The final few chapters of the Book of Revelation reveal the triumphant Second Coming of Jesus Christ to finally put an end to Satan and his forces. Those who have chosen to reject salvation will be judged, and condemned to the lake of fire and brimstone, while we who have chosen to place our trust in Jesus, will enter into God’s Heavenly city, which He has prepared for all who love Him.
Revelation Chapters 21 and 22, describes the layout of our Heavenly home, complete with twelve gates, all types of precious stones, and golden streets. The tree of Life, that once sat in the Garden of Eden, will also be located in Heaven.
Our soul and spirit will be placed into a glorified body, finally completely freeing us from the ability to sin.(I Corinthians 15:42-54)
All of our loved ones, who have accepted Jesus Christ, will be there with us, and we will never again be separated from them again, as there will be no more dying.
Can you just imagine having an opportunity to sit down and talk with the many Bible heroes that we’ve all read about? Personally, I am looking forward to having a chance to talk with Isaac’s son, Joseph, and King David.
Of course the one thing all of us are looking forward to above all else, Is being able to say “Thank You” to Jesus Christ face-to-face for; purchasing our redemption at the cross, healing our bodies, listening to our concerns, encouraging our hearts and guiding us through the many twists and turns of this mortal life. I know that we have all heard some wonderful praise & Worship songs during our church services, however that will pale in comparison to the praise & worship that is delivered to the King of Kings, once we arrive in Heaven.
Stay encouraged, my brothers and sisters, in the faith. Continue to honor God, by abiding in His love, and striving to live by His instructions.
I am sure that God has many wonderful surprises and blessings in store for us in His kingdom, and we will have forever to enjoy them all.
I John 3:2-3
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.