I have been thinking about heaven the past several months. Some of my wonderings has been satisfied when I learned about the seven mountains of society. How they serve God and I can see God ordained them. The ones on earth right now have bad garrisons of the devil on the top of those mountains but in heaven that will not be. And frankly when heaven moves to earth fully, it won't be upside down here at that time either!
There will be no more tears. God wipes them away. No more bad memories. God wipes them away too.
The streets are gold, pearly gates, gems of all kinds, lots of room when you consider the Revelation scriptures of Rev.21:16-17 King James Version:
16And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.17And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
What is the measure of a furlong? Check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furlong and you will find a furlong is equal to one-eighth of a mile, 220 yards, 660 feet, 201.168 meters, or 10 chains [ one “chain” is 66 feet].
So, 12,000 furlongs X 660 feet = 7,920,000 feet divided by 5,280 feet [which is one mile] = 1,500 miles long and across and high; a perfect cube.
How big is a cubit? It's estimated to have been approximately 17½ to 20½ inches. I got my information here: http://www.keyway.ca/htm2000/20001129.htm
So, how tall is that angel of verse 17 making the wall how thick?
17.5inches X 144 cubits = 2,520 divided by 12 inches = 210 feet thick.
20.5 inches X 144 cubits = 2,954 divided by 12 inches = 246 feet thick.
The other day I had lunch with a friend who said she had heard these figures with the explanation that every person would have way more room then they needed so lets each one of us give up some of our space and get more people saved to join us in this new heaven. Now I call that a brilliant idea!
Actually, as I thought about heaven, be it up there or the one coming down to us, I enjoyed all over again the whole chapter 21 of Revelation and I share it with you.1And 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.
2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3And 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.
4And 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.
5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
10And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
I'm sharing heaven with you here and now because I think it will be soon and we will be there! The way things are, I am thinking this is a comfort to one another like it says in I Thessalonians 4:17 & 18 KJV
17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
But, until that happens, see you at the voting polls. We have work to do!