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A. Heaven is the capital of the universe.

Scripture speaks of three heavens:

1. The first heaven......home of the birds & clouds (Jer. 4:25; Dan. 4:12)

As beautiful as this 1st heaven can be; it is not the abode of God nor the eternal

home of the redeemed.

2. The second heaven......home of the sun, moon, and stars (Gen. 22:17; Psa. 19:1)

Even this 2nd heaven cannot be confused with the heaven of salvation.

3. The third heaven......the home of God. (2 Cor. 12:2; 1 Kings 8:27, 30)

No man will see this heaven apart from the new birth. (John 3:3)

This heaven is the dwelling place of God. (Matt. 6:9)

Within heaven is a Holy City called New Jerusalem. (Heb. 11:10, 16; Heb.

12:22; Psa. 87:3; Psa. 46:4; John 14:2, 3; Rev. 21:2)

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

1. The shape of the city is square (cubicle) (Rev. 21:16)

-This allows for two interpretations: square (cubicle) or pyramidal

-pyramidal: (Rev. 21:17) a relatively low wall of 144 cubits

-square (cubical): (Rev. 21:3) since the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle was

20x20x20 (1 Kings 6:20)

2. The size of this city - 12,000 furlongs (Rev. 21:16), or about 1500 miles square.

3. The inhabitants of this city

a. The holy and elect angels (Heb. 12:22; Rev. 5:11)

b. The twenty-four elders (Rev. 4:4)

c. The Church (Heb. 12:22, 23; Rev. 19:1, 7, 8; Rev. 21:1, 9-11)

d. Saved Israel -although the New Jerusalem is basically a wedding present from Christ

to the bride (the Church), saved Israel will also dwell within these walls (Heb. 11:16;

Matt.25:10, 23)

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

3. The inhabitants of this city

e. God The Father (Rev. 4:2-3)

f. God The Son (Rev. 5:6)

-The Lamb is not merely an occupant, but is the source & strength & center of heaven.

-the face of Christ is the light of heaven

-the presence of Christ is the joy of heaven

-the name of Christ is the song of heaven

-the praise of Christ is the theme of heaven

-the work of Christ is the employment of heaven

-the person of Christ is the fullness of heaven

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

3. The inhabitants of this city

f. God The Son (Rev. 5:6)

-the center of heaven is:

1.) a slain Lamb (Rev. 5:6)

2.) a redeeming Lamb (Rev. 5:9)

3.) a worthy Lamb (Rev. 5:12)

4.) a comforting Lamb (Rev. 7:17)

5.) a life-giving Lamb (Rev. 13:8)

6.) an over-coming Lamb (Rev. 12:11; 17:14)

7.) an eternal Lamb (Rev. 5:13)

8.) a loving Lamb (Rev. 19:7)

9.) a shining Lamb (Rev. 21:23)

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

4. The population of the city

-It is estimated that 40 billion people have lived since Adam; and that 70% have died

before being eight years old (by disease, war, & starvation), and that if 10% of all those

reaching the age of accountability accept Christ as Savior, then possibly 30 billion out of the

40 billion could possibly inhabit heaven.

-Children dying before the age of accountability go to heaven. (2 Sam. 12:23; Matt. 18:1-

6, 10; Matt. 19:14; Luke 18:15-17)

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

5. The foundation of this city (12 precious stones, each carrying the name of one of the 12

apostles; Rev. 21:14)

1st jasper 5th sardonyx 9th topaz

2nd sapphire 6th sardius 10th chrysoprasus

3rd chalcedony 7th chrysolyte 11th jacinth

4th emerald 8th beryl 12th amethyst

6. The walls of this city are 216 feet high and made of jasper. (Rev. 21:17,18) They are for

beauty, and not defense.

7. The gates of this city are twelve, three on each side; each with the name of one of the

twelve tribes of Israel. (Rev. 21:12,13) An angel is assigned to each gate and each gate is

made of one large pearl.

8. The main street is composed of pure transparent gold. (Rev. 21:21)

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

9. The throne of God is within this city. (Rev. 4:2, 3, 6)

10. The river of life is in this city. (Rev. 22:1; Psa. 46:4)

11. The tree of life (Rev. 22:2) as in the Garden of Eden is also there. (Gen. 2:9; 3:24)

12. Earthly Jerusalem is known as Jehovah Tsidkenu meaning “The Lord Our

Righteousness” (Jer. 23:6; 33:16) and the heavenly New Jerusalem is known as

Jehovah Shammah meaning "The Lord is There.” (Ezekiel 48:35)

This heavenly city is suspended in space and is called The New Jerusalem. (Rev. 21:2)

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

13. The nature of the resurrected bodies in New Jerusalem (1 Cor. 15:44)

-In verses 39-41 Paul suggests the new spiritual body is as superior to the old

natural body as:

a. the human body is to those of animals (15:39)

b. the heavens are to the earth (15:40)

c. the sun is to the moon (15:41)

d. our bodies will be like His glorious body (Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:1-3)

e. they will consist of flesh & blood (Luke 24:39, 40)

f. Christ ate in His glorified body (Luke 24:41-43; John 21:12-15)

g. these bodies will not be subject to laws of gravity and time (John 20:19: Luke 24:31, 36)

h. they will be recognizable (Matt. 8:11; Luke 16:23; 1 Cor. 13:12)

i. they will be eternal bodies (2 Cor. 5:1)

j. the spirit will predominate (1 Cor. 15:44, 49)

- All resurrected bodies will reside in the heavenly city, but will reign upon the earthly city.

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

14.) Activities of the redeemed

a. singing (Isa. 44:23; Heb. 2:12; Rev. 14:3; 15:3)

1.) praising God for creation (Rev. 4:11)

2.) praising God for redemption (Rev. 5:9)

b. fellowship

1.) He will feed us heavenly manna (Rev. 2:17) ...........................He nourishes us.

2.) He will give us a new name (Rev. 2:17) ...................He re-names us, as a bride.

3.) He will lead us beside the living waters (Rev. 7:17) ..................... He guides us.

4.) He will wipe away all tears (Rev. 7:17) ....................... He lovingly cares for us.

5.) He will allow us to sit with Him upon His throne (Rev. 3:21) ......He stays close

to us.

6.) He will dress us with His righteousness (Rev. 19:8) ............ He provides for us.

We will intuitively know each other just as Peter, James, & John knew Moses and

Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration.

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

14.) Activities of the redeemed

c. testifying (Psa. 107:2; Mark 5:19)

d. serving (Rev. 22:3; 7:15)

1.) we shall judge the world (1 Cor. 6:2)

2.) we shall judge angels (1 Cor. 6:3)

GOD WILL GIVE US ASSIGNMENTS MATCHING OUR FAITHFULNESS IN SERVING HIM HERE.

e. learning (1 Cor. 13:9, 10; 1 Pet. 1:12)

1.) the Person of God (Rom. 11:33)

2.) the Plan of God - reasons why things happened to us (Rom. 8:28; Mark 7:37)

3.) the Power of God (Gen. 1:1; Psa. 19:1; 147:4; Isa.40:26)

f. observing those on earth (Heb. 12:1; Luke 15:7, 10; Luke 16:22-23, 27-28)

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

14.) Activities of the redeemed

g. ruling & reigning with Christ (2 Tim. 2:11-12; Rev. 5:10; 20:4, 6)

h. worshipping God (Rev. 7:9-12)

WE WILL NOT BE PASSIVE SPECTATORS, BUT WE SHALL BE AN ACTIVE, VITAL

PART OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. WE SHALL EACH HAVE A SERVICE TO RENDER

ACCORDING TO HOW GOD HAS MADE AND ENDOWED US.

HEAVEN WILL BE A TIME OF DISCOVERY, ADVENTURE, LEARNING, WORSHIP,

REJOICING, AND RULING. IT RECAPTURES THE LOSS OF EDEN’S PARADISE

AND MUCH MORE.

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

15.) Heaven is a place of absolute beauty (We can’t even imagine.)

Think of the most beautiful thing you have seen; a snow-capped mountain, waves on a

seashore, a newborn baby, your bride, …..but none of these can compare with the

beauty of heaven.

Think of the most beautiful sound you have heard; perhaps the music of a great

symphony, or a church choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus,” or someone saying, “I

love you” to you. There is nothing that your ears have heard that will compare with

the sounds that the Lord has prepared for them that love Him.

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

16.) Heaven is a place of absolute health and happiness.

Revelation tells us there will be no sickness, sorrow, pain, nor death. There will be no

hospitals, no funeral homes, and no doctors. Such things are unnecessary in heaven.

17.) Heaven is a place of revelation.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13 that “now we see through a glass darkly; but then, face

to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

There are many things in this life that we do not understand. We all wonder why bad

things happen to good people. There is much about God I cannot comprehend. In

heaven the mysteries of the universe will be unveiled.

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B. Characteristics of heaven (facts about the New Jerusalem)

18.) Heaven is where Jesus is.

Above all, the thing that will really make heaven heaven is that it is the abiding place

of the Lord Jesus Christ. We will get to spend eternity with Him.

Many might say, “I would have loved to have seen Jesus walk on water, hear Him

teach or perform His miracles, to have seen Him feed the 5,000, or heal the blind and

the lame. I would have loved to have seen Him raise Lazarus back to life.” Indeed all

of that would have been wonderful, but we are going to get to see something even

better in heaven, because we’re going to get to see Him in all His glory.

In John 17:24 Jesus prayed: “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be

with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou has given me.”

In heaven we will get to see Jesus Christ face to face in the fullness of His glory.

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C. Things absent in Heaven

1. No more sea (Rev. 21:1)

2. No more tears, death, sorrow, or pain (Rev. 21:4)

3. No more need of the sun or moon (Rev. 21:23)

4. No more insecurity or night (Rev. 21:25)

5. No more sin (Rev. 21:27)

6. No more sickness, no more curse (Rev. 22:2)

7. No more thirst, hunger, or heat (Rev. 7:16)

8. No memory of lost ones (Deut. 25:19; Psa. 9:5; Psa. 69:28; Psa. 109:3)

9. No husband-wife marriages in heaven (Matt. 22:30).

Our focus will be our heavenly KING.

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D. Things present in Heaven

1. Glory (John 17:24; Rom. 8:18; Philippians 3:21; Rev. 21:23)

2. Holiness (Rev. 21:27)

3. Beauty (Psa. 50:2)

4. Divine Light (Isa. 60:1-3,19, 20)

5. Unity (Eph. 1:10)

6. Perfection (1 Cor. 13:10)

7. Joy (Psa. 16:11)

8. Eternal Life (John 3:16)

9. Physical things: dwellings, trees, fruit, river, throne, animals

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Paradise is a part of the “third heaven.” (2 Cor. 12:1-4)

“Today thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43).

Paradise means “garden” or “enclosed place.” It must be a place of beautiful trees, flowers, and fruit.

It is there that present-day believers go awaiting the First Resurrection, which happens at the

Rapture of the Church, then on to the Judgment Seat of Christ for rewards, then to the Marriage Supper

of the Lamb, and then on to Paradise which is the New Jerusalem.

After the death of a Church-Age believer, our state in Paradise is more of rest and waiting, than of

activity or service. (Rev. 14:13; 6:9-11) It is happy and blissful with no pain, no sin, no sorrow, no

sickness, or death. It is an atmosphere of love and of communing with other great patriarchs of old.

We will know our loved ones. When we receive our glorified bodies at the Rapture of the Church,

we will be assigned tasks of service for the Lord. We’ll never grow tired or weary. Heaven will be

our home.

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First five minutes after a believer dies:

1. Death was really so easy; like falling asleep and awaking in a beautiful world. Ministering angels

were waiting to guide us to Paradise just as they carried Lazarus. (Luke 16:22; Heb. 1:13-14)

2. We’ll be conscious that we’ve left behind our earthly body with all its weaknesses and

limitations.

3. We’ll be conscious of being transported swiftly upward through space toward a beautiful.

country, whose radiance is brighter than the sun; and we’ll be greeted by the words“Blessed are they

that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the

gates of the city.” (Rev. 22:14)

4. Our fourth experience is one of being in a new environment whose atmosphere is Love and

Holiness.

5. Our fifth experience will be the feeling that we are near Jesus, our Savior.

6. Next, we’ll meet our loved ones.

7. Then, we’ll meet the other saints who have preceded us and fellowship with them.

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Paul was totally changed as a result of being allowed to glimpse heaven.

(2 Cor. 12:1-10)

1.) He was given a thorn in the flesh to prevent pride from developing as a result of his viewing

heaven. (2 Cor. 12:7)

2.) He was given a total metamorphosis of his attitude toward suffering. In light of what he

knew of heaven, he was able to take pleasure in infirmities and even glory in these. (2 Cor.

12:9-10)

3.) Heaven certainly exceeded Paul’s expectations of the life and the rewards in Paradise.

His life was changed because of it. (1 Cor. 2:9-10)

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REWARDS IN HEAVEN:

TIME: Given when Christ returns for His bride at the Rapture (Rev. 22:12; 1 Cor. 4:5)

PLACE: In the air (1 Thess. 4:17) at the Judgment Seat of Christ

The Christian faces the Judgment Seat of Christ (the BEMA) for rewards. (2 Cor.

5:10; Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 3:13)

This judgment is not for salvation, but for REWARDS according to the

faithfulness of work and service to God.

Old Testament: (Isa. 40:10-11; Isa. 62:11-12; Jer. 17:10)

New Testament: (Matt. 5:12; 6:4; 10:41-42) No task done for God is insignificant

or unnoticed. Rewards will be fulfilling and satisfying.

There are degrees of rewards for believers. (Matt. 11:20-24; Luke 12:47-48; John 19:11)

Every good thing a believer does for the Lord will be rewarded. (Eph. 6:8)

Good works done for the Lord must be done willingly. (1 Cor. 9:17)

Good works will be tried by fire (1 Cor. 3:11-15). Preoccupation with possessions,

prestige, position, & popularity will be burned as wood, hay, & stubble.

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REWARDS IN HEAVEN:

The Nature of Rewards in Heaven:

1.) Rewards of RESPONSIBILITY

One believer given authority over 5 cities, another over 10 cities. (Luke 19:11-27)

Faithfulness over a few things will gain you more. (Matt. 25:21)

2.) Rewards of ADORNMENT

FIVE DIFFERENT CROWNS:

1. INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN - Victor’s Crown (1 Cor. 9:24-27). The Victor’s

wreath was bestowed upon athletes and military. “Strive” means to give maximum effort in the

area of mastery, or the exercising of self-control (temperance). The unbeliever satisfies his

lusts and cravings of the body, but the believer strives for self-control.

2. CROWN OF REJOICING - Soul Winner’s Crown (1 Thess. 2:19, 20; Phil. 4:1)

Every time we come across someone in Heaven who is present as a result of our witness, our

prayers, or our testimony, it will be an experience crowned with rejoicing. Each one

contributing to the leading of a soul to the Lord will be given a crown of rejoicing.

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REWARDS IN HEAVEN:

3. CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - (2 Tim. 4:6-8). For those who love the

Lord’s appearing. (Probably the fewest) We should live in anticipation of His

coming...ANXIOUSLY, as for a wedding, because that’s what is going to take place.

4. CROWN OF LIFE - 1.) Martyr’s Crown (Rev. 2:10) For those who give their life.

2.) To them that love Him and are tried (tested) for His sake (James 1:12). A testing is NOT a

temptation to sin. It is an opportunity to do something for the glory of God and it’s an

opportunity for a crown. That’s why Paul rejoiced in his suffering for Christ.

5. CROWN OF GLORY - Pastor’s Crown (1 Pet. 5:1-4) to those who are examples

to the flock. This is for the spiritual leaders of the church, but not for those who serve for “filthy

lucre” or who “lord it over God’s heritage.”

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REWARDS IN HEAVEN:

THE USE OF CROWNS:

We will cast them before Him in worship (Rev. 4: 10-11). We’re going to be so in love

with Him, that we’ll want to give Him the very best things we have...our crowns.

Queen Elizabeth II had a crown of 2,783 diamonds, 277 pearls, 18 sapphires, 11

emeralds, & 5 rubies. Each jewel was a priceless gem; and yet the crown that we

will receive will be far greater and more glorious than hers.

Believers are commanded to lay up treasures in heaven for ourselves. (Matt. 6:19-21)

In light of what we know about heaven, you and I should be inspired to live

Christ–like lives.

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How easy we have it compared to the apostles:

-Matthew was asked to deny the resurrection of Christ. He said he could not, and was killed by a

sword in Ethiopia. Christ will one day say to Matthew, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

-James the Great was beheaded in Jerusalem.

-James the Lesser was thrown from a pinnacle of the temple, and then because he was still

alive, they went down and beat him with a club until his body split in two.

-Bartholomew was cut up alive.

-Andrew was bound to a cross where he preached to those who persecuted him with his dying

breath.

-Thomas the doubter was killed when they ran a lance through his body.

-Jude was shot with an arrow.

-Matthias was stoned, and then beheaded.

-Paul, after all his tortures, was beheaded in Rome by Nero.

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How easy we have it compared to the apostles:

-John was dipped in a vat of boiling oil, and when they brought him out, he was still alive. His

flesh was so marred that they said he was the ugliest man that ever lived. They banned him to an

island called Patmos because they never wanted to see him again. It was there John received from

God the vision of REVELATION.

HOW EMBARRASSING IT WOULD BE TO APPEAR AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST

AFTER ONE OF THESE MARTYRS AND TRY TO TELL HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR US TO

WITNESS TO PEOPLE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

Before we can appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, our name must be

written in the LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE. (Rev. 20:12, 15; Luke 10:20; Rev. 13:8)

The End

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