What is Heaven?
Think of how our view of heaven has been shaped by Hollywood, books, magazines, even from our church services. What does the bible say about heaven?
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He *said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true." Revelation 21:1-5 (NASB)
Key word: New. The Bible tells us that our eternal dwelling place with God, will be new. Something not yet created until He creates it. But there's more, much more!
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper.It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. Revelation 21:10-16 (NASB)
The capital city, Jerusalem, will be fifteen hundred miles long and wide as well as tall. And that's just the city! Imagine the size of New Earth.
We won't float about in a disembodied state, (1 Thess 4:13-18), no harps and angel wings. We come and go as we fellowship perfectly with God and each other. No bills to pay, no foreclosures, no car troubles, no labor (we will be working), and no world embroiled in the turmoil of just getting by. We will travel, explore our new home, meet old friends, old pets (?) and meet new friends. From the Bible we can see that we can't fully comprehend what heaven will truly be like, but one thing is for certain: God will rule! His reality will be the only reality we exist within.