10 "And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and
high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven
from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious,
even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 And 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: 13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates;
on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve
foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he that talked
with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 16
And 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. 17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits,
according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 18 And the building of the wall of
it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 19 And 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; 20 The 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. 21 And 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. 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord
God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And 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. 24 And 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. 25 And the gates of it shall
not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the
glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And 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. 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear
as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street
of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of
fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of
What do you think of when you picture heaven? Do you see light and beauty?
Do you hear music and children laughing? Perhaps you see a beautiful city with a crystal river
flowing through the midst and the tree of life standing beside it. Or maybe you just see a
fuzzy picture: hazy whiteness and clouds with angels floating around. Well, there is more to
heaven than that!
Some say we will praise God forever! I'm sure we will but I'm trying to praise Him now, aren't
you? Others believe that Heaven is just a place of eternal rest. Maybe so, but that sounds
awfully boring to me. What will we do in heaven? One theory is that there can be
nothing to do in heaven because there will be nothing tangible, material or physical there.
Can this be true? What about the tree of life and the pure river of water, or the foundation,
walls and gates of a city that can be measured four square? Are the jasper and gold and
precious stones all imaginary, intangibles or just symbols? And what of the angels in heaven?
We know that part of their ministry now is to minister to humans on earth.
What will they be doing after Christ comes back and the humans are divided between heaven and
hell? Much emphasis is put on the place where we will dwell when we leave this earth in the
Bible but yet not much is know about what heaven is like. Perhaps it will just be too
wonderful to describe properly with human words.
Back about twelve years ago some cult was predicting that Jesus was going to come back before
a certain date. My daughter-in-law's younger sister, who was about eight at the time, heard
about the prediction at school and was worried. She started asking a lot of questions about
what heaven was like. One that I remember particularly was, "Will there be macaroni and cheese
in heaven?" (That was her favorite food at the time!) I do not claim to know what heaven
will be like or what it will look like but I don't believe we will be idle there. One of my
favorite pastimes is playing the piano. I've been playing since I was twelve. I can easily
picture a white grand piano waiting just for me when I cross over and it will never sound a
sour note. I'm sure I won't be disappointed. No matter what you want heaven to be, you can
be sure that no one will be disappointed!
WHAT DOES HEAVEN MEAN TO YOU?
Lest there be any confusion,
Heaven is not an illusion.
Beautiful garden, sweet smelling flowers,
Children, laughter, music, all ours.
If you're a singer, there will be a choir,
And if you're an athlete, you will never tire.
Maybe you're weary and you'd just like to rest,
Or perhaps you're a writer, so you'll need a desk.
If you enjoy reading, you might like a book,
Or you may need a stove if you like to cook.
Whatever it is in Heaven you wanted,
It's there. You won't be disappointed!