Holy praise and adoration to our Heavenly Father, The Almighty Jehovah God, His Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior and soon coming King of Kings; and to our last earthly dispensation agent of the triune Godhead, Our Eternal Comforter, Christ The Holy Ghost.
New Year's greetings to all, a blessed and happy 2014. This past Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years celebration has been wonderful. David, our eldest son, visited with us for 13 days. We also visited with our daughter, Stephanie, son, Jon, and special friends.
We would like to thank everyone for their cards and gifts. We also want to thank Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center; Nella's of Crystal Springs, Good Samaritan Society of Belington and all pastors and congregations for hosting our music and preaching ministries. This Jan. 7 marked seven years as pastor in Elkins. As the congregation begins it's 63rd year, we now are engaging in our eighth new beginning pastoral year at the Elkins Church of God of Prophecy, at 43 Gilmore St.
This article concerning Heaven is based on my personal thoughts, inspirational reflections and excerpts, and from Holy Scriptures preached on July 16, 1995, by Evangelist Jonathan Garlock from Saint Joseph. Mo., at the Evangelical Bible Church's Shiloh summer camp meeting near Hurlock, Md. John 14:1-3: Jesus promises his disciples and us: "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you.
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I Am there ye may be also." God's angel speaks to John about our future home: The New Jerusalem. We pick up the KJV narrative in Revelation 21:1: "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."
Before there was no more sea, Revelation 20:13 mentions: "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it." This occurs after the old heaven and earth are burned, melted and dissolved, and those without salvation in Christ stand before the Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 21:2: "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."
Verse 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." Verse 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." Verse 5: "And 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
Revelation Chapter 22, Psalm 46, and Ezekiel Chapter 47 explain about receiving pure living water and once again the right to the tree of life for the medicinal/spiritual healing of the nations. Let us briefly explore and expound on Revelation Chapter 21 verses 6-21 with a vivid synopsis of the Holy City, called the New Jerusalem. The city extends 12,000 furlongs with its heighth, breadth, and width equal to 1,500 miles each way.
There are 12 foundations or floors, with each floor separated by a distance of 125 miles. We couldn't view the second floor from the first floor with our natural eyes. Each of the 12 floors or foundations have the name written of one of the 12 apostles. It is hard to comprehend with our finite minds how big Heaven is. If you divided the New Jerusalem, just the city itself, into rooms, each one a cubic mile long and one mile high, and one mile wide, it would contain about three billion, three hundred and 75 million rooms.
One of the most astonishing things about New Jerusalem is the time it would require to visit or completely explore that city. Think a moment: if you would begin to visit each one of these separate, huge, one cubic square mile mansions (rooms) at the beginning of Adam's creation, for 24 hours a day for 6,000 years, you would only visit in excess of 52 million rooms. There would still be in excess of three billion, three hundred 22 million, New Jerusalem, one cubic mile mansions (rooms) left unvisited.
You calculate that into the 6,000 years and the leap years that occur, and deduct the century year when there is no leap year, the New Jerusalem as described in Revelation no mortal mind can comprehend, and no language can describe the splendor of this city of Heaven.
2nd Corinthians 2:9 and 10: "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
Verse 10: "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God." Let us comprehend "But by my Spirit saith the Lord," the splendor of all the precious stones and gems built in. The wall of the city is jasper. The city street itself is of pure gold. The gates are of several different pearls. Precious stones known or unknown to mankind, include in it's 12 floor/foundational Holy construction, which is not made with human hands, is described in Revelation 21:19 as: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprasus, jacinth and amethyst.
No wonder John describes her as a bride adorned for her husband. Paul writes about a "Glorious Church without spot or wrinkle" washed and sanctified by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Praise God, who revealed from scripture to John Wesley concerning entire sanctification, Christian perfection and holiness. Just the city of New Jerusalem itself is enough to view for eternity. God's people won't be confined within the walls and mansions.
There are pearly gates on the east, the west, the north and the south so that God's people will have perfect liberty to examine the wonders of this universe. God's promise to his people is that he will continue throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity to reveal to us the wonders and exceeding riches of his grace and kindness towards us. It is a city where death cannot come. There will be no more pain. Satan will never show his face again, and God will never hide his face again. We have no continuing city here below.
Galatians 4:25 and 26 describes that "Jerusalem which now is, is in bondage with her children." "But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." Our earthly cities and towns all fade away, becoming extinct relics of antiquity. We are going to a city where the roses never fade. Jesus is the Lily of the Valley, and the Rose of Sharon in a pure land where the inhabitants are holy. Its citizens are upright, righteous, faithful, overcoming saints; a city whose guards are angels and whose King is the precious Lamb of God, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the living Son of God.
My wife, Sallie, and I are thankful to have good neighbors here on earth. Saints will never again have an unkind neighbor move next door. Only children of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords will reside there. Revelation 21:27: "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." It will be a city of bliss, a city of happiness, a city of praise, a city of wonders and a city of glory, that's where we're going. Jesus is the beauty of the city. "He's altogether lovely."
"All it's beauties and wonders, I'm longing to see, but Jesus will be, what makes it heaven for me." (Lanny Wolfe). "Some morning you'll find me touring that city, where the Son of God is alive. You'll find me there on the streets of that city, made of gold so pure and so bright. With Jesus the one who gave me the victory and led me across the divide, some morning you'll find me touring that city where with him I will ever abide."
West Virginia's Harold Lane:. "After this life with all it's strife, Heaven will surely be worth it all."