Heaven is a real place indeed. The Bible teaches that God is building a great city for His children. And this city is as real and literal as any you have ever known. This great city that is being prepared is in space in God’s dwelling place. “Wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:16).
In its breathtaking beauty, the city is compared to a bride “The holy city, … prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” “Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal” (Revelation 21:2,11). The city, with all of its shining beauty, will be lighted with the glory of God.
This majestic holy city will come down to this earth to become the capital of the earth made new “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven” (Revelation 21:2). All the righteous will have a home in this city “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).
God will destroy all sin and sinners with fire. Then, God will make a perfect new earth. Here the righteous will live in joy, peace, and holiness throughout eternity. And God promises that sin will not rise up again (Nahum 1:9).
The Bible is clear that real people will do real things in heaven and they will rejoice their labor “They shall build houses, and inhabit them and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit they shall not plant, and another eat: … mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands” (Isaiah 65:21, 22). The righteous will build their own homes in the new earth (in addition to the city mansions built by Christ-John 14:1-3).
No one can fully comprehend the amazing things that God has prepared for His children “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” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Just one look at that heavenly kingdom will cause the painful trials of Earth to fade away.
In His service,
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