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.
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.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him.
And 1 saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
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.
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.
And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
all God's children. In their present life on earth, indwelling sin often separates them from felt communion with their God and Savior. But in heaven, they will eternally enjoy knowing, seeing, loving, and communing with their God without interruption. They shall forever live in the warmth of God's smile, bathe in God's glory, and feast in God's presence. Perfect communion with God will be the saints' deepest joy in heaven -their "heaven" in heaven.
2. Perfect friendship with others -In heaven, the saints shall experience perfect, uninterrupted fellowship with the holy angels and their fellow saints. In their former life on earth, there were times when they were misunderstood, alone, or persecuted; when they erred in friendship with others, or when self-interest predominated over their concern for others. But in heaven, they shall experience and exercise perfect, loving friendship with all whom they will meet eternally. What wonderful talks they shall enjoy with Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, Paul, and all God's saints!
3. Perfect salvation from sin -During their previous life on earth, God's children battled their enemies -Satan, sinful world, self (old nature), and sin -day and night. On earth, they experienced the consequences of sin -pain, sickness, sorrow, weakness, death, etc. In heaven all sin and evil shall be walled out and all good walled in; God shall wipe all tears from the saints' eyes forever.
4. Perfect dwelling place -In heaven, a perfect, fitting, individual dwelling place shall be theirs to live in forever. They will live forever in the glorious mansion prepared by Christ for them.
5. Perfect activities -Previously on earth, the saints experienced "thorns and thistles" in connection with their work, the curse God placed upon man's efforts due to his sin.
Previously the saints' rest was also interrupted by numerous inconveniences. But in heaven no sinful disharmony, hindrance, or problem shall be present. The saints shall work as God and the angels work, with holy joy. They shall rest as God does, in a holy sabbath resting. In heaven, there shall be the excitement, joy, and pleasure of learning new depths of truth, praising God with new insights and deeper understanding, singing new songs, entering into new discussions,