6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: Christian Encouragment


Revelation 21:1-5

This chapter gives us a bit of a preview of what heaven looks like.

I never had a dream, or vision, or read it in the newspaper, I heard no voices or saw it on any Tele evangelists broadcast.

I got saved about 24 years ago. I’ve not been perfect, many sins, many failures. I’ve said before I done things before I got saved I ought to go to hell for. But listen to me, I’ve done things after I got saved I ought to go to hell for.

But after I got saved, heaven became more real to me. I learned of a place that we may not have to die to go there. A place where everybody is happy. Even the Baptists. No arguing, no fighting, nobody mad at anybody. Just peace for evermore. It will be glorious and wonderful.

Life on earth never seems to be fair or just. But even if we die, there is a place beyond ashes to ashes and dust to dust where justice and righteousness rules.

I hope with a few words, to be able to encourage you about your Christian life. To set your eyes on a place Jesus has gone to prepare, just for the blood washed.

I’m not talking about a small place either, Heaven is a huge place.

1: Heaven is a Huge Place. Revelation 21:16 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.

A furlong is about 582 feet. 12,00 Furlongs is about 1500 miles.

It’s a 1500 mile cube, so to speak the way the Bible describes it.

If the city of heaven was laid off in one-square mile squares, there would be 1500 streets going both directions.

For a total of 3000 streets 1500 miles long, OR 4 million five-hundred thousand miles of gold streets on the first floor alone.

But since the city is as long as it is high, you would have 6 billion 750 thousand miles of golden streets, and if God would put just one mansion on each corner, there would be 2 billion 700 million mansions inside the city of heaven.

I’m not talking about a small place, like Los Angeles, Dallas or New York, Heaven is a huge place.

The City’s size alone ought to fascinate us, 1500 miles in all directions. Not only is heaven a huge place, but it’s,

2: Heaven is a Holy Place. Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

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.

Not everybody is going to heaven friends. Not everything that glitter is gold and not everything that shouts is going to heaven. Only those who are born again.

I’m not talking about somebody who turned over a new leaf, or somebody who signed a card or shook the preachers hand, or somebody who think they get there because Grand Paw was a deacon.

I’m talking about those who died out to sin, those who the Spirit of God put conviction in their hearts and they was so miserable with their sins they had to get saved or die. Only those who have had the New birth, those who have been made New Creatures by the power of God…. Any questions?

Listen friends, we may not think we’re too holy now, and honestly sometimes I don’t feel real holy. But after the judgement seat of Christ, what I lack now, I’ll have then.

I’ll be able to think things and say things without worrying about them offending God.

Christians today seems to have lost sight of holiness, because we’ve lost track of the rewards of the Christians.

In fact, most Christians today treat the Church like a lodge or club. Ain’t they going to be surprised?

3: Heaven is a Happy Place. Revelation 21:4 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.

Even the Baptists will be happy. Imagine that………

The Bible says, “The joy of the Lord is our strength” Nehemiah.

Aren’t you tired of trying to comfort those who have lost a loved one? Or those whose home is about to fold up? Or trying to give peace to those dying with disease’s? Man I am, I get tired of going to the hospitals and seeing people kept alive with machines and tubes and needles. But friend heaven is a happy place.

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