Summary: God wants us to set our sights on the reality of Heaven, and to let Heaven fill our thoughts. This study of Revelation chapters 21-22 gives us a glimpse of Heaven.
SESSION #13: REVELATION #21 – A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN:
A DESCRIPTION OF THE SECOND COMING:
“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:13-18).
• At the second coming of Jesus, the rapture of the church will take place.
• The rapture = being ‘caught up’ to meet the Lord in the air.
SET YOUR SIGHTS ON HEAVEN:
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2).
• This final lesson in the book of Revelation is important because God wants us to set our sights on the reality of Heaven, and to let Heaven fill our thoughts.
• Heaven is not about sitting around on fluffy clouds eating cream cheese!
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” (Revelation 21:1-6).
• Believers will live together with God, enjoying sweet fellowship with Him, face to face.
• God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
• There will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain. The old things have passed away!
• God says, “I will make all things NEW!”
• What do we learn about God’s nature? He is the Alpha and the Omega.
• God promises to let us drink of the fountain of the water of life freely.
“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:7-8).