“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.” (Revelation 21:1)
It took me some time to think about my reaction to this. It is hard because this is not the way I would envision the world and life beyond this. And I have to wonder, is this they way the writer of Revelation pictures or pictured the world and life to come? Sometimes I think humanity, when they imagine or picture or predicts what comes next, bases it on their own agenda and needs. Not that they form it to their personal needs, but it is the way they think a new heaven and earth should be.
“And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” (Verses 2 – 4)
The book of Revelation is not the only source of the idea of heaven. I have read enough Christian-based books to have read about a wide range of heaven concepts. There is an abundance of instructive books out there; some that are more for entertainment than enlightenment value.
“And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.” (Verses 5 – 6)
What would you need in heaven, beloved reader? Or, what would need to be there in order for it to be a heaven to you? I like to take my idea of heaven from what Jesus said, that there are many rooms and space for all – if it was not so, I would tell you. I am sure I have said it before, that I trust the Divine to create a heaven that I would find heavenly! And I believe if it were not so, the Divine would tell me. So, beloved reader, I will see you in Heaven – the place where we will find peace & rest – pure Shalom! Selah!