The end of the world....

Last night we reached the end of the Old Testament in our Bible Overview, we had a brief look at Amos 9 and the wonderful promises that God makes of restoration.  We thought about how wonderful heaven will be and asked the question, how can we make ourselves think about heaven more often?  Graciously, if you're following the Bible in a year reading plan then you'll be finishing the New Testament for the first time about now.  This morning's reading for me included Revelation  21 - a fantastic chapter that speaks of a fantastic end of the world as we know it and of something far better. 

The chapter tells us what won't be in heaven and what will be. Very briefly:

What won't be there:

  • The present earth and heaven.

  • Any opposition to God.

  • Tears, pain, death and crying.

  • Those who have continued to reject Jesus.

What will be there: 

  • An amazing new heaven and earth.
  • New resurrection bodies that won't get tired or weary and won't get sick.
  • All of God's people.
  • God dwelling with his people.
  • Complete access to the tree of life. 

Graciously, one of the other readings today was Isaiah 51, verse 11 tells us "And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." It's worth thinking about! 

β€œTo go to heaven fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows. But the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.” (Randy Alcorn, Heaven)