When Heaven Comes to Earth

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:3  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.

Rev 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.

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Heaven is not all about the streets of gold, the gates of pearl, the Crystal sea, the pure river flowing out of the throne, the jasper and precious stones, the marriage supper, the angels, our dearly departed relatives.  It’s all about HIM!  Heaven is all about Him!  

Rev 21:3  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.

That sound good to anybody?  Anybody want to go there?  Anybody want to go there today?  I’ve got bad news: you can’t. Not today anyway.  Not unless The Lord says it’s your day.  Odds are everybody here today will probably be here next Sunday unless the LORD wills otherwise.  And He will before too long. 

But until then…you’re here. Stuck here. You may be ready to go, but until He says you’re ready, you’re going to have stick around and make do for a bit yet. But don’t despair, just because you can’t go today doesn’t mean you can’t experience a little bit of what makes Heaven the place everyone wants to spend their eternity. 

 Let’s talk about When Heaven Comes to Earth

Rev 21:23  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.

“The Glory of God did lighten it”, that’s the effect.  But what is the source of the light?  It’s The LORD Jesus Christ. He is the source of the Glory of God which lights up Heaven. Jesus Christ IS The Manifest Glory of God!  He is the shining forth into Heaven the personal magnificence of The Everlasting and Almighty God!  

Now these verses are obviously speaking of a point in the future when time will be no more, The Lord brings His church; the called, the chosen and the faithful, home to be with Him.  But I don’t want to spend my life looking forward to that time, waiting to be raptured out of here so I can be with Him for ever.  I want see and have and experience as much of Him in the here and now as He will allow. 

So that Glory that shines forth and illuminates Heaven is also shining forth into Creation today in the face of Jesus Christ. 

Heb 1:3  Calls Jesus Christ the brightness of God’s own Glory. “Who being the brightness of his glory”. The LORD Jesus is not just what lights up Heaven, He is also the Light of the World today, to those who are looking. 

Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

In order to follow Him, you be looking at Him. Watching Him. Have your eyes glued to Him. 

He told Moses that “no man can see my face and live”. I can imagine Moses saying “well, I want to see whatever I can see that doesn’t kill me then.  Give me the max”. Actually, if I were Moses and The LORD told me that I couldn’t see His face and live, I’d say “deal!”  If the last thing I ever saw in this life was His Glorious countenance and then POOF!, I was vaporized, I’d have died a very happy man.  

But His purpose for our lives goes beyond a one time experience where God saves us, reveals Himself to us, and then takes us right out of here.  

Php 1:23  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

Php 1:24  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Php 1:25  And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

Paul had been given a choice; to go to be with The LORD, which was FAR BETTER!, or to stay and continue to minister. He chose to stay, not because he would rather be on earth than with The LORD, but because he knew the longer he stayed, the more of those Philippians would join him in heaven when he finally did go. That…is LOVE!  That is a man with the Heart of his LORD.  

Luk 2:13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Luk 2:14  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

They said “Glory to God” while looking at Jesus Christ.  Not giving God Glory for sending His son, but giving Him glory for becoming a human being. 

They said “Glory to God…in the highest”, while looking at the lowliest. Though He came in such a low estate, Jesus Christ would become the only means by which man could glorify God.  Once The Lord Jesus Christ was glorified by His death, burial, resurrection and ascension, He and He alone would be means by which God would receive Glory, from then on for ever. 

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The Glory of the Almighty God is seen only in the face of Jesus Christ!

Rom 16:27  To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

God has revealed and defined Himself as Jesus Christ and will not receive glory as any other for ever. God is glorified by the recognition that He IS Jesus Christ, and by no other means. 

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Rev 21:23  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.

The Lamb, Jesus Christ, IS the Glory of God!  He is the illuminating power in the New Jerusalem. Without that illumination, none of the splendor and marvel described in God’s Word about Heaven would even be visible. So the only way you can see the detail of that City is by the illuminating power of the Glory of the presence of Jesus Christ. 

But He is not just the Light of Heaven, He is the Light of life here on earth, but only in an individual sense.  

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Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

“HE that followeth me…”. He that has his eyes on me…

It is the same here, in our own lives. The Glory of God can also be the illuminating power of your life today, causing you to see the things others miss.  His Glory, which is only manifested in my own life by The Revelation of Who He is; God become man, illuminates my life.  With out this Revelation, we walk in darkness. 

Rev 22:5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Rev 22:6  And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

Rev 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Rev 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Rev 22:12  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Rev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Rev 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Rev 22:21  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

In His Presence

Act 17:27  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

I want to increase my awareness of Him and His immediate and intimate presence. His proximity to my life. 

1Ch 28:20  And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will bewith thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Deu 31:6  Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

“Let’s invite the presence of The Lord in this place”. The question is not whether He is near; it’s whether or not WE are aware of just how near He is.  

He is always close to those who belong to Him, who keep His commandments and who have made Him their LORD and their GOD. 

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Rev 22:21  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Until we go…up there, we can down here pray “come LORD Jesus”. That is in a way what we are doing when we pray “Thy Kingdom come”. That His Kingdom envelops my life, illuminates it, completes it. Col 2:10says we are very literally “complete” in Him. 

If I can make my life all about Him, then in my own life, Heaven comes to earth. 

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