But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 21:22-27)
God Is The Temple And The Light
Heaven is a wonderful place. It is hard to imagine how glorious it will be to stand before the presence of God – see Him face to face – talk with Him face to face – and admire Him throughout the ages. The Revelation is a descriptive tapestry of the grandeur of what Heaven will be like for the saints who possess the new Jerusalem. Death has been cast into the abyss. Pain is never more. There will be no crying because sorrow has been taken away. The glory of eternity will be fully possessed of the presence of God.
The Lord God will be the temple as will the Lamb. Praise and worship will be within their glory as unimaginable wonder fills the hearts of the saved. This eternal paradise is like nothing we can imagine on earth. On this planet we are bound by the laws of the sun and moon but not so in Heaven. Light existed before the creation of the sun, moon and stars because light is the essence of the Almighty God. The glory of God will illumine the glory of Heaven. Jesus the Lamb who is the Light of the world will be the Light of eternity. This glory will be like nothing seen on earth. Pure and brilliant glory warming our hearts with love.
All nations shall bask in the glory of the light of Heaven. There are no national boundaries in eternity. Each saint will share in salvation regardless of what language they spoke before or customs held as peoples of many nations. Kings who ruled on earth that are among the saved will come to worship the Almighty Lord, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They will bow before the great I AM. The image of the cities gates not being shut is lost in our modern day translation because we do not live within city walls. To the people of the New Testament day this was a marvelous thought. Security was of utmost importance. The walls protected them from harm and the gates of the city were the vital concern for safety. In the eternal city the gates will never be closed and there will never be night in this city. God is the security and there is nothing to fear. Satan has been cast into the abyss and remains no more a threat to the people of God. Peace fills the eternal realm. Eternal light and eternal joy.
A single group of people can only possess the beauty of the heavenly city. Jesus said that few would attain eternity with the Father. Heaven is a place prepared for only those people whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of life. Not everyone will go to eternal joy. Most will perish in damnation because they have not done the will of the Father. If a person does not believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life they will find no happiness in death. Being faithful unto death will bring the reward of eternal peace. Heaven. What a joy that will be.
To rest in God eternally is the supreme joy of Heaven. Indeed, Heaven has no meaning but that. (Bede Jarrett, Meditations for Layfolk, 1915)