Introduction: We have hope! The best thing for discouragement is
believing that things will get better. We have discussed unity in
this series of lessons, but the best news is that we will be unified
when we get to heaven. Let’s jump into our study of the Bible and
learn what a great place heaven will be. I believe our feelings of
love and gratitude towards God will take away any division. Let’s
enjoy a vision of the future!

  1. Heavenly Housing

    1. Read John 14:1-3. What has Jesus promised His disciples?
      (He will return and take them to heaven to be with Him.)

      1. Notice that you are promised a “room” in the
        “Father’s house.” The King James aggrandizes room by
        translating it “mansions.” Would it make sense to
        have a “mansion” inside a “house?”

      2. Why do you think the King James translated the Hebrew
        as “mansions” instead of “rooms” or “dwelling place?”

    2. Read Revelation 21:15-16. This is a description of the New
      Jerusalem, the “house” of God the Father. What shape is
      it? (It is a cube.)

      1. How big is the cube? (1,400 miles or about 2,200
        kilometers on each side!)

      2. To what would you compare it today? (This is a high
        rise condominium building that reaches into outer

      3. What do you think the description “rooms” represents
        in this condominium building? (Now “rooms” makes
        sense. This reinforces the idea that we cannot
        imagine what God has in mind for us. It also
        highlights the problem of adequately describing what
        God has prepared for us in the New Jerusalem. I once
        ran some projections on the size of the individual
        condominiums in the New Jerusalem, and they are
        bigger than anything you have in mind! Turns out that
        the King James and the NIV have it right, this is a
        mansion and it is rooms!)

    3. Read Isaiah 65:21-22. What does this tell us about our
      condominium in the New Jerusalem? (It is not our only
      place to live. We will also have country homes that we
      build and enjoy.)

  2. Heavenly You

    1. Read Isaiah 65:17-19. What will be our state of mind in
      the New Earth? (Gladness, joy and delight. We will not
      remember the difficult things of the past. Weeping and
      crying are over – never to be heard again.)

      1. Will you enjoy being able to forget some things?

    2. Read Revelation 22:3-4. I’ve contemplated the idea that
      forgetting about sin might not be good. That memory should
      be the most effective barrier against sin arising again.
      Does this verse suggest a different approach to stopping
      the re-emergence of sin? (“His name is on their foreheads”
      means that they made a choice for God. With our
      inclination to sin destroyed with sin itself, our choice
      should be secure. Another measure of security is that we
      see the face of God.)

    3. Read Isaiah 65:20 and Revelation 21:4. Will our loved ones
      die? (Death is destroyed! I think the reference to dying
      at 100 years in Isaiah is a reference to what will not
      happen in the earth made new.)

      1. Look again at Revelation 21:4. We previously
        discussed no more crying, death or mourning. What do
        you think is meant by “the old order of things has
        passed away?”

    4. Read Revelation 21:3. Notice that God says that “He will
      live” with us and He will be our God and we will be His
      children. How will it impact your life to be in the
      presence of God whenever you want? (He lives in your
      condominium building!)

    5. Read Revelation 21:5-6 and Isaiah 35:5-6. What is the
      state of our health in heaven? (We are new, and we drink
      from the “spring of the water of life.” Our disabilities
      are gone.)

    6. Read Revelation 22:1-2. Why will our health be perfect?
      (In addition to drinking from the “water of life,” we get
      to eat from the “tree of life!”)

      1. Let’s see if we can stretch your imagination! The
        Bible tells us, as we previously discussed, the fact
        that the New Jerusalem is a cube, an enormous high
        rise condominium. How does a river run through it and
        a tree stand on both sides of the river? (In my
        imagination, the New Jerusalem is an “open atrium”
        building, meaning that it has an open center. I see
        the River of the Water of Life running on each level,
        and dropping like a waterfall down to the next level.
        (In that design the river runs just outside the door
        of your condo.) The Tree of Life rises from the
        bottom to the top of the cube, with twin trunks on
        each side of the river. Can you begin to imagine the
        beauty and majesty of this?)

    7. Read Revelation 22:5. What is the source of our light in
      the earth made new? (God. I believe that in heaven and the
      earth made new, the level of light is much brighter! It
      will better bring out the beauty of it all.)

    8. Read Isaiah 35:1-2 and Isaiah 35:6-7. The writer no doubt
      saw a lot of desert. What does this tell us about the
      land? (It has water. It will bloom!)

    9. Read Isaiah 11:6-8. Why do the texts keep referring to a
      “little” or “young” child? (The verses list some pretty
      dangerous animals: wolf, leopard, lion, bear and viper.
      The point is that there is no danger. Heaven will be a
      place of perfect safety.)

    10. Read Isaiah 65:25. What is part of the reason for being
      safe around wolves and lions? (They have a new diet. They
      now eat straw.)

    11. Read Isaiah 35:8. What other reason will we be safe?
      (“Wicked fools” will not be there. No one will desire to
      do us harm.)

  3. Heavenly You

    1. Read 1 Corinthians 15:47-49. Who are the “first man” and
      the “man from heaven?” (This must refer to Adam and

      1. Who are you going to be like in heaven? (“We bear the
        likeness of the man from heaven!”)

    2. Read 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. What do we learn about our
      future selves? (We “will be changed.” We will “be raised

      1. What does it mean to be “imperishable?” (We will not

      2. How do you think we will be changed? We already
        learned that we will be new and like Jesus. We also
        learned about our new state of health. What else
        changes? (Read 1 Corinthians 15:42-44. All of our
        spiritual problems go away. They are replaced with

        1. Have you heard some Christians warn that we
          must be perfect in order to go to heaven? We
          must be “safe to save?” What does this say
          about the state of those who die, but who are
          going to heaven? (The die in dishonor and
          weakness. Perfect is not our state when we die,
          rather, perfection is our state when Jesus
          raises us from the dead to take us to heaven!
          Praise God!)

    3. Friend, are you ready for a total upgrade in every aspect
      of your life: your housing, your health, your state of
      mind, your future, and your spirituality? Do you want to
      enjoy unity with the Great God of Heaven, the Creator of
      the Universe? These things have been promised to those who
      choose Jesus as their Savior. Why not, by the power of the
      Holy Spirit, choose Him right now?

  4. Next week: We begin a new series on the book of Revelation.