When time as we know it comes to an end, and the earth as we know it is no more, everything that exists will have changed. For starters, Satan and all of the demons of hell, along with all of humanity that have rejected Christ and the grace that he offers will have been cast into the Lake of Fire. At that time, those who have been redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb will now reign and occupy their new home; their reward for their faithfulness—the New Heaven and New Earth.
All the saints of the ages, and those alive now and in the days to come will find themselves at that time living and worshiping with the Lord in this New City.
There will be a 1000-year Millennium Kingdom, and it is during that time Jesus will come down from Heaven and rule from the city of Jerusalem in Israel.
When we get the New Heaven and New Earth – we will now get Heaven itself with all its glory, its angelic host and the Lord God Himself, literally coming down from Heaven to this New City—living and dwelling with the redeemed for all of eternity.
Let us take a look at some of the marvelous attractions and wonders that we will experience in the New City.
Here are some of the things that we have to look forward to in that New City; the main attractions if you will . . .
The earth as we know it will be gone. The changes will be dramatic. Everything that now exists will no longer be a part of our reality. The atmosphere will change, climates will change, and all weather will change. There will be a new earth and a new atmosphere. Currently almost 70% of the earth is covered by water. Lake Erie will be gone, as well as the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and all the rest of the large masses of water across the world. They will no longer exist.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had PASSED AWAY. Also there was no more sea.”
Next time you get a chance to enjoy the beauty of a full moon, spend the time to take it in because in the New City, there will be no more viewing of the moon, because there will be no more night. The forecast will be Son-shine, Son-shine and MORE Son-shine. It will be light at all times. The light of the sun will no longer illuminate our planet for in that New City the glory of the Lord will light up our new abode with an illumination that is greater than the sun and all the stars. There will be not be a physical structure for a temple because God and Jesus will now be the temple as they abide and dwell in each one of us.
Revelation 21: 22-25
“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its Temple. And the city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, and the Lamb 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).
In that New City there will be no more funerals, as death and all its grasp over humanity has been cast in to the Lake of fire with Satan, and the Adamic curse will have been broken and removed forever.
And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
One of the most traumatic experiences that we as humans face in addition to death is the pain and suffering that we watch our loved ones endure, and that we ourselves suffer through here on earth. All of that will be gone. Hallelujah is all I can say. No more headaches, backaches, heartaches, suffering, crying, sadness, or pain. Disease, sickness, mortality—Gone, gone, and more gone. Our bodies with all its frail design that breaks down and hurts and suffers will be no more. Those in wheelchairs here on earth will no longer need them in that New City. All manner of physical deformities will no longer exist. We will all be the recipients of brand new—designed by God himself—glorified, spiritual bodies. Did you know that our new glorified bodies will not have tear ducts, because every tear will be wiped away.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
The Bible tells us that the New City will be come down directly from heaven. It will be in the shape of a square. The base of the new City will literally be 1500 square miles wide—from north to south, and east to west. It will cover an area almost ¾ as large as the contiguous United States, and with all the extra room without seas or lakes to occupy the space, everyone will have plenty of room.
We all marvel at the great architectural feats of man throughout history—from the great pyramids, to the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower,—but they will pale in comparison to The New City, whose walls are made of jasper, and the city itself formed from pure gold. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world at 2717 ft., slightly more than half a mile high. The New City is 1500 miles high, talk about a skyscraper, it will be 2914 times taller than the tallest structure on earth. The foundations of the walls of the New City will be adorned with all kinds of precious stones—jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, etc. You get the point. The Bible tells us there will be 12 foundations each made from a precious stone. This beauty is unimaginable, and my human mind is unable to comprehend its fullness.
There will be 12 gates in this New City, all being made of solid pearl. There will be no potholes in the streets of The New City as they are all made of pure gold. There will be 3 gates each to the north, south, east, and west.
“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. And her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
And she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of Israel: three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. And the city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as its breadth . . . And the construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
And the foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”
We, the redeemed of the blood of the Lamb will be the temples of God as Jesus dwells in us in the New City. God will walk among us as a father does in his own home caressing and caring for us, His children. Many of us have warm fuzzy memories of our father coming home from work as we would run to the front door to great him, as hugs from dad were the highlight of our day. This will be a constant occurrence for us, his children, as we are loved in the arms of our heavenly Father. We will be exceedingly glad.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. Revelation 21:3
The big question Is . . . Who all will live in the New City?
Not sinners, not those whose mind and conscience are defiled. Those whose conversations are filled with lies and deceit will not enter there; neither will those who are self-righteous, filled with their own glory. The New City will be filled with those whose righteousness is as filthy rags, only those will be admitted who are washed in the blood of Christ, and wrapped in His righteousness, and as so are found without spot or wrinkle. The blood of Christ Jesus is the ink that fills the quill that will write the names of those that are entered into the Lamb’s Book of Life. It is only by that blood we are redeemed, and it is only by that blood that we gain entrance to the New City.
No one unclean, or anyone who does anything detestable, and no one who tells lies will ever enter it. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will enter it. (Revelation 21:27)
I remember my children were small as they used to play with water paints. I remember taking water colors and writing on my daughter’s forehead “Daddy’s girl”. I can only imagine God inscribing on my forehead with the glorious colors of Heaven, with my new name written by His hand on my forehead, “Abba’s boy” Darrell or whatever NEW NAME He bestows on me; What a glorious day that will be!
They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. And they shall reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:4-5)