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Lesson Forty - Nine

HEAVEN

MEMORY VERSE: For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, and house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 11 Cor. 5:1.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Revelation 21:1-18.
INTRODUCATION: Heaven was created by God in the beginning, (Gen. 1:1). When or how long ago is a mystery hidden from man? Heaven is eternal (11 Cor. 5:1) and it is a prepared place for a prepared people (Jn. 14:2). Are you one of them?

LESSON OUTLINES
1.   WHAT IS HEAVEN?
2.   HOW BIG IS HEAVEN?
3.   WHAT IS HEAVEN LIKE?
4.   WHO ARE THE INHABITANTS OF HEAVEN?
5.   CONCLUSION.

1.   WHAT IS HEAVEN?
Heaven is the home of the Lord God (Matt.6:9). The Bible speaks of three heavens (11 Cor. 12:2). The first heaven is the area where birds fly. The second heaven is where the rockets go. The third heaven is the home or throne of the Lord God. Heaven is a building, a building of God and not man-made (11 Cor.5:1). It has been called the Kingdom of God and of Christ (Eph. 5:5). Surely, it is the Father’s House, (Jn. 14:2), It is a place of rest (Heb. 4:9).

2.   HOW BIG IS HEAVEN?
Heaven cannot be measured (Jere. 31:37). Some people have erroneously considered the Jerusalem mentioned in this lesson’s Bible passage as heaven (Rev. 21:1). But the New Jerusalem is not heaven. It is a part of heaven and not heaven itself because the New Jerusalem comes out “From” heaven (Rev. 21:2-10). Though heaven is immeasurable, still it is for the limited few who are holy and pure and the mansions there, though many, are limited. That is why the Lord has to go to prepare a place for us. So it is a very wise thing to reserve your mansion today! This you can do by surrendering totally to the Lord.

3.   WHAT IS HEAVEN LIKE?
Heaven is a high place (Isa. 57:15), a holy place (Ps. 20:6), a happy place (Rev. 7:17), a place without death, tears, sorrow, crying or pain (Rev. 21:4). Heaven is a place without night or darkness (Rev. 22:3-5), a place without hunger, thirst or excessive heat or cold (Rev. 7:16). Heaven is a place of perfect satisfaction (Rev.22:1-2). There is a pure river of water of life, a tree with 12 kinds of fruits. A place of perfect leisurely comfort. Heaven is a place of perfect provision, with the leaves of the trees for the healing of the nations. Everything good, gloriously provided. It is also a place of perfect Sinlessness (Rev. 22:3), with no more curse; a place of perfect government, ruled by God, the just One, and the Lamb. It is a place of perfect service where we shall serve Him with perfect joy. It is a place of perfect communion (Rev. 22:4), where we shall behold His face and His Name shall be on our foreheads. Heaven is a place of perfect glory (Rev. 22:5). No artificial light there. Everything is just glorious and together we shall reign for ever and ever. Are you one of us? Check up below to see if your answer should be yes of no.

4.   WHO ARE THE INHABITANTS OF HEAVEN?
Let us start by listing those who can NEVER be there!
(a) The devil will never enter there (Rev. 20:10).
(b) Thieves will never enter there (Lk. 12:33).
(c) Liars, whoremongers, the fearful will not enter (Rev. 21:8).
(d) Anyone in whose life is found the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21).

On the other hand, the following are already there.
(a) God the Father (Matt. 6:9).
(b) Jesus Christ our Lord (Acts 3:21).
(c) Enoch and Elijah (Gen. 5:24, Matt. 15:3).
(d) Moses (Matt. 17:3).
(e) All those who have died trusting in Jesus (1 Thess. 4:14).
(f) Angels (Matt. 18:10).

Will you be there too?
Do you want to go to heaven? Have you prepared? An unbeliever will be very uncomfortable in heaven because of its holiness. Are you holy? Are you willing to be holy? Pray.

QUESTIONS
1.   What is the third heaven?
2.   How big is heaven?
3.   What type of place is it?
4.   Who will not get there?

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