· Likened to a wedding feast – a great continual celebration. “Jesus also told them other parables. He said, “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come! Matthew 22:1-3a New Living Translation (Be sure to not to refuse Jesus’ invitation!)
· Unimaginable Splendor – “So he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal. The city wall was broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. And the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the gates. There were three gates on each side—east, north, south, and west. The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The angel who talked to me held in his hand a gold measuring stick to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. When he measured it, he found it was a square, as wide as it was long. In fact, its length and width and height were each 1,400 miles. Then he measured the walls and found them to be 216 feet thick (according to the human standard used by the angel). The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass. The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones: the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass.
Revelation 21:10-21 New Living Translation
Any questions? Crystal clear – right? It is hard to describe the indescribable. How about this observation – the current atmosphere of the earth only extends about 300 miles above ground level (but 80% of it is within 10 miles), so things are going to be really different (not like the present condition / reality) for a city that is 1,400 miles high! What we can say in summary is if Robin Leach still did “The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” [earth edition], there would be no comparison to the “Lifestyles of the Rescued and Forgiven” [eternal edition]!
Another way to possibly appreciate and understand the difference – Imagine all of your Christmas and birthdays as a child, awesome vacations, and all the other great moments of your life that are no longer moments of memories, but an eternal continual reality.