“What no one ever saw or heard, what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Indeed, as a redeemed follower of Jesus Christ, you are a citizen of a heavenly city. This glorious city is more dazzling and beautiful than anyone on earth has ever seen. The streets of New Jerusalem shimmer with transparent gold and its jeweled walls and foundations glow in a spectrum of colour. This holy city is free from evil of all kinds and nothing in it will ever tarnish or decay.
If you are among the raptured saints on rapture day, you will live forever in New Jerusalem. The saints of past ages (Biblical Old and New Testament) and our loved ones who died in Christ are already living in New Jerusalem. We will join them in this glorious city on rapture day by the grace of Jesus Christ. “But you have come to mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels.” (Hebrews 12:22).
New Jerusalem is the great city of God in heaven, the dwelling place of the souls of all true believers in Christ who have died. As dedicated rapture watchers, we are waiting for our glorious entry on rapture day into New Jerusalem with hopeful anticipation. Apostle Paul assured us that our grand entry into New Jerusalem will happen on the rapture and resurrection day at Christ’s coming for us in the air. “For the Lord (Jesus Christ) Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
New Jerusalem will amaze you with its breathtaking sight when you arrive on rapture day as a raptured saint. You will see the heavenly city glowing with the glory of God. You will observe it resting upon its 12 jeweled foundations and rising skyward, sparkling like a diamond in the sunlight and reflecting its brightness over the heavenly environment.
As you will discover, this heavenly city has the glory of God which is like a precious stone. God dwells in a light into which no mortal person can approach. However, as a raptured saint, you will be able to approach this glorious light on rapture day because at that time, you would have been transformed into a glorious immortal being. Therefore, with your immortal body, you will be shining gloriously.
What are the measurements of New Jerusalem? “And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates and its wall. The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs (1,500 miles). Its length, breadth and height are equal.” (Revelation 21:15-16). New Jerusalem is 12,000 furlongs or 1,500 miles long and wide. Its length, breadth and height are equal (1,500 miles). Magnificent! No city on earth is as gigantic as this glorious heavenly city. Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.
As you will observe on rapture day as a raptured saint, the size of New Jerusalem is very amazing. It is a gigantic glorious city that is resting on 12 foundations of precious jewels and glowing with perpetual light as it reflects the glory of God and shining out through its jasper walls. The glorious city is very beautiful and immense. According to our Lord Jesus Christ, there will be numerous mansions for the redeemed saints in New Jerusalem (John 14:2-3). Therefore, great glory and blessedness will be the eternal portion of all who trust in Jesus Christ. As citizens of New Jerusalem, raptured and resurrected saints will enter this glorious heavenly city on rapture day in their glorified bodies. This is a wonderful prospect and our blessed hope. Glory to Jesus Christ for His great salvation gift for us. The eternal home of all who believe in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour is New Jerusalem.
On your arrival at New Jerusalem on rapture day as a raptured saint, you will stare with wonder at this glorious city towering above you in resplendent beauty. Your eyes will behold a brilliant, shining city with light streaming through its jasper walls and pearly gates, and a full spectrum of colour gleaming from its 12 jeweled foundations. You will gaze in awe on this glorious city, and probably the first thing that will attract your attention is its massive jasper wall. “Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal. Also, she had a great and high wall….Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits.” (Revelation 21:11-17). The wall of New Jerusalem measures 144 cubits or 216 feet in height. From these jasper walls, therefore, radiate brilliant rays of dazzling colour for you to see. The glory of this heavenly city will be visible from afar due to its great brightness.
The purpose of the high wall of New Jerusalem is not to preserve the glorious city against invaders, for God will have no enemies in the heavenly kingdom. The wall being 216 feet high, it impressively signifies that no one will enter the glorious city apart from God’s grace. The 216 feet high wall is too high to be scaled by human effort and the only entry points are the 12 guarded pearly gates. Therefore, the compulsory requirement for admittance into New Jerusalem is the salvation of Jesus Christ. No one who has rejected God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ will be able to enter New Jerusalem. Salvation is the gift of God’s grace to people who humbly acknowledge their need of forgiveness and who receive Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour.
Another thing that will captivate your attention as you look at New Jerusalem is its 12 jeweled foundations. This is due to the fact that the foundations supporting this glorious city are fully visible to you and they are very beautiful. Comprising 12 layers of different precious stones, the 216 feet high jasper wall stretches all the way around the glorious city. These 12 jeweled foundations will be reflecting all the colours of the rainbow. “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.” (Revelation 21:19-20). The radiating light of the heavenly city, shining out through the jasper wall and blazing through the open pearly gates, will be reflecting from these 12 precious stones in magnificent colour.
The beauty of New Jerusalem will be magnificent when you are observing this glorious city. In the jeweled 12 foundation stones will be inscribed the names of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ (Revelation 21:14). On rapture day, you will enter this glorious city through one of the 12 pearly gates. In the jasper walls of this heavenly city are 12 gates of pearl and they will never close. “Also 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 the children of Israel. Three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west….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.” (Revelation 21:21.
The 12 pearly gates of New Jerusalem indicate salvation by grace since they can be entered only because the Lord Jesus Christ was wounded for our transgressions.” (Isaiah 53:5). Although evil people wickedly rejected Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago and crucified Him, it was through this death that salvation was made possible for everybody. Now, all who believe on Jesus Christ can look forward to entering the pearly gates of New Jerusalem. Jesus declared that, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved.” (John 10:9). The pearly gates are open always and in every direction because salvation is a free offer to everybody. Grab the free salvation offer now! Tomorrow will be too late! Only those who come through the blessedness of “Messianic gate” of Jesus Christ can pass through the 12 pearly gates into New Jerusalem. You can’t sneak in because the angels are there waiting to check whether you are qualified to enter or not. “Its gates shall not be shut at all by day; there shall be no night there.” (Revelation 21:25).
On rapture day, you will pass through one of the 12 pearly gates and enter New Jerusalem. As you cross the massive gateway, you will gaze in wonder because before you will be a transparent golden street, a crystal river and the trees of life. You will notice the abundance of gold in this golden heavenly city. What a contrast! On earth, people have fought, suffered and died because of gold prospect. However, in heavenly New Jerusalem, gold will be so plentiful that it will be used for paving stones and building blocks.
The gold in New Jerusalem will be like glass, possessing transparent qualities, so that the glorious light of the holy city will both shine through it and be reflected by it. You will be walking on the pure and transparent golden streets of New Jerusalem and seeing your image on the transparent golden surface. The beauty of the glorious city will be too much to contain any impurity. Nothing that is unclean will be allowed there. God spent so much time and so much wealth in creating this glorious city. Our God is a God of beauty. “The city was pure gold, like clear glass….and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” (Revelation 21:18-21). Gold symbolizes purity. Therefore, the golden street of New Jerusalem indicates the pure and holy walk of God’s redeemed in their eternal heavenly home. The brightness of the glorious city will be reflecting from the gold that abounds everywhere. Holiness and purity will pervade the eternal glorious city.
You will marvel when you stare at the river of life that is clear as crystal. This crystal river of life will flow through the New Jerusalem. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Revelation 22:1). In New Jerusalem, there will be a river of life which will begin at the throne of God and it will course through the entire glorious city. Jesus used the words “rivers of living water” (John 7:38) to indicate the outflow of blessings from the life of the believer through the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, in New Jerusalem, a crystal river of life will flow forever, reminding us for all eternity that God has graciously and abundantly provided for our every spiritual need. This crystal river of life flowing through our eternal heavenly home will be of sparkling beauty and of clarity beyond the purest water any mortal person has ever seen. All who believe in Jesus Christ will walk the banks of this glorious crystal river of life. You will be glad when you drink from this pure river of life. It will be a blessed joy for eternity.
In New Jerusalem, you will have plenty fruits to eat because on both sides of the crystal river of life, there are trees of life that bring forth new fruits every month. There will be a lot of varieties of fruits. As an overcomer, you will eat delicious fruits regularly from the trees of life. “In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month.” (Revelation 22:2). A multitude of trees of life are lining the middle of the golden streets of New Jerusalem as well as on either side of the crystal river of life. These trees of life will be producing fruits continuously. The trees of life will bear twelve manners of fruits according to the months. You can now realize that we have in the trees of life and river of life the divine provision for the pleasures and life of the citizens of New Jerusalem. The fruits of the trees of life will be for the pleasure of the inhabitants of New Jerusalem as Jesus Christ promised the overcomer (Revelation 2:7; 22:14). Apart from these fruits, Jesus Christ also said the “hidden manna” will be given to the inhabitants of New Jerusalem (Revelation 2:17), as well as other food (Luke 22:16, 18, 30; Revelation 19:1-10; Psalm 78:25).
Before we round up this highly inspiring blog post, we will read the true testimony of H.A. Baker, concerning the divine revelation about the glorious heavenly city, New Jerusalem. It is an inspiring testimony that will further make you very eager to be among the raptured saints that will enter New Jerusalem with Jesus Christ on glorious rapture day. Maranatha.
Visions Beyond The Veil
By H.A.Baker (Missionary To Tibet, China and Formosa)
Such a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit onto little poor Chinese Orphans, showing what is only possible when God’s anointing is at work. This book documents the visions and miracles that happened when revival broke out in their midst. The children saw angels, demons, heaven, hell, etc. They related their experiences to missionary H. A. Baker and his wife Josephine, who oversaw the orphanage where the children lived. The visions changed the children’s lives and behaviors. The children would lay or sit still for hours as if in a trance, and later reported their visions to the Bakers, who faithfully documented them. Young children (new believers) who were untrained and ignorant of spiritual truths, spoke in the 1st person of Jesus with such boldness and eloquence, and as powerful as any Old Testament prophet, demonstrating the power of God on those who are surrendered to Him.
VISIONS OF HEAVEN (NEW JERUSALEM)
The Bible tells us the heaven of the redeemed is “the third heaven.” The future home of the people of the Lord is a place in the third heaven. This place is a city. The name of this city is “The New Jerusalem.” This New Jerusalem is not “a figure of speech.” It is not a combination of ideas skillfully clothed in earthly words of the Lord to give man a false conception of something it is not. The Bible says this New Jerusalem is a real city with a real foundation which God himself laid.
This celestial city is foursquare, one thousand, five hundred miles on every side, surrounded by a wall two hundred and sixteen feet high with foundations of twelve kinds of precious stones, the most beautiful precious stones known to man. The wall itself is jasper, which sends forth a brilliant jasper light. Twelve gates lead into the city, the streets of which are like burnished gold. In this city are the homes of the redeemed, the abode of angels, Paradise and the throne of God.
Why should not the New Jerusalem be a real city with streets of real gold and with jasper walls and with foundation stones of precious jewels? Did God so exhaust his material when he made the universe that he had no gold or jewels left for heaven? If God could make a world, could he not suspend a city in the sky beyond the stars? Here and there a little impure gold in a fissure of a distorted rock of this cursed and perverted earth or here and there the discovery of a precious jewel hidden in the debris of earthly ruins are only lingering reminders of the reality of which these are merely shadows. The real, the imperishable are in the city whose builder and maker is God.
What we see on this perverted, degenerated earth are only shadows. “The creation fell into subjection to failure and unreality” (Romans 8:20). The gold we cherish, the jewels we adore, the cities and mansions we build are only copies of the real in the city that is soon coming down.
The Adullam children were caught up in vision to this city of God. How they could see the city I do not know. How Abraham saw it I do not know. How Paul could be caught up to Paradise, either in the body or out of the body, I do not know. These things are beyond natural order. We need not, at present, know the How. We know the Fact. John was shown the city. He was told by the Lord to write the things he had seen and send them to the Churches.
In the Spirit Adullam children were caught up to this city time after time, not as in a dream but as a living reality. Their visits were so real, in fact, that the children supposed their souls actually left their bodies to go to heaven and return, or that in some unaccountable way they had gone to heaven soul and body just as they might in daily life visit some distant place. Frequently when in Paradise the children were plucking and partaking of the heavenly fruit, they gathered some extra to tuck in their garments to bring back to earth for “Muh Si and Si Mu” (Pastor and Mrs. Baker).
They knew they were only on a visit to heaven and soon to return. Upon returning, when the Spirit lifted from them, finding themselves in our Adullam rooms they proceeded at once to search in their garments for the delicious fruit they had brought back to please us. Not finding this fruit in their garments, a look of great surprise, confusion and disappointment came over their faces. They could not, for the time, believe they had not bodily gone to heaven and come back with the fruit tucked in their garments.
Walking on the streets of the New Jerusalem was to them as real as walking on the streets of a Chinese city. One day, when walking down the street in bright sunshine, I asked the boys if the visions were as real and as clear as what we then saw. “Just as real,” they said, “but much clearer due to the light in heaven and the white garments and the cleanliness everywhere, all adding to the brightness.”
When in the Spirit, the children were usually lost to their natural surroundings. In many cases, although they supposed they were in heaven, they talked aloud, describing what they saw, thus carrying on conversation that we all could hear. Often they acted out before our eyes what they supposed they were doing in heaven.
Caught up to the Third Heaven
The Adullam children said they went to the third heaven. As they passed through the first heaven they felt air on their faces. Having passed the second heaven, they looked back upon the stars in their wonderful beauty, much as from a mountain height a person might gaze down upon a beautiful, light-studded city below. From this starry heaven they passed on into the third heaven until they came to the Heavenly Jerusalem.
As they approached this heavenly city they saw its light in the distance. Coming nearer, they saw the beautiful wall radiating its wonderful jasper light. The foundations were of indescribable beauty, sparkling with red, yellow, orange, purple, blue, green, violet, and all the other colors of the twelve most beautiful jewels.
This city in the sky the children saw as three cities in one: one city suspended above another, the largest city below, the smallest city on top, making a pyramid. Since this city John saw is surrounded by a wall, and since the city is one thousand, five hundred miles high, Bible students have supposed the heavenly city is not a cube but a pyramid. Our children, however, knew nothing of this, neither had I ever thought of the New Jerusalem as three cities, one suspended above another. God who suspends the worlds in space can suspend these cities in space. The Bible does not tell us the internal order of the city.
One of our small boys spoke in prophecy when in vision at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord was talking to him. In this prophecy, the Lord Jesus said that he had made heaven big enough for everybody, that he had made it in three cities one above another, and that at present his throne is in the upper city.
Since time and distance are nothing in the heavenly realm, there is nothing impossible in such an arrangement of this city of God. There are three heavens. There were three stories in the ark, where God preserved the present creation. God is three in one. Why should not the city of the Great King be three in one? Why should not the King reign from the top of the pyramid of all the universe, since “the stone which the builders rejected was made the head of the corner,” the capstone of the pyramid of all creation?
By the Gates into the City
Adullam children entered by its pearly gates into the city of golden streets. Angels in white guarded the gates and welcomed those entering in. No beggarly reception this. Here the one-time rejected off-scourings of the earth were welcomed as kings by these angelic hosts. Had not the Savior promised the weakest and humblest of his children a kingdom where they shall reign with the King of Kings for ages and ages?
Through the gates into the city! Out of earth into heaven! Out of the mortal into the immortal! Out of death into life! All the old life behind and below! All the new life ahead and above! Inside the gates! Angels, angels everywhere. Angels talking, angels singing, angels rejoicing, angels playing harps and blowing trumpets, angels dancing and praising the King. Such a scene no mortal ever saw; such floods of inner joy flooded the whole being as no one ever knew except when filled with the Holy Spirit, the eternal life, the heavenly life of God, “the earnest,” “down payment” of heaven.
The children clapped their hands in rapture. They shouted for joy. They sometimes rolled on the floor in unrestrained laughter and jumped and danced in great delight, while their faces were so transformed by this heavenly joy that the glory of the celestial city seemed to shine upon us. There was no sorrow in this city; no mournful, long-faced religion there; no funeral dirges in the hymns. This was a city of joy, “joy in the Holy Spirit,” “joy unspeakable and full of glory.”
With Innumerable Hosts of Angels
Inside the city, the children knew the meaning of the Scripture which says, “Ye are come into the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels” (Hebrews 12:22). Not only about the gates of the city were these happy angels, but also throughout the city everywhere were these heavenly hosts. Angels were always ready to escort the children from place to place throughout the city; angels walked with them and talked with them; angels explained to them the meaning of things they did not understand, even as they talked with John and revealed to him the things of God. Often in these experiences with the angels our children were given harps and taught to play them and sing as the angels did. They were also taught to blow the trumpets and were taught the Music and Language of Heaven.
When we saw the children, with closed eyes, all dancing about the room in rhythm, we found that in vision they were dancing with the angels in heaven and keeping time to the heavenly music. When we saw them apparently blowing a trumpet or going through the motions of playing a harp, we found that in vision they were joining the heavenly orchestra in the praises of the King. We could not see the heavenly harps or trumpets. We could not see the angels’ joyful dance or hear their song. We could hear only the children singing heavenly songs. It was a daily sight to find some child off in a corner by himself, lying comfortably on the pine needles, going through the motions of playing a harp. Upon going near, we could hear him singing a new song we had never taught him. Approaching still nearer, we would discover that the words were as strange to us as the tune. The singer was singing in the heavenly choir. His song was the song the angels taught him. The words of the song must have been in the language of angels. Seeing the children singing in this heavenly angelic choir was a sight not to be forgotten. Sometimes several of them in some place in the heavenly city or its wonderful Paradise would decide to play and sing together. With closed eyes, while fully under the power of the Holy Spirit, three or four of them would get off by themselves. If we were near, we would hear a consultation as to who would play the trumpet and who would sing. After all was decided and everybody was ready, the heavenly hymns began. The trumpeters held their hands up before them and blew as though blowing trumpets. The harpists both played and sang, while those without instruments joined in the singing. In these cases they always sang in languages we did not understand, unless by mutual agreement they decided to sing one of those hymns they “used to sing down on earth.” In that case they sang in Chinese.
Seeing and Worshipping Jesus
The climax of all heavenly joy and wonder was “seeing Jesus” and worshipping Him who had saved them by His blood. Soon after entering the gates of the city, the children were escorted by the angels to “go and see Jesus.” We could hear these children talking about “going to see Jesus” and see them as in vision they were approaching the throne of Christ. When they came into the wonderful presence they stood reverently gazing with love and devotion upon the Lord of all creation, who was also their Savior. First of all they thanked Him, and adoringly worshipping Him they joined their hands before them, bowing in true obeisance. Then they knelt and bowed their faces to the floor in true worship “in spirit and truth,” which few if any know on earth who have not the baptism of God’s Holy Spirit.
The Throne of God and the Throne of Christ
The throne of Christ the children saw as did John when he was “in the Spirit”: “And behold there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting upon the throne; and he that sat was to look upon like a jasper stone and a sardius: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, like an emerald to look upon. And round about the throne were four and twenty thrones: and upon the thrones I saw four and twenty elders sitting arrayed in white garments: and on their heads crowns of gold,—and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” Revelation 4:3-6.
Jesus Preeminent in all Things in Heaven
No matter how amazed were the children at the wonders of the golden city, no matter how happy in the pleasures of Paradise, no matter how joyful in the presence of the angels, Jesus was never forgotten. His name was mentioned in all the conversation; his praise was mingled in all the enjoyments; he was always magnified everywhere, in everything, and in everybody there.
Houses by the Golden Street
On either side of the beautiful golden streets were buildings side by side, a room for each person, every room opening onto the street. Upon the door and about the front were precious jewels so resplendently brilliant that the building shone with light and glory. The name of each occupant was above the door. Angels led the children into the rooms. Within all the rooms were the same kinds of furnishings: a beautiful golden table upon which was a Bible, a flower vase, a pen, and a book; by the table was a golden chair; there was also a wonderful golden chest and a golden bed. In each room was a jeweled crown, a golden harp, and a trumpet. The walls were gold. From the Bible, made of such paper as had never been seen on earth and bound with gold, light and such brilliant glory shone forth that the whole room needed no other light. The visitors were told that when they came to stay after death they could go out into Paradise and pick any flowers of their choice to place in the beautiful vase on the golden table.
In these visits to heaven the children could go to their rooms at pleasure to read their Bibles or to play their harps and trumpets. Sometimes they took their trumpets or harps out into the streets or out into Paradise to play and sing with the angels and the redeemed who are now in heaven.
In these excursions through heaven the children, though lost to their real surroundings on earth, were always conscious that their visit to heaven was temporary. They knew they were there only to see what was prepared for them after death, so they might go back to earth again to tell others. Angels and the Lord Jesus told these heavenly visitors that, if they believed and obeyed, all these things would be theirs. They not only knew they must come back to earth again, but they sometimes knew when they were coming.
One boy, after enjoying the glories of heaven, hung his crown and trumpet up in his room so he could have them again after he died and went to heaven to remain. He then came back to earth. The power of the Holy Spirit left him. When he opened his eyes he was in our Adullam room telling the wonders of his trip to heaven.
Can we suppose the Lord saved these boys, baptized them with the Holy Spirit, and then fooled them by showing them a figurative and mythical heaven? Impossible!!! An earthly father may deceive his children with false hopes and false promises. Our Heavenly Father shows his children what he has for them (I Corinthians 2:10), promises he will give these things (Revelation 3:21), and then gives the very things which He has promised (Luke 11:9, 13).
When these children saw the heavenly rooms of their Adullam friends they clapped their hands, laughed, and shouted with great joy, calling each one by name to come and see his room. The one in the Spirit was passing along the streets of the New Jerusalem, reading the names above each door.
In Heaven, They Met Adullam Boys Who Died
The first day when the Holy Spirit fell upon the children, and one of the boys was caught up to heaven, with angels who came to welcome him came also the two Adullam boys who were undoubtedly saved and who died the year before. These two, “Hsi Dien Fu” and “Djang Hsing,” had with them in heaven a little girl who died in Kotchiu four years previous, whom our children had forgotten.
These who had died and gone on before led those who were caught up in the joys and wonders of heaven. They led them to see Jesus, first of all, and to worship and thank Him. After this they were shown their dwellings and escorted around the city or led out into Paradise to play.
All who went to heaven were given white garments. The angels, also dressed in seamless garments of spotless white, had wings, but the redeemed did not have wings. There was a clear distinction between the two.
Later on many more of the children saw these Adullam boys who are in heaven. Heaven did not seem far away as, caught away in the Spirit, they acted out heavenly visions before our eyes. With closed eyes and radiant faces they clapped their hands and shouted for joy to these boys who died that year, calling them to hurry over to see some dwelling, some golden street, some new scene among the angels, some new discovery in the garden of Paradise, or to come and play the harp and sing with them the praises of Jesus. These boys who had died were so constantly seen in heaven and their names were so frequently shouted in our midst with ecstasy and joy that they did not seem far away— just out of sight. Heaven was so real, so near, so wonderful, so certain, that if one of our children had died in those days the others would have envied him his privilege.
The step to heaven after death or at the coming of the Lord Jesus seemed so small and the coming of the Lord Jesus so near that it removed from our minds all mystery as to why the first disciples could sell their possessions and face persecution and death without wavering.
Our kingdom is not of this world. Our citizenship is in heaven, whence also we wait for our Savior. Our life, our work, our service, our hardships here are only brief and passing incidents on the way to the true life, the true city, in the true kingdom that cannot be shaken.
Scripture Teaches the Regeneration of Natural Creation
Before telling about the visions of Paradise, we wish to show that such a Paradise as these children saw is in accord with the Father’s plans for his children, as revealed in his written word. When the Lord created the first perfect man and his perfect bride he “planted a garden eastward” in Eden, in which he put the man whom he had formed. “And out of the ground made Jehovah God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden” (Genesis 2:9). Hence, in the beginning, the Lord planned for man to dwell in the midst of all the beauties of nature. He was given a home in the garden in the eastern part of Eden, the wonder “park” that God himself planned and planted. In that order there was no sin. There was no sickness or death. There was no thorn or thistle. There was no curse. That was a different world from this. That world was a heaven on earth with man enjoying what might have been eternal life, in dominion over a whole world of trees and flowers “pleasant to the sight,” a whole world of beauty and glory such as the present earth has never seen. God planned all these things for man’s eternal happiness.
When sin entered, man’s enjoyment of this creation became a limited, temporal enjoyment. The first Creation of birds, and flowers, and trees, and animals, that were in the first world and its Eden in an eternal state, fell into a lower order that is not eternal. “For the creation fell into subjection to failure and unreality.” Sin lost to man his Eden “park” and his Eden God. Restored from sin, man will be restored to his Eden, God and his Eden “park.” But man will be restored to more than the primal order. He will be born again into the new spiritual order.
The first order was earthly; the last is spiritual but real. It is similar to the earthly, even as Christ after his resurrection was real and similar but still spiritual and different from the earthly order. He still could eat and drink with his disciples. He still had flesh and bones that could be felt and hands that could serve fish and bread to His hungry disciples. But in the resurrected order the Lord Jesus was not subject to the limitations of the material world of time, and space, and physical bounds. Even so the world with its natural order of animal, bird, and plant creation is to be born again into a higher, spiritual order similar to the first creation but also different from it. It will be the real order not again subject to corruption and unreality (Romans 8:20). The natural creation is to be born again through the resurrection of Christ. Christ saves more than man. He saves the whole creation that fell into unreality in the fall of man. For “all creation, gazing eagerly as if with outstretched neck, is waiting and longing to see the manifestation of the sons of God . . . There was always the hope that, at last, the creation itself would also be set free from the thralldom of decay, so as to enjoy the liberty that will attend the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:19-21). If this does not mean that the present natural order of plant, animal, and all natural life looks forward to being set free in the same resurrected order and the same liberty the saved are to enjoy in a new estate, what does it mean? All nature looks forward to the new spiritual regeneration that belongs to the redeemed, for Christ ”brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.”
Christ himself “is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation.” How is Christ “the first-born of all creation” unless it be that in his resurrection into the new order, animal and plant creation will eventually follow in this order as the full harvest of which Christ was but the “first-fruits”? Even the earth itself is to be regenerated in the new order, since “according to his promise we look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelled righteousness” (II Peter 3:13). Will not that new earth have trees and flowers and animals and birds and all the beauties of glorified nature in a higher incorruptible order that shall abide forever?
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6).
These things are as certain as the word of God, for “he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold I make all things new,” and he said, “write for these words are faithful and TRUE” (Revelation 21 :5).
John “saw a new heaven and a new earth,” and he also “saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven” to the New Earth.
As there was an Eden park of pleasure and fruits on the first earth so, also, in a higher, regenerated, resurrected order, the New Jerusalem will contain an Eden park on the New Earth in the new order. This Eden “park” is already in heaven in the New Jerusalem that has not yet descended, but is soon coming down.
Paradise is a “Park” of Plant, Animal, and Regenerated Nature
Perhaps the revelation of such a Paradise in heaven as Adullam children saw will be as new to most of the readers as it was to us. This is because we are so dull of mind and slow of heart to “believe all that is written in the scriptures.”
We did not teach these children about this Paradise. The children taught us. Some of the smallest children, who were naturally most ignorant of these matters, were our best teachers. That they got these things from the Lord Jesus is clearly evident, as you will see by a comparison with the teaching of the Bible. It teaches there is just such a Paradise in heaven as these children saw. Paul said he knew a man who was “caught up even to the third heaven” and that this person “was caught up into Paradise.” In the messages of Revelation “the Spirit saith to the Churches, to him that overcometh, to him will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7). Of the heavenly scene we are also told that “on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life bearing twelve manners of fruits.” Hence there is a Paradise in heaven with flowing water and trees of fruit.
This Paradise is a great “park” of surpassing wonder; that is just what the word “Paradise” means. “Paradise” means “Eden.” “Eden” means “Paradise.” “Eden” is a “park ;” “Paradise” is therefore a “park.” Peloubet’s Bible Dictionary says of “Paradise,” “This is a word of Persian origin, and is used in the Septuagint as the translation of ‘Eden.’ It means an orchard of pleasure and fruits, a garden, or pleasure ground something like an English park.” But this “park” in heaven is only “something like” a park on earth, because it is as much greater than earthly parks, in extent and beauty, as God’s thoughts are greater than man’s thoughts. Man’s most beautiful parks, with their picturesque landscapes, their flowing streams, their crystal pools, the wooded nooks, the verdant greens, the fragrant, variegated flowers, the carolling birds, and animal pets, are only imperfect imitations on the part of man to reproduce the Eden that was “in the beginning.”
If God did not put into the heart of man this love for nature and this desire for natural parks of pleasure and fruit, whence came this universal love of nature, that has been in the heart of man from the days of his earliest history? Is all man’s efforts to preserve a little of the vanishing natural beauties of this cursed and perishing earth only a vain fancy to be followed for only a few fleeting years? Is a love for the birds, and animals, and flowers, and trees, and mountains, and valleys, and lakes, and streams, and all this handiwork of God just a passing amusement given by the Lord to cheer us a little on this pilgrim journey? Are not the finest combinations of all that is beautiful in nature just mere fore-shadows of the unperverted and unlimited realities in the Paradise of God in heaven?
These natural beauties are not just scenes passed on a pilgrim journey. They are guide ways of God, pointing to the Eden of beauty at the end of the way. Love of nature may become an eternal love, enlarged beyond all natural limits for all who overcome by the blood of the Lamb, who, by faith in him, enter by the gates into the city with its Paradise of God, the Eden park in heaven whose beauty sin will never mar.
Adullam Children Saw Paradise, the Heavenly Park
You will be interested, as we were, in what our Adullam children saw in the Paradise, the Eden, in the city beyond the sky. One of the young men was in Paradise almost as soon as he entered the heavenly city. There he was met by the two Adullam boys who had died in Hokow. These boys, taking him through Paradise and the other parts of the Holy City, soon came to a great, lawn like, grassy, open plot surrounded by magnificent trees, golden and sparkling.
The whole scene was so entrancing the young man said to his two glorified friends, “This is good enough for me. There cannot be anything more beautiful. I will stay right here.” The boys who had preceded him to heaven said, “No, do not wait here, for there are much greater marvels.” Going on a little farther they came to still more wonderful trees, some of them bearing fruit. The whole park-like surrounding and the grassy lawn beneath the trees were enticing beyond any earthly understanding. The young man said, “I must stay here, I cannot go on and leave this great beauty. I am so happy.” “Come on,” said the others, “there are many things in heaven exceeding this.” “You go,” he replied, “but I shall remain right here for awhile.” The others left him on the grass under the trees with the great, open, velvet-like grassy space before him. Floods of joy and happiness he had never known on earth flooded his whole being. He was in the land of joy, “joy unspeakable and full of glory,” “the land that is fairer than day.” Frequently an angel came walking by, playing a harp and singing. The angel smiled, offered him the harp. “I cannot play,” he said. The angel passed by. Soon other angels came, smiling to him as they played and sang.
The angels were dressed in seamless garments of white; their faces were perfect; one was not more beautiful than another. “When they smiled—Oh, I can’t describe that,” the boy said, “there is no way on earth to describe the angels’ smile.”
Similar and surpassing beautiful scenes in Paradise were seen, repeatedly seen, by a large number of Adullam children. In Paradise they saw trees bearing the most delicious fruit, and vistas of most beautiful flowers of every color and hue, sending forth an aroma of surpassing fragrance. There were birds of glorious plumage singing their carols of joy and praise. In this park were also animals of every size and description: large deer, small deer, large lions, great elephants, lovely rabbits, and all sorts of little friendly pets such as they had never seen before.
Playing with the Lion and Other Animals in the Heavenly Paradise Park
The children held the little pets in their arms and passed them from one to another. Or perhaps they found the lion peacefully Iying beneath a tree. In that case they climbed on his back, ran their fingers through his shaggy mane, brushed his face, and put their hands in his mouth. If they so desired they curled down beside him to enjoy together the love of their common Maker. Why not? Somewhere “the wolf also shall dwell with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Their young ones shall lie down together” (Isaiah 11:6-8).
Little children rode the small deer, while older children rode the larger deer or the friendly elephant. All was perfect love. All was great harmony. Such shouts of joy! Such happy childish laughter! Who but our Father in Heaven ever thought of or planned such a Paradise?
Eating and Drinking in the Heavenly “Park of Pleasure and Fruits”
When hungry, the children ate of the wonderful fruits or gathered freely the sweet tasting, refreshing manna that was scattered all about. Were they thirsty? Here and there trickled little brooks of the stimulating and refreshing water of life.
Adullam Children Saw the Bible Saints in Heaven
In the open, lawn-like vistas amidst the trees and flowers and birds of Paradise, Adullam children saw companies of the redeemed dancing and playing trumpets with the angels. Sometimes they joined this happy festival group, in which were small children, larger children, and adults, but where no one was old. What heavenly scenes! What heavenly singers! What joy among the angels and the redeemed! The angels pointed out Abraham, David, Daniel, the Biblical prophets, the saints, and the martyrs of old. They saw Peter, James, Paul, and others of whom the world was not worthy. Our boy from the poor Miao tribe saw his aunt and his own little sister who had gone ahead to the land “over there.” Taking our boys by the hand, our little Chinese Mary, who died in Kotchiu, now joined them in heaven.
New Jerusalem Is A Reality. Be Perpetually Rapture Ready!
Dear esteemed reader, having read this inspiring blog post this far, I am sure that you are now aware that there are golden streets, glorious mansions and other buildings in New Jerusalem. There are at least twelve great golden broadways in this glorious city, leading to the heavenly city through the twelve pearly gates. The magnificent streets are paved with transparent gold, a material foreign to us on earth. This transparent gold is the same material of which the buildings of the glorious city are made.
The light of New Jerusalem will surpass the light of the sun, moon and stars. “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 (Jesus Christ) is its light….There shall be no night there. They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light.” (Revelation 21:23, 25; 22:5). This glorious light will radiate from the throne of God and Jesus Christ, giving light to the whole heavenly city. It will be marvelous when you observe the dazzling light from the glory of God shining on this glorious city of transparent gold decked with all manner of precious stones and pearls. This is merely one of the many things which God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9-13). As a raptured saint, you will enjoy a magnificent and full life in glorified body. You will dwell in a real city of gold. Your life will be filled with significance and meaning as you continuously give praise to Jesus Christ our Redeemer and gladly do His bidding.
Now, you are highly informed that New Jerusalem is an immense heavenly city of shimmering beauty. This eternal home of the redeemed saints will be radiant with the light of God’s glory shining through its jasper walls, its jeweled foundations and the 12 pearly gates. This glorious city, New Jerusalem, will be the eternal abode of all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ. All who have been saved will walk on the golden streets in transformed, glorified bodies. We will enjoy heavenly crystal river of life and have ready access to the fruits of the trees of life. We will be eternally delivered from every evil and burden that plagues our earth presently. We will finally become what God intended us to be. We will have a wonderful life in our eternal heavenly home. In that perfect society, we will realize our full spiritual potential as individuals. Having entered an eternal fellowship with God, we will be engaged in an endless variety of meaningful activities. We will join with the saints of all ages in a spirit of communion, fellowship and love, all centered on the Lord Jesus Christ.
In New Jerusalem, some things that mar human existence on earth will not be present. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4). Another element common to this present life that will be missing in our eternal heavenly home will be defilement from evil. Revelation 21:27 tells us that “there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie.” The promise of no defilement in New Jerusalem is soul lifting because within its pearly gates, no sin can enter. Therefore, no defiling substance or personal acts of desecration can mar its eternal purity. No spiritual or physical harm will ever come to any of the redeemed saints for eternity.
New Jerusalem will be a blessed place because God’s people will be free from tears, death, sorrow, crying, pain, darkness and disappointment for eternity. The imperfections of this present life will be missing but positive blessings will be in abundance in New Jerusalem. The evils that mar our life on earth will be gone in New Jerusalem. We will fulfill perfectly the purpose for which God created us: to enjoy His presence, fellowship and blessing. God has planned that we should be exalted above angels because they are “sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation.” (Hebrews 1:14).
In New Jerusalem, we will know God perfectly, behold the glory of His presence and faith will turn to sight. “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying: ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” (Revelation 21:3). We will delight in the glory of God and know Him personally. “They shall see His face and His name shall be on their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:4). Our hearts will throb with joy as we comprehend the fullness of God’s glory and majesty. Loving adoration and sincere praise will flow from our hearts as we gaze into the face of God. Yes, we shall see God and live. In Biblical period, no one could see God and live. An example is in the case of Moses in Exodus 33:20-23. God told Moses that no one can see Him and live. However, as glorified immortal beings, we shall see God face to face because immortal beings can never die.
When we see the face of God, our worship will be perfect because nobody will see the face of God and fail to worship. In New Jerusalem, the promise that Jesus Christ made in Matthew 5:8 will be fulfilled. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Presently, we are just imagining how God looks like. However, when we see God face to face, our worship and praise will be perfect. Also, our consecration to God will be perfect because when we are in the presence of God, we will have time for nothing else. Therefore, our worship and surrender to God will be total. Additionally, the sight of the Almighty God will produce in us, true royalty because perfect submission to God produces perfect freedom. You will lack nothing when you submit totally to God because the kind of respect that is given to royalty becomes our own.
According to Revelation 22:5, we shall reign forever and ever with the Lord Jesus Christ because a true king is the one who lacks nothing and who fear no one. He is also free to do whatever he wants to do whenever he wants to do it. As an immortal king, you will be free from fear, not afraid of death and can do anything that you like. When you are in the presence of God, you will fear no more, lack nothing and you will be absolutely free. This is true royalty. We shall reign with Jesus Christ for eternity because we are already kings. “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen,” (Revelation 1:5-6).
In addition to the blessing of knowing and enjoying God, we will be kept busy in fruitful activity. “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” (Revelation 22:3). Worshipping God will be an important and rewarding part of our heavenly activity. The shortcomings and imperfections of our earthly praise will all be removed. Also, there will be opportunity for an endless variety of activities. The delight of fellowship with others will exceed anything we have experienced on earth. In New Jerusalem, we will know one another perfectly and each will be without fault. There will be a wonderful communion of radiant personalities. We shall serve God since we will be busy doing things He considers important and we will be very happy as we do His will. In our eternal heavenly home, we will know a life of praise, satisfaction and usefulness such as we have never experienced on earth. Life in New Jerusalem will be filled with beauty and variety.
Due to our glorification, we will share in the authority of God over the transformed creation. Exalted far above the angels, transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ, set free from all pain, sadness, sin and death, we will enjoy a life of never- ending happiness, satisfaction and glory. We will have realized the purpose for which God made us, for with Jesus Christ, we will exercise dominion over the earth.
As a true believer in Christ, you should have a renewed determination to place top priority on the spiritual and eternal rather than on the physical and temporal. In anticipation of the glory and beauty of New Jerusalem, our eternal home, you should begin right now to “lay up treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20) by putting the Lord Jesus Christ first and by a constant willingness to serve Him selflessly. The thought of New Jerusalem should cheer you when you become discontented with life and discouraged about the future. No matter how badly things may be going or how difficult the struggles, the prospect of that wonderful abode awaiting us should be a source of encouragement and hope. Remember always that in New Jerusalem, we will live forever in the presence of our loving Saviour: Jesus Christ. Life will be satisfactory, full and we will know a purity, bliss and love such as could never be experienced on earth.
It is by the grace of Jesus Christ that we are saved. It is by His grace that we are still standing in Him. It is His grace that has brought us this far and it is His grace that will take us to New Jerusalem on glorious rapture day. We will get there in Jesus name. Amen.
Are you still an unbeliever or unrepentant sinner? You must accept the great salvation of Jesus Christ now! If you remain in your rebellion against Jesus Christ, you will be left behind on rapture day by Jesus Christ. Also, if you die without accepting the great salvation offer of Jesus Christ, you will end up in eternal burning hell! How can you be saved? It is very simple. Take the steps below.
The following prayer, “The Sinner’s Prayer” (also known as the Prayer of Salvation) is by no means meant to be an “official prayer”, but rather a sample prayer to follow when asking Jesus Christ into your heart. You may certainly pray to God in your own words.
Regarding the location of the Sinner’s Prayer in the Bible? Well, there isn’t one mentioned; it is only implied. The basis of the Sinner’s Prayer comes from Romans 10:9-10. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
If you say the following prayer and mean it with all your heart; along with repenting of your sins (asking for forgiveness), we believe that you will be saved and be born again. You may be wondering, “What happens next?” First, you will need to get into a bible-based church and study God’s Word. Once you find a church home, you will want to become water-baptized. By accepting Christ you are baptized in the spirit, but it is through water-baptism that you show your obedience to the Lord. Water baptism is a symbol of your salvation from the dead. You were dead but now you live; for the Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed you for a price! The price was His death on the cross. May God Bless You!
Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.
I believe that your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.
Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
If you just said this prayer and you meant it with all your heart, we believe that there is a great possibility that you just got saved and are born again. You may ask, “Now that I am saved, what is next?” First of all, you need to get into a bible-based church, and study God’s Word. Once you have found a church home, you will want to become water-baptized. By accepting Christ you are baptized in the spirit, but it is through water-baptism that you show your obedience to the Lord. Water baptism is a symbol of your salvation from the dead. You were dead but now you live, for the Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed you for a price! The price was His death on the cross. May God Bless You!