Pain cannot exist in the atmosphere of heaven. There will be no more
tears, no funeral trains, no badges of mourning. "There shall be no more
death, neither sorrow, nor crying: . . . for the former things are passed
away." "The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell
therein shall be forgiven their iniquity." Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 33:24.
There is the New Jerusalem, the metropolis of the glorified new earth, "a
crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of
thy God." "Her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a
jasper stone, clear as crystal." "The nations of them which are saved
shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their
glory and honor into it." Saith the Lord: "I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and joy in My people." "The tabernacle of God is with men, and He will
dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be
with them, and be their God." Isaiah 62:3; Revelation 21:11, 24; Isaiah
65:19; Revelation 21:3.
In the City of God "there shall be no night." None will need or desire
repose. There will be no weariness in doing the will of God and offering
praise to His name. We shall ever feel the freshness of the morning and
shall ever be far from its close. "And they need no candle, neither light
of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light." Revelation 22:5. The
light of the sun will be superseded by a radiance which is not painfully
dazzling, yet which immeasurably surpasses the brightness of our noontide.
The glory of God and the Lamb floods the Holy City with unfading light.
The redeemed walk in the sunless glory of perpetual day.
"I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the
temple of it." Revelation 21:22. The people of God are privileged to hold
open communion with the Father and the Son. "Now we see through a glass,
darkly."1 Corinthians 13:12. We behold the image of God reflected, as in a
mirror, in the works of nature and in His dealings with men; but then we
shall see Him face to face, without a dimming veil between. We shall stand
in His presence and behold the glory of His countenance.
There the redeemed shall know, even as also they are known. The loves and
sympathies which God Himself has planted in the soul shall there find
truest and sweetest exercise. The pure communion with holy beings, the
harmonious social life with the blessed angels and with the faithful ones
of all ages who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood
of the Lamb, the sacred ties that bind together "the whole family in
heaven and earth" (Ephesians 3:15)--these help to constitute the happiness
of the redeemed.
There, immortal minds will contemplate with never-failing delight the
wonders of creative power, the mysteries of redeeming love. There will be
no cruel, deceiving foe to tempt to forgetfulness of God. Every faculty
will be developed, every capacity increased. The acquirement of knowledge
will not weary the mind or exhaust the energies. There the grandest
enterprises may be carried forward, the loftiest aspirations reached, the
highest ambitions realized; and still there will arise new heights to
surmount, new wonders to admire, new truths to comprehend, fresh objects
to call forth the powers of mind and soul and body.
All the treasures of the universe will be open to the study of God's
redeemed. Unfettered by mortality, they wing their tireless flight to
worlds afar--worlds that thrilled with sorrow at the spectacle of human
woe and rang with songs of gladness at the tidings of a ransomed soul.
With unutterable delight the children of earth enter into the joy and the
wisdom of unfallen beings. They share the treasures of knowledge and
understanding gained through ages upon ages in contemplation of God's
handiwork. With undimmed vision they gaze upon the glory of creation--suns
and stars and systems, all in their appointed order circling the throne of
Deity. Upon all things, from the least to the greatest, the Creator's name
is written, and in all are the riches of His power displayed.
And the years of eternity, as they roll, will bring richer and still more
glorious revelations of God and of Christ. As knowledge is progressive, so
will love, reverence, and happiness increase. The more men learn of God,
the greater will be their admiration of His character. As Jesus opens
before them the riches of redemption and the amazing achievements in the
great controversy with Satan, the hearts of the ransomed thrill with more
fervent devotion, and with more rapturous joy they sweep the harps of
gold; and ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands of
voices unite to swell the mighty chorus of praise.
"And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the
earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I
saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that
sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." Revelation
The great controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire
universe is clean. One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the
vast creation. From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness,
throughout the realms of illimitable space. From the minutest atom to the
greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed
beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love.