Revelation 7 Lesson

Characteristics Of Heaven | Preparing For Judgment Day

HEAVEN REVEALED

The Book of Revelation provides an inside peek into the majesty of heaven. It is important for Christians to learn about heaven. The more we understand, the more reason we have to be hopeful and to keep “fighting the good fight!” (1 Timothy 6:12)

TEN CHARACTERISTICS OF HEAVEN

Of all the books in the Bible, Revelation provides the best description of what heaven will be like. For today’s lesson, we have captured the following ten characteristics of heaven, as described in the Book of Revelation:

  1. There is no sin in heaven because everyone has been washed by the blood of Jesus, (Revelation 7:14),
  2. There is no hunger, (Revelation 7:16)
  3. There is no thirst, (Revelation 7:16)
  4. There is no heat, (Revelation 7:16)
  5. Jesus will be our Shephard, (Revelation 7:17)
  6. God will wipe away every tear from our eyes, (Revelation 21:4)
  7. Death will be no more, (Revelation 21:4)
  8. There will be no mourning, (Revelation 21:4)
  9. There will be no pain, (Revelation 21:4)
  10. “And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.” – Revelation 22:5.

THE JUDGMENT

Who will go to heaven and who will go to hell? That is not for us to decide. There is only One who is fit to judge the world! Consider the following two scriptures:

  1. “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” - Hebrews 9:27,
  2. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” -2 Corinthians 5:10.

PREPARING FOR JUDGMENT DAY

God’s judgment is final! Although many will beg for salvation on the day of judgment, the Bible teaches us that only a few will be saved. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:

  • “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Mathew 7:13-14.

These words, spoken by Jesus, should serve as a call to action to get right with God! And because none of us know when Jesus will return, we must not delay doing all that is necessary for salvation!

WHEN WILL THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT BE?

The Bible says repeatedly that nobody knows when Jesus is going to return, and when the day of judgment will be. Consider the following two scriptures:

  1. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” – Mathew 24:36,
  • “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” – Mathew 24:42-44.

SALVATION THROUGH JESUS

The Bible provides us with everything we need to know about how we can be saved. Salvation is not based on our works, but our faith in Jesus! There are five things the Bible teaches us that are necessary for salvation, and because we do not know how many days we have remaining, the time to act is now!

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31,
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10,
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3,
  4. Be baptized.  Baptismnow saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” –1 Peter 3:21and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16,
  5. Obey God’s commandments.  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” –Mathew 7:21

CONCLUSION

Heaven will be more beautiful than anything we have experienced or can imagine. God will judge all of us and determine whether we spend eternity in heaven or hell. His judgment is final, and therefore the time for us to get right with God is now! Our salvation depends on five things:

  1. Belief in Jesus,
  2. Confessing our belief in Jesus,
  3. Repentance,
  4. Baptism,
  5. Obeying God’s commandments.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” – Revelation 7:15-17.

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James A Guillory

What is the story about my faith, well before I met Jesus I was going down a very terrible road my life was filled with the thoughts of how can I satisfy my selfish desires but you know the more that I tried to satisfy my desires the more empty I became but when I surrender my life to Jesus and He says in his word that he will give you abundant Life this is very very true because at that moment when I surrendered to HIM that vacuum,that emptiness that was in my heart he himself completely filled it,now I live a life of hopeful anticipation of going to heaven and being with my Lord and Savior Jesus forever and ever!!

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Noli galsim
James A Guillory

Whenever i am depressed i had to pray to the Lord and thankong him ..i know that he will not give me some problems if i cant cope witj it..so thanking him everyday is my way to talk to him..

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James A Guillory
Noli galsim

Awesome

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Pat Dermody

As I go through life, I, like all of us, have experienced difficult days. It is during these dark days that faith sustains me because it gives me hope that there is light at the end. I have faith in God because he loved me enough to send his only son to save me and promised salvation.
John 8:12 “ I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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