There’s a very real chance that humans could return to the moon in the upcoming year, and go beyond that to other places like Mars not long after. As we look to settle cities in the heavens, we begin to reflect on the glory of the third Heaven, the place of God.

Let’s take a look at this passage describing the real city of heaven in Revelation:

I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 21:22-27

You see, wherever people end up and whoever rules over them, all the saved of every nation will be gathered in that city someday.

It is tempting in our everyday lives to put hope in the short term future, whatever personal version we prefer; “the world as it may yet be” is a thing we believe that we can invent or we can control. Whether it’s a rocket to another world or the results of an election, nothing can remove God’s people from Him or change the hardened hearts of people. Nothing but God. One of those things he is not willing to do, the other? Well, it’s not rocket science.

If you want to believe that the world will be better in just a little while, you know where to start. Share your journey with God with others!

Ethan Kirl

Originally Published November 2, 2020