Church members often say
there are no tears in heaven, but that’s not quite correct.
In John’s vision in heaven, he said, “And
I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and
on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong
angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to
loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth,
neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
I wept much, because no man
was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And
one of the elders saith unto me, Weep
not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath
prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof” (Rev. 5:1-5).
John cried many tears in heaven.
Most Church members get
heaven mixed up with New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem
is not heaven. New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven to the new earth. It
is that special place that Jesus is preparing for His bride (the Church). Our
Lord will do away with (or reverse) the curse that resulted from the sin of Adam
and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:16; 3:16-19). Because of sin Adam had to
work and Eve experienced pain in childbirth. Both probably sorrowed over the
death of their child and both aged and died.
Concerning this issue, John
said, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for
the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more
sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,
coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of
heaven saying, Behold, 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. And
God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no
more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:1-4). Tears have to exist there
before God can wipe them away.
It won’t be
that way in the New Jerusalem. Isaiah caught a vision of the new heaven and the
new earth. He said the former things won’t be remembered in the new heaven and
the new earth (Isa. 65:17).
This can be
linked to something that Isaiah said about Jerusalem during the
Millennium. He said people will live longer and not weep during the Millennium
(Isa. 65:18-20). God will see that His people don’t cry on earth during the
Millennium. So this writer believes He will eventually help His people in the
New Jerusalem so that they do not remember or weep over their loved ones who did
not make it.
Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck