"Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Isaiah 66:1
Much has been said on the subject of Heaven for heaven has been described with great grandeur. Many of the descriptions display the splendor, beauty and glory of God and many talk as if God spared no expense in creating the city of God. We can easily understand that heaven is massive; beyond the size of any structure man has ever attempted to build. Heaven is 2,250,000 square miles in size, but built like a cube for it is as 1500 miles long and 1500 miles wide and 1500 miles tall. After doing the math and giving some thought to its size heaven has ample space for billions of living beings.
When we say God spared no expense in creating heaven we are talking from the human perspective. To us the building materials used in making heaven would cost us more than the sum of humanity could earn in their lifetime. The gold and precious stones that God used, as building materials is more practical that you may think. The life expectancy of gold and precious stones is much longer than wood or steel. Even though we may think of the building materials God used as being costly, there was a higher cost, the death of Our Lord and Savior to redeem the men and women of the earth to populate heaven.
Heaven will sparkle like a jewel under a strong light. Isaiah prophesied that God will make the cities battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones (Isaiah 54:12). Revelation describes the walls of the city as jasper, clear like glass with twelve foundations, which were decorated with a variety of precious stones. The stones in heavenís foundation were of the same kind to those on the breast piece to represent the tribes of Israel.
The breast piece was pouch folded square with four rows of precious stones mounted on it and worn on the chest of the high priest. Each stone on the breast piece represented a tribe of Israel and the twelve foundation of Heaven represents the twelve apostles of the Lamb. What made the breast piece so special was that this pouch contained the Urim and thummim that was a means for the High Priest to know the decisions of God. Urim and thummim were luminaries or fiery stones that are representative God and the Lamb whoís radiance provides light the streets of Heaven.
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Revelation 21:23
There are twelve gates for the entrance to the city of God, three on each wall. Each gate is enormous pearl, guarded by an angel and over three hundred miles apart. The gates of Heaven will never be shut and nothing impure will ever enter the city. Those who are allowed to enter will have their names written in the Lambís book of life.
John was asked in his vision of Revelation, these in white robes, who are they, and where did they come from?" Not knowing how to answer the angel responded by saying they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Those who entered the city of God did not enter on their own accord, but they have discovered Godís plan of Salvation and have cleansed themselves from their sin with the blood of Christ and then worked out their salvation with God.
The future residents of Heaven at one time were born with a sin nature and were sinners saved by the grace of God. Working with God they learned to master sin and overcome the sin of the world. They learned to walk with God and became morally pure in his sight. God gave anyone who chose to make Jesus Christ their Lord the right to become the children of God. They were not children of God through human birth, but born of the Spirit by the grace of God. Being born of the Spirit was only the first step on the road to heaven for those who call on the Lord must turn from all wickedness, as heaven is also the kingdom of God.
Sin soils the robes that each person has and that filth can only be washed away with the blood of Christ.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14
Because you are children of God you can be like Ruth speaking to Boaz said "Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer." Ruth 3:9 God will spread his tent over them (Revelation 7:15) but there is more,
I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign Lord, and you became mine. Ezekiel 16:8-10
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10
"They will be mine," says the Lord Almighty, "in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. Malachi 3:17-18 17
John said he saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, beautifully dressed as a bride for her husband. God will give us everything we need as a father who is raising his children. Those dressed in robes washed by his blood will become his people. He will comfort them by wiping the tears from their eyes. We are told that the old order of the world has ended there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.
Hell is a place of eternal torment reserved for those who indulged themselves in the sin of the world. They did not love the truth and scoff at Godís authority and ultimately wanted nothing to do with God. They will receive the desires of their heart because God does not dwell in Hell and will not be accessible from there. When it is all said and done, Hell is for those who overlooked the warnings God gave them.