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Who will be there?

* Those who have been born again (John 3:3)

John 3:3

3 Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God. AMP

* Those who faithfully looked forward to Christ before his birth (Hebrews 11:10,16)

Hebrews 11:10

10 For he was [waiting expectantly and confidently] looking forward to the city which has fixed and firm foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God. AMP

Hebrews 11:16

16 But the truth is that they were yearning for and aspiring to a better and more desirable country, that is, a heavenly [one]. For that reason God is not ashamed to be called their God [even to be surnamed their God the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob], for He has prepared a city for them. [Exodus 3:6,15; 4:5.] AMP

* The elect angels (Daniel 7:10; 1 Timothy 5:21; Heb.12:22; Revelation 5:11)

Daniel 7:10

10 A stream of fire came forth from before Him; a thousand thousands ministered to Him and ten thousand times ten thousand rose up and stood before Him; the Judge was seated [the court was in session] and the books were opened. AMP

1 Timothy 5:21

21 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the chosen angels that you guard and keep [these rules] without personal prejudice or favor, doing nothing from partiality. AMP

What will they experience?

* Holiness (Revelation 21:27)

Revelation 21:27

27 But nothing that defiles or profanes or is unwashed shall ever enter it, nor anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable, morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life. AMP

* Beauty (Psalms 50:2)

Psalms 50:2

2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. AMP

* Unity (Ephesians 1:10)

Ephesians 1:10

10[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth. AMP

* Perfection (1 Corinthians 13:10)

1 Corinthians 13:10

10 But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded). AMP

* Joy (Psalms 16:11)

Psalms 16:11

11 You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. [Acts 2:25-28,31.] AMP

* No tears (Revelation 7:17; 21:4)

Revelation 7:17

17 For the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them to the springs of the waters of life; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. [Psalms 23:2; Isaiah 25:8; Ezekiel 34:23.] AMP

Revelation 21:4

4 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away. [Isaiah 25:8; 35:10.] AMP

* No sickness or pain (Revelation 21:4; 22:2)

Revelation 21:4

4 He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever." NLT

Revelation 22:2

2 Through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing and the restoration of the nations. [Genesis 2:9.] AMP

* No death (Isaiah 25:8; 1 Corinthians 15:26; Revelation 21:4)

Isaiah 25:8

8 He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it. [1 Corinthians 15:26,54; 2 Timothy 1:10.] AMP

1 Corinthians 15:26

26 The last enemy to be subdued and abolished is death. AMP

Revelation 21:4

4 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. KJV

* No thirst or hunger (Revelation 7:16)

Revelation 7:16

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun smite them, nor any scorching heat. [Isaiah 49:10; Psalms 121:6.] AMP

* No sin or judgment (Revelation 21:27; 22:3)

Revelation 21:27

27 But nothing that defiles or profanes or is unwashed shall ever enter it, nor anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable, morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life. AMP

Revelation 22:3

3 There shall no longer exist there anything that is accursed (detestable, foul, offensive, impure, hateful, or horrible). But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall worship Him [pay divine honors to Him and do Him holy service]. [Zechariah 14:21.] AMP

* No need for sun or moon (Revelation 21:23)

Revelation 21:23

23 And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendor and radiance (glory) of God illuminate it, and the Lamb is its lamp. [Isaiah 24:23; 60:1,19.] AMP

* No night (Revelation 21:25; 22:5)

Revelation 21:25

25 And its gates shall never be closed by day, and there shall be no night there. [Isaiah 60:11.] AMP

Revelation 22:5

5 And there shall be no more night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will illuminate them and be their light, and they shall reign [as kings] forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities). AMP

How long will it last?

* Forever (Psalms 23:6; John 3:15; Revelation 22:5)

(from Willmington's Bible Handbook by Harold Willmington Copyright 1997 by Harold L. Willmington. Produced with permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Psalms 23:6

6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place. AMP

John 3:15

15 In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] maynot perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever! AMP

Revelation 22:5

5 And there will be no night there no need for lamps or sun for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever. NLT