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Map of Heaven
Mountain, throne, temple, city, valley
By Craig C. White
Heaven looks a lot like the city of Jerusalem, only with better views. I should say Jerusalem is patterned like heaven. Fact is, in time Jerusalem will look more and more like heaven. If you want to be able to find your way around heaven all you have to do is scroll down and check out your Map of Heaven!
There is a mountain in Jerusalem called mount Zion. There are other mountains or hills that are called Zion but the true mount Zion is located on the south east corner of Jerusalem. It is also called the “city of David”, or the “hill of Ophel”. King David had his palace and throne on mount Zion. Some think that his son Solomon built his temple on mount Zion. One day mount Zion in Jerusalem will become a very high mountain and Jesus will rule the world from his throne there.
Eze 40:2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.
Psa 48:1-2 A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. 2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
Jesus is the great King. The north sides of mount Zion will be where Jesus sets his throne on earth. The north side of mount Zion faces Jerusalem. God in heaven also faces Jerusalem.
Isa 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
There is also a mountain in heaven where God is seated on his throne. The Devil has seen it and boy is he jealous! He wants to be like God and sit on the throne on the north side of the heavenly mount.
Isa 14:13-14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
God’s heavenly throne is on the north side of the holy mountain in heaven. King David’s palace has been found on the north side of mount Zion in Jerusalem. Hebrew University archaeologist, Dr. Eilat Mazar has located the site. Read “Is It the Palace of King David?” by Sarah H. Moore at www.leaderu.com.
There have been two chief temples in Jerusalem. The first was King Solomon’s temple (1Ki 6). Construction began in 960 B.C.; it was destroyed in 606 B.C. by the Babylonian Empire. The second was Zerubbabel’s temple (Ezr 6-8). Construction began about 520 B.C.; it was plundered and defiled by Antiochus Epiphanies in 167 B.C. It was restored by Judas Maccabeus and latter renovated by Herod the great. So it is sometimes known as Herod’s temple. Zerubbabel’s temple (or Herod’s temple) was destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 A.D. There will be two more temples built in Jerusalem. The next temple (or holy place) will be built by Israel and will stand during the seven year “Great Tribulation” (Dan 9:27, Mat 24:15). The final temple will be built by Jesus and will stand during the one thousand year “millennial” reign of Christ on earth (Eze 40-47:12). There is also a temple in heaven. Why would God need a temple? Does He make sacrifices? Yes, only one.
Heb 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
© 2011 Craig White
© 2011 Craig White
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
The glory of God occupied King Solomon’s temple. The heavenly temple is God’s holy headquarters.
Psa 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.
If I told you that there is a city in Jerusalem, I’m sure you would believe it. There is a city in heaven. Abraham believed it.
Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
The holy city is called “New Jerusalem”. It is about 1,500 miles square! The heavenly city is coming to earth. Jerusalem will look more and more like heaven.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
You might want to notice the Hinnom valley that wraps around the bottom half of the city. Hinnom was a man; probably a Jebusite. Hinnom is a Hebrew word. It is used 12 times in the New Testament in the Greek form “Gehenna”. It is translated into English as “hell”. According to “Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries”:
Of Hebrew origin ([H1516] and [H2011]); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; gehenna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: – hell.
The valley of Hinnom was where the Hebrews sacrificed their children in the fire of false gods. In Jesus’ day it was a burning dump.
2Ch 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
Jesus used the word gehenna to describe the everlasting destination of the unsaved.
Luk 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
It is easy for us to see the valley of Hinnom in Jerusalem. But there may be a much deeper valley burning in heaven. Jesus and the angels will watch the everlasting burning of the damned.
Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
You are lucky to have a map of heaven. Today if you die, having put your trust in Christ, your spirit will be immediately ushered into the presence of God in heaven.
2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
That is good news. But even better news is that you will soon return to earth with Jesus to receive your restored body.
1Th 4:16-18 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
That’s right you’re going to get your body back, only it is going to be improved. Won’t that scare your relatives? After that we will return to heaven in our bodies to watch the unfolding of Israel’s final seven years of indignation spoken of by the prophet Daniel (Dan 9:24). During that time we will also witness the wrath of God on all nations.
Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
When you are in heaven in your new body don’t forget your map. And hold on to it when you come back to earth. Come back to earth? Yes sir, I’m sure you know that the meek shall inherit the earth.
Psa 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Now you will be able to find your way around in heaven and on earth. After all, in time Jerusalem will look more and more like heaven!