Some people say that there is no place called heaven or hell. It is all here. If you are happy and your life is comfortable on earth that is heaven for you; and if you are sad and miserable on earth that is your hell! But the Bible is too clear to understand it that way. Heaven is a real place, and hell is for real as well. The apostle wrote, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1Corinthians 15:19).
Today we are going to see how “The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of Heaven.”
The golden palace
People on earth invest in gold. For gold, it is said, is a safe treasure. A nation’s wealth is basically measured in terms of the gold reserves it has. In an uncertain world where things can loose its value overnight people are encouraged to invest in this precious metal that seems to withstand all imbalances. I don’t know the details of how man worked out this concept. But I know there is a palace up there, whose economy doesn’t fail, whose government is secure. It’s a palace that endures forever—it’s a golden palace! The Bible says,
Revelation 21:18, “And the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.”
It’s not just the massive city that is of gold, but the streets as well! “And the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass” (Revelation 21:21).
Here people talk about Wall Street, but we talk about the Golden Street! On Wall Street you don’t know when your economy might fall off the wall, but on the Golden Street, you have a firm footing, a strong base permanently!
It is not the gold of heaven that makes heaven’s economy so secured; it is the King in that palace that makes the difference! Haggai 2:8, “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.”
The Lord knows we all love treasures; and He is not against it. But He wants us to make a wise investment. He knows that the economy on earth is not permanently secured, so He is inviting us to invest for the future that will last forever.
Matthew 6:19, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”.