3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Paul tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord so that all those who have faith in Christ in this life will immediately, upon their death, go to be with the Lord which we call heaven. This will be a wonderful moment, filled with great rejoicing for all believers who leave the hardships of this world and be translated into the next. But there is something even greater – God will make his dwelling place with man. That is to say that there will be no real distinction between heaven and earth. This was foreshadowed in the tabernacle that Moses built that was set in the center of the camp of Israel as a reminder that God was with them and dwelt among them. That condescension of God to live among his creation will not be found in a tabernacle, but in the New Jerusalem where he will be our God and we his people. That will be a glorious day when our Lord will wipe away our every tear, when death will be no more, when we will experience no more mourning, crying, or pain because the former things have passed away. That is a day we all long for as we struggle and suffer now, awaiting for our final redemption. Come Lord Jesus, come.