Bible Study Subjects:
Back to Jerusalem
The Coming King
The Law of the King
Witch of Endor
Cities of Ash
A River of Life
Bowing to Baylon
A Tale of Two
Voice in the
A Jar of Oil
Above the Crowd
The Glorious Kingdom
Solomon was established as the new king of Israel, the Lord appeared to
him in a dream and said, "Ask what I shall give thee." 1 Kings 3:5. The
young king could have requested money, fame, or long life, but he
didn't. Instead, he asked for wisdom to justly govern God's people. In
answer to that humble and heartfelt prayer, the Lord gave Solomon
tremendous wisdom and perception--surpassing every other human. On top
of that, God also blessed him with fame, riches, and long life.
During Solomon's reign, Israel enjoyed unparalleled peace and
prosperity. Precious metals were so abundant in Jerusalem during his
time that silver was considered as common as stones (1 Kings 10:27). In
addition to the magnificent temple of marble and gold that Solomon built
for God, he also constructed a lavish palace and courtyard plus entire
cities to house his chariots and horsemen. Splendid flowering gardens
with rare trees graced every town. Monarchs, nobles, and royalty came
from around the world to visit and bring gifts. They longed to hear the
profound wisdom that God had put in Solomon's heart (1 Kings 10:24).
Among the many regal visitors was a rich and beautiful queen from the
far-away land of Sheba. She wanted to see firsthand if the reports about
Israel's king were true. The Queen of Sheba tested Solomon with many
hard questions and was stunned by his brilliant answers. Everywhere she
looked, her senses were dazzled. But even Israel at its zenith was as
nothing compared to the glorious kingdom God has prepared for you!
did Jesus promise His people?
. In my Father's house are many mansions: ... I go to prepare
a __________ for you.
do we know about this place Jesus is preparing?
65:17 . For, behold, I create ______ heavens and a new earth.
Hebrews 11:16 For he hath prepared for them a city.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the
Isaiah 65:21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit
about amazing! God has prepared for His people new heavens, a new
earth, and a new holy city. The righteous will inherit a glorious
mansion in the city built by Jesus (John 14:2), plus a fabulous
country home on the new earth that they will build themselves (Isaiah
more do we know about the holy city?
21:16 . And the city lieth _______________, ... and he measured the
city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and
the breadth and the height of it are equal.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,
coming down from God out of heaven.
Revelation 21:10, 12 The holy Jerusalem, descending out of
heaven from God, ... had a wall great and high, and had twelve
Revelation 21:18 And the building of the wall of it was
Revelation 21:21 The street of the city was pure gold.
holy city is square, and the distance around it is 12,000 furlongs, or
1,500 miles (a furlong is one-eighth of a mile). It comes down from
heaven to the new earth and will land where the Mount of Olives now
stands (Zechariah 14:4). Each of its 12 gates are made of a single
pearl (Revelation 21:21), and the city's jasper walls are 144 cubits
(Revelation 21:17) or 216 feet wide (a cubit is 18 inches).
does the Bible say about the city's water and food supply?
22:1 . He shewed me a pure __________ of water of life.
Revelation 22:2 On either side of the river, was there the tree
of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her
fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of
inexhaustible, pure river of water flows out of the throne of God, and
the tree of life yields a different fruit crop each month. This
fabulous fruit and its leaves provide the antidote of death and
perpetuate eternal life. In addition, God's saints will raise their
own food at their country homes (Isaiah 65:21). The diet of God's
people will be what it was before sin entered the world--fruits,
grains, and nuts (Genesis 1:29, 31). The taste will be indescribably
delicious, and the nutritional value will be perfect.
will living in heaven be different than living here on earth?
. The eyes of the __________ shall be opened.
Isaiah 35:5 The ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Isaiah 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and
the tongue of the dumb sing.
Isaiah 65:25 They [the beasts] shall not hurt nor
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, ... and a
little child shall lead them.
Isaiah 35:1 The desert shall ... blossom as the rose.
Isaiah 33:24 The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick.
Revelation 21:4 There shall be no more death, neither
sorrow, nor crying.
kind of bodies will the saints have?
3:20, 21 . The Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body,
that it may be fashioned like unto his _________ body.
Jesus' body real, or is He a spirit?
. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and
see; for a spirit hath not ______ and bones, as ye see me have.
body after His resurrection was real, with flesh and bones that you
could touch and feel. The disciples at first thought He was a spirit
when He appeared suddenly to them, but after they felt Him and watched
Him eat (Luke 24:40-43), they knew that He was real. Forty days later,
Jesus led them out to Bethany and ascended to heaven (Luke 24:50, 51).
The angels who appeared to the disciples said to them, "This same
Jesus [of flesh and bones] ... shall so come in like manner as ye have
seen him go into heaven." Acts 1:11. Since His incarnation, Jesus is
forever linked with the human race, as well as being divine.
other encouraging promise is found?
21 . And he shall send Jesus Christ, ... Whom the heaven must
receive until the times of _____________ of all things.
God, every glorious thing that was lost by the entrance of sin will be
restored in God's new kingdom. All people will genuinely love, trust,
and support each other. As a result, there will be no more violence
(Isaiah 60:18), and no more betrayal, abuse, disloyalty, dishonesty,
backbiting, insecurity, depression, danger, disappointment, or
heartache. It will be joyful, happy, contented, abundant living for
sad or painful memories from this life trouble people in heaven?
65:17 . The former shall ____ be remembered, nor come into mind.
words "come into mind" are better translated "move upon the heart."
The Lord is here promising that the sorrows of earth will not bring
sorrow to His saints in heaven.
people from earth recognize each other in God's new kingdom?
Corinthians 13:12 . Then shall I ______ even as also I am known.
will indeed recognize each other by our appearance, walk, mannerisms,
speech, etc. Our abilities to discern each other will be improved in
heaven. Heaven will be an utterly fantastic family reunion.
other thrilling promises does God give us regarding His coming
35:10 . The ransomed of the Lord shall ... come to Zion with songs
and everlasting _____.
Psalm 16:11 There are pleasures for evermore.
Zechariah 8:5 The streets of the city shall be full of boys and
girls playing in the streets thereof.
Isaiah 40:31 They shall run, and not be weary; and they
shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
saints will be able to fly like angels at speeds faster than light.
Since they inherit all things (Revelation 21:7), they may visit other
worlds, taking only moments to get there. According to Scripture, God
has made other worlds that are unfallen (Job 1:6; Hebrews 1:2; 11:3).
we adequately describe God's new kingdom with words?
Corinthians 2:9 . Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the _______ of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them that love him.
and I in our present state are not able even to imagine the wonderful
things God has prepared for His children. No words, thoughts, or even
dreams can truly picture the fantastic joys and bliss of heaven. No
matter what we may suffer on earth, being in heaven will outweigh all
of earth's trials (Romans 8:18).
is the highest reward of God's new kingdom?
21:3 . God himself shall be ________ them.
it, and stand in awe! God will actually live in the new earth with His
people. Nothing can compare to this for sheer delight and glory.
will exclude people from God's heavenly kingdom?
21:27 . There shall in no wise enter into it any thing that
Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all
defiles and cannot be allowed into heaven, else rebellion might start
all over again. (See Supplement entitled "The Kingdom of God.")
can I do about sin?
1 John 1:9
. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to ________ us from all unrighteousness.
I ask Jesus to forgive my sins, He forgives me and cleanses me from
sin and makes me His child.
did Jesus say is the formula for success in this life and the next?
6:33 . But seek ye first the ______________ of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
is exactly what King Solomon did when God asked, "What do you want?"
His first thought was for God's kingdom and His righteousness. In
return, the blessings of a glorious kingdom followed. This will happen
for us too when we seek first God's kingdom.
that God is in full control of earthly events, are you willing to let
Him have full control of your life?