“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” [Psalms 23:6b NASB]
I believe this is an Old Testament reference to David saying he would be with the Lord forever in “His house”.
Jesus used “My Father’s house” to speak about heaven “ 1 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; …I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.“ [ John 14:1—6 NKJV ].
I believe Jesus is continuing the reference to the Fathers house in Revelation 21:10-27, here is a description ” 16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.”
This eternal city is large enough for 27 billion people to have a 1/2 mile cube each or for 216 billion people a 1/4 mile cube each. There is plenty of room for all the saints to have a mansion. The 1/2 mile square surface area would be 160 acres, a large area. A 1/4 mile square surface area would be 40 acres, still a very nice space, the average single family lot in Jacksonville is about 1/4 acres. Here is a link to my calculations. Number People in heavenly city
These verses describe the beauty of this eternal city. However, verses 24-26 indicate that not all of the glorified saints will live in this magnificent city, but some will come and go through the open gates from the rest of the recreated earth and heavens. The mention of nations may indicate that glorified people [plural] will bring the glory of the recreated earth and heavens to the city and honor the King of kings.
” 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;”
What glorious inexpressible joy the saints will enjoy for all of eternity.
Henry Luke 8/29/2017
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