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plague. People stopped singing, poets stopped writing, and it appeared that
hell on earth would soon be a reality. The story ends happily, however,
because the spirit himself falls in love, and the world recovers the lost
words of love.
It may sound weird, but it does have a message of profound truth. For
if you destroy man's love he is as good as in hell, and without love there
can be no heaven. In verse 8, John lists for us those who are excluded from
heaven and cast into the lake of fire. They are all products of hatred.
They hate God, and do not believe; they hate man and thus they murder; they
hate what is pure, and thus they pollute and corrupt the beauty of human
love; they hate the truth and thus they are habitual liars. Hatred on earth
is the beginning of hell, just as love on earth is the beginning of heaven.
Love and hate--heaven and hell, are almost parallel phrases.
The ugliness of hate is what will determine the environment of hell.
Earl Panzram murdered 23 people, and was executed in 1930. His last words
were, "I wish the whole human race had one neck and I had my hands around
it." God will cleanse the new heaven and the new earth of all such hate.
The world itself will be cleansed by fire, and all that blots the beauty of
God's creation will be eliminated. Love only, will be allowed in heaven,
and they result will be beauty beyond our wildest dreams. Love will reign
supreme and no evil spirit will be able to rob men of it. D. L. Moody
recognized the connection of love and beauty in heaven. He wrote, "Heaven
is the only place where the conditions of love can be fulfilled." Then he
quotes the poetBeyond these chilling winds and gloomy skies;
Beyond death's cloudy portal,
There is a land where beauty never diesWhere love becomes immortal.
Heaven began in the beauty of God's love. John 3:16 begins with God's
love, and ends with God's heaven--everlasting life. In between is the gift
that links us to both His love and His heaven--God's Son. He is the source
of all that is beautiful in both time and eternity. Just looking at the
beauty of this fallen and this sin stained world, is enough to make us
marvel at what the beauty of heaven must be. Someone looking up at the
stars said, "If the suburbs are so beautiful, how beautiful the city of
heaven must be. All of our enjoyment of the beauty of this world is a mere
faction of the creative work of God. Much is never seen by anyone.
Full many
The dark,
Full many
And waste

a gem of purest ray serene
unfathomed caves of ocean bear;
a flower is born to blush unseen
it's fragrance on the desert air.

Since we know this to be true, we know by God's own handiwork that He
is a lover of beauty. This means, even if the Bible had nothing in it about
heaven, we would still know that James Montgomery spoke true theology when
he wrote-If God hath made this world so fair,
Where sin and death abound,
How beautiful, beyond compare
Will paradise be found!
The Bible tells us much about the beauty of heaven. John was caught up
to see it for himself, and he tells us much of what he saw. First of all,