Q. I was reading your latest article about New Jerusalem as being the home of the redeemed Church. I was wondering is New Jerusalem considered Heaven? Revelation depicts the Church in Heaven around God’s throne in Chapter 4 I believe. So is this city the same place? Why not just call it Heaven?
A. I believe when most Christians think about heaven, they really have the New Jerusalem in mind. Most of the descriptions of Heaven I hear actually fit the New Jerusalem, what with its streets of gold, etc. When the rapture comes, I think we’ll be taken to the New Jerusalem, which it will be in Heaven at the time. After the 2nd Coming John saw the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven (Rev. 21:2) to take up its position in the vicinity of Earth.
So yes, there’s a lot of confusion in the minds of many about this. I don’t think it will be entirely cleared up until we see it for ourselves.