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What does heaven look like?

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. Revelation 21:22-25

We have two views of heaven in the Bible—the current one and the future one.

The heaven that was witnessed by Isaiah in chapter 6 and John in Revelation 1 was a spiritual heaven that exists right now.  In that passage we read about these things in heaven:
  • Throne
  • Angels
  • Temple (doorposts, thresholds)
  • Altar
  • Brilliant light
  • Lampstands
A very limited description, revealing it more as a sort of Temple where God reigns and is worshipped.

The future heaven described by John in Revelation 21-22, we read this:
  • God lights up the place with His brilliance.
  • It is described as a city with gates, streets and walls.
  • It is populated by people and angels.
  • It is colorful.
  • It looks like earth, but better.
             The future heaven contains God and a central location like a busy city.  In addition there is a new earth, mostly likely the pre-sin location of Adam and Eve, a garden paradise, which God called “good” when he made it so why would he need to change the blueprints?