“In The Land of Fadeless Day”
s we continue the series on hymn devotionals, today we want to consider the beautiful song, “In The Land of Fadeless Day.” This hymn is important because it takes the minds of faithful Christians into heaven and gives everlasting hope. The words of this hymn are based on a vision that John saw when an angel carried him away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and showed him a preview of the great holy city Jerusalem (Revelation 21:10). It was not the earthly Jerusalem, but the new one descending from God (Revelation 21:2). Please consider with me three important truths to be learned from this hymn.
The new city that John saw was reflecting the glory of God with its light compared to a most precious stone—like a transparent jasper stone capable of reflecting various colors; especially red like fire. The city was clear as crystal. John also saw that the city was fully secure with its four walls of Jasper with twelve foundations garnished with all kinds of precious stones, and bearing the names of the apostles written on them. The city and its street were pure gold, like clear glass. The twelve gates of the city were twelve individual pearls.
The angel with John measured the city with a golden reed and found it to be laid out foursquare. It was a perfect cube with its length, width and height measuring the same. It is interesting to note that the Most Holy place in the tabernacle of the Old Testament was also a perfect cube that measured 15 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 15 feet high (1 Kings 15:20).
Even though John saw heaven in the form of physical things, the mansions that are being prepared for the saved are spiritual in nature. Why is this true? Because those who dwell there will have spiritual bodies. Paul gave the following description of the kind of body that will be raised from the dead: “It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body” (1 Corinthians 15:44).
John saw the most precious things that are known to mankind, to describe a place that is more beautiful and precious than anyone can ever comprehend. To know the full beauty of this city foursquare, one must experience it!
In this new and holy Jerusalem that came down out of heaven from God, John was assured that God would be with His people. That He would remove all tears, sorrows, pain and death from them (Revelation 21:4). In the physical world, persecutions and all of these harmful things are present, and we either experience them in our own lives, or we see others involved. However, in this beautiful heaven that John saw, none of these will be present. “…”for the former things have passed away.” All the fears that we experience in this life will be gone forever.
The darkness of night that is often used by evil ones to commit their awful sins will also be gone. In fact, those who are fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexual immoral, and sorcerers will be in the lake of fire and brimstone! These evil ones who bring so much pain on earth will not be present in this precious city to inflict any pain! They will spend eternity in darkness! The apostle Peter described evil ones as being; “wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (2 Peter 2:17).
This hymn announces the biblical fact that nights, along with all the darkness of the world, will be replaced by the light of the Lamb. Light is fully associated with God. On the very first day of creation, God said, “Let there be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). When John introduced Jesus as the Word who existed in the beginning, he said of Him, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Light is exactly what Jesus brought to the world! Even though the majority refused His light, it was still made available to all who would receive it. However, Jesus spoke about the light being refused as being a problem: “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).
In this vision, John saw this same Lamb who brought light to the earth, as being the light of heaven (Revelation 21:23). This hymn announces the good news, “For the Lamb is all the light, and there is no night there.” Therefore, those who love darkness here on earth because their deeds are evil will hate the darkness in eternity, because the darkness there will be outside of heaven and away from the glory of God. Just think, the glory of God will be seen and enjoyed by the saved that are in heaven throughout all eternity!
We then can conclude that heaven is—
A place of love, because God is love (1 John 4:8).
A place of light, because Jesus Himself is light (John 8:12).
A place of glory, because God and His Son have glory (John 1:14).
The most important question that anyone can ask is this: “In the land of fadeless day, where will I spent eternity, inside or outside this city that is foursquare? —BBBristow