Do you want to go to Heaven? You choose...
What is heaven like?
Doesn't everybody go there?
The choice is simple - and it's all yours.
The Bible does not tell us all there is to know about
heaven, but it does give us many, very clear pointers.
First, the Bad News! To set the scene, we live here
in earth within a framework called "time", and we cannot escape
it in our bodily form. There is no such thing as time travel - we're here
and we're stuck with it.
Now the Good News! God and heaven are outside of time. From
God's domain, He can see
into every sub-atomic particle of the whole of creation from start to
finish, all at once.
1. God is
God created the Universe. ALL of it. AND
everything in it, including you and me, and everybody else.
2. God is
everywhere all at once.
He is here, where I am typing this page. He is with you as you read it. He is in all the depths of the ocean;
he is in the farthest corners of the universe. He is on the sun-kissed
sands of tropical islands. He is on the heights of the tallest mountains.
He is in the deepest mines that man has ever dug. He is in outer space. We
cannot go anywhere to escape from him. He could not hide from you if he
tried - he is everywhere, within us and around us.
3. God is in
every moment of time.
From the furthest past, from before the
time of creation; he is in the present here and now; he will be in every
moment of the future right up to and beyond the end of time.
4. God knows
He knows all the scientific things that we will
ever discover, and all those that we won't. He knows everything everybody
did in the past, he knows what they are doing now - including you and me -
and he knows what we will do in the future, to the end of time.
Who is heaven for? It is for those who love the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is what the Bible says about
It is a
spiritual place where God lives. (John
14:15) and is Lord over it (Acts 17:24).
It is the place that Jesus came from.
God, through Jesus, created the angels.
It is where countless numbers of angels live.
(Luke 2:15; 22:43; Galatians 1:8; Hebrews 12:22;
There was once a war in heaven. There was a rebellion when
one of the angels - called Satan - tried to take God's glory for himself.
As a result of this, Satan and his angels were defeated and cast out of
eternity, and down onto the earth and into time. (i.e. Satan is still spirit,
but he is no longer immortal). (Luke 10:18; Revelation
Heaven is where the Holy Spirit comes from
(Luke 3:22; Acts 2:2-4; 1 Peter 1:12).
God send us visions from heaven, and these have a meaning
that God wants to convey to us. (Acts 10:11-16;
Jesus returned to heaven after he came back to life after
being dead and buried. (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51;
Acts 1:1,11; 7:55-56).
Jesus has a special place of honour there. He sits at
the right hand of the throne of God in
It is a place where there is more rejoicing over one
sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not
need to repent. (Luke 15:7).
God reveals his wrath from
the heavens against all the
godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their
wickedness. (Romans 1:18).
When (if) we go to
heaven, we will have new spiritual
bodies that are imperishable (1 Corinthians
15:42-44), we shall bear the likeness of Jesus
(1 Corinthians 15:49; Philippians 3:21),
and we shall be immortal (1 Corinthians 15:53; 1
heaven, we will receive rewards for the way we stand
firm in our faith in Jesus, in spite of what others may do to us.
We can store up inexhaustible treasures in
heaven if we
have a giving heart here on earth, and are not in bondage to our wealth.
(Luke 12:33; 18:22).
It is a place where we will be loved, unconditionally
and totally, by the one being who himself is Love. "He will wipe every
tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying
or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords; he has been
given all authority in
heaven and on earth.
It is a place where there is no marriage - it
just doesn't exist there. We will be like the angels.
(Mark 11:25). We will not need a spouse as
a life companion. The love of a husband or wife, even at its greatest, cannot
compare with the love of Jesus. Our relationship with Jesus will be
perfect and filled with love. Earthly love is a mere shadow, a hint of
the heavenly love to come.
Jesus will come again back to earth from
heaven, and the
dead will be raised to life. (1 Thessalonians
When Jesus returns, he will be revealed from
blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not
know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
(2 Thessalonians 1:7-8).
It is not a weak place; it is strong. It will oversee
the eventual destruction of the earth. (Read
Revelation, mostly from chapter 11 onwards, for the whole story).
An angel will come from
heaven and destroy Satan.
After the final destruction of Satan, there will be a new
heaven and earth, and a new Jerusalem, the Holy City, coming
heaven from God.
Heaven sounds like a great place to spend eternity;
but it is not a place to be taken lightly.
Who is heaven for? - for those who love the Lord Jesus Christ.
The choice is simple - and it's all yours.
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