5 Truths about Heaven
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It's hard to fathom what Heaven will be like. Growing up you may have heard that Heaven is a place where angels play harps all day, and you sit around singing "Kumbaya". If that's what Heaven will be like, why would anyone want to go there?
There's a lot of mystery when it comes to the afterlife. The Bible gives us several things to think about, but It also doesn't give us all the answers we're looking for.
Here are 5 things the Bible teaches about Heaven:
1. Heaven is a Beautiful Place.
Heaven is described as a city of pure gold, clear as glass (Rev. 21:18). There was a wall in the city built of jasper adorned with every kind of jewel (Revelation 21:18-19). There are 12 gates with 12 pearls (Revelation 21:21). There is no darkness or night as the glory of God gives off light (Revelation 21:23, 25). Heaven’s radiance is like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal (Revelation 21:11). There is a river of the water of life, clear as crystal (Rev. 22:1). Heaven is compared to a bride beautifully dressed for her husband (Revelation 21:2).
2. Our Greatest Joy in Heaven Will Be Being with God Forever.
We will once again dwell with God Himself, and He will live with us. He will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there will no longer be death, mourning, crying, or pain (Rev. 21:3-4; see Matthew 25:34).
3. There Will Be Similar Things in Heaven as There Are on Earth.
- We will have positions of rule over God’s creation (Revelation 20:4; 22:5; Luke 19:11-27). No one will care if someone has greater authority than another.
- We shall eat and drink at the marriage supper of Jesus (Revelation 19:9; 22:18).
- Music and singing will be done to the glory of God (Revelation 5:9-13; 19:6-8).
4. We Will Know Each Other in Heaven.
If disciples recognized Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration if they had never met them, how much more will we recognize our family and friends (Luke 9:29-33; see I Thessalonians 4:14-18).
We will give a detailed account of our lives on earth when we die (2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 12:36). If we have good memories of our lives, surely we will remember our families and friends.
5. One Event Will Follow Another in Time.
Heaven is a place that exists now in our space and time. Although it is eternal, it will have successive events like we have here on earth (Acts 7:55-56; Acts 1:9, 11; John 14:2-3; Revelation 21:24-26; 22:2).
Jesus could come back any day at any time (2 Peter 3:10). Heaven is the place where you want to be when you die. It’s far greater than our present lives because we will be free from sin, death, physical and emotional pain, and sadness.
The way to get to Heaven is if you admit you are a sinner, confess your sins specifically to Jesus, believe that Jesus has the power to forgive your sins and is the way to God the Father in Heaven, and commit your life to Him today (see Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:13).
If you’re reading this today, I hope to see you in Heaven.