What Does the Bible Tell Us about Heaven?
- Tuesday, October 30, 2007
In the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation, we find God’s final word on human history. And when we reach Revelation chapter 21, God unfolds for us the establishment of His eternal kingdom – heaven. Paradise. Eternity with Him.
Up until the very end of the Bible, we know almost nothing about what heaven will be like. In fact, the last three chapters of Revelation tell us more about heaven than all of the rest of scripture put together.
In these final chapters we are told there will be three heavens. The first heaven will include the atmosphere including the clouds and oxygen we breathe. The second heaven is outer space where all the planets, constellations, and galaxies exist. And beyond that, there is a third heaven.
Paul gives us a slight hint at how incredible this third heaven will be when he says in I Corinthians 2:9, “…but just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.’"
In Revelation 21, John goes on to tell us that when we get to this new heaven, we will be living for eternity in:
- A New Creation
- A New City
- A New Community
- With A New Constitution
For Christians, living in this new heaven…in this new city…will be like nothing ever known before. In fact, Revelation 21:2 says: And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
The reference to the holy city as a bride, dressed up for a wedding celebration, symbolizes for us the intimacy we will have with God in heaven. And what this tells us is that heaven is first of all a relationship. And by using this illustration of a man and woman becoming husband and wife, God wants us to understand what our relationship with Him will be like in heaven. The most intimate relationship humans can share will only be a shadow of the intimacy we will have with God…for eternity!
This new city will be especially created for Christians, who will be the bride of Christ, as we are told in the New Testament.
All humanity began in a garden but will end in this new city, prepared like no other city that has ever been built. A city prepared for you and me who have put our trust in Jesus Christ.
What an amazing place heaven will be – prepared by our creator for His creation to live for all time!
To help you understand all that awaits you in heaven, I would like for you to have a copy of my booklet, Heaven: A Place Prepared for You. To find out how to receive your copy, please see the box on this page.
Heaven is something that is beyond our wildest imagination. Something I pray you will look forward to expectantly every day!
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