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10 Things You Want to Know about Heaven but are Embarrassed to Ask

  • Jean E. Jones Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

1. Is heaven in the clouds?

Comics and movies typically depict heaven’s occupants as lolling on fluffy, white clouds. But that’s not at all what the Bible depicts. Part of the confusion is that the word “heaven” has three meanings: 

1. The sky: “heaven gave rain” (James 5:18)

2. The physical cosmos containing stars and planets: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)

3. The unseen spiritual realm where God’s throne and celestial beings such as angels reside: “The Lord’s throne is in heaven” (Psalm 11:4)

The Bible teaches that on the day of the Lord, the physical cosmos “will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed” (2 Peter 3:10). After the judgment, God will create new heavens and a new earth (Revelation 21:1). Those whose names are in the Book of Life will dwell there with God (Revelation 21:3).

 

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