WHAT IS HEAVEN LIKE?


Concerning heaven, like the wisdom of Solomon, it can be said, "The half has not been told!" While we cannot fully comprehend what heaven is like, the Bible does reveal certain things about heaven so that we might have a desire to go there.



 1.        Heaven is real! Scripture depicts heaven as a place. Shortly before his return to heaven,                             Jesus promised: "I go to prepare a place for you(J n.14:2). This is one of our Lord’s                                   “exceedingly great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4).

2.         Heaven is where Christ is. Two apostles, Paul and John, were privileged to view heaven. In                        the great Book of Revelation, John recorded his vision of heaven and how he saw the King                          oHis throne (Rev. 4: 1-4). Paul, on the other hand, was caught up intheaven but was                                forbidden ttell what he had seen (2 Cor. 12:4). Later, he exclaimed that he had a desire to                          "depart and be with Christ" (Phil. 1:23). Further, he admonished Christians to "seek the                                things  that are above, where Christ is, sealed on the right hand of God" (Col. 3: 1).     

3.         Heaven is where God is. Moses prayed to God saying, "Look down from Thy holy                                        habitation, from heaven, and bless Thy people Israel"  (Deut. 26: 15). Later, Solomon said:                         "For God is in heaven, and thou upon earth" (Eccl. 5 :2).

 4.        Faithful servants of God from ages past will be in heaven. Jesus said that “many shall                              come from the east and the west, and shall sit down  with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob                            ithe kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 8: 11).

 5.        Faithful servants who died in this, the Christian age will be in heaven. The apostle Paul                          wrote concerning the second coming of Christ: “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose                            again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. (I Thess. 4: 14).

6.         Faithful Christians who are alive at his coming will be in heaven. Again, Paul explained                          to the brethren in Thessalonica: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a                                shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in  Christ                          will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the                        clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord 
            (1Thess, 4:16-17).

7.        Infants and all unaccountable for sin will be in heaven. Jesus said, "Suffer the little                                 children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven"
           (Matt. 19:4). At the death of his infant son, David said, "I shalf go to him: but he shall not                             return to me" (2 Sam. 12: 15).



Just knowing who will be in heaven should be enough to cause one to want to go there. A man who was dying asked his doctor to tell him about heaven. "I do not know anything about heaven," said the physician, "except that my Master is there, and that is enough." As he said this he opened the door and in leaped his dog and sprang into his arms in gladness. The doctor said to his patient, "This dog has never been in this room before, but HE KNEW HIS MASTERWAS INSIDE. That was all that mattered!"



 In the words of James, "Be patient therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord" (Jas. 5:7). As the dog waited anxiously for the door to open, so may we wait patiently for the Lord until He comes or calls us home.


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