Q & A About Heaven

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What does Heaven look like?


Heaven is a real place that God designed especially for his children. The Bible calls it the “new Earth,” because it contains many of the things that are familiar to us, like streets, walls, trees, a river, and people. In fact, God even gives the exact measurements of the New Jerusalem! It is about 1500 miles long, 1500 miles wide, and 1500 miles high, in other words, about a fourth the size of the US (Revelation 21:16)! There are also other cities in Heaven as well. As we try to imagine these places, it is important to realize that none of the negative aspects of city life – like crime, traffic, and pollution – will have any place in God’s kingdom. The Earth presents but a “shadow” of the awesome splendor of Heaven, which sparkles like diamonds in the radiance of God’s presence (Romans 8:21). Entering into Heaven will be like stepping out of the darkness into light. Experts say that the human eye can see only 3% of the light spectrum and the ear can hear only a small fraction of the sound scale, so maybe in Heaven we will see and hear in full measure. Perhaps that is what Paul meant when he said that no eye has seen nor ear has heard what awaits us in Heaven (1 Corinthians 2:9). What’s more, the river of Eden (Eden means “pleasure”) will flow straight from the throne of God through the center of the New Jerusalem, filling everyone with never-ending joy and happiness.



Since Heaven is the eternal kingdom of God, will He have a throne?



The Lord will have a throne in Heaven and it will be magnificent. Even more magnificent will be the Lord's appearance. Listen to this description from Revelation 4:2-6:
“…I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God. In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal” (NLT).



What will we do?



Some people think that life in Heaven will be boring because they associate it with the many dull church meetings they have attended. Others think of eternity as a never-ending worship service. However, while the Bible does say that we will praise the Lord with song and dance, we will also worship Him with our service. Those who have been faithful on Earth will be put in charge of one or more cities (Luke 19:11-27). As kings and priests, we will co-reign with Christ in his eternal kingdom (Revelation 5:10, 20:6, 2:26-28). Not only will we rule over nations and angels, but the Lord promises to spend the rest of eternity showing us bit by bit the “incomparable riches of his grace” (Ephesians 2:6-7).



What will we look like?



Our bodies will be imperishable in Heaven and even more powerful and glorious than the angels’ (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). We catch a glimpse of what this means in 2 Kings 19, where we read that one angel put 185,000 Assyrian soldiers to death in one night. What’s more, we shall each bear Christ’s likeness. In Revelation 1, John describes Jesus’ resurrected body – His eyes were like blazing fire, His face shone like the sun, His voice was like the sound of rushing waters.



What will we wear?



The Bible clearly says that our heavenly garments will be woven from our compassionate and loving deeds (Revelation 19:8).



Will there be animals in Heaven?



There are several passages of Scripture that suggest there will be animals in Heaven. When Isaiah speaks about the age when the Messiah will rule over a new heaven and a new earth, he mentions many animals – wolves, lambs, leopards, goats, calves, lions, cows, bears, and snakes – all living in harmony with man (Isaiah 11, 65).



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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anna said...

Since regret is often a sad feeling here on Earth, will we feel regret that we didn't witness to more people when we get to Heaven?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anna,
I know that regret is a sad feeling that we have here on earth; however, Jesus does not want you to stay there. He has made a way for us to be free of that by confessing our sins. He promises to be faithful and forgive us and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. The apostle Paul also talks about what to with regret: 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3!3-14. Also, Jesus promises to wipe away every tear from our eyes in Heaven. Rev. 21:1-5: 1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4He 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."
5He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
So I believe no more regrets!
Also, He will carry you onto completion and help you to witness where He is calling you! Press on and forgive yourself with His love! :)

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