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Heaven is for Real
“Imagine there’s no heaven it’s easy if you try, / no hell below us above us only sky ... / Imagine there’s no countries it isn’t hard to do, / nothing to kill or die for and no religion too.”
John Lennon’s song is derived fro an eastern concept where ultimate reality is, in the words of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, “nothingness.” “When you become absorbed and lost in this cosmic nothingness, you have arrived. We shouldn’t be afraid of nothingness.” Sounds a bit bleak! What does the Bible say about ultimate reality — heaven?
Heaven Will Be a Real Place with Real People
1. What did Jesus promise He would prepare for His followers? John 14:1-3
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; … I am going there to prepare a place for you. … I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
2. What three new real things does John see? Revelation 21:1-2
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away … I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.”
The Bible starts with a new heaven and new earth, and ends that way. God’s original plan for this planet, interrupted by the Devil’s rebellion, will be ultimately realized when God eradicates evil and makes this world new again.
3. Will we have real bodies in heaven? Philippians 3:20-21
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who … will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
4. What took place which showed Jesus resurrected body was real? Luke 24:36-43
“‘Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’ …They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.”
People after the resurrection recognized Jesus as a real person: Mary at the tomb (John 20:14-16); two disciples at Emmaus (Luke 24:13-34); and the disciples in the upper room (Luke 24:36-43).
EVIL WILL NEVER RISE AGAIN
5. When God makes everything new what does the apostle John say will not be there? Revelation 21:4, 27
“He 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.”
“Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Heaven is described by what won’t be there, because our minds can’t comprehend what it will really be like. How do you tell an Eskimo about a tropical island? Mostly you would tell him what won’t be there — no cold, no ice, no snow, etc.
The Best Thing about Heaven
7. Where will God’s dwelling place be? Revelation 21:3; 22:3-4
“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.” “They will see his face.”
In heaven, “immortal minds will contemplate with never-failing delight the wonders of creative power, the mysteries of redeeming love... Every faculty will be developed, every capacity increased. The acquirement of knowledge will not weary the mind or exhaust the energies. There the grandest enterprises may be carried forward, the loftiest aspirations reached, the highest ambitions realized; and still there will arise new heights to surmount, new wonders to admire, new truths to comprehend, fresh objects to call forth the powers of mind and soul and body. All the treasures of the universe will be open to the study of God’s redeemed. (Ellen White, The Great Controversy, p. 677)
Bible Discovery by Errol Webster. Reprinted with permission by SIGNS. Biblebay © 2001-2014, Westlake Village, CA.