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“Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee...”
—I Kings .
“…And hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place...”-I Kings .
discussed in the Bible, First, there is
just above the earth…air, clouds, etc.
Second, there is
heaven containing the stars and planets.
Finally, we have what the Bible calls “the
The third Heaven is where God’s throne is located.
It is the place called
Where is Heaven? How do you get there? What is it like?
Well, we don’t know all the answers, but we know that Heaven is always referred to as “up.” We know there’s no stairway leading there. We can only imagine some of the answers…we should take some time and just imagine…but the Bible tells us quite a bit as well:
There are windows in Heaven. The windows are always spoken of as being open to pour out things from God. Sometimes blessings are poured out (see Mal. ; II Kings 7:2), sometimes curses (see Isa. 24:18), and sometimes the same thing that is a blessing to some is a curse to others (see Gen. 8:2).
Concerning the door in Heaven, John tells of his experience in Revelation. “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter” (Rev. 4:1).
The first thing he saw was a throne. This is God’s throne. He was sitting on His throne. It looked like a jasper, sardine stone, or an emerald. It is hard for the finite mind to grasp infinite things. We cannot imagine the beauty and radiance of God. A diamond is like dirt compared to God.
The psalmist cried out, “The Lord is in his holy temple, the
Lord’s throne is in heaven...” (Ps. 11:4). Behind the throne was a sparkling rainbow. The twenty-four elders, clothed with glistening, white garments and pure gold crowns on their heads, were seated upon the twenty-four seats. Thunder and lightnings were proceeding out from the throne and voices could be heard. There were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne.
The Tree of Life was there. This same tree was in the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve. After the fall of man, an angel was posted at the gate with a revolving sword, to keep them away from this tree lest they should eat of it and live forever in their fallen state. On this tree grew twelve different kinds of fruit each month. The leaves were for the healing of the nations.
As John continued to look, he saw twelve gates of pearl; three on the north, three on the south, three on the east and three on the west. Twelve angels stood at these twelve gates. But Jesus will be what makes it heaven for me!
Part of what will make it heaven is what won’t be there…
There will be no tears, no
death, [death is a comma to the Christian, not a period.] no sorrow, no
crying, no pain, no night, no more curse, no hunger, no thirst, no bills, or
hundreds of other things that have plagued us here.
The great host of angels, or messengers, will be busy serving God and
carrying out every desire. When
Jesus was born in
Stephen had been privileged to look on this scene, too. As he was dying, after being stoned, he spoke of seeing Jesus standing on the right hand of God. Before he could tell much of what he saw, God called him Home.
Paul the apostle got a
glimpse of this on the
Enoch and Elijah were taken up into Heaven. They saw the scene, but never returned to explain about it. Moses got a little glimpse of God, and his face shone with brilliance.
It is certainly going to be an amazing thing to go there and see for ourselves. We are told, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (II Cor. 5:1).
God looks down from Heaven and sees. He also hears, as do others there. “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God” (Ps. 14:2). We are reminded, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (II Chron. 7:14).
IN Hebrews 12:1, we are cautioned, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight . . . .” The writer could be indicating that there are great multitudes of spectators in Heaven watching us in this life. They are called a “great cloud of witnesses.”
We can try to imagine these things, and artists can attempt to do justice, but…
I Cor. 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
We can only imagine!
Heaven will involve:
The first thing on the
schedule, after getting there, is the judgment seat.
Paul explains in II Cor. 5:10, “For we must all appear before the
judgment seat of
Heaven is a place of records. The Lamb’s Book of Life is there, and other record books at the judgment seat and at the great white throne judgment. God has a great recording system to preserve every idle word, thought
or deed. The sounds of earth broadcasts can be heard in space, and scientists are working on a machine now that will use radioactive material to bring voices out of rocks and trees, that were recorded there hundreds of years ago by sound wave impressions. And we can be sure that God has things recorded.
We are told to rejoice because of this. “But rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke ). In Hebrews, we read, “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven . . .” (Heb. ). Pity the poor soul whose name is not written there!
You can die in cancer and go to heaven...you can die in liver trouble and go to heaven, or die from or die in pancreas trouble as my g’father did...you can die in kidney trouble like some have and go to heaven..you can die in sugar diabetes, poverty, loneliness, rags, poor house…you can die in a car accident and still go to heaven. But you can’t die in sin and go to heaven.
John tells us in Rev. 20:15, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”.
There's 2 places with no hope. One is hell, all hope is lost there. The other is heaven...there's no need for hope there!
Christ is my inheritance, and heaven is the safe deposit box where all my inheritance is kept!
Heaven is a place of rewards. Jesus, speaking in the Sermon on the Mount, said in Matt. , “Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven . . .”. He went on to say in Matt. 6:20, “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”. This is our heavenly safe deposit box. There will be rewards for sincerity, suffering and service. To think along this line will excite the heart.
The devil is the opposite of God in every way. Satan gives us the best first and saves the worst for last. God saves the best for last!
There will be much eternal
joy in Heaven. The greatest joy
that comes to Heaven is because of souls coming to
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