Heaven’s Reality

Heaven’s Reality

"A Guarantee From God"

 

Cal Poulsen

Scripture Insights

12-16-2015

 

The joy of living in God’s presence is indescribable. Revelation explains that we will not be encumbered with the things of this present world. There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. Everything that has caused sadness and suffering will be taken away. All sin that has been the source of sorrow will be gone. Heaven will be a magnificent place.

Some suggest that there will be no emotions in heaven. Yet emotions are part of God. We should not expect that there will be an absence of emotion there. The tears that will be wiped away are the tears of suffering over sin and death. It is my belief that since we are now capable of shedding tears stemming from joy, there is no reason to believe that there may be no tears of joy in heaven. This could especially be the case when we meet Christ, or at a reunion with our loved ones.

Revelation 21:4 

He (God) will wipe every tear from their (our) eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

At death, the human spirit leaves the body and goes to either heaven or hell (Luke 16:22). Those who are not sure that our spirit will return to God need only read (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

Ecclesiastes 12:7 

.  .  .  . and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

There is an immediate conscious existence after death, both in heaven and hell. There is no such thing as soul sleep or a period of unawareness preceding heaven. Fallen asleep as described in (1 Thessalonians 4:13) is a euphemism for death, describing the spirit’s departure from the body, ending our conscious existence on earth. The apostle Paul was anxious to be with Christ and stated the following.

2 Corinthians 5:8 

We (believers) are confident, I (Paul) say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:23 

I (Paul) am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

You may not have thought of it but, when we die the believer is ushered into heaven by angels.

Luke 16:22 

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried.

These angels are most likely serving us as ministering angel(s) while we were on earth. Some angels are assigned to children, and they have special and continuous access to God. This suggests that ministering or guardian angels could be assigned to people even prior to their conversion to Christ, though this is not known.

Matthew 18:10 

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

Note:

Angels are individual created beings who have their own names, and are capable of reasoning, speech and interaction (Luke 1:26-38). Angels active on this earth are normally invisible to human eyes. They are sent out by God in response to prayer's or Spiritual needs. Angels can take on physical form and appear as humans. We can respond to or interact with angels, unaware of their identity. Many of us have probably entertained angels but never even new it. Yet, others may have been saved out of a physical calamity or a close situation in their lives.

Hebrews 13:2 

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 1:14 

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

When we are in heaven, it may be possible for us to welcome others into our homes and dwelling places. Jesus tells his followers to use worldly wealth (earthly resources) to gain friends (by making a difference in their lives on earth), “so that when it is gone (when life on earth is over) you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”

Luke 16:9 

I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.

Our friends in heaven appear to be to those whose lives we’ve touched in a significant way on earth. They will apparently have their own eternal dwellings. This fits the Bible’s portrayal of heaven as a city.

After the 1,000 year reign of Christ, Heaven will be the city called New Jerusalem. The exact dimensions of the heavenly New Jerusalem is measured by an angel.  The bible tells us that this city will be 12,000 stadia or a 1,500 mile cube.

Revelation 21:16

The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.

This is over two million square miles and would stretch from the West Coast to the Mississippi river, and from the borders of Canada to Mexico, covering two thirds of the entire land mass of the United States. Within this vast city we will have personal dwelling places, which Jesus has prepared for us.

John 14:2

My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

John 14:3 

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Heaven’s New Jerusalem will be filled with beauty. The streets will be made of gold and the buildings will be made of pearls, emeralds and precious stones (Revelation 21:18-21). The city gates are always open, and people will travel in and out, some bringing wonderful gifts into the city.

Revelation 21:24 

The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.

Revelation 21:25 

On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

Revelation 21:26 

The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.

In heaven, we will serve God.

Service (Revelation 7:15) implies responsibilities, duties, effort, and unlimited creativity to do work well. This work will have everlasting accomplishment, unhindered by decay and fatigue, and enhanced by unlimited resources. In heaven, we will be given rest from our labors on earth. The rest granted to us by Christ. Heaven’s labor will be refreshing, productive and without futility and frustration.

Revelation 14:13 

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."

Another aspect of our service to Christ is that we will reign with Him in heaven (2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 3:21; 22:5). This implies specific delegated responsibilities for those under our leadership (Luke 19:17-19). We judge or rule over the world and we judge and rule over angels (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).

 

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