Inside Heaven A Preview of Things To Come
The Holy Bible gives us a glimpse inside heaven.
The Holy Bible states that everyone who receives the gift of pardon
(Accepting the atonement for all of mankind's sin by Jesus's sacrifice on the cross.) will inherit heaven. The question is: What is heaven like?
Who made heaven? Jesus said in John 14 1 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know."
It is Jesus Himself who is preparing heaven for all of those who put their trust in Him. What is this place being prepared for us like? Let's take a peek inside heaven.
It will be a place of heretofore unseen and unheard wonders as well as a place of beauty. Psalm 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth.There will be no ugliness in heaven. Many of us have bodies which we don't have a very high opinion of as far as looks are concerned. That will change.
What will our bodies be like? It will be like the body of Jesus Christ after His resurrection. Jesus was able to travel through walls and travel distances just by thinking about it. The Gospels state that Jesus just "appeared" before his disciples. He also shared food with his disciples after His resurrection. Luke 24:41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, "Have you any food here?"24:42So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 24:43And He took it and ate in their presence.
How do we know our bodies will be like Christ's after we are translated? 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
We will still be able to enjoy food (but it won't be meat since there is no death in heaven) and we will have bodies that can travel at the speed of thought. Imagine how much money you could save on travel expenses if you could do that now. There would be no chance of being involved in a crash. Talk about a safe way to travel. Of course, if we would could do that now in our sinful bodies, that privilege would be abused for sinful purposes such as free admissions into shows and stealing money from bank vaults. That's why that privilege is reserved for our future sinless bodies. Luke 24:31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
As we take a peak inside heaven, what will not be there? There will be no hospitals as no one will ever get sick or grow old. Funeral homes will be out of business as no one will die ever again. There will be no jails because there will be no sorrow. No crimes will be committed to cause sorrow. Suicide bombers will not be there. Doctors, lawyers, nurses, and policemen will have to find a new profession. Revelation 21:4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
I love music but I can't carry a tune in a bucket and I haven't taken the time to learn to play a musical instrument, but in heaven I will not only sing but I will play as well and millions will sing and play along with me. It will be a beautiful concert that will never end. Revelation Chapter 5 5:8Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 5:9And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, The 24 elders represent all of redeemed mankind. We will sing a new song praising God for redeeming us and allowing us to inherit the glories of heaven.
Will we be reunited with our loved ones inside heaven? Will we know them? Will they know us? Scripture indicates that we will we know everyone who is in heaven. 1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
I have had pets that I loved very much that died which caused me great sorrow. Is there a chance that I could see them again? While scripture does not directly address this isssue it does give a hint that there is a strong possibility that I could see them again. Not only are we, as humans, waiting to recieve our new bodies, but all of creation is waiting for the curse of sin to be lifted. All of creation includes animals.
This scripture indicates that animals (referred to as creature) will inherit heaven as well. Romans 8 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
A study of Revelation Chapter 22 indicates our new heavenly home will be a giant space cube. There are millions of galaxies in the universe and I believe we will have an eternity to discover millions of new things as we will forever be learning. I have heard people proclaim that heaven will be boring so they would rather go to hell. These people speak in ignorance of both hell and heaven. They haven't taken the time to study what's inside hell and what's inside heaven.
Remember what scripture says about heaven: But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 1 Corinthians 2:9
Heaven is going to be full of surprises and great wonders. It will never be boring. The question is: Will you be there?
Copyright 2005 by Gary Goodworth
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