Welcome to 2015 and a brand new blog series. After being asked on several different occasions questions about Heaven from family and friends, it became clear that God was leading me down this path. It inspired me to dig deeper into the scriptures to find out the answers to questions that I may have thought about as a child, but hadn’t considered until recently asked. So, for the next 10 weeks we are going to be looking at what the scriptures say about Heaven.
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. John 14:3
We’ll look to the scriptures to discover more about Heaven and answer questions like: Is it really real and do we go there right away? What will we do there? Will we eat and drink? Wear clothes? Will we be able to see our loved ones on Earth? Will we remember this life?
As we begin this series, we have to start at the very beginning. First, we have to understand and trust Heaven is a real place where we will spend eternal life with our Heavenly Father if we believe His son was crucified, dead, buried and rose again.
How do we know Heaven is real? First, depending on what Bible translation you reference Heaven is mentioned between 500 – 600 times in the Bible so we have ample information to provide us with a clearer picture of our eternal home. Let’s look at this description in Isaiah 65:17-25.
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.
First, please notice the last three words of these verses “says the Lord.” All of this information is straight from the Lord Himself. This isn’t second-hand information. This is a beautiful overview and description of Heaven that tells us: it’s real, God has created it, there will be peace, no death or crying, no sadness or misfortune, no killing, before we call out to God – He will be there to answer us and none of our labor will ever be in vain. These verses from Isaiah give us a great start, but each week we will dig a little deeper into some of these specific traits of Heaven and find other verses throughout the Bible that support them.
I hope you will take this journey with us as we discover more about our eternal home. Along the way, if you have have a question about Heaven please send it and I’ll try to include it.