This is the 2nd blog in my Heaven Revealed series. After being asked about Heaven on several occasions 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 few weeks we are going to be looking at what the scriptures say about Heaven. This week we are going to explore how fast we go to Heaven after we die.
This question came up after a friend of mine lost one of her closest and dearest friends. After hearing different things from those of various religions, she was concerned about whether or not her friend had to wait to go to Heaven or if she was actually there. The answer is two-fold and expressed in these verses from Revelation 21.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. (v. 1-3)
Look closely at what’s said, “Jerusalem will come out of Heaven and will dwell on Earth with God and His people.” In other words, there is Heaven where we all go immediately after death. Even Jesus said on the cross to the thief, “For TODAY (my emphasis) you will be WITH ME in PARADISE.” (Luke 23:43) Jesus said, “today” – not tomorrow, next week, when you earn it or when God returns, but “today” because the thief chose to believe in Him.
Put simply (if possible), Heaven after death is like the fabulous fully furnished home with a pool you get to live in until your final home’s construction is complete. When we die, we will go to Heaven, but it’s a temporary Heaven with God and those who have gone before us until God returns and creates the “new Earth” here among us for our final home with Him.
There are sort-of two Heavens. We have confused this issue by just lumping Heaven into one place. I’ve done it for years myself, but it’s two places. Look at verse 3 from Revelation 21 again.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God”
When God returns He will essentially create Heaven on Earth and dwell with us here on a new Earth. Earth in all the splendor and glory he created it to be in the beginning when Adam and Eve walked in the paradise of the Garden of Eden.
This is all a lot to digest and there are many more scriptures that reinforce these ideas so next week we are going to dig deeper into what scripture says about the present Heaven.
I hope you will stick with me along this journey. It’s already proving to be eye-opening for me and I’m looking forward to sharing with my children all I’m learning too.