Verses on Heaven: What We Will and Won’t Do There as Well as What Heaven is Like

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What is heaven?

  • Heaven is God’s dwelling place (Deut 26:15)
  • Home of angels (Gen 28:12, Rev 4 & 5)
  • Home of the deceased righteous (2 Kings 2:1, Rev 6:9-11)
  • Ultimately the place of all the redeemed – 1 Thess 5:10, John 14:1-4

 What will we do in heaven?

  • Recognize people – Luke 9:30 (recognizing the dead)
  • Worship God – Revelation 4:8-11
  • Worship Christ – 5:13-14 (every living creature…that includes us)
    • Worship is the activity described the most in heaven
  • See things clearly – 1 Cor 13:12
  • See God face to face – Revelation 22:4
  • Dwell/live with God – Rev 21:3
  • Have our tears wiped away – Rev 21:4
  • Drink the water of life – Rev 21:6 & 22:1
  • Serve God and Christ – Rev 22:3 & 5:10
  • See Christ “as he is” – 1 John 3:2
  • Be pure:
    • Washed robes – 7:14
    • White robes – 3:5
    • Fine linen/bright and pure – 19:8
    • Spotless – Rev 14:4-5
    • Nothing impure can enter into heaven = no need for gates – 21:27
  • Respond to God:
    • Joy & Satisfaction are the two dominant responses (Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, 372)

 What won’t we do in heaven?

  • No marriage – Mark 12:24-25
  • No sex – Matthew 22:30
  • Die, mourn or cry – Revelation 21:4
  • Be cursed – Rev 22:3
  • Some say no eating or drinking in heaven – Rom 14:17 (but see Matthew 26:29 & Rev 21:6, is that symbolic?). Paul doesn’t say no eating or drinking…he says it is not a matter of eating or drinking. That just means those things won’t be matters of dispute because there will be so many more meaningful and substantial things going on in heaven.

 Mystery about heaven:

  • We don’t see clearly now – 1 Cor 13:12
  • Jesus obscured as he went into heaven – Acts 1:9
  • Revelation – often doors and seals must be open for mysteries to be reveled and for visions to be seen. (Rev 4, 15, 19)

How is heaven described

  • Heaven is God’s Holy City, the New Jerusalem – Rev 21:9-10
  • It radiates and appears shining and brilliant – Rev 21:11
  • Doesn’t say it was made of jasper but that it shown like jasper – 21:11
  • The Sea
    • No more sea – 21:1
    • Sea of glass before God’s throne – Rev 4:6
    • 15:2 – the victors standing beside what looked like a sea of glass
    • Reconciling the images
      • 4:6 – Rev 21 & 22 describe what happen after God redeems his people. Rev 4, it hasn’t happened yet. Things can and do change.
      • 15:2 – what looked like = metaphorical
  • High wall with 12 gates/12 tribes of Israel – 21:12
    • Made of pearl (21:21) – perfection, beauty, value, purity
    • 3 gates/side
    • 1 angel/gate – 21:12
    • Gates never shut – 21:25 (sign of power…there is no need to protect from evil)
  • 12 foundations – 12 apostles (21:14)
    • Each foundation like a precious stone (21:19-20)
  • Street of gold – 21:21
  • City dimensions:
    • Square shaped
    • Same length and width – 1,400 miles X 1,400 miles = Miami to Providence, RI and from Jacksonville, FL to New Mexico
    • Walls – 200 feet high
    • Made of gold – 21:21
  • Source of light:
    • There is no sun or moon – 21:23
    • God is its light – 21:23
    • No more night – 22:5
  • Throne of God – 22:1
    • God is sovereign
    • River of life flows from God’s thrown – God is the source of life
    • Tree of life – 22:2
  • Who is there?
    • Those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of Life – 21:27

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