Twelve Things I Know About Heaven, Part One

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“Heaven is for Real” is the story of a four-year old boy, Colton Burpo, who almost died on the operating table during emergency surgery.  When he recovered, Colton claims that he went to heaven.  The book is written by his father, Todd, a Nebraska  preacher, who describes what heaven is like.

It has sold over one million copies and was #1 on the NY Times best seller list.

Why the popularity?  The interest?  The intrigue?  Because people wonder what happens after death.  They want some answers into the next life.  They are curious about heaven and want to know what it’s like.

With all due respect to Mr. Burpo, there really is only one book that can provide answers to our questions about heaven–The Bible.    Granted, there is much we do not know, but what we know is revealed by God in His Book.

Today, and for the next two days, I want to share some things I know about heaven.

#1 I Know Heaven is a Real Place.

It’s not the figment of a fundamentalist preacher’s imagination.  It’s not some kind of paradise here on earth.  Nor some mental state to which we might ascend.  Buddhists believe in nirvana–“a state of being,” but not in a place called heaven.

The apostle John was taken by an angel to see wondrous things on the other side.  He wrote in Revelation that he saw heaven.  The throne of God.  And the Lord Jesus Christ.  Before His crucifixion Jesus promised the apostles, “I go to prepare a place for you” (Jn. 14:2).

Just as surely as Kansas City, Missouri, is a real place, so is heaven!  And real people will inhabit this prepared place.  Oh, not “flesh and blood” people!  Because we’ve been promised a new body.  A spiritual body.  An incorruptible body (1 Cor 15:35-55).

So, where is heaven?  We’re not told the exact location.  We can’t see it with the naked eye.  Or a powerful telescope.  But it’s a prepared place, for a prepared people.

#2 I Know Heaven is a Remaining Place.

John says that “the first heaven and first earth passed away” (Rev. 21:1).  Nothing on earth will remain.  Nothing physical is going to last.  This world, and all that’s in it will be destroyed (2 Pet. 3:9-12).

What will remain forever?  Heaven!  That’s why Jesus commanded us to “lay up treasures in heaven.”  There they will last.  Forever!

All things physical, material and temporal will rot, rust or decay.  They may be stolen.  Destroyed.  Or lost.  But heaven will remain.  Nothing can diminish it. Destroy it. Or corrupt it.

#3 I Know Heaven is a Readied Place.

Heaven is a prepared place, John writes, like a bride prepared for her husband.  What does a bride do?  Prepares for her wedding!  She plans.  Buys clothes.  Picks out the perfect wedding dress.  Has her hair done.  Gets a manicure.  A pedicure.  A facial.  She spends time, effort and money to make this a perfect day.

Think of the preparation that has gone into heaven?  There were six days of creation.  But God purposed for thousands of years to bring Jesus into the world. He planned our salvation. He planned our eternal home–Heaven!

Revelation 21 describes the beauty and grandeur of the city of God with its jasper walls and streets of Gold  whose entrance is only thru its pearly gates.  It’s a land of unclouded day with a crystal clear river through it beside which the tree of life is in a perpetual state of bearing fruit.  As you walk you hear something and it’s the angelic choir singing the most beautiful songs you’ve ever heard.

Then you see a majestic awesome throne and on  it is the ALMIGHTY and all around are those arrayed in white giving him praise.  You soon realize that the flowers never fade. The light never dissipates.  It is a place of perpetual, breath-taking beauty.

It reminds me of the little girl and her father looking up at a beautiful star-lite night.

“What are thinking about?” her father asked.   “Daddy” she said, “if the top of heaven is a beautiful as the bottom, I want to go there, don’t you?”

I know heaven is a place I want to go.  Don’t you?

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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6 responses to “Twelve Things I Know About Heaven, Part One

  1. Donna Lewis

    Ken, love this. There have been more than a few books lately declaring they have died, gone to heaven and returned. I love your clarifiation and yes, I want to go there.

  2. Lots of folks say they have gone to heaven. They then come back to tell us all about what heaven is like. The Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 12:1-6) was caught up to heaven. Whatever it was that he saw and heard, he said it “is not lawful for a man to utter.” Amazing that folks claim to be able to tell something that the apostle was not permitted to tell.

  3. Glenn Blankenship

    From point number 2: what is the first heaven that passed away? Thank you.

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