Twelve Things I Know About Heaven, Part Two

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Eben Alexander is a board certified neurosurgeon.  In 2008 he was driven into a coma by a mysterious bacterial meningitis.  On the seventh day he surprisingly began to awaken.  He claims that during the coma he was taken on a journey into the next life by an angelic being and actually talked to God!

Following Dr. Alexander’s recovery he wrote a book, “Proof of Heaven,” in which he details his journey.  It has been widely acclaimed.  Sold over two million copies. And was #1 on the NY Times best.  I haven’t read his book.  But I have read God’s book.

Continued from yesterday’s post, here are some more things that I know about Heaven based on the Bible.

# 4 I know Heaven is a Place of Pleasant Relationship.

I’ll have a relationship with the God-Family.  Jehovah will be there.  Jesus will there.  The Holy Spirit will be there.  (Rev. 21:3; I Jn 3:1-2; I Jn. 5:7).

Think of the great men and women of Hebrews 11 who will be there.  Imagine talking to Noah about the flood.  Or hearing Elijah telling about being taken up in the chariot of fire. Or listening to the three Hebrew boys recount their story of being thrown in the burning, fiery furnace!

In Heaven I’ll reunited with my loved ones.  My brother.  My father.  My mother.  Aunts. Uncles. Cousins.  What a wonderful reunion that will be!

#5 I Know Heaven is a Place of Righteousness.

There will be no sin in Heaven. (Rev. 21:7)  Consider all of the lawlessness, wickedness, immorality, filthy talk and vulgarity that  is so contemptible to see and hear on earth!  It won’t be allowed in heaven!  Don’t you want to go to a place of goodness, godliness, and righteousness?

Think of the delight of being in a place where everything is love, peace, and joy!

#6 I Know Heaven is a Place of Relief. 

The apostle really did get a glimpse into heaven!  Here’s what he wrote. “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.”

In Heaven there will be no band-aids, crutches, or wheelchairs. No Kleenex, aspirin or antibiotics.  No cancer, heart disease, or Alzheimer’s.  No hospitals, nursing homes, or funeral homes.  No cemeteries will dot the landscape of heaven.

In heaven there will be no children suffering from MS.  No aged saint whose body is twisted with arthritis.  No war veterans missing arms or legs.  Heaven is a place where Matthew Eager and Pat Hillard can get out of their wheel chairs and walk!

In Heaven there will be no headaches.  No back pain.  No aging.  No wrinkles.  No blindness.  No scars.  No skinned knees.  No pain!

#7 I Know Heaven is a Place of Riches.

How do you describe a spiritual world to those in a physical world?  The Bible uses metaphors of wealth, riches and opulence.  Like streets of gold and pearly gates.  Usually a foundation is underground, but John describes it as visible and garnished with precious jewels.  The diamond-like jasper stone.  The blue sapphire. The green emerald.  The purple amethysts.  The blood-red sardius.  As well as the chalcendony, sardoyny, chrysolite, beryl, topas and jacinth, which depict the riches and beauty of heaven.

Heaven is a massive place of majesty.  Grandeur.  Splendor.

#8 I Know Heaven is a Restricted Place.

There is an old Negro spiritual that says, “Everybody talkin’ ‘bout heaven, aint’ going there.”  The Bible says that’s so. Right in the middle of this positive passage, John tells of those who will not be in heaven.

“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:8)

This part of the narrative is not very popular.  We don’t like to talk about Hell. Or even think about it.  But as surely as there is a Heaven, there is a Hell.  And the truth is that some folks are not going to heaven!

But there is good news!  We have a choice.  We can change.  We can decide to come to Christ.  Obey the gospel.  And live with the hope of heaven!

Don’t you want to go to that land?

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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2 responses to “Twelve Things I Know About Heaven, Part Two

  1. Rufus Clifford III

    Bro. Ken,
    I worked with a man at GE who got hit by a train. He told me that he died and woke up and was sitting on Jesus’s knee. I asked him “What did Jesus look like” to which he replied “He was huge and I was like a little kid sitting there and He told me it wasn’t my time yet and sent me back”. It’s sad so many people don’t understand who is going to heaven and who is not. Your article also made me think of that old song “Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die”. I appreciate your thoughts and the work you do!
    thanks

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