Life After Death - heaven and hell

What is Heaven like?

 

If you created heaven

Before looknig at what the Bible says about heaven... stop for a moment and consider how would it look if you created it?  What would be the most important part of it?  What things would you want to keep from your experience on earth?  What would you throw away?  And what would be the part of heaven that you would look forward to most?  Living in a world of total peace?  Meeting loved ones who had died?  Meeting God, face to face?!

God wants you there

Did you know that there is nothing God wants more concerning you that you should spend eternity with him in HIS heaven.  He created you in his image to have a relationship with him that was meant to endure forever.  God watched you form when you were in your mother's womb (Psalm 139).  He knows you through and through.  Better than you know yourself.  He wants to pour his love and goodness and kindness and mercy into your life, forever.

The Bible says heaven is a place of unspeakable beauty.  A place of light and love beyond comprehension.  It needs no sun because Jesus is its light.  Jesus will share his heavenly glory with those who repent and trust in him.  This is God's desire.

There are rewards in heaven and yes, it is even a place of pleasure.  From Psalms chapter 16, verse 11 in the Bible we read:
 

A Vision of Heaven

 

This vision is recorded in the Bible in the book of Revelation, chapter 21

These inspired words were recorded by the apostle John who was one of Jesus cloeset disciples.  At the time John had this vision he was exiled on the Island of Patmos because of his faith. 

(1)   Any words in [square brackets] are placed there by this website as an explanation.  Words in [square brackets]which are also in italics (on an angle or slant) are from the original quote from the King James Bible.  

(2)  As in other passages of the Bible, there is again a strong reminder of the difference between heaven and hell.  Contrasted with the unspeakable glory of heaven, you have the fearful reality of hell.  God wants you in heaven.  The choice is a “no-brainer” but it requires a broken and humble spirit to admit to God, you are a sinner and need saved. The Bible says God will oppose the proud but exalt the humble.  If you humble yourself, this is what you have to look forward to. 

(3)  Keep in mind that the most beautify part of heaven is not its physical appearance, but whose place it is and the fact that those who go there will finally leave behind them their sinful nature and enjoy the fullness of God’s love in all his heavenly glory.
 

This is the vision:

 
Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.

Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Rev 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Rev 21:9  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bridethe church, the Lamb's wife. [the "bride" here are all who have repented and put their trust in the risen Christ for salvation] [Jesus himself who is described in the Bible as the sacrificial lamb who died for sinners – we are all  sinners]

Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Rev 21:11  Having the glory of God: and her light [was] like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Rev 21:12  And had a wall great and high, [and] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

Rev 21:13  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
Rev 21:14  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Rev 21:15  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

Rev 21:16  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

Rev 21:17  And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred [and] forty [and] four cubits, [according to] the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

Rev 21:18  And the building of the wall of it was [of] jasper: and the city [was] pure gold, like unto clear glass.

Rev 21:19  And the foundations of the wall of the city [were] garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation [was] jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

Rev 21:20  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

Rev 21:21  And the twelve gates [were] twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city [was] pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Rev 21:22  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

Rev 21:23  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.

Rev 21:24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Rev 21:25  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

Rev 21:26  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. 


 

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