HEAVEN

 

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I.  Heaven is God's dwellingplace.

Deut. 26:15  Zech. 2:13     1 Kin. 8:30, 39,43,49 
1 Chr. 16:31  1 Chr. 21:26   2 Chr. 2:6 
2 Chr. 6:18,21,27,30,33,35,39   2 Chr. 7:14 
2 Chr. 30:27   Job 22:12,14    Neh. 9:27
Psa. 2:4  Psa. 11:4  Psa. 16:11  Psa. 20:6  Psa. 33:13  Psa. 102:19   Psa. 103:19 Psa. 135:6 Psa. 113:5  Psa. 123:1
Eccl. 5:2   Isa. 57:15  Isa. 63:15  Isa. 66:1  Jer. 23:24
Lam. 3:41,50    Dan. 5:23   Dan. 4:35
Matt. 5:34,45   Matt. 6:9   Matt. 18:10,14;   Matt. 10:32,33   Matt. 11:25   Matt. 12:50   Matt. 16:17
Mark 11:25,26    Mark 16:19    Acts 7:49
Rom. 1:18    Heb. 8:1    Rev. 8:1  Rev. 12:7-9 
Rev. 21:22-27  Rev. 22:1-5

II.  Only the righteous will be in heaven. The wicked will not be allowed to enter.

        Matt. 5:20    Matt. 25:34     Gal. 5:21
        Eph. 5:5    Rev. 22:15

III.  What will heaven be like?

A.  There will be continual praise and worship.

       Neh. 9:6     Job 38:7   
       Psa. 103:20,21  Psa. 148:2,4
       Isa. 6:3     Ezek. 3:12
       Luke 2:13,14    Luke 15:10, 7.
       Rev. 1:6    Rev. 4:8-11    Rev. 5:9-14 
       Rev. 7:9-12   Rev. 11:16,17 
       Rev. 14:2,3  Rev. 15:3,4
       Rev. 19:1-7  Rev. 22:3

B.  Heaven will be beautiful.

        Rev. 21:2   Rev. 21:11, 18, 19, 21

C.  Heaven will be a place of great joy and satisfaction in his presence, for there we shall see God.

        Psa. 16:11   Psa. 17:15   Isa. 33:17 
        Isa. 49:9,10     Matt. 5:8    Luke 15:7, 10 
        1 Thess. 4:17   Heb. 12:22-23

D.  Heaven will be eternal.

         Psa. 23:6      Matt. 25:46     John 10:28
         1 Pet. 1:4      2 Pet. 1:11     Rev 22:5

E.  People of all races and tongues and every nation will be represented in heaven.

         Rev. 5:9      Rev. 7:9

F.  There will be no marriage.

          Matt. 22:30     Luke 20:35

G.  Many of the redeemed are there - "a great multitude which no one could number" (Rev. 7:9) - as well as angels (Matt. 18:10 Luke 12:8 Luke 15:7, 10) - "thousands upon thousands" of them (Heb. 12:22).

IV.  In describing heaven, the Bible tells us much about what will not be there.

A.  No sickness or pain.

                   Rev. 21:4

B.  No sorrow, or crying, or mourning.

                           Rev 7:17       Rev. 21:4

C.  No violence or wars, but only perfect peace and rest.

                             Job 3:17       2 Thess. 1:7

D.  No more death.

          Luke 20:36       Rev. 21:4

E.  No more hunger or thirst.

           Rev 7:16-17

V.  The Bible provides numerous metaphoric descriptions of heaven.

A.  The Father's house.

           John 14:2      Psa. 23:6
           2 Cor. 5:1      Rev. 21:3

B.  A heavenly country or city.

           Heb. 11:10    Heb. 11:16    Heb. 13:14 
           Heb. 12:22

C.  A rest.

            2 Thess. 1:7    Heb. 4:9    Rev. 14:13

D.  A grainery.

             Matt. 3:12   Matt. 13:30

E.  The Kingdom of Christ and of God.

             Matt. 13:43    Luke 12:32    Luke 22:29,30
             Eph. 5:5     1 Thess. 2:12    Heb. 12:28

F.  Paradise, the perfect place.

              Luke 23:43   2 Cor. 12:2, 4    Rev. 2:7

G.  The mountain of the Lord.

              Psa. 24:3,7    Heb. 12:22    Rev. 14:1-3

H.  A great feast.

              Matt. 8:11    Luke 22:30

VI.  Heaven is described in Scripture, perhaps figuratively, as "up" - in the sky.

2 Kin. 2:11      Acts 7:55 56

VII.  The promise of heaven should be a great source of joy and hope to us. (Luke 10:20).  Jesus longs for us to join him there (John 17:24).

 

 

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