Heaven: What Does God Say it will be Like?
|By: Abu Atallah; ©2000|
|How does the Bible describe heaven? Abu Atallah looks at three passages from the Bible that show some of what heaven will be like.|
Thank you for asking the question about heaven. I would like to share with you three passages from the Bible and comment briefly on them. They are very clear to understand.
- And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
Revelation 22:3-7, 12-13
- No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place. Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book…. Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
The last two chapters of the Bible are both part of the book of Revelation.
These are visions God has given to display what heaven would be like. As you can see the most important thing in heaven is the eternal relationship that we will have with God. We will see him face to face; we will dwell with him in heaven. Now we live our lives in obedience to God who we do not see, but in heaven we will see him. This is why we say that if you do not have a relationship with God you are dead spiritually.
The other part of it is more for us: that is, God “will wipe every tear from their eyes,” which means no more sadness, and eternal and everlasting joy. “There will be no more death.” The pain, mourning and sadness associated with death would be no more. We will also live forever with God and enjoy him to the fullest.
As you read the first chapter of the Bible, in the book of Genesis, the first story is about Adam and Eve in the Garden. They sinned against God and they were cast out from the Garden. Then the Bible closes with the above two chapters where the relationship between man and God is restored.
Another important point to emphasize here is that in heaven there will be no marriage. Jesus stated this in the Bible in Matthew 22:30: “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”
The third diminution is related to the animal world where things will be changed. In the Bible the prophet Isaiah stated the picture that God has shown to him. In heaven there will be no poverty, no injustice, but man will be a righteous man. I wanted to emphasize that when we speak of man we speak of human kind or the human race, male and female.
- The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and ofunderstanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD—and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
To summarize this, in heaven man will have peace with God, peace with one another and peace with the world we live in.