You can ask ten different people and get ten different interpretations of an individual’s perspective of Heaven. We cannot imagine, nor can we experience in our current bodies, what heaven might be like. The Word of God gives us information to understand many of the things that will be in heaven, indeed a life very different from our lives we live here on earth today.
In Genesis we read where God created the heavens, the earth, and the entire universe. God created many spiritual beings, both angels and humans to spend the rest of eternity with Him. According to the Word of God there will come an appointed time in all of creation’s destiny, at which time in which God will call an end to the present world and universe as we know it and He will judge all of His creation, according to His Word. At that time there will be a new heaven and a new earth.
What will the new heaven and earth be like?
For one, there will be no oceans or seas. We read in Revelation 21:1
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
In Heaven there will be no sun or moon. We read in Revelation 21:23
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
In our human experience, where there is no light, there can be no happiness or pleasure. Heaven is the inheritance of the saints in light. But what is that light? There is no sun or moon shining there according to the Word of God. Light is sweet to our senses, and we enjoy the warmth and pleasantness of the sun. This earth would be dismal, and in fact it could not exist without the sun. What is there in heaven that can replace the power of the sun? It is the power of the SON! There is no need of a light source from the sun, for the glory of God lightens that city, and the Lamb of God is the light thereof. God in Christ will be an everlasting fountain of knowledge and joy to the saints in heaven; and, if so, there is no need of the sun or moon. There will be no need of the sun or moon in heaven than there is of a candle to light the day here at high noon when the sun is shining.
In Heaven we will have no memory of our past life here on earth. We read in Isaiah 65:17
“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
In the grace and comfort believers have in and from Christ, we are to look for this new heaven and new earth. The former confusions, sins and miseries of the human race, shall be no more remembered or renewed. That state of things in Heaven will be so glorious, that the former state of earth and our lives here shall not be remembered.
In Heaven there will be no more death, suffering, or pain. We read in Revelation 21:4
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
His Word reads that God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes – This will be one of the characteristics of that blessed state in His presence, that not a tear shall ever be shed there. How different will that be from our condition here on earth – for who is there here among us who has not learned to weep from the sorrows life brings?
When the Body of Christ enters Heaven, and rejoices in God, and God and His children are finally together, each is reflected in the other; then will no sobbing, no weeping, no pain, and no sorrow to be heard in Heaven. Not be remembered – The sin that brought us pain, suffering, and death will be summarily brought to a conclusion.
In Heaven Believers will receive a new body. We read in Philippians 3:21.
Jesus Christ who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
The physical bodies we have in this life have been ravaged by sin nature and our own sin and abuse, weakened by improper nourishment and disease, and adversely affected by genetic damage that has occurred in the human race through the years. The Bible describes natural human bodies as “perishable,” “mortal,” “earthly,” “dishonorable,” “weak,” “lowly,” and “natural”. In contrast, God’s Word describes the new body as “imperishable,” “immortal,” “of heaven,” “glorious,” “powerful,” and “spiritual.” The first body is described as “natural” because it came via a natural process and it bears the likeness of the earthly man. The new body is described as “spiritual” because it will come via a supernatural process. Believers will receive their new body from the Lord and it will bear the likeness of his resurrected body. In addition, the new body will be energized (made alive) by “spirit” rather than the force the Bible refers to as “soul.”
To my understanding of God’s Word, we will be given some of the characteristics of God in heaven, since we will be like Him and the glorified Jesus. Without at least the dimensional characteristics of God, we would not be able to see Him, which the Bible says we will do.
The new creation will be a place of awesome beauty and is described in terms of precious jewels and metals. Although the description may not represent literal earthly jewels, it is intended to represent the amazing beauty of its appearance.
Besides receiving a new body, those who enter heaven will be given a new name, and will be incapable of committing sin. Therefore, all the problems we have by being mean to each other will be gone. We will be able to enjoy each other’s company without the fear of being hurt by anyone. It will be great to be physically and morally perfect and to have fellowship with others who have been likewise transformed.
The Bible says that we will reign with God in heaven. We will have direct access to the Creator of the universe. Jesus will be our shepherd, who will personally lead us. Paul in 1 Corinthians says that we will see Him “face to face” and “now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” Heaven will be a big celebration. It will also be a place of righteousness and peace. The Bible says that we cannot imagine what heaven will be like, but that it will exceed our expectations. Each of us in heaven will be “revealed in glory.
There we will experience the wondrous of having a new and glorious body, alive with God’s energy and an eternal youthful vigor. Imagine having that wonderful body and living in a world where people are loving, and where there is peace, safety, and eternal love without any pain, sorrow or suffering. The God who cannot lie promises this wonderful life to all believers, and it is available to anyone who will come to God through Jesus Christ.
I will see you there.