Your Top 14 Questions About Heaven, Answered Here.

Your Top 14 Questions About Heaven, Answered Here.

The Bible is filled with clues on what we should expect in Heaven.

In a day when speculation about heaven runs rampant, I’ve found it both exciting and refreshing to carefully examine what Scripture says.

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Heaven seems to be a mystery to most people. Even Christians, who believe Heaven exists and understand how and why they will get to spend eternity there, don’t understand what it is like.

It’s simply hard for us to imagine Heaven in all of its splendor.

As a result, many have big questions about what Heaven will really be like.

I once heard a pastor make a startling confession: “Whenever I think about heaven, it makes me depressed. I’d rather just cease to exist when I die.”

I tried not to show my shock as I asked him, “Why?”

“I can’t stand the thought of that endless tedium. To float around in the clouds with nothing to do but strum a harp—it’s all so terribly boring. Heaven doesn’t sound much better than hell.”

Where did this Bible-believing, seminary-educated pastor get such a view of heaven? Certainly not from Scripture, where Paul said to depart and be with Christ was “far better” than staying on earth (Phil. 1:23). And yet, though my friend was more honest about it than most, I’ve found that many Christians share the same misconceptions about heaven.

Fortunately, God doesn’t keep His children in the dark. We can simply go to Scripture and find answers to some of our biggest questions about Heaven.

Here though are some of the top questions about Heaven and what the Bible has to say about it, so we can begin looking forward to our new life after death.

1. How do we get to Heaven?

John 14:6 tells us “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In this passage, Jesus was saying that no one will enter Heaven unless first accepting Him. In Matthew 7:13-14 we learn from Jesus that we don’t automatically go to Heaven just because we identify ourselves as Christian. God identifies that humans sin, and gave us a way to be forgiven by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord. It is only when our sins are dealt with that in Christ we can get the eternal gift. To be forgiven, we must recognize and repent of our sins.

2. Will We See God Face-to-Face?

In the song “When I Get Where I’m Going” performed by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton, they sing:

But when I get where I’m going,
And I see my Maker’s face,
I’ll stand forever in the light,
Of His amazing grace.

It’s hard to picture our Creator. Throughout Scripture, God has appeared through His Son, as a cloud, in a burning bush, and more. Scripture says:

“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”  — John 1:18

It’s difficult for us even to think about seeing Him face-to-face. But will we? The answer is yes!

Those who go to Heaven will get to see the Savior.

In the Beatitudes, Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8).

In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John makes it clear those who worship God will see His face (Revelation 22:4).

Randy Alcorn writes, “That’s why the most astonishing sight we can anticipate in Heaven is not streets of gold or pearly gates or loved ones who’ve died before us. It will be coming face-to-face with our Savior. To look into Jesus’ eyes will be to see what we’ve always longed to see: the person who made us and for whom we were made. And we’ll see Him in the place He made for us and for which we were made.”

3. Will we have a body?

The Bible tells us that when we come to Heaven, we will get a new body full of Christ’s power and glory. Philippians 3:20-21 says “But our citizenship is in Heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even it subject all things to Himself.” Due to this, we also might expect there to be no genders in Heaven. Matthew 22:30 says we will be “like angels” and therefore have no need to reproduce, or be married.

4. Can we listen to music?

There are many different accounts of music being shared in Heaven in the Bible. In Revelation 5:9-13 it shares a story of thousands of angels singing the praises of God. The Bible even talks about the use of instruments, specifically harps and trumpets, in connection with praising the Lord. It is understood that the music shared will be music that worships and glorifies God.

5. Will we recognize our family and friends?

The Bible doesn’t give many references on this topic, however there are a few signs that indicate that we will recognize our family and friends but in a new, perfected way. At the Last Supper, Jesus told the disciples they would all drink the fruit of the vine together again in His Father’s Kingdom (Matthew 26:29). Furthermore, Moses and Elijah appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration. Even though they died centuries before, they still had a clear identity where Peter, James and John recognized them (Matthew 17:3).

6. What will we do in Heaven?

While the Bible does not tell us in full detail what will take place in heaven, we do know that service and worship are activities we will definitely participate in (Revelation 22:3 and Revelation 7:15). There is no mention of Christians working or doing any hard labor in the sense we understand it here on earth. The service we will provide will not be tiresome, but instead joyful and rewarding.

7. Will I meet God firsthand?

In Heaven, Christians will get to meet the Lord. Paul writes assuring Christians to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). God also tells Moses that no one can see Him and live in Exodus 33:20, meaning we can see Him after we have everlasting life. Finally, in the sermon on the mount Jesus says “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Lastly, Revelation 21:3 tells us that we will be in constant communion, companionship and oneness with Almighty God without the separating pinch of sin. When we get to Heaven, we will be closer to Him than we could ever imagine.

8. Will there be animals in Heaven?

There is much debate in Christian circles on if animals will be in Heaven with us, but there is some scripture that suggests it is so. God has always had a purpose on earth for animals and they serve a purpose in Heaven as well. Horses, for example, are documented in the Bible multiple time regarding the afterlife. Elijah was taken up to Heaven in a chariot pulled by horses (2 Kings 2:11), and we’re told there are horses in Heaven (Revelation 6:2-8; 19:11). We are told there will be so many horses, in fact, that there are enough for vast armies to ride (Revelation 19:11; 2 Kings 6:17). For other animals, in Isaiah 65:17 God refers to creating a New Heavens and a New Earth. He makes it clear that He will have animals living there.

9. What will Heaven look like?

In 1 Corinthians 2:9 we read “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” We can only being to imagine how beautiful Heaven will look like, and there are dozens of Bible verses that share bits and pieces. The Bible talks about God’s thron in Revelation 4:3-8, saying “And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.” We also learn the streets are made with pure gold (Revelation 21:21) and the foundation and walls are made of dazzling, unimaginable jewels. While we know that this describes the New Jerusalem, we also know that God’s will is “on earth as it is in Heaven,” so this gives us an idea of Heaven’s design. Heaven will also be a gated community. In 2 Peter it says “And God will open wide the gates of heaven for you to enter into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

10. Will We Still Be Married?

Throughout the Bible, we hear about the marriage of Christ to His bride. We are His bride. Therefore, we can assume the most important marriage in Heaven will be the one between Christ and His beloved church.

However, Alcorn points out, “Jesus said the institution of human marriage would end, having fulfilled its purpose. But He never hinted that deep relationships between married people would end.”

11. What Will We Spend Our Time Doing?

Eternity is such a long time, and we struggle even to comprehend it.

So, it’s natural to question what we will do there for all that endless time.

Thankfully, Luke and the Apostle John give us a good idea of how we’ll spend eternity.

First, we will worship our Creator.

Next, we will feast, eat, and celebrate (Luke 22:30 & Revelation 19:9).

Plus, we will spend time with fellow believers – including the heroes you have read about in the Bible.

Finally, we will continue to serve God in Heaven.

12. Will There Be Animals in Heaven?

We love our pets, so it’s natural to wonder if “All Dogs Go to Heaven.” Randy Alcorn thinks so.

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He writes, “Scripture says a great deal about animals, portraying them as earth’s second most important inhabitants. God entrusted animals to us, and our relationships with animals are a significant part of our lives. Scripture’s descriptions of animals peacefully inhabiting the earth may have application to a millennial kingdom on the old earth, but their primary reference appears to be to God’s eternal kingdom, where mankind and animals will together enjoy a redeemed earth.”

13. Will We Eat or Drink?

The short and quick answer is YES!

When eternity is discussed in scripture, it often refers to feasting.

“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined (Isaiah 25:6).”

14. Will Heaven Be Boring?

Sadly, some have fallen for the lie that Heaven will be boring.

This is far from the truth!

Alcorn explains, “God is creative, fascinating and anything but boring. Heaven is going to be full of surprises and adventures as we learn more about God and explore His new universe, the restored earth that He has prepared for us. The new earth will have plenty to keep us busy!”

It’s human nature to want to investigate more into the unknown. While the Bible doesn’t give us every detail about what Heaven will be like, it’s because God designed it to be something we will never be able to fully grasp and fathom with our tiny minds on earth. Heaven will be a place where we can live an everlasting life of happiness, joy, and finally be at peace.

The Bible can provide us with truth, but it can also be difficult to decipher! Whether you’re looking for some biblical direction, stumped on scriptural questions, or just want to confirm that you’re already on the right track, continue following us for more biblical interpretations. 

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