Eternal Life or Eternal Punishment?

How Do We Get Accepted into Heaven? “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for …

What Does God Guarantee about Heaven?

“To depart and be with Christ … is better by far.” Philippians 1:23 When I entered the room, Dad was sitting in his recliner, studying his Bible. On many evenings after dinner, he and I discussed whatever Bible questions were on my adolescent mind. Sometimes the conversation drifted toward heaven. Dad read me passages in Revelation about God’s dazzling throne, …

Does God See Everything We Do?

God Will Judge Our Deeds So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. …

Will You Welcome Him?

For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15 Some congregations today omit hymns …

Want to See the Light of Life?

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 for ever and ever. Revelation 22:5 The lights appear at one house, then another, and another. Certain houses or neighborhoods are so spectacularly lit that people go …

What Will Heaven Be Like?

The Sounds of Heaven Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Psalm 148:1–2 When you envision heaven, what do you see? In the apostle John’s vision, he saw a rainbow-encircled throne and a “sea of glass, clear as crystal” (Revelation 4:2–3, 6). You may …

Ready for the Greatest Banquet Ever?

The Wedding Garment Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:6-7   …

What Did Jesus Say about Heaven?

A Heavenly Perspective Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. … For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:20–21 One of my high-school friends fastened a small plaque to the dashboard of her car, which read: “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good.” The words, she said, reminded her to be God’s …

Is There More Than One Heaven?

Heavenly Splendor: Seen and Unseen In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1 When God “created the heavens and the earth,” what heavens did he make? Genesis 1 clarifies that the days of creation included the formation of the sky (vv. 7–8) and outer space (vv. 14–18). Scripture often refers to these realms as the heavens …

How Is Heaven Connected to Earth?

Heavenly Visitors [Jacob] dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! Genesis 28:12ESV One of the glimpses the Bible gives of heavenly activities occurs in Genesis 28:12. God appeared to Jacob when he was fleeing from …