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Everything the Bible Says About Heaven

Everything the Bible Says About Heaven

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An excerpt from Everything the Bible Says About Heaven published by Bethany House.

What Does the Bible Say About Heaven?

Have you ever wanted to ask God what heaven is like? It turns out, He's already told us! The Bible is filled with passages that explain what heaven looks like, what we'll do there, and how to get there in the first place.

In this book every scriptural reference to heaven has been carefully collected and organized. When necessary, brief but clear explanations are provided, using insights gathered from trustworthy commentaries.

Find comfort and peace in the truth about heaven, straight from the Word of God.
An excerpt from Everything the Bible Says About Heaven published by Bethany House.

What Does the Bible Say About Heaven?

Have you ever wanted to ask God what heaven is like? It turns out, He's already told us! The Bible is filled with passages that explain what heaven looks like, what we'll do there, and how to get there in the first place.

In this book every scriptural reference to heaven has been carefully collected and organized. When necessary, brief but clear explanations are provided, using insights gathered from trustworthy commentaries.

Find comfort and peace in the truth about heaven, straight from the Word of God.

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Chapter 1
the Place Where Gd Dwells:old tesamen visins f Heaen
Tabitha was silent, thinking. Why must people alwaysthink of heaven as being up in the sky? Why shouldit be there more than anywhere else? The sky wasn’tany more heavenly than the earth in springtime. Whyshouldn’t heaven be within half a mile of them?
—Elizabeth Goudge,
The Valley of Song
1
For many people living during Old Testament times,
heaven
 
was synonymous with
sky
—the canopy of air above their
heads. The stars and star clusters, like the Pleiades, could be
found there. But for many of God’s people, heaven was God’s
dwelling place—a realm or kingdom in the sky. Angels also
were inhabitants of heaven. Those who looked forward to
the coming of the Messiah viewed heaven as a future habita-tion—the place of eternal rest. In heaven, a reunion with lostloved ones was possible.
Prophets like Moses, Isaiah, and Ezekiel were granted vi-
sions of heaven and saw sights beyond their understanding.
 
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Everything the Bible Says About Heaven
These glimpses of heaven show that God isn’t merely “up
there somewhere in the sky” but in a real place, enthronedin majesty.
And he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God
Most High, Creator of heaven and earth”
(GEnESiS 14:19
niv
)
.
This is the first time the Bible mentions “heaven” ratherthan “the heavens.” Here Melchizedek, a priest-king, blesses Abram based on a title of God. This title is meant to describean actual place rather than merely “the sky.”
Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy ofthe elders of Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel.There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphirestone, like the very heaven for clearness. And he did not layhis hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheldGod, and ate and drank.
(ExoduS 24:9–11
esv
)
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that youwill soon utterly perish from the land that you are crossingthe Jordan to occupy; you will not live long on it, but will beutterly destroyed.
(dEutEronomy 4:26
nrsv
)
To underline the urgency of keeping the covenant, or prom-ise, with God, Moses calls heaven and earth to witness theagreement. The testimony of two witnesses was necessary todecide a legal matter. Here, heaven and earth—two separaterealms—are called to witness. (See also Deuteronomy 30:19.)

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