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The Heaven Answer Book

The Heaven Answer Book

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Billy Graham answers questions about heaven and eternity with understanding and reassurance.

God’s Word says heaven awaits all the saints of His kingdom, but how many of us really know what heaven will be like? The Heaven Answer Book is a biblically based book written in Q&A format with answers to commonly asked questions about our future and final home. Topics include what we’ll do, what we’ll be, what we’ll see, our rewards in heaven, and more. Billy Graham’s trustworthy Bible knowledge offers interesting insight and enduring truth about how believers can prepare their hearts for spending eternity with their Maker and Lord.
Billy Graham answers questions about heaven and eternity with understanding and reassurance.

God’s Word says heaven awaits all the saints of His kingdom, but how many of us really know what heaven will be like? The Heaven Answer Book is a biblically based book written in Q&A format with answers to commonly asked questions about our future and final home. Topics include what we’ll do, what we’ll be, what we’ll see, our rewards in heaven, and more. Billy Graham’s trustworthy Bible knowledge offers interesting insight and enduring truth about how believers can prepare their hearts for spending eternity with their Maker and Lord.

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prep;ue a place fur you .... i am" GohnJ4:2rJ).

Tie Old Tert~nt prophet::: wrote abo ut Heaven; Psa:l.rns mantions Heaven more than any ott..e r boo k in '-d-te OH Testament: the apostles spoke of He aven ·from clivlre .i:ru:,W'a-tlbnrom the Holy. Spirit The Bib1 doesdt £ , telllJ.$ everything wed M:t to kncr.o;.. abo ut: He;wen. b Ut , -d-te Bible- dc.;s tell, IJ.$ everydJng we ·ntd to kr:.ar,.. abo Crt" Heaven whik we are here on earth, 'We sho,uld beli1\!:! what dte Bible s 'o/S about Heaven and take comfurtfrom it, promise th~we can spend eternitywlth Jer::(].$ Christ in His heavenly dwelling, Ifsomeone ;"f;b: yo u about He avan, yo uc an s '0/ with assurance, "We kncr.o;.. trt ar if the e arrhly tent [body 1 we live in is der::troyed we have a b ulldlng :&om God an eternal 10 use in he aven, not built by human hands" (2 Corin thians 5: 1), W har a promise !W har a der::tiny!

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eaven k the pI;:.:e w~re God dwelli-it 1: Go&' holy habitation. He crea'tl:!dit, He li~ 'there, and, s oms d~ s 0 s h all ill belie ve:r;$ . Moses pr~ that God would "look do-r,.-n from heaven., yo ur h:.ly dwelling pl;:.:e" f.'Th u'tl:!ro.nomy 2b :15). Solomcn, the,wi:e.st king 1:0 ever Jive, ,pnyed '~OLORD m.y God .... hear from. hea~n., your dwelling pl;:.:e" (l King:; 8: 28, 3 0). iilinro..s;Jd, '~God Most High, ~ aror of ~ ;wert' (Geresis 14: 11). Nehemh.h pra~d 1:0 ''t~ God of he;wert' (,N'ehemi.ah 14); King ~ buch~ ar pni::ed d..e King- of He a~n (Daniel 4 :37);' and ].:r:: us opened 0 ur he arts to 1:he D:! ility ofHe ;wen whe n He .lifted His e~ and pnyed "Our R,1±Ler which art in he avert , O'A~ 6: 9 KJV). He;wen 1: OCC upied by the presence of ALmighty God. This makes He aven rhe s I.lf'rem.e d.:r:: tination fOr ~ who long to worshi p Him as their Crea1:or; God, Lord, Jo:'1ng, R,t~r; and Savior.

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'Ncw.we see hut a poor' :r-efkctlo:n. <1.$ in a mirror; then we shall:see hce to hce. NOli! I know in part;. then I shill know fully.. even <1.$ I
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dwelling place of )s IJS Christ His Son (1 Peter· .3:21-22:;r. Heaven ist!e city of the living God and t!e rEdeemed (He brev,.s 12: 22-- 2.3). Ifthi.:::does not fill your' heart·w ittt 10pe and a der::lrefur tttat better co untry.. I urge you 1:0 examine w here yo u stand befure God, and turn :&om doubt 1:0 belief If yo u love Jer:: IJS Christ yo u will w ant to fu.lJ.cr.,.;.. Himall the way to that place c illed He aven. "Many live <1.$ enemies of dte c toss of Christ. Their der::tinyis destr'uction . . . TItelr m.ind i.:::' 0 n e mho/ thi.ngs. B ut our citizenship is in !e aven, l!.nd Vi!€!

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iP:ck.irtEr:: 5':1'). ..:'b-w.tr Christ's k..nq:.k on your hearts d:.o.r (Revelation 3 :20). ':£dcr into ieh·.,d-Jp wIth the wrd: Je::: u:: 0. Corinrhiars 1:.9)'. Th.i:: 1: Heaven.
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Wh.it de.·)'"bU. say "fa smnean e wha d-e~ jt believe in H eaven ~

ell them. ab6 ur Ja::: us Christ and the ho pe we have becaI.lSe of Hls de arh on the CJDS.S fo"! om sins .. Goclsen. t Hf Son.who gave everything.,.......}!.i,s very lliils blocd-His hoSt b.re ath-and His l~ting protn..ise'to p,u.rch;"i:":e 1he .ro uls of men, women., and chiH:ren :It.r the .k..ingdom of He avan , Then. Je.$1.l$ rose from,:Ik de rl by the pcr.'i!er of God to confirm: Heaveru reality. Believing in Christ settk the q uestion abo ur He aven! Recent.o/" a yo ung man wro1:l:! e, '<As hr as I'm conm cerned: once youre dead. thafs it. The ono/ :ii:fu we'll e~r experience is th.e one we're .living right now. L.i:£e :Jter death. is ju::t a myth." I replied that his 1tterdeeply s;ddened me, bec aI.lSet i meant that he was living withour hope: "Have you honestly h:ed how empty and me an.ing b this will make yo ur .l.i:fu t I wrote. "Right now this may not bother 'y) u

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bee:ause yo !.ire.yo~ healthy:. ir\d eneJgetlc. But what if SO.ITi.ething wron.g~·Wh~t iF-yo u have a sef.i.olJS accidanr or yOu he yo ur he alth, or-someone yo u love abandons you? Orwhatwill hap p·en once old age cre.eps up on.yo u wittt all of h:::. pro blem.s and d1:abilitl.es? You'll be hc.ing the future without any hope .. What a terrib1 tlo ughtf' Tlen I urged him to look at }s1JS Christ as He 1: fOund in the P ~ of the N~ Testament and g i'.!:! 11: life to Him. The gre at€£::t iscovery we will e'.!:!rmake 1: to .k..nc..... d tle bve bf God. whlch W;"i$ fUlly ~morutrated by ill Sorts sacrifice on the cross for IJS. TIt1: 1: the P QVi!e r that traruib.lI"Cl.$ aM myth into Chrisfs truth, Je::: IJS did not m die on the cross fOr peopJ.et.s.sinso tttatwe wo uH belie'.!:! in He aven-b ur that we wo.uld be.l..i:!ve H~. He a'.!:!n m does not save so uls ... it collict them. Jes IJS one e told 1±t1: parable : 'The kingdom 0 f he a'.!:! n 1: .l.i.ke a merch an t loak..ing for flne pe ark. When ~ fOund one of gre at value, he went aw '0/ and sold everyt~ he had and bo ught ii' (,M atthew 10:45--(6). The Merch ant of He a'.!:!n 1: looking fOr.so uls who w ill lew

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glary and honor dl.E Hi:m. frs 1;1:":• s ai4 ~lfanyone loves me, .he w 4L 0 bey my: , te~. My Fi-d-te:rwilllove him, md v;.oe will. : . make O'1Jr home witt.: him" (pk 14:2.3). , If yo ur 1-0 pe .~ hith are not in Christ, then consider-' what He did fur"Ydu tluo,ugh His de ath and resurrection and place 'your hidt in Him, today. Him
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da mast p~opl~ believe in seme hind of ufe aft~i d'eath, 'even if ".. . .. thq aren't partnularly religious cr d~njt think abau)t it ~,~y m:ux:h~

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this so cle arly: "[God] h:iS also se+ eternity in th.e hearts of men" (Ecckh;tEr; .3:11),

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must never igno re that inner vo ice ---b ut nth.e"
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where

He reve als th.e:::etruths. The apcr.::tk Paul wrote abo ut thi: danger of denying Gods truth: "What m
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J:b.t ~ince, t~, creation of t.i-e world. Go&: inv.i.sibk q uilitk~ .eterna!"_FOwer and divine .riature---ha\!:!
been de arly .see'n·.. .eo that men :ue without exc u:::e;;
(RDm4rlS 1:l9-2D) ~

T.i-e reason we ha\!:! this inre r c onvk tiea ttut death. is. not th.e end--an.d that He 4Vene±ts-1:: bee~e we Were created in the .irn¥ of God. "We :uen't d..rrt;ply ph:pical, ~lngs; we also h4Ve a so ul (or .spirit), ard we be>ar within IJS the ..llkene.s.s ofour Creator. That .l.ik.en.e&: h;£ been marred and &1:0 rted by .sln-b ut it 1::srlll there . .Arv:l j u:::tas God 1::eternal,.so we sense in our he4rt:. that we too must be e1:l:!rnai. ILe Bible .sa"f$th.at God lives T furever (l: aiah 57:l 5). ]1JSt as God lives fo.reve.r; we w 10 :ue.m::d.e in His li..kena::.s will also lhre :ID.re\!:!r. 'There 1::a time fureverythlng ... un~r heaven ... : a rime to search and a time to give up" $:cle.sh;tEr; .3: 1, 6). My prayer 1::that yo u will exerc.i.:::eo ur God-given y right to search th.e Scripture and to .seek th.e One who died for yo u. Donr give up on God. lrute ad, give up running pm God---He h;£n~ given up on yo u.

H OW de; we ki1~ tv 1he.r:e. is Iif B aft er dea1h~' .

e .k..r..cr.IJ t1ere 1: l.i:fu &r death becai.lSe Go:! promised it our so uls bear w itness 1:0 .it, and: ~ of ill, Ja::: I.lS Ch.r1:t conB.rmed it by His l.i:fu,ck a1ft, and 'res u.rrection. So j usr look at Ja::: 1.lS. By His res Urrectbn:. 1he Bible sa~, )s1.lS Christ "dei:;troye:i death and has bro ~ ht l.i:fu and .inuno.rtility to light rhro ugh the
gospef' (2 TImothy 1 :10). The.ry phase 0 f )s ui .l.ife W;"jS miracuo 1.lS. He set ;:r;ick His deity.. c ame d_o-.... n to earth, and put on 1he garment of human 0$ ufl:irlng. He heakd 1he d:k. n.1:ed 1he d:! <Ii ted 1he hungry; querched t1e thir:sry; and, co.rcdOrted t1e di:pirlte:l w.ith hope fiir tomorrow, In His ccmpassion fiir US:. He gave up Hk l.i:fu 0$ iJYe W md.e.rl.ng souls in a conto fuse:! and dying world. Then He rose again and rejoiced
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eternall.i:fu

illw ho fub

Look at ]E[:":,I.l$,' lived in Heaven and' on earth. He He;died on' e,arth, and returned to<.Li:l:e it:q. whlch Y>';"i; if#wltrLer.::.sedby more than five h~ people (see 1 .Cotirtthii1fl..$ 1·5:1-8) ~fO.re teturn.ing to He;rven. He lilIeS in. the he;u:t of those who trust in~HLm.Our confid:!nce in .Li:l:e de attt comes from these v.ery truths. after &.meone who- visited tEte .,Billy Graham Library noticed ill the crosses displayed ~.$ iii.d to her host "where is Je.sl.l$?Why isn't He on the ClQ.$.$?,' Her ho.st smiled. and said, "We do not w orship a crucifix. Jesus died on the ClJ:L$..$;.. but He did not stay on tEte ClO.$.$ .... He lives!" The re ;"i;on.Li:l:e notend wittt tEte gr;rve is because does etemlty is ahead of us, Gods Son conq ueled. deattt and :il to bring new ness of li:fe to ill w ho call on Hk name (Romans 1 0:9). 'This is tEte hope of tEte <l@;E[:":'! Listen to the ward: of. tEte highest authority: 'T JE[:": have sent my angel to give yo u thi: te.stimony ... us, 'G:.me!' ... Whoe~r is -dtir:sry.let him come; andwhoever wisk, let him take the free gill of the wa'ter of liii{' (Revelation 22: 16~17). G;u:e at tEte empty cross
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and you will see the victorio 1.lS'.l.f±"e OYer de 11:"1 in Je:s1.lS Chr.i.:::t ±Or in Hlm "de'ath. h;"i$ ·been sw·a..IJ.c.....edup. in vk.to.ry" 0. .corinthb:ns 1"5:54)".If yo u' do not kncr.-;.. Him:. will yo u c ill on Him today?
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