Q&A: What is heaven like (christian view)?

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From a christian stand point, what is heaven like? Please give lots of details. Thank you

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  1. Read Revelations

    Revelations 22 says “1 the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 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. 6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

    Revelations 21:1-7 is the full passage:

    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

    1 Corinthians 2:9 (New International Version)

    9 However, as it is written:
    “No eye has seen,
    no ear has heard,
    no mind has conceived
    what God has prepared for those who love him”

    So that let’s you know that you can’t imagine it!!! That excites me!

  2. Revelation 21:1 says there will be a new heaven and a new earth. If the present universe is cool I think we can conclude the future one will be even better.

  3. Well, we are never told exactly.
    But If I were you I would look in the Book of Revelation.
    The streets are supposed to be paved with gold and pearls.
    Angels and Saints will be everywhere, glorifying God.
    The voices of angels singing will be heard everywhere, and angel’s voices are suppose to be more beautiful than anything human’s can comprehend.
    There will never be pain, sadness, or anger.

  4. There’s really no way to know. The Bible uses symbols and metaphors. But that’s all they are. The Bible itself says that when it’s speaking of heaven? It uses signs and symbols that humans can understand.

    “A revelation by Jesus Christ, which God gave him, to show his slaves the things that must shortly take place. And he sent forth his angel and presented [it] in signs through him to his slave John, who bore witness to the word God gave and to the witness Jesus Christ gave, even to all the things he saw” – Revelation 1:1,2

    As it says. They are signs, and symbols so that the human mind can comprehend. So often, God is portrayed in one manner in one section of the Bible, and in another manner in another section of the Bible. Words are used by the prophets such as:

    “I saw something like …”

    or

    “I saw something that had the appearance of …”

    They were comparisons, so that the human mind could understand.

    We know a few things. Since the Bible relates that Jesus was the first creation … ever, then this must mean that this realm existed before our universe.

    “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; because by means of him all [other] things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All [other] things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all [other] things and by means of him all [other] things were made to exist, and he is the head of the body, the congregation” – Colossians 1:15-18

    So he must have existed before this universe. That means, that where they dwell? There are no atoms, or energy as we know it. Atomic energy and quanta are of this universe. We cannot conceive of anything different.

    The apostles ackowledged the fact, that there was no way to know, what heavenly life would be like, for those called to heavenly life. They simply know that’s their desire since they’re “calling”, or “annointing”. They know they have been adopted by God, as his child. Anyone who has gone through this process, understands this.

    “And you have an anointing from the holy one; all of you have knowledge … And as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but, as the anointing from him is teaching you about all things, and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught you, remain in union with him” – 1 John 2:20, 27

    “For you did not receive a spirit of slavery causing fear again, but you received a spirit of adoption as sons, by which spirit we cry out: “Abba, Father!” The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children” – Romans 8:15,16

    Of course, not all who are saved go to heaven. Many will be resurrected, to live in a paradise on earth, and worship God as man was originally intended to worship him. In a paradise, under perfect conditions. (Revelation 21:3,4; Isaiah 65, Psalms 37)

    “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those also I must bring, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd” – John 10:16

    “Actually David did not ascend to the heavens” – Acts 2:34

    “Truly I say to you people, Among those born of women there has not been raised up a greater than John the Baptist; but a person that is a lesser one in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he is” – Matthew 11:11

    The things of the earth, are the things of the earth. Not heaven. Promises of trees, and birds, and lakes? In a place that existed before our universe? By the same person with enough power to create stars and this universe? No … God stated that he used signs and symbols to try to describe heavenly life to the human mind.

    Those Christians who do receive this “calling” to heavenly life, they themselves do not know what heaven will be like. They know a few things, that their calling imparts to them.

    Paul and John talked about this …

    “Nevertheless, someone will say: “How are the dead to be raised up? Yes, with what sort of body are they coming?” You unreasonable person! … So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised up in incorruption.  It is sown in dishonor, it is raised up in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised up in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised up a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual one” 1 Corinthians 15:35,36, 42-44

    As well as the apostle John. John said quite clearly (this is the John who received the Revelation) … we of the heavenly class? Don’t know exactly what it will be like.

    “Beloved ones, now we are children of God, but as yet it has not been made manifest what we shall be. We do know that whenever he is made manifest we shall be like him, because we shall see him just as he is” – 1 John 3:2

    We simply know that we shall be kings over the earth (The Bible references that this is part of the invitation for those that receive it – Revelation 5:9,10) and that we have been adopted as God’s children (Romans 8). We are taught – through the anointing, certain things about God’s love, and his qualities. I know I’ve been baptized into Christs death. After that? It’s a matter of trust. But the desire for heaven is there. Not the things of the earth. I don’t desire lakes or trees or birds. Since I was called, those things passed away. I do not wish for them any longer. What I wish, is to be united with Christ, as John says. That is the main desire. Christians with the heavenly hope? The Bible calls them a completely “new creation”

    “Consequently if anyone is in union with Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away, look! new things have come into existence” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

    It’s not that they are better than anyone else. It’s not that they are elevated. Indeed, they view other christians and people as superior to them. These Christians view themselves as slaves, and indebted to their fellow man …

    “He that says he remains in union with him is under obligation himself also to go on walking just as that one walked” – 1 John 2:6

    “doing nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with lowliness of mind considering that the others are superior to you, keeping an eye, not in personal interest upon just you own matters, but also in personal interest upon those of the others.

    “Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God. No, but he emptied himself and took a slave’s form and came to be in the likeness of men” – Phillipians 2:3-7

    But heavenly Christians know they are to rule as both kings, and priests. That is the work to be done, once in heaven.

    “And they sing a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought persons for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,  and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth” – Revelation 5:9,10

    Jesus taught that a good king? A good king looks for the best for his subjects. A good king looks to serve. Not to dominate

    “But Jesus, calling them to him, said: “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them and the great men wield authority over them.  This is not the way among you; but whoever wants to become great among you must be your minister,  and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave.  Just as the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many.” – Matthew 20:25-28

  5. Peace, Love. Beautiful, with colors we have never seen here on earth, so bright and shinny, lakes, rivers all clean beautiful trees, and all our loved ones there to greet us all.

  6. Not one single person on this earth has ever been there to tell you what it is like or if it is even real.

    To be there, you have to be DEAD.

  7. A joyful place where God Himself lives. A place without tears. No hunger or thirst. A place so wonderful we can’t even imagine it. I hope I can help God with His work and know my family.

  8. Personally, I expect to breeze on by the bridges criss-crossing some high monastic towers. Perhaps I’ll shop at the Flying Angels Bazaar and get myself a gilded-spined Bible and a copy of the Gospel Gazette to catch up on what’s going on the earth (which will be so far from heaven). This will all be paid with *Heavenly Credits, which of course has an unreachable credit limit. You’ll never have to worry about being short on change again. That first month will probably have me craving for a piece of everything. I’ll probably wanna catch up on everything I didn’t have time for on earth, maybe I can watch every movie made in, oh, 1993, or maybe I’ll watch all of Venetian Princess’ parody videos 50 times each. I’ll have time to analyze each and every shot angle with that many views, plus you can’t watch YouTube without reading the comments and–oh, uh… so that’s what I think. What do you think?

  9. heaven is being Eternity with god its is so wonderful we can’t even imagine it the Bible says that no eye has seen or ear has heard what god prepared for those who love him heaven definitely won’t be boring it will be wonderful to be with god and all the bible charthers

  10. Heaven is here NOW, in the heart of the Believer IN Jesus Christ. It is NOT a geographical place. Once you find the NEW Birth, then you can describe it to others… PERHAPS!

    Sorry. for few details. If you can imagine the most beautiful and peaceful places on this earth and realize that this is the NEGATIVE of a place that is POSITIVE. I expect we would have some idea of what to expect. Everything on this earth is a PERVERSION of the Devil. So imagine a world with NO perversion and you will be close.

  11. It will be down the street from Jewish Heaven where all the money is kept, and right next door to Muslim Heaven, separated by a chain-link fence, and you will have to listen to all the group-sex parties with all them virgins. And no matter how good a cook you are, after dinner God will make up some lame-ass excuse of why he has to split early and then one of his sandal will come flinging over the fence and hit you in the forehead as you try to watch the sun set to the delightful screams of “Yes Allah! Yes Allah! Right there! Oh God Yes– I mean Allah, Yes!”

  12. What is Heaven like? (1)IT IS A HOLY PLACE–no sin or evil (Ps. 20:6; 1 Co. 6:9-10; Re. 21:8,27; 22:15). (2) IT IS A PLACE OF WORSHIP (Re. 4:8-11). (3) IT IS A PLACE OF PARADISE (Lk. 23:43; 2 Co. 12:4; Re. 2:7). Things that are there: Spectacular beauty (Re. 4:2-3; 21:18-21); mansions (Jn. 14:2); a wonderful throne (Re. 4:2-6); wonderful creatures (Re. 4:6-8); wonderful odors and music (Ps. 45:8); fullness of joy (Ps. 45:8); horses (Re. 19:14); wonderful rivers (Re. 22:1); wonderful trees (Re. 22:2). (4) IT IS A PLACE OF GLORY (Ps. 73:24). The Lord Jesus is the Lord of glory (1 Co. 2:8). Glory refers to kingly splendor and wealth (Mt. 6:29); God’s brilliant light (2 Ch. 7:1-3; Lk. 2:9; Mt. 17:1-3; Lk. 9:29-31; Re. 21:11,23); great beauty (Is. 63:1); and the manifestation of God’s unfathomable wisdom and power (Ps. 19:1). (5) IT IS A PLACE WITHOUT ANY UNPLEASANT THING. No sorrow, pain, or death (Re. 21:4), no hunger or thirst (Re. 7:16), no darkness (Re. 22:5). (6) IT IS A PLACE OF SERVICE (Re. 22:3). (7) IT IS A PLACE IN WHICH EVERYONE IS LIKE JESUS CHRIST (He. 2:10-11; Ro. 8:29; 1 Jn. 3:1-2).

  13. a continuance of the slavery of those who believe and their unquestioning worship to feed the ego of the religious master that has no choice but to use the threat of pain and torture to keep the free will of the masses focused on itself. or…… nothing at all.

  14. There are three heavens mentioned in the Bible. Heaven where God is; the heavens meaning outer space which is below this and the heaven closest to us ( the sky and atmosphere we see) as in the birds in the heavens. I assume you are referring to the first heaven mentioned. No man has seen nor is the human eye capable of seeing the splendor. Some hints are given in Revelations. But most people think that heaven is our eternal reward. If you read the Bible, at the second com
    ing, the dead will be resurrected and given incorruptable bodies. All will be judged and ultimately Jesus will reign on earth for s thousand years with His elect. The heavens and earth will be reaced with new and God will destroy the wicked, death and Hades in the lake of fire. His new kingdom over which he will be sovereign King will be the new earth. It is here that the saved in Christ will spend eternity with Him. So we will not be in the heaven you are probably asking about.

  15. This is one of my favorite Ethiopian adoption videos she’s so beautiful God bless you I look forward to adopting a son and daughter from Ethiopia and many other children from other countries in Africa one day! Adoption is my heart

  16. What agency did you use??? Also can i ask what orphanage she was in? She is beautiful, and she fits right in with your two other gorgeous daughters! =)

  17. Beautiful smile. happy ending. Looks like she was the most popular child when leaving her orphanage….So loved ,and yet to be loved more by her new parents. God bless you all.

  18. We have been prayerfully considering adoption and feel drawn to Ethiopia. It sounds like now they may reduce the number of adoptions in the country by up to 90%. I hope and pray Ethiopia will keep that open.

  19. This is beautifully done…thanks for sharing your most amazing moment with us & may the love shine down on you for all your days to come. Big hugs, The Shannons

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