What Does the Bible say Heaven is Like?

by Jack Wellman on June 24, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

What does the Bible say that heaven looks like?  Are there sufficient scriptures to tell us?  Are the images of the saints playing harps while lying on the clouds of heaven accurate?  Can we know for sure what heaven will be like?

What Heaven Isn’t

The tiny chubby cherub angels playing their harps in heaven are not what heaven will be like or are like at this present time.  Heaven exists today but humans who are living on earth cannot yet see it and the pictures that we have seen of it can not describe it accurately in all its splendor, glory, beauty, and majesty.  Those who have died in the faith in Jesus Christ are said to be present with the Lord and since the Lord is seated at the right hand of the Father on His throne they are in heaven right now. What this means is that heaven is for real; it does exist, and there are Christians who have died and gone to heaven and are now with Jesus Christ.

The Three Heavens

There are actually three heavens described in the Bible.  The first heaven is what is called the firmament or sky that covers the earth.  This is the realm of birds and clouds that surrounds the entire earth.

The second heaven is where the stars, the sun, and the moon reside.  This is the space beyond the earth and it covers the entire universe.  It is as far as the human eye can see with the help Stairway to Heavenof gigantic telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope.

The third heaven is unseen and is the residence of God, including Jesus Christ. This is where the dead martyrs and saints are today.  This is the location of the throne of God and where the holy angels surrounding His throne sing day and night, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord our God.

Biblical Eye Witnesses to Heaven

There are several people in the Bible who have been eye witnesses to the heaven before they died.  Elijah was caught up into heaven, taken up in a whirlwind; he never tasted death (II Kings 2:1-12).  Like Elijah, Enoch who was said to have walked with God, was taken up into heaven without ever tasting death.  The apostle John saw heaven through an open door so that he might see and record in the book of Revelation some of the things he saw in heaven (Rev. 4:1).

While Paul was on the Damascus Road on his way to persecute Christians, He saw heaven open up but whether this was heaven itself or just the first heaven where he saw the light, we cannot be sure.  Acts 9:3-4 described what Paul saw, “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  We do not know for sure, according to the scriptures, whether this was the third heaven, where the throne of God was or not, but can assume it was not for Paul only heard a voice from heaven and he saw only a light from heaven.  Nonetheless, heaven is for real and it exists today in every sense of the word.

You may have read or heard about many who have died and seen heaven for themselves.  They describe such a realm that is beyond description.  Some who died and came back to life have said they have seen their lost loved ones in heaven, their family, friends, and some even their pets.  This is difficult to prove, yet the sheer number of those who have seen heaven and came back from death is hard to refute; only they themselves know this for certain.  But the Bible does describe some of what heaven is like in the scriptures.  It is, from the human standpoint, indescribable (I Cor. 2:9).

Biblical Descriptions of Heaven

There is a constant chant of holy angels that are continually proclaiming Holy, Holy, Holy over the throne of God.  The Mercy Seat in heaven where God sits is surrounded by magnificent angels full of glory and power that proclaim and bless the holy name of God without ceasing.  Some of these are described as beasts, full of eyes, with six wings and neither rest day or night in their proclaiming the holiness of God (Rev. 4:8-11).

Heaven Descends to the Earth

After the Kingdom of Heaven begins on earth, after Christ’s return, the New Jerusalem descends out of heaven and heaven, in the New Jerusalem, will then be on earth.  Revelation 21:1-2 describes this:  “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”   The very tabernacle of God will be with humans then and heaven is any place where God is (Rev. 21:3).  All pain, suffering, and tears will absent there (Rev. 21:4).

John was carried away to heaven in Revelation chapter 21 and this chapter is perhaps the best description of heaven that we know of; at least the heaven that will be seen by those who are Christ’s today.  John describes it in Revelation 21:10-27:

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.

14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia [or 1,400 miles!] in length, and as wide and high as it is long [1,400 miles wide and tall!].

17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits [that is 200 feet!] thick.

18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.

19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst [these last two stones are unknown or only exist in heaven today].

21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.

25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.

27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

How You Can See Heaven

There is only one way for you to see heaven and Jesus Christ is the one and only access to it (John 6:44, Acts 4:12, 16:30-31).  There is no other way possible to get to heaven but by the Son of God.  Getting to heaven is a one-way trip.  If you die before Jesus Christ’s Second Advent (return) you will go directly to heaven and be in the presence of God.  If you never see heaven, you will most certainly see hell and that is also a one-way trip from which there is no return.

Revelation 21:7-8 shows the fate of those not going to heaven: “Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Like the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man who died without Christ is forever denied access to heaven and to God.  It is an everlasting location from which no one can depart.  My hope and prayer is that no one would ever go there.  There is one simple way that you can go to heaven.  Jesus died after living a perfect life.  He spilled His blood to take the Holy Father’s wrath upon Himself.  This bridged the gap from heaven to hell.  It is a free gift; to not accept it is to seal your fate forever.  To accept it is to be with God in heaven for eternity in joyful bliss.  Right now if you ask Jesus Christ to be your Savior, ask for the forgiveness of your sins, admit you are a sinner in need of saving, and place your faith and trust in Him, He promises to never, ever forsake you.  He will keep you in His own hand and never caste you away, even when you die (John 6:37, 10:28-29).  If you do this right now you will see heaven for yourself.  And you will be with the Lord our God forever and ever when you leave this earth.

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Greg November 18, 2012 at 5:10 am

Hi
One of your statements above caught my attention. what heaven isn’t it reads “Those who have died in the faith in Jesus Christ are said to be present with the Lord and since the Lord is seated at the right hand of the Father on His throne they are in heaven right now. What this means is that heaven is for real; it does exist, and there are Christians who have died and gone to heaven and are now with Jesus Christ.”

I would like for you to provide me some scriptural references from the Bible to support this statement. From what I have read from the Bible here is what it says.

1. When someone dies the body turns to dust and the spirit goes back to God. Ecclesiastes 12:7. Where one is righteous or not the spirit of everyone goes back to God.

2. A living being (a soul) consist of Body and Spirit. The spirit returning to God is not a living being (Soul) (Gen 2:7)

3. The Spirit that returns to God at death is the breath of life. Job 27:3

4. At death the sole dies. This is were the body and the spirit separates from each other.

5. People do no go to heaven or hell when they die. They go to their grave to await the resurrection day. John 5:28-29 says, ” All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall com forth”
Acts 2:29,34 says, David….is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. For david is not ascended into the heavens.
Job 17:13 – “If I wait, the grave is mine house”.

6. God says that the dead know absolutely nothing (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10) Psalms 115:17 says “The dead praise not the Lord”
Take a look at Ecclesiastes 9:6 and Psalms 146:4

7. Jesus calls the state of the dead “sleep” john 11:11-14. How long shall the dead remain dead? Until the day of the Lord. Job 14:12, 2Peter 3:10
8. As the second coming of Christ, the righteous dead will be rewarded. They will be raised, given immortal bodies and caught up meet the LORD in the air. There would be no purpose in a resurrection if people were taken to heaven at death.
9. If people goes to heaven when they die, it mean that they do not surely die. That is the devils first lie “And the serpent said unto the woman, you shall not surely die.” Gen 3:4.

There are many more scriptural references to prove that people do not go to heaven when they die righteous or not. The bible says “The dead in Christ shall rise first. If they are in heaven then why would Christ be coming to raise they from the dead?

Have a blessed Day.

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Lia Renn December 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

@ Greg – I agree with Angela and more importantly, the Bible. Mary Fairchild explains it good on Christianity about.com: The Bible uses the term “asleep” or “sleeping” when referring to the physical body of the believer at death. It is important to note that the term is used solely for believers. The dead body appears to be asleep when it is separated at death from the spirit and soul of the believer. The spirit and soul, which are eternal, are united with Christ at the moment of the believer’s death (2 Corinthians 5:8). The body of the believer, which is mortal flesh, perishes, or “sleeps” until the day it is transformed and reunited to he believer at the final resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:43; Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:51)

1 Corinthians 15:50-53 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. (NIV)

This indicates the dead body of the saved sleeps while the soul/spirit goes directly to God upon death.

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Truth April 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

All humans consist of spirit, soul and body, we are tri-part beings. Before salvation our spirit is described as dead in scripture.
When the Bible speaks of sleep in relation to death it does not mean literal sleep. Sleeping is just a way to describe death because a dead body appears to be asleep.

The moment we die, we face the judgment of God (Hebrews 9:27). just as in the story of Lazarus and Dives (Luke 16:19-31) Consider the powerful evidence in Acts 7:54-59 concerning the murder of Stephen… “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord. And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Stephen did not go into unconsciousness in the grave he went to Heaven to be with the Lord (the lord received his spirit).

Our spirit returns immediately to the presence of the Lord. For believers, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23). For unbelievers, death means everlasting punishment in hell (Luke 16:22-23).
When a believer dies his soul and spirit leaves his body but do not die. In Ezekiel it says the soul that sinneth it shall die but as with all scripture we must study it in its correct context it speaks of the unrepentant sinner and scripture here speaks of eternal death or punishment. It the body that will be raptured up ” the dead in Christ shall rise first” scripture states. The believers which are alive and remain will also be raptured . When the believer dies he is present with the Lord. Some time later at the rapture his body will be resurrected and glorified.Until the final resurrection. After death, a person resides in a “temporary” heaven or hell. After this temporary realm, at the final resurrection, a person’s eternal destiny will not change. The precise “location” of that eternal destiny is what changes. Believers will ultimately be granted entrance into the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21:1). Unbelievers will ultimately be sent to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). These are the final, eternal destinations of all people—based entirely on whether or not they had trusted Jesus Christ alone for salvation (Matthew 25:46; John 3:36).

When scripture says that the dead cannot praise thee it is speaking about those in the grave, and under the power of death, they cannot celebrate the praises of God with their bodily organs; their souls may praise him in heaven, but they in their bodies cannot till the resurrection morn, or as long as they are under the dominion of the grave; we cannot sing with our physical mouth when we are dead. This refers to the separation of the body and the soul/spirit upon death.

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Kris February 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm

May I suggest you go to

http://gracethrufaith.com/browse/

Where you will find several articles that answer these questions scripturally as well as this excellent site where we are enjoying Jack’s sharing …I find many counselors helpful and I read several on this subject that were useful and clarifying as I continue to compare whatever I read or hear within study of the word as I suspect you do also…

Happy hunting!

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Kris February 19, 2014 at 12:08 am

Amen Truth …good post….but what is “Dives”??In your reference to “Lazarus and dives”

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Jessa August 1, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I first want to commend your ability to quote those verses! For an atheist, you are extremely well versed. You also have, like many politicians, the uncanny ability to pull a single verse out of context. Yes, there are quite a few inconsistencies in the Bible. Most attribute that to the Bible being written, by over 2000 different authors, some after many years of oral history passed to them. As far as your “expertise”, it is very widely believed that since God is omnipotent, He is bigger than all of us, and obviously is not bound by our system of time. The periods that have occurred, the average lifespan of humans, day and night…none of that is important or recognized by God. This is widely believed due to the obvious Scientific discoveries that explain how the world began, from the separation of the land from the water, which could have simply began at His Word, but had not completely shifted into position millions of years later, allowing the movement of people and animals. And were not the people of Earth as described after the fall of man the cavemen we know existed? When God sent Adam and Eve out of Eden, they had no protection from the elements other than caves. These examples lead to the idea that God has no time table, for His 7 days seem to have significantly more time on Earth. That also leads to the idea that if there is no time in Heaven, all Christians are essentially already with Christ in Heaven yet not with Him. This paradox is hard to follow, but since God gives us a free-will to chose Christ, there is no predestination. That supports the “all spirits are with God until the day of judgement” idea. And as said before, do you seriously expect over 2000 writers to give the exact same discription of the soul? I hope I have at least let other readers make a more fair opinion of both theories.

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BigScott September 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm

You miss the whole beauty and meaning of the Word of God, he inspired the word. Even if it were 10,000 different writers (Not Authors) as they could only write what God had told them to write. Secondly God does not work in theories, man works in theories, which as we all know is just a over educated guess. God works in truth, Your choice to believe or not believe. One more point “Science” in nothing more than the study of how God made things

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Kris November 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Amen!

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Jack Wellman November 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Amen…well said BigScott. So true.

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Jarrie November 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Thank you for this article! I hope more and more people read this! and praise the holy holy holy LORD!!!!

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Katherine December 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I found this article very helpful. I was researching what the Bible says about heaven, and found this article. It is reassuring to see that this article had scripture references for practically all of its facts. I can’t wait for the glorious day that we will all be able to see this beautiful city! To God be the Glory

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adrian capillo December 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

thank you in sharing this article,,,,,it’s so precious,,,,

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angela December 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm

@ greg.. You are a little confussed about something the word death in the bible doesnt mean in certain verses what you are claiming it to mean. “The dead praise not the Lord”
Take a look at Ecclesiastes 9:6 and Psalms 146:4

what this means is people who do not live for god. People who arent saved. After you die, you cant change what you have done. Resurrection to a new life after death was a vague concept for old testament believers. It was only made clear after jesus rose from the dead.

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desiree guerrero December 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Do you get to be with the person your
in love with in Heven??

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Jack Wellman December 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Hello Desiree. Yes, absolutely we will know each other in heaven, including the person we are in love with or married too. Please read this article to give a full biblical explanation about this called “Will We Recognize Friends and Family in Heaven at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/will-we-recognize-friends-and-family-in-heaven/

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John Cevis January 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I have a question who told Gain what to offer and were dose it say in the scripture. God Bless. this particular question was ask during our bibile study last night.

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Jack Wellman January 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Thank you John for such a good question. I don’t believe there is a Scripture that told Cain what to offer but Abel gave a better sacrifice because it cost him more than just produce from the ground. God rejected Cain’s sacrifice I believe because it was not from his own labor (produce like fruits or vegetables) but Abel’s was an animal sacrifice of the choicest of his herd. No one told Cain to offer his sacrifice and therefore it is not in the Bible but we can assume that since the life is in the blood, a blood sacrifice is a better sacrifice and pointed, of course, to Jesus’ ultimate price He paid.

Cain must have known that blood is required to cover sins since Adam and Eve sinned, God clothed them with animal skins…the point is that the animals had to die (blood sacrifice) to “cover” Adam and Eve and thus, cover their sins. Cain should have known better. The Bible never says anywhere that Cain was to offer produce from the ground…but he should have known better and killed his brother Abel because Abel gave a better sacrifice and Cain killed him from jealousy.

Did this answer your question sir? I hope it did.

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Kris June 17, 2013 at 3:08 am

One aspect that we see is that Cain offered something from the ‘dust of the ground’ …a product of what was CURSED ….the offering of a lamb was not , animals were created by God and were a ‘type’ of the coming Lamb of GOD.

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: CURSED is the GROUND for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

The choice to disobey and disregard God’s warning and command resulted in the ground being cursed as a consequence. Note also that the body of man which was formed from the dust of the ground DIES….So anything related to ground, dust, earth would thus be not what would be acceptable .

3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit OF THE GROUND an offering unto the Lord.

4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.

The ‘firstling’ emblematic of the ‘ONLY begotten who was the first among many brethren…lamb without blemish…just as the Lord Jesus Christ was .

The lamb also was not from man’s making but God’s creation.

The offering to the Lord was OF the Lord it would seem

Also Cain being the first born would probably feel too proud to have to obtain a lamb from his brother …pride entered in with offense from having his offering rejected by God with good reason. God would not receive anything from a cursed source.

Selah

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Ellen January 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

I am reading the entire bible thru a weekly plan at our church. This is the first time I have made a true commitment to finish, I am excited. My paster ask us to close our eyes and he read the scriptures describing heaven , it was unbelievable to in your own mind to try to visualize it. We have an Awesome God! Thank you for your website it was very good!

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Janette Lockard February 1, 2013 at 5:51 pm

My dad passed away Monday 21,2013 he was a true Christian and talked highly of heaven. My heart hurts for him cause I miss him so much, and will read the article on your loved ones meeting you, I was always told that, when you enter heaven because its all love, you will not have favorites everyone will be your family. Will my dad meet me when I go to heaven?

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Jack Wellman February 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I am so sorry for your loss Janette. Think of it this way. Would he want to come back to earth right now where there is still suffering, pain, and tears? No way! I see no reason whatsoever that you won’t be greeted by your father in heaven if you have placed your trust in Jesus already. There is no doubt about that. Please read this article about whether we will recognize family and friends in heaven at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/will-we-recognize-friends-and-family-in-heaven/

I think you’ll feel better after reading this. One wise woman who was near death told me some great wisdom:

“When we are born, we have a lot of people smiling around us but we are crying…when we die, we have a lot of people around us crying but we are smiling”…that is for those who have put their trust in Christ like your dad has.

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Annie House February 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Hi, I have a quick question that I’m not sure on. So when we die, we wait for the day Jesus will all bring us to Heaven, right? What happens to us while we are “sleeping” and are waiting to be taken to Heaven? Is it like we are truly sleeping and once Jesus comes, we are reawakened? Is it like Job 14:12?

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Jack Wellman February 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Thank you so much for your question. As I understand, Paul wrote what happens at death and was “confident” in this in 2 Cor 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”

There is no “soul sleep” for this is not in the Bible. Job 14:12 speaks of this in Job 14:12-15, “so he lies down and does not rise;till the heavens are no more, people will not awake or be roused from their sleep. “If only you would hide me in the grave and conceal me till your anger has passed! If only you would set me a time and then remember me! If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come. You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made.”

Job was speaking during his severe trial but we know that later in the Book of Job, Job knew that He (God) would come for him again and today it is believed that Job is with the Lord.

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Diedra February 18, 2013 at 7:03 am

Thank you for this website. I enjoyed this article, and found it very informative. There is so much speculation going on, and the Lord was quite clear about not leaning on our own understanding. Not everything will be known to us while we are here on this earth. For myself, I like learning. It is always helpful to hear what various pastors/ministers have to say on subjects. When put against the Word of God, it gives me a clearer understanding of different subjects. Thank you so much for writing about this subject. I have studied myself in times past. It was delightful. Glory be to God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Come Lord Jesus Come!

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G mic ltt February 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

HEAVEN : TO SAY THE LEAST!!!!!!!
HAVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
…EVERLASTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
…..ADVENTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
……..VIRTUOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
………..EDIFYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
………….NESTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
……………………..A…MEN…!!!…A…MEN…

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Linda Kay in Missouri March 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

Dear sir,
I would like to share a dream I had just yesterday of what i feel God showed me. First of all I am going through difficult times, and seems all is going wrong in my life. My precious mother is very ill, and in a nursing home. I tried for the longest time to care for her, but I too have health problems and it was too much for me and my sister to do. With the greatest hesitation we had no choice to put her in a nursing home to insure she would be cared for properly. It is so hard, because I promised her all my life that as long as I was alive, I would never put her in a home. I feel the worst pain daily that I broke my promise to her. I deal with this on a daily basis. I’m sad, and I cry constantly over it. I pray to God to please help me. i was raised in the Pentecostal faith.

I want to share this dream I had yesterday about what I think God showed me of heaven. I’m not crazy but this was so real.

I wake up early most mornings, I was so stressed that I fell back asleep.

‘The dream’

I begin to soar toward the heavens, and I had a child with me. Since I have only one daughter I will assume it was her. As I was traveling upward to the heavens, I clearly saw many mountains, with the most vivid colors I have ever seen in my life. (I’m 60 yrs. old) as I got higher toward the heavens i saw the most beautiful skies and beautiful mansions somewhat looking like churches. I was so amazed at the beauty of these buildings, the higher I got toward the heavens the more beautiful these mansions got, just when I thought they couldn’t get more beautiful, they did. I was like WOW! How can anything be this beautiful? There were mountains and the most vivid green, and beautiful blue. It was what I would describe as majestic! The most majestic thing I have ever dreamed. I didn’t want to come back to this awful, horrible world of death and violence throughout this Earth.

I do not go to a church, but I want to. I just want a church that isn’t judgmental like the ones I have attended in my past. I’m a good person, but not without my faults. I probably sin daily. I do ask for God’s forgiveness and help to be a better person.

I’m a very dedicated animal advocate, I feed all the strays that show up at my house. It is my passion. I have always been that way since my first memory as a child.

I just want to know is it possible that God would show me such a beautiful sight being that I’m considered a sinner? Why would he waste his time on me? I’m not worthy, and I know it. I have always felt that God has kept me alive for some special reason, not sure why because I have failed him so many times, to only turn to him for help. He has provided me with all my needs, and I tell him of my gratitude.

Lately though, I feel suicidal because my pain is so great inside, over my mother and great distant from my family among the abuse and death of people, children and animals being slaughtered. I’m so tenderhearted.

Please tell me what to do. I don’t want to take my life, but I’m finding it so unbearable to live on this Earth, with all the evil, suffering, murder, Middle East. Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Etc.

I would really love a bible, (King James version), if you know where I can get one. I have a small one, but my eyes are so bad that I find it hard to read, and don’t really have the money for one.

Thank you sir for reading this. May God Bless you, please pray for my soul. I don’t want Satan to win!

Linda Kay Gibbs
564 Slicer St.
Kennett, Mo. 63857

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Jack Wellman March 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hello Linda Kay. Thank you for sharing your dream with us. It is possible that this dream about heaven is God’s reassurance that this life on earth is only temporary and that you and family members who have put their trust in God have such an incredible future that words can not describe.

As for the guilt you have about putting your mother in a care facility, let me say that you had no choice. Her life sounds like is secure in Christ (she is saved, right?). These are reminders that we are just pilgrims on this earth and on a journey to the Promised Land where all this pain and suffering will be finally put to an end. There will then and there be no more suffering, no more pain, no more death.

You said, “I just want a church that isn’t judgmental like the ones I have attended in my past. I’m a good person, but not without my faults.” You will not find a church without fault and yes, many Christians are judgmental but you yourself just said that you sin daily (as we all do) and are “not without faults” so using “judgmental” Christians as the reason for not going is to make yourself above other, unperfect Christians. Jesus loved the church and gave His life for the church and said that the gates of hell would not prevent it from dying out and so you are outside of the fellowship of the saints. Jesus is the Head of the Church, the Chief Shepherd and you are outside the flock. Just because no church is perfect (just as you and I are) is no reason to forsake the assembling of ourselves as the Bible commands Christians to do (Heb 10:25).

How can you partake the Lord’s Supper as we are commanded by Jesus Himself to do? How can you grow in grace and knowledge (read 1 Cor 13 and Romans 12) to see how it is impossible. There are no “lone ranger” Christians in the New Testament church and all of the letters (epistles) are written to churches, not individuals. You will have a difficult time outside of the fellowship of the saints to support you, to pray for you and so on.

You will always feel suicidal and life on earth is not for you if you are out there by yourself for Satan is said to be like a roaring lion, seeking out those to whom he can devour. He looks for prey to victimize that are by themselves and not in the flock. Strays are easier prey for him to attack and make to feel guilty and feel worthless or suicidal. I must tell you in love that you will always struggle outside of the church, which is the Body of Christ, if you persist to see the church as too judgmental and you yourself are not perfect. Do you not see that this in itself is being judgmental? There are many, many godly saints who are NOT judgmental. You can’t judge all churches and saints as judgmental and live the life of a solo Christian and not expect to be attack spiritually by the Enemy.

I don’t mind praying for you but if you are being disobedient to the assembling of the church, my prayers may not help you.

By the way, we have no Bible’s to send to you but I urge you to go to a local church because the church I am pastor at and most churches have Bibles available. If you don’t have a Bible to read and no church to attend and grow in, then you have a very hard road ahead.

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Kris November 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Jhn 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

In this passage Jesus was dealing with the religious leaders who were making pronouncments according to their opinions.

We ALL make judgments in life …how else will we determine what is right or wrong …but we are told to make ‘righteous judgments’ .To this people may ask WHERE do we find what is a ‘righteous judgment’ ?

God’s Word always brings the answer IF we are willing to seek it …and thus we do find out …

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, FOR INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

It is God’s inspiration, His words that come forth out of his mouth , as in this passage the word ‘inspiration’ is “theopneustos….or “God Breathed’ that we need to know to be ‘fully equipped unto all good works”.

When God has spoken regarding anything it is ‘righteous judgment’ therefore we can know what is HIS judgment about anything that HE has included for us in His Word which ‘pertaineth to life and godliness’.

When a person who comes to Christ does not know this they may hear the Word which convicts us of sin as ‘judgmental’ in a way that is not useful to help them SEE what their need is for a Savior . This is how a person may decide that those who bring the Word of GOD are ‘too judgmental’ because they have been raised in a godless time and place where tolerance is demanded for all kinds of debauchery and sin.

To accept what GOD’S word says about all things is worthy for the saving of the soul.

One may determine if others are speaking what is truth regarding anything if one STUDIES the Word as God has told us to …2 Tim 2:15.

Anyone may learn what GOD’S righteous judgment is if they have faith and are willing to pursue Him with ‘diligence and believing HE will reward their effort to know Him ‘

To gain access to understanding they need to acknowledge their need for salvation and that Jesus Christ is the only way to have their debts paid in full as Jesus Christ is The Way , The Truth and The Life and no man comes to the Father but by Him.

He is risen …and through His resurrection we are seeing the evidence of the finished work of our Salvation.

All praise to our Father who has bought us with the price of the precious blood of His only begotten Son …Jesus Christ the righteous who will JUDGE all by His Words !

Jhn 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath ONE THAT JUDGETH him:THE WORD THAT I HAVE SPOKEN, theSAME shall judge him in the last day.

We have the ‘open book’ to learn by what standard we will be evaluated. For believers we have an advocate with the Father , Jesus Christ the righteous. For those who reject Him they can know NOW what standard will measure their life..

God is gracious to allow us the knowledge of what His righteousness is and to have offered whomsoever will the opportunity to be SAVED by HIS SON …there is no other salvation for any born into this fallen word as decedents of the fallen man Adam.

For those who have come to know the Lord and believe that He is their Savior and is risen this passage is a good reminder and assurance of why we can be so thankful to Him for all that we did not deserve !

Ephesians 2 King James Version (KJV)

2 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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Nan June 28, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Linda, i know growing up pentecostal was hard. Pentecostals dont seem to be sure if theyre okay with God, from what i have seen, which is why theyre coming across judgemental. God loves you right now. You cant gain hs favor by striving to be good enough because everyone has sinned. The only thing that can remove your sin completely and put you in right standing before God is FAITH in the fact that Christ PAID your punishment in FULL and rose from the dead to guarantee your salvation. Your own works, no matter how holy you can try to be, cannot remove the penalty of sin which is death. Through faith, you repent of your sins and believe that Jesus Christ has paid your debt in full. Anyone trusting in their own works or goodness wont be saved. Only those who believe on Jesus will be saved. Your freedom and guarantee of eternal life has been secured by your heavenly Father sending His Son to rescue you. You no longer have to be afraid. God made an eternal covenant with mankind through the shed blood of his Son who took your wrath, so you could have eternal life. He is faithful. God loves you SOOOO much and he made it that easy to whoever would believe! Only believe!! XOX

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Truth July 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Nan, God’s love is unconditional that is true and believing on the Lord is what he requires; believing is about trusting and obeying God’s word so eternal life is available if we choose to accept it maybe you had a negative experience of the Pentecostal church I don’t know but that doesn’t make all Pentecostals judgemental. In my experience we can all be judgemental at times and it is not confined to any one group . Scripture says that if we are believers in Christ and I have a fault you have a responsibility to restore me and I do to you . There is a Biblical judgement required by the believer to help our brother or sister the problem comes when we condemn one another and fail to show the love of Christ and also fail to address our own faults. It is equally wrong to fail to correct each other. If we cannot submit to each other how can we submit to christ Jesus

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Truth July 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Linda, You say that you are considered a sinner and question whether God would send such a sight to you. God speaks to both those who are sinners and those who are born again. God knows your heart better than you do and he wants to transform your life and I believe that is why he is speaking to you, that is only possible when you see the need to fully surrender everything to him. Repentance is vital this means changing your thinking about God, life and what God wants from you. When we have the Biblical view of God we see that without him we have no life. Being good won’t take you to heaven but being saved or born again will because it is only when we are born again that we can have the type of relationship with God that he wants with us. Attending church is good but without having an inward transformation that only God can give it is just going to church. You sound as if you want change, Jesus said if we come to him, bring our weaknesses, problems and issues to him he will deal with them and we will find restif we trust him to deal with our issuea. I suggest that you find a church that preaches the full gospel as in the Bible and make that step of saying yes to Jesus. I pray that you make that step and hope to hear how God has transformed you. Many blessings

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Kris February 19, 2014 at 12:27 am

Amen AGAIN!!!

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Roz April 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I will send you a bible and I will make sure it isn’t too small, we all feel lost sometimes but God is great and so is his grace.

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paul thapa March 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Good, and thanks for sharing this and praise the lord jesus

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Ken Kirkland March 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Just curious if you have read Randy Alcorn’s book, “Heaven” and if so, what do you think about his biblical view of what Heaven may be like?

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Jack Wellman April 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Thank you Mr. Kirkland for your question. Yes, I have read this book but I question certain things in it. When the Bible says that Jesus said that “no man has ascended up to heaven but the Son of Man (Jesus)” and Paul was caught up in the 3rd heaven (whether in body or spirit he wasn’t sure) he said that some things were “not lawful” or God did not want him to say to us all that he saw while in heaven. For people who believe that they’ve died temporarily and gone to heaven only to return to their bodies again, the Bible is clear “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Heb 9:27). When people try to use their “experiences” about having seen or been in heaven against what the Bible says then this is what I consider “extra-biblical” and it is not to be considered as equal to what the Bible teaches.

I am not saying that some haven’t gone there and back but I must take all things from human experience with a grain of salt. On the other hand, I take 100% of what the Bible says at true. Does this make sense sir?

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Ken Kirkland April 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I think when reading the book Randy was trying to answer some common questions about what Heaven may be like in a biblical way. Questions like will there be space and time or will we continue to learn or will there be arts entertainment and sports.

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Jack Wellman April 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Thank you Mr. Kirkland. I believe you are right sir and I apologize. I must have been thinking about the book where the little boy goes to heaven and other books that address people saying that they went to heaven. I found a copy of this book that was in my library that I had not read for a few years and I agree…it was very concise and I apologize. I was wrong and I am sorry sir. I owe you an apology and Mr. Alcorn too. Please forgive me. I reviewed it some time ago and did not realize this and looked back at my notes and highlights and Randy Alcorn did a fine job. Thank you and again, my sincere apologies sir.

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Ken April 2, 2013 at 9:51 am

Jack,
No need to apologize. With so many posts to read and questions to answer, I honestly don’t know how you can keep things straight! All your replies show caring biblical answers to many complex questions. I thank you for the time and effort that you put in.

Tanya Shumiloff April 5, 2013 at 2:18 am

I struggled with my religion after my father died at 47 years old but now i have several reasons to want to be with jesus and god and see precious loved ones i miss so much thanks for giving me a beautiful glimpse of what can be a great reward i am turning back to my religion as i did when baptized

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judyellen April 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Thank you Jack for this very fine and accurate Biblical account of what Heaven will be like!!! Praise the Lord!!! I will read and re-read it from time to time when I need encouragement!!

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Jack Wellman April 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Judy, thank you again my friend. I believe heaven is to be a joy more for the Person of Christ being there than the place, but it will also be a joy when we all meet together.

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April May 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

I recently began studying Heaven and discovered the Bible actually has much to reveal to us about our future home!

There are very few books written to accompany the Bible on a study of heaven and I just recently got what I think is the BEST book to accompany the Bible on a study of heaven.

If this is something you really want to study, may I suggest “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn

I’m about halfway through but it is rich in scripture and doesn’t purport to have all the answers….just a wonderful, thought-provoking, guide to use in your study.

ENJOY!

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Francis Light May 8, 2013 at 5:43 am

Im former muslim I has received Jesus Christ mean christian underground, I’ve rejected the doctrine of Islam and their prophet. But still go mosque every friday, because I need to hide my true christian identity. Is there a sin I go mosque every friday, every mosque around the world pointed to mecca kaabah when prostration and prayer.

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Jack Wellman May 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

Thank you my friend for commenting. I am overjoyed that you have put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Perhaps you could use this time to be praying to the real God, the Father, thru Jesus Christ’s name. Do you think that those who know you would notice that you are not there? If it would endanger your life, you could go but if you feel in your mind it is wrong, then for you it is wrong. I don’t see it as sin unless you are actually praying or worshiping Allah. Some have been killed for their belief but they will be rewarded in heaven for their sacrifice. Let your conscience guide you. If you think it is sin, then it is…if you can worship God the Father thru Jesus’ name, then do that for you can do that anywhere.

I will pray for God to guide you to do His will, which His will is more important than ours.

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Francis Light May 8, 2013 at 11:25 am

Pastor Jack thanks for your answer, now I have understood as an answer from you and i thanks again very much to you Pastor Jack. So far I go to the mosque my heart worship only Yahwah father in heaven not a
Moslem allah. Because I live in Moslem country only few former moslem turn to Christ just like me. Thanks and praise Jesus the Messiah. But i very sad in the last day a billion of moslem in the world bathing in lake of fire, only few moslem people be saved.

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Jack Wellman May 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Thank you my friend. Yes, it is heartbreaking that so many Muslim people will be saved but what is even more amazing is that ANYONE is saved. The same is true for many in China, in Russia, and so on. Take heart. We can pray for your brothers and sisters for them to know Jesus Christ as God and as their Savior. I know that there will be perhaps thousands if not millions come to worship God in the future Kingdom of Heaven, so don’t be too discouraged.

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JM May 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hey, I have a question…someone told me that in heaven we won’t recognize our earthly families or friends. For example according them I won’t recognize my brother and sister and my parents. Is this true? I was just wondering. Thanks:)

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Jack Wellman May 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

Hello JM. Thank you for your question. You said that “someone told me ” and people are never a reliable source of the truth. Ask them what Bible verse they base that upon. In fact, the opposite is true. Check out this article about your question at the below link.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/will-we-recognize-friends-and-family-in-heaven/

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Lisbeth June 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Thank you so much for this article I was so curious to search what is heaven like? Because my aunt just past away on may 18th 2013. From cancer. All I know is she’s in a better place, and with great company :)
RIP Maelia estrada

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Okfriyantinus Kurniawan June 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I live in a country whose majority population is Indonesia’s largest Muslim adherents in the world although it is not a Muslim country. I hope our society can receive is the savior Jesus Christ

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Richard June 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hello:

I’m Asking for your help.? I’m gay was in a 28 year relationship but my lover passed away July 17th. 2012 to Emphysema and he died in my arms. I’ve been having a lot of dreams of him and don’t understand why I keep having the same dreams over and over.
I kinda lost my faith years ago but when he passed away I start reading the bible again and I find a lot of comfort in the bible.
I’ve also been shot in the head and left for dead, hit in the head with a baseball bat and most recently I had a brain Aneurysm and was in a coma for 4 weeks and I was wondering since I was miss guided in my faith is why God didn’t take me home to Heaven. I recently started going back to church with the hope that God will forgive me for all my sin’s.

I would welcome any comment.

Thank you for your time.

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Jack Wellman June 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Richard, I am so glad you came here and that you are going back to church. As long as you have breath in you, God is not done with you yet. If you are still here, which you are, God has plans for you…perhaps to help others in their gay lifestyle find eternal life in Christ Jesus. God will forgive you your sins my friend (1 John 1:9) and cleanse you completely so that God sees you as He does Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:21) just for trusting in Christ to be saved (Acts 4:12, Rom 10:9-13). That is my prayer.

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Silent Reader June 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Richard, my heart goes out to you but I fear you have come to the wrong place if you are looking for love, understanding, and support. Unless, that is, you want to stop sinning (ie – being gay) and get yourself “fixed.”

Just a heads up from one who can give it to one who needs it. Where “it” is the kind of love Jesus preached and demonstrated.

My heart breaks for your loss.

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Kris June 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Richard how well I know your sorrow and state.

It is so difficult in this day and time for those who are prone to want comfort because if we find our comfort in all the ways the world offers we may miss the comfort that is offered to us by none other than God alone.

I used to see the Words of GOD as restrictive and mean.

This is just how Eve began to think of GOD and his command about the tree of knowledge of good and evil

The thing is that as she went down the road of thinking God was ‘withholding’ something ‘ good from her she ended up losing sight of the truth that everything she was offered by the serpent SHE and ADAM ALREADY HAD!

If you will read carefully in the chapter before the account of her decent into deceit God had JUST stated that every tree WAS ‘pleasant to the eyes’ and ‘good for food’ and as for wisdom they already HAD a relationship with GOD who is all wise!

They ALREADY WERE ‘AS GOD”S ” since the main attribute of He who made them IN HIS OWN IMAGE …was the freedom to CHOOSE to obey and thus remain protected from all that happened as a consequence of their disobedience.

The love of GOD was demonstrated by way of His TELLING them IN ADVANCE of the consequences of disobedience.

Today’s generations believe that obedience is some kind of suppression’ just as Eve became convinced of the command given to Adam before she was present.

The consequences were not GOD putting them ON Adam and Eve for their disobedience but they were what disobedience to the command would bring about.

In a way sin was “SELF INFLICTED” because they failed to heed the WARNING of GOD which HE knew the serpent would delight in seeing happen once he could pursuade them to ignore God’s warning!

Today we still are led to think of the Word of God as ‘restrictive’ yet unfortunately many of us have had to learn the hard way that the Word is protective and provides much in the way of HOW TO AVOID the consequences of sin.

Sometimes we do not experience the ways sin harms us for a length of time but the damage WILL eventually be observed as ALL flesh dies .

This consequence is UNAVOIDABLE …but worse if we ignore the offer of what GOd provided for us to avoid the ETERNAL consequences of the Fall of ONE man ….which God did not want anyone to have to endure …SO GOD had the plan that He put into the situation of anyone who claimed Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection as his OWN would avoid the ETERNAL outcome of being born a flesh decendent of Adam.

This is such a great plan that the devil had not counted on the opposition is fierce throughout the history of the world.

“Going in’ many do not realize the GOODNESS of the way GOD informs us HE would have us learn to change our ways which will help us enjoy all that this life has to offer …despite the opposition that becomes even MORE fierce as we begin to enter in …from others and even our own flesh.

But as we continue to be faithful to HIM we find that His ways are BEST rather than temporary ‘fixes ‘ to behavior.

As we follow Him by way of ‘eating ‘ His words we begin to have the ‘scales’ of fleshly living drop off from our eyes and see the wisdom of what He has said and WHY it is wise.

From the outside of this people STILL have been deceived into being offended by the standards of God’s Word. They may have been offfended by someone who has cared enough to risk relationship with them to offer them the truth .

The offense is actually NOT always the PERSON who is speaking what GOD says if they are speaking the truth of it …but often our flesh is just not interested in being told what to think and do by ANYONE ….including GOD.

There are many systems of thought in the world …many are not bold enough to defy outright what GOD has had written by obedient men .

The opposition continues and will through the time constraints of this world …BUT GOD is faithful to provide understanding to those who seek Him as they CONTINUE to seek , study and allow Him to have a voice in their thinking.

Many are turned away from listening and believing to the end they continue to allow GOD to be the instructor of their thoughts through His word because what GOD has had to say does not comply with the way the WORLD likes things to be .

It is really up to us to realize that we may have to change a lot of how we think if we are going to follow Him …I figured that if HE made a tree ..then HE must be capable to teach me as I would read His word .

I had studied MANY of the ‘holy’ books of this world …they all had SOME truths which capture the attention of those who are seeking to know the God who made all things.

As I entered into the study of the Bible…alone in my room …I asked the author of the book ..who used men who were faithful to write as they were inspired to …to TEACH me what HE wanted me to understand

I figured if HE was the inspiration of the biblical cannon then He would certainly be able to teach me and bring about understanding of what HE wanted to convey to me.

That I believe was KEY to being able to ‘see’ what He was getting at . I asked Him to get past my own prejudices …and those gathered from my lifetime past.

Over TIME and being consciously OPEN to the Word teaching me I have learned much and had to face much in terms of seeing things from HIS point of view.

From the point of view of the world and my own ideas I found I was often offended by what I read UNTIL I became more and more convinced by SEEING HIS point of view of all that I thought …and all that was around me .

I had THOUGHT I had it together in my choices…but sometimes I found there was something ‘missing ‘ in my ways ..and when things were beginning to show consequences of what my wrong perspectives brought forth I wanted to learn how to avoid them …

I did find however that much of what GOD would REVEAL in His word is hidden when we insist upon holding on to our own various perspectives…especially if we want to HOLD ON to something HE has defined as ‘sin’

I did not know what SIN was when I began …I thought I was pretty good and wise about ‘sin’ …I thought many of the things GOD said in His word were ‘sin’ were fine and even fun and good

God tells us in His word that man apart from this process of being taught by Him through His word …is upside down in his thinking …and much of what we and the world define as ‘good ‘ is actually ‘harmful’

This is what DECEIT” does …it convinces us of what we want and feel is ‘right’ and ‘good ‘ but is not …is our ‘right’ !

How many of my ‘rights’ proved to be what was actually bringing harm into my life!

Thus when God’s word says that ‘it is the GOODNESS of GOD that bringeth about repentance’ …it is right …it is just that many times what GOD has defined is ‘good’ we may not see that way …and when it comes to that which is ‘evil’ we definitely find to be ‘too restrictive’ and maybe even ‘ intolerant’

Who do we want to believe? What is at stake for us if we ignore the opportunity to find out what GOD has to offer? What ‘cost’ to us is more important than to have eternity with the God who created all things…butterfiles, fingernails and heartbeats and to have a life that is ever expanding our understanding of what is going on IN TRUTH within us …and outside of us .

God has no income from those who seek to know and love Him

Those who make a living upon the ‘woes ‘ of man may not be the ones to take heed to …Why would they encourage health when they have so much to gain by encouraging those caught up in sinful living which brings about harm , disease, destruction and loss to them

The devil likes to cloth sin in pleasure and comfort

God provided health and comfort of the heart, soul, mind and body WHEN we are determine that we are going to find out FROM HIM what is HIS perspective upon all things.

His view of all that the life in this world has offered is not always going to make sense or be attractive to us until we have given His word the opportunity to SPEAK FOR HIMSELF …in our minds and then APPLY what we learn to our decisions ..despite what we may ‘want’ or ‘feel’

I exhort those who are finding themselve desireing to have a relationship with GOd not to allow their present feelings about God and about many who claim Him to stop them from learning FROM GOD who has set His thoughts into WORDS for us to access when we are willing to SUBMIT to the process and go on reading and listening to what HE has set before us to learn in the scriptures.

Those who have not done this but may have learned from what OTHERS have told them about the God of the Bible are NOT the same thing as personally investigating and patiently waiting upon Him to bring about understanding .

I have found this particularly important when I hit something in scripture that offends me or I do not understand why or how God means this to be applied to my own life.

I hope you will investigate for yourself what GOD’S WORD has offered you .

THe ways people view various sin is going to be either confirmed or denied as you seek to learn from the scriptures just what GOD actually DOES say.

Jesus Christ came to save the WORLD but HE does not force anyone to take up that endeavor which will lead them to find out all that is TRUTH about His own life and the historical records of how man is in NEED of what Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection has made available

Man is STILL able to deny Him…still able to go His own way …and this is God’s design of man who is made in His image that man has the ability to choose.

Choosing by way of feelings leads to a haphazard life ….choosing to learn what GOD has said about all things pertaining to life and a relationship with HIM ….is not only wise but it is profitable to your soul ..bringing a peace with God having learned what HE says will result in more and more understanding of why He has said what He said…and why it is what is ‘good’ indeed!

I hope you will take up the responsibility for your own life and how it will relate to the God who has given ALL for you to learn about what is going on around you and even IN you …which will clear up a lot about why people are so opposed to the God of the BIBLE and what is going on in all of the various ways people think about GOD .

It is fascinating and instructive and once you have truly allowed GOD to have his say about His perspective as the Bible reveals it …you will not have to be tossed too and fro by all kinds of perspectives and ways people have who may or may NOT have gone into this with a humble heart so that the LORD might instruct them

Whatsoever you ask in HIS NAME believing and according to what HE has said he is willing to do will be given to you.

Many ask but do not ask with an open heart and allow His word to speak in complete ‘sentences’ from the whole word of GOD …or they ask for what is NOT revealed that we may ask for and expect to be given

Asking for understanding of His words is really a good starting place and then going on to study and read with expectation of being taught and brought to understand WHAT HE is conveying from HIS point of view.

Many of the views regarding the Bible by those who believe and those who do not are not from having gone through this process.

It is called having FAITH that will endure long so that we may come to understand beyond what we or anyone else may have thought about His word and His words.

God bless you as you continue to seek in the Bible all that will be a great relief to your soul.

The comfort for your sorrow IS found in Jesus Christ ..not man or any of the man made perspectives on either ‘side’ of the issues we have to deal with in this world.

God is faithful , just and loving to correct our present thoughts which are not OF Him….and to confirm whatever IS ‘good ‘ so that we may live and enjoy HIS presence no matter whatever else goes on around us .

One question I asked myself at one time about Jesus Christ was if He actually “IS THE way , THE truth and THE life …and no man comes to the Father but by Him’ then what if HE told the truth! What if HE is TRULY the ONLY WAY to know GOD ?

IF Jesus Christ LIED then I had nothing to lose by investigating with all my heart what HE had to say .If I found HIS words to be false then I would only gain a better understanding of what the Bible had to say.

I figured if the God who had the Bible written made a tree …then HE would be capable to guide me to understand WHAT HE had to reveal in His word.

The only things was I had to be open and to make MY mind available to be taught.

Many tried to come along and deter this …But I learned that we may be offended by MANY who claim to know and teach what the Bible has to say but I would not be equipped to know what was true and what was error without learning FIRST from HIM and HIS words..

Not through bible school…not through internet…not through someone else …But I felt I needed to know from HIM….and it is still the wises way ..to ‘continue’ in the study and open exposure to HIS words .

Sincerity and man’s approval of a position are no guarantee for truth …but GOD’s WORD does not fail to reveal …AS we ourselves continue to examine all of our thoughts and all of what OTHERS may say to see what GOD has to say about it.

Otherwise we are bound to be deceived and be toss around by ‘every wind of doctrine’ which appeals to our personal desires and way of thinking which is often simply the collection of all kinds of thoughts gathered as we have lived in this world

May you find joy and healing in reading the Bible with the Lord being your teacher and confidant as I have found throughout my journey OUT of the darkness I once loved so much.

Once you have tasted the ‘bread that came down from heaven’ the stale and moldy offerings of this world do not stand a chance of luring you to the table!

Enjoy the feast!

Psa 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.

We come to Christ …and HE does the work IN us as we follow after Him with intention and passion for Him. That is all we need….to submit to HIM

What we think and how we see our ability is not the same as allowing HIM to take on our burdens and work IN us by way of the knowledge of His word to do all that is going to deal and heal our inner need. Others without do not …because THEY ARE NOT GOD!

Thankfully!

We have a choice of ‘lords’ …we may have OURSELVES as ‘lord ‘ and director of our lives…or OTHERS as ‘lord’ as they desire to direct our lives OR we may direct our eyes and ears to Jesus Christ and take heed to HIS words thus making HIM “LORD” of our lives.

Thus far this works for me …people may fail …no matter how well meant…but the Lord Jesus Christ has consistently been correct and loving to me …despite some of the things I once held on to because they made me feel ‘good’ yet fell short of being wise!

An adventure to be sure!

I have found it is not honest or right to blame Jesus Christ for how people represent Him..some are do well in their walk ..others are still growing into learning what HE has said and sorting out from many doctrines that claim Him….some are down right wrong in their practice…

HOW to know what the difference is ? Unless YOU are equipped BY WAY OF YOUR OWN submitting to the study of His testimony of His words…you will not know.

Those who are offended by the idea are often those who have not read or have not allowed the WORD to be the teacher but have been taught by various human perspectives and doctrines that add to or take away from the whole counsel of scripture ..

Only personal study and openness acknowledging HIM who is alive and well in eternity will straighten out the various issues for you…Jesus Christ ..alive and desiring to love you with truth which is not the same as the ‘love’ of the world.

KNOW HIM! You will not regret it ….Let HIM deal with all else.

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Douglas June 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Richard I agree with Jack Wellman 100%. Just know that no matter what you do or have done or going to do there is forgivness for anybody. Pray to him through your heart and do it as often as you remeber. The devil wants to grab onto anything he can to discourage you and this is done with guilt,addictions,bad situations ect. Me personally i dont entertain any of the thoughts and try and read and understand my bible as much as possible. I also just keep myself going by doing Gods work till i get to heaven no matter the cost and sometimes the cost is great!! If you need somone to talk to just call or email me. Phone is 231-766-1729 and Email: mackenziehardy90@gmail.com I will pray for you and hope things are getting better!! Rember never give up and keep trying!! thankyou for your time, have a blessed day :)

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Kris June 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Well …we are all in need of being ‘fixed’ in terms of eternal life and that is received by believing in Jesus Christ as Savior and making HIM Lord of our lives instead of following our flesh or carnal desires and attitudes and that of the world.

Sin kills and once we get a clue as to what SIN IS …then obeying God becomes our new
‘ lifestyle’ and no other.

As with any change we are going to have to make up our minds as to what is called for …and then what to do about it.

The identity we have before coming to Christ is FLESH ….so then ALL who come to Him indeed are going to go through the change of identity to Spiritual life which is following HIS WAY …

This is called the “new’ birth or birth from above.

Why cling to the old ways and attitude and practices of the old dead existence when entering the Kingdom of the KING and thus want to please Him and live the life HE has given us ?

A good surgeon does not leave some cancer in a person because they ‘love ‘ them too much to hurt them by way of surgery to remove it!

The Lord does call us to the LIFE that is NEW and not “OF this world’

This not hateful or ‘intolerant ‘ of our soul but is LOVING to point out to us what is sin and why He offers us the Way that is so different than what the world has understood .

Love does no ill to his neighbor but the world’s definition of love is a lot like permissive parents who spoil their child and leave him at risk to his vulnerability to follow foolishness which the Bible tells us is ‘bound in a child’ but …” the rod of correction will drive it far from him’

The Word of God is a ‘rod’ which is gentle but firm to help us learn to avoid sin which steals , kills and destroys life.

What we don’t know does hurt us .

God wants us to be with Him and in this life span we may learn how to love as HE defines it ..which does not sit by passively and say nothing about what is killing ….

Sin is deadly and all the world is under the consequences of Adam’s sin …without hope but the TRUTH makes one free of being a slave to sinful fleshly lusts….It is a GOOD and LOVING offer from GOD to learn what is killing us …and would take us to eternal ruin.

Life is IN Christ….leaving off living IN and BY this world and entering His Kingdom means living by the new life IN that Kingdom by the laws of that Kingdom which laws are love …as are the words of GOD ….which many have been lied to and believe are restrictive and mean …that is not an idea from GOD …but the devil aka …the god of this world who lies in way to deceive.

Know the TRUTH of God’s WORD and you will see how this works to make you free from the law of SIN and DEATH which laws Christ came to destroy the power of them through His life, death and resurrection.

A worthy LORD INDEED!

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Kris June 25, 2013 at 2:15 am

1 Peter 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Matthew 24
King James Version (KJV)

24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be THE SIGN of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

The ‘sign’ that is discussed in the following is …the abundance of DECEPTION!]

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5 For MANY shall COME IN MY NAME, saying, I AM CHRIST [ Do YOU say YOU are CHRIST??]; and shall deceive many.

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the BEGINNING of sorrows.

9 Then shall THEY deliver you [believers] up to be afflicted, and shall KILL you: and ye [believers] shall be hated of all nations for MY NAME’S SAKE .

10 And then shall many be OFFENDED, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

11 And many FALSE prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

12 And because iniquity [lawlessness] shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

24 For there shall arise FALSE Christs, and FALSE prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Behold, I have told you before.

26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

{“This generation” ..the generation that sees ALL of these things going on ….at the time when those thing will ALL being going on]

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but MY WORDS SHALL NOT PASS AWAY.

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

[Who ‘knew not’ ? Those who were scoffing at Noah and not taking heed to the Word of God]

40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

[What ‘meat’? The Lord’s ‘meat’ is this ….

Jhn 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My MEAT is to DO the WILL OF HIM that sent me, and to finish his work.]

46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so DOING.

47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,

51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Jhn 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, THE TIME COMETH, that whosoever killeth you will THINK THAT HE DOETH GOD SERVICE.

Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Jhn 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but ME IT HATETH , BECAUSE I TESTIFY OF IT, THAT THE WORKS THEREOF ARE EVIL.

Jhn 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.

1Jo 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

But as BELIEVERS we are to ….

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you,
Love your enemies,
bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and
pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and
when they shall separate you [from their company],
and shall reproach [you], and
cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Those who accuse the LORD and those who endeavor to follow HIM according to HIS inspired word ..not written or received OF MEN ..but as it is in truth OF GOD …will stand before Him …as all will …including those who have claimed Him as Lord and will GIVE ACCOUNT.

Whatever is said against those who claim His name THEY will give account to HIM ….and if accusations are found to be true …they will be given mercy and grace as ALL have been offered and receive God’s wise judgment …IF they are IN Christ they will be delivered from wrath as HE paid IN FULL for all sin …but if they have confessed Him as Lord but denied Him obedience to His Words …the WORDS will ‘judge’ …so all are without excuse …because NOW we MAY learn of HIM ….

Jhn 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

It is not the opinion of men that we must be accountable for knowing but the Words of GOD which all may find …and thus ‘an open book’ for us to learn and appreciate .

Jhn 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Hbr 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Pro 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.

br 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Jhn 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

Speaking to those who opposed Him…

Jhn 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

Jhn 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am [he], ye shall die in your sins.

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Dan June 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Hi everyone!

first of all Jack can I say I love this website. I think it answers all of my questions about what heaven is actually like, so thank you sir for writing it. as for this richard I would suggest going to see a psychologist to help you. my friend is one, in fact the same friend who’s laptop I’m using and found this site because of. they deal with this kind of thing. Also don’t listen to people who say you need to be fixed because your gay. only some christians feel this way.

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Kris June 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I hear you.

This comes to mind …

Job 12:2 No doubt but ye [are] the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

Brief enough for you?

Your kind words are a testimony to what is in you.

Thank you for your contribution .

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Douglas June 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

One more thing e-sword is a great way to help everyone understand the bible the Gentalmen that mad it was very smart indeed. http://www.e-sword.net its free. My neighbor who is a minister and has used the program for a few years told me about it and i am glad he did cause it is very helpfull!!! It gives meaning from the hebrew and greek words and crossreferences from other bibles all on one page. Also any topic you want to know more about it has a search engin to take you to that spot in the bible or bibles!! I hope everyone has had and continues to have blessed days. Praise God for all he has done!!:)

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does God stays in heaven? July 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

i want 2 study more of God words,and u still have’nt answer this question about do babies go 2 heaven after death?

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Jack Wellman July 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Hello and thank you for your question. We have actually answered this question as to what happens if babies die and where do they go at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/where-do-babies-go-if-they-die-do-they-go-to-heaven-or-hell/

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Daryell July 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

This article has helped me alot.
I believe in Jesus so much more now,
and believe some day my life will be better.

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Aida A-Rashid July 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Yes, is there any verse(s) of the Bible that state what women, alone, will receive in Heaven? Thank-you.

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Jack Wellman July 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm

There is not one verse to indicate that women will be excluded from heaven. Jesus said that whomever may come can receive eternal life. All who trust in Him will go into this kingdom. Paul writes in Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” To believe that women can not go to heaven is completely false. Thank you for your question Aida.

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Aida A-Rashid July 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Excuse me sir, where in my question did you think I was saying women were excluded from heaven? I asked if there was any verses in the Bible that mention where women alone receive something in heaven–I guess I should have included anything separate from what a man receives.

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Jack Wellman July 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Please forgive me. I misunderstood the question and so I am so sorry. I do not know of one verse in the Bible where women alone receive something in heaven. One thing for sure, women and men both receive the greatest thing that anyone on earth could receive…eternal life and escape from damnation.

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Aida A-Rashid July 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Thank-you sir. That’s all I wanted to know. And, yes, you are forgiven.

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Aida A-Rashid July 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Thank-you sir. That’s all I wanted to know. And, yes, I do forgive you.

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Leo August 28, 2013 at 3:01 am

Dear Sir,

I have a question regarding praying for a dying saint. Is there ever a time when Christians should finally cease from praying for the restoration of a dying saint (Christian brother or sister) whom, maybe,the doctor may say that it is no use, and that the illness terminal?

Or more precisely, is there a time God can say do not pray any more (for the restoration to good health) for your Christian brother or sister in Christ because he wants to take them home?. And is there a scripture passage to support this?

Thank you.

Regards,

Leo

PS. Need response urgently. (if possible, before the day is out, or six o’clock this Wednesday evening)

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Jack Wellman August 28, 2013 at 8:08 am

Thank you Leo for your question. Christians know that God is sovereign and His will is always perfect. When we pray, we must pray for our needs and healing but we first and foremost must pray for God’s will to be done on earth. It may at times be more merciful for Him to call someone home if they continue to fight a losing battle but there are not Scriptures to support this but there are dozens and dozens to support the fact that God’s will is more important than ours and He always knows best and has our best in mind, no matter what we think.

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Leo August 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Thank you, Sir, for your response and quick reply.

Much appreciated.

Regards,

Leo

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marisa jane October 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Please explain why it seems there are so many contradictions in the bible. I have been taught the only way to have eternal life in heaven is by the words of John 3:16. Years ago I accepted God and I am a believer. I am a christian but I still have made bad choices which I consider sin. But I have asked for forgiveness and know I have been forgiven. But wby do some christians believe that some people will not make it to heaven becauce of
Sin even if they have been forgiven.? What exactly can keep a believer that ask for forgivness daily from enternal life with God?

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Jack Wellman October 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

Hello Marisa Jane and thank you for your comment and question. We all struggle with sin even after conversion but so did Paul. Read his account of this struggle after conversion in Romans chapter 7.

We all make bad choices and we will never, ever be sinless in this life but we will sin, LESS. Not perfect but striving for perfection. Why do some Christians believe that some people will not make it to heaven because of sin, even after they’ve been forgiven? Unfortunately there are those who want to cast stones and judge others but God alone knows the heart and we can not know whether a person is truly saved or not although we can get a strong indication of this because Jesus said that you will know them by their fruits.

Nothing can keep believers from eternal life with God because once we are saved we are considered His child forever and have been adopted (Eph 1, 2).

Now, tell me what contradictions you find in the Bible. I find none. The Bible is perfect and without error. God claims that His Word is perfect and contains no errors (Psalm 19:7) and has no contradictions and is God-breathed. Where is the contradictions at in the Bible? Give me at least one.

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Kris October 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Dear Marisa Jane,

Today we encounter those who consider themselves ‘scholars’ …though they are what I have come to identify as ‘anti christian scholars’ they are not those who believe and therefore they remain what the Bible identifies as ‘Natural men’

1Cr 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

According to this truth …in the natural state there is no ‘heart’ or desire to allow God to work understanding in them by way of submitting to the Word as it would be taught by way of the Holy Spirit….for the Word itself IS SPIRIT …it is LIVING and it is Jesus Christ addressing the heart and mind of those who receive it with meekness and expectation.

FAITH ….is what ‘turns the key ‘ of our understanding …without it a person cannot please God …in order to learn from GOD a person must have faith ..and faith comes by hearing …whether reading or listening to ‘hear’ what the truth is a person must have faith that what God is presenting to them is His word.

The Bible testifies of itself …as GOD testifies of Himself and does not lie.

Hbr 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Expectation as one is diligent to seek him…

Jam 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

We see at least two directions in this verse for us to consider….first the carnal person must “Lay aside’ the natural or carnal aspect of his thinking…this does NOT say we check our brain at the door of our entrance into the Kingdom ….but to stop setting up our carnal minds as judges of God’s word and allow …’receive’ with an attitude of expectation ..submission to what GOD will REVEAL …when we read His word…with expecting the ‘reward’ of understanding as HE opens our understanding.

The mind that is hardened or arrogant …putting the fleshly understanding as the ‘standard’ for understanding the Bible is not going to receive much if anything .

Here is what GOD says is the condition of the natural or carnal minded person.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

The Word of God is spirit and thus spiritually understood as GOD works through His spirit to reveal to us the truth.

Those who insist upon relying upon their own understanding will not ‘see’ the truths …will not ‘see ‘ the Kingdom of GOD who is Jesus Christ .

Jhn 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

To be born there is a necessity for us to have SEED….the Bible tells us that the Word of GOD is the ‘INCORRUPTIBLE seed” .When we were concieved in our mother’s womb we had been conceived when the seed of our earthly father impregnated the egg in the womb of our mother. So Jesus told us that we must be ‘born again’ …or ‘born from above’

Our flesh is still flesh …and fleshly but with the receiving of the ‘incorruptible seed’ when we receive it and trust what we hear it will bring about the ‘birth’ of spirit in us .

This is the spirit of Christ which is just as much “ours’ as is our first conception which brought forth our fleshly body .

In our walk we must ‘grow’ in knowledge and understanding as we consume the ‘bread which came down from heaven’ which is in the form of the ‘delivery’ to us through God’s Words.

Words are influential to instruct us in righteousness….As 2 Tim 3:16 …it is out of the mouth of GOD ” or ‘God breathed ‘ which Jesus said we must LIVE BY …

“Man does not live by bread alone [physical bread] but by EVERY WORD that proceeds out of the mouth of GOD.”

2 Tim 3:16 informs us that it is God’s WORD …”ALL scripture’ that is ‘God breathed’ or theopneustos in the Greek as the that is what the phrase ‘inspired of GOD ” is…and that scripture also tells us that the scriptures are useful to instruct us in righteousness through doctrine …or what to believe ….reproof …which re PROVES to us as we RENEW our minds daily …eating that ‘bread of life’ what the right way to think is …and correction …which gives us the direction and instruction we need to keep on pursuing our Lord ….following Him

The scriptures tell us that we are not to lean unto our own understanding but in ALL our WAYS to ACKNOWLEDGE Him and He WILL direct our path.

With the carnal or natural mind the words of the Bible are just words…since the mid 1800’s onward man has decided by that carnal mind which we recall is at ‘enmity against God ‘ that he can and will decided what the Bible says by his own natural mind …As we have seen GOD has told us that the natural mind is not ‘equipped’ to understand it or even KNOW it …

Truth may be heard and deflected by the ‘influence’ or spirit of the natural fallen man….it is not known nor “can it be’!

We are instructed once we begin to grow up in spiritual understanding to keep on growing and allowing that spirit / word to ‘dwell in us richly’ …many fall away not for lack of sincerity but from lack of knowledge due to ignoring this command to ‘Study to show yourselves approved unto GOD …a WORKMAN that needs not to be ashamed , rightly dividing the word of truth’ 2 Tim 2:15

When we read the Bible we are to submit or be teachable to the LORD who is the ‘spirit of prophesy ‘ and ALL scripture is prophesy ….all of it is ‘inspired ‘ of GOD

2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The Word of GOD did not ‘come by the will of man’ …men did not sit down and DECIDE to write a book about GOD …but GOD laid it upon the hearts of men who were meek to receive it …who wrote what GOD inspired them to write.

Some 40 writers wrote …from all kinds of backgrounds and times but all converge to attest to the same intention that the God who inspired those scriptures to write!

It is the very spirit of GOD which testifies and confirms in those who read who are like Matthew chapter five describe as those who recognize their need or ‘poverty ‘ of spirit…..”Blessed are the poor IN SPIRIT …” not just ‘poor’ as humanists like to misquote….EVERY WORD of GOD is important for us to attend to …leaving out one or putting in a word that some think is ‘easier’ for us to understand is not useful to determine what GOD has said or intended.

The Word is spirit and it is spiritually determined by the Spirit who is given for this purpose….

Jhn 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

1Cr 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

To gain understanding of the Word of GOD it is wise to ‘compare spiritual with spiritual’ that is to allow the WORD to define it’s own terms …thus a word study of any word will bring much understanding …observing HOW God uses terms so that we may understand what HE is conveying to us by our own language …but HOW God uses words is very instructive to note.

When you ‘fill up’ on the Word of GOD daily you will find that it confirms in you by what is YOUR spirit …birthed by way of that “incorruptible seed’ that is His word …

1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

There is nothing in the natural man to ‘resonate’ within them about the truth of God’s word….instead as we have read the carnal minded person’s mind is at “enmity’ it fights against the truth .

We are also told that we ourselves are to ‘wrestle ‘ but not by way of flesh but by way of submitting to what we have ‘seen’ [read] and heard as we have been meek to hear …to believe what GOD has had written for our learning ….

Not taking in this Word leads to spiritual weakness and doubt over a time as we are ‘worn away’ by the world which assaults our minds daily with thoughts within and ideas from without .

We are instructed to read the Word DAILY …and to RENEW our minds ..and to PUT ON the MIND of Christ …This word is GOD’S Word and God’s SPIRIT to be taken IN and then to lived by .

The spirit or INFLUENCE of the world does not let up …the ‘war’ is waged by ideas and thoughts …upon the minds of all people .

It is by the Word of God that we are to overcome…it is said to be a ‘sword of the spirit’ which reveals or ‘divides asunder the thoughts and intentions ‘ both IN our own thinking so we can tell what we think is either OF GOD or OF the way the world thinks and what we have thought before coming to Christ.

This is said to be ‘spiritual warfare’ and it is our assignment to “put on the WHOLE ARMOR of GOD ‘ and to ‘SUBMIT TO GOD >..and then RESIST the Devil and HE WILL flee from you ‘

We do not contend with the devil himself most of the time it is our struggle to overcome the deceitful things we have felt or ‘always thought’ or what the ‘many’ think.’

It is so easy to go with the flow ..but Jesus warned us about agreeing with the ‘popular trends’ of the times we live in …for Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

THe ‘strait gate’ reminds us that to be ” in a strait’ is like being between a rock and a hard place…to be in what appears to be a really difficult place where there is not where to go but ONE WAY …JESUS CHRIST is THAT ONE WAY …and we may find ourselves ‘wrestling’ with our own ways …the OLD MAN” as the word puts it …BUT ….we are to RECON the ‘old man dead’ …to put to death that old way we used to walk ….Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

So we find that we are going to ‘contend for the faith’ both within our own thinking and without as assaults come across our path.

Do not be discouraged …though the Devil means these questions to deter and confound those who are following Christ we see that we may find those questions useful to go back to the Word to find out how to answer and thus become more and more equipped to ‘give an answer for the hope that is in us ‘

God told us that it is by ignorance of His Word which HE has provided those who follow Him that we are ‘destroyed’ or our faith is weak …but we have OUR responsibility which is not to ‘buy’ our salvation but to obey and become informed of WHAT it is that GOD has given us to know and live by .

Hsa 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

1Jo 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

That ‘abide’ is an important idea…..the WORD must ‘dwell IN those who are His …that is it must be put in and put on…..it is to be our ‘guide’ to instruct us in all things pertaining to life here and now and on through eternity.

It IS the ‘anointing’ …Remember reading in the OT how they used OIL to ‘annoint’ the heads of people …OIL was representative or a pre-image of the spirit of God …it was placed upon the head to indicate that one day it would be IN the head..or it was intended that the spirit of GOD would go INTO the mind…it is from the command post of the MIND that we live our lives.

If we live by our flesh or feelings and desires which are randomly urging us by REACTING to what we feel or want …or what is going on around us we will be stumbled and be battered and bruised…as the Bible tells us that ‘There is a way that SEEMS right to a man but that way leads to death’ …Feelings are nothing to base life upon because there are many things that urge or tempt us to think or do things which are harmful.

Often the temptation is to do what is ‘good ‘ according to GOD but to do it in a sinful way …in any case we are to have the spirit of GOD ..through His word taken into our minds and then WE decide by way of that Word …it is the anointing in our minds by the spirit which IS the Word of GOD …it is the ‘delivery system ‘ designed by God for us to ‘download’ into our minds and then live by it …no matter WHAT others may say or do or how our minds may try to ‘contribute’ by the flesh to our thoughts.

1Jo 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Look …here again ….we see that in order to ‘not be ashamed’ what did God’s word tell us to do?

Study and rightly divide the word of GOD …the WORD ‘divides ‘ itself by spiritual things being compared with spiritual …the WORD with the WORD …all other attempts to ‘explain’ will fall short and often stumble ..which the enemy of GOD likes to try to turn people who DO believe away from gaining understanding by ‘consistant and faithful pursuit ‘ of the Lord through knowledge of His words.

2Cr 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

It seems the Devil never tires of using the same old same old tactic to turn people away from the Word of GOD …from the beginning ‘Hath God said’ has been presented to people …believers and unbelievers alike to tempt us to think GOD has not said …and today the assault is very clearly still being one of the biggest tools in the arsenal of the opposer of the Truth .

False teachers and false doctrines slander and attack the Bible …and yet it is still trusted by those who have taken GOD at his Word …with a prepared heart to hear and found it unbreakable.

If we do not want to be weak in our faith we must obey the command to ‘put on the whole armor of GOD that we may be able to STAND …in the EVIL DAY …the evil day is every day in this realm of the fallen world …among fallen people who know not GOD ..usually having been lifted up with the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life JUST as the word of GOD has told us!

We may examine our own lives and see that the Word is true concerning the unsaved heart which the Bible tells us is ‘deceitful and desperately wicked’ but GOD knows this and has provided the Word of GOD which is the sword of the spirit ..to show us first our own state of heart and mind and then the same situation in all others who have not put on the Word or know not GOD ..they know NOT WHAT SPIRIT they are OF …

We are to submit to GOD by way of learning what He says and then resist the Devil the same way Jesus did …’it is written’

God told us how to love him with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind and strength and that is to ‘keep my words”

We cannot apply what we do not KNOW ..and to keep God’s word in mind is to let it abide in us and then we are equipped to KNOW what the right way to live is …by HIS direction through Knowledge of HIS words.

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

If you do a study of this section you will find a wealth of sustaining truth as to WHY the word is attacked in the minds and confidence of people who are just beginning to seek GOD and read the Bible….it is that the armour IS in every part mentioned the WORD of GOD …and each part is an important area of our LIFE and WALK which is in need of the WORD for us to know and apply …to KEEP the WORD is to LOVE GOD ..and it is what equips us to KNOW HIM and to KNOW how to ‘keep ‘ our bodies and lives which HE bought with a price..we are NOT OUR OWN …despite what the WORLD and the Devil tries to tell us .

This life is HIS and as we live by HIS Words we will be equipped and protected…His commands are not prohibitive but protective.

May you continue in your walk after Him and become strong in the knowledge of the truth which HE will explain to you as you CONTINUE .

Jhn 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

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Debra Torres October 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

Wow, wonderful resource. Thanks for gathering all of this information up for us. I found it interesting that there are 3 heavens. Makes sense though. Appreciate your work.

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Jack Wellman October 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Thank you Mrs. Torres….what an encouragement you are my friend. I thank God for Christians out there who are still living the Roman’s 12 walk with God like you.

Maybe we should offer the “Top 5 Most Needed Bible Verses” like 1 Cor 13:1 because so many Christians are quick to judge over non-essentials, fast at the verbatim attack of the use of an adjective against others….but that is not your style apparently and so let me thank God for such godly women of faith who are a female-Barnabas. We need more women like you in the Body of Christ.

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Abigail Lynn November 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Where in the bible does it ever say that there are three heavens? You put no scriptural evidence so you can see my hesitation in believing if this is accurate.

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Jack Wellman November 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Thank you Abigail. Only one heaven is where God resided and as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:2 “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.” If there is a third heaven as Paul wrote, would there not also be a 2nd and a 1st? Please read these to read for yourself and let me know if you still don’t believe that the Bible declares plainly that there are 3 heavens:

1st heaven–the clouds or atmospheric heavens. (Gen. 1:8; Ps. 77:17-18; Ps. 104:2-3)

2nd heaven–the starry space. (Gen. 15:5, 22:17, 26:4; Dt. 1:10; Isa. 13:10, 14:13)

3rd heaven–the place where God dwells; paradise. (Gen. 1:1; Isa. 14:12-14, 66:1; 2 Cor. 12:2-4; Rev. 21:2, 10)

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Samantha January 21, 2014 at 12:35 am

Hi Jack. I have a question about my dad. He died when I was just a baby. He committed suicide. That is what my mother told me. My grandma told me that she found my dad in her background. He hung himself she told me. No one knows why, he didn’t leave any notes. My grandma told me that she was shocked because he never showed any signs of self harm or depression. My grandma is Christian. My grandma also told me that when they did the autopsy they didn’t find any drugs in my dads system.
I have been praying for someone to answer my prayer. Where is my dad. Is he in heaven or hell? Is there any way he could have been forgiven because we all make mistakes? My grandma also told me she thinks someone forced my father to hang himself or that it was a setup. I know only God knows the truth. Please someone answer my prayer.

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Jack Wellman January 21, 2014 at 8:05 am

First off Samantha…I am so sorry for this heartbreaking situation. I believe the only way we know for sure if someone is in heaven or not is to make sure we get there. I suggest your read this to make sure you can see your father again whether he is there or not at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/come-to-jesus/ Next, we actually have an article that answers your question as to whether a person who commits suicide can be forgiven for this sin at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/can-a-christian-commit-suicide-and-still-be-saved-a-biblical-analysis/ Please read this and let me know what you think and I will certainly pray that God comforts you and gives you peace about this.

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frank February 18, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Ok, I have done this multiple times when I was a scared to death believer. And trust me I did believe: “Jesus Christ to be your Savior, ask for the forgiveness of your sins, admit you are a sinner in need of saving, and place your faith and trust in Him, He promises to never, ever forsake you. He will keep you in His own hand and never caste you away, even when you die (John 6:37, 10:28-29). The only problem is, I now have no idea if god exists, and I realize it is impossible for me to ever have known. Still, if the above scripture is true, I’m going to heaven. Is this correct?

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Jack Wellman February 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Since God cannot lie (Titus 1:1-3) and all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim 3:16), these statements you made or read about salvation are true Frank. Just trust in God after repentance and you will be saved. Here is a great philosophical and logical link that may help my friend at: http://www.proofthatgodexists.org/proof.php so yes, you are heaven bound if you have repented, confessed your sins, seen your need for the Savior and then trusted in Him. read the Gospel of John too and this will help anyone who doesn’t believe in God and since Jesus is God, you can trust in Him too.

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tamara harvey September 1, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Can u tell me where in the bible it tells you that when u died in faith u are present with God

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Jack Wellman September 2, 2014 at 6:38 am

Thank you Tamara for your question. Where does it say that those who die in the faith are present with the Lord? One place is 2 Cor 5:8 “Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”

Paul also wrote about this to the Philippians when he was in prison, not knowing whether he would be found guilty and executed or released. He said, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.” (Phil. 1:20-26)

Does this help Tamara? I hope it does and thank you for your question.

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Eric Green from MN November 18, 2014 at 9:56 am

Hello,

I love this site and hope you can answer some questions..

I understand that our time and Gods time may be totally different. Well my question is…
Is heaven at war currently? How many wars has it had? I think I understand that there was a war when Satan rebelled and he took 1/3 of the angles with him when he was casted down, right? If so, I’m guessing he didn’t take his fellow rebel angles so much as God cast the lot of them out of heaven. Of all the planets in the universe, why ours? To test us?

Is there a war still going on in heaven, if so, how come?

Another question I have, isn’t jealousy a sin? Did the bible maybe get the English term wrong when it says that God is a jealous God (in regards to having just one god). I have no problem with it, it’s just always struck me as odd is all.

Please take all the time you need in answering my questions. Thank you for the great web site and the resources you have!!

God Bless!!

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Jack Wellman November 18, 2014 at 10:02 am

It is important to understand how the word “jealous” is used. Its use in Exodus 20:5 to describe God is different from how it is used to describe the sin of jealousy (Galatians 5:20). When we use the word “jealous,” we use it in the sense of being envious of someone who has something we do not have. A person might be jealous or envious of another person because he or she has a nice car or home (possessions). Or a person might be jealous or envious of another person because of some ability or skill that other person has (such as athletic ability). Another example would be that one person might be jealous or envious of another because of his or her beauty. In Exodus 20:5, it is not that God is jealous or envious because someone has something He wants or needs. Exodus 20:4-5 says, “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…” Notice that God is jealous when someone gives to another something that rightly belongs to Him. We know that God cannot sin but we have to use human language to describe an infinite God and it cannot always do so adequately.

As for Satan taking angels with him, yes, they became fallen angels or demons because they rebelled too against God’s rule in heaven. There is no war in heaven at the present time. Why earth? Have no idea. God alone can answer those things that the Bible doesn’t address so where the Bible is silent, so must I be.

Now, here’s more on this subject of Satan falling from or being cast out of heaven and taking angels with him at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2014/11/15/why-and-when-did-satan-fall-from-heaven/

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