What Does the Bible say Heaven is Like?

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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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Luke brown August 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Hi there
I’m sorry if I offend anyone ever
But you know my name
Now I am going to tell you something that is amazing here goes nothing
something happened next door I’ve been protecting my family all morning God,Jesus and the Angels have been protecting me and. My family I have had loads of faith in God Jesus and the Angels and if I can do it I know deep inside you you can do it to until next time your freindly teenager luke


Lisa September 1, 2015 at 12:44 am

I recently lost my 19 year old brother; he was killed.
These past few weeks have been so hard. There isn’t a day that goes by without crying and hurting. I miss him so much. I still don’t understand why our father took him away so soon in a tragic way. My brother accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, therefore I just don’t understand why this happened. This article brought me some comfort. Thank you to whoever published it. I’m still hurting, but thanks.


Sarah December 18, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Hey love,
I’m so sorry about your brother. I know you’re probably sick of people telling you it’s all part of God’s plan, and it’s going to be okay, but they’re right. God’s got this. He’s in control. And you are not alone. I know what it’s like to wake up every day with pain, not knowing how you’re going to face the day, but our Dad is with us, and he’s in control. “I am giving you the strength to resist them; they will not defeat you, for I will be with you. I, the Lord, have spoken.”
Message me any time, and know how loved and special you are, and that God has got everything sorted. He hears your tears and screams and hurt, and he is with you, through all of it. Life won’t always be easy, but God is there, good and bad.
Much love xx


Lu November 28, 2018 at 1:00 am

The Lord our God Jesus Christ is incapable of doing bad or evil. Jesus Christ is Love.
Don’t believe the lies of the enemy the devil.


Michael Muse June 19, 2020 at 12:19 am

As long as he was saved an 100 % believe in Jesus an his father god u can’t blame god for ur lose he gave us a brain to think on r on he gave us the Knowledge of rat in Roane


Sharon Null September 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

My son was killed in a plane crash 3 months ago. I can’t go a day without feeling so hurting lost. He was a Christian man and I know with all my heart he is in a better place. I miss him so much that the grief is over welming. The article helped and hopefully things will get better.


Lindsey Taylor December 2, 2016 at 7:30 am

How are you doing today Sharon? It’s been over a year. I know it still hurts. But your son was living in Christ! Thank God that He saved your son from the wicked world with all its sins, pain, suffering and all that we endure here! Stay with Jesus and know that your son is waiting for you to be with him again!! And even better that Jesus Himself is waiting for you to go Home and be with Him!! What an amazing feeling! Your son was spared from wickedness and sins so that when his humanly body died his soul was saved and taken up to Jesus! Thank God above that Jesus let him come Home so that he would no longer endure the sadness pain and evil of this world! I know it hurts and I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child, but I think if my child died and she lived a life following Jesus and was saved then I could find comfort with it somehow. Idk I can’t say bc I haven’t endured that. But I hope you have found comfort and joy knowing he is in such an unimaginably better Place!! God bless you and your family!


Sharon Twist January 5, 2016 at 10:07 pm

Hi Sharon, I just read your comments from Sept. 1, 2015. I am so sorry you have had the terrible grief of losing a loved one. I know all about your sorrows, I too have gone through a husband passing from Leukemia on Jan. 19th, 2012. I have some really neat books. scenes beyond the grave, by Marietta Davis, Within the Gates, by Rebecca Springer, about remarkable vision of paradise and a book on Heaven that I would love to send to you by Randy Alcorn. I will send these free to you if you will call me and give me a mailing address. I would love for you to have them. My number is 971-344-3282. My name is Sharon Twist and I live in Oregon.


Brenda Q January 21, 2016 at 9:52 am

I just learned that our youth director is teaching our children and youth that when you go to heaven you will not know your parents, family or friends. All your memory banks are wiped clean and you will not know anything or anyone from this world. Is there scripture that says this? Help!!


Jack Wellman January 21, 2016 at 11:00 am

This teacher is in great error and apparently doesn’t know the Scriptures! Wow. Ask him about this and ask for a chapter and verse as to why he believes this? that is dead wrong. Thanks for pointing out this youth director’s error. I would say the Scriptures are in this article already but what commons sense tells us is that why would we know less in a gloried body than we know now?


lorraine davies January 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Only love can enter Gods Kingdom. All negative thoughts and evil can not enter. We must love one another and hard as it is we must forgive.


john January 28, 2016 at 6:58 pm

my rose died november 19 at 4pm she had a heart attack but i know she is alright now i know her for 45 years and married for 38
years but it is still hard to forget her i think of her every day and night hopping to see her and hear her.


Judy Lorensen February 5, 2016 at 4:53 am

I truly believe that and I also believe where two or more are gather in HIS NAME my husband lost his job today AND we have no groceries and utilities that have to be paid this week can you and anyone else who reads this pray for my husband and I AND I KNOW God IS GOOD my 5 year old grandson was d did diagnosed with stage 4 cancer but he is in remission thank you



Judy Lorensen February 5, 2016 at 4:58 am

Luke I believe HE IS SO GOOD but may I ask for prayers my husband lost his job yesterday we have no good and utilities are due so I believe when 2 our more come in agreement it shall be done your prayers would be welcome



Carol Ann Smith February 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Praying for you, Judy and your husband to be able to get a job immediately.


Dom March 26, 2016 at 9:47 pm

So I searched for this subject because I’m searching for what Paul found as described in Phillipians 4:12-13 where he has found contentment in every situation. I believe contentment is found in hope of something better, that is what appeases the soul. It’s not from this earth but from God, the promise of Jesus.

I’m going through a season of drought in my life, whilst serving others and seeing nothing in return (I’m not expectant of anything either). I’m trying to train my mind, I’ve found that when anxiety and depression sets in, I close my eyes and visualise things that bring me comfort but that comfort will waste away over time, whereas heaven lasts forever. So what I’m trying to do is visualise the promise of God.

Can anyone tell me if this is a biblical thing to do, am I going in the right direction in terms of finding contentment?


Eppy April 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm

Hey Dom, I too have been going through feelings of anxiety about life lately. I usually pray to God to give me contentment and remember Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths. Keep in mind that God is in controll and, although you are not seeing anything in return of your serving yet, know that you are always receiving Gods mercy and grace. Visualizing God’s promise is good if it helps settle your anxieties and depression.
Remember there will come a time in Heaven when all we will know is peace and happiness, but we should also try to find peace and happiness on earth, and that can only be found through serving the Lord and having a relationship with him. Find peace and contentment in his Love. I’m not sure if this even helps you, but I’ve been suffering the same feelings lately and remembering his love for me always helps.
I don’t know that visualizing Gods promises is the biblical thing to do, but serving others and keeping Gods promises, mercy, and Grace in mind is. You seem to be on the right track, I pray you find peace and know that true contentment is found in the Lord. Remember your here for a purpose, your so special and precious to God and try not to let earthly mishaps ever make you forget that. Gods love, mercy, and grace is upon you even here on earth try to find contentment in that always, and continue to serve and worship the Lord.


Mary Anne Storm May 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Please direct me to the source in the Bible where this is found:
“Every man has his bounds of which he cannot cross.”
Thank you in advance.


suzanne Munson May 10, 2018 at 2:39 pm

Job 14:5


Jeff May 18, 2016 at 4:12 am

Serve God best by finding, following and giving of yourself through your true purpose,☝ which is what you find joy in more than reward, otherwise you may experience resentment.


Laura May 18, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Job 14:5
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, “thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;”


susan June 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm

my mother died yesterday, just arrived at hospital and died.
my dad is not coping, and in so much pain without her, myself also, how do we cope?


Jack Wellman June 10, 2016 at 3:11 pm

I don’t know you can cope but you can help your dad by being there with him at least. I have gone through what you have. Sometimes words cannot help. I am sorry for your very great loss. For the believer, it’s not goodbye but see you later.


Tatjana June 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm

I really hope this is true. Please God let it be true… I love you all thanks for the comments


Joey Haynes June 18, 2016 at 12:42 pm

I am an artist and blessed by my father at an early age. He had plans for me way back when and I didn’t realize it until recently when I found my father again. I did stray from the flock but now I have returned. My father has spoken to me and asked that I use my oil painting skills to paint pictures of the Bible. Upon reading your article this morning, I felt the need to paint a picture of Heaven. I am researching to get it as accurate as I can. Thanks for your words of wisdom. Anything you can help describe the visual of Heaven would be most appreciated.


Jack Wellman June 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Thank you Mr. Haynes. I know that the “City of God,” the New Jerusalem will be in the kingdom but other than that, we only have a few passages (e.g. Rev 22) to reveal what heaven’s like. I believe if God had given us much more about what heaven will be like for us, we might all want to make an early exit from this life.


Toni R June 28, 2016 at 9:06 am

Thank you Jack Wellman, this has been very comforting to read. My mom died Sunday. I was holding her hand, and I loved the thought of her ascending into heaven and having Jesus greeting her. And then she would see my Daddy, her parents, etc. We are believers and born again. I will always remember your comment that for believers, death isn’t goodbye, it is see you later.

Thank you again for all you do. Bless you.


Jack Wellman June 28, 2016 at 9:48 am

Thank you for your kind words. It is not really me but the Word of God that gives us comfort but your comments are very encouraging and I thank you and may God comfort you.


Stephen Bishop July 16, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Mr. Wellman,

Thank you for posting this. My brother committed suicide two days ago. He suffered terrible delusions and hallucinations before he took his life, but he was baptized a year ago and believed in the Lord with all of his heart. I know he is with our Lord now and is free from all that terrified him. I am also a Christian, but this is almost more than I can bear. He was my only friend in this world and now I am alone. I know I will see him again, but I am only 36 and it will be so long before that happens. What can I do to make it through this? It hurts so badly. Please pray for me.


Jack Wellman July 16, 2016 at 4:10 pm

I am so very sorry Mr. Bishop. That is the only comfort I can give you sir that you will see him again. For Christians, it’s not goodbye but “see you later.” I will pray for you my dear brother. I do know that God uses our pain so that we can comfort others. In other words, God may use your pain to help others in pain


colette January 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm

hi Stephen my brother committed suicide 23rd july 2016 also suffering in his mind so I know what your going through as we were close I’m his sister and I miss him every day he was a Christian also and I believe hes now with jesus in heaven in the presence of God and your brother is aswell so keep strong in faith that we will be reunited one day with them again and the love we have for them keeps us connected eternally dear friend
jesus is the way the truth and the life amen

thoughts and prayers for you and your family

Colette xx


Jack Wellman January 30, 2018 at 4:22 pm

I agree with Colette, Stephen. I believe this too. No separation is possible for the child of God (Rom 8:37-39).


J July 25, 2016 at 12:47 am

I am a born again Christian. I have been hurt and betrayed. I’ve known the stinging pain of loved ones dying ( more than I care to count) some murdered, some suicides, car accidents and illnesses. I’ve felt angry at God so much so that at one point in my life I denounced my faith. I turned to paganism I worshipped false idols (bast, freya, thor, etc.) and even had an alter set up to them I burned incense and gave offerings. I have seen the error of these wretched things and am now a Christian once more. I love the Lord more now than I ever have. But there is still one thing that I am struggling with. Forgiveness. I was betrayed by someone that was supposed to be a friend. And I am struggling to forgive this particular individual. I say “I forgive him” but like a bitter taste, the pain comes back again and I feel the same burning anger and suffocating hatred towards him as I did then. I want to forgive. This affects my marriage and my relationship with my son because I keep it bottled up inside until I can’t hold it in any longer. And in the back of my mind I fear that because of this and my marital infidelity ( which I struggle to forgive myself for) that I am not worthy of heaven or a relationship with Jesus or God. I am afraid that I am condemned to hell.


Jack Wellman July 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

Hello “J.” I would talk to your pastor right away. Call him today. You need to see what the Bible teaches about the unforgivable sin. Please read this for right now: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-is-the-unforgivable-sin-a-biblical-analysis/ and then call your pastor or call an older mentor or experienced Christian in your church to speak with him or her.


AnthonyR Pereira. July 29, 2016 at 8:17 am

interesting reading. however I beg to disagree.


Colleen brogenski October 3, 2016 at 11:14 pm

I love Jesus Christ so much but, I have a terrible fear of death and aging I’m afraid he won’t be there after I die


Loic November 1, 2016 at 6:11 am

Pastor, many thanks for the reading..
I am struggling christian in faith.. Sometimes i feel like it’s my destiny but i know deep down in me that it is not. Pastor, my life is in such a spritual mess and i need some serious help to get it back on right track.
Help, help, help please…


Jack Wellman November 1, 2016 at 8:38 am

Hello Loic. Have you talked with your own pastor about this? what did he say? If not, why not? You must not do the Christian faith alone. We need one another. Seek counsel and the prayers of the other saints in the church.


TimB November 25, 2016 at 10:32 pm

I just came home from a funeral today.
My close friends’ mother.
I also went through the same recently when my father passed away in April 2016.
Both, my father and my friends mother were serious Christians.
I rejoice that they are both in the presence of our Lord Jesus!
When I read Revelation chapter 4 and chapters 21,22; I am in awe to think how incredible it must be to be seeing what they are now seeing.
And feeling complete joy and peace!
To all people on here reading the comments, please put Jesus first in your lives for there is no other way.
John 14:6
To those who don’t know Jesus or if you are unsure if you are saved and forgiven; pray to Jesus and accept his gift of forgiveness and salvation.
It’s so simple it takes a second to pray and at that point you are forgiven and a child of God. You too will share in the inheritance that is yours in Jesus Christ. We will be in heaven in God’s beautiful presence forever and ever!


Lindsey Taylor December 2, 2016 at 7:10 am

It’s been a year since the passing of your brother. How are you doing now? And your family? My tears fall for you. Maybe God took him so he wouldn’t have a chance to lose his faith by the wicked worldly sins of our flesh, He wanted to save your brother from more suffering and pain we endure on this earth. My uncle died a few yrs ago and it’s still painful. But he lived a life going back and forth to wickedness and then going back to Jesus. Before he died he went back to Jesus. He became a gospel singer and put His faith back in our Holy Father, then he got cancer and died. But he died in faith, he died while he was still living for Christ. BUT he’s not dead!! Your brother is NOT dead if he was living in Christ on earth! He is now LIVING WITH Jesus Christ in Heaven! As much as it hurts, keep your faith and rejoice in knowing that he is now with our Lord with no more pain, sin, sadness or anger, no bad thing comes to him. I am so happy you said he gave his life to Jesus! Idk him or you but I am rejoicing for your brother and my uncle because they are doing so much better than we are on this wicked earth! Oh how happy that is to know! We will see them again, so don’t be sad or dismayed, just be steadfast in The Lord and never let evil come between you and Jesus, walk in His Light and keep your faith strong! Soon we will meet our loved ones that MADE IT HOME! How amazing and glorious that is and our Father IS!!! God bless you and your family!!


Rainier January 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm

I lost a lot of family members too, my younger brother and uncle died 4 mos apart Aug and Dec of 2013.I’m the last man standing in my family. My dad , grandparents both sides, cousins are all gone long time ago. It’s really,really hard for me because until now I still miss them a lot but GOD is so good that He knows my pain. October 2014, my daughter was born after 10 years of marriage with my wife and I know she’s a gift of GOD to me. He replaced my grief to joy and my sufferings to praising. Our Eternal Father is so good that He cared so much for us that He gaved His only begotten son JESUS to died for us to take away our sins so that we might live in eternity with Him in heaven. I believed that there’s always a reason and purpose for everything that’s happening in our life right now. For in JEREMIAH 29:11 GOD said ” For I know the plans I have for you that is to prosper you and not to harm you but to give you hope and a future.” GOD is so good that He always cared and think of us eventhough we are sinners. Remember that GOD without man is still GOD, but a man without GOD is nothing. We cannot live without GOD, there’s nothing in this world that we can do without GOD because we have nothing. It’s all about GOD , it’s about us. If we only repent, turn from our wicked ways , admit that we are sinners and accept JESUS as our Lord and Saviour, to live for Him and do His will only then we get the reward of going to Heaven and live with Him in eternity…In times of grief. GOD is my refuge,strength,courage and my strong foundation. GOD BLESS US ALWAYS


Shitakwa January 29, 2017 at 7:01 am

i hope this is the scripture you were looking for

Acts 17: 26 From one man He made every nation of men, to inhabit the whole earth; and He determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands


Ruth Standafer February 20, 2017 at 11:41 am

My brother died of liver disease he got hepitius in the Army then did drugs and was an alcoholic he didn’t go to church he may have believed in God but did not live a Christian life so honestly according to the Bible where is he and what is he going through


Jack Wellman February 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

I am so sorry for such a great loss. I cannot give my own opinion, but the Bible says only those who have repented and trusted in Christ will be in the kingdom of heaven. Knowing God is not enough as even the demons believe and tremble but are not saved (james 2:19), so he is either in hades (not hell) awaiting God’s judgment which comes after death (Heb 9:27) or he was saved but will only have little responsibility in the kingdom. Right now, if he is not saved, he is in darkness awaiting God’s judgment or he is in the presence of the Lord. Truly, only God knows where he is right now, but it’s only heaven or hell.


Stevan March 7, 2017 at 10:39 am

Hi, I’ve been using the Internet to seek out all the different views of heaven and continue to come across yours regularly. While I believe there’s so much more you could add, I think it’s great and your helping strangers, your compassion.
I been comparing an experience I’ve had to what other have seen and have concluded that most people who write books about heaven and GOD describe it as beyond desciption. While it’s like nothing your ever going to see in your journey through life here, if you saw it today though you would have no problems describing it much more accurate now than 2000 years ago. Not to say that most present day writers did not see something, but I think most are fakes after your money. Truly, the descriptions from the Bible seem to be the only accurate views I’ve come across, and here 2000 years ago they were able to provide a very good desciption in terms the ordinary person could relate to. Most bible descriptions are only glimpses of parts while others seem to have seen all. My message is only positive energy lives forever, and only our soul is made in the image of God
Thank you


Jack Wellman March 7, 2017 at 10:48 am

Well said Stevan. So true. Many fakes are out there. I believe if we knew the full extent of what heaven would be like, we’d opt out for an early exit in this world. Maybe that’s why God has not fully revealed what heaven is like. Thank you sir. Great words of encouragement.


Jimmy Kantor November 9, 2017 at 6:56 pm

My mother, who passed away in June, came to me in a dream this week (if you believe that sort of thing) and told me “I am doing great. I’m on mountain 21”. Does this mean anything? To me, it seems that it is referring to Revelation 21:10. Honestly I do not know much about the bible and was not aware of Revelation 21:10 before this dream. I am comforted to know that my mother may be in heaven. Thank you.


Jack Wellman November 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm

Hello Mr. Kantor. First of all, I am so sorry for your loss sir. Our condolences to you and your family. As for the dream, it could be God’s way of reassuring you that she is with the Lord. Mountain 21 doesn’t ring any theological bell for me. I find it interesting that Revelation 21 ties into he fact that the saints that have passed away are now with the Lord, and “mountain” is often a word God uses to describe the Kingdom of God. If you have trusted in Christ…it’s not goodbye but “See you later mom.” Thank you so much for sharing this sir.


Dylan jerromy November 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

I will pray 4 all of you


Tim January 15, 2018 at 8:47 pm

I am Catholic and I notice some comments through the reading that quote some uncertainties. One is ,if we die before the second coming of Christ ,we will go directly to heaven. Where does that statement come from and where in the Bible does it state that. Please tell me.


Jack Wellman January 15, 2018 at 10:19 pm

Hello Tim. The Apostle Paul said “we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). Those who die in Christ shall be immediately with Christ, as Jesus promised the thief on the cross, today you will be “with Me” in Paradise…a Jewish name for heaven.


Miriam February 12, 2018 at 2:05 am

I am a bit confused about how we get into heaven. I accepted our Lord & Saviour at age 17. Now I have been taught & with prayers of understanding, to my knowledge when we die our souls stay asleep till Christ comes back on the day of judgement. Then I read your articles & others that state something totally different. That when our bodies die we enter the Kingdom “If & only we believe in Christ & live a Christ like life before dearh. I am so confused please clear this out for me. All the Pastors I ask give me different answers, what’s the truth & in what biblical verse I can identify with your answer. May the Lord continue blessing you with guidance.


Jack Wellman February 12, 2018 at 8:08 am

Hello Miriam. Soul sleep is a belief that after a person dies, his/her soul “sleeps” until the resurrection and final judgment. The concept of “soul sleep” is not biblical. When the Bible describes a person “sleeping” in relation to death (Luke 8:52; 1 Corinthians 15:6), 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). 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).


Kenneth L Collins February 21, 2018 at 11:23 pm

I enjoyed reading your article but the 15 billions of years are still ethereal to me. It seems like you are aging the universe from the expansion rate from the earth when the earth when it’s the same age as the furthermost reach of light travel in the universe. As though distance equals time. When Act’s 8:39 exist https://www.christianity.com/bible/commentary.php?com=wes&b=44&c=8 look for verse 39.


Jack Wellman February 22, 2018 at 9:39 am

Hello Mr. Collins. I read no reference about this “15 billion years” so can you show me where you saw this. It is not in this article so please show me where you came up with this “15 billion years” you are saying we mentioned. We are not “aging the universe” at some 15 billion years so could you explain your criticism of this article sir?


Theodore A. Jones April 11, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Since comment has been requested of me I duly reply. However it is my conviction that the small narrow gate, which only few find, that been perfected in regard to the sin of murdering Jesus Christ by crucifixion is not congruent with pastor Wellman’s soteriological assumption.
“For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” Rom. 2:13 Pastor Wellman’s expressed idea actually refutes that apostle’s soteriological paradigm and is an idea that goes beyond what is written which that apostle forbids. “Do not go beyond what is written.” 1 Cor. 4:6 Is the apostle right or is pastor Wellman right? The gate in to heaven is actually a law that you must have the faith to obey or it is best that you forget about heaven.


Jack Wellman April 11, 2018 at 7:07 pm

Hello Mr. Jones. NO sir, by all means, no. The gate to heaven is through Jesus’ shed blood. and anyone that tries to keep the law is adding to the gospel (Gal 3). Please realize that there is no law that can get us into heaven, and human faith will not help us obey (Rom 7). I hope you will understand that only by Jesus’ sinless life, death and suffering, shed blood on the cross, and resurrection is our only hope. I have hope in Christ, not in any law. You are greatly mistaken Mr. Jones!


Jerry Benfield June 14, 2018 at 10:50 pm

Are we born in sin (At Birth) ?


Jack Wellman June 15, 2018 at 9:18 am

That’s what the Bible teaches. In fact, we are conceived in sin (Psalm 51).


Randy Reneau October 6, 2018 at 2:22 pm

I have read what little it say about heaven. Most don’t realize that it is only a pie in sky dream. I can make dislocation but Bible is not clear in nothing but the light of God. Only the materials of what looks like. People should remember in that day,they knew nothing. They would believe anything because they were uneducated, the earth is flat, the sun could be stopped, the waters could be parted, resurrection of a few dead, and Jesus the Son of God.But heaven in Bible has no bearing in what people think about it. If you are good and meet all the rules, how do you know what’s it like because nothing really says what it’s like, a city of gold,jewels, to me it seem like hell.


Jack Wellman October 6, 2018 at 2:31 pm

Hello Mr. Reneau. Jesus said heaven is a place so it is real. He said today you will be with Me in Paradise to the thief on the cross. The Bible does say what people think about and Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45), so it has everything to do with people and has a great bearing uponus. The Bible does not say the earth was flat, but rather it is a round sphere, and was thousands of years ahead of science, but if you think it is a pie in the sky, and you believe Jesus lied about heaving not being real, then you will die in your sins, and I pray you repent before the Day of Judgment (Rev 20:12-15). Every knee will bow, including yours someday.


Lia November 13, 2018 at 7:44 am

I know how hard it is to lose someone you loved. Maybe by death, maybe not. I have lost lots of people over the years, including my little brother Aaron, who was 3 months old. It’s really hard. But I have hope! If any of you reading this now need the hope that only God can give, but still aren’t sure, contact me. I am here for anyone who needs it. No matter if you have lost someone or just need someone to talk to, let me know. Your sister in Crist, Lia


Carlos February 9, 2019 at 3:31 pm

However significant our suffering and as much as physical death is difficult or impossible to understand; remember its nominal to our God who pleads with us to be concerned how He is, with our eternal spiritual life. So, even He gave His Son in death. The shed of His blood and the resurrection is our peace forever if you will truly believe. I have to say, it is a painful trial to live and die a man. Along the way most will lose someone in their life close to them. A child; I really can’t imagine. Surely and hopefully though if indeed he or she is saved, praise the Lord for that enduring joy. Reunion is appropriately anticipated. (JOHN 3:16)


Michael J West April 13, 2019 at 10:23 pm

My story and concern is, I live with stomach injury pain, and I keep smoking cigarettes to ease the pain… I don’t have faith in medicine, it’s not right to put laboratory chemicals in the body. And I feel I am betraying God’s teachings by smoking impurities however I can’t cope with my stomach pain; also I lost my true love last month. I almost committed suicide but I went to hospital. I swore myself I will never ever commit suicide nor do those thoughts. I am growing my thoughts trying to be strong. Please comment me.


Jack Wellman April 14, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Hello Mr. West. Jesus siad the sick need a physician, and LUke the Physican accompanited the Apostle Paul in his missionary work, so please call your pastor and ask your church to pray for you. I would seek help as there is no way to walk the Christian faith alone. Job suffered more and so did Jesus and Paul and they never gave up. Please seek help from your church in prayers and I am praying for you.


Lamyron August 19, 2019 at 6:46 am

Good morning or afternoon everyone I’m 19 and my name lamyron or marsay for short I can’t lie lately ive been seeming like I just been sinning when I pray I ask for forgiveness from god that he may wash my sins away from my feet I thank him for waking me up everyday I don’t pray and read everyday but I always can make time for god I’m just asking can y’all please say a short prayer for me because I wanna be in gods book of life and prepared for gods second coming


Stephen July 27, 2020 at 2:59 pm

I am praying for you, as you requested,Lamyron.


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