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Some Facts About Heaven


Dan Flournoy

Concerning heaven it can be said, like the wisdom of Solomon, "The half has not been told!" While we cannot fully comprehend what heaven is like, the Bible does reveal certain things about heaven so that we might have a desire to go there.

1. Heaven is real! Scripture depicts heaven as a place. Shortly before his return to heaven, Jesus promise: "I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2).

2. Heaven is where Christ is. Two apostles, Paul and John were privileged to view heaven. In the great Book of Revelation, John recorded his vision of heaven and how that he saw the King on His throne (Revelation 4:1-4). Paul, on the other hand, was caught up into heaven but was forbidden to tell what he had seen (2 Corinthians 12:4). Later, he exclaimed that he had a desire to "depart and be with Christ" (Philippians 1:23).

Further, he admonished Christians to "seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God" (Colossians 3:1).

3. Heaven is where God is. Moses prayed to God saying, "look down from Thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Thy people Israel" (Deuteronomy 26:15). Later, Solomon said: "for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth" (Ecclesiastes 5:2).

4. Faithful servants of God from ages past will be in heaven. Jesus said "that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 8:11). Furthermore, the faithful of this age and those who are faithful at the coming of the Lord will be in heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

5. Infants and all unaccountable for sin will be in heaven. Jesus said, "suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:4). At the death of his infant son, David said, "I shall go to him; but he shall not return to me" (2 Samuel 12:15).

Just knowing who will be in heaven should be enough to cause one to want to go there. A man who was dying asked his doctor to tell him about heaven. "I do not know anything about heaven," said the physician, "except that my Master is there, and that is enough." As he said this he opened the door, and in leaped his dog and sprang into his arms in gladness. The doctor said to his patient, "This dog has never been in this room before, but HE KNEW HIS MASTER WAS INSIDE. That was all that mattered!"

In the words of James, "Be patient therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord" (James 5:7). As the dog waited anxiously for the door to open--so may we wait patiently for the Lord until He comes or calls us home.

Dan Flournoy


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