What the Bible teaches about HEAVEN?


This is one of the longest post I have published. If you are interested in knowing what the Bible teaches about how to enter into HEAVEN, please take time to read.

A book was recently published entitled Heaven Is For Real, but it wasn’t based on the Bible or what the Word of God tells us. It is based on a child’s experiences.

Many religions teach their ideas of heaven based upon what someone ‘thinks’ a certain verse may mean or what an organization teaches. JW’s witnesses, who believe in the teachings of Watchtower, believe heaven is only for 144,000. All other JWs will live on paradise earth. Mormons believe that all people lived in heaven prior to this life and will do so again. Catholics believe in purgatory, a sort of holding area where people will stay for an indefinite period of time. If you discuss this issue with different people you will get many different answers. Sadly, few people base their belief on the Bible and the words of Christ and/or the Apostles.

Regardless of how many non-biblical ideas are held regarding Heaven, the Bible is clear. Heaven is a real place created by Almighty God.


Since it is from the Bible that we learn of heaven, doesn’t it make sense that the Bible is the only reliable source of information to learn about Heaven and how to get there?

Our first glimpse of Heaven as a place is given in Genesis.

And he (Jacob) dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder [fn] set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the LORD stood above it [fn] and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed…And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:12-14, 17

In Exodus we learn that Heaven is above the earth. Here God is referring to the space He has created that contains stars and other heavenly bodies. In Exodus 20:22, God speaks to Moses about heaven.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Exodus 20:4

Later God shows that He speaks from Heaven.

And the LORD said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the people of Israel: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have talked with you from heaven…Exodus 20:4

God dwells in Heaven where He reigns, but He reigns on earth as well:

Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire…know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. Deuteronomy 4:36-39

There are levels in Heaven:

But who is able to build him (the LORD) a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him? 2 Chronicles 2:6

From Heaven God watches mankind:

God looks down from heaven
on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God. Psalm 53:2 

Heaven is God’s throne:

Thus says the LORD:
Heaven is my throne, Isaiah 66:1

The number of beings in Heaven cannot be counted:

As the host of heaven cannot be numbered…33:22


I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 22:2

The first mention of Heaven in the New Testament comes from John the Baptist when he is preaching that Christ will soon be made known to the people. Christ coming is referred to as “…the kingdom of heaven.” We know this from reading…

1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:“A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.’” Matthew 3

The next mention is when God’s voice from heaven identifies Christ.

…and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17

In Matthew 5, Jesus describes rewards and some of the characteristics of people who will be found in heaven.

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

We also learn that the old Heaven and Earth are going to pass away:

For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Matthew 5:18

We see that we will be considered greater in Heaven if we keep the commandments. Jesus doesn’t say keeping the commandments will get us there, but it will have an effect upon our status.

Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19


The answer to this question is crucial to refuting the teaching that only 144,000 will be allowed to enjoy Heaven. Jesus would not have preached heaven to the ‘crowds’ if they had no hope of heaven. We find that He was speaking to the crowds in chapters 5, 6, and 7. 

And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan. Matthew 4:25 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: Matthew 5:1-2 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. Matthew 27:28-29

 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust [fn] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19-20 (Why would the crowds need to lay up treasures in heaven if there is no hope for them to ever go there?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21 24  For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
John 6:40

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: [fn]
“I will open my mouth in parables;
I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” Matthew 13:31-35

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 (Why didn’t Jesus say this about men who are virgins rather than children if only male virgins are going to be in heaven?)

The passage that completely destroys Watchtower’s theory in my mind is found in Matthew 22. Notice how Christ describes the way He fills the banquet hall in Heaven. It isn’t with those who have joined the correct organization or those who have been anointed  to be in the 144,000. Look careful at these people. They are those willing to come when called.

1 Once again, Jesus spoke to them in parables: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to call those he had invited to the banquet, but they refused to come. 4 Again, he sent other servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and fatlings have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ 5 But they paid no attention and went away, one to his field, and another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered everyone they could find, both evil and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 


Paul taught:

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.  Philippians 3:20-21

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. Colossians 1:3-7

For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into HEAVEN itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Hebrews 9:24

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly [fn] of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.  Hebrews 12:22-25

Peter spoke the following to a huge number of people. ( To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept IN HEAVEN for you, 1 Peter 1:3-4


John did see 144,000 Jewish men who were virgins in Heaven. The Bible identified them as being from the 12 tribes of Israel. They appear just prior to the opening of the seventh seal during the Tribulation period and an angel places God’s seal on their foreheads. Later we learn:

It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless. Revelation 14:4-5

From where did these 144,000 come?

14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14

However, these were not all who John saw in Heaven:

Revelation 7:9 After this I looked and saw a multitude too large to count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. And they fell face-down before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders addressed me: “These in white robes,” he asked, “who are they, and where have they come from?” 14 “Sir,” I answered, “you know.” So he replied, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

There are still people on earth as we will see in the remaining part of Revelation 14. These are the ones who did not have their robes washed and made white by the blood of the Lamb of God.

14And I looked and saw a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was One like the Son of Man,c with a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. 15Then another angel came out of the temple, calling in a loud voice to the One seated on the cloud, “Swing Your sickle and reap, because the time has come to harvest; for the crop of the earth is ripe.” 16So the One seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested. 17Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18Still another angel, with authority over the fire, came from the altar and called out in a loud voice to the angel with the sharp sickle, “Swing your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the vine of the earth, because its grapes are ripe.” 19So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes of the earth, and he threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and the blood that flowed from it rose as high as the bridles of the horses, for a distance of one thousand six hundred stadia.


Numerous, (too many to place here), verses tell us that to enter into eternal life, we must confess Jesus as Lord and believe in Him as Savior and Redeemer.  Below I have placed a part of the verses Jesus used to explain how we  can be assured of entering Heaven. Jesus made it clear that isn’t by works, but by doing the will of the Father.

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21 …39 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For it is My Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”  John 6:40

Thankfully God has given us all we need to be assured that if we have saving faith in Christ we will enjoy eternity with Him in Heaven.

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Recognizing the Father’s Love?


Is it safe to build your theology on one verse or to decide the Person of Christ based on one statement? What if in that verse Jesus says:

You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. John 14:28

 There are differences in opinions about what Jesus meant when He told His disciples that “the Father is greater than I.” Did Jesus mean in rank, or essence? Below are some things Jesus said about ‘greatness.’


The greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11

“But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater (megas), one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.” – Luke 22:26-27

Jesus drove this lesson home to His disciples. He sat the example by serving them and even washing their feet.

I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another’s feet. I have given you an example. You should do as I have done for you.John 13:14-15

Matthew 20:26 It shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

Matthew 23:10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Christ.

Mark 9:35  Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Mark 10:43 But it shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…


Jesus’ Disciples and we, His followers, are left to discern what Christ was then saying about the Father being greater. He has told us He and the Father are One. They share the glory of God, and what honors Christ, honors the Father. We know that anything we ask the Father must be asked in the Son’s name and that when we do this, the Father will grant our request. John said that Jesus is the Living Word become flesh and the Word is God. Peter said He has been given the Name above all names. So we are left to decide why Jesus said, “…the Father is greater than I.”


Perhaps in heaven’s realm, and with those who understand a father’s love, this is a reality that is easily understood; that Jesus saw the Father as greater for the sacrificial love He bore? This isn’t a doctrinal statement, but rather a question…

We know the great love of One who lay down His life for His friends. The Bible says, “Greater love has no man…” Consider the great love to allow the perfect Son to leave heaven and suffer God’s wrath. Stuart Townsend, who wrote, “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us”  , realized the pain the Father must have felt. Not only did He see His only Begotten Son leave Heaven’s glory, He poured out His wrath upon the Son as Jesus became sin in our place.

We can only bow in awe of a God who would so love us that He would give His only Begotten Son to die for our sins – the Righteous for the unrighteous.

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Isaiah teaches us about Christ.

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2


Simeon answered this question not long after Christ’s birth. Here is the account of Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus into the Temple where Simeon had waited to see the LORD’s salvation:

Luke 2:29-31 …29 “Sovereign Lord, as You have promised, You now dismiss Your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31 which You have prepared in the sight of all people,…”


Isaiah wrote 740-680 BC. There are interesting facts found at ThoughtCo Book of Isaiah, The Lord is Salvation.


Isaiah wrote this description of a Christian’s life.

Isaiah 35:8 And a highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it.
It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.(John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.)


Isaiah spoke of those who will be redeemed. Who are these people?

9 No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

According to the New Testament the redeemed are those who come to Christ for forgiveness and cleansing:

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7

Titus 2:13 “…we await the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”

If you haven’t trusted Christ for personal salvation, today is a good day to believe and receive Him. He has made a way for you. 

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Salvation and the Lord’s Prayer…

John 6:34″Sir,” they said, “give us this bread at all times.” 35 Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never hunger, and whoever believes in Me will never thirst….”

The Lord’s Prayer taught by Arthur Pink.

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Would you steal your child’s reward..

Parents and grandparents know young children love to work at whatever work they see you doing. They often play or pretend to be working. There is something within our nature that allows us to see this as good when we are very young.


Most of us feel we are truly loving our children when we work doubly hard so they do not have to. Their friends are out having fun (?) so we want our children to be free to enjoy themselves. In today’s society, a few parents actually become servants to their children and work daily attempting to fulfill the desires of their offspring.

This enables some to continue this do-nothing lifestyle even into their forties or beyond. I’ve known a few adults who have avoided working altogether with the help of family and Uncle Sam. 


Many wise people think the answer is “No!” Below are just a few thoughts on work…

Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; Ecclesiastes 9:10

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
– Anne Frank

Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
– Henry David Thoreau

The more one works, the more willing one is to work.
– Lord Chesterfield

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
– Thomas Carlyle

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. – Proverbs 26:15


God says “Yes,” it is a reward to be able to work…

and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 5:19

I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor– it is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you. Psalm 128:2

If you’ve been  blessed with parents or grandparents who taught you the value of an honest day’s work and as a result you are enjoying  a satisfying life, maybe this would be a good time to thank them.

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How important is the seventh “I Am” statement?

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) 


Worshiping With Children: Year B - The Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 6 ...Branches cut from the vine die.

If we are branches and Christ is the vine, what happens to us when we are not in Christ? It is pretty clear, isn’t it? We die. This is the point of the first part of Jesus statement.


Young apple trees bearing fruit © Stephen Craven :: Geograph Britain ...Branches properly connected to the vine have life and bear much fruit.

Many people go to seminars, see psychologists, read self-help books, and spend a lot of time attempting to be productive. Christ tells us in one sentence how to produce what truly matters in this life. Christians who remain in Christ bear much fruit and will live productive lives.


Parenting, "The Daddy Juggle," Special Needs Children, & Social Skills“… Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

We truly need to heed the last phrase of these important words of Jesus: “apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Jesus never misspoke and every word that proceeded from His mouth is truth. So while we may feel as if we are doing something, if Christ is not the One leading and directing our actions, we are not accomplishing anything lasting. Anyone can be busy, but only those abiding in Christ can actually have useful, lasting accomplishments.


It is of utmost importance if one would live an earthly life that accomplishes things that matter for eternity.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of a righteous person is a tree of life, and a winner of souls is wise.

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Do you know “…the way and the truth and the life?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)


Jesus was answering a direct question from the disciple Thomas. Thomas’s question reveals a very limited understanding of Christ purpose .  I wonder just how limited  the other disciples were as  at this point?


Christ answer to Thomas was actually to all of us and He indicated direction when He said, “…I am the way…” Thomas had asked how they could get to the place Jesus would be going when He died. Thomas wasn’t thinking of resurrection. He was a doubter even after the other disciples witnessed and declared that Jesus had risen. As always, Jesus answer was to the point. When He said, “I Am the way,” He was saying, ‘only I can get you there.’ He was explaining that there are not many roads leading to eternal life in Paradise. There is one – one Way – and that Way is Jesus the Christ.


Jesus gave an in-depth answer to Thomas. He said that in addition to being the only way, He is the truth. Why did Christ add this? 

Many false teachers were teaching then, even as they do today. People claim to have visions and to have superior knowledge. Some even use scripture to persuade others that they have come up with a more reasonable sounding way than the one true way. Jesus assured His disciples they could believe every word He spoke because He came forth from God and God cannot lie. All who claim to know another way are untruthful and their message is not true.


The disciples were about to experience the physical death of their leader and friend. Death doesn’t have power over Jesus. Jesus was preparing His disciples and assuring all, then and through the ages, that He overcomes death. His resurrection proves that He is the life. 


John 1:4
In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:17
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 10:9
I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture.

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.

Romans 5:2
…through whom we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Ephesians 2:18
For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Hebrews 9:8
By this arrangement the Holy Spirit was showing that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.

Hebrews 10:20
…by the new and living way opened for us through the curtain of His body,

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