Is Heaven Real?
Does heaven really exist? The Bible says yes! So if heaven really exists, what will it be like? The descriptions in the majority of mass media (commercials, books, movies, etc.) are usually not very biblical. For instance, heaven is sometimes described as a place where babies with wings are floating on clouds playing harps. Fortunately, the Bible does provide verses that describe what heaven will be like and some of them are actually very detailed.
I’ve heard several pastors say, there will be three main surprises when you make it to heaven.
One, that you’ll be surprised that you made it!
Two, that you’ll be surprised that people you thought would be there aren’t there!
And, three, that you’ll be surprised that people you thought wouldn’t be there ARE there!
For example Stephen (the disciple that was stoned to death for proclaiming the gospel) will be surprised to see Paul in heaven. One of the last things Stephen saw was a young man named Saul (before he was converted and became Paul) holding the coats of those that were about to stone him to death.
Here are a few verses in the Bible (KJV) that describe what heaven will be like (there are a lot more!):
Revelation 21:3, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
Revelation 21:4, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
Revelation 7:16, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.”
Isaiah 11:6-9, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
Isaiah 16:11, “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Here is a seminar video on the topic of heaven given by Pastor Erik Flickinger from Amazing Facts Ministry. It’s one of the best I’ve seen on this topic and he provides an awesome story/description at the end.
If you want to study this topic in more detail, you can go to our Bible Study page, where you will find helpful links to resources that can assist you.