Heaven is our Home Part 1. Being rewritten, working on now

 

After we die; a spiritual rest for believers until we receive glorified bodies

Minds memory lost; only through Jesus see earth, contact believers there

*But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior,

the Lord Jesus Christ, Phil 3:20 ESV+

 

To help understand our spiritual being see; How We Spiritually; then Physically Come into Heaven

 

Next Part 2: Things already completed in Heaven Ė Where we are now Ė What we are awaiting

 

1. Today if a Believer dies; soul-spirit-heart goes to Heaven; body-mind-conscience turn to dust

 

2. Saints means holy ones; all believersí soul-spirit-heart on earth and in Heaven above

 

3. Our Fatherís majestic spiritual rest in Heaven

 

4. Mind replaced by our spirit; has only pure thoughts; know believers, not unbelievers

 

5. Spiritual family in Heaven; no marriages, only Jesus brothers, sisters; no pets come here

 

6. Saints in Heaven see earth only through Jesus; do not see Hade or Abrahamís Bosom

 

7. Saints in Heaven can only contact earthly believers through Jesus

 

8. Heaven will not be boring, pass by quickly; 1 day in Heaven is like a 1,000 days on earth

 

1. Today if a Believer dies; soul-spirit-heart goes to Heaven; body-mind-conscience turn to dust

 

We are talking about all believers after Christís atoning grace on the cross; after Jesus human spiritual being offered His sacrifice at Godís Temple in the 2nd Heaven which no one could come into until Jesus died for their sins. From Adam until Christís atoning death on the cross no one could come into Godís holy 2nd Heaven which is above the earth and the 1st heaven over the earth which satan is prince (ruler) over. Those faithful to God when their physical body died their spiritual being would first go into Godís Rest, which later would expand into Abrahamís Bosom.Zz Jsee dh1

* Heb 9:15

 

Today believers are under Christís atoning grace which began when Jesus human physical being died on the cross and His human spiritual being carried all of believers sin to Hades and then Jesus led all out of Abrahamís bosom, into to Paradise the Kingdom of Heaven. Later that day after Jesus spiritual being had forgiven believers sins; Jesus took the thief on the cross spiritual being and he died; to Paradise to be with Jesus forever.

 

zzToday when a believer physically dies our spiritual being is taken into the Kingdom of Heaven, Kingdom of God all refer to the place our God rules from; they are where Godís throne is. From the heavenly realms in the highest part of our universe, to the heavenly realms above of our earth, to the earth itself.

*And he was saying, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!" And He said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise." Lk 23:42-43 NASB+

*Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matt 5:12 NKJV+

*"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Matt 7:21 NKJV+

*And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire Mk 9:47 NKJV+

 

Yet the kingdom of God can also refer to where Godís Kingdom extends down from Heaven into in our hearts; when the Holy Spirit comes into them, lives there.

*nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." Lk 17:21 NKJV+

*for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Ro 14:17 NKJV+

 

In Part 2. We will discuss Christís 1,000 year Kingdom on earth, and Godís New Kingdom of heaven and earth.

 

So Jesus may dwell in our hearts also, and our spirit becomes one spirit with Jesus. Because our spiritual being is one with Jesus, they are united with Jesus as He sits on the Throne of God in Heaven. When we physically die, our spiritual being goes to where they have already been in Jesus; to our Fatherís kingdom in Heaven.

*that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faithóthat you, being rooted and grounded in love, Eph 3:16-17 ESV+

*But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1Co 6:17 NKJV+

*and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Eph 2:6 NASB+

 

Be careful not to confuse the heaven Ezekiel was taken to, or about the story about Lazarus and the poor man who went to Abrahamís Bosom when he died. God took Ezekiel to a beautiful rest which was located in the heavenly realms over earth, which was later called Abrahamís Bosom. Because the rest was in the Heavenly realms of earth, the spiritual beings there may have been able to see earth; because satan is the prince over the Heavenly realms of earth; those in the rest could see, communicate with those in Hades, and those in Hades could see, communicate with those in the rest. Now when believers die, tour spiritual beings are taken directly to Godís spiritual rest in His Holy Kingdom in Heaven; where only through Jesus, if it is Fatherís will, can any see or communicate with earth, with Hades. See 6 below

*Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Heb 4:1-2 NIV+

*For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of Godfor whoever has entered Godís rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Heb 4:8-10 ESV+

 

When we die our physical being (body-mind-conscience) will return to the dust which created it. And our spiritual being (soul-spirit-heart) will either go to Heaven if we have accepted the Holy Spirit into our hearts; or to Hades if we have not given up our human will and accepted Jesus as our Savior. Just as the people of Capernaum who rejected Jesus; were not exalted to Heaven, but brought down to Hades.

*But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. Ro 8:10 NIV+

*and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Eccl 12:7 ESV+

*And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. Lk 10:15 ESV+

 

We know our spiritual being is tight unit, like a physical joint or marrow in a bone; it is hard to separate our soul from our spirit which lives within our soul. Our spirit is our spiritual beingís thought process, which makes decisions, and contains our spiritual beingís memory. Our heart is the part of our spirit which makes our moral decisions for us. Jesus can separate our soul and spirit to judge the thoughts and intentions of hearts; and if we love Him above all things, comes to live in our hearts. Whether the Word of God refers to the name John called Jesus, or refers to His words in the Bible which Jesus will judged us with; does not really matter, they are one and the same; what matters is our love for Him in our hearts.

*For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Heb 4:12-13 NASB+

 

All who have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit are saved, will come into Heaven. The Bible in the New Testament calls them children of God, believers, followers, Christians, brothers or sisters of Jesus, those in the body of Christ, one with Christ, the elect, or saints. All these names refer to those who are given the free gift of salvation by our Heavenly Father; through Christís grace on the cross, and by faith which is given to us by the Holy Spirit when we accept Him into our hearts.

*You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. Ro 8:9 ESV+

*For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Eph 2:8-9 ESV+

*Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed "; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. 1Co 12:3 NASB+

 

2. Saints means holy ones; believersí spiritual beings whether on earth or in Heaven

 

Saint(s) means holy ones; those whose spiritual being has been made holy by faith in the atoning grace of Jesus; is used 61 times in the ESV+ Bible, (Christian(s) only 25 times). Saint refers to our eternal holy spiritual being; whether it resides in our sinful physical body, or when they are separated from our body at death and by themselves come into Heaven. Whether our spiritual being is in our body on earth, or in Heaven separated from our body; they are the same spiritual being. They are pure and holy; have only pure, holy thoughts and memories.

*To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 1Co 1:2 ESV+ Saints who are on earth

*so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 1Thess 3:13 ESV+ Saints spiritual beings coming down from Heaven to be resurrected, and receive glorified bodies

*So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lordfor we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2Co 5:6-8 ESV+

 

Believers should never fear death, for when the purpose our Father has put us on earth for is completed, and our physical body and mind dies; Jesus will take our soul and spirit to our Fatherís glorious Kingdom in Heaven. Here we will wait in peace and joy, until it is time for Jesus to return and give all believers glorified bodies.

*My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My handMy Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's handI and My Father are one." Jn 10:27-30 NKJV+

*Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Ro 8:17 NIV+

*The length of our days is seventy years-- or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Ps 90:10 NIV+

 

Jesus will always be with us, even when we die, and will help us endure any pain which our death may cause; whether by accident, illness or catastrophe. He assures us He will still be with us, when our spiritual being leaves our body to come into our Godís Heavenly Kingdom.

*Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1Pe 1:8-9 NIV+

*For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ro 8:38-39 NIV+

 

We will see Jesus face to face as He gently takes our spiritual being with Him to Heaven; for He lives in our hearts, has promised to be with us, even to the end of the age. Until we come into our Fatherís new heaven and earth.

*For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 1Co 13:12 NKJV+

*teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matt 28:20 NKJV+

 

Jesus face will shine like the sun, and His clothes will be white as the light; just as He showed His glory to 3 of His disciples when He was transfigured before them on a high mountain. Our Heavenly Father and Jesus love us, for we have tried to keep Their commands; and Jesus will disclose Himself to us, as He takes up to Heaven to be with Him forever.

*Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. Matt 17:1-2 NKJV+

*"He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him." Jn 14:21 NASB+

 

Believers should always remember when we physically die (bodies are asleep), because the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts; we have been eternally saved. Jesus will take our spiritual being from Heaven with Him when He returns to the clouds over earth; and the Holy Spirit which dwells in our hearts will resurrect our dead bodies from the earth, glorify them, give them life when He reunites them with our spiritual being from Heaven.

*But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Ro 8:11 NKJV+

*For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise firstThen we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 1Thess 4:15-17 NKJV+

 

3. Our Fatherís majestic spiritual rest in Heaven

 

Imagine being out of this evil sinful world; and being in the glorious presence of our holy God; our Heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We will be surrounded by our Godís love, which is beyond human comprehension; and be honored by our Heavenly Father because we have served Jesus.

*but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." 1Pe 1:15-16 NKJV+

*He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1Jn 4:8 NKJV+

*If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. Jn 12:26 NKJV+

 

We cannot even begin to envision the glory, majesty, or size of our Godís Kingdom in Heaven; we do not even know how large the heavens around earth are in our own universe, where the universe ends and Godís Heaven starts. It is estimated that the earthly universe has 1 trillion galaxies, each galaxy having 100-400 billion stars in them; and the sun which is a star, can hold a million earths within it. If it takes this much universe to hold Godís footstool, can you imagine the room it takes to hold Godís Throne in Heaven; it is beyond our human comprehension to even envision it; will take our breath away when we see it.

*If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? Jn 3:12 NKJV+

*But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Matt 5:34-35 ESV+

 

Godís throne will have wheels on it so it can be move in any direction around His vast Kingdom in Heaven; as He rules over His enter domain of Heaven, the universe He created. Saints will see Godís Throne with Jesus siting at His right hand, as it goes all over Heaven; what a sight it will be.

*"I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire. "A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; Thousands upon thousands were attending Him, And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him; The court sat, And the books were opened. Da 7:9-10 NASB+

*The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if one wheel were within another. Whenever they moved, they moved in any of their four directions without turning as they moved. Eze 1:16-17 NASB+

 

We will see the Heavenly Mount Zion and Jerusalem which is the city of our God; and joyous angels there in festive dress, so numerous they cannot be counted. We will see the all the spiritual beings of the firstborn who were enrolled in Heaven, those of the Old Covenant; and God who is the judge of all. We will see all the spiritual beings of the righteous, who were made perfect and are now in Heaven; and Jesus who is the mediator of the New Covenant, whose sprinkled blood alone can redeem us from our sins.

*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 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. Heb 12:22-24 ESV+

 

We will see the Heavenly Temple, a copy of which was built in Jerusalem; our Father sitting on His Throne in His Temple, His train so large it fills the Temple up; and seraphim, angelic like beings standing above His Throne.

*But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him." Hab 2:20 NKJV+

*In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" Isa 6:1-3 NKJV+

 

There are also many other angelic beings we will see; including the cherubim, and those around our Godís Throne. (cherub singular of cherubim)

*Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub, and paused over the threshold of the temple; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the Lord's glory. And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard even in the outer court, like the voice of Almighty God when He speaks. Eze 10:4-5 NKJV+

*Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!" Rev 4:5-8 NKJV+

 

4. Mind replaced by our spirit; has only pure thoughts, know believers; not unbelievers

 

When a believersí mortal physical being (body-mind-conscience) dies our eternal spiritual being (soul-spirit-heart) is separated from our sinful physical being. Every part of our being which has flesh or blood within it is mortal, is sinful can never become holy and will never come into Heaven; will turn into dust. After we die, we will never again have a physical body or mind of flesh and blood, so we will never again experience physical pain or illness of any kind; including headaches, paranoia or mental illnesses within our mind or brain.

*Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Cor 5:6-8 NIV+

*I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1Co 15:50 ESV+

 

We will lose the abilities our human physical mind and brain gives us; for they are flesh and blood, cannot come into Godís Kingdom in heaven. Will be like a doctor who can see, and operate on our mind and brain; and with one mistake erases the memory in our brain, make us lose the ability for mind to think properly or direct our bodily functions.

 

When we lose our mind and brain we will lose our total physical thinking process and memory, like total permanent amnesia; which will obliterate all and every bad thought or memory we have ever had on earth. Our spirit will be our only thought process and memory process which will direct our soul, and will be guided by our heart; which is the moral compass of our spirit.

*What is the outcome then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. 1Co 14:15 NASB+

*because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Heb 10:14 NIV+

 

While we live on earth a believersí physical mind and body can never become perfectly holy, it is dead because of sin; for it will always have sinful thoughts, sinful pleasures held within it. Yet our spirit is perfectly holy; has only God pleasing thoughts, desires and memories residing within them.

*But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. Ro 8:10 NIV+

 

We will not remember any of the wrongs we have committed whether large or small, the horrifying experiences we canít seem to forget; the worries, anxieties, sinful thoughts, and embarrassing moments we all have had. We will no longer have any sinful emotions including; hate, anger, fear, envy, pride, greed, or prejudice. And we will never again have any desires of the flesh tempting our minds to sin; so we will gladly live as our Father wants us to do.

*For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. Gal 5:17 ESV+

*So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Ro 8:12-13 ESV+

 

Our spirit is full of our Fatherís love; so we will always love our God above all things, will always love all our sisters and brothers in Heaven as Christ has loved us. Likewise all saints in Heaven will no longer have their sinful physical mind, it will turn to dust; they will only have perfectly holy thoughts within their spirit. We will never have to worry what they say or think about us, because all saints in Heaven will love us as Christ has loved them, will only have holy things in their spirit; will only say good things about us as their brothers and sisters.

*"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Jn 13:34 NIV+

 

We believe we will speak and know the many languages of all nations and people, like the disciples did at the first Pentecost in Jerusalem after the Holy Spirit gave this gift. For Jesus told us in Revelation that all nations will show their glory in Godís New Heaven and Earth, and part of this glory may be the beauty of these many different languages.

*And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Ac 2:3-4 ESV+

*And they were amazed and astonished, saying, ďAre not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Ac 2:7-8 ESV+

*And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Rev 21:24 NKJV+

 

In Godís New Heaven and Earth the Hebrew language will still be the glory of the nation of Israel, but it is not specified as the only language used in Heaven when spiritual beings of believers are taken to Heaven when they physically die, or when all believers receive glorified bodies before and after Jesus 1,000 yearKingdom on Earth. We believe during this time all with glorified bodies will be able to understand all the languages of the many different nations in Heaven; see paragraph above.

*"For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the Lord, To serve Him with one accord. Zeph 3:9 NKJV+

 

God will use the pure Hebrew language of Israel to restore the tribes of Israel as they are being brought back to Israel, and during Jesus 1,000 Year Kingdom on Earth. But in Godís New Heaven and Earth, Israel is no longer Godís chosen nation, for the sun will no longer shine, so Israel will no longer be Godís chosen nation, see verses below. We will all be our Heavenly Fatherís children and brothers and sisters of Jesus our Savior is our eldest brother. We believe all preferences will be over including languages; and we will be in awe of our great God and the Holy Spirit will enable us all to understand everything we need to know to love, praise, worship, and follow our God; and truly love all others as ourselves.

*This is what the Lord says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar-- the Lord Almighty is his name: "Only if these decrees vanish from my sight," declares the Lord, "will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me. Jer 31:35-36 NIV+

*There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Rev 22:5 NKJV+

 

We also believe the spiritual language the Holy Spirit gives some believers spirits to be able to speak or understand which is commonly referred to as ďtalking in tonguesĒ is not the language which will be used in Godís New Heaven and Earth. For Paul tells us ďtonguesĒ will cease away; when we do not know and they could be used in Heaven until they pass away.

*and to another the effecting of miracles , and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 1Co 12:10 NASB+

* Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 1Co 13:8 ESV+

 

Since we will also lose every bad thought and memory we have ever had; we will not remember any unbeliever on earth. This includes our spouse, children, family, friends, congregational leaders, those who sat with us when we worshipped, even those who healed in Jesus name. While we live on earth we will not always know who will be saved, that is why should continue to pray for everyone: tell unbelievers about Jesus before it is too late; before they die or we die.

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heavenMany will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' Matt 7:21-24 NKJV+

 

On earth we were not to be physically yoked with unbelievers, why would God bind their memories in our spirit. In Heaven we will no longer have any anxiety or worry about whether anyone on earth will come to Heaven; especially those we were closest to. Our spirit will only know, remember those who are children of God. We will no longer remember any unbelievers who are physically living on earth; who have lived on earth, died and gone to Hades.

*Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 2Co 6:14-15 NASB+

 

Our eternal spirit will be our thought, memory, and make our decisions throughout eternity. In our Fatherís plan of salvation He knew man would sin, knew our physical mind would cause the sin and could never come to Heaven; would have to die. So our God who is a spirit, created us in His image; gave us an eternal spirit which would live within our body; with only a miniscule fraction of His power and knowledge.Our spirit will bring to Heaven our personal individuality in pure thoughts, ideas, and memories from the earth; which are pleasing to our God.

*God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen 1:27 NASB+

*"God is spirit , and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." Jn 4:24 NASB+

 

Notice in verse above; God wants us to worship Him with our spirit; on earth by allowing the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts and guide our physical mind to keep to keep us from sinning. And without our sinful mind to overcome our spirit will be able worship our God perfectly in Heaven. We know our spirit is eternal, so why would God ever need to give us a second mind to guide us when we are given our glorified body. When believers spirits in heaven can perfectly worship our God, do everything which pleases Him, personally knows all the saints, and the language in Heaven.

 

When Jesus returns to the clouds over earth, with all saintís spiritual beings from Heaven; their perishable, natural physical body which died will be resurrected from the earth. And be transformed into a holy eternal glorious body like Jesus was given after His resurrection. Then all the saintís spiritual beings from Heaven will be united, come inside their glorified body, giving life to their new spiritual body; a holy glorious body which thoughts, actions and memories will be guided by the saintís spirit.

*So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 1Co 15:42-44 NIV+

 

5. Spiritual family in Heaven; no marriages, only Jesus brothers, sisters; no pets here

 

When we come to Heaven we will be living with the largest family we have ever known before; all our brothers and sisters throughout history who are now in Heaven. Who we will instantly and personally will know, as we will be known by them; regardless of the time when they were taken to Heaven. Imagine knowing all of Godís children from the past to the present; and they will likewise know you.

It will be like the time Jesus was transfigured; when the 3 disciples with Jesus recognized the spiritual being of Moses, who died around 1400 years before they were born, and Elijah who was born 900 years before they were born. Ezekiel (see 6. 2 paragraph) likewise knew the spiritual being of Moses, who had died around 500 hundred years before Him; and Moses knew Elijah who would be born around 500 years after him.

*Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His garments became radiant and exceedingly white, as no launderer on earth can whiten them. Elijah appeared to them along with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Mk 9:2-4 NASB+

 

Many will meet for the first time their sons and daughters, who as babies died in their motherís womb; many will meet younger infants and children who they really did not get to know, before Jesus took them home to Heaven. Just as David knew he would go to meet his son; who died before he was 8 days old and was unnamed.

*But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.Ē 2Sa 12:23 ESV+

 

We will continue to meet those on earth who become children of God; those our Father knew from the beginning would follow Him. Probably after they repent so the Holy Spirit can come into their hearts; and we will rejoice in the presence of angels when another one becomes a child of God.

*For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Ro 12:4-5 ESV+

*In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Lk 15:10 NIV+

 

When one is saved they are probably announced in Heaven; for only God knows our hearts, knows when any are saved.

 

While we wait to receive our glorified bodies, we will continually welcome all believersí spiritual beings from earth, when their work for our Father is completed there. This will include our loved ones from earth; our spouse, family, children, friends, and all our new brothers and sisters in Christ, who we will want to meet. We will watch as they behold our Saviorís amazing glory; until the correct number has come into Heaven and the time for Jesus to return in the clouds over earth has come.

*Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. Jn 17:24 NKJV+

*Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. Ro 11:25 ESV+

 

We will no longer be husbands or wives nor marry after we physically die on earth; for we will be eternal spiritual beings which are created by the Holy Spirit and never reproduce on their own. We will all be spiritual brothers and sisters of Jesus in the family of God; though our earthly spouse, children, families can be our special friends.

*That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Jn 3:6 NKJV+

 

This subject will also be covered in Part 2. When we are given glorified bodies; until Godís new heaven and earth; but briefly;

When given glorified bodies when Jesus returns in the clouds (gathering/rapture); we likewise will no longer be husbands or wives, nor marry. We will all be brothers and sisters of Jesus in the family of God; with glorified bodies, though our earthly spouse, children, families can be our special friends.

*"For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. Mk 12:25 NASB+

 

When Jesus comes to earth in power to defeat the beast/man of sin/antichrist, many of Israel and some Gentiles who are physically living on earth who call out to Jesus, accept Him; will come with their mortal physical bodies into Christís 1,000 year Kingdom, will marry and have children.

 

All those who followed God with mortal physical bodies in Christís 1,000 year Kingdom on earth; will be judged at the 2nd death or resurrection and those who have been faithful to God will be given glorified bodies and will no longer be man and wife nor marry. But live with us as brothers and sisters of Jesus in the family of God; with glorified bodies, though our earthly spouse, children, families can be our special friends.

 

Pets/animals: During the period when saints spiritual beings live in Heaven, the Bible tells us there will be horses there (Rev 6:2-8), whether spiritual or physical we do not know. Animals living on earth do not have spiritual beings; when they die their physical body and mind will return to dust. This does not mean God cannot bring them back to life, but we have not found a Bible reference to this while we spiritually live in the kingdom of God. This will be different in Christís 1,000 year Kingdom on earth and in Godís new Heaven and earth; which will be discussed in Part 2. When we are given glorified bodies; until Godís new heaven and earth.

 

6. Saints in Heaven see earth only through Jesus; understand Abrahamís Bosom

 

Until Christís atoning death on the cross, no oneís spiritual being in the Old Covenant could be made perfectly holy; they could not come into Godís holy Kingdom of Heaven. So when the faithful died their spiritual beings were taken into a rest God prepared for them, later called the Bosom of Abraham (Heaven 3., 4.); which is in the earthly heavens over earth. Since the Bosom of Abraham was in the earthly realm; the spiritual beings there could interact with the spiritual beings in Hades, see the earth; like Abraham and the rich man did.

*"If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? "No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. Jn 3:12-13 NASB+

*The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abrahamís side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ĎFather Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.í But Abraham said, ĎChild, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.And besides all this, there between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from to us.í Lk 16:22-26 ESV+

 

This includes Ezekiel who was taken by God up to heaven, which at this time was not Godís Kingdom in Heaven because Christís had not yet died for our sins. But in a rest in the heavens over earth, which satan was prince over; and was later called Abrahamís Bosom. Until Ezekiel will return as one of the two witnesses/prophets who come to bring Israel back to God (Rev 11:3).

*Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2Ki 2:11 NKJV+

*in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. Eph 2:2 NIV+

*"But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built! 1Ki 8:27 NASB+

 

Now we will go directly to Godís holy Heaven far above the heavenly realms of this world; for we were made spiritually holy by Christís grace. A Heaven so far above earth, it is now beyond our ability to calculate the distance; where we will not be in contact with any on the earth, nor see earth, except through Jesus, according to our Fatherís will.

*For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Heb 9:15 NASB+

 

Angels took the faithfulís spiritual beings to Abrahamís Bosom; until Jesus atoning death on the cross made us spiritually holy. Now Jesus can take us to Heaven; because He lives in our hearts, will be with us forever.

The idea of purgatory may have come from Abrahamís Bosom, for it was rest, a waiting place in the earthly realms for the spiritual beings of those in the Old Covenant who followed God when their body died. Until Christís atoning grace on the cross made their spiritual being perfectly holy; so they could come into Heaven. Now all believersí spiritual beings go directly to Heaven when our physical being dies. See paragraph below

 

After Christís physical body died on the cross to redeem us from our sins; His human spiritual being descended into Tartarus the deepest part of the Abyss, and there deposited all the sins which would ever be committed by the faithful from the Old and New Covenants. This allowed all the spiritual beings in Abrahamís Bosom to become perfectly holy, and they followed behind Jesus spiritual being into Heaven, the Kingdom of God. Now all believersí spiritual beings are perfectly holy, and come directly into Heaven when we physically die. A holy, glorious Kingdom so far above earth and its heavens that even though we try to envision it with our minds; we will still be surprised by its majesty when we come into it.

*Therefore it says, ďWhen he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men( In saying, ďHe ascended,Ē what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) Eph 4:8-10 ESV+

 

Those from the beginning to Christís death on the cross were those who were faithful, and God used them to do great things; there is a list of the faithful in Hebrews Chapter 11.

*These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. Heb 11:13 ESV+

*But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. Heb 11:6 ESV+

 

Yet even with their faith their spiritual being when they died, could not come into Godís Kingdom of Heaven; until Christís atoning grace on the cross.

*And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Heb 11:39-40 ESV+

 

They are a cloud (large multitude, throng) of witnesses which should remind us that only through Jesus atoning death on the cross can we be saved; come into Godís spiritual Heaven. We should fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith; He has endured the hostility of sinners so we will not grow weary and lose heart.

*Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Heb 12:1-3 NASB+

 

All we can take up with us to Heaven with our spiritual beings are the blessings we will receive for doing good works, out of our love for our God; especially those who were willing to give their lives for Jesus. Believers spiritual beings will show the marks of how they were martyred on their spiritual beings; will receive white robes of honor and prestige to wear for loving God more than they loved their lives, as they wait for Jesus to avenge their deaths. Until the correct number of martyrs are killed so satan can be conquered, thrown down to earth and the last times can begin.

*When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. Rev 6:9-10 NASB+

*And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ďNow the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Rev 12:10-11 ESV+

 

This is before the beast/man of sin/antichrist will come; these souls were not killed by him, all prior to his reign over earth. These souls included the believers first killed by the Jews, the Romans when they ruled the world, the 50 million killed during the 1260 year papal rule starting 538AD, the 12 million killed by Hitler; all killed by Moslems, China, non-Christian countries, to those still being martyred today at the highest number in modern years.

 

The souls of those martyred for God do not see the earth or Hades; or they would realize those who killed them are already being punished; some by brutal physical deaths, all by being thrown into the torment of Hades. The spiritual beings of these martyrs are not angry, but awaiting the promise of God to avenge them; waiting for them to be judged at the White Throne Judgment, where all martyrs will be present in their glorified bodies.

*Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. Ro 12:19 NIV+

*The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Rev 20:13 NKJV+

 

7. Saints in Heaven can only contact earthly believers through Jesus

 

Saintsí spiritual beings living in Heaven can only see earth or have contact with those living on it through Jesus, or when it is our Fatherís will; for they will never again have to experience sorrow, worry or anxiety of the world.

While we live on earth, our spiritual being though they are holy (like Paulís and Johnís), can only see Heaven or have contact with those living in Heaven through Jesus when our Father allows us to; for we have a sinful physical mind which casts a shadow or veil over the reality of our being one with Jesus, one with the saints in Heaven. Though we can envision what is happening in Heaven, within our spirit and heart.

*For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.Ē Rev 7:17 ESV+

*For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 1Co 13:12 NKJV+

 

An example of this is while we are living on earth, because Jesus spiritually lives in us and we spiritually live in Him; He takes our spiritual being in Him up to Heaven where He sits on the Throne. Yet our physically mind does not know what is happening; for until the veil of sin is removed we can only envision it, though it is real. It is the same for our contact with any of the saintsí spiritual beings in Heaven; there is a veil, a shadow between their holy spiritual beings and our sinful physical mind. Though we can envision the great joy we will have in meeting Jesus face to face, it will only be a reality when we die. We can only imagine what the saints in Heaven will be doing, will say when we meet them again; it will only become a reality for us, for them, after we physically die, and lose our sinful physical mind.

*"After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. "In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. Jn 14:19-20 NASB+

*and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Eph 2:6 NASB+

 

We should never ask any saint we believe is in Heaven to pray for us; for our request must go through Jesus first before it can reach them. We should just directly ask Jesus or go to our Heavenly Father directly; for He already knows what we need before we ask Him.

*"So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Matt 8:8 NASB+

 

Do not ask anyone to bring up the dead to talk to you; for they are fakes or are calling up demonic spirits which will try to deceive you. Saul asked a woman practicing witchcraft to call up the spiritual being of Samuel who had died; instead she called up a powerful demon spirit like a god. Who our Father used to prophesy the death of Saul, whose life He took for using this witchcraft; which He had forbidden Israel to use.

We know it was a demon because our God will not allow any spiritual being to be taken from His rest; because the demon spirit (an idol god worshipped by evil people) came out of the ground where the bottomless pit of the Abyss is located, and Samuelís spiritual being was in the heavens over earth in Abrahamís Bosom. Read 1Sa 28

*So Saul disguised himself and put on other garments and went, he and two men with him. And they came to the woman by night. And he said, ďDivine for me by a spirit and bring up for me whomever I shall name to you.Ē 1Sa 28:8 ESV+

*The king said to her, ďDo not be afraid. What do you see?Ē And the woman said to Saul, ďI see a god coming up out of the earth.Ē 1Sa 28:13 ESV+

 

When a believer of a loved one dies, we should not look down to their grave to be with them; but up into the sky, for they are far away in Heaven waiting for us. We will never be closer to them while we live on earth, then when we celebrate the Lordís Supper with Jesus; for we know Jesus is present because He has invited us to His Supper. After Jesus words of institution are read over the bread, as we physically eat the bread, we participate in the body of Christ, His one holy spiritual church; which includes all the saints in Heaven, all the saints on earth.

Our sinful physical mind will cast a shadow over our perfect spiritual being so we cannot see Jesus, all our brothers and sisters in Heaven; though our pure hearts know we are spiritually united with Jesus, through Jesus spiritually united with all our brothers and sisters in Heaven. The saints in Heaven will likewise know they are united with us through Jesus, especially the ones we are closest to; and may even see us if Jesus allows them to. For they have no sinful physical mind which casts a shadow over what their perfect spirit sees.

*The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 1Co 10:16 ESV+

 

8. Heaven will not be boring, pass by quickly; 1 Day in Heaven is a 1,000 days on earth

 

1 day with God, 1 day in His Kingdom is like a 1,000 years on earth, and 1,000 days on earth are but a day in Heaven. God is eternal, has been, will always be; before He created the universe there was no time, only eternity. Time began when God created the universe, is only relevant to His plan of salvation for us on the earth.

*But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2Pe 3:8 NKJV+

*For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the nightYou sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers. Ps 90:4-6 ESV+

 

We are eternally saved, when our physical body dies, and we come into our Fatherís spiritual kingdom in Heaven; without a mortal body, which must live in earthís time constraint. We will all be given all the spiritual blessings in Heaven through Christ; including the blessing of having 1 joyous day in Heaven be as 1,000 years on the earth.

*Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, Eph 1:3 ESV+

 

We also believe that when we are given eternal glorified bodies like Jesus, Heaven will still be our home where we will serve our Father; a day will remain like 1,000 years on earth for us. Even when some with glorified bodies will help Jesus rule over His 1,000 year Kingdom on a cleansed earth; which will be under earthy time and have mortal physical people living there. More about this in Part 2 of this series coming soon

 

We also believe that because Hades is where unbelieversí sinful spiritual beings go, the Abyss where disobedient angelic spiritual beings are kept; because they are both in bottomless pit in the earth, they will always be on earthly time. While all in Heaven will have a joyous day; all in the bottomless pit will endure 1,000 years of torment.

 

We believe God designed His plan of salvation for us to eternally become His children, in His new heaven/earth to be completed in 1 week; 7 days, the number 7 representing perfect completion. Yet to God 7 days in Heaven, where 1 day is a thousand days; are 7,000 years on the earth for His plan to be completed.

 

Godís Word tells us the approximate time between Adam and Jesus was around 4,000 years ago (+/- 200 years).

Jesus atoning death on the cross was a little over 2,000 years ago.

Jesus Kingdom on earth will 1,000 years; then we will come into Godís new heaven/earth.

4,000 + 2,000 + 1,000 = 7,000 years

 

The first faithful to die on earth from Adam to Christís atoning death on the cross; their spiritual being lived in Abrahamís Bosom around 4,000 years; before Jesus took them to Godís spiritual rest in Heaven. This time continually decreased until any who physically died just before Jesus died upon the cross; would live in Abrahamís Bosom less than an hour; before Jesus took them to Godís Kingdom in Heaven.

Yet it will seem to the spiritual beings who were in Abrahamís Bosom the longest, as though they had lived there but 4 days; and to the spiritual beings who came there last, like seconds, almost immediately they were taken to Godís spiritual rest in Heaven.

 

Then all spiritual beings from the beginning to Christís atoning grace, will live in Godís Kingdom in Heaven for around 2,000 years; until Jesus will bring their spiritual beings down to the clouds over earth and give them glorified bodies. Yet it will seem like they were just in Godís Kingdom in Heaven just 2 days.

 

The spiritual beings of believers, who died after Christís death on the cross, will come directly into Godís spiritual Kingdom in Heaven. They will live there as a family with all the spiritual beings from Abrahamís Bosom who have just come here. The first believersí spiritual beings to come into Heaven (like thief on Cross)will live here around 2,000 years, the rest continually less depending on when believers physically die, the last spiritual being coming into Heaven very shortly before Jesus will return. Yet it will seem like only 2 days to the first, seconds to the last; before Jesus will take their spiritual beings with Him to clouds over the earth, along with those from the Old Covenant; and give them all a glorified body.

 

Believers who are alive when Jesus returns to the clouds over earth; will be gathered/raptured up to Jesus and given a glorified body; without having to die, without their spiritual being coming to Heaven; except in their glorified bodies. Believers still living when Jesus returns in the clouds will instantly, at the twinkling of an eye be given glorified bodies.

 

Then all with glorified bodies from the beginning to the last who do not die; will serve God in our Heavenly home, some will serve Jesus in His 1,000 year Kingdom on a cleansed earth, with physical mortal people living there. Yet it will seem like 1 day until we all come into our Godís new Heaven and earth.

 

The time the faithful who died before Christís death on the cross, will have to wait until Godís new heaven/earth; first around 7 days, last just over 3 days.

 

The time believers who died before Christís death on the cross, will have to wait until Godís new heaven/earth; first around 3 days, last just over 1 day.

 

If we died today and Jesus returns in the clouds within 42 years; we will have to wait a little over 1day, 1hour: before coming into Godís new heaven/earth.

 

How long will a loved one wait in Heaven for us to join them: 1hr = 42 years(1day/24 hours = 1,000 years)

2 hours if they died 84 years before we die: 1 hour if they died 42 years before we die

30 minutes if they died 21 years; before we die: 10 minutes if they died 7 years; before we die

And only 1 minute if they died 8 months before we die

 

We will not be bored in Godís spiritual rest in Heaven; we will worship our Father, be with Jesus our eldest brother, see our Godís majestic spiritual Heaven and be taken over its vast domain. We meet the billions of our brothers and sisters there; meet babies and infants we may never have known, though they will be mature. We will hug all of our family on earth when we welcome them home to Heaven. And this will happen in what will only seem like a couple of days to us; how will we have time to be bored in our Godís spiritual Heaven.

*Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. Jn 17:24 NKJV+

 

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