This scripture on heaven immediately came to my mind, “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit they shall not plant, and another eat: … mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.” Isaiah 65:21
Where did we ever get the idea we float on clouds and play harps ALL day?
Honestly how boring, right? No wonder folks look at heaven as our final destination but want to 1) get married first 2) have a baby 3) fall in love. I think I have heard every excuse to stay here.
I believe the distortion of heaven was started by guess who? Satan the Father of lies. John 8:44
I only started really looking at heaven after I lost my son, granddaughter and husband. I had been a Christian for many years, attended church more than weekly and honestly only heard of few scriptures at funerals on heaven. They were preached as comfort to the families that they would see their loved ones again.
Certainly we will see them again and that is good news. But, there is so much more to our eternal life. The cartoon above is only a small snippet of what awaits us.
Satan knew that when men and women fully understood the Biblical truth of heaven and God’s plan for the New Earth, his power over them would be broken, and they would no longer be afraid to die or to long for Heaven.
Some of Satan’s favorite lies to us are about Heaven.
Revelation 13:6 tells us the satanic beast “opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.” Our enemy slanders three things: God’s person, God’s people, and God’s place—namely, Heaven.
When Satan was cast out of heaven, and lost his dwelling place he was bitter. What a better way to get back at God than to make heaven seem dull, and boring to us. By believing the lie… that all we do in heaven is float on clouds and play harps, we quit looking forward to going there, and we quit sharing our faith.
I mean who wants to invite your friends and loved ones to a dull, boring, spooky place, right?
Jesus did not die on the cross to provide such a trivial, boring future for us that accept His love and follow His way of life.
One of my favorite chapters in the bible is Hebrew 11, go read it when you are finished here.
Many of the saints who have gone before us, Abel, Enoch, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, and Samuel are mentioned.
These people ALL died in faith, having not received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, they acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. But as it is, they desired 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.
God is building a city for us. Real streets, real food, real people. The name of the City is the New Jerusalem. It has walls, it has gates, it has streets, it has a foundation, it has trees, and fruits, a river and houses.
And guess what?
This City comes down from heaven and is stationed on earth. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Rev 21:2
Boring, floating on clouds, playing harps?
I think not.
Can you imagine living on earth with all the original beauty God created without sin and decay? All the mountains, hills, lakes, trees, plants, flowers that never die?
“God will make the new earth his dwelling place…Heaven and earth will no longer be separated as they are now, but they will be one.” Anthony Hoekema
“And they shall build houses, and inhabit them and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit they shall not plant, and another eat: … mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.” Isaiah 65:21