I was just reciting The “our Father” and once again I was struck with the verse “Here on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
If no one but the Son of Man has gone to Heaven, how could Enoch have gone to Heaven? You need to look at the context of John 3 where it speaks of Christ as the only One who has been to Heaven and back and can explain these spiritual things.
But, that is ‘seeing’. Jesus taught
“No one has ever gone into Heaven except The One Who came from Heaven–The Son of Man.“
The Bible tells us that no one has ever seen God (John 1:18) except the Lord Jesus Christ. In Exodus 33:20, God declares, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” These Scriptures seem to contradict other Scriptures which describe various people “seeing” God. For example, Exodus 33:11describes Moses speaking to God “face to face.” How could Moses speak with God “face to face” if no one can see God’s face and live? In this instance, the phrase “face to face” is a figure of speech indicating they were in very close communion. God and Moses were speaking to each other as if they were two human beings having a close conversation.
He spoke spirit to Spirit; not visually. No matter how extreme our relationship with God, it remains that He – Jesus Who is from God has seen God. The example above is ‘contradicted’ as God says “No Man can see my face and live.”
Amazing that nowhere is it said that God was seen! His Throne, Yes! His feet, Yes! Yet, no Man can ever say that they have seen God. Do we know Him, learn Him, experience Him? Definitely!
In Genesis 32:30, Jacob saw God appearing as a man; he did not truly see God. Samson’s parents were terrified when they realized they had seen God (Judges 13:22), but they had only seen Him appearing as an angel. Jesus was God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14) so when people saw Him, they were seeing God. So, yes, God can be “seen” and many people have “seen” God. At the same time, no one has ever seen God revealed in all His glory. In our fallen human condition, if God were to fully reveal Himself to us, we would be consumed and destroyed. Therefore, God veils Himself and appears in forms in which we can “see” Him. However, this is different than seeing God with all His glory and holiness displayed. People have seen visions of God, images of God, and appearances of God, but no one has ever seen God in all His fullness (Exodus 33:20).
No Man has seen (yes! Caught glimpses of, but not ‘seen’) what Heaven is like, Amen.
We can read:
Are angel’s in Heaven? Yes! That is where they serve and are sent from:
Jesus said “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.“
In Heaven, there is NO “Time“! Time was Created for this present existence. We have attempted to explain what is. Even if we look ‘strictly Scientific”, ALL that is seen came from the unseen: Atoms, electrons, molecules, chemicals. Water – H2O. Have you ever seen Hydrogen? But, there are two in each molecule of water.
All, of a sudden we begin to understand “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
Are we clear? Before Science, with its advances, it was known!
So, we ‘stand’ shared with. We started though on what was and is taught in The prayer Jesus taught to speak to God. My prayer is that we all develop a relationship with The LORD our God that blesses!!! Amen
I will point that Moses, a cattle herd in a strange foreign land was seen, known and called by God. Are you called?
We won’t miss our at present lives, Amen. IF only to share from the scientific side. The absence of ‘time’ is the essence of being passed! I say this for “passing on/away” is real and factual. There are very many more Scientific individuals than myself with identical experiences.
Have you ever bought an economy ticket for a flight, but because of overbooking, been upgraded to first class? Did you regret the upgrade? Did you spend your time wondering, What am I missing by not being in the back of the plane?
The upgrade from Earth to Heaven will be vastly superior to that from economy to first class. If we would miss something from our old lives, it would be available to us in heaven. Why? Because we will experience all God intends for us. He fashions us to want precisely what He will give us so what He gives us will be exactly what we want.
2. We won’t become angels.
I’m often asked if people, particularly children, become angels when they die.
The answer is no.
Death is a relocation of the same person from one place to another. The place changes, but the person remains the same. The same person who becomes absent from his or her body becomes present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). We won’t be angels but we’ll be with them.
3. We won’t be tempted.
Once I was asked if we will ever be tempted to turn our backs on Christ. The answer is no. What would tempt us? Innocence is the absence of something (sin), while righteousness is the presence of something (God’s holiness). God will never withdraw His holiness from us; therefore, in we cannot sin.
We’ll never forget the ugliness of sin, however. Having known death and life, we who experience life will never want to go back to death. We’ll never be deceived into thinking God is withholding something good from us or that sin is in our best interests.
We’ll always know sin’s costs. Every time we see the scarred hands of Jesus, we’ll remember. We’ll see sin as God does. It will be stripped of its illusions and will be utterly unappealing.
4. We will have work to do.
The idea of working in heaven is foreign to many people. Yet Scripture clearly teaches it. When God created Adam, he “took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). Work was part of the original Eden. It was part of a perfect human life.
Himself is a worker. He didn’t create the world and then retire. Jesus said, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17). Jesus found great satisfaction in His work. “‘My food,’ Jesus said, ‘is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work'” (John 4:34).
We’ll also have work to do, satisfying and enriching work that we can’t wait to get back to, work that’ll never be drudgery. God is the primary worker, and as His image-bearers, we’re made to work. We create, accomplish, set goals and fulfill them—to God’s glory.
5. We will still experience emotions.
In Scripture, God is said to enjoy, love, laugh, take delight and rejoice, as well as be angry, happy, jealous and glad. To be like God means to have and express emotions. Hence, we should expect that in heaven emotions will exist for God’s glory and our good.
We know that people in Heaven have lots of feelings—all good ones. We’re told of banquets, feasts singing. People will laugh there (Luke 6:21). Will we cry in heaven? The Bible says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). These are the tears of suffering over sin and death, the tears of oppressed people, the cries of the poor, the widow, the orphaned, the unborn and the persecuted.
Such crying will be no more.
We might, though, shed tears of joy. Can you imagine joy flooding your eyes as you meet Christ, for example, and as you’re reunited with loved ones? I can.
6. We still know everything.
God alone is omniscient. When we die, we’ll see things far more clearly, and we’ll know much more than we know now. But we’ll never know everything.
In we’ll be flawless, but not knowing everything isn’t a flaw. It’s part of being finite. Righteous angels don’t know everything, and they long to know more (1 Peter 1:12). They’re flawless but finite. We should expect to long for greater knowledge, as angels do. And we’ll spend eternity gaining the greater knowledge we’ll seek.
7. We will recognize one another.
Scripture gives no indication of a memory wipe causing us not to recognize family and friends. Paul anticipated being with the Thessalonians in heaven, and it never occurred to him he wouldn’t know them. In fact, if we wouldn’t know our loved ones, the comfort of an afterlife reunion, taught in 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, would be no comfort at all. In we probably won’t fail to recognize an acquaintance in a crowd or forget people’s names.
8. What will we do to avoid boredom?
People sometimes say, “I’d rather be having a good time in hell than be bored in heaven.”
Note the assumption: sin is exciting and righteousness is boring.
Believing in this assumption means you’ve fallen for the devil’s lie. In reality, sin robs us of fulfillment. Sin doesn’t make life interesting; it makes life empty. When there’s fulfillment, when there’s beauty, when we see God as He truly is—an endless reservoir of fascination—boredom becomes impossible. In heaven we’ll be filled—as Psalm 16:11 describes it—with joy and eternal pleasures.
9. If our loved ones are in hell, won’t that spoil heaven?
We have touched on this. In a Place with NO time, existence is key. There are no seconds, minutes, hours, years or Millenia.
Just as God is Timeless being in His presence is ‘Timeless”. We exist secondary to our current decisions. The who, what and where we are.
So, ‘Time’ ceases! Memories fade away, we know those we Love…We read Isaiah 65:17 which states, “For, behold, I create new Heavens and a new Earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”
Some interpret Isaiah 65:17 as saying that we will have no memory of our earthly lives in Heaven. However, one verse earlier in Isaiah 65:16, the Bible says, “For the past troubles will be forgotten and hidden from my eyes.” It is likely only our “past troubles” will be forgotten, not all of our memories. Our memories will eventually be cleansed, redeemed, healed, and restored, not erased. There is no reason why we could not possess many memories from our earthly lives. The memories that will be cleansed are the ones that involve sin, pain, and sadness. Revelation 21:4 declares, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Then we’ll see clearly that God revealed Himself to each person and that He gave for each heart or conscience to seek and respond to Him (Romans 1:18-2:16). Everyone deserves hell; no one deserves heaven. Jesus went to the cross to offer salvation to all (1 John 2:2). God is absolutely sovereign and doesn’t desire any to perish (1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9). Yet many will perish in their unbelief (Matthew 7:13).
In Heaven, we will embrace God’s holiness and justice. God will be our Source of Joy. Hell’s small and distant shadow will not interfere with God’s greatness or our Joy in Him. All of this should motivate us to share the gospel of Christ with family, friends, neighbors and the whole world.