Heaven & Hell

  1. We'll see from Scripture an exciting yet strangely neglected truth—that God never gave up on his original plan for human beings to dwell on Earth. In fact, the climax of history will be the creation of new heavens and a New Earth, a resurrected universe inhabited by resurrected people living with the resurrected Jesus (Revelation 21:1-4). - From location 276 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  2. Finally, and most importantly, common sense dictates that without a hell there is no need for a Savior. Little needs to be said about the absurdity of suggesting that the Creator should suffer more than the cumulative sufferings of all of mankind, if there were no hell to save us from. Without hell, there is no need for salvation. Without salvation, there is no need for a sacrifice. And without sacrifice, there is no need for a Savior. As much as we may wish to think that all will be saved, common sense precludes that possibility. Says Lewis, “I would pay any price to be able to say truthfully ‘All will be saved. ’ But my reason retorts, ‘Without their will, or with it? ’ If I say ‘Without their will’ I at once perceive a contradiction; how can the supreme voluntary act of self- surrender be involuntary? If I say ‘With their will,’ my reason replies ‘How if they will not give in? ’”- From Resurrection: The Captstone in the Arch f Christianity from Hank Hannegraft.
  3. It is unfortunate that so many people are ignorant of the everlasting life that can follow this one. Through God's promise of glory in eternity, we no longer have anything to fear from death. Whatever befalls us in this lifetime, it is nothing in relation to the eternal home that awaits us. We need to focus on the life to come in times of trial and sorrow. In the face of death we can feel secure that everything will be just fine. 
    Prayer: In times of fear, dread, and sorrow, shine Your light of love upon me, God. Help me to remember that I have life everlasting, and nothing that occurs now can keep me from it. Amen - From the September 16, 2016 devotional reading from Wisdom from the Psalms by Dan R. Dick
  4. 2 Peter 3:7- 13 - By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
  5. When someone dies, did God “murder” that person? No. Causing or allowing someone to die is not murder for God because all life is His anyway. He is the creator of life, and only He can resurrect it. In fact, people never go out of existence, they just change locations. God is under no obligation to keep people alive here for eighty years. His plans for eternity are the ultimate point of this life anyway. So God is perfectly just to move you from this life to the next life at any age he chooses  — two or eighty-two.  The source of all life is justified in taking life whenever He decides. -  From Turek, Frank (2014-12-18). Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case (p. 128). NavPress. Kindle Edition.
  6. Ultimately, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘ Thy will be done. ’ All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self- choice there could be no Hell. - From Resurrection: The Captstone in the Arch f Christianity from Hank Hannegraft.
  7. God uses suffering and impending death to unfasten us from this earth and to set our minds on what lies beyond. - From the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  8. John 12:24 Phillips - Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it brings a good harvest. We do all we can to live and not die.  God, however, says we must die in order to live.  When you sow a sees, it must die in the ground before it can grow.  What we see as the ultimate tragedy, He sees as the ulitmate triumph.When a Christian dies, it’s not time to despair, but a time to trust.  Just as the seed is buried and the material wrapping decomposes, so our fleshly body will be buried and will decompose.  But just as the buried seed sprouts new life, so our body will blossom into a new body….
    The seed buried in the earth will blossom in heaven.  Your soul and body will reunite, and you will be like Jesus. - From page 536 of Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado.
  9. “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness” (Ps. 17:15).
  10. I believe there’s one central explanation for why so many of God’s children have such a vague, negative, and uninspired view of Heaven: the work of Satan. Jesus said of the devil, “When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Some of Satan’s favorite lies 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.†  - From location 439 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  11. (Isaiah 14:9) Grave (Sheol): the place where the dead go. The Hebrew word sheol is the same as the Greek word Hades (see Deeper Study #3—Lu. 16:23). Several facts should be noted about sheol, the place of the dead.
    1. Sheol or hell does not always refer to the place of the damned, where the wicked of the earth suffer in an eternal fire. This is an inaccurate understanding of sheol.
      a. Sheol means grave or pit.
      b. The godly Jacob said he was going down into sheol, the grave. He was certainly not expecting to go down into hell.
      c. The Levite Heman who wrote Psalm 88 was not expecting to enter hell at death, but the grave.
    2. Sheol sometimes has the idea of hell, the place where the sinful are sent and where they suffer punishment, pain, and agony.
      a. Korah and his rebels were sent into the pit (sheol) alive. Of course, this does not mean they were sent into the grave alive. Rather, they were sent into hell (sheol)—the place where they would be punished for their wickedness.
      b. In pronouncing judgment on the Israelites, the Lord said that the fire of His anger…“shall burn unto the lowest hell (sheol).” The lowest part of sheol must be hell, a place where God’s anger burns in judgment against those who have lived wicked lives.
      c. Scripture clearly shows that sheol includes hell, a place of punishment, pain, and anguish.
    3. The Hebrew word sheol is the same as the Greek word Hades. The picture of hades or sheol revealed by Jesus Christ is that of the other world, which is the unseen world, the spiritual world, the spiritual dimension of being. Jesus says it is a place divided into two huge areas (sections or compartments). The two areas are separated by a great gulf that is impassible (Lu. 16:26). One area is hell, the place of sorrow and torment (Lu. 16:23-24, 28). The other area is the place of Paradise, the place of glory where believers go. In the Old Testament when a person died, he went to Hades, the other world. Jesus said both places actually exist. (See outline and notes—Lu. 16:19-31; see Deeper Study # 4—Lu. 16:24; Mt. 27:52-53; Ep. 4:8-10; Deeper Study # 1—1 Pe. 3:19-20.) 
    - Excerpts from the “Deeper Study #1” reading in Isaiah 14:9 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes)  - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  12. One of the most visible differences between eternity and time is the difference between one will and more than one will.  There are some beings who can begin to live life with the quality of eternity even in the midst of time.  These are those who are born again, and who thus on earth begin to live eternal life.  The Christian should reject decisively the thought that eternal life is to begin when his physical life is over.  We read on a tombstone that a man “ ntered in eternal life” on the da of his death, but the Bible teaches that for a Christian eternal life begins, not on the day a man enters heaven, but on the day eternal life enters into the man through the new birth.  Eternal life for the one who becomes a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ begins at the moment of the new birth.  The true believer learns to say, even now: “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done - in me - as it is in heaven.” - From page 38-39 in the book The Invisible War by Donald Grey Barnhouse 
  13. “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it [New Jerusalem]; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads” (Re. 22:3-4).
  14. After being forcibly evicted from Heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15), the devil became bitter not only toward God, but toward mankind and toward Heaven itself, the place that was no longer his. It must be maddening for him that we’re now entitled to the home he was kicked out of. What better way for the devil and his demons to attack us than to whisper lies about the very place on which God tells us to set our hearts and minds?   - From location 449 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  15. Scripture provides us with a substantial amount of information, direct and indirect, about the world to come, with enough detail to help us envision it, but not so much as to make us think we can completely wrap our minds around it. I believe that God expects us to use our imagination, even as we recognize its limitations and flaws. If God didn’t want us to imagine what Heaven will be like, he wouldn’t have told us as much about it as he has.  - From location 530 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  16. You will understand that in order to get a picture of Heaven—which will one day be centered on the New Earth—you don’t need to look up at the clouds; you simply need to look around you and imagine what all this would be like without sin and death and suffering and corruption. - From the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  17. I imagine our first glimpse of Heaven will cause us to similarly gasp in amazement and delight. That first gasp will likely be followed by many more as we continually encounter new sights in that endlessly wonderful place. And that will be just the beginning, because we will not see our real eternal home—the New Earth—until after the resurrection of the dead. And it will be far better than anything we’ve seen. - From location 556 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  18. If you’re not in a particularly beautiful place, close your eyes and envision the most beautiful place you’ve ever been—complete with palm trees, raging rivers, jagged mountains, waterfalls, or snow drifts. Think of friends or family members who loved Jesus and are with him now. Picture them with you, walking together in this place. All of you have powerful bodies, stronger than those of an Olympic decathlete. You are laughing, playing, talking, and reminiscing. You reach up to a tree to pick an apple or orange. You take a bite. It’s so sweet that it’s startling. You’ve never tasted anything so good. Now you see someone coming toward you. It’s Jesus, with a big smile on his face. You fall to your knees in worship. He pulls you up and embraces you. At last, you’re with the person you were made for, in the place you were made to be. Everywhere you go there will be new people and places to enjoy, new things to discover. What’s that you smell? A feast. A party’s ahead. And you’re invited. There’s exploration and work to be done—and you can’t wait to get started. - From location 562 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  19. “Well,” he replied, “since Scripture says ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him,’ what will you be talking about? Obviously, we can’t know what God has prepared for us in Heaven.” (He was referring to 1 Corinthians 2:9.)  - From location 575 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  20. God says he has revealed to us through his Spirit. This means that God has explained to us what Heaven is like. Not exhaustively, but accurately. God tells us about Heaven in his Word, not so we can shrug our shoulders and remain ignorant, but because he wants us to understand and anticipate what awaits us. - From location 584 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  21. People have different opinions about hell. But one fact needs to be remembered: what we think cannot annul or do away with the truth. If we deny hell, our denial will not make hell cease to exist. Denial does not void truth, no matter how much we may ignore or deny a fact. The world is round and will always be round, no matter how many people of former generations said it was flat. So it is with hell. Since hell exists, it will always exist, no matter how many people deny it. Our denial of hell does not keep it from being real.
    The natural man views hell in one of three ways:
       ⇒ Some persons believe the Christian teaching about hell, that hell is a place of life and punishment. But they do not believe strongly enough to give their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ, nor do they think that God will condemn them to hell, not in the final analysis. They think they will be accepted by God when all things are said and done.
       ⇒ Some persons believe there is a place where people will be in a 1 state or sleep when they die. They think they will have some sense of euphoria or sorrow or neither.
       ⇒ Other persons believe in nothing beyond the grave. They think life ceases at death, that the grave is the end.
    The spiritual man believes in life after death. He believes in eternal life, that is, that life continues on just as Christ taught and the Bible says. Thus, the spiritual man believes that sheol or hell is real just as the Scripture teaches (see note—Lu. 16:23 for more discussion). 
    - Excerpt from the “Deeper Study #1” reading in Isaiah 14:9 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes)  - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  22. God didn’t permit Paul to talk about his visit to Heaven. In contrast, God commanded the apostle John to talk about his prolonged visit to Heaven, which he did in detail in the book of Revelation. Likewise, Isaiah and Ezekiel wrote about what they saw in Heaven. - From location 594 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  23. “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). This is a direct command to set our hearts on Heaven. And to make sure we don’t miss the importance of a heaven-centered life, the next verse says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” God commands us to set our hearts and minds on Heaven.  - From location 606 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  24. To long for Christ is to long for Heaven, for that is where we will be with him. God’s people are “longing for a better country” (Hebrews 11:16). We cannot set our eyes on Christ without setting our eyes on Heaven, and we cannot set our eyes on Heaven without setting our eyes on Christ. Still, it is not only Christ but “things above” we are to set our minds on.   - From location 609 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  25. It is a diligent, active, single-minded investigation. So we can understand Paul’s admonition in Colossians 3:1 as follows: “Diligently, actively, single-mindedly pursue the things above”—in a word, Heaven. (Now you have a clear biblical reason for reading this book!)  - From location 616 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  26. “Keep seeking heaven.” Don’t just have a conversation, read a book, or listen to a sermon and feel as if you’ve fulfilled the command. Since you’ll spend the next lifetime living in Heaven, why not spend this lifetime seeking Heaven, so you can eagerly anticipate and prepare for it? - From location 618 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  27. The command to think about Heaven is under attack in a hundred different ways every day. Everything militates against it. Our minds are so much set on Earth that we are unaccustomed to heavenly thinking. So we must work at it.  - From location 623 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  28. C. S. Lewis observed, “If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.  - From location 628 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  29. "Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.” - From location 632 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  30. If you’re a Christian suffering with great pains and losses, Jesus says, “Be of good cheer” (John 16:33, NKJV). The new house is nearly ready for you. Moving day is coming. The dark winter is about to be magically transformed into spring. One day soon you will be home—for the first time. Until then, I encourage you to meditate on the Bible’s truths about Heaven. May your imagination soar and your heart rejoice. - From location 641 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  31. What would keep us out of Heaven is universal: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin separates us from a relationship with God (Isaiah 59:2). God is so holy that he cannot allow sin into his presence: “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong” (Habakkuk 1:13). Because we are sinners, we are not entitled to enter God’s presence. We cannot enter Heaven as we are.   - From location 652 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  32. So Heaven is not our default destination. No one goes there automatically. Unless our sin problem is resolved, the only place we will go is our true default destination . . . Hell.  - From location 652 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  33. It’s of paramount importance to make sure you are going to Heaven, not Hell. The voice that whispers, “There’s no hurry; put this book down; you can always think about it later,” is not God’s voice. He says, “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2) and “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). - From location 664 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  34. Hell will be inhabited by people who haven’t received God’s gift of redemption in Christ (Revelation 20:12-15). After Christ returns, there will be a resurrection of believers for eternal life in Heaven and a resurrection of unbelievers for eternal existence in Hell (John 5:28-29). The unsaved—everyone whose name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life—will be judged by God according to the works they have done, which have been recorded in Heaven’s books (Revelation 20:12-15). Because those works include sin, people on their own, without Christ, cannot enter the presence of a holy and just God and will be consigned to a place of everlasting destruction (Matthew 13:40-42). Christ will say to those who are not covered by his blood, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). - From location 668 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  35. Hell will not be like it’s often portrayed in comic strips, a giant lounge where between drinks people tell stories of their escapades on Earth. Rather, it will be a place of utter misery (Matthew 13:42; 13:50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28). It will be a place of conscious punishment for sins, with no hope of relief. This is why Dante, in the Inferno, envisioned this sign chiseled above Hell’s gate: “Abandon every hope, you who enter.” - From location 674 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  36. The reality of Hell should break our hearts and take us to our knees and to the doors of those without Christ. - From location 678 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn.
  37. Many imagine that it is civilized, humane, and compassionate to deny the existence of an eternal Hell, but in fact it is arrogant that we, as creatures, would dare to take what we think is the moral high ground in opposition to what God the Creator has clearly revealed. We don’t want to believe that any others deserve eternal punishment, because if they do, so do we. But if we understood God’s nature and ours, we would be shocked not that some people could go to Hell (where else would sinners go?), but that any would be permitted into Heaven. Unholy as we are, we are disqualified from saying that infinite holiness doesn’t demand everlasting punishment. By denying the endlessness of Hell, we minimize Christ’s work on the cross. Why? Because we lower the stakes of redemption. If Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection didn’t deliver us from an eternal Hell, his work on the cross is less heroic, less potent, less consequential, and thus less deserving of our worship and praise. - From location 684 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  38. First, the Lord will establish His throne in Zion, the New Jerusalem, and He will rule on earth with justice and righteousness. Oppression, discrimination, greed, immorality—all acts of lawlessness and violence—will be erased throughout the world. Only the righteous will live on earth, and they will live in a world governed by God’s laws. The Lord’s justice and righteousness will reign on earth, for He is the exalted Lord of the universe.
    Second, in that day the Lord Himself will be the stability of His people, the foundation upon which they stand. He Himself will be their salvation and security, wisdom and knowledge day by day. No longer will people lack understanding or be indecisive. No longer will they be ignorant of how they should live or of what steps they should take. They will be filled with the wisdom of God Himself and will know how to live and exactly what to do when problems confront them.  Excerpt from the reading in Isaiah 33:5-6 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes)  - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  39. Satan has obvious motives for fueling our denial of eternal punishment: He wants unbelievers to reject Christ without fear; he wants Christians to be unmotivated to share Christ; and he wants God to receive less glory for the radical nature of Christ’s redemptive work. - From location 693 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  40. A conspicuous reality: In the Bible, Jesus says more than anyone else about Hell (Matthew 10:28; 13:40-42; Mark 9:43-44). He refers to it as a literal place and describes it in graphic terms—including raging fires and the worm that doesn’t die. Christ says the unsaved “will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:12). In his story of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus taught that in Hell, the wicked suffer terribly, are fully conscious, retain their desires and memories and reasoning, long for relief, cannot be comforted, cannot leave their torment, and are bereft of hope (Luke 16:19-31). The Savior could not have painted a more bleak or graphic picture.- From location 698 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  41. How long will Hell last? “They will go away to eternal punishment,” Jesus said of the unrighteous, “but the righteous to eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). Here, in the same sentence, Christ uses the same word translated “eternal” (aionos) to describe the duration of both Heaven and Hell. Thus, if Heaven will be consciously experienced forever, Hell must be consciously experienced forever. - From location 703 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  42. We must not believe Satan’s lie that it’s unloving to speak to people about Hell. The most basic truth is that there are only two possible destinations after death: Heaven and Hell. Each is just as real and just as eternal as the other. Unless and until we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, we’re headed for Hell. The most loving thing we can do for our friends and our family is to warn them about the road that leads to destruction and tell them about the road that leads to life. - From location 720 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  43. If we understood Hell even the slightest bit, none of us would ever say, “Go to Hell.” It’s far too easy to go to Hell. It requires no change of course, no navigational adjustments. We were born with our autopilot set toward Hell. It is nothing to take lightly—Hell is the single greatest tragedy in the universe. - From location 732 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  44. God loves us enough to tell us the truth—there are two eternal destinations, not one, and we must choose the right path if we are to go to Heaven. All roads do not lead to Heaven. Only one does: Jesus Christ. He said, “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). All other roads lead to Hell. The high stakes involved in the choice between Heaven and Hell will cause us to appreciate Heaven in deeper ways, never taking it for granted, and always praising God for his grace that delivers us from what we deserve and grants us forever what we don’t. - From location 735 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  45. Scripture says of those who die without Jesus, “They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power” (2 Thessalonians 1:9). Because God is the source of all good, and Hell is the absence of God, Hell must also be the absence of all good. Likewise, community, fellowship, and friendship are good, rooted in the triune God himself. But in the absence of God, Hell will have no community, no camaraderie, no friendship. I don’t believe Hell is a place where demons take delight in punishing people and where people commiserate over their fate. More likely, each person is in solitary confinement, just as the rich man is portrayed alone in Hell (Luke 16:22-23). Misery loves company, but there will be nothing to love in Hell. - From location 744 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  46. Earth is an in-between world touched by both Heaven and Hell. Earth leads directly into Heaven or directly into Hell, affording a choice between the two. The best of life on Earth is a glimpse of Heaven; the worst of life is a glimpse of Hell. For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to Hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.  - From location 749 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  47. Consider the wonder of it: God determined that he would rather go to Hell on our behalf than live in Heaven without us. He so much wants us not to go to Hell that he paid a horrible price on the cross so that we wouldn’t have to.  - From location 755 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  48. When a Christian dies, he or she enters into what theologians call the intermediate state, a transitional period between our past lives on Earth and our future resurrection to life on the New Earth. Usually when we refer to “Heaven,” we mean the place that Christians go when they die. When we tell our children “Grandma’s now in Heaven,” we’re referring to the intermediate Heaven. - From location 917 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  49. By definition, an intermediate state or location is temporary. Life in the Heaven we go to when we die, where we’ll dwell prior to our bodily resurrection, is “better by far” than living here on Earth under the Curse, away from the direct presence of God (Philippians 1:23). Still, the intermediate Heaven is not our final destination. Though it will be a wonderful place, the intermediate Heaven is not the place we are made for—the place God promises to refashion for us to live in forever. God’s children are destined for life as resurrected beings on a resurrected Earth. We must not lose sight of our true destination. If we do, we’ll be confused and disoriented in our thinking about where, and in what form, we will spend eternity.  - From location 920 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  50. Will we be with the Lord forever? Absolutely. Will we always be with him in exactly the same place that Heaven is now? No. In the intermediate Heaven, we’ll be in Christ’s presence, and we’ll be joyful, but we’ll be looking forward to our bodily resurrection and permanent relocation to the New Earth.   - From location 926 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  51. It bears repeating because it is so commonly misunderstood: When we die, believers in Christ will not go to the Heaven where we’ll live forever. Instead, we’ll go to an intermediate Heaven. In the intermediate Heaven, we’ll await the time of Christ’s return to the earth, our bodily resurrection, the final judgment, and the creation of the new heavens and New Earth. If we fail to grasp this truth, we will fail to understand the biblical doctrine of Heaven.  - From location 929 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  52. It may seem strange to say that the Heaven we go to at death isn’t eternal, yet it’s true. “Christians often talk about living with God ‘in heaven’ forever,” writes theologian Wayne Grudem. “But in fact the biblical teaching is richer than that: it tells us that there will be new heavens and a new earth—an entirely renewed creation—and we will live with God there. . . . There will also be a new kind of unification of heaven and earth. . . . There will be a joining of heaven and earth in this new creation.”  - From location 932 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  53. This is what the Bible promises us—we will live with Christ and each other forever, not in the intermediate Heaven, but on the New Earth, where God will be at home with his people.  - From location 953 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  54. Because God created Heaven, it had a beginning and is therefore neither timeless nor changeless. It had a past (the time prior to Christ’s incarnation, death, and resurrection), it has a present (the intermediate Heaven, where believers go when they die), and it will have a future (the eternal Heaven, or New Earth). The past Heaven, the intermediate Heaven, and the eternal Heaven can all be called Heaven, yet they are not synonymous. - From location 958 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  55. You need to understand that Hell or Heaven will be, in one sense, the eternal extension of the deepest, truest you that you become in this life. So here is the most important question of your existence: What are you becoming? Whatever you are becoming reveals where you are going. If you are savoring by faith a salvation and fullness from God, you are already on your way to what Isaiah calls Zion in chapter 35. But if you choose not to live by faith in this world, Isaiah 34 is showing you your future.
    What if God does leave you to yourself? What if God doesn’t intervene to save you from yourself and Isaiah 34 writes your final chapter? What if that itching envy in your heart, that bitterness eating away inside you, that anger raging inside you, your ungrateful self for whom nothing is ever good enough, the you lurking in the fantasy twilight of lust, the you buried alive in the coffin of greed, the you that’s too sophisticated for childlike delight in God — what if God does not save you? The you that you are becoming now is what you will be forever. Unless God saves you, you will eventually find that you cannot stop anymore.
    And the grumbling and blaming and all the rest will take over and churn on forever like a machine, and you won’t be able to stop and rest. That hell is when you become the photographic negative of what you were meant to be when God made you. God says, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11).
    And God can save you. He wants you to be a part of the Isaiah 35 scenario. If you will turn to him, he will make the difference, all by himself. Salvation is God liberating the soul from the habits of self-focus. Salvation is God clearing away this tangled undergrowth of self-absorption forever. Salvation is God replacing all this dark complication with something new and simple and beautiful, flooding the human soul with a sense of his glory. That is how we obtain gladness and joy. That is how sorrow and sighing flee away. So, let God save you. Your heavenly joy will begin even now (1 Peter 1:8, 9). - From the readings located in the section “Two Final Outcomes in Isaiah 34-35 in Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughs et al., Crossway Publisher.
  56. The present Heaven is a temporary lodging, a waiting place until the return of Christ and our bodily resurrection. The eternal Heaven, the New Earth, is our true home, the place where we will live forever with our Lord and each other. The great redemptive promises of God will find their ultimate fulfillment on the New Earth, not in the intermediate Heaven.   - From location 965 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  57. We will eat and drink in our resurrection bodies on the New Earth, but that doesn’t mean we will eat and drink in the intermediate Heaven.  - From location 969 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  58. God does not change; he’s immutable. But God clearly says that Heaven will change. It will eventually be relocated to the New Earth (Revelation 21:1). Similarly, what we now refer to as Hell will also be relocated. After the Great White Throne Judgment, Hell will be cast into the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:14-15).  - From location 972 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  59. By contrast, the future Heaven will be in the human realm, on Earth. The dwelling place of God will be the dwelling place of humanity, in a resurrected universe: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. . . . I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. . . . And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God’” (Revelation 21:1-3). Heaven, God’s dwelling place, will one day be on the New Earth.  - From location 977 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  60. It seems clear to me that if God’s special dwelling place is by definition Heaven, and we’re told that “the dwelling of God” will be with mankind on Earth, then Heaven and the New Earth will be essentially the same place. We’re told that “the throne of God and of the Lamb” is in the New Jerusalem, which is brought down to the New Earth (Revelation 22:1). Again, it seems clear that wherever God dwells with his people and sits on his throne would be called Heaven.  - From location 984 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  61. “The ‘new Jerusalem’ . . . does not remain in a ‘heaven’ far off in space, but it comes down to the renewed earth; there the redeemed will spend eternity in resurrection bodies. So heaven and earth, now separated, will then be merged: the new earth will also be heaven, since God will dwell there with his people. Glorified believers, in other words, will continue to be in heaven while they are inhabiting the new earth.”   - From location 988 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  62. Jesus says of anyone who would be his disciple, “My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” (John 14:23). This is a picture of God’s ultimate plan—not to take us up to live in a realm made for him, but to come down and live with us in the realm he made for us.   - From location 993 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  63. Think of what Revelation 21:3 tells us—God will relocate his people and come down from Heaven to the New Earth to live with them: “God himself will be with them.” Rather than our going up to live in God’s home forever, God will come down to live in our home forever.  - From location 998 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  64. The reality of Heaven on Earth—God dwelling with mankind in the world he made for us—will in fact be realized. It is God’s dream. It is God’s plan. He—not we—will accomplish it. - From location 1007 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  65. When we die, we face judgment, what is called the judgment of faith. The outcome of this judgment determines whether we go to the intermediate Heaven or the intermediate Hell. This initial judgment depends not on our works but on our faith. It is not about what we’ve done during our lives but about what Christ has done for us. If we have accepted Christ’s atoning death for us, then when God judges us after we die, he sees his Son’s sacrifice for us, not our sin. Salvation is a free gift, to which we can contribute absolutely nothing (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).  - From location 1023 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  66. This first judgment is not to be confused with the final judgment, or what is called the judgment of works. Both believers and unbelievers face a final judgment. The Bible indicates that all believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of their lives (Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:10). It’s critical to understand that this judgment is a judgment of works, not of faith (1 Corinthians 3:13-14). Our works do not affect our salvation, but they do affect our reward. Rewards are about our work for God, empowered by his Spirit. Rewards are conditional, dependent on our faithfulness (2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 2:26-28; 3:21). - From location 1027 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  67. We know that angels can exist in a physical world because they exist in this one, not just in Heaven. In fact, angels sometimes, perhaps often, take on human form (Hebrews 13:2). - From location 1089 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  68. The book of Hebrews seems to say that we should see Earth as a derivative realm and Heaven as the source realm. - From location 1128 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  69. In fact, we’ll consider it likely that what exists in one realm exists in at least some form in the other. We should stop thinking of Heaven and Earth as opposites and instead view them as overlapping circles that share certain commonalities.  - From location 1130 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  70. The New Jerusalem that will be brought down to the New Earth is presently in the intermediate Heaven (Hebrews 12:22). If we know that the New Jerusalem will be physically on the New Earth, and we also know that it is currently in the intermediate Heaven, does that not suggest the New Jerusalem is currently physical?  - From location 1134 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  71. These verses in Hebrews suggest that God created Earth in the image of Heaven, just as he created mankind in his image. - From location 1138 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  72. It isn’t merely an accommodation to our earthly familial structure, for instance, that God calls himself a father and us children. On the contrary, he created father-child relationships to display his relationship with us, just as he created human marriage to reveal the love relationship between Christ and his bride (Ephesians 5:32).  - From location 1144 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  73. In the Judaism of the New Testament era, “The site of reopened Paradise is almost without exception the earth. . . . The belief in resurrection gave assurance that all the righteous, even those who are dead, would have a share in the reopened paradise. - From location 1171 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  74. God says, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7). The same physical tree of life that was in the Garden of Eden will one day be in the New Jerusalem on the New Earth (Revelation 22:2). Now it is (present tense) in the intermediate Heaven. Shouldn’t we assume it has the same physical properties it had in the Garden of Eden and will have in the New Jerusalem? If it doesn’t, could it be called the tree of life?  - From location 1175 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  75. We are told that after the Fall, God “drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24, NASB). It appears that Eden’s Paradise, with the tree of life, retained its identity as a physical place but was no longer accessible to mankind. It was guarded by cherubim, who are residents of Heaven, where God is “enthroned between the cherubim” (2 Kings 19:15). - From location 1179 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  76. Eden was not destroyed. What was destroyed was mankind’s ability to live in Eden. There’s no indication that Eden was stripped of its physicality and transformed into a “spiritual” entity. It appears to have remained just as it was, a physical paradise removed to a realm we can’t gain access to—most likely the present Heaven, because we know for certain that’s where the tree of life now is (Revelation 2:7). - From location 1183 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  77. Because we’re told that the tree of life will be located in the New Jerusalem, on both sides of a great river (Revelation 22:2), it seems likely that the original Eden may be a great park at the center of the city. If we know the tree that distinguished Eden will be there, why not Eden itself? This would fit perfectly with the statement in Revelation 2:7 that the tree of life is presently in Paradise. - From location 1188 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  78. The tree of life’s presence in the New Jerusalem establishes that elements of Eden, as physical as the original, will again be part of the human experience. The presence of the tree of life in the intermediate Heaven suggests that Heaven too has physical properties and is capable of containing physical objects.  - From location 1194 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  79. It appears the apostle John had a body when he visited Heaven, because he is said to have grasped, held, eaten, and tasted things there (e.g., Revelation 10:9-10). - From location 1226 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  80. We do not receive resurrection bodies immediately after death. Resurrection is not one-at-a-time. If we have intermediate forms in the intermediate Heaven, they won’t be our true bodies, which have died. - From location 1238 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  81. A fundamental article of the Christian faith is that the resurrected Christ now dwells in Heaven. We are told that his resurrected body on Earth was physical, and that this same, physical Jesus ascended to Heaven, from which he will one day return to Earth (Acts 1:11). It seems indisputable, then, to say that there is at least one physical body in the present Heaven.  - From location 1242 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  82. If Christ’s body in the intermediate Heaven has physical properties, it stands to reason that others in Heaven might have physical forms as well, even if only temporary ones. It also makes sense that other aspects of the intermediate Heaven would have physical properties—so that, for example, when Christ is seen standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:56), he is actually standing on something. Otherwise we would have to conclude that the resurrected (and thus, embodied) Christ has been floating for two thousand years in a realm without material substance. (He could, of course, but does he?)   - From location 1245 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn
  83. Enoch and Elijah appear to have been taken to Heaven in their physical bodies. “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24, NASB). Apparently Enoch’s body was not left behind to bury. The Septuagint translates it as Enoch “was not found.” Hebrews 11:5 explicitly says that Enoch didn’t die: “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had taken him’” (NKJV). Similarly, Elijah was taken to Heaven without dying and without leaving a body behind: “Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha . . . saw him no more” (2 Kings 2:11-12, NKJV).  - From location 1251 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  84. Given that at least one and perhaps three people now have bodies in Heaven, isn’t it possible that others might be given physical forms as well? - From location 1261 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  85. Moses and Elijah appeared physically with Christ at the Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36). Because they’d already gone to Heaven (Moses having died and Elijah having been taken from Earth in a whirlwind),  - From location 1262 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  86. A second possibility is that Moses and Elijah came to Earth in the same temporary bodies they already had in Heaven. (In Elijah’s case, his temporary body might even have been his original earthly body, which had never died.) If Moses and Elijah came to Earth with the same temporary bodies they had in Heaven, they could have returned to Heaven just as they were. Did their joining Christ on Earth require them to become something else, or did it simply involve their coming somewhere else? Was it that they were temporarily embodied, or merely temporarily relocated?  - From location 1266 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  87. The physical presence of Moses and Elijah at the Transfiguration seems to demonstrate beyond question that God at least sometimes creates intermediate bodies for people to inhabit prior to the resurrection of the dead—even if only for Moses and Elijah, and only while they were on Earth. The question is whether these temporary bodies were granted only to Moses and Elijah while they were on the mountain, or whether temporary bodies are granted to everyone in the intermediate Heaven. - From location 1270 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  88. Based on the scriptural evidence, I believe that departed saints currently in the intermediate Heaven do intercede in prayer—at least sometimes—for those of us still on Earth.   - From location 1452 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  89. Christ, the God-man, is in Heaven, at the right hand of God, interceding for people on Earth (Romans 8:34), which tells us there is at least one person who has died and gone to Heaven and is now praying for those on Earth.   - From location 1453 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  90. In any case, Revelation 6 makes it clear that some who have died and are now in Heaven are praying concerning what’s happening on Earth. - From location 1458 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  91. It’s also possible that even though joy would predominate in the intermediate Heaven, there could be periodic sadness because there’s still so much evil and pain on Earth. Christ grieved for people when he was on Earth (Matthew 23:37-39; John 11:33-36). Does he no longer grieve just because he’s in Heaven? Or does he still hurt for his people when they suffer? Acts 9:4-5 gives a clear answer. Jesus said, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” When Saul asked who he was, he replied, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” Doesn’t Christ’s identification with those being persecuted on Earth suggest he’s currently hurting for his people, even as he’s in Heaven?  - From location 1477 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  92. If Jesus, who is in Heaven, feels sorrow for his followers, might not others in Heaven grieve as well?  - From location 1482 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  93. Going into the presence of Christ surely does not make us less compassionate.  - From location 1484 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  94. We must also keep in mind that Revelation 21:4, the verse most often quoted on the subject of sorrow in Heaven, refers specifically to the eternal Heaven, the New Earth. “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.” Christ’s promise of no more tears or pain comes after the end of the old Earth, after the Great White Throne Judgment, after “the old order of things has passed away” and there’s no more suffering on Earth. - From location 1485 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  95. We can be assured there will be no sorrow on the New Earth, our eternal home. But though the intermediate Heaven is a far happier place than Earth under the Curse, Scripture doesn’t state there can be no sorrow there. At the same time, people in Heaven are not frail beings whose joy can only be preserved by shielding them from what’s really going on in the universe. Happiness in Heaven is not based on ignorance but on perspective. Those who live in the presence of Christ find great joy in worshiping God and living as righteous beings in rich fellowship in a sinless environment. - From location 1489 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn  
  96. But those in the present Heaven are also looking forward to Christ’s return, their bodily resurrection, the final judgment, and the fashioning of the New Earth from the ruins of the old. Only then and there, in our eternal home, will all evil and suffering and sorrow be washed away by the hand of God. Only then and there will we experience the fullness of joy intended by God and purchased for us by Christ at an unfathomable cost. - From location 1495 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  97. Meanwhile, we on this dying Earth can relax and rejoice for our loved ones who are in the presence of Christ. As the apostle Paul tells us, though we naturally grieve at losing loved ones, we are not “to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Our parting is not the end of our relationship, only an interruption. We have not “lost” them, because we know where they are. They are experiencing the joy of Christ’s presence in a place so wonderful that Christ called it Paradise. And one day, we’re told, in a magnificent reunion, they and we “will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18). - From location 1498 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  98. God will make the new earth his dwelling place. . . . Heaven and earth will then no longer be separated as they are now, but they will be one. - From location 1507 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  99. “Is this new earth like our present earth? Probably not.”  But if it isn’t, why does God call it a New Earth? One author says, “The eternal phase of Heaven will be so unlike what we are familiar with that our present language can’t even describe it.”   - From location 1511 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  100. Biblical Christianity doesn’t give up on humanity or the earth.  - From location 1516 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  101. Our ancestors came from Eden. We are headed toward a New Earth. Meanwhile, we live out our lives on a sin-corrupted Earth, between Eden and the New Earth, but we must never forget that this is not our natural state. Sin and death and suffering and war and poverty are not natural—they are the devastating results of our rebellion against God. - From location 1527 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  102. Adam was formed from the dust of the earth, forever establishing our connection to the earth (Genesis 2:7). Just as we are made from the earth, so too we are made for the earth. But, you may object, Jesus said he was going to prepare a place for us and would take us there to live with him forever (John 14:2-3). Yes. But what is that place? Revelation 21 makes it clear—it’s the New Earth. That’s where the New Jerusalem will reside when it comes down out of Heaven. Only then will we be truly home. - From location 1533 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  103. God has never given up on his original creation. Yet somehow we’ve managed to overlook an entire biblical vocabulary that makes this point clear. Reconcile. Redeem. Restore. Recover. Return. Renew. Regenerate. Resurrect. Each of these biblical words begins with the re- prefix, suggesting a return to an original condition that was ruined or lost. (Many are translations of Greek words with an ana prefix, which has the same meaning as the English re-.) For example, redemption means to buy back what was formerly owned. Similarly, reconciliation means the restoration or reestablishment of a prior friendship or unity. Renewal means to make new again, restoring to an original state. Resurrection means becoming physically alive again, after death.  - From location 1712 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  104. Religion professor Albert Wolters, in Creation Regained, writes, “[God] hangs on to his fallen original creation and salvages it. He refuses to abandon the work of his hands—in fact, he sacrifices his own Son to save his original project. Humankind, which has botched its original mandate and the whole creation along with it, is given another chance in Christ; we are reinstated as God’s managers on earth. The original good creation is to be restored.” - From location 1719 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  105. Messiah will come from Heaven to Earth, not to take us away from Earth to Heaven, but to restore Earth to what he intended so he can live with us here forever. - From location 1758 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  106. Will the earth we know come to an end? Yes. To a final end? No. Revelation 21:1 says the old Earth will pass away. But when people pass away, they do not cease to exist. As we will be raised to be new people, so the earth will be raised to be a New Earth. - From location 1759 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  107. Did Peter invent the notion of all things being restored? No—he not only learned it from the prophets, he heard it directly from Christ. - From location 1761 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  108. According to the prophets, the apostle Peter, and Christ himself, our destiny is to live forever on a restored and renewed Earth. - From location 1782 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  109. In the movie The Passion of the Christ, when Jesus is headed toward Calvary, on his knees under the weight of the cross, he says to his shocked and grief-torn mother, “Behold, I make all things new.” These words are straight from Revelation 21:5, where they are spoken by the risen Jesus concerning the New Earth, where a renewed humanity will live on a renewed Earth, joyful in the presence of their resurrected Savior, who made it all possible by paying a price that was inconceivably great. - From location 1783 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  110. Redemption buys back God’s original design. - From location 1787 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  111. If, due to the Fall, God would have given up on his original purpose for mankind to fill the earth and rule it (Genesis 1:28), he surely wouldn’t have repeated the same command to Noah after the Flood: “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1).  - From location 1790 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  112. Still, until sin and the Curse are permanently removed, people would be incapable of exercising proper stewardship of the earth. - From location 1792 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  113. Our present purpose is inseparable from God’s stated eternal purpose for us to rule the earth forever as his children and heirs. - From location 1792 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  114. “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15:22-25).  - From location 1797 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  115. Christ’s mission is both to redeem what was lost in the Fall and to destroy all competitors to God’s dominion, authority, and power. When everything is put under his feet, when God rules all and mankind rules the earth under God, at last all will be as he intends. - From location 1800 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  116. The physical heavens are constantly declaring God’s glory (Psalm 19:1-2). Even now, in reference to an Earth under the Curse, God says, “The glory of the Lord fills the whole earth” (Numbers 14:21). But the universe will behold an even greater display of God’s glory, one that will involve redeemed men and women and redeemed nations on a redeemed earth. It is on Earth, God promises, that “the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it” (Isaiah 40:5). That God will be glorified on Earth is central to innumerable passages, including these two:  - From location 1803 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  117. God has tied his glory to the earth and everything connected with it: mankind, animals, trees, rivers, everything. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). - From location 1824 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  118. The earth is not disposable. It is essential to God’s plan. God promises that ultimately the whole Earth will be filled with his glory (Psalm 72:19; Habakkuk 2:14).  - From location 1826 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  119. God has his hands on the earth. He will not let go—even when it requires that his hands be pierced by nails. Both his incarnation and those nails secured him to Earth and its eternal future. In a redemptive work far larger than most imagine, Christ bought and paid for our future and the earth’s. - From location 1828 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  120. Thus, Isaiah 60 serves as the best biblical commentary on Revelation 21–22.  - From location 1833 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  121. Most of us are unaccustomed to thinking of nations, rulers, civilizations, and culture in Heaven—but Isaiah 60 is one of many passages that demonstrate that the New Earth will in fact be earthly.  - From location 1844 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  122. God promises something that has never yet been true of the earthly Jerusalem: “I will make peace your governor and righteousness your ruler. No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise” (vv. 17-18). - From location 1856 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  123. Isaiah then tells us what John connects directly to the New Earth (in Revelation 21:23; 22:5): “The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end” (vv. 19-20). - From location 1858 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  124. Of the New Jerusalem, we’re told that “nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27). Isaiah tells us the same, using inclusive language that could not apply to the old Earth under the Curse: “Then will all your people be righteous” (60:21). Isaiah adds, “and they will possess the land [erets] forever.” The earth will be theirs, not for a glorious decade or century or millennium, but forever. - From location 1862 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  125. There is no interpretive reason to believe that the descriptions in Isaiah 60 of the New Earth will be fulfilled any less literally than those in Isaiah 52–53.† Because Isaiah’s words about the Messiah’s first coming were so meticulously fulfilled, down to specific physical details, shouldn’t we assume that his prophecies in subsequent chapters concerning life on the New Earth will likewise be literally and specifically fulfilled? - From location 1867 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  126. When Adam and Eve fell into sin, Satan appeared to have ruined God’s plan for a righteous, undying humanity to rule the earth to God’s glory. Yet immediately after the Fall, God promised a redeemer, the seed of the woman, who would one day come and crush the serpent: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15). - From location 1918 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  127. While the wound of sin was still fresh, before the first scar had formed, God unveiled his plan to send a fully human redeemer who would be far more powerful than Satan. In a courageous act of intervention to deliver mankind, this redeemer would deliver a mortal wound to the usurping devil, and in the process would be wounded himself. - From location 1922 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  128. In a sense, therefore, the expectation of a New Earth was already implicit in the promise of Genesis 3:15. - From location 1928 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  129. Later, it’s revealed that this redeemer would be the seed of Abraham (Genesis 22:18), of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10) and the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-13). Genesis 3:15 is the first of many passages anticipating a suffering servant who would battle Satan and redeem God’s people (e.g., Isaiah 42:1-4; 49:5-7; 52:13-15; 53). That suffering servant would be Christ, the Messiah, who came to make all things new. - From location 1929 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  130. Satan wants us to give up on God, on our purpose and calling, and on our planet. God reminds us, “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Satan seeks to destroy the earth. God seeks to restore and renew the earth, rule it, and hand it back over to his children. God will win the battle for us and for the earth.  - From location 1945 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  131. God’s plan of the ages is “to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ” (Ephesians 1:10). “All things” is broad and inclusive—nothing will be left out. This verse corresponds precisely to the culmination of history that we see enacted in Revelation 21, the merging together of the once separate realms of Heaven and Earth, fully under Christ’s lordship. - From location 1949 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  132. Just as God and mankind are reconciled in Christ, so too the dwellings of God and mankind—Heaven and Earth—will be reconciled in Christ. As God and man will be forever united in Jesus, so Heaven and Earth will forever be united in the new physical universe where we will live as resurrected beings. To affirm anything less is to understate the redemptive work of Christ. - From location 1953 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  133. Heaven is God’s home. Earth is our home. Jesus Christ, as the God-man, forever links God and mankind, and thereby forever links Heaven and Earth. As Ephesians 1:10 demonstrates, this idea of Earth and Heaven becoming one is explicitly biblical. Christ will make Earth into Heaven and Heaven into Earth. Just as the wall that separates God and mankind is torn down in Jesus, so too the wall that separates Heaven and Earth will be forever demolished. There will be one universe, with all things in Heaven and on Earth together under one head, Jesus Christ. “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them” (Revelation 21:3). God will live with us on the New Earth. That will “bring all things in heaven and on earth together.”  - From location 1958 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  134. God’s plan is that there will be no more gulf between the spiritual and physical worlds. There will be no divided loyalties or divided realms. There will be one cosmos, one universe united under one Lord—forever. This is the unstoppable plan of God. This is where history is headed. - From location 1963 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  135. Satan successfully tempted the first Adam in Eden. The theological consequences of Adam’s sin (and the redeeming work of the second Adam, Jesus Christ, the new head of the human race) are laid out in Romans 5:12-19. When Satan tempted the second Adam in the wilderness (which is what Eden’s garden had become), Christ resisted him. But the evil one was desperate to defeat Christ, to kill him as he had the first Adam (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13).  - From location 1981 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  136. Satan appeared to succeed when the second Adam died. But Jesus didn’t die because he had sinned. He died because, as God’s Son, he chose to pay the price for mankind’s sins, tracing all the way back to the first Adam and forward to the final generation of the fallen Earth. Satan’s apparent victory in Christ’s death was what assured the devil’s final defeat. When Christ rose from the dead, he dealt Satan a fatal blow, crushing his head, assuring both his destruction and the resurrection of mankind and the earth. Satan’s grip on this world was loosened. It’s still strong, but once he is cast into the lake of fire and God refashions the old Earth into the New Earth, mankind and Earth will slip forever from Satan’s grasping hands, never again to be touched by him (Revelation 20:10). - From location 1985 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  137. Christ has already defeated Satan, but the full scope of his victory has not yet been manifested on Earth. At Christ’s ascension, God “seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything” (Ephesians 1:20-22).  - From location 1991 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  138. These words are all-inclusive, and they are past tense, not future. Christ rules the universe. And yet it is only upon Christ’s physical return to the earth that Satan will be bound.  - From location 1994 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  139. Heaven’s king is even now “ruler of the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5). “On his robe and on his thigh this name is written: King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16).   - From location 1996 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  140. Through Christ’s redemptive work, he “disarmed the powers and authorities” and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them” (Colossians 2:15). His death stripped Satan of ultimate power (Hebrews 2:14). “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8, NASB). Redeemed mankind will reign with Christ over the earth. The gates of Satan’s false kingdom will not prevail against Christ’s church (Matthew 16:18). - From location 1998 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  141. The outcome of the great war is not in question. It is certain. Christ will reign victoriously forever. The only question we must answer is this: Will we fight on his side or against him? We answer this question not just once, with our words, but daily, with our choices.  - From location 2002 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  142. Christ came to remove the curse of sin and death (Romans 8:2). He is the second Adam, who will undo the damage wrought by the first Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22, 45; Romans 5:15-19). In the Cross and the Resurrection, God made a way not only to restore his original design for mankind but also to expand it. In our resurrection bodies, we will again dwell on Earth—a New Earth—completely free of the Curse. Unencumbered by sin, human activity will lead naturally to a prosperous and magnificent culture.  - From location 2016 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  143. The lifting of the Curse comes at a terrible price: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13, ESV). God’s law shows us how far short we fall. But Jesus took on himself the curse of sin, satisfying God’s wrath. By taking the Curse upon himself and defeating it through his resurrection, Jesus guaranteed the lifting of the Curse from mankind and from the earth. - From location 2028 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  144. The removal of the Curse will be as thorough and sweeping as the redemptive work of Christ. In bringing us salvation, Christ has already undone some of the damage in our hearts, but in the end he will finally and completely restore his entire creation to what God originally intended (Romans 8:19-21). Christ will turn back the Curse and restore to humanity all that we lost in Eden, and he will give us much more besides. - From location 2032 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  145. Jesus came not only to save spirits from damnation. That would have been, at most, a partial victory. No, he came to save his whole creation from death. That means our bodies too, not just our spirits. It means the earth, not just humanity. And it means the universe, not just the earth. - From location 2035 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  146. Christ’s victory over the Curse will not be partial. Death will not just limp away wounded. It will be annihilated, utterly destroyed: “[God] will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth” (Isaiah 25:7-8). - From location 2037 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  147. God will lift the Curse, not only morally (in terms of sins) and psychologically (in terms of sorrows), but also physically (in terms of thorns in the ground). How far does Christ’s redemptive work extend? Far as the curse is found. If redemption failed to reach the farthest boundaries of the Curse, it would be incomplete. The God who rules the world with truth and grace won’t be satisfied until every sin, every sorrow, every thorn is reckoned with. - From location 2045 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  148. Jesus came not only to rescue people from ultimate destruction. He came also to rescue the entire universe from ultimate destruction. He will transform our dying Earth into a vital New Earth, fresh and uncontaminated, no longer subject to death and destruction.  - From location 2052 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn 
  149. The Curse is real, but it is temporary. Jesus is the cure for the Curse. He came to set derailed human history back on its tracks. Earth won’t be put out of its misery; it will be infused with a greater life than it has ever known, at last becoming all that God meant for it to be. - From location 2055 of the Kindle Book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn