What is Life Like in Heaven?

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Two old men had been best friends for years, and they both live to their early 90’s, when one of them suddenly falls deathly ill. His friend comes to visit him on his deathbed, and they’re reminiscing about their long friendship, when the dying man’s friend asks, “Listen, when you die, do me a favor. I want to know if there’s baseball in heaven.”
The dying man said, “We’ve been friends for years, this I’ll do for you.” And then he dies.
A couple days later, his surviving friend is sleeping when he hears his friend’s voice. The voice says, “I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
The good news is that there’s baseball in heaven.”
“What’s the bad news?”
“You’re pitching on Wednesday.”
This world has some strange ideas of what Heaven and Paradise are like:

 John Prine:
When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam
I'll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waitin'
Just five miles away from wherever I am.
 Guns N Roses:
Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green
And the girls are pretty
Oh, won't you please take me home
 Green Day
Pay attention to the cracked streets
And the broken homes
Some call it the slums
Some call it nice
I want to take you through
a wasteland I like to call my home
Welcome To Paradise
 Weird Al Yankovic
We been spendin' most our lives
Livin' in an Amish paradise
We're just plain and simple guys
Livin' in an Amish paradise
There's no time for sin and vice
Livin' in an Amish paradise
We don't fight, we all play nice
Livin' in an Amish paradise
 Eddie Money
I've got two tickets to paradise,
Won't you pack your bags, we'll leave tonight,
I've got two tickets to paradise,
I've got two tickets to paradise.

This morning I want to examine the Scriptures to see what life is like in Intermediate Heaven. But to do that we need to understand what Scriptural Paradise is! Next week we will look closer at the resurrection, and what happens to this Earth, and then we will look closely at the Final Heaven and Earth and see what we have to look forward to!
 Jesus told the dying thief next to him:
“Today shalt thou be with me in paradise”. Luke 23:43

παράδεισος parádeisos; Paradise. This is an oriental word which the Greeks borrowed from the Persians, among whom it meant a garden, park, or enclosure full of all the vegetable products of the earth.
 Matthew tells us that Jesus went into the heart of the earth.
"For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:40)
Ephesians 4:9 teaches that before Christ ascended,
He first "descended into the lower parts of the earth."
In Luke 16, we find a picture of Paradise and Hades before the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s 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, ‘Father 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.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, 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, 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 there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’ ” Luke 16:19-31
 The Old Testament uses the Hebrew word ‘sheol’, the New Testament the Greek word ‘hades’. Our English Bibles normally use the word ‘hell’ for both.
Psalm 16:10--"For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (Sheol); neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."
Acts 2:27--"Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (Hades), neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption."
In Numbers 16:30-32 God did a unique thing to those who rebelled with Korah. God caused the earth to swallow them up and they went down into the pit (Sheol).
And Moses said, “Hereby you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, and that it has not been of my own accord. If these men die as all men die, or if they are visited by the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me. But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the Lord.” And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart. And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods. So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. And all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up!” And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men offering the incense. Numbers 16:28-35
Unbelievers normally die before they go to Sheol/Hades. These men were swallowed alive and transported immediately to the lower part of the earth. This was different from the way most men die. God did this in response to Moses request!
We see this explained in Acts 2:31:
"He (David) seeing this before, spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell (Hades), neither his flesh did see corruption."
Christ's soul was in Sheol/Hades between His death and resurrection. The place where Christ's soul went between His death and resurrection is also called paradise (Luke 23:43). Christ promised the thief on the cross that on that very day that he would be with Him in paradise. It is obvious that the thief on the cross was not with Christ in Joseph's tomb, but he was with Him in paradise (Sheol/Hades).
 The Word of God speaks of Sheol as “DOWN” 22 times in the O.T.
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! Psalms 139:8
I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said: “Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake, and shatter them on the heads of all the people; and those who are left of them I will kill with the sword; not one of them shall flee away; not one of them shall escape. “ If they dig into Sheol, from there shall my hand take them; if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down. Amos 9:1-2
 In the N.T. Hades is described as being DOWN:
And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. Matthew 11:23
 Paradise has been moved
Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men”. (In saying, “He ascended”, 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.) Ephesians 4:8-10
"Arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Ahinoam."
Regarded merely as a phrase, it may mean either of two things: (1) to lead as prisoners a number of enemies, or (2) to lead as re-captured a number of friends previously captured by an enemy. The latter seems to be its most natural interpretation; and this manifestly is its meaning in Judges 5:12, the only passage in which the context determines the meaning. It is clearly implied, Judges 4:16, that Barak took no prisoners, in the words: "All the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword, and there was not a man left”.
The captivity that Barak led captive must have been captured Israel.
 Jesus lead the Old Testament Believers to Heaven, in a triumph over Satan!
He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Colossians 2:15
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Corinthians 2:14
The Greek word “thriambeusas” (triumphing) is derived from thriambos, a hymn sung in festal procession and is akin to the Latin triumphus (our triumph), a triumphal procession of victorious Roman generals.
 The meaning of Ephesians 4:8-9 is that Christ first descended into Hades, and then ascended into Heaven (above all Heavens), leading a multitude whom He had delivered (captured) from captivity.
 The Paradise must have been moved, and the Garden transplanted for:
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7
I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. 2 Corinthians 12:1-4
But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55-56
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
In the Hades that Jesus described:
 Those in Paradise could see the suffering of those in Hell.
 People could still reason and communicate.
 People had the same distinct identities.
 People had some type of physical form that could feel torment as well as comfort.
 People remembered their families, and express concern for them.
 Implied in that is an awareness of what they are doing.
Jesus pictures people in the afterlife as capable of thought, of enjoying comforts, feeling pain, remembering, and even caring for what is happening on earth.
SOME PEOPLE SAY THIS IS ONLY A PARABLE. But we’ll find the same thing in other verses.
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls (psyche) of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. Revelation 6:9-11
1. Death on earth meant relocation to Heaven.
2. Their lives on earth became their identity in heaven. (known as martyrs)
3. Your life on earth will be remembered in heaven. (because of the testimony they had maintained (vs 9)
4. They called out – capable of audible expression. Indicates a physical form with vocal chords.
5. In heaven we can raise our voices (they cried out with a loud voice)-indicates rational, communicative and emotional qualities.
6. Cried out with a loud voice (singular). This indicates heaven is a place of unity and shared perspective.
7. The martyrs are fully conscious, rational, and aware of each other, God and the situation on Earth.
8. They ask God to intervene on Earth and to act on their behalf. “How long…”
9. They have an audience with God and can ask Him questions. It also means they desire to learn and understand.
10. They knew what was happening on earth. They knew their murderers were still unpunished.
11. Resurrected believers will have a deep concern for justice and retribution on earth. We will still have an active concern for what is happening on Earth. Instead of blissful nonchalance, we will be more passionate and our thirst for justice will be greater.
12. We will clearly remember our lives on Earth. We will remember how we die. “Avenge our blood”.
13. We will pray for our loved ones and saints who remain on Earth. This suggests the resurrected saints can see what is happening on Earth.
14. We will see and be aware of God’s attributes (Sovereign…holy and true). We will understand that what God does on Earth is right, and true.
15. We will be distinct individuals. (Each was given a white robe). No merged identities.
16. We will have a physical form, capable of wearing robes.
17. God answers our questions-indicating communication and protocol in heaven. It also shows we will not know everything. We will continue to learn.
18. In intermediate Heaven, we will live in anticipation of the future fulfillment of God’s promises and plans. The present Heaven coexists with and watches over an Earth under curse of sin and suffering.
19. There is time in present heaven. (Wait a while longer)
20. We will have a strong familial connection with those on earth. (Fellow servants and brothers). There are no walls of separation within the bride of Christ.
21. God is completely sovereign, and knows to the last detail the events happening on Earth. He knows every drop of blood and every bit of suffering experienced by His children. The Voice of Martyrs estimates that 400 Christians die every day for the sake of Jesus Christ. God knows each and every one.
These three verses combined with Luke 16 give us a clear insight into what it will be like in Paradise.
One thing is very clear: We will receive comfort in Heaven for the rigors of life on Earth. We will still have our memories of what happened in our life on Earth.
 We will remember the minutest details of our lives.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5:10
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37
If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 1 Corinthians 3:14
Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. Revelation 19:7-8
 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit“, that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” Revelation 14:13
 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:20
 Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. Matthew 19:1
 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ Luke 19:17
 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. Revelation 2:26-27
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
I shall know fully is epiginosko. It means to know extensively. It does not mean absolute knowledge. It does not mean we will know everything. It simply means that instead of our incomplete knowledge due to the poor quality of mirror, in heaven we will see without the effect of the curse. In seeing clearly we will know with greater understanding. Yet we will not know everything.
and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7
Show means to reveal. God will reveal in the coming ages. This will be a progressive, ongoing revelation, and mean that we will constantly learning.
Matthew 11:29, Jesus told His disciples to “learn from Me!”
When in heaven, we will continue to learn from Jesus. We will continue to epiginosko, “know more fully”.
Jonathon Edwards said, “the saints will be progressive in knowledge to all eternity”. He added “the number of ideas of the saints shall increase to eternity”.
The gifts for learning will continue to motivate us in eternity. We will continue to have ideas, even inventions in Heaven.
We will continue to learn of what impact we have had on others. We will learn of events and how God orchestrated those events.
We will experience a progressive happiness as we continue in a never-ending, ever-increasing discovery of more and more of God’s glory with greater and greater joy in Him.
We will return to the knowledge ability that Adam had. Adam knew all the plants, named them, took care of them. He travelled great distances without being tired.
As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them. Luke 24:36-43
So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9-11
God rested in Heaven. He will continue to have rest
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” Revelation 14:13
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15
There was work before the curse, but the curse made it menial, tedious and frustrating. (Geneses 3:17-cursed is the ground.)
When we enter heaven, we are not offered retirement, but this: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:23
And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Luke 19:17-19
The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’ ” Luke 19:16-27
 How is your preparation going?
 What kind of treasures are laying up in heaven?
 What memories will you have in heaven?
 What will your concerns be?
 What kind of righteous deeds will you take with you to heaven?
 What kind of bridal gown will you be wearing?
 Your deeds will follow you to Heaven.
 You will wear your deeds at the Wedding
 Are you a One Talent Christian?
 Do Not Bury it. Be faithful in the Little things
Are You Taking Heaven Seriously?
One Talent-are you using it?
Rise of angels обзор
Heaven, Paradise, Hades, Sheol, Jesus, Lazarus, Rich Man, Korah, Led Captivity Captive, Tree of Life

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