Have You Ever Wondered . . .What will Heaven look like?Will I recognize my family and friends?Will childhood pets be there?We all have questions about what Heaven will be like, and now the answers are right at your fingertips!Inspired by Randy Alcorn’s million-copy bestseller, Heaven, this beautiful little book provides solid, biblically based answers to more than 100 questions about God, Heaven, angels, and eternity.So if you’ve ever wondered if Heaven is for realthe answer is yes! In fact, you won’t believe how real it actually is.
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Everything you always wanted to know about Heaven
By Randy Alcorn
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2008 Eternal Perspective Ministries
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The Present Heaven
What the Bible says about where we go first when we die
What is the "presentHeaven"?
1 Thessalonians 4:13 ... Dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.
Philippians 1:23 ... I'm torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.
The apostle Paul considered it vital for us to know what happens when we die: "Dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died."
Most of this book will be centered on the eternal Heaven—the place where we will live forever after the final Resurrection. But because we've all had loved ones die, and we ourselves will die unless Christ returns first, we should consider what Scripture teaches about the present Heaven—the place Christians go when they die—and where they will live until the return of Christ and the final Resurrection.
When Christians die, they enter into what is often called the "intermediate state," a transitional period between their past lives on Earth and their future resurrection to life on the New Earth. By definition, an intermediate state or location is temporary. "Intermediate" does not mean a halfway place that's only sort of Heaven, but the place where we will live between our lives here and the "final" Heaven that will be centered on the New Earth.
Life in the Heaven we go to when we die is "far better" than living here on Earth under the Curse, away from the direct presence of God. Though it will be a wonderful place, the present 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.
Are there actually two distinct Heavens?
Revelation 21:1 ... I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. and the sea was also gone.
Books on Heaven often fail to distinguish between the intermediate and the eternal states, using the one word—Heaven—as all-inclusive. But this keeps us from understanding important biblical distinctions.
In this book, when referring to the place believers go after death, I will sometimes use the theological phrase "intermediate Heaven," but more often I will say the "present Heaven." This is because the latter term seems less confusing to most people. However, both terms refer to exactly the same place.
The present Heaven is a temporary residence where departed saints live 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 one another. The great redemptive promises of God will find their ultimate fulfillment on the New Earth, not in the present Heaven.
Once we abandon our assumption that Heaven cannot change, it all makes sense. God does not change; he's immutable. But God clearly says that Heaven will change. It will eventually be relocated to the New Earth. 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).
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Table of Contents
ContentsAuthor's Note, xi,
PART I The Present Heaven What the Bible says about where we go first when we die,
PART II The Eternal Heaven What the Bible says about where we will live forever,
PART III Life on the New Earth A topical guide to our many questions about the eternal Heaven,
PART IV Can You Know You're Going to Heaven?,
PART V God's Promises about Heaven,
Scripture Index, 269,
About the Author, 275,
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven is a great little book by Randy Alcorn. It is an edited version of his much larger and more in-depth book, Heaven. Though small, it is packed with information and Scripture verses! If you want to learn about Heaven, this book will be a good resource to help you study what the Bible says about Heaven. Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven is broken into five parts: - Part I: The Present Heaven - Part II: The Eternal Heaven - Part III: Life on the New Earth - Part IV: Can You Know You’re Going to Heaven? - Part V: God’s Promises about Heaven In Parts I and II, Alcorn uses Scripture to answer questions such as: - What is the “present Heaven”? - Do people in the present Heaven see what is happening on Earth? - Where do we get our misconceptions about Heaven? - If “no eye has seen” Heaven, how can we know about it? - Is Heaven our default destination…or is Hell? - Will the old Earth be destroyed…or renewed? - How will we worship God in Heaven? In Part III of the book, Alcorn shares what we can know from Scripture about various parts of life on the New Earth. He writes about topics such as angels, animals, clothing, pets, sleep, work, and much, much more! Randy Alcorn shares the Gospel in Part IV. Can you know for sure if you are going to Heaven? The answer is yes, you can! God clearly tells us in His Word how we can be saved from our sin so that we can spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Part V of the book contains promises from God’s Word about Heaven. This section will help to guide your thoughts to relevant Scripture verses when you are worrying or having doubts about Heaven. Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven is an excellent resource. This little book will help you to dig into God’s Word to see what it teaches about Heaven, the New Earth, and eternity. If you have time and energy to read the larger version, Heaven, I highly recommend it. However, if you can only read a short book, this is the one for you. One thing that has helped me to be content in living with a disabling chronic illness is learning about Heaven and the joy that awaits believers there. This has made it so much easier to let go of my dreams for this life as I look forward to the life to come. If you have never taken the time to learn about Heaven, I think you will find that studying what the Bible says about Heaven will be very much worth your while! I was given a complimentary copy of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven from Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions are my own.