Heaven Revealed: What Is It Like? What Will We Do?... And 11 Other Things You've Wondered About

Heaven Revealed: What Is It Like? What Will We Do?... And 11 Other Things You've Wondered About

by Paul Enns

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There are so many questions in life, but few are as universal as this: "What is the afterlife like?"

For those who have put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ here on earth, heaven awaits. Addressing questions as basic as What will we do there? and What is it like?, theologian Dr. Paul Enns dives deep into the Scriptures while reflecting on the very personal nature of what is to come.

Heaven Revealed is a helpful, easy-to-read guidebook for Christians as well as an encouragement for those of us who are left here on earth after our Christian loved ones fall asleep in the Lord. Follow along as Dr. Enns succinctly leads you through what the Bible has to say about heaven.

In grief, we all need hope—hope for our loved ones who are now gone, and hope for ourselves as eternity looms closer. Heaven should be something to look forward to, not something to be confused about.

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ISBN-13: 9780802449825
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 526,800
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

DR. PAUL ENNS has served as Minister, Biblical Training & Leadership Development at Idlewild Baptist Church since July 1995. He attended Dallas Theological Seminary, obtaining his Th.D. (Bible Exposition) in 1979. In addition to his teaching position at DTS, Dr. Enns also held positions at: Luther Rice Seminary, Talbot Theological Seminary, and Word of Life Institute. He was instrumental in establishing the Tampa Bay Extension of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and currently is Professor of Systematic Theology and Director.Dr. Enns has served as Scholar in Residence for the Lockman Foundation, since 1989, as editor and translator of the New American Standard Bible.An accomplished author, Dr. Enns has written twelve books including The Moody Handbook of Theology (Third Edition); Approaching God: Daily Reflections for Growing Christians; Matthew, Mark, Luke, John Gospel Commentary; Heaven Revealed and Everything Happens for a Reason. Dr. Enns enjoyed 45+ years with his beloved wife Helen before her homegoing to heaven in 2005. He resides in the Tampa area and has two sons.

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Heaven Revealed

What Is It Like? What will we do? AND 11 OTHER THINGS YOU'VE WONDERED ABOUT
By Paul Enns

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2011 Paul Enns
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ISBN: 978-0-8024-4982-5

Chapter One

What Is the Meaning of Heaven?

A college professor described a recent discussion about heaven with his friend. "With the look of a man who has been invited to a dull party and cannot decline, my best friend confided that he was worried about heaven."

"'I know we're supposed to look forward to being in heaven,' the friend explained. 'But when I read the book of Revelation, it looks like all we will be doing is bowing up and down.

"'Up and down,' he repeated in a note of despair. 'Up and down for all eternity!'"

People—including Christians—develop strange, unbiblical views of heaven. The notions about heaven that many people have do not come from Scripture; rather, it is their failure to study Scripture that has led to a lack of knowledge and understanding of the biblical meaning of heaven.

What is heaven? People use the word heaven to describe the grandeur of secular things, entirely unrelated to the biblical concept. Others see heaven as a mystical place in the clouds with an unending church service. Many concepts of heaven are without scriptural warrant. The word heaven is used in three different ways in Scripture to describe the atmospheric heaven, the celestial heaven, and "the third heaven." Additionally, there are related words that further describe heaven: paradise (known also as the intermediate heaven), the new heaven and the new earth, and the New Jerusalem.

The Atmospheric Heaven

As a young boy I liked to lie on the lawn and look up at the sky, watching the cloud formations and imagine what they were: animals, people—my imagination was limitless in speculating about what I was seeing. That is the atmospheric heaven we see.

Heaven is sometimes used to describe the troposphere—the space surrounding the earth and extending outward to a height of about six miles. This is the atmospheric heaven from which the earth receives dew (Deut. 33:13), frost (Job 38:29), rain and snow (Isa. 55:10), wind (Job 26:13), and thunder (1 Sam. 2:10). The clouds are in the atmospheric heaven (Ps. 147:8), and the birds fly in it (Gen. 1:20).

Since the dew, rain, snow, and wind come from "heaven," it is a reminder of God's gracious gift to all humanity (Matt. 5:45).

The Celestial Heaven

Heaven is also used to describe the celestial realm—the realm of the sun, moon, stars, and planets. This is the universe. God created the universe (Gen. 1:1; Ps. 33:6), placing these lights in the celestial heaven (Gen. 1:14). Scientists have discovered a star that is so large, if it were hollow, it could contain our entire solar system with the sun at the center and all the planets revolving around the sun. This is but one reminder of the vastness of the celestial heaven that God created.

The Third Heaven

Heaven, as the dwelling place of God, is also called "the third heaven." This is truly "the heaven of heavens, the abode of God." The apostle Paul was "caught up to the third heaven" and given a glimpse of heaven's glory, to sustain him in the time of suffering, reminding him of the magnificent glory that awaited him (2 Cor. 12:2). "Paul was granted the sight of the glory that lies ahead and was thereby fortified to enter patiently all the suffering which awaited him" This is a reminder to us that amid the suffering and trials of life, a heavenly perspective is necessary. Only those who keep their eyes fixed on the glory to come will endure the trials and sufferings in the present.

Like Paul, the apostle John was caught up into heaven (Rev. 4:1ff.). As John was transported to heaven, he saw "One sitting on the throne" (Rev. 4:2). John saw the twenty-four eiders, the royal attendants, and the shekinah of God in all the brilliance of the Majestic Glory. Truly, heaven is the dwelling place of the glory of God.

God is enthroned in heaven (v. 2) from where He governs the affairs of nations and scoffs at their inept efforts in rebellion against His authority (Ps. 2:4). God's rule in heaven is a reminder that His purpose will be accomplished; Christ will ultimately rule in triumph over the nations (Ps. 2:6–9).

Heaven is where God dwells. It is a specific place; it is not a simply a state. It is incorrect to define it as essentially a state. Heaven is a place. Jesus reminded His disciples to pray, "Our Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 6:9). It is the place Jesus has gone to prepare for His own and has promised to come back and bring us to live with Him in heaven (John 14:2–3). John tells us of the new heaven and the new earth and the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God—which is what Jesus has gone to prepare for us (Rev. 21:1–2).

Heaven is a place of unparalleled tranquility and beauty (Rev. 21:1–22:7). It includes the new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1) and the holy city, the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2). It is the place where God will dwell with His people and have intimate fellowship with them (Rev. 21:3).


As I mention elsewhere in this book, Cypress Gardens was a favorite place for Helen and me to visit and relax amid the magnificent scenery. Located in central Florida, Cypress Gardens reveals the colorful creation of God. The rich, red, cascading bougainvillea bloom throughout most of the year; the spring flower festival with the brilliant poinsettias, azaleas, and many other beautiful flowers decorate the park. They are a reminder of God's magnificent creation—and a reminder of paradise.

Heaven is also called "paradise," where Paul heard "inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak" (2 Cor. 12:4). These are words "often used of divine secrets which were not intended for human beings."

Paradise is pictured as a garden, originally describing the parks of the Persian king. It also is depicted as the garden of Eden, the creation of God (Gen. 2:8–10). In the garden of Eden, God "caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food" (v. 9). A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden (v. 10). The picturesque language reveals the unparalleled beauty of the garden of Eden. The lush flora and fauna was not only God's provision for food, but also a picture of beauty. Visitors to the Butchart Gardens on Canada's Vancouver Island, the Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England, with its White Garden, Rose Garden, Cottage Garden, and Lime Walk, or other magnificent gardens in the world today can only imagine how beautiful the garden of Eden must have been. It would have surpassed any floral beauty that exists today in our fallen world.

Unquestionably, there is a continuity between the garden of Eden in Genesis and the paradise envisioned at the end of the age. In the pre-Christian era it was recognized "that the paradise of the first age reappears in that of the last. The site of reopened Paradise is almost without exception the earth, or the New Jerusalem."

Ezekiel envisions a future day when there will be a restoration of the earth to the sinless perfection of the garden of Eden (Ezek. 36:35). In that future day the waste places of the earth will become "like Eden ... the garden of the Lord" (Isa. 51:3). Paradise will result not only in the restoration of the earth, but it will be a day of joy, thanksgiving, and music (Isa. 51:3). The fall of man through the first Adam demands a restoration of all things by the Last Adam, Jesus Christ.

The continuity of the present paradise with the final abode of the redeemed and the restoration of all things is seen in the promise to the overcomers at the church in Ephesus: "To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God" (Rev. 2:7). References to the "river of the water of life" (Rev. 22:1), the final destruction of Satan (Rev. 20:10), and the reversal of suffering and death (Rev. 21:4) all point to the final restoration of paradise on the renewed earth.

The Intermediate Heaven

Paradise is described as the dwelling place of believers between death and the resurrection. Christ promised the repentant thief on the cross, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43). This is the temporary home of believers prior to receiving their resurrection bodies and living in the new heaven and the new earth (although, as mentioned earlier, there is a continuity in the term "paradise" between Eden and the final abode of believers). It is sometimes referred to as "the intermediate heaven."

Christ's promise to the repentant thief is significant. The promise is a denial of the false doctrines of soul sleep and purgatory. The repentant thief had no works to present to the Lord, only his simple but sincere faith that Jesus was indeed the Christ of God. Yet Jesus promised him that on that very day he would be with the Lord in paradise. "Today" stands in the emphatic position in the Greek text. There would be no interlude for the repentant thief, no waiting, no secondary category of holding before he could enter heaven. Today. When his head dropped in death, his soul and spirit would enter the glories of paradise with the Lord Jesus!

What a glorious truth this promise holds for believers. There is no confusion or question about the destiny of departed loved ones. They are in paradise with the Lord.

Paul yearned for heaven, exclaiming, "I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better" (Phil. 1:23). Paul's desire was strong; the word "desire" stands in the emphatic position. He knew that the moment he left this earthly life, he would be with Christ. That would be "very much better." Again Paul's comments are emphatic and strong. There was no comparison between Paul being with Christ in paradise and being on the old earth.

Although believers will not receive their resurrection bodies until the rapture, it is apparent that believers will have bodies in the intermediate state in heaven. At the transfiguration, Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ to lames, Peter, and John (Matt. 17:3–4). The fact that they were seen as the prophets bears testimony to their corporeity. They appeared in bodily form.

In the story of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19–31), the rich man recognized Abraham and Lazarus. How could he have identified them? He would have had to see them in a physical form. Lazarus is pictured reclining, banquet style, next to Abraham, indicating he was there in physical form (v. 23).

When the believers are martyred during the tribulation, they appear in heaven, crying for justice: "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" (Rev. 6:10). Although they are called "souls" (v. 9), the term refers to the entire person, including a physical body (cf. Acts 2:41). They are given robes and told that they should rest for a while. From this we learn that in the intermediate heaven, believers think, know, and remember the former life, and they wear clothing. It indicates there is continuity between the person they were on earth and the person they are in the intermediate heaven. They have bodies as well as minds.

The New Heaven and the New Earth

The new heaven and the new earth are the final destiny of believers. John received a vision of the new heaven and the new earth coming down from God out of heaven (Rev. 21:1). John went on to describe the realm of the new heaven and the new earth as well as the New Jerusalem. These will be the final destiny and dwelling place of believers throughout eternity. The explanation on the new heaven and the new earth will be developed later.

From this study we learn that the word "heaven" is used in several different ways. The focus of our study will be heaven as the dwelling place of God.

These and other passages also provide us with the wonderful assurance that upon death the believer goes immediately into the presence of Christ in heaven, a realm far better than this earth. It is the preferable life. Paul says he prefers "rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:8). "To be at home" means "to be one among his own people." Heaven is our true home.

And believers have a continuity with their earthly life, both in knowledge and in physical form. They are recognizable and physically identifiable. These wonderful words should remove any fear, any question, and any doubt concerning the destiny of believers at death. We have a strong assurance of our future.

The New Jerusalem

On one of our trips to Israel, when Helen and I were in Jerusalem, we spoke to a native resident of Jerusalem. "You think this is a holy city?!" he exclaimed. "You will find it is a very unholy city."

Present Jerusalem is certainly a city in turmoil, with Jews and Arabs in constant conflict. But a new Jerusalem is coming where there will no longer be turmoil and warfare. There will be peace—and beauty—and fellowship.

Jesus promised that He was going to prepare a new home for us: "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2). Jesus was referring to the New Jerusalem, described in Revelation 3:12 and 21:2, and He promised, "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am there you maybe also" (John 14:3, italics added). Jesus will return to take us with Him that we may live with Him forever in the city He has prepared for us. What a glorious future!

The writer of Hebrews also tells us the heavenly Jerusalem will be the place of residence for God Himself, the Lord Jesus, angels, church age believers, and Old Testament saints (Heb. 12:22–24). All believers will have a home in the New Jerusalem; but, as we will see later, the new earth will also be the dwelling place of believers for all eternity. Even as some people today have a home in the city and a second home in the country, perhaps in eternity we will live both in the New Jerusalem and on the new earth.

The New Jerusalem is seen coming down out of heaven (Rev. 21:2). Some believe it hovers over the earth, while others see it descending to the earth itself. Probably the latter is true, since the normal language would suggest that "I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband" (Rev. 21:2). Further, what is the point of the New Jerusalem coming down to the earth? It reveals that God again will have fellowship with mankind as when He walked with Adam in the garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15f.). Revelation 21:3 indicates that God will fellowship with the redeemed in eternity: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them." The gap that separated the holy and righteous God from sinful humanity has been bridged through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Hence, in eternity God will dwell intimately with redeemed mankind.

The New Jerusalem will radiate the glory of God (Rev. 21:10–11). The brilliance and glory "refers to the shining radiance which comes from the presence and glory of God." The brilliance of the city, described "like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper" (Rev. 21:11), could refer to a diamond; it is an opaque stone that "will connect the light of the heavenly city with God its Maker." The brilliance of the city will continually remind the inhabitants of the presence of the glory of God. He will dwell with His people.

Whether it's designing businesses or home residences, architects always enjoy seeing the outcome of their blueprints—the final product. I worked as a residential architect for several years, and it was always intensely satisfying to see a finished home after the final piece of siding and soffit was hung. But imagine how we all will feel—the excitement—when we see the most magnificent buildings—in fact, a city—ready to be inhabited!

The city known as "the New Jerusalem" is described as a cube, 1,500 miles long, wide, and high (Rev. 21:16). "If we take that literally," Pastor Erwin Lutzer writes, "heaven will be composed of 396,000 stories (at twenty feet per story), each having an area as big as one half the size of the United States! Divide that into separate condominiums, and you have plenty of room for all who have been redeemed by God since the beginning of time." But some may be fearful of such a large city—how would we find anyone in a city of that magnitude? Lutzer's answer: "You need not fear that you will be lost in the crowd; nor need you fear being stuck on the thousandth floor when all of the activity is in the downstairs lounge. All you will need to do is to decide where you would like to be, and you will be there!"

The wall surrounding the city is 216 feet high or wide (Rev. 21:17). It is not entirely clear whether this refers to the height or thickness of the wall. Probably it refers to the thickness of the wall, as Ezekiel also measured its thickness (cf. Ezek. 40:5; 42:20). In this case, the wall would be a reminder that the city is protected—although it would be symbolic since in the eternal state there will be no evil.

The wall of the city has twelve gates, inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; twelve angels stand guard at the gates (Rev. 21:12). The twelve angels "function as watchmen to reinforce the impression of security (Isa. 62:6; cf. 2 Chron. 8:14)." Three gates face east, three gates face north, three gates face the south, and three gates face the west (Rev. 21:13).


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Table of Contents

Chapter One – Introduction      
Chapter Two – What is the Meaning of Heaven?    
Chapter Three – What is the Transition to Heaven?   
Chapter Four – Where is Heaven?      
Chapter Five – What is the Kingdom Christ Promised?   
Chapter Six – What Kind of a Body will we Have?    
Chapter Seven – What is the Relationship of the Millennium to Heaven? 
Chapter Eight – What is the New Heaven and the New Earth?  
Chapter Nine – When Will the Earth be Renovated?   
Chapter Ten – What will Heaven and the New Earth Look Like?  
Chapter Eleven – What will Life Be Like in Heaven?   
Chapter Twelve – What is the Continuity of this Life with Heaven? 
Chapter Thirteen – What will We Do in Heaven?    
Chapter Fourteen – What will our Relationship with God be Like? 
Chapter Fifteen – What will our Relationship with others be like? 
Chapter Sixteen – How then Should we live?    

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Often we hear that Christians spend too much time thinking about heaven. Actually, the opposite is true. Far too many of today’s believers are uninformed about heaven and fail to understand why we should be yearning for the fullness that God has for us in eternity. Paul Enns offers a corrective to our neglect of heaven in Heaven Revealed. You will be greatly blessed by this book.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Paul Enns has thought carefully about heaven ever since his beloved wife, Helen, died unexpectedly a few years ago. The result is a book that is a wonderful blend of Biblical insight and human longings, coupled with the personal assurance that we shall meet one another again in heaven. This is a delightful read for those who have lost loved ones, and for those of us who need an injection of biblical hope during these times of worldly struggles and distress. Paul has blessed the body of Christ by opening a window into the life beyond. Just read the first few pages, and you will want to read to the end.

            Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor

            The Moody Church


Often we hear that Christians spend too much time thinking about heaven. Actually, the opposite is true. Far too many of today’s believers are uninformed about heaven and fail to understand why we should be yearning for the fullness that God has for us in eternity. Paul Enns offers a corrective to our neglect of heaven in Heaven Revealed. You will be greatly blessed by this book.

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Paul Enns has thought carefully about heaven ever since his beloved wife, Helen, died unexpectedly a few years ago. The result is a book that is a wonderful blend of Biblical insight and human longings, coupled with the personal assurance that we shall meet one another again in heaven. This is a delightful read for those who have lost loved ones, and for those of us who need an injection of biblical hope during these times of worldly struggles and distress. Paul has blessed the body of Christ by opening a window into the life beyond. Just read the first few pages, and you will want to read to the end.

            Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor

            The Moody Church


This book was written in the context of personal pain and loss; the death of a beloved spouse. It is marked by biblical conviction, theological faithfulness and pastoral sensitivity. Those who read it will have their minds instructed, their hearts comforted, and their wills fortified as they long to see King Jesus face to face.

Dr. Daniel Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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wakela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book, I realized that I really didn¿t know much about Heaven itself. Yes I know that everyone who loves Jesus and has given themselves over to God will eventually go there. However, beyond that, Heaven was an extremely mysterious concept. Paul starts out by telling us why he wanted to know what Heaven was. He had been married to Helen for years. After she passed away, he felt lonely and lost. He still had his belief in God. However, he really missed Helen. So he decided he wanted to learn more about Heaven in the attempts of understanding where Helen was. Paul discusses the fact that there are three different ways in which Heaven is referenced in the Bible. He then goes into detail on each. He further expounds on how we raise up to Heaven and then what our existence will be like once we are there. One thing that I really liked was that he backed everything up with Bible references. However, he does not list the verses themselves, just the references (such as 2 Cor 2:12) so that you can look them up yourself. In conjunction with the Wakela's World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensation has been received. My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand. The opinions stated here are mine alone.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
The title of Paul Enns book, Heaven Revealed makes a pretty bold claim. Especially bold are the promises to inform the reader about specific aspects of Heaven such as "What it is Like?" and "What Will We Do?" as well as "11 other things you've wondered about" according to the subheading. As far as marketing, this book will draw in many curious reader- religious and secular, alike. Perhaps many people may feel it is best not to speculate or speak with authority with such specific details when talking about Heaven. Nevertheless, many readers, filled with curiosity- most of which probably have only limited experience or a superficial grasp of the actual text of the bible, will find it hard to resist a book with such claims. The author, Paul Enns was motivated to write this book after the death of his wife of 45 years. On page 10 he recounts some details of the last time he saw his wife, and his premonition of knowing the moment she died. This anecdote, as well as the other anecdotes about near death experiences or supernaturally derived information where the dying individual gets a glimpse of heaven on his/ her deathbed seem to reduce the credibility of this book. It is as if private visions and sixth senses are equated with the divine revelations of the biblical prophets. Page 44 tells an account of a death bed experience of the well known Christian speaker and author, Dwight Moody. While it is inspirational, its authenticity as being divine and biblical is questionable, nonetheless. As Paul himself suggested in his letters, it is wise to be skeptical of private visions, and he himself never endorsed or encouraged any believer to believe any private vision or revelation. They are of minimal value. In a book about heaven, for the purpose of credibility and fidelity to bible, I believe any extraneous visions, dreams, experiences etc that are not divinely inspired/ biblical should have been left out of this book. Page 13 starts out by offering false comfort to the bereaved by stating that everyone has someone in heaven. Such as statement is misleading. Biblically, this assertion can not be true and if one is using the authority of the bible to describe heaven that private revelations, anecdotes and other non biblical statements must be left out! In fact, the author does acknowledge later on in the book on several occasions, that Heaven is reserved for the believer. Understandably, given the circumstances which promted him to write this book, the author focuses on human relationships and reuniting with spouses, family and loved ones in heaven. Nevertheless, Jesus taught in heaven there are no marriages, and that we will be like the angels in this respect. Another issue is that not everyone has family or spouses with whom they will be reunited with. The unsaved do not go to heaven, and regrettably, not all believers have a Christian net-work of friends, much less a Christian spouse. Nevertheless, we will no longer require relationships in any form to be happy since God is really all we need. On the other hand, the author did do his biblical research, correctly dispelling false claims of other false religions such as the ideas of purgatory and soul sleep. I receieved this book freee from Moddy Publishers as part of their blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. My opinions are my own.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Paul Enns, after losing his beloved wife of 45 years, found himself thinking more and more about Heaven. I have experienced this myself after losing my precious loved ones who have trusted Christ as their Savior. The way the book was written touched me at a very personal level. It brought back memories and thoughts of my loved ones as I reflected on what they would be experiencing in Heaven. Heaven Revealed answered a lot of questions I have asked myself and a few I hadn't thought about. This is one of the most comprehensive books on this subject I have read. I appreciated how easy to read it was. There wasn't a lot of theological jargon to wade through. Anyone could read it and without difficulty grasp the material. Some books I have found are filled with the author's opinions or ideas, but this book is saturated with Scripture. Everything he says is documented with Bible references. It became a Bible study as I looked up the scriptures he shared. I think it will be a great lesson for a group or church class. I really liked the illustrations he used and personal experiences about his marriage and wife. Another thing I was impressed with is that almost every chapter had a box with a bare bones outline of the facts covered. This made it nice when I wanted to look back and have a quick review. The book inspired hope and comfort in me. I know that someday I will be there and how wonderful to truly know what my Lord has shown me about my future destination in His Word. In exchange for my honest review, I received a copy of the book from Moody Publishers.
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MikeG More than 1 year ago
I met Dr. Paul Enns many years ago while his oldest son and I were attending Dallas Theological Seminary. Since that day almost 25 years ago, I've not failed to grow and be encouraged by everything that Dr. Enns has written. His newest volume called Heaven Revealed is no exception. Prompted by the sudden death of his wife of forty five years, Enns addresses thirteen questions about heaven while providing sound biblical and theological answers. What is the meaning of heaven? What is the transition to heaven? Where is heaven? What is the kingdom Christ promised? What kind of body will we have? What is the relationship of the millennium to heaven? What and when are the new heaven and the new earth? What will heaven and the new earth look like? What will life be like in heaven? What is the continuity between this life and life in heaven? What will we do in heaven? What will our relationships with others be like? What will our relationship with God be like? While holding to a dispensational interpretation of Scripture, Enns interacts with a number of familiar texts regarding heaven while offering some new deductions as to what heaven will be like. I believe Enns' exegesis was particularly engaging in the chapters detailing the continuity between this life and life in heaven, the relationship of the millennium to heaven, and the details of the new heaven and new earth. My only criticism of the book is that Enns seems to be redundant in several of the chapters. While not a lengthy book by any means (200 pages), Enns could have easily reduced the thirteen chapters to ten and shaved fifty pages from the book's length. I highly recommend Heaven Revealed to any serious student of the Scriptures as well as to anyone who has ever wondered, "What will heaven be like?"
samcivy More than 1 year ago
Pastor Enns gives several meanings of how heaven is used in the Bible. His subject is important which makes the book worth reading in spite of some problems. He quotes scriptures but uses the same verses several times for different points. That may not be fully accurate. Enns tells how we transition to heaven. We are reminded that followers of Jesus never need fear what we perceive as death, the gateway to that everlasting kingdom. This author expresses the deep joy we'll know in heaven. The writer discusses where heaven is and offers an idea based on assumptions about some scriptures. His chapter on the relationship of the millennium to heaven is open to debate. He also asks what will life there be like? Ten of his eleven points are accurate, but will we really be locked into eternal youth? Even babies who die and are in heaven? The Bible says nothing about this. Enns asks what will we do in heaven? Five of his thirteen points are surely true, based on scriptures, but the remaining sound like pleasant conjecture. I was disappointed that he doesn't discuss Jesus' words that in heaven we will neither marry nor be given in marriage but be like the angels. Enns writing becomes redundant in several places, but sometimes repetition helps us focus on and remember points. Wise comments by my fellow writer, Beverly Hopkins I finished Heaven Revealed and I agree with you that Enns is redundant with several topics, especially how we will be able to recognize those that have gone on before us. However, I did enjoy the book. He went into detail on scriptures describing certain aspects of heaven, and of course, his interpretation gives way to conjecture and opinion. That is the beauty of it, because even with the elaborate descriptions he gives, we still cannot fathom the magnificence of heaven, nor the sheer ecstasy to be forever in God's presence, serving and worshiping Him. It is a book that I want to read again and look up all the scriptures for myself, and do an in-depth study on heaven.