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The Truth Seeker’s Library





Removing The Mystery
Surrounding Heaven!





Copyright 2018 by Roger Henri Trepanier

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Copyright 2018 by Roger Henri Trepanier



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Scripture taken from

THE NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE ®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.









This book is dedicated to all the believers yet on earth for whom
Philippians 3:20 is true:

“For our citizenship is in Heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”







CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter One

Distinguishing between Heaven, as God’s eternal and uncreated home, and the two created heavens that God brought into existence at the original creation in time

Chapter Two

Heaven is a spiritual place!

Chapter Three

Heaven is a real place!

Chapter Four

What do I have to do to make absolutely sure that I will go to Heaven one day?

Chapter Five

Who did God intend to be in Heaven, both for time and for all eternity?

Chapter Six

What God reveals about Heaven during the four ages of time

Chapter Seven

The ending of the fourth age time, the final judgment of God, and the handing of the Kingdom to God The Father by The Son, The Lord Jesus Christ

Chapter Eight

A new heaven and earth for a new creation of God that will last for eternity!

Chapter Nine

We cannot talk about Heaven, without also mentioning Hell

Chapter Ten

A last word

Addendum A

The four ages of time

Addendum B

The two comings from Heaven to earth of God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ

Addendum C

For those who may not as yet know God

The Next Book

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INTRODUCTION

This book seeks to answer some of the questions regarding Heaven that we often ask ourselves, such as: Is it a real place? Where is it? Who will be there? And what will those who get there be doing? And what we need to realize here is that what is presently known about Heaven is what God has revealed to human beings, which He has made known in His word, the Bible. In other words, any other source of information about Heaven than God Himself would be mere human speculation, since no one has ever gone to Heaven and come back to earth again to tell others about it, except God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ (and also a believer named “Paul,” which we will look at in Chapter Three of the book). And the main reason for God revealing to human beings all He wanted us to know about Heaven in His word, The Bible, is due to the fact that He very much desires to see as many human beings end up there as possible, once one’s life here on earth has run its course!

Then we are also to note that at the back of the book there is an Addendum with three sections. In Addendum A, there is a brief outline of the four ages of time, for any reading the book who might not be familiar with this information. Then in Addendum B, there is a brief outline of the two comings from Heaven to earth in time of God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, for any who may not be familiar with this information either. And then in Addendum C, we have a presentation of the gospel, which is the good news that God gives in His word regarding His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, for any readers who might not as yet have that vital personal relationship with God through faith in His Son. It is highly recommended that one start with the Addendum before one begins reading the book.

What should also be mentioned before closing this Introduction is that after completing 21 years of formal education and then spending almost 28 years working in Project Engineering and Management in the Corporate offices of a large utility, God called His servant as a non-denominational evangelist in early 1999 and then sent him out more than two thousand miles, away from family and friends, to the place of service God has assigned, which is where His servant has been and is still serving Him as evangelist, counselor, author, editor, and publisher. The author is a widower with three adopted children, all now married with a family of their own.

Please note the two websites listed below, which have been established for the purpose of interacting with readers and also for gospel ministry:

http://www.pilgrimpathwaypublications.com

http://servantofmosthigh.com

And now my prayer is that God will richly bless you as you read this book, and greatly minister to every need in your life, as only God can! To Him be all praise, honor, and glory, with thanksgiving, both now and forevermore! Amen.









“Give thanks to the God of Heaven, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Psalm 136:26



“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1







CHAPTER ONE

Distinguishing between Heaven, as God’s eternal and uncreated home, and the two created heavens that God brought into existence at the original creation in time

a) Heaven as God’s eternal and uncreated home

The simplest definition of what is Heaven is that it is God’s home! In other words, Heaven is where God lives, where He makes His home! We said in the Introduction that all that can be known about Heaven is only what God has revealed about it in His word, the Bible. Therefore, this is now where we need to look in order to get confirmation of this fact, namely that Heaven is God’s home. In the quote from Psalm 136:26 preceding this chapter, we read in part, “Give thanks to the God of Heaven.” And not just here, but also 23 other times in the Bible, God is called, “the God of Heaven.” And please note that in this book we have capitalized the word “Heaven,” to indicate that we have God’s eternally existing and uncreated home in view, even though the word may not be capitalized as found in God’s word, when translated from the original Greek into English by the translators.

What is also important to keep in mind here relating to God is that He is eternal, in that He has no beginning and therefore no end, which means that He has always existed and always will exist. Let us note what God reveals about Himself at Deuteronomy 33:27 in part, “The eternal God is a dwelling place (that is, a refuge) and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Since God is eternal, in terms of always existing, and since Heaven is His eternal and uncreated home, then this also means that Heaven will also always exist, it will always be there!

This is comforting to know as there are not too many things in this world that we can count on to be there tomorrow. Almost anything we can think of is here today and gone tomorrow. Even as human beings, our life span here on earth is very short compared to eternity. Let us note what God mentions on this very fact at Psalm 103:15,16, “[15] As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. [16] When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer.” So let us remember as we go on that God is eternal and that Heaven is God’s eternal and uncreated home!

b) The two created heavens that God brought into existence at the time of the original creation

What we now need to do is to distinguish between the three heavens that God speaks about in His word, the Bible. Two of these three heavens are created heavens, while the third one is God’s eternal and uncreated home, which has always existed. And the best way to introduce the fact of three heavens being in existence during the four ages of time is to note what God tells us in the very first verse of His word to mankind, at Genesis 1:1, where we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And we are to see that the “beginning” God has in view here is when He created all that exists at the time of the original creation, which is also when time started, noting what God says in regards to the marking of time at Genesis 1:14, “Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be (that is, the sun and the moon) for signs and for seasons and for days and years…” “

Since we are clearly told here at Genesis 1:1 that “in the beginning God created the heavens,” and since God speaks of these “heavens” as plural and as being created, then it is certain that God does not have His own eternally existing and uncreated home, Heaven, in view here! And if we turn to 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 in God’s word, we there see that God does mention His eternal and uncreated home, Heaven, there referring to it as “the third Heaven,” “[2] I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago — whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows — such a man was caught up to the third heaven. [3] And I know how such a man — whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows — [4] was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.” And so as to not go into error here, it is important to know at the outset that “Paradise” here is NOT Heaven per se, although part of Heaven, here being spoken of as being WITHIN the third Heaven itself! We will return to talk about Paradise later in the book, when looking at what God reveals about Heaven during the fourth age of time as part of Chapter Six.

And we should also mention here is that the “man in Christ” giving this testimony here at 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 just quoted is a believer by the name of “Paul;” and we will deal with his mention of going to “the third Heaven” in the next chapter of the book. But for now, as relating to our present subject, we are to note that we have the mention of “the third Heaven,” as here being a reference to God’s eternally existing and uncreated home. What this also means then is that since God here speaks of a “third Heaven,” then the “heavens” we have just seen mentioned as being created by God at the original creation must be the first and second created heavens!

A study of the word “heavens” in God’s word has revealed that the first created heaven is the one just above the earth, which includes all that is visible to mankind with the naked eye and all man-made instruments, such as the sun, the moon, the stars, other planets, etc. Then the second created heaven is that which man cannot see, since it is invisible to us as human beings. So, just as the earth and its heaven were created by God for mankind, the second created heaven was created by God for the angelic beings, as being their original abode.

Let us also note here what God says about His original creation, which He brought into existence through His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, as we see at Colossians 1:16 in God’s word, “For by Him (that is, God’s Son) all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.” So let us note for our present purpose that here God again mentions “the heavens and the earth,” same as at Genesis 1:1, but now also mentions the “visible and invisible,” which indicates that there is an invisible world in existence beyond what man can see, which we will return to talk about in the next chapter.

But for now, and relating to the first created heaven that God brought into existence at the original creation, we are to note that when God speaks of “heaven” at Psalm 113:6, saying, “Who humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth?,” it is clear that He is speaking of the first created heaven, which is always seen as being associated with the present original earth and always part of the realm of the visible. However, in contrast to this, when God speaks of “heaven” at Revelation 12:7-9, there saying, “[7] And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, [8] and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. [9] And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him,” it is clear that here God is now speaking of the second created heaven, as the abode of the angelic beings created by God at the time of the original creation, which is now to be seen as being an invisible realm to us as human beings here on earth.

Therefore, let us remember as we go on that God has two created heavens in view, the first created heaven, as being associated with this earth and containing all that is visible to mankind; while the second created heaven is seen as being the original home of the angelic beings, which is always invisible to mankind. And apart from these two created heavens, which were brought into existence by God at the time of the original creation, we have a third Heaven, which at the time of God’s original creation, was already in existence as God’s own eternally existing and uncreated home! If there are any readers who would like to read more on the angelic beings, including the devil and his demons, plus what God has to say about the three heavens, please see the author’s book, “The Mysterious World Of Angels And Demons.”









“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

John 4:24







CHAPTER TWO

Heaven is a spiritual place!

What we are now to see in this chapter is that Heaven, as what is God’s eternal and uncreated home, has not only eternally existed, but is also to be seen as being a spiritual place! To begin with then, let us note again the quote preceding this chapter, which is what God reveals about Himself at John 4:24, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." When God says that He “is spirit” here, He is indicating that He is a spirit Being, which then means that Heaven must be a spiritual place!

What this also means then is that in contrast to Heaven, which is a spiritual realm, this earth and its first created heaven are to be seen as being a physical realm. So when God spoke of the “visible and invisible” at Colossians 1:16 as having been brought into existence by Him through His Son at original creation, we are to remember that this did not include Heaven, as the third Heaven, as God’s eternally existing and uncreated home! The “visible” there referred to the earth and all it contains, including the first created heaven associated with it and all it contains, which forms part of the physical realm of this present world.

And then the “invisible” there referred to the second created heaven, as having been brought into existence by God at the time of the original creation, as the original home of the angelic beings. What we are to now see is that the second created heaven is termed “invisible” simply because it is also a spiritual place. And what this means then is that the angelic beings themselves are all spirit beings! That is why God refers to the angelic beings in His word as “spirit” beings, noting for instance at Acts 16:16,18, how God refers to a demon, which is a fallen angel, “[16] It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling… [18] She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!" And it came out at that very moment.”

What we are to also see here is that since God is a spirit Being, which means He dwells in the spiritual realm, then He – and speaking here of The Father – has revealed Himself in His word as being “invisible,” as we read at 1 Timothy 1:17, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” And what we are further to see here is that although God has revealed Himself as being One God, noting here 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” yet He has revealed Himself in His word as being Three Persons in One God, noting what God says at Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

And what we are also to grasp here is that God The Father and His Holy Spirit are always invisible, for both time and eternity, with The Son of God always being the visible expression of The One invisible God, for both time and eternity! Let us note what God says in His word in this regard, first what He says regarding His Son at Colossians 1:15 in part, “He (The Son of God) is the image of the invisible God…,” and then secondly also at Hebrews 1:2,3 in part, [2] in these last days (He, God The Father) has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. [2] And He (The Son) is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature…” That is why God’s Son told one of His followers one day, what we read at John 14:9 in God’s word, “Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?” “ So let us remember here that God’s Son is always put forth as the visible expression of The One invisible God!

And while we are talking about Heaven being a spiritual place, with God being a spiritual Being, along with the angelic beings also created by God as spirit beings, all inhabiting a spiritual realm; we are also to see that when God created the first man, Adam, from whom the whole of the human race is descended from, that first man was constituted as having three components, which is a body, a soul, and a spirit, noting what God tells us in His word at 1 Thessalonians 5:23 in this regard, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

What we are to see from this is that the human spirit, which came from God when putting together the first man at the time of the original creation (noting Genesis 2:7), was given by God so that man might be able to commune with God, Who, as we have seen, is a spirit Being; so that now spiritual communication with God was made possible in man having been created with a human spirit. Then we are to see that God gave man a soul, which is the human part of us, as what constitutes us as a person, so that mankind could then communicate with others who are also human beings. And the body is but a shell that God gave human beings to hold the spirit and the soul while still alive in this physical body living in this physical realm. What we are to also remember here is that the human spirit and the soul are always invisible and never die, with only the human body being visible and also being the only part of human beings that ever experiences a physical death!

And before leaving this very interesting chapter, we are to note that God has made it possible for those in the spiritual world to cross over into the physical world, but when doing so, they must take on a visible physical human body. And so, whenever God sends an unfallen angel to earth, that angel is always seen in male human form, noting for instance what God tells us at Luke 24:4,5, “[4] While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; [5] and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead?” But then let us note a little further at Luke 24:22,23 what the disciples are recorded as saying when the women told them later that day what they had seen at the tomb that morning, “[22] But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, [23] and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive.” And so we note here that when appearing in this physical realm of earth, unfallen angels always appear in male human form.

What we now need to see is that God has also made it possible for human beings to cross over from this physical realm to the spiritual realm where He lives, having done so through His Son! We have noted already that God’s Son is the visible expression of The invisible God, and so, when God’s Son entered the realm of the physical, where we live, He too took on a visible physical body that had been prepared for Him in the womb of a virgin woman, as God tells us at Hebrews 10;5, “Therefore, when He (The Son of God) comes into the world (that is, when He goes from the spiritual realm to the physical realm that we inhabit as human beings), He says (to God His Father), "Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, but a body You have prepared for Me…’ “ And whereas the angels coming into this world take on a human body only temporarily; in the case of God’s Son, He took on a visible physical body!

But that body that God’s Son took on was at first like ours, in that it was a physical body subject to physical death. So, since God sent His Son to earth so that mankind might be enabled to go to Heaven, which is a spiritual place, God gave His Son over to death, to pay the penalty due sin, which is death, in order that the sins of the human race might be forgiven by God, and that all those who believe in God’s Son’s death as being for them might receive the forgiveness of sins. But the other important truth here is that God did not leave His Son buried in the tomb, but raised Him from the dead the third day, and then seated Him at His right Hand in Heaven again, simply because it is through His Son as now alive to never to die that God can now impart eternal life to those who have believed in His Son for the forgiveness of sins!

What we are to see here, from what has just been stated above, is that the eternal life that God bestows on those who believe is given by Him as His Holy Spirit comes to indwell the human spirit of those who have come to believe in His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. And so, in now having had one’s sins forgiven, which were all against God (noting Psalm 51:4), one is now able to commune with God spiritually, since God is a spirit Being. And what is also important to realize here is that when God’s Son was raised from the dead the third day by His Father, it was now a permanent visible spiritual body, never to die again, with which God’s Son then entered Heaven with, which is, as we have said, a spiritual place! What this means then is that God’s Son death, burial, resurrection from the dead, and ascension to Heaven again, has now made it possible for human beings, who are physical beings dwelling in a physical world, to now go into Heaven also, which is a spiritual place, but only for those who believe in God’s Son for the forgiveness of sins and the reception of God’s eternal life!

But what needs to be realized here is that even though God has now made it possible for human beings to go to Heaven through the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of His precious Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, nevertheless we still cannot enter Heaven, as where God lives and which is a spiritual place, with our present physical bodies, which God makes very clear to human beings, when He says to us at 1 Corinthians 15:50, “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”

However, let us recall here how God’s Son entered Heaven again, this time with a visible spiritual human body, which was through actually undergoing His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead again, which means then that in doing so, God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, not only opened the way for sinful human beings to not only receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God through believing in Him, but might be enabled to enter Heaven itself with visible spiritual bodies in also undergoing an actual death, burial, and resurrection from the dead again! And so, let us note what God tells us in this regard at 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, “[42] So also is the resurrection of the dead (relating to the believers of the four ages of time). It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; [43] it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; [44] it is sown a natural body (in death), it is raised (from the dead as) a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”

Someone might now say here: ‘Do you mean to say that I have to go through physical death in order to go to Heaven?’ The answer here is ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ In other words, God has made provision for both cases, so that no matter if one has died as a believer, or is a believer who is still alive physically, both can go to Heaven, with God making this clear in what He tells us in His word at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. But before we look at that passage, we need to be clear on a few things. One is that when Adam and Eve sinned against God shortly after the time of the original creation, who were our first set of parents and from whom the whole of the human race is descended, they incurred a sinful human nature through their sin, which means that the human soul, where that sinful human natures resides, can so nothing else but sin apart from God, in thought, in action, and in word! That sinful nature is then passed on from generation to generation through the seed of the male in the conception of the female, right to the present day. This was why when God’s Son took on the body prepared by His Father, it had been conceived in the womb of a virgin woman, so that He would not incur our sinful nature and would thereby remain The sinless Son of God in human flesh, able to die in the place of a sinful human race, all indwelt with a sinful human nature!

What this further means is that no human being can enter Heaven with a human body, as we have seen above, with that body first needing to become a spiritual body. But what also needs to be changed is the soul of human beings, which is where the sinful nature resides, before one can enter Heaven. And what is further to be realized here is that God does not remove the sinful nature from the soul of a human being when a believer dies, but only at certain points of time, that is, only when the time of the first resurrection takes place.

And so, what we are to be aware of here is that God mentions two separate resurrections as taking place in time, the first resurrection, as relating only to all the believers of the four ages of time, and the second resurrection, as relating only to all the unbelievers of the four ages of time. That there are two separate resurrections is clear from what God says at John 5:28,29, “[28] Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, [29] and will come forth; those who did the good deeds (that is, who did God’s will, because believers) to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds (that is, did not do God’s will, because unbelievers) to a resurrection of judgment,” and also at Acts 24:14,15, “[14] But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets; [15] having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.” And so, the first resurrection relating to all the believers of time, which God also mentions at 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 42-57 and Revelation 20:4-6, is to be seen as taking place in four stages, one stage for the believers of each of the four ages of time, in which there is a resurrection from the dead of believers, so that the body is then changed to a spiritual one, while the sinful nature is then removed from the soul in order for one to be able to enter Heaven!

And now that we know this, we can now look at the question hypothetically asked above, which was: ‘Do you mean to say that I have to go through physical death in order to go to Heaven?’ The answer here is ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ which can now be demonstrated from what God tells us will happen to the believers of the present third age, when their part in the first resurrection takes place, which is always at the end of the age. And so, let us note here what God tells us at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (adding some notes in brackets as a further help), “[13] But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren (believers), about those who are asleep (have died physically, that is, the physical body has died), so that you will not grieve as do the rest (the unbelievers) who have no hope. [14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him (when He comes again in the first stage of His second coming, which is at the end of the present third age) for those who have fallen asleep (whose body has died already) in Jesus. [15] For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep (died). [16] For the Lord (Jesus) Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. [17] Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. [18] Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

It is at verse 17 that we see here that those believers who are still alive at the end of the present third age, when God’s Son returns to just above the earth again, will have their bodies instantly changed from physical ones to spiritual ones, while the sinful nature will be removed, this taking place as fast as one can blink one’s eyes, all while one is rising from the earth to meet God’s Son waiting just above the earth to take one to Heaven permanently in a visible spiritual body!

And the same thing would be occurring for those who are believers and whose bodies were in the grave. They too now have their human bodies transformed into visible spiritual ones, while their human spirit, which would have gone to God The Father by The Holy Spirit at death now returns to that new spiritual body; with the soul, which had gone to Hades (which is a compartment under the present earth for the souls of believers when they die physically and remains there until their part in the first resurrection, since we have seen that a soul cannot enter Heaven while still having a sinful nature, which is not removed until the time of the first resurrection), now returning to the body, which is now when the sinful nature is removed, so that now previously dead believers are raised from the dead and are now alive and ready to meet God’s Son in the air above the earth to go to Heaven in visible spiritual bodies with those believers of the same third age, who had not died physically. And now we have the answer to the question above, where it was hypothetically asked whether a believer needed to die in order to enter Heaven, and where we said ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ meaning that God has made provisions for both those believers who have died and those who are still alive to enter Heaven as part of their stage of the first resurrection when it comes!

And before we go any further, and while all the above is still fresh in our minds, this might be a good place to now deal with the question of whether a human being can go to Heaven and come back to tell others about it. This was first brought up in the Introduction and again in the last chapter, where we said that only God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, and a man named, “Paul,” had ever done so. And now that we have discussed God’s Son above and can understand how it is possible for Him to have gone to Heaven and come to earth again; although it is not so easy for us to understand in regards to the believer named “Paul,’ which we now need to revisit, and at the same time put to rest why this would be impossible for human beings apart from God’s revealed way in God’s word, which we have touched upon in this chapter.

So let us now revisit that passage, which is 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, where Paul, as a believer, mentions having gone to Heaven, as God’s eternal and uncreated home, “[2] I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago — whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows — such a man was caught up to the third Heaven. [3] And I know how such a man — whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows — [4] was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.” The first thing we need to be clear about here is that the “man in Christ” that Paul is talking about here is himself. Then the second thing that is very important to notice is that he says that he was caught up, which is by God, to “the third Heaven,” which we know is God’s eternal and uncreated home, but that he does not know how that all took place, whether it was “in the body or apart from the body.” God did not reveal that to him in leading him to record this for us here. From what we have said about the soul and the sinful nature – which the apostle Paul would still have had here, then it is more than likely that this was in his human spirit by The Holy Spirit – although we cannot speculate, since that would be going beyond what God has revealed here!

Then thirdly, which is equally very important to notice here for our present purpose, is that God leads him to then write that while he was in Heaven – and more specifically “Paradise,” as what we will have more to say about when looking at the fourth age of time at Chapter Six – he “heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.” In other words, what he heard, it was impossible to put into words for one, and besides that, it was not something that God allowed him to speak to others about once he got back to earth! And here, someone might ask: ‘Well, why did God give him this experience then?’ And the answer is given by God to us in reading about Paul’s life in God’s word, which is in short that Paul was going to suffer many things in his service for the cause of Christ while on earth, which God says of him for instance at Acts 9:15,16 in these words, “…he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake." And since that is so, God gave him experiences, such as the one above, so as to encourage him along the way so that he might not be discouraged in the work of God that he had been called to!

And so, since God would not allow this believer to speak about what he heard or saw in Heaven when he got back to earth, and this is the only instance of this in all of God’s word spanning the history of mankind on earth, then we can be sure that if you hear of someone saying that they have been to Heaven and back, or see a book where the author claims this, or if one sees a movie about someone claiming to have done so, then let me assure the reader that it would be just as believable as a person claiming to have counted the grains of sand by the seashore, than to believe these accounts!

So let us close here, mentioning as we do so that if there are any who would like to read more about what occurs at the time of death and afterwards, since this has been touched upon in this chapter, then please be aware that the author has a book out on the subject, which is titled, “Have You Ever Wondered What Happens After Death?,” which would be helpful to read, since we have not discussed what happens to unbelievers at the time of death in this chapter, only what happens to believers, and then only sharing the details that were necessary to our present subject, while trying not to follow every rabbit trail, for doing so can easily lead us to get lost in the forest!









“Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to Heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You…” “

John 17:1







CHAPTER THREE

Heaven is a real place!

And now that we have gone through the previous chapter, we can now conclude decisively that Heaven, as God’s eternal and uncreated home, is a real place, being as we have seen a spiritual realm presently invisible to human sight, instead of being a visible and physical realm that we are presently part of as human beings! That this is so can also be gathered from quite a number of verses, as mentioned by God in His word. For instance, we note that at John 14:1-3, we see God’s Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, while still on earth at His first coming from Heaven to earth and just before He was crucified, say to His followers (adding comments in brackets as a help, here and elsewhere also), “[1] Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God (The Father), believe also in Me (God’s Son). [2] In My Father's house (in Heaven) are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you (in Heaven). [3] If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am (in Heaven), there you may be also (in Heaven).” God’s Son would not have been able to say this to His disciples, who were real and not imaginary, if Heaven was just an imaginary place and not a real place!

Then a little later that same evening, God’s Son said to the same followers, who were believers, what we now read at John 16:28, “I came forth from the Father (in Heaven) and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father (in Heaven)." That it was Heaven, as God’s eternal and uncreated home, that God’s Son had in view here is clear in what The Lord Jesus Christ then says at John 17:1 to His Father in Heaven, after He finished speaking to His disciples, “Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to Heaven, He said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You…” It is again clear here that God’s Son, a real Person, was going to Heaven again, as God’s eternal and uncreated home, which was a real place!

Then when God’s Son had been crucified to pay the penalty due the sins of the human race, which was death, He was buried to put our sins away, and then raised from the dead the third day and remained on earth for forty days in order to be seen by His disciples, to ensure that they saw Him alive again before He ascended back to His Father in Heaven, as we now see from Acts 1:1-3,9-11, “[1] The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, [2] until the day when He was taken up to Heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. [3] To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering (that is, after His death at the cross), by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God… [9] And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. [10] And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men (two unfallen angels in male human form) in white clothing stood beside them. [11] They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into Heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into Heaven."

It is again obvious here that God’s Son was not going to an imaginary place, but rather that He was going to Heaven, as God’s eternal and uncreated home, from where He had come from, for what also needs to be observed here is that God’s Son was now in a visible spiritual body, which He was to have for all the rest of time and for all eternity, which is the same body that believers will also have when our part in the first resurrection comes! And here we need to note what God tells us about this very event, which will occur at the end of the present third age, when God’s Son returns to just above the earth to receive believers and take them to Heaven at the first stage of His second coming, this being clear from what God tells us at Philippians 3:20,21, “[20] For our citizenship is in Heaven (in terms of Heaven being the home of believers of earth also), from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; [21] who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” Therefore, let us forever put our minds at rest by holding on to the truth that Heaven, as God’s eternal and uncreated home, is not only also to be the home of believers, but that it is indeed a real place!









“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit…”

1 Peter 3:18







CHAPTER FOUR

What do I have to do in order to make absolutely sure that I will go to Heaven one day?

The most important question that a human being can ever consider while on earth is: What do I have to do in order to make absolutely sure that I will go to Heaven one day? And in order to answer this question, we need to give careful thought to what God discloses in His word at 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, where He says, “[1] Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, [2] by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. [3] For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, [4] and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”

From this passage of God’s word, we read that it is by believing the gospel, which is the good news that God The Father shares in His word, here referred to as “the Scriptures,” regarding His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ, after He came from Heaven to earth to take on the body His Father conceived in the womb of a virgin woman, to be born of her into this physical world we inhabit as human beings, being the eternally existing and ever sinless Son of God now in human flesh, Who for the next thirty-three and half years did nothing but His Father’s will on earth, before being given into the hands of sinners, representing the whole of the human race, who crucified Him to a cross, where He bore the sins of the human race in His body, before being buried to put all of our sins away from God’s sight, and before being raised from the dead the third day by God His Father!


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