Lesson #41: Heaven

Ask about Heaven: What is heaven?…According to Dictionary.com, heaven is “the place or state of existence of the blessed after the mortal life. The abode of God, the angels and the spirits of the righteous after death.

Ask about the definition: Is this definition missing any important details?

Talk about the definition from the Bible dictionary: According to a Bible dictionary, the “physical description of Heaven” can be found in Job 26:10-11. According to a Bible Commentary, the “pillars of heaven” may refer to mountains that seem to support the sky. This verse is describing the connection between heaven and Earth. Some biblical scholars refer to the sky and the universe as the first level of heaven. The cartoons about God overlooking us from the clouds may be somewhat accurate.

Read Genesis 28:10-22…Jacob dreamt of heaven in these verses.

Ask about the description of heaven: How was heaven described in these verses?…There was a stairway coming from the Earth, angels were descending and ascending on the stairway, he said he saw the gate to heaven, at the top of the stairs was God himself.

Ask about Jacob’s reaction: What was Jacob’s reaction to heaven?…Jacob said, How awesome is this place!

Ask about being in awe: How would you describe the action of being in awe of something?

Ask about levels: Are there different levels of heaven?

Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10…What does Paul mean by the third heaven?…According to a Bible Commentary, the third level of heaven is referred to as “the highest part of heaven, beyond the atmosphere and stars, where God himself resides”

Talk about the third level of heaven: How was the third level of heaven described here?…It is described as a paradise, you may hear inexpressible things, and Paul is not permitted to tell. Why didn’t Paul give a detailed description of heaven? Rather, he described aspects of heaven as “inexpressible” and we are not allowed to know…Maybe it is meant to be like a surprise party. Just like a surprise party, it is more exciting when we don’t know what it will be like. If there is a third level of heaven, there must be two other levels.

Ask about the other levels of heaven: What do you think the other two levels of heaven are described as?

Describe Daniel 7:13-14…”coming with the clouds of heaven” may mean that there is a level of heaven within the clouds of the Earth. A Bible commentary describes the first level of heaven as “within the clouds”.

Read Genesis 1:14-18… “The lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from night” are referred to as what?…stars. The second level of heaven may be referred to as the stellar space or the universe. According to the Bible Commentary, angelic beings dwell in the second level of heaven.

Read John 14:1-3…According to this scripture, what level of heaven will Christ followers go when they die?…God’s plan is for us to join him in the third level of heaven, where he dwells….Heaven has how many rooms?

Read Revelation 21:1-14…The current heaven (and Earth) are temporary. When will it change?…When Jesus comes again. What does it mean by “the bride beautifully dressed for her husband”?…The coming of Jesus is the mark that heaven and Earth will become as one and God will wipe sin from the face of the planet.

Read Revelation 21:15-27…What are some additional key components to heaven?…God will replace the sun. God’s presence will bring light to the newly lit Earth.

Talk about the description of heaven according to the Bible Dictionary: Refer to Bible dictionary. This description is post-Jesus’s second coming. 1) Heaven possesses the glory (Rev 21:11). 2) It’s light is like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal (Rev 21:11). 3) The city is called “the Bride, the Lamb’s wife” (Rev 21:9). Why is it called that?…It shows the connection between the church, the Bride (now called “wife” since the marriage is consummated), indicating Christ joining with His people. 4) The foundation of the walls are garnished with precious stones, jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, etc. 5) Each one of the twelve gates consist of one huge pearl. 6) Paradise (as it was before the Fall) and the “tree of life” are restored (Rev 22:2).

Read John 3:16-17…How do we obtain this gift of heaven?…By putting our faith in Christ. Those who enter it will be made partakers of Christ’s fullness (John 1:16) which is all fullness (Col. 1:19). What does it look like to partake in fullness?…To be complete, to lack nothing, to experience and know everything (maybe).

Ask about the mysteriousness of heaven: Why is heaven so mysterious? Why does the Bible only give us so much information about heaven?


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