Heaven according to the Bible


Comment: - Heaven of the Bible is not like what most people imagine it to be.
The Bible doesn't say much about Heaven, but some of what it does say is
disturbing, to say the least.

In the time of the Bible the prevalent view was that Heaven was up there, above
the earth -- the planets, the sun, the moon, the stars.  The heavenly objects were
considered perfect, whereas the earth was imperfect. The physical laws governing
the earth were different than the laws governing the heavens.  Isaac Newton showed
that the laws governing both were the same - that there was basically no difference
in substance between the heavens and the earth.  With this in mind, a number of
verses in the Bible can be better understood.

Here are some  verses to do with Heaven:


Revelation 12:7
 
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Revelation 19:14

14 And the armies [which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

(There is war in heaven)


Matthew 11:12
 
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

(There is/was(?) violence in heaven)


Matthew 11:11
 
11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

(There is inequality and status in heaven)


Matthew 16:19
 
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

( People shall be bound and restrained in heaven)


Matthew 24:35
 
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

(Heaven shall pass away -- not last forever)


Matthew 13:33
 
33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Luke 13:20 - 21

20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?
21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
 

1 Corinthians 5:8

8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.

Leviticus 10:12

12. And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it [is] most holy:

Luke 12:1

1. In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

(Heaven is like leaven -- leaven is a contaminant though.
Doesn't sound good for Heaven.)


Matthew 20:1 - 16
 
1. For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, [that] shall ye receive.
8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them [their] hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
9 And when they came that [were hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
11 And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house,
12 Saying, These last have wrought [but] one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
14 Take [that] thine [is], and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

(Heaven is the anti-thesis of justice -- definitely unfair to people)


Romans 2:5
 
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

1 Corinthians 3:11

11. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

(There will be inequality in heaven - differences in rewards and bliss)


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