Heaven… Is it worth the wait?. Heaven: Is it worth the wait?.
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“When I was a boy, the thought of Heaven used to frighten me more than the thought of Hell. I pictured Heaven as a place where time would be perpetual Sundays, with perpetual services from which there would be no escape.” David Lloyd George
“The ‘new Jerusalem’ …does not remain in a ‘heaven’ far off in space, but it comes down to the renewed earth …So heaven and earth, now separated, will then be merged: the new earth will also be heaven, since God will dwell there with his people.” Anthony Hoekema
Skagit Valley tulip farms heaven would be even worse."
Indeed, the Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody. Isaiah 51:3
“They will say, ‘This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste, desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.’” Ezekiel 36:35
pairidaeza: Persian for an enclosed garden, park, or orchard
“The idea of a walled garden enclosing a carefully cultivated area of exquisite plants and animals, was the most powerful symbol of paradise available to the human imagination [of the biblical writers], mingling the images of the beauty of nature with the orderliness of human construction.” Alister McGrath
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7
Sheol (Hebrew) heaven would be even worse."
of the Lord
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 2 Cor. 5:6-8; Phil. 1:23
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. And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. (2 Corinthians 12:2-4)
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 1 Cor. 15:51-52; cf. 1 Thess. 4:13-18
Paradise, waiting the 1st coming of Messiah
Paradise, waiting and worshipping
Waiting and worshipping in resurrection bodies
Fulfillment as we rule with Christ
Heaven on a renewed earth, our true home
Note: these are listed in order according to “ease” of reading, beginning with the easiest and moving toward the most “theological”