What Glimpses Have We Been Given of Heaven?
We can form an impression of what Heaven / paradise will be like, but at the same time we have to admit that the ability of a human to describe it in terms we can comprehend are limited. Here are some insights we are given in the Bible:
- Inexpressible – Beyond the ability to describe in human terms. In 2 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul describes briefly the experience of being caught up to Heaven, whether in the body or out of it, he was not sure. In v4 he states, “was caught up to Paradise, and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.” (Keep this in mind when you consider books that claim to give accounts of those who have seen into Heaven – be very wary of these. If the Apostle Paul could not describe what he saw, do you really think others could / can?) How would you describe a “paradise” unlike anything this earth has to offer?
- Plenty of room – “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. John 14:1-3 New Living Translation
- No darkness, only light – “On that day the sources of light will no longer shine, yet there will be continuous day! Only the Lord knows how this could happen. There will be no normal day and night, for at evening time it will still be light.” Zechariah 14:6-7 New Living Translation
the Lamb is its light. Revelation 21:23 New Living Translation
· Abundant water and food – “Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month.”
Revelation 22:1-2a New Living Translation