Millions believe that when they die they will “go to heaven.” Is this what the Bible teaches?
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By what authority have countless millions believed that they are bound for heaven when they die? What assurance do they have?
You probably consider yourself a Christian. You certainly want to be saved. You have probably also been assured that you will go to heaven someday. Should you not demand proof that heaven is really what you seek—and where you will go?
It is about time you know if you will spend all eternity in heaven!
Romans 10:9 states, “That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Verse 13 adds, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Certain popular verses are routinely cited to validate the simplicity of just believing in Christ to be saved. This makes salvation seem routine and easy. Heaven becomes little more than an assumption in a formula that virtually every professing Christian takes for granted: “Believe in Jesus, go to heaven.”
Yet when a famous evangelist was asked, “What will we do in heaven?” he answered, “I don’t know, but it will be wonderful.” Such ignorance!—and if he does not know this much, how can he “know” it will be wonderful?
Answers like this are why people assume they will “ride clouds”—“walk the streets of gold before the pearly gates”—“play harps”—“grow wings”—or generally “roll around heaven all day.” All of these ideas are manmade—fiction! The Bible teaches none of them—yet almost everyone believes them as fact.
So, let’s get the facts—the truth—of what God teaches.
Perhaps the plainest scripture in the Bible regarding “going to heaven” does not even mention the word heaven. Few know of this most important verse. Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5).
Have you ever heard even one minister say that God’s purpose for Christians is to “inherit the earth”? I doubt it. And yet there it is—and at the very beginning of the New Testament.
A second plain scripture adds another element.
The apostle John recorded: “And has made us [the saints] unto our God kings and priests: and we [the saints] shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:10).
The reward of God’s saints is to inherit future rulership “on the earth”—as “kings and priests.” Now that’s plain!
I’ll ask again: have you ever heard a minister say that God’s purpose for you is to “reign on Earth”—as a “king priest”?
Be honest—of course not! You must at least admit that becoming a king is more appealing than riding clouds, playing harps or rolling around heaven for eternity.
Will you believe the plain words of the Bible—or continue in popular but baseless assumptions?
Now go to the Old Testament. The prophet Daniel, amplifying the saints’ role as kings and priests, wrote about the Return of Christ and the establishing of God’s kingdom on Earth.
Before Jesus’ Return, God will officially grant Him the authority to rule the world. Notice: “And there was given Him [Jesus Christ] dominion, and glory, and a kingdom…” (Dan. 7:14).
Where will this kingdom be? Daniel answers, “...that all people, nations , and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
It will be on Earth.
Yet how will God rule the peoples and nations of Earth? “But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever” (vs. 18). The Christian’s ultimate destiny is to join Christ and share rulership in the kingdom of God over all nations and peoples on Earth !
To learn much more on the reward of the saved, watch my broadcast “Is Heaven Your Reward?”