- Religion and Philosophy
What will Heaven be Like?
Many articles and books spend a lot time dwelling on how to get to Heaven and little or no time talking about what we are going to do when we get there. In this hub, I am going to be discussing some of the things that we may be able to do once we get there, based on the Bible’s description of Heaven.
According to Revelation 21:16, the height of the New Jerusalem (the city of Heaven) is about 375 miles! Chapter 22:1, 2 says that the River of the Water of Life flows through it. I have read speculations that this river may be up to 50 miles wide! I wonder if there is going to be a high-diving platform somewhere in the city, which would allow us to dive into the river? That would great!
I love to swim. As a youth, I lived in California with a built in nine-foot-deep pool in the backyard. Sometimes, I would swim all day long. There was even a one story patio roof adjacent to my pool from which I would dive. The adrenaline rush from diving from that patio roof was intense. I could only imagine the intensity of the rush from diving hundreds of miles above the water! It won’t kill me, either, because I will have eternal life.
Many theologians speculate that we will be able to travel through outer space. So, if you’re into space exploration, that will be the ultimate adventure for you! I can’t wait to try it myself. In 2003, when the Hubble telescope probed into the “Ultra Deep Field” of outer space, it discovered over 10,000 galaxies! The possibilities of life are endless; and I do believe that there is more life in outer space.
I cannot begin to imagine the types of unfallen beings of the universes we will discover. A friend of mine once said, “What if there is a planet that is like one big ocean, and all of the creatures on it are some sort of intellectual sea creature?” Hey, anything is possible. With the universe being so vast, now I know why the Bible says, “… in Thy [God’s] presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” - Psalm 16:11. In other words, we will never get bored in eternity.
You may be asking yourself, why can’t we communicate with heavenly beings now? One interesting theory about this is that sin works as a barrier between us. We have been quarantined from other, unfallen beings of the universe because we are affected by the deadly disease of sin. However, when Jesus comes back He will bring an end to that.
How Big is Space?
Isaiah 40:31 speaks about the saved in terms of them having “wings like eagles.” We may well all have our own personal set of man gliders—permanently attached wings! That would be excellent! I have never been hand gliding, but I have had plenty of dreams where I am flying; and let me tell you something, those were some of the funnest dreams I ever had! I just hope you’re not afraid of heights…
Your Dream Home
Do you have plans of building a dream home? That will be more than possible in eternity. Not only will we have a room in the city of Heaven, we are also promised land in the new earth where we will be able to build a home of our liking (Isaiah 65:21). For all of you carpenters out there, this a dream come true.
What kind of house are you going to build? Material is going to be free; and I am sure that gold, silver and other precious metals and stones will be abundant. I honestly don’t know what kind of house I am going to build; I will just have to wait until I get there to figure it out. No rush, though. I will have all of eternity to do it!
Animal Lovers Delight
Are you an animal lover? Do you like cats? How about big cats? I am talking about really big cats like cheetahs, leopards, lions and tigers? In eternity, You could have these as your pets! They will be as docile as a bunny rabbit. Isaiah 65:25 says: “‘The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock; and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,’ saith the LORD.”
I wouldn’t mind having some exotic animals of my own. They would be outdoor animals, of course. I have never been a fan of indoor pets. I have never even had pets of my own because I didn’t want them messing my place up.
Heaven will be a place of eternal wonders and bliss. We may be able to dive from the greatest heights, explore the universe, discover new life, fly like eagles, build our dream home and have exotic pets. What are your ideas of what Heaven will be like? I would really like to read about them in the comment box below.
All Scripture references are from the 21st Century KJV Bible.