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What will Heaven be Like?

Updated on December 14, 2012

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.

High Diving

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.

Star Trek

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?

Man Gliding

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!

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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.

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      Druid Dude 5 years ago from West Coast

      Imagine a sensory deprivation tank...good reason for our creation.

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      Greg Sereda 5 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      Druid Dude - Thanks for the comment.

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      CJ Sledgehammer 5 years ago

      "The possibilities of life are endless; and I do believe that there is more life in outer space." - Greg Sereda

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      Why do you believe this Greg?

      Stephen Hawkings said that the possibility of intelligent life beyond our planet is remote.

      I tend to think that God would not allow Satan and his minions to spoil all His creation, so Satan was cast down to earth with his demon followers. So, Earth, in a sense, became their prison planet.

      Was not Satan the king of this world? Did he not offer Christ all his kingdoms if Jesus bowed down to him? In the Book of Job, did Satan not say that he was coming and going throughout the earth and devouring many? He never said anything about intergalactic travel.

      Now, if Satan could traverse the universe, why wasn't he known as a king elsewhere? After Christ arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father, why didn't Satan just take off on the first flight out of the Milky Way?

      I think it is clear that whatever happened here on this planet, regarding Christ and His perfect sacrifice, that it had far-reaching ramifications throughout the universe.

      I believe, therefore, there is only one gospel and only one Begotten Son. We also know in John 1:1 that the Word came and dwelt amonst us, not elsewhere. I know the new covenant covers Jews and Gentiles alike, but I do not think the Bible mentioned covering the sins of extra-terrestrial intelligent life forms strewn across the universe.

      Why would God do that? Why would He make other creatures in distant galaxies with intelligent souls, then just leave them to their vice? Unless, of course, you believe the Word of God and the saving grace of Christ was made known to them? If so, how? Then again, if Satan and his minions were here, how could they have fallen there?

      If you want to explore that possibility, please consider that Christ died for our sins roughly 2,000 years ago. Now, IF an apostolic missionary space traveler was dispatched immediately upon hearing Christ say "It is finished", then this apostolic astronaut would only have been able to travel 2,000 light years from Planet Earth, and that's providing he could travel at the speed of light.

      The problem here is there aren't any viable targets within 2,000 light years that we know of and the traveler would have been dead long ago, unless he brought a breeding population of humans with him. Then again, where would all these subsequent generations of space missionaries refuel or get new supplies?

      From a Biblical point of view, I think Planet Earth is the focal point of creation and it is probably the "only show in town".

      I think IF there were other intelligent souls out there, they would either have a fallen nature or are without blemish. How could they have fallen without the influence of Satan or through other demonic forces?

      But, if they had been molested and corrupted by Satan or through his agents of destruction, how could they be redeemed?

      I must conclude, therefore, that IF intelligent life existed beyond our planet, then it must be malevolent and damned eternally. But this does not seem to be something that our God would allow.

      Unless, of course, the Almighty sent another son to save them like Christ did for us. Again, I do not see this as even a remote possibility, so I tend to think they don't exist.

      Angels and demons exist, but other intelligent life forms beyond our planet are likely to be nothing more than a figment of our imagination.

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      Greg Sereda 5 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      CJ Sledgehammer - I believe the possibilities of life being endless based on the fact that there are innumeral galaxies in the universe, like our own; and I am not alone in this.

      It matters not to me that Stephen Hawkings said the possibilities are remote. I don't listen to Stephen Hawkings. Stephen Hawkings doesn't believe in God, either.

      Satan is the king of this world because he has sympathisers here - subjects that follow his sinful commands. Apparently, other unfallen worlds would not sympathize with him.

      The Bible does not need to cover the sins of extra-terrestrial intelligent life forms if tey are unfallen - if they have never sinned.

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      God don't need me 4 years ago

      What will Heaven be Like?

      A mind that do not bound to the concept of heaven and hell is boundlessly heaven.

      This is heaven if you feel that present.

      Ok, Star Trek is a real deal though.

      Ok, what can be unfallen though as I known everything fall apart through time?

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      Greg Sereda 4 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      God Don't Need Me - I'm sorry, but I have absolutely no idea what you are trying to say...

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