Of Heaven and of Hell (Part 3)


Truth is often hidden in the details and understanding the root of a thing allows you to better relate to what has grown out from it. At the root of Christianity is the fear and hope for our salvation where the soul goes to a place of elevation or sinks into the earth. So perhaps a bit of understanding is needed to see how these two locations apply to you on a personal level.
Remember the entire Bible is secretly all about you and the world being built up within your mind from chaos to order. This is taking a brute beast and turning it into a man. So consider then the image of Hell and the symbols that have become an icon to modern believers.

Of Heaven

Is there a Heaven?

So if Hell is possibly not an actual place then what about Heaven? Surely this has to be real, right?

This mystery is a little harder to unravel as a physical location but as a mental process it is rather simple. But regrettably for those that have lost loved ones and think they look down on them from above there is a little heartbreak coming, as per the Bible, NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN TO HEAVEN BUT CHRIST.

Jhn 3:13
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Jhn 1:18
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Jhn 6:46
Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
Deu 30:12
It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Pro 30:4
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
Rom 10:6
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
Eph 4:9
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Act 2:34
For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

Death is Ignorant Sleep

According to scriptures, from the start of time until now no one has ever been to Heaven… despite all the stories that proclaim Heaven is real because they have either seen it or experienced it. Remember many people also claim that they have seen Hell as well…. And yet no one has ever been in Hell or seen it because according to the Bible there is no consciousness in death.

Ecc 9:5
For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Ecc 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Psa 146:4
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
Job also explains death as ignorant sleep:
Job 3:11
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
Job 3:12
Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
Job 3:13
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

But if no one has ever been to Heaven then what of Enoch, Elijah, Lazarus and the Thief?

In the Bible there are a few people that are typically expected to be in Heaven, but the Bible never says that they are in Heaven exactly.

Enoch

Enoch may or may not have seen death, and though this may be a translation error it also never says he went to Heaven after being carried away.

Enoch had a number of days alive on Earth
Gen 5:23
And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:
It does not say he died but that he was taken
Gen 5:24
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Yet here it says he never saw death and was carried away
Heb 11:5
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Elijah

2Ki 2:11
And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

As per Elijah, there are 3 versions of Heaven, the Sky, Space and the Realm of God. Elijah could simply have been taken up into the sky and not have been taken into the Heaven that most think of.

Heaven: Shamayim: שָׁמַיִם
  1. heaven, heavens, sky
  1. visible heavens, sky
  1. as abode of the stars
  1. as the visible universe, the sky, atmosphere, etc
  1. Heaven (as the abode of God)

If he went to Heaven with God then the verses at the top of this page that were written and happened chronologically later that pertain to only Christ has been to Heaven would then be incorrect.

Lazarus

Luk 16:22
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

The story of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Click this link for more information) is most likely a parable, but he was not said to have gone to Heaven but to “Abraham’s bosom“, and yet Abraham too has not yet seen the prize to come.

Heb 11:13
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

The Thief

Luk 23:43
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day
shalt thou be with me in paradise.

At the crucifixion a thief found favor with Christ whom told him that he would be with Him in Paradise, but He did not say he would be with Him that day. After all, Christ spent 3 days in the grave before He rose again, so how could the thief be with Him that same day? Remember punctuation was only added centuries later and it was not a part of the original text of the time and so Christ easily could have said “Verily I say unto thee today, shalt thou be with me in paradise”. It’s the same as saying “I am telling you right now, that you will be with me in paradise (later)”. Not now but later.

When do we go to Heaven?

All of these subtle differences in understanding change everything that most people consider about death, the afterlife and when they arrive there, but as per Scriptures no one goes anywhere or has any understanding because they are all asleep until after Christ comes back.

1Co 15:51
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Death is Sleep: But we all change together
1Th 4:13
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Th 4:14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Th 4:15
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
1Th 4:16
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

So is Heaven a real place? It’s hard to say… but the harder part to digest is that no one may ever go to a Heaven in the sky, and if they ever do they may not be there for very long because after Christ returns it seems we join Him in the “New Jerusalem” that descends back to the Earth.

Rev 3:12
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Rev 21:2
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

…Hmm. One has to wonder, what has my church been teaching me my whole life? There must be something more to this greater mystery that even they are missing.

 

Perhaps they are. Stay tuned to see how this all plays out.

 

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3 thoughts on “Of Heaven and of Hell (Part 3)”

  1. I am shocked by how many Christians and Pastors teach and believe that we go to heaven when we die. Someone in my own family who has studied the bible all of their adult life told me that it’s like their spouse who already died walked through a door into heaven and has no idea that the living spouse isn’t still right behind them.

    It is so NOT by blind faith that we walk!

  2. I look at it as the dead are “asleep” and will be alive again and on/in a new earth in the blink of an eye as scripture says. It makes sense that an all out destruction of the earth by nuclear bombs would end the world as we know it and at the same moment God will create a new earth that we will all be in together.

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