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What Heaven Is Like

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Many things are asked about heaven. The answers to these questions are found in the Bible. There is no other infallible source of revelation about heaven or anything else. There are many things about heaven that are told to us in the scriptures.

The answers to questions about heaven are found in the Bible. There is no other infallible source of revelation about heaven or anything else.

The word “heaven” is mentioned about 559 times in the Bible and more times in the book of Revelation than any other books. If we believe what the Bible says about other things, let us believe also what the Bible says about heaven — our eternal home.

However, we may never know some things about heaven until we learn about them upon our arrival there. But what God has revealed in his Word is an adequate introduction to the city. No doubt when you moved into your present city, you did not know all about it. In heaven, we will learn more about our city first hand. For now, however, we have to accept what the Bible tells us.

Three Heavens

Which HeavenWhat's There

First Heaven

Atmosphere where birds, clouds are airplanes are

Second Heaven

Demonic forces

Third Heaven 

Dwelling of God 


What Heaven Is Not

Heaven is not the pink-cloud-and harp existence popular in cartoons. Heaven is where God lives. The Bible teaches that heaven is a real place — just as real as the city in which you live. For instance, Jesus taught us to say, “Our Father who art in heaven.” Therefore heaven is a real, literal place. It is a place of beauty and holiness.

  • A place (John 14:13; Hebrews 11:10, 16; 1 Peter 1:3-4)
  • A place of beauty and splendor (Revelation 21:9-21)
  • A place of bliss (Revelation 21:2)
  • A place of joy and gladness (Revelation 21:4)
  • A place of satisfaction (Revelation 21:6-7)
  • A place of light and glory (Revelation 21:23)
  • A place of holiness (2 Peter 3:13)

Where Is Heaven?

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. (Revelation 21:1)

This scripture tells us that there will come into existence a new heaven and a new earth. It is a place more beautiful than the human mind can imagine. Revelation 21 and 22 tell us what will not be in heaven.

  • There will be no temple in the holy city. There will be no need for one. Our temples and churches on earth represent the presence of God. God Himself is in heaven.
  • There will be no sun and no moon in the holy city. The city is illuminated by the presence of God himself. Heaven is described as having no day or night. This is because it is eternal and there is no time which is measured by day and night as we have here on earth. Eternity is timeless; thus, there is no need for the sun or the moon.
  • There will be no more curse. (Revelation 22:3) Since death means separation, there is no death in heaven.

Heaven is the largest city that was ever built. There is no city on earth that comes close to the size of the city of God, according to Revelation 21:16.

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Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 24, 2011:

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Gary, thanks for your inspiring comment. I could feel your spirit as I read it. If we never meet on this earth, I'll see you in heaven!

Gary on February 24, 2011:

Without all the bliss and beauty, if Jesus is there, it's heaven to me. Just to be with the one I love so dear, the one who shed His precious blood at Calvery for someone as unworthy as me.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 21, 2011:

Oh, yes, Heaven is a real place. Unfortunately, some people believe our deceased loved ones are already there. We will all go to that beautiful place at the same time during the rapture. Besides, it wouldn't be fair for some to go and live in our mansions before we get there.

Betty Johansen on February 21, 2011:

You're making Heaven more real to me than ever before. I especially like the sentence, "It is as beautiful as a crystal clear diamond, and as bright as a transparent icicle in the sunshine." Heaven is going to be breathtakingly beautiful and bright - beyond imagination. A glorious hub!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 19, 2011:

Dave, For sure!

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on February 19, 2011:

revmjm: I promise you, We will meet in Heaven for sure.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 19, 2011:

Dave, I am homesick for heaven. I am looking forward with great ancipation to all the wonderful things I will experience there. By the way, if I never meet you on earth, I look forward to seeing you in HEAVEN! Hallelujah!

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on February 19, 2011:

Revmjm: Heaven sounds fascinating to me. I can't wait. As a lifelong choir singer, I also look forward to singing with the heavenly choir of angels, as we praise God and praise The Lamb.

Just a little ha ha, will I still be able to enjoy a nice juicy steak up there?

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