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Is Heaven A Literal Place? (3 of 15)
Series: HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT HEAVEN?
II Corinthians 5:1
Is Heaven a physical place? Is it as much a place as planet Earth? Does the bible speak to this issue?
I am glad to say that it does. We have every reason to believe from Holy Scripture that Heaven is a real place populated by God, angels and God's people of all the ages who have left this fleeting world in which we live to go to that better place.
Heaven is a safe deposit place for treasures. (Matt. 6:20) You can only put treasures for safekeeping in a place. Heaven contains a register of the saved. Jesus instructed His disciples to rejoice that their names were written in Heaven. (Luke 10:20) In Heaven there is room for all believers. Jesus said, "I go to prepare a PLACE for you. (John 14:2b) It is a place built by God's own hand.
Heaven is called a city, a country, a kingdom, a house, and a paradise. All of these metaphors indicate that Heaven is a real and physical place. Heaven has a mountain, Mt. Zion (Heb. 12:11) Heaven has trees with fruit. It is a place where believers hold citizenship (Ph. 3:20)
Last wee, we talked about the Intermediate Heaven. This is the place where God, angels, and believers who have died presently dwell. At the end of the one thousand year reign of Christ on Earth, the intermediate Heaven will give way to the New Heaven and New Earth that God will create.
I. THE INTERMEDIATE HEAVEN IS A PHYSICAL PLACE
A. Some Objections Noted
1. Some claim because God is spirit (John 4:24) that Heaven cannot be a physical place.
They believe that to teach that Heaven is a literal place is to make Heaven less sacred and spiritual. Those who hold this view believe that the material world and the spiritual world are opposites.
But saying that God is spirit is very different from saying that heaven is spirit. God and heaven are not the same, for God created heaven; therefore God did ...
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