Revelation 6:9 – When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. (Verse 10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Verse 11) And a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.
1) Will We Have Bodies In Heaven?
Why would these servants be given robes to put on if they didn’t have bodies? 1 Corinthians 15:47 – The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. (Verse 48) As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. (Verse 49) And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
Jesus is our example. He had an earthly body, and that body suffered and died a physical death, but He was resurrected with a heavenly body. And that heavenly body walked on the earth, ate food, and that body could disappear on occasion. He also walked through a door one time. He had a resurrected body and our resurrected body and spirit will reunite at the second coming.
2) Will We Go To Heaven Immediately?
Some people teach “Soul Sleep,” which is not true nor is it Biblical. The Bible teaches that a believer immediately goes to heaven. Back to Revelation Chapter 6: These martyrs are in heaven talking to God and it’s before the second coming and the second coming is not until Revelation 19. Jesus said to the thief on the cross, “Today you shall be with Me in Paradise!”
2 Corinthians 5:8 – We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. If you are born again, immediately when death occurs, we are in the presence of the Lord.
3) Will We Be Able To Communicate?
The martyrs in Chapter 6 of Revelation, talked to God. And they talked loudly when they cried out.
4) Will We Have Emotions?
These martyrs cared deeply about what was taking place on earth. Remember: Our emotions are a part of our soul, and our soul goes to heaven along with our spirit. We will still have a mind, will, and emotions. The choice to serve God was already made while living. As a matter of fact, there is joy in heaven when one sinner repents. The joy we have on this earth cannot compare to the joy we will have in heaven.
5) Will We Know Everything?
No, we will not! It is a common miss conception because of the Scripture, “We will know as He knows.” It doesn’t say that. It says, “We will know Him as He is and we are known as we are known.” If you noticed, the martyrs asked God a question: “When are You going to avenge our blood?” So they didn’t know the future. These are the two verse people misunderstand:
1 Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. In other words: I will know others and they will know me. Now for the second verse that is misunderstood:
1 John 3:2 – Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. We are going to have an eternal, heavenly perspective. I believe we are going to continually be learning and discovering things about God and creation for all eternity.
6) Will We Know What’s Happening On Earth?
Yes, we will! Again the martyrs knew their blood had not been avenged. In other words; The ones that had killed them for the word of God were still walking around on earth. They wouldn’t have asked God when He was going to avenge them if they didn’t know what was happening on earth.
Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. The “cloud of witnesses” are the family and friends in heaven cheering us on.
Luke 15:7 – “I say to you likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”
7) Will We Remember Our Lives On Earth?
Well, did the martyrs in Revelation Chapter 6 know they had been murdered? Yes, they did. In heaven, our memories will make us more grateful. If we don’t have anything to compare heaven to, why would we even appreciate it? In hell, memories torment people. They remember that they had a chance and a choice to choose Jesus, but refused and ended up there.
8) Will We Know People?
1 Corinthians 13:2 says, “we know as we also are known.” We will finally know people for real, no faking. While living on this earth people can hide behind all kinds of things to keep people from knowing who they really are. Matthew 8:11 – “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” We will know others! All the great men and woman that we’ve read about all our lives, we will be able to sit down and talk to them.
9) Will Heaven Be Boring?
Satan is the one who has put the thought out there, that heaven is going to be boring for all eternity with nothing to do. Do you know why people think that? It’s because most Christians don’t know enough about heaven to even invite someone to go. The more we understand about heaven, the more motivated we become to get our friends and family to want to go! We also have to let people know what eternity in hell is also going to be like so they won’t want to go there. Heaven is going to be spectacular! There will be more joy and excitement than anything we can imagine!
Revelation 21:1 – And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. (Verse 2) Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Verse 3) And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
(Verse 4) “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Verse 5) Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.
The greatest thing about heaven is going to be the fellowship with other believers and the Father. The worse thing about hell is that people will never see or talk to anyone. It’s total darkness and they will never, ever experience the presence of God again!
10) Who Is Going To Be In Heaven?
Revelation 21:6 – And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
Revelation 22:17 – And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
Romans 10:9 – If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:13 – For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
So, who will be in heaven? Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and those who call on His name!