Is heaven real?

The Bible describes heaven as a literal place.

Heaven is noted as the location of God's throne according to Isaiah 66:1: "Thus says the LORD: 'Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.'"

Heaven is the location Jesus ascended to after His post-resurrection appearances. Mark 16:19 teaches, "So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God." Acts 7:55-56 says, "But he [Stephen], full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, 'Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.'"

Jesus ministers on our behalf in heaven today. Hebrews 8:1-2 reveals, "we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man."

Jesus is preparing a place for believers in heaven. In John 14:2-3, Jesus said, "In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also."

Revelation 21—22 share a vision of what believers will ultimately experience in a future new heavens and new earth. Everything will be made new. John concluded this vision with a great anticipation of his future home, saying, "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20).

Those who oppose the idea of heaven being real typically do so by relying only on what can be "proven" by the human senses of touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing. However, Scripture is clear that heaven is unseen and that what is unseen is eternal. The apostle Paul wrote, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV).

Heaven is clearly presented as a real place in Scripture. It is the home of the believer who departs from this world (Philippians 1:21) and the place where the believer will experience perfect joy in the presence of the Lord Himself. Scripture challenges readers that Jesus came for the very purpose of offering this eternal life in heaven with Him to all those who will believe in His name: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

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