The Bible uses the word “Heaven” in different ways. In most cases, it refers to:
- Anything above the earth’s surface (also called the “expanse” or “firmament”), including where the stars and planets are and birds fly. (Gen. 1:6-8).
- The place where God has His throne (Ps. 11:4; Matt. 5:34).
- The future Kingdom of Heaven that Christ will rule on earth (Matt. 6:10).
The Bible doesn’t teach that heaven is where good people go when they die (see “What does the Bible say about Death?”). The heaven that Christians are promised is a Kingdom that Christ will establish here on earth and rule over for a thousand years, referred to in scripture as “the Kingdom of Heaven” and “The Millennial Kingdom”.
Scripture uses language that describes someone or something coming down from heaven. This was a term used to denote the authority of a doctrine or practice and was a way of saying that it was God’s will. Jesus asked the religious leaders of his day about the baptism of John. His question was, “John’s baptism — where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men?” (Matt 21:25). In other words, was it God’s will or man’s? The Bible also states the Jesus himself came from heaven. John 3:13 says,“No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven — the Son of Man.”The people of Jesus’ day would have understood this to mean that God was the source of Christ’s coming, and not that Christ existed in heaven prior to his birth. He would have only existed in God’s plan in heaven, before the world was created (1 Peter 1:20).
The Kingdom of Heaven that Christians will enjoy is still in God’s plans. They haven’t been fulfilled yet, but when Christ returns and defeats Satan at the battle of Armageddon, he will establish a Kingdom where there will be peace and justice for all of mankind.
The links below contain great biblical truth about Heaven: