As I’m listing these scriptures about Heaven for you, I am envisioning those who are searching the topic. That means, you. I am talking to you 🙂
If you have found your way to seeking out scriptures about heaven, you are most likely in one of two situations (however, if you do not fit into one of these, please stay and read as I am sure you will find what you are seeking!).
You are unhappy in your life and are seeking out something better. Perhaps you have heard the gospel preached in a way that has pricked your heart and you want to know if there really is life after death. Is this religious concept of Heaven real?
Or, you could be like me, full of grief and pain, grasping any small thread of hope that drifts my way. Afterall, we want our loved ones to be in a happy comfortable place. The idea of them simply slipping into sleep with no hereafter doesn’t sound as comforting as one would think.
Before we launch into these scriptures about Heaven, I want to share with you my own heartache and the peace I find within these verses. It is my hope that as you study this topic of heaven that you will also reach out to the only one who can save you from your pain and suffering and sin.
I mentioned I’m walking the path of grief and pain, but along with that is doubt, fear, and emptiness. I didn’t choose this path, no one does, and yet here I am. Which is why I keep looking upward, clinging to Jesus.
Five years ago I lost my beautiful 8 year old daughter in an accident. One minute life was great and the next she lay dying on the side of the road. Life is cruel and there are no words to describe what that was like.
I can tell you how I felt afterward. I felt hopeless as if I had died too and yet I was forced to walk along and play some kind of game called life.
The pain of missing not only my little girl, but the life that should have been hers made me want to hide in bed. She was my sunshine, always beside me chattering away and now life was dark, very dark.
Anxiety would grip my heart and take my breath away. I lived in constant fear of losing one of my other children. I was angry at God for taking my daughter and angry at myself for failing her as her mother.
If it had not been for God, walking beside me and for all the people praying for me, I don’t know what shape I would be in today. I can testify that God loved me through all the hurt and never left me alone. There is healing in the God we serve.
Ok, enough about me. You are here to study scriptures about heaven, but if you want to read a little about my Rebekah, check out “Rebekah’s Heart”.
Scriptures About Heaven from the Words of Jesus
Jesus provides us with a rare glimpse into the spiritual world and Heaven is no exception. We can learn a lot about what Heaven is like (and eternal life) by simply studying the words of Jesus.
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.
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Scriptures About What Heaven is Like
When God created the world it was perfect and beautiful and sinless, but it wasn’t Heaven. Heaven was a spiritual place long before our present dwelling was created. We know that God resided there with His angels and that one of them rebelled against Him. Jesus tells us in Luke 10:18 that he saw Satan fall from Heaven. It is also recorded in Isaiah 14:12-21.
Of course, Satan is angry and determined to prove himself greater than God so he sets out to destroy God’s creation and thus sin enters the world. Since that time, the entire earth has been in a state of suffering and decay. In the end, God will restore it back to its former glory and we will be living in a true heaven and earth.
Some of these verses refer to the present Heaven and others refer to that time of Heaven on earth. In either case, they give you an idea of the glory and splendor of what is to come for those who are saved through the blood of Jesus.
The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Other Scriptures About Heaven
All of these scriptures about eternal life are from the New Testament and before we launch into them, I want to explain that the idea of Heaven existed right from the beginning. In Hebrews 11, Paul goes into a commentary of the heroes of faith beginning with Cain and Abel (the sons of Adam and Eve).
He talks about these great men and women of faith to encourage us, but he pauses to remind us that they were not without faith and were continually seeking a heavenly home.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16)
Having grown up with the concept of Heaven, it was easy for our New Testament authors to write about it in their own style. With salvation through Jesus Christ offered to all who believe, why would it not be utmost in their minds?
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
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. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
1 Corinthians 2:7-9
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
2 Peter 3:13
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
If you noticed, I tried to keep my own thoughts out of these verses. I think it is important that you look deep into them and draw your own conclusion. Jesus is talking to you and calling you through these scriptures about Heaven.
Study them, pray them, and believe them, they will draw you closer to the only one who can make you whole. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!