Who Will Be In Heaven?

Heaven means different things to different people. In fact, our concept of heaven will determine who we think will be there. Some think that if God is a God of love, as the Bible says, that He would never send anyone to a place like hell. Thus, everyone goes to heaven.

Many Different Beliefs

Others follow beliefs that say that only those who believe like I do will get to heaven. The strange part of this is that people follow a multitude of different beliefs. Does this mean that there are a multitude of heavens?

Others simply say that there is no heaven. When we die, we either cease to exist or we are reincarnated into another being here on the earth.

If God is real and He really does love us, then He will communicate with us and tell us what He wants us to know. The truth is that He does love us and He has communicated with us through our Holy Bible. You can either accept it or not accept it. However, think about this. If the Bible is just a fictional book, then we who believe in it have nothing to loose. However, if the Bible is true, and you do not believe that it is God’s Word to us, where are you going to spend eternity?

The Bible Says Who Will Be in Heaven

The Bible says very specifically that only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will enter heaven.

Look at Rev. 21:27 (NIV): “Nothing impure will ever enter it (heaven), nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? This is where it gets very interesting. First of all, we know that the Church, that is, those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, will be there. The Bible says that these make up  the bride of Christ.

The Great White Throne Judgment

However, Rev. 20:12 says something that is very interesting that happens at the Great White Throne Judgment. It says (NIV): “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”

It does not say “those who accepted Jesus.” But rather they were judged according to what they had done during their lifetime. We know that those who reject Jesus will not have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Thus, anyone who has a chance to accept Jesus and rejects Him will have already been judged by his/her decision. So, who are these people who are judged at this time?

This judgment refers to those who did not have a chance to accept Jesus, but did seek after God and try to follow Him. These people will be judged by their actions and many will probably have their name written in the Book of Life.

However, very few people living today will fall into this category. Jesus is being proclaimed everywhere. There are very few places that you can go in this modern world that you will not have the opportunity to hear about Jesus. So who are these people who did not have a chance to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and yet have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

Those Who Died Before Jesus Arose From the Dead

Look at what John the Baptist said. He was chosen by God, even before his birth, to be the messenger that would announce the coming of Jesus and proclaim Him to the world. He died before Jesus was crucified and arose again from the dead. Listen to what John says about himself.

John 3:29 (NIV): “The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.”

John says that he is not part of the bride (the Church), but he is a friend of the bridegroom. Do you think that he will be in heaven? Of course. And there will be many more just like him.

The Old Testament Saints

In the Old Testament, we find people who followed after God. Will they be in heaven? Of course. In fact, two examples are given to us.

The first example is Enoch. Genesis 5:24 (NIV): “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” If God took him away, were is he? Where God is, of course. He is in heaven with God.

Even the New Testament proclaims this. Hebrews 11:5 (NIV): “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”

How about Abraham, the father of the Israelites? Will He be in heaven? Genesis 25:8 (NIV): “Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.”  Who are his people? Others who believed and lived just like he did.

The New Testament confirms this. Listen to what Jesus said in Matthew 8:11 (NIV): “I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”

The Tribulation Saints

Revelation 7:13-17 talks about those who are saved during the Tribulation Period. We call them The Tribulation Saints. John saw them in heaven dressed in white robes standing before God and constantly serving Him.

Another passage in Revelation indicates that there are multitudes saved after the Rapture. Just before the opening of the seventh seal, God calls out and says Rev. 7:3 (NIV): “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”

Yes, there will be multitudes saved during the Tribulation. However, they will not be part of “the Church” because the Church will have already been raptured up to heaven before the Tribulation Period.

The Church Who is the Bride of Christ

Keep in mind that “the Church” does not refer to any earthly organization. It refers to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Another term that is used for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior is that they are the “Bride of Christ.”

There are many verses in the Bible that proclaim that the Church will be in heaven as the Bride of Christ.

God tells us, through Paul in II Cor. 11:2 (NIV): “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.”

Rev. 19:7 (NIV): “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”

Rev. 21:9 (NIV): “One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

Are You a Member of the Bride of Christ?

Anyone reading this article must make a decision about accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. You have heard about Jesus and you know what He offers you. So you must make a choice. You either choose Jesus and go to heaven or reject Jesus and send yourself to hell. It is your choice and God will honor your choice. There is no middle ground. If you have not chosen Jesus, go to How To Live Forever and make your choice.

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