Jesus Doesn’t Want You To Go To Heaven?!

If someone said, “You aren’t going to heaven,” how would that make you feel?

That thought could be disturbing, especially considering what many of us have been brought up to believe. But what does the Bible really say about us going to heaven?

Jesus taught, “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5.5). He told the criminal who was crucified with him, “ you shall be with me in paradise” (not heaven) (Luke 23.43). The book of Revelation teaches, “You [Jesus] were slain, and purchased for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” (Revelation 5.9,10)

A brief look at the Bible reveals that God originally intended man to be on the earth, righteous, peaceful, holy, and in perfect harmony with him. By the time the Bible concludes and God’s plan is complete, we again see the paradise of God restored and the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven to the earth (Revelation 21.2). The tree of life is again featured as the centerpiece of paradise (Revelation 22.2).

It may shock you, but Jesus never preached that the faithful would “ go to heaven”. Instead he repeatedly said that they would “enter the kingdom” (Matthew 5.20;7.21, Mark 9.47; 10.15; Luke 18.25; John 3.5). In fact, Jesus was sent for the very purpose of preaching the message of the kingdom (Luke 4.43). In order to obey Jesus’ first command, you must believe in this “kingdom of God” (Mark 1.14,15).

Jesus is coming back to be King over the whole earth (Psalm 2.8). He will resurrect the faithful and reign in righteousness. There will be no more war, suffering, or death. God will wipe away the tears from His people. The followers of King Jesus will help him rule the world and the wicked will be destroyed. (Revelation 2.26; 1 Corinthians 6.2; Daniel 7.27).

“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him; and he will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” Matthew 25.31-32

“He who overcomes, and he who keeps my deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations” Revelation 2.26

Let’s search the scriptures to understand more of the message of Jesus and the hope of a Christian – the kingdom of God.

“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6.10

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, I have also thought that same thing before. Yeah, that could be one of the biggest misconceptions ever, but we will live in Paradise here with the Tree of Life. That was a very thought-provoking article, thanks.

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  2. Tim, thanks for logging on. Isn’t this amazing! I remember when I was first challenged to consider this information – I was amazed when I really considered that there is no place in Scripture where the faithful are promised to go to heaven!

    If God said that it was”very good” in the beginning when He placed man in the Garden of Eden, why would He abandon this plan to have us all escape to some ethereal place in the sky? He is going to return this place and His people to how He originally intended it to be in the beginning.

    We have many resources on this subject both @ http://www.highergroundonline.org and http://www.kingdomready.org/topics/kg.php

    I’d be happy to send you more information if you are interested – just go to our contact us section.

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