I am so ready for Heaven. I hope you are too. Part of our daily experience tells us that we aren’t where we are supposed to be. We are “shocked” to learn that children are growing up and that we ourselves are growing older. These things are normal to life here on this earth. Why are we surprised? Perhaps it is because we are currently like a fish out of water gasping for “air.” God has placed eternity in our hearts and we are looking for that home to which we have never been.
Heaven is the divine throne room of God where he dwells with his angels (Matthew 22:30; 24:36; Revelation 5:13; Luke 2:15). This is the heaven which John saw in Revelation 4. This is where Jesus went (Luke 24:57; Acts 1:11). Jesus is presently there in his glorified body (Acts 2:34; 3:21; 7:56; Eph. 6:9; Heb. 8:1; 9:24; 1 Pet. 3:22). Jesus will descend from this Heaven when he claims his people to present to the Father (1 Thess. 1:10; 4:16; 2 Thess. 1:7).
This new existence with God is described as “the New Heavens and New Earth.” We first run into this phrase in Isaiah 65:17-25 and Isaiah 66:22. The prophet gave us a glimpse of God making a new existence which is sampled in the church and then experienced fully after the Judgment Day. 2 Peter 3:10 described this event of destruction for us. Peter wrote, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved.” Because of this destruction of all that we have ever seen, “we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13).
Good Christian, keep waiting. Keep looking for Jesus. Keep looking for our reward. He is coming.