- Is Heaven The Reward Of The Saved?

Most people falsely believe that not only will they go to Heaven to be with God when they die, they also falsely believe that Heaven is the location for eternity. This is not what the Bible teaches. Instead the Bible teaches that we will inherit a new heaven and new earth. Its not about living in clouds and playing harps for the rest of eternity. That doesn't sound like fun nor will it somehow all of a sudden become fun. Eternity will have a tangible quality to it on an actual renewed earth. Death will be conquered, and evil will not remain with us. Sure there are plenty of unknowns, but there are also some things that are known if we read what is revealed to us in the Word. 

Inheritance Of The Earth

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matt. 5:5  

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Psalms 37:11

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Rev. 5:10

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: Rev. 2:26 (There will be physical nations of people that we will rule. Who are these people?)

And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. Gen. 13:14-15 (Abram and his seed was promised “all the land” not Heaven)

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Rom. 4:13 (An “heir” is someone that has not yet inherited. His inheritance is the world.)

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Rev. 21:2-3 (Christ comes to earth and dwells with us, not the other way around.)

The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. Prov. 10:30 (This verse dispels many theories as false.)

And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. Dan. 7:14

Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Dan. 7:22

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Rev. 3:21 (The Father’s throne is in Heaven. But where is Christ’s throne? Earth?)

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: Luke 1:32 (David’s throne was on earth)

Are The Righteous Dead In Heaven Today

Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Acts 2:29 (David is not in Heaven, he is dead to this day, awaiting the resurrection.)

For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Acts 2:34 (This is consistent with the above verse.)

Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? John 8:52-53 (Abraham and the prophets are not in Heaven. They too are dead in their graves awaiting the resurrection.)

Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. John 13:33 (Christ went to Heaven, and he tells us that we can not go there)

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. John 3:13 (Jesus appears to plainly say that no man has ascended to Heaven expect himself, which came from there. This is also consistent with the fact that we can not go there)

Rewards In Heaven

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matt. 5:11-12 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, I Peter 1:3-4 

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Rev. 22:12(Our reward is “reserved” in Heaven, which later comes with the Lord at his return)

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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2-3 (Our reward is in Heaven being prepared by Christ, which he brings with him at his return to earth at the resurrection.)

Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. Isaiah 40:10

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. John 18:36 (Christ’s kingdom is in Heaven, which comes with him at his return to earth)