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What and Where is Heaven?

What and Where is Heaven?

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Hi, I’m Gary Kent from ‘The Incredible Journey.’ Recently I was walking here along Palm Beach on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, when a fellow walking in the opposite direction remarked, ‘Isn’t this heavenly, the weather’s great, the location’s amazing, beautiful one day, perfect the next. This is heaven.’ Really, I said, a young man drowned here last week.

So, what is heaven really like? What and where is heaven? Well, I’ve been there, – kind of – and I’m back to tell you all about it. Here’s what happened.

Several months ago, one of our family turned 40. And to celebrate this important milestone, he decided to tick off an important item on his bucket list – a Jet Fighter Pilot Experience. He invited us to Archerfield airport in Brisbane to watch him fly.

To my utter surprise and amazement, when I arrived at the Fighter Pilot base, the Instructor informed me that I was flying as well. There was no way that could be true. But then I discovered that it was a gift. My family had all contributed to pay for the flight.

From then on everything happened very quickly. After a full operational briefing, and instructions, I was fitted into my flight suit and helmet and taken to the aircraft.

Here I joined an elite few and strapped myself into our L-39 jet fighter for a mind-blowing fighter pilot experience.

The roar of the jet spooling up is one thing, but the sheer exhilaration of 4000 lbs of jet thrust is unbelievable! We roared down the runway and took off. Our L-39 Albatros is powered by a brilliant Ivchenko turbo fan jet engine that is capable of reaching close to 900 kms an hour

Previously, this jet has served with the Ukrainian Air Force to train pilots for advanced combat operations. L-39’s have served in over 30 air forces around the world. They are currently used by the Breitling Jet Team – the largest display team in Europe – and have featured in numerous movies including James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies.

The pilot was in constant communication with me as the aircraft was guided through the planned sequence of manoeuvres. The L-39 is an extremely agile and exhilarating aircraft to fly, with fantastic visibility from my seat in the cockpit. This aircraft is a dream to fly, with subsonic aerobatic maneuvers completed with grace and effortless efficiency.

Soon we were spiraling through the skies with G-forces of up to 6.5. This aircraft is more than capable of all the basic positive-G jet maneuvers: aileron rolls, barrel rolls, loops, Cuban-8s, Immelmanns and Cloverleafs. We did them all, and I even actually flew the plane on my own for a short while.

Flying an L-39 is the real deal. Being airborne in an L-39 allows you to become a modern-day fighter pilot for a day.

Now, you might well be wondering what all this has got to do with heaven. Well, simply this. Heaven is a Bible concept. The Bible refers to heaven nearly 700 times. That’s where the idea comes from. Heaven is mentioned in over 80% of the books of the Bible. Jesus mentions Heaven about 70 times in the book of Matthew alone.

So, if you want to know about Heaven, the Bible is the best place to start. And the Bible says there are 3 heavens.
The FIRST HEAVEN – our immediate atmosphere or sky. Where the birds and planes fly.
The SECOND HEAVEN – outer space, where the sun, moon and stars are.
The THIRD HEAVEN – where God lives, God’s home.

So, most of us are familiar with the first heaven, where I flew in the L-39.
And a few people have been to the second heaven – outer space – where the astronauts go.
But, its the third heaven, God’s home, that really matters. That’s the heaven we all want to go to. And the Bible tells us a lot about heaven and what it’s like.

So, let’s check it out. Here are 7 quick and easy things the Bible says about heaven.

1. Heaven is the home of God.
“The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.”
(Ps 103:19)

2. Heaven is a real place where real people are occupied with real activities.
“They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their
fruit.” (Isaiah 65:17-21)

3. There will be no tears, pain or death in heaven.
“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.” (Revelation 21:4)

4. There will be perfect peace in heaven.
“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox… They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain says the Lord.” (Isaiah 65:25)

5. We go to heaven when Jesus comes back again to get us and take us there.
“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.”
(John 14:1-3)

6. We get to heaven by believing in Jesus and accepting Him as our Saviour.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

7. People who go to heaven love Jesus and obey His commandments.
“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14)

So, there they are – 7 important things the Bible says about heaven.
1. Heaven is the home of God.
2. Heaven is a real place where real people are occupied with real activities.
3. There will be no tears, pain, or death in heaven.
4. There will be perfect peace in heaven.
5. We go to heaven when Jesus comes back to get us and take us there.
6. We get to heaven by believing in Jesus and accepting Him as our Saviour.
7. People who go to heaven love Jesus and obey His commandments.

But here’s the really Good News. Like my flight in the L-39, heaven is a gift. It’s free.
Jesus has already contributed everything to make it possible. And by the way, you won’t need to be fitted out with a flight suit and helmet. All you’ll need is to be fitted out and covered with Jesus goodness, His righteousness.

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