Almost everyone believes that good people immediately go to heaven when they die. In fact, one of the most popular teachings of mainstream Christianity proclaims that the righteous will go to heaven! What if right now, this very moment, I will tell you that this belief is wrong, that their teaching is not based on the Bible but instead rooted in ancient paganism?
In this article, I will show you proofs that heaven is not the reward for the righteous straight from the Bible.
Is King David in Heaven?
If there is one person that should be in heaven right now, it will be King David, right? After all, he is regarded in the Bible as the author of Psalms, the righteous king of Israel, and even called a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). But you will be surprised that the Bible says that David never even get close anywhere near heaven. Let’s read the account in Acts.
Acts 2:29, 34 – “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, the he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day… David did not ascend into the heavens.” Read that again. David was dead, buried, and still in the tomb. He never went anywhere but in the ground.
What did Jesus Christ say?
If what Apostle Peter said is not enough, then let us hear what Jesus, our Master and Savior has to say with this particular subject.
John 3:13 – “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, The Son of Man”.
Nothing can be clearer than that. Jesus Christ is the best and perfect witness who can provide us a precise picture of what heaven is like. Since He came from heaven, He is more than credible to tell us if there are people who ever went to heaven. But His remark is quite surprising because NO ONE HAS ASCENDED TO HEAVEN. These include all the righteous people who lived and died before Him.
Another statement of Jesus that is startling to His audience is made in the Gospel of John.
“Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come” John 8:21).
“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).
Both of these scriptures are told by Christ when His crucifixion is imminent and near. He told His audience that they cannot come where He is going. Obviously, He will be going back to His Father’s throne after His resurrection. In effect, He is telling the Jews that they cannot go to heaven. They will die in their sins and they cannot still go to heaven.
In the second verse, it was repeated to Jesus’ disciples. The disciples, Jesus’ closest circle of friends, are not entitled to go to heaven! Imagine that. If His disciples cannot go to heaven, what is the possibility we can go there? If people assumed that heaven is the righteous’ reward, then who is lying, Jesus or the preacher in your church? You decide!
In one instance, Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. In His prayer, you will find a key factor to what the future holds for us.
Matthew 6:10 – “Thy kingdom come.”
Jesus taught us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come here on Earth. He never told us to pray that we go to heaven. Instead of us going to heaven, the Kingdom of God will come and be established here on Earth!
What will happen when Christ returns?
Another proof that people will not go to heaven when they die is found in John 5:28-29 which reads:
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:28-29).
Jesus Christ said that those who kept His words will hear is voice from the heaven??? No, from the grave! Read that again. The righteous were never in heaven all along. If that is the case, what is the use of Jesus coming here on earth when all the while everyone is already in heaven?? Or why resurrect people if they are already in heaven?? Think again.
If not heaven, then what is the reward of the righteous?
Now, we came to the real crux of the matter. We made it very clear that heaven is not the reward of the righteous. So what else can it be?
A careful study of the scripture will make the greater picture of what God’s eternal plan for us is. Let’s read Psalm 37.
Psa 37:9 – For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Psa 37:11 – But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Psa 37:29 – The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
The righteous will inherit the EARTH and not heaven. Their inheritance will be FOREVER as what verse 29 tells us. This is repeated in one of the beatitude mentioned by Christ, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
In addition to this, let us have a peek to what will happen when Jesus will be back here on Earth.
Rev_5:10 – “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
When God will make us kings and priests, we will not be reigning in Heaven but on the earth as what we can read in Revelation.
Now that we read the biblical proofs that support the statement that the righteous does not go to heaven, we can conclude with all confidence that we will reign on earth instead of heaven. The inescapable and obvious fact that we can derive from the Holy Scripture is very clear.
God has better plans for us rather than spending an eternity in heaven doing nothing. We have a mission to fulfill and that mission is to be fulfilled by reigning here on the earth together with other saints.
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