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Books about heaven:

What About Books Written By People Who Claim To Have Gone To Heaven And Written What They Have Seen?

There are many "proof text" verses to teach us to be careful about what people say about heaven in the books that they write. 

2 Corinthians 12:1-4 (NKJV)  I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows--such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

If Paul could not explain heaven, or better, since he felt it is something not to be explained, then it would be presumptuous to say someone else (other than those who were commissioned to write for God), could explain heaven.  God was revealing scripture to Paul, which was Gods method of communicating to man.  If God did not try to let us see heaven in His Word to man, (the Bible) then we are best served not to try to describe it ourselves.

To try to use other people’s experiences to describe heaven opens the things of God up for deception.  If they can convince you that they have seen heaven, then it is possible they can also convince you of false teachings as well.

John 3:13 (NKJV) No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, [that is], the Son of Man who is in Heaven.

So if Jesus said that, “No one has ascended to heaven”, but Himself, then that’s all I receive as truth.  No one!

At Grace Bible Fellowship Norwalk we only receive the Bible as Gods Special Revelation to mankind.  See our page our page on this site called, “Give Attention To Doctrine”.

Many say John described heaven in the book of Revelation.  But he was getting pictures that were to be written down.  We can’t know that John was actually seeing heaven. 

The prophets were getting visions that were to be written as information to teach us.  They were not necessarily actually seeing God or heaven.

The same thing when Daniel wrote about the “Ancient of Days” as a description of God the Father.

Daniel 7:7 (NKJV)  "I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment [was] white as snow, And the hair of His head [was] like pure wool. His throne [was] a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire;

He was no more seeing the actual Father than when he also describes the EU as 10 horns.  God gave him 10 horns as a picture that he was to write down (or be interpreted) as 10 countries.  In the same way Daniel was getting pictures to be interpreted as the Father.  You cannot emphatically state that he was seeing the Father.

Daniel 7:9 (NKJV)   "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It [was] different from all the beasts that [were] before it, and it had ten horns.

Stephen in Acts chapter 7 saw the heavens open up and he saw Jesus at the right hand of the Father and then he died.  It is kind of a pattern that God does not have us knowing what heaven is like until we are there in heaven with Him.

Acts 7:55- 58 (NKJV)  But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!"

So, has anyone other than those in scripture seen heaven?  Well it sells books.  But you cannot support this with the scriptures alone.  So I don’t read them.

I believe that we are not to go there until we are there.

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)   But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

 

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Thanks, Steve Tassi