Randy Alcorn's Blog: Heaven

Will There Be No More Sunrises or Sunsets on the New Earth?

Do you love sunrises and sunsets? Are you disappointed to think you might not see any again? Our sun is one of countless billions of suns. I think we’ll see many more sunrises and sunsets, on many worlds. 

We’ve Lost Our Vocabulary of Wonder About Heaven

In this life we marvel at and talk about the wondrous beauty of mountains, beaches, sunsets, lakes, and deserts. We get inspired and dream about going beautiful places. Similarly, Scripture tells us “we are looking forward to a new heavens and new earth [redeemed universe] in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). 

Death: The Last Enemy, and Our Deliverer

On the one hand, the Bible calls death “the last enemy” (1 Corinthians 15:26). On the other hand, for the person whose faith and actions have prepared him for it, death is a deliverer, casting off the burdens of a hostile world and ushering him into the world for which he was made.

Heaven Could Never Be Boring

Some imagine that in Heaven we’ll be all dressed up with nowhere to go and nothing to do. (Except take an eternal afternoon nap, strum that harp, and polish that gold.) I’ve concluded there’s an unspoken assumption behind this pervasive notion that Heaven will be boring.

Joni Eareckson Tada on Suffering, Sorrow, Wheelchairs and Eternal Gratitude

Jesus promised that in Heaven, those who endured difficult things on Earth would be comforted for them (Luke 16:25). The comfort implies memory of what happened. If we had no memory of the difficult things, why would we need comfort? How would we feel it?

Looking Forward to a Heaven We Can Imagine

The New Earth is where there’ll be no more pain and sorrow and God will wipe away the tears from every eye. That’s the perfect promise to share with unbelievers.  We should unapologetically tell them that the happiness they long for, the reconciliation to the God from whom happiness flows, is found in Jesus alone—this is what makes the gospel “good news of great joy”!

What Is the Tree of Life?

In Revelation, after the apostle John describes the river of life, he mentions another striking feature: “On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2).

Will the New Earth Have a Sun and Moon?

People who think the New Earth won’t have a sun and moon generally refer to three passages, one of which is Revelation 21:23: "The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp."