Randy Alcorn's Blog: heaven

Will We Maintain Our Own Identities in Heaven?

By Randy Alcorn | August 4, 2017
Our own personal history and identity will endure from one Earth to the next. “‘As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,’ declares the Lord, ‘so will your name and descendants endure’ ” (Isaiah 66:22).

Will All People Be Equal in Heaven?

By Randy Alcorn | June 23, 2017
There’s no reason to believe we’ll all be equally tall or strong or that we’ll have the same gifts, talents, or intellectual capacities.

We’ve Lost Our Vocabulary of Wonder About Heaven

By Randy Alcorn | March 29, 2017
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

By Randy Alcorn | December 30, 2016
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.

Will There Be Seasons and Varying Weather on the New Earth?

By Randy Alcorn | December 19, 2016
Some people have never thought about Heaven’s weather because they don’t think of Heaven as a real place, certainly not on the New Earth. Or they assume the New Earth will have bright sunshine, no clouds, no rain . . . forever.

Heaven Could Never Be Boring

By Randy Alcorn | December 2, 2016
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

By Joni Eareckson Tada, Randy Alcorn | November 7, 2016
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

By Randy Alcorn | October 30, 2016
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?

By Randy Alcorn | October 24, 2016
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).