More Questions and Answers about Heaven
Many of these concepts are fleshed out imaginatively in my novels Deadline, Dominion, Edge of Eternity, Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, The Ishbane Conspiracy, and Safely Home. Some are developed in a different form in my nonfiction book In Light of Eternity. All are addressed in my book Heaven: Resurrected Living on a Resurrected Earth.
On page 359 you mention speaking with the saints of old: “I would like to ask Elijah about being taken away in the chariot.” Elijah and Elisha were separated by a chariot of fire, but both NIV and KJV say in II Kings 2:11 that Elijah “went up to Heaven in a whirlwind.”
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If the kingdom of Heaven is the New Heaven on Earth what are these people in Revelation 22 doing outside the gates of the New Jerusalem? Are we to believe that there will be some people in Heaven but not able to enter the city because of practices they participated in after their salvation?
In your Heaven book you state (page 88) that never once has God renounced His claim on what He had made. However, according to Genesis 6: 5-7, it does state that because of man’s great wickedness and evilness of heart that God was sorry for having made man and as a result of His grief, He decided to destroy His creation—man along with the animals, birds, and creeping things. Can you help me clarify this?
You say in your book that people in Heaven can witness events happening on earth. But what about Isaiah 65:17, which says in heaven “the former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind”?“But we’re promised there won’t be crying or pain in heaven. How could we be aware of bad things on earth? Surely it couldn’t be heaven for us if we knew these things.”