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Bible Facts About Heaven

Dr. John R. RiceBy Dr. John R. Rice

Table of Contents

Forward - How to Use This Booklet

I. The Comfort of Heaven

How the saints of old loved to talk and sing about Heaven.  How the social gospel and unscriptural preaching have cheated people out of joyful anticipation of Heaven.

II. Heaven, a Real, Literal Place

Heaven, a city with streets, walls, a river, trees, fruit, mansions.  People with literal bodies in Heaven - Jesus, Enoch, Elijah etc.

III.  Heaven Immediately Follows Death for Christians

No purgatory, no limbo, no soul sleeping.  How Jesus, the thief on the cross, Enoch, Elijah and Lazarus went instantly to Heaven at death; Paul's testimony.

IV.  Christians Know Each Other in Heaven

Personality continues in Heaven.  Knowledge much greater.  There we will recognize not only the face but the heart.  Lazarus and Abraham, Stephen, Moses and Elijah, my mother's dying testimony, that in Heaven they know one another.

V. In Heaven They Observe Us on Earth with Complete Knowledge and Eager Interest

If Jesus knows all, why not the saints?  Samuel knew about Saul.  The rich man in Hell and Lazarus and Abraham in Heaven knew about the five unsaved brothers.  Moses and Elijah knew about the coming death of Jesus.  The saints under the altar of Revelation 6:9-11 will know about the persecution on earth.  Joy in Heaven over sinners saved on earth.  Christians on earth compassed about by great cloud of heavenly witnesses.

VI. Christian, "To Die Is Gain": We Should Long for Heaven

Many Christians act like heathens at funerals.  "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."  What a Christian gains at death: the presence of Christ, seeing loved ones again, being done with sin, no more sinful companions, hearts comforted, rest, eternal rewards.

VII. Christ May Come Today to Take His Own

The hope of a Christian is not death but the second coming.  "I will come again, and receive you unto myself."  His coming is imminent.  Christians are to watch continually, expectantly.  The joy of going to Heaven without dying.

VIII.  Christ the Way to Heaven; Make Sure You Are Going There

What men have done in hope of gaining Heaven.  Jesus the only way; how Christ paid for sins; how He invites sinners.  All who receive and trust him for salvation are sure of Heaven.  How to meet loved ones there.  A decision to make today.


"... a precious unfolding of truth concerning the Father's House, designed to comfort the hearts of those who have been bereaved and to stir others with a desire to know the One whose presence makes Heaven, that they may be with Him forever in eternity.  There are 8 chapters, and every one clear and scriptural.  An ideal book for ministers to put into the hands of those who are mourning the loss of Christian friends and relatives."

- H. A. Ironside  


With prayer that God may use this message to comfort you and bless your heart with the message of Heaven, the beautiful, prepared place not far away to which Jesus will take all who trust themselves to Him to save and keep.



Published 1940


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