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Heaven’s Homecoming Highlights!

My friend Jonathan Brentner and I are set upon a book project we call HEREAFTER. Its subtitle at this point is Heaven’s Children in Eternal GloryConsidering the lateness of the hour, prophetically speaking, we believe it will be an excitingly appropriate volume for believers—especially for those who view Bible prophecy from the pre-Trib perspective.

The title came to me upon remembering the late, great broadcaster Paul Harvey’s words regarding some dental product he promoted: “If you want to keep your pearly whites from here to hereafter, you need [whatever that product was].”

The older we get, perhaps the more we can understand what Paul was talking about in his own, unique way of expressing a truth. The Bible tells us that, in old age, “the grinders are few” (Ecclesiastes 12:3). Our teeth—like the rest of us—fall victim to the accumulating years.

Paul Harvey professed to be a believer in Christ for salvation. Thus, by “hereafter,” he was referring to that magnificent sphere to which believers ascend instantaneously when we finish our work/journey in this foreign land we call “earth.”

“Hereafter,” therefore, is the one topic that should draw our attention. This life is but a vapor, as Scripture says. Eternity is, well, forever. Heaven is our real home.

With this in mind, I’d like us to think a bit on something. Jonathan and I both believe strongly that most believers alive now will experience the Rapture of the Church when Christ calls. So we could be transported into that realm at any moment—a thrilling prospect to consider!

It is sad that many pastors in churches today don’t dwell to any extent upon this thrilling prospect. Truly understanding our future in considering our “hereafter” can move us into life more abundant, as Jesus promised.

Those who are blessed to come to this understanding of the heavenly promises that await have many questions. I considered that, by researching those questions, we might get at least some small idea of that glorious future in the presence of our Lord. The following are a few attempts at answering some of the questions believers would like addressed.

  1. Why won’t we be bored in Heaven?

As children, we sometimes view Heaven as a boring place. This is the view of many older believers as well. Some imagine Heaven as possibly an endless church service we’ll attend while checking our heavenly watches to see how much longer until we can go to lunch.

But things will be nothing like that. Worship will be action. We will explode with desire to serve as we are expected to do as believers here in this temporal life. Our heavenly desires will be greatly magnified when we are in our eternal home.

This powerful drive to serve will involve love and work. We are told to love the Lord with all our heart, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We will spend eternity interacting with our brothers and sisters in ways that will no doubt involve love for each other and work that uplifts us and them with spectacular, ever-ascending positive results for our efforts. We will experience fulfillment individually and together in carrying out God’s holy will—dynamic activity that is beyond our imagination in the confines of our finite understanding.

  1. Will we know family and friends like we do here on earth?

I like the way one teacher put it:

Just as Jesus on earth loved each person differently and specially—he did not love John as he loved Peter, because John was not Peter—so we are designed to love people specially. There is no reason why this specialness should be removed, rather than added to, in eternity. Our family and special friends will always be our family and special friends. In this life a child begins to learn to love by loving mother, then father, then siblings, then pets. The concentric circles of love are then gradually expanded, but the beginning lessons are never abandoned. There is no reason to think God rips up this plan in Heaven. (Tough Questions Christians Ask, book by Christianity Today, author of comment Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy, Boston University)

  1. How can I be happy in Heaven if someone I loved deeply on earth doesn’t make it there?

We know that the Bible tells us:

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

While some interpret this as occurring only after the new heavens and new earth have been created, the fact that Heaven is perfection no doubt applies the moment we leave this earth and are at home with our Lord.

From our perspective now, to lose anyone we love because they won’t believe for salvation is heart-wrenching. But we will have the mind of Christ at the moment we are with Him eternally. He tells us He will have to say to the unbeliever “I never knew you.” This is not just a judicial advisory on the part of the Lord. It means He will forget for eternity the individual who has never come to Him.

Truly we can’t understand this at present, but when we have the mind of Christ and see Him as He is, we will be like Him. We, too, will have the ability to forget, just as God has that ability. This isn’t a pleasant thought right now, but we will understand it all by and by.

There are many questions we could address from Christians wanting to know about the hereafter. Jonathan and I are trying to touch on many in our upcoming book. Suffice it to say that Paul’s words, inspired by the Holy Spirit, should be a powerful stimulant for all believers while we look forward to Christ’s any-moment call to us in the Rapture.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searched all things, yea, the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2:9–10)  


  1. Danny Glover says:

    Praise God. Thank you for all you are doing to help bringing Jesus closer to our hearts. May God continue to bless you for all your time and effort in making this possible. Amen.

  2. john parrish says:

    thank you for this I have my wife of 56 years and children family and friends there and I am ready to get there. I was working on a little book to leave for those that don’t go but Bill Silas has beat me to it with a flash drive with a Bible, and instructions on it. Thanks again I always enjoy your writing

  3. Ed Wood says:

    This was a really neat commentary. Paul said:

    1 Corinthians {2:9} But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

    Bottom line is that heaven is better than we can even imagine.

    First of all, believers who get there will be immortal and free from sin’s grasp at last. That last part makes me wonder if anyone up there will recognize me because I am far from a advertisement of what a Christian should be like. Actually, I say this a little tongue in cheek, because just as Peter, James, and John recognized Elijah and Moses during Jesus’ transfiguration, even though they had lived centuries after their physical deaths and I doubt even seen an image of them (second commandment), I think there will also be no strangers in heaven.

    Next, we won’t be lying around on a cloud all day with a harp. We’ll be given work to do that will be perfect for us. Down here, work is often a drag, but I think it’ll be fulfilling in heaven in a way we can only partially know on Earth, even when something we do turns out right.

    Since time is no longer a limiting factor, we’ll have plenty of that to get together with those who were an important part of our lives down here, except for those who willfully rejected Jesus even at the last second of their earthly life (I do think there is that one last attempt by Jesus, following the example of the mercy he showed the repentant thief even as he was dying an agonizing death himself.) Though it may be tough to think about that now, out of sight out of mind may be the case.
    Sounds harsh, but let’s just remember that God always does what is right and best for us.

    During the Millennium, I think we’ll be shuttling to and from heaven in our respective occupations and our travel to this reality may even go beyond Earth. Gotta be a reason for all those stars and planetary systems out there. Post-millennium, we’ll get to travel in an entirely new universe which no longer has the damage caused to this one by the Fall.

    I’m looking forward to moving day, big time!

    • ianpomeroy says:

      Thank you Ed – just love your comment. Even though it is not perfect [wink, wink]

      • Ed Wood says:

        Thanks, Ian.
        The version of myself now is after the train wreck. I figure I’ll get a complete and badly needed overhaul and upgrade in the twinkling of an eye before getting to heaven!

  4. Joyce Winquist says:

    I look forward to the new book!!! Enjoy both of your posts so much. Very encouraging as I am a widow of three years now. My husband was a believer so very thankful! Another favorite book of mine is Randy Alcorns book, Heaven, excellent and so encouraging. A fun read!! May God bless both of you as you work on this together 🙏🙏

  5. Dave Michaelson says:

    I’ve considered what lies ahead in Eternity–will I see people I know including family members hoping they put their faith in Him before they passed. I get Jonathan Brentner’s emails, and find his writing encouraging. Most of what Terry speaks of here I have not given a whole lot of thought to. What it will be like in Heaven, or the Millenial Kingdom on Earth. Everything Terry speaks of sounds glorious for Believers! I also listened to Paul Harvey before I was a teenager and I literally heard him that same day he gave his famous “If I were the Devil” broadcast on my parent’s car radio sitting in the driver seat anticipating my driving days soon to follow! I remember thinking then about what he said then, and now how much more the world has devalued life, morals and even common decency. That was now some 57yrs ago-wow–I can’t believe I’m as old as I am, and have lived to see what I’ve seen transpire in this world–just amazing! I think what God is saying is He will reward those who stayed the course, ran the race, and stayed Faithful in their calling to obey His commandments, and put their faith in Him–Jesus and His finished work on the Cross!

  6. ianpomeroy says:

    Thank you Terry. Love it! I simply look forward to go – cannot wait to leave, but meanwhile let us keep on gossiping the Gospel until we leave!!!

  7. Andrea Bowman says:

    Can’t wait to read this! If we have to wait, at least we will have something to look forward to! Heaven is my favorite subject and I always remember your Heaven visit story. I think about what it will be like all the time. God bless

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