What Will Eternity Be Like?

Knowing what heaven will be like will give us a positive outlook in this life. Where do you hope to spend eternity? Most of us would probably not be surprised to know that the Bible teaches that unbelievers will spend eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14-15). However, did you know that the Bible doesn't teach that believers are going to spend eternity in heaven? Rather, Christians will spend eternity on the "new earth" (Revelation 21-22). The old earth and heavens that we know will be destroyed, and God will create a new heaven and a new earth. This new earth will contain cities with streets of gold and pearly gates. The new earth will be a glorious place where all curses are removed. We won't have pollution, and we won't be afraid of wild animals. Nobody will sin, and there will be no criminals. It will be paradise. There will be no death, sorrow, crying, pain, or suffering (Revelation 21:4), although we will have likes and dislikes, as well as surprises and disappointments.

What do you expect to look like in eternity? We will look much like we look now, and others will be able to recognize us, just as people were able to recognize Jesus after His resurrection, as well as Abraham and Lazarus after their deaths (Luke 16). However, all of the problems of our physical bodies will be eliminated, including disease, deformities, and blemishes. We will have glorified bodies, and they will be unique. We will probably have variety then as now. Some will be taller, shorter, heavier, or lighter than others. We will probably remain in an ageless state in the prime of life, just as Adam and Eve were created in the prime of life. We can think of it as being 25 or 30 years old or so. Ours will be a physical existence on a physical planet, forever.

What do you expect to do in eternity? You probably won't be singing in a big choir forever. Rather, eternity will have distinct features that might be foreign to us today. However, in terms of what we do know today, I believe we will work, create and produce things, and participate in an economy, much as we do now. After all, didn't God give Adam and Eve things to do even before they sinned? Our work then will be much more enjoyable than it is now because we will be working in a perfect environment with perfect bodies. Our jobs will be challenging and rewarding, and never boring or tiring, and we'll love serving God through our jobs. We may have many of the same jobs we have today, with some being eliminated to adjust to our new economy. For example, we'll need no police because there will be no crime, no doctors because there will be no disease, and no funeral parlors since there will be no death. However, I think we'll have musicians, writers, teachers, and computer programmers. We will continue to invent things that improve our lot, and eternity will just get better and better.

We will also worship God in eternity. Maybe we'll be taught by the prophets of old. We'll enjoy fellowship and recreation as well. Eternity will be fun and enjoyable, like the millennium extended. I think eternity will be what God had planned for Adam and Eve had they not sinned. I think we will take our spiritual maturity to heaven. We will all grow in spiritual maturity, but we won't be at the same level. God won't just zap us with all truth and knowledge. We'll continue to learn and teach as we do now. That's why it's so important that we study and learn the Bible in this life, because we'll retain that knowledge in heaven. We need to keep on preparing for eternity. Though we'll all be happy in heaven, some may enjoy special rewards from God, and others may be somewhat disappointed.

Owen Weber2008