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Heaven and Hell: What does God say about it?

October 19th, 2011

Is there a heaven?  What does the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) say?

Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised on oath to our ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey.
Deuteronomy 26:15

You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
Nehemiah 9:6

Is there eternal life in heaven for men?  What does the Tanakh say?

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been thus destroy, yet in my flesh shall I see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
Job 19:25-27

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11

As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.
Psalm 17:15

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Psalm 23:6

The dust [i.e. the body] returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Ecclesiastes 12:7

Is there an eternal hell?  What does the Tanakh say?

The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: “Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”
Isaiah 33:14

[God declares,] “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”
Isaiah 66:24

Heaven and Hell is a biblical thing, not a Christian thing.  If you believe what the Bible says, then you must believe in Heaven and Hell.

The question is, is there a sure way to get to heaven?  What does the Tanakh say?

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.  And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
Deuteronomy 18:18-19

But God did not leave it there:

Yeshua (Jesus) was that prophet.  He said:

Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.  For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
John 5:45-47

Yeshua was not only the prophet, however.   He pointed himself as the way to Heaven.

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:15-16

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6

That is why:

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
John 3:36

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I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.
Deuteronomy 30:19

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