Are there people in heaven right NOW?
The obvious and biblical answer is – NO. There aren’t any people in heaven right now!
“And no man hath ascended up to heaven…” John 3:13
Are the current DEAD conscious? NO, not unless we are immortal beings or possess an immortal soul.
Are we immortal or do we have an immortal soul? NO! The bible speaks loud and clear:
“He ALONE is immortal…” 1 Timothy 6:16.
So much for the theory of immortality! This means that YOU aren’t immortal, I’m not immortal, your body isn’t immortal and a soul can’t be immortal! If any of us were immortal in any way, form, manner or condition, THEN, HE ALONE, WOULD NOT be immortal as scripture claims!
Why is that phrase so hard for some to digest? It needs no interpretation as it is one of the easiest verses in the bible to be understood. And since the bible doesn’t contradict itself, then anything that appears to imply anything other than that, can therefore not be correct and so, must have some other explanation.
Is it any wonder that we are told that Christ has brought immortality to light and that we must seek for it?
“But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and IMMORTALITY to light through the gospel…” 2 Timothy 1:10
“To them who by patient continuance in well doing SEEK for glory and honor and IMMORTALITY, eternal life…” Romans 2:7
Now if immortality was already an inherent human possession, then there would be no need to seek it, would there?
Surely the above message is for YOU and ME, to all of us (the REAL us) who are capable of seeking for it. Obviously an inert shell body isn’t capable of anything, right? According to the immortal view, it’s only a shell that houses the soul and therefore, doesn’t have the capacity to do anything, much less SEEK for immortality.
The immortal soul persuasion would have us believe that the conscious souls of the righteous dead like Moses, Elijah and Enoch, are currently in heaven; but this, my friends, is impossible!
“NO ONE has seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. “ John 1:18
“And NO ONE has ascended up to heaven except He who came down from Heaven, the Son of Man who is in Heaven.” John 3:13
Notice very carefully the information contained in these two verses. First, they tell us that NO ONE has ever seen God at ANYTIME. How can anyone have ascended into heaven and not ever see God?
And then it is made clear as to why no one has ever seen God at anytime and that’s because ABSOLUTELY NO ONE has ever ascended up to heaven where God dwells.
So that means that at their deaths, neither Enoch, Elijah, Moses or any other person for that matter, has ever ascended into heaven where God dwells. And no, neither did anyone else at the time of Christ’s resurrection, not even the thief on the cross!
NOTICE VERY CAREFULLY, John wrote the Gospel of John some time after the death and resurrection of Christ. So please notice how John 3:13 reflects this by indicating, “WHO IS” (present-tense) in heaven! So when John wrote his gospel, Christ had already resurrected to heaven- but in the same sentence John makes it very clear that NO ONE ELSE has EVER gone there!
Read it again! That is a very clear and profound statement.
So that means my friends, that the thief on the cross DID NOT ascend into heaven or paradise, with Christ on that day- or any other day for that matter as is popularly believed. It also means that at Christ’s ascension, NO ONE in some parabolic mythical place called “Abraham’s Bosom“, followed him into heaven either as is widely being claimed.
Friends, the word of God doesn’t have to repeat something twenty times over to make a point. If the reference is clear and without vagueness, and easily understood… then consider the point as having been well made.
According to the Bible, NO ONE is- or has gone to heaven at death; because according to the bible, we don’t have an immortal soul! That’s why it also tells us that we humans must seek for it (immortality).
And John is also very specific in his implication that Christ ascended to and is in heaven, but that NO ONE else is there- or has EVER gone there at anytime!
So when we die, WE REALLY DIE!… and remain in our graves where we obliviously await for the promised resurrection “of the dead” just as scripture promises and claims.
So are there any people in heaven right now? Not according to your bible!