Folks, this is another question that continues to be asked and which
continues to get "I’m not sure" answers. Are "Paradise" and "Heaven" two different places?
Are "hell" and "hades" two different places? Even the religious scholars don’t have a concrete
answer. Let’s talk about it.
In Genesis 5:24, we’re told that "Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him." That doesn’t
help us. as to where he was taken to.
Then in 1st Samuel 28:19, when King Saul had a woman medium call Samuel back from the dead, Samuel wasn’t pleased at
all, and he said to Saul, "tomorrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me" They were killed the next day, but we don’t
know where Samuel meant; he just said "with me." So that’s no answer.
In Matthew 22:32, Jesus said, "I am the God of Abraham, and the
God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." They’re alive and safe,
but exactly where. We still don’t have an answer.
The next place we can look is in 2nd Kings 2:11, when Elijah was taken up "into Heaven."
At last we have a definite place. It says "and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven."
At Christ’s crucifixion, in Luke 23:43, the
thief on a cross next to Him obviously believed, and Jesus, said, "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."
That still leaves us wondering about "Heaven" and "paradise."
But doesn’t that include us? After His resurrection, He said "I go my way to Him that sent me" (John 16:5).
To me, that has to be Heaven. And for me, either place is ok.
Personally, I plan to go with Him whether it’s when He sends for me, or comes for me
in the Rapture. Then I’ll be able to talk with any of them from Abraham to my Dad, if I’m still wondering. We’ll
be "like Christ" (1st John 3:2), and so I think we’ll just naturally know all we’ve wondered about down
So don’t sweat
it. Christ has told us all He felt we needed to know. Now let’s live it, and our time will come.