With everything Heaven represents to the Christian, Heaven is not our home, despite all the religious songs that speak to the contrary. Man cannot be perfected inHeaven. It must take place in man’s natural habitat, where the fall of man began with Adam, not the Garden of Eden, but Earth.
Heaven, Hell and Death, were all accommodations God made for man because of sin. Man was never intended to experience any of those places or death. It was man’s participation in sin that caused these accommodations by God.
In order for man to be perfected, we must first survive the choice of salvation using faith. Then after death, we go to Heaven to make a series of transitions. The first of which is to be without our physical bodies and exist for a time as Spirits in Heaven.
This is another accommodation God made for man; the separation of man’s Spirit from his physical body was not part of the original plan.
Which is the reason for the “rapture“as it is referred to by Christians.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53
51 "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality".
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The transition from faith to knowledge is huge for mankind. All that we have believed in this life was facilitated through our faith. Once in Heaven, we transition out of faith and now we know.
We know and see all things manifested in front of us, everything we have believed in this life that existed spiritually. We see Christ in his glory in Heaven, we see Angels and the host that are in it.
We are like the Angels, in that we no longer have faith, but “know“ and “see” it all to be real, a transition from faith to fact if you will.
This is an important transition. It places us in a position of type and shadow. Judas walked and lived with Christ for 31⁄2 years and still betrayed Him. We must have that same experience, but in a more complete way. The people that joined Satan after the thousand year reign are no less the spirit of Judas. The third of the Angels that Satan deceived and were cast out of Heaven with him, are no less than the same spirit of Judas.
“And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born”.
In order for men to be perfected, to see God’s face, we must be like the Angels having no faith and complete knowledge. God is just in His judgment, in that all these people deceived by Satan, were fully aware of what they did. They can claim nothing was done in deception, as the Angels themselves who chose to side with Satan.
It is true that Satan deceived both the Angels and man, but not in the traditional sense of being able to outright lie to achieve deception. The Angels have full knowledge of God having been in His presence, man once in Heaven has the advantage of being in the presence of Christ.
The choice by men is no different than that of the Angels at this point and mans choice to betray Christ will be justly merited in the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20:7–9)
Physical death is not the end, as we know, but when Jesus spoke of enduring to the end, He was speaking of the end “after” the final deception of Satan, which is “after”the thousand year reign. (Matthew 10:22, 24:13; Mark 13:13).
There is a subtle aspect we must be conscientious of when it comes to Satan. In this life, we teach him how to tempt us. Satan is most patient, observant and not subject to forgetfulness, as we are. Demons do not suffer from memory problems, they remember everything they have seen and heard from before the foundations of the world were laid by God Himself. (Job 38:1–7)
When they watch us, they only tempt us with what we are vulnerable to. You have never been tempted with anything you were not curious about or predisposed to in some way. That is why some people are into drugs while others could care less. Those that are into drugs can’t seem to get away from them, while those who have no interest in drugs, don’t find themselves in situations with people using drugs. This is no coincidence.
Once you are on the other side of this life, Satan will try a new tactic to deceive you. Chances are it will have something to do with pride and vanity, after all that is what got him, and most likely what caused the fall of the Angels with him.
12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet”.
13 “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more”.
This places salvation in perspective. Salvation is in fact, being saved from God’s and Christ wrath in the tribulation and final judgment. What is ultimately the second death, as it is referred to.
In the wrath, Christ gets vengeance on those that rejected Him and the Father. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, Revelation 6:16) “the wrath of the Lamb” which is depicted in (Rev 19:19-21). Jesus opens the seals that are in the book held by God to start the tribulation. All the judgments that ensue are God’s judgments, despite the fact that Jesus opens the book that begins the plagues (Rev 5:3-7, 20:7-15).
The tribulation is a combination of both God’s judgments and the revenge of Jesus, but salvation is the escape of all that (Rev 3:10).