A Question I Was Asked:

What Age Will the Saved Be in Heaven?

What age will the saved be in Heaven?

UK Apologetics Reply:

As far as I am aware no Scripture directly answers this question. I presume that it is the saved currently in Heaven awaiting the full resurrection of body and soul that I am being asked about. These people are described as 'souls' (Revelation 6:9-11; 20:4-5). At physical death these souls have obviously lost their physical bodies, but their souls ascended to Heaven (Ecclesiastes 12:7). I presume that these souls look pretty similar to the way they looked at death though now they are souls, that is, without a body, but it is surely quite a simple thing for God to given them an appearance resembling their former physical appearance. However, the saved don't stay in the same place. At Christ's return in glory and power they take part in the Great Resurrection of the Dead:

In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52).

The saved receive glorious new bodies before entering the New Heavens and New Earth. This happens at the resurrection of the dead. We should not confuse this general resurrection with entering Heaven at death; two different things.

42. So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43. it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44. it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45. So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. 50. I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed - 52. in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." ( 1 Corinthians 15:42-54).

Now let's look at 1 Thessalonians:

16. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

This may well be a grand and spectacular thing to behold with great trumpets and great music being sounded!

From there the redeemed go forward into full Eternal Life in the their new home in the New Heavens and New Earth. That is the reward of the redeemed and we are then given all-powerful spirit bodies. I believe we will look pretty much how we looked in this present life, though we will now surely have a somewhat bright, radiant and glorified appearance yet how we will look is less important than the glorious salvation we will receive.

"See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17).

Now let's finish with Revelation:

1. Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4. 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4).

So the future home of the redeemed is not just Heaven but a now refined and purified Earth! This is the Bible promise. It seems that the New Earth will then exist in a spiritual dimension (as Heaven itself exists now), so this teaching is certainly not a "millenium" teaching (which has Christ reigning for just 1,000 years on a physical and fully political Earth before further world troubles occur), no, this is an Eternal reign.

Robin A. Brace. January 21st, 2018.