Nowhere in the scriptures is it ever indicated that Christians will spend eternity in heaven or even go to heaven. Nevertheless, the goal of spending eternity in heaven with God remains a basic theology of all Christian churches and organizations! In fact, there is a basic flaw in current mainstream Christian theology which prevents Christians from spending eternity in heaven! That flaw is the bodily resurrection doctrine. This false theology has the physical body rising from the grave to reunite with the soul at the resurrection. But if your soul and physical body are reunited at the resurrection you cannot live in heaven since flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God:
Even so, during a church service I attended recently, the pastor asked everyone who desired to spend eternity in heaven with God to raise their hands. My hand was probably the only one not raised. I am perfectly content to spend eternity where the Bible states all born again Christians will spend it, with Jesus Christ. The scriptures tell us exactly how many former humans have ascended to heaven:
So Jesus Christ is the only human who was transformed to a spirit and ascended up to heaven! Regardless, Heaven remains the erroneous eternal destination goal of Christians. It is also the goal of Muslims and Jews. Everyone seeks heaven. At every Christian funeral which I have ever attended, the presiding pastor stated that the deceased person was now in a better place. He or she has gone to heaven to live with God for eternity. In actuality, the Bible never states that Christians are going to heaven! It always indicates that believers will enter or become members of the Kingdom of Heaven or Kingdom of God:
The Kingdom of Heaven applies to the geographical location, whereas the Kingdom of God applies more to the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Heaven. We are told specifically where the Kingdom of God is located, and it is not any geographical location:
So the Kingdom of God cannot be seen. No one can say here it is, or there it is, it is within you. The Kingdom of God is in your heart and mind.
But as the eternal home of Christians, is not heaven the same as the Kingdom of Heaven? It is natural to assume that the location heaven would be included within the Kingdom of Heaven, but they are not the same. The entire kingdom could be much larger than its center or base of activity which is heaven itself. That is, the ruler is God the Father who rules from heaven:
God the Father's rule extends over the entire Kingdom of Heaven from Heaven. This will eventually include the earth which will be ruled by Jesus. Jesus Christ has gone to heaven to prepare a place for us:
When our place is ready, Jesus will bring it back to earth upon His return:
Jesus has been preparing our new earth and its associated surroundings for the past two thousand years. He is bringing His new creation back to the earth when He returns and Christians will be with Jesus for eternity. "That where I am, there ye may be also."
Is the earthly world presently part of the Kingdom of Heaven? No, it is basically a colony which has rebelled under Satan and some of his angels and broken away from the kingdom. However, after Jesus defeats Satan the kingdoms of this world will once again become the kingdoms of our Lord and Christ:
So the earth will once again become part of the Kingdom of Heaven. It will not be heaven, but is under God's rule and is in the Kingdom of Heaven, as is heaven itself. Jesus will return to regain control of the earth from Satan. And how long does Jesus our Lord intend to reign on the earth?
And what are born again Christians going to be doing after Jesus' return?
And how long are born again Christians going to be with the Lord Jesus?
Jesus will base His rule and locate His tabernacle in the holy city of Jerusalem:
New Jerusalem is part of what Jesus has been preparing for us over the past two thousand years. He will bring it down from heaven upon His return. Since Jesus is going to rule the earth forever from new Jerusalem, and we will rule with Him, and be with Him forever, where does that place us forever and ever? On the earth!
Once again, Satan with assistance from our clergy has deceived us! The final destination for virtually all of man's religions is somewhere other than this "horrible" earth. Most Christians have been deceived into believing that their eternal home will be heaven where God the Father resides.
However, the job site for earthly caretakers who replace Satan and his crew is on the earth, which once again will become part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Satan and our clergy have been trying to convince us that the earth is a terrible job location. According to them we need to escape the earth. There is no way we should desire to remain on the earth for eternity! Life on earth is often equated with hell. Life is hell! Let's get the hell out of here. Let's go to heaven!
If you are now a Christian and do not desire to live in paradise on the earth in the Kingdom of God forever and ever with Jesus Christ, perhaps now would be a good time for you to renounce Him. Your life will then end when you suffer the second death. Therefore, you will not be stuck in this "hellhole" for eternity!
When the age of man is over, the earth will become part of the Kingdom of Heaven once again. The Kingdom of Heaven is where the scriptures state that born again Christians shall reside:
The scriptures never indicate that Christians cannot or will not go to heaven. After all, it is also included in the Kingdom of Heaven. However, our home base will definitely be the good earth!