The Transition From Life To Heaven | Dr. Erwin Lutzer

Dr. Erwin Lutzer and Dr. John Ankerberg explain what the Bible says will happen when we transfer from this life to the next. I had to share this because I found this book at a garage sale last week for .25 cents.  I figured it seemed like a good time to for a refresher course! 

This is a great interview and good information for all of us, especially now.  These guys know their stuff and they answer a lot of questions about Heaven that many of us may be pondering during this time.  Much of this info is presented in the context of death, but the majority of it also applies for those who experience the rapture. They even spend a segment discussing the type of body we will have in heaven!


  1. Kinda confused. If you can remember loved ones on earth after you die, how can you be happy knowing unsaved loved ones are going the the great tribulation?

    1. Perhaps entering the Tribulation is the only thing that will wake up some of our loved ones and get them saved.... if that is the case, then the tribulation is ultimately a blessing.

      We should be doing what we can now to help them get saved prior however. Additionally, we must also trust that God has a sovereign plan and is the one who ultimately calls us home. We must do our part, do everything we can, but in the end God is the one who chose each of us long ago (Eph 1:4). Your question has plagued people for centuries, and I can't do it justice here.... but we must trust that God's will is best, and that He is perfect and in the end we will understand.

    2. September Miracle, perhaps Matthew 5:6 and 1 Corinthians 13:6 is an answer for you. I am pretty sure I will remember my life on earth and the ones left behind too (especially those to whom I have preached the gospel); the book of Revelation even tells us that we will watch judgement events on earth and rejoice about it before the throne of God. Joy to be with Jesus will be overwhelming and predominant. There will be no contradictory feeling I know for sure.

      But I'm sorry to say the bible doesn't tell us sth about those 'waking up' who already heard the gospel now but rejected it (see 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). Instead, they will even once more harden their hearts and blaspheme God (Revelation 16:9+11+21). Sorry but that's scripture. Blessings to you! :)

    3. Thanks Brad and Annabel. You are always a Godly inspiration

  2. I do believe we remember and recognize everyone. Unfortunately there will be those we know and love that were left behind.
    Chuck Missler spoke about 'tears in Heaven', at first he was perplexed. Why should there be tears in Heaven, with all of the joy and wonderment?
    Then it hit him. The tears for all of those that might be here as well. Especially the loved ones and friends we should have talked to.
    There still is time...even if they don't choose in time, the moment you leave they will. They'll have missed the early Grace by faith early offer, as far as I can tell, but they still have a path. Even mentioning this to them can spark the conviction in them overcome.
    Bring anyone though and don't prejudge. At this point I don't believe there's an abundance of time left to be wrong about. I'd rather look foolish doing something vs being/feeling foolish for doing nothing.
    I'll real myself in here though, before I go on for a few more chapters.
    God Bless!!!

  3. After having WTWT I'd like to share on of my favourite video teachings (only 8 minutes!) on how to discern and explain best the difference of the dimensions of TIME and ETERNITY: "Our death is the rapture - Gods cosmic surprise through the ages" I think you might get a pretty good imagination how the dimension of TIME is to be seen from an ETERNAL perspective.

    I have always imagined myself crawling along a time bar like a ladybugs on a culm. Meanwhile, God is completely outside this dimension. He overlooks all history of mankind and each individual life at once from the beginning til the end. Likewise do the saints now, they are outside of time and freed from age and decline. When a person dies - saved by Christ or not - it does immediately enter eternity where there is NO TIME DIMENSION. Therefore, all this "Paradise" and "Hades" descriptions - as well as the "Sheol" understanding of the OT - are intermediate states but which are only given by God in scripture to help our restricted imagination in time. Thus, Luke 16 is a description to help along our thinking but in fact what John sees in Revelation (which was historically revealed later as the gospel of Luke was written) is in fact "the real deal"; and even to John the bodily resurrection of the saints wasn't completely revealed yet because it had to be fulfilled in TIME first.

    In eternal reality, these things happen at the SAME MOMENT. In fact heaven and hell are (parallel thinking) continuously real yet as if judgement day has already occurred! They exist WITHOUT the dimension of TIME which only passes in OUR (human) reality and because we are tied to it in our lifetime. To God there is no such thing as "time passing" because He is eternal. And so shall we also be. Likewise to every person getting lost in hell same thing happens. In past and in future alike, until the end of millennium when TIME dimension finally CEASES to exist. This is how it works in GODS PERSPECTIVE as an eternal being.

    Concerning our eternal bodies, I personally make a difference between our resurrected body and the glorified. I think both are imperishable but yet distinct in condition to be able to appear on earth like Jesus did to the disciples with His crucifixion marks, eating and drinking with them and the glorified one from Revelation chapter 1 on the throne. There is a description of priestly garments being changed into ordinary ones in Ezechiel 42:14 and I think our bodily aplearance and condition will be alike when having some duties on earth during the millennium or whether we appear before the Throne in Heaven worshipping God. As Jesus is also described differently after resurrection dependent on the realm He is staying in I believe this will be the same to us too until new heavens and earth is made and eternal state begins, after the millennium.


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Colossians 3:2-4

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Philippians 3:20-21

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.