by Paul Benson
I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory. And I heard about the streets of gold beyond the crystal sea; About the angels singing, and the old redemption story, And some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of victory. (Victory in Jesus -an old Gospel hymn by E.M. Bartlett 1939)
As followers of Christ we need to understand that a great share of what is commonly taught as doctrine is little more than the traditions of man which have no foundation in the Word of God. For example: we have heard all our lives that the Bible talks about the day that ‘the lion shall lay down with the lamb’; but there is not a verse in the Bible that actually makes that claim. If you don’t believe me try to find it!
It does say: ‘The wolf and the lamb shall feed together’ (Isaiah 65:25), but I guess that wasn’t lovey-dovey enough to make it into the Book of Traditions (many folk’s favorite Bible).
I am quite sorry to burst anyone’s bubble here but the notion of dwelling forever in a fabulous mansion on a street of gold in Heaven is just another one of those traditions that does not reflect the truth of Scripture. What does the Bible really teach about our eternal dwelling place? Is it in Heaven?
I realize this article may irk a few folks. But it is important to root out these facets of error as they open the door to further erroneous conclusions. The song ‘Victory in Jesus’ promotes the notion of the resurrected and caught away Church leaving planet Earth to go dwell in Heaven. The Bible teaches no such thing.
That lively song used to be one of my favorite Gospel hymns, but now I realize Mr. Bartlett was promoting false doctrine with his lyrics (a sad but common ingredient in most ‘Christian’ music). No where in the Bible is this concept taught of the Church departing Earth to go live in Heaven. It is merely one more piece of rotted fruit on the noxious pre-trib rapture vine! Though many would try to force their beliefs into certain verses, there is not one verse of Scripture that actually describes the resurrected Body of Christ in Heaven. NOT ONE! The souls of those awaiting the resurrection? YES! But the resurrected Church? NO!
But before we try to get a fix on our true eternal home it might be helpful to take a look at what the Scriptures teach about God’s eternal dwelling place. In my book ‘The Pre-Trib Rapture: A Bucket Full of Holes!’ I asked the questions: Does God live in a house in Heaven? And if so: How high would those ceilings have to be? We are talking about an omnipresent God who inhabits all of Creation here, don’t you know.
Many mistakenly use John 14: 1-2 to try and further this concept of going to Heaven to live forever. But as we will see that is not in line with the overall counsel of the Word of God.
Where Is The Fathers House?
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2-3
Many a sermon has been preached, and many songs written and sung, about the hope of an eternal home in Heaven. About how a big plush house on Gold Street awaits us in glory. And these verses from the Gospel of John are normally quoted as a foundation for that line of thought. Although many would fuss and argue to defend this notion, the picture the Word of God provides is a quite different story. Have you ever pondered just where it is that God himself actually dwells?
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Acts 17:24
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? Isaiah 66:1
For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. 14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. Psalms 132:13-14
God has declared that his eternal habitation is Zion. In case you have not yet caught the implication, Zion is referring to you and I, the followers of Christ!
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1Corinthians 3:16
As believers WE are the dwelling place of Almighty God! Sometimes I wonder if we really do comprehend that truth. Here are some thoughts from my book ‘A Bucket Full of Holes!’:
QUOTE: Jesus said there were many mansions in his Fathers house. Some would be surprised that a mansion in old English and one in our modern English mean two different things. The proper Bible definition for mansion is a ‘stately room’, not a giant house. In his Fathers house are many stately rooms. I believe Jesus’ use of the words ‘mansion’ and ‘Father’s house’ were parabolic, and not literal. I don’t expect to be hanging out in a big mansion for all eternity, but I do expect Jesus was saying we’ll be ‘living large’. It’s going to be awesome!
Here’s one that might take you aback: He did not say that what he went to prepare would be forever in Heaven. Isn’t there going to be a new Heaven and Earth? What’s going to happen to your house in Heaven? Ever considered that?
He went to prepare for us a place like a ‘stately room’ in the dwelling place of the God who inhabits all of creation and all of eternity. WOW! What would it take for the place he has prepared for us to fulfill the Scripture:
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1Corinthians 2:9
And now let’s consider the last part of that promise of John 14:2 3.
…I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:3
Jesus says he is going to return to earth, and receive us unto himself, so we can be with him where he is. The Second Coming, and our catching away at that time, will fulfill that perfectly! I don’t see him promising to take anyone to Heaven here. Man has inserted that mistaken notion into the text. But I do see a wonderful promise we will be with him. And if we are going to be where he is, maybe we ought to find out where he is actually going to be.
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in Heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Revelation 11:15
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Luke 11:2
Jesus taught his followers to pray that the Kingdom of God would come to earth; not that the Church would be taken to Heaven. Are you praying for the Kingdom to come? If so, your prayer, as well as the promise of John 14:1 2, will be completely fulfilled by Jesus returning to earth at his Second Coming to rule and reign. Where he is we will be also; right here on planet earth!
If you think your blessed hope is a big house on a golden street, and Jesus is up there sawing boards and pounding nails, you are missing something big. He is not building you a mansion on a street of gold; he is preparing a place for you in his eternal Kingdom; he went to prepare for us a place right at his side!
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; 22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. 1Corinthians 3:21 23
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:17
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Ephesians 2:22
Don’t you see? As joint heirs with Jesus we not only inherit the Fathers creation, we have become the Father’s house! The place that was prepared for us is son-ship; adoption into the family of God. We will dwell in the Fathers presence as sons and daughters of the Most High God! Him in us and us in Him! We ARE the Father’s house; each of us a stately room. There has been a wonderful place prepared for us in Christ purchased by his Cross and by his Blood.
There are NO verses in the Bible which teach a marriage supper in Heaven, nor literal houses for believers being built in Heaven. This has been fabricated as support for the pre-trib theory. But truly what a wonderful fulfillment of John 14:2 3 we’ll see at the Return of our Lord! END QUOTE
Our Eternal Abode
In the 15th chapter of 1Corinthians we find a lengthy narrative on the Resurrection of the Dead and the glorified body we will receive at that time. Our bodies will take on an eternal glorified state which will mirror the glorified body of our Lord Jesus Christ! Paul also spoke of this amazing transformation in 2Corinthinas:
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle (our mortal body) were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands (eternal glorified body), eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house (body) which is from heaven (notice it came from Heaven, not stayed in Heaven): 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle (our mortal body) do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon (our eternal glorified body), that mortality might be swallowed up of life (compare 1 Cor. 15:51-54!). Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 2Corinthinas 5:1-5 (italics are my comments. PB)
In this passage Paul referred to our earthly body as a tabernacle (home) and our resurrected and glorified body as a new home from heaven. We will ‘move into’ that home on Resurrection Day when Christ has returned to Earth!
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:21
This is the place Jesus went to prepare for us! Not a mansion on a street of gold, but a glorified state to dwell in forever. And we will be dwelling in that home from Heaven right here on Earth with Jesus as he rules and reigns over Creation. Throughout the Bible are many promises which detail our inheritance as being here on Earth. I find it amazing the way the teachings of so many seem to ignore that fact.
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Psalms 37:11
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5
There is much Scripture on this issue. We could go into a lengthy study on the promises of God to his elect, and where those promises would be fulfilled. In studying this out I see nothing about moving to Heaven, but much about the Kingdom of God coming to Earth. You pre-tribbers need to get straitened out on this issue. You have gotten it totally wrong. You have it backwards!
As believers we are NOT awaiting a departure. We are awaiting an arrival!
The arrival of Christ and his Kingdom! This is the promise the Church has been anticipating all these long years; NOT an escape from a tumultuous time of tribulation and persecution! Jesus plainly stated our inheritance would be right here on this planet; and that at his Return to Earth he will have our reward with him (Rev. 22:12). Why are so many teaching instead that we will dwell in Heaven? I don’t know about you, but I am awaiting my eternal tabernacle Jesus is bringing with him FROM Heaven, just as promised in the Word of God!
Let’s embrace the promises of God about our future state according to the truth of his Holy Word; and not according to any ear-tickling fables concocted to pet the flesh. That’s the only way we can ever truly ‘get it right’!
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. Psalms 17:15
What a wonderful day it will be when the believers from all ages will awake in their eternal home – a glorified body just like that of our Lord!
That is the TRUE promise of John 14:2-3.
Blessings upon all who love the truth of God’s Word;
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22 thoughts on “Does John 14:2-3 Promise The Believer A Mansion In Heaven On A Street Of Gold?”
I really have nothing to add, but I’ll often refer people to your site when they have questions. One person posted, “So if you guys wanna hang around and wait for the Tribulation, I guess that’s up to you. ME? no thanks”. I don’t know anyone who wants to go through the Tribulation but if we’re here, let’s be ready. I’m looking forward to the following verses. I’m looking forward to living in The Kingdom of God.
Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Yes, more and more the coming Kingdom is sounding quite appealing compared to this devolving world.
I also have heard many accuse folks of ‘longing’ for the arrival of Antichrist for not believing the pre-trib fable. I suppose all the faithful departed ones who have endured persecution and tribulation for Christ’s sake were ‘longing’ for that manifestation of evil too? Shame on them. They should have been embracing the myths of escapism like the modern church is so prone to do!
Blessings to you brother;
Hello Paul, yes I want to be clear about this before I comment, so your saying there is no rapture before the tribulation? Please advise, and I’ll send my thoughts.. Ty God bless!
Hello Michael, Al;
Yes, that is what the Scriptures teach. The catching away of the believers to meet Christ takes place at the Second Coming. There is no other Coming of Christ or catching away of the Church taught in the Bible.
If you are not sure what I teach on this matter you may want to read the articles that explain the biblical foundation for why I teach what I do before you comment further.
There is NO pre-trib rapture taught in the Bible. It is a modern invention, and a product of the spirit of error.
Thank you for the visit and the comment.
In Christ Jesus;
I don’t know how to write in a new post, so I’ll have to post it here. I just wanted to say that the guy who wrote this post is 100% WRONG. I’m sorry to disappoint those who are looking forward to spending time in the tribulation, but I won’t be there. I’LL be in heaven with the rest of the Christians. There are numerous scriptures that talk of a pre trib rapture (I’m actually doing a Bible Study on it right now). So if you guys wanna hang around and wait for the Tribulation, I guess that’s up to you. ME? no thanks 🙂
The notion of a ‘pre-trib rapture is not presented in the Bible. It has to be pre-supposed and then imposed upon the text of the Scriptures. You will not find even one verse that comes out and says the Church will depart before the tribulation. The concept is an invention of man. But as, with all false doctrine, you can seem to find support for it by pulling scripture out of context or reading into verses things that they do not speak forth of themselves.
I do encourage you to study, not the supposed ‘proof texts’ and their assigned interpretations given by the pre-trib teachers, but to study the Resurrection of the Dead and the timing the Bible gives to the various events it associates with that resurrection ie. the reward of the believer, the deliverance of the persecuted Church in the last days, the gathering unto Christ etc.. The only timing the Bible gives to these interconnected events is the Second Coming.
Here is a series of articles that looks at the true timing of the Scriptures in regard to the Resurrection and catching-away of the Church.
The Biblical Timing of the Rapture
May the Lord bless your studies;
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Over a couple of weeks I have heard these words I watch through the Bible with Les feldick he spoke about the kingdom of God on earth and how Glorious the world will be How glorious isreal will be where God promised to the children an you also spoke about it being here on earth if you read in revelation the size the New Jerusalem will be and the new heaven and new earth I believe you are pretty much on the mark good job.
Les Feldick is preaching the deceptive and damaging teachings of Dispensational/pre-trib rapture theory. His notion that the ‘pre-trib rapture’ is a mystery God revealed to Paul is a lie from Satan. I hope you would prayerfully consider the many articles I have written to expose the error of those teachings. There is only ONE gospel and it is repeatedly referred to in the Scriptures as THE Gospel.
The Pre-trib Rapture is NOT the mystery God revealed to Paul!Blessings;
I have always taught this, and thanks for adding your voice.
The church has been mislead for so long by traditions of men seen as “church fathers”. Until we read the Bible to receive, not to put in, we will continue to wallow in error.
Its unfortunate that many Christians will be so disappointed on the last day, when they will realise the truth!
They will be pleased to know that God spoken word is the truth and it will be Rightiousness and peace on Earth as it is in heaven.Amen
This is Really a helpful piece. we sometimes need to see the scriptures in the light of God’s original intent and not the suggestive additives of men to make meaning of their teachings and by so doing creating a false doctrine altogether. Question? what is God’s word truly saying?
I LOVE the information you share. and thoroughly believe pre=tribulation to be of Satan.
However, one addition … yes, there are streets of gold …
Rev 21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
I have for years said, God can’t I have trees, flowers, dirt, grass, cows, horses, a garden (and a gardener) instead of streets of gold in a big hotel? Not trying to run your business, Lord, but …
Keep sharing the truth …
Yes, we do see a description of streets of gold in Revelation 21, but we must always keep in mind the allegorical nature of much of what is written in Revelation. An example I like to use is Revelation 19:15. I do not expect to see Jesus showing up in the sky with a big old sword hanging out of his mouth! Do you? That image we are given in that verse is an allegorical picture of the power of his spoken Word that will destroy his enemies. He will simply speak forth their destruction and it will be done (2Thess. 2:8); the same way he created all things (And God said Let there be…).
In a similar manner I don’t expect to see Jesus sitting upon a horse up in the sky. I believe that is a symbolic image of his conquering power and authority. The angel in Acts 1 clearly said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Act 1:11
If the angel said the decent of Jesus will be a reverse image of his ascension then I expect it to be exactly that way; and I do not expect any horses will be involved. IMHO
Thanks for the comment and blessings upon you;
Well written,Paul. I rembered a sermon I heard about the foundation being described, as New Jerusalem comes down. Still no streets of gold though.
Fat fingers, small phone. .. but to you. , keep asking, be as a tempest , shake the boat, or something like I do, pick up a stick and shake em. Out the bushes. .. but well written.
Thank you for the words of encouragement. I hope the writings are a blessing and edification to all who visit the site.
You ask where is your fathers house.
I ASKED,,,,,,,,”????WHO IS YOUR FATHER. “?????? It is good to ask for specific answers. …. no matter what any one person believes , but it is rarely found in the world.
But it does come in twos , He Who sent me…….. comes up
alot also. …. as well as your father
Yes, unfortunately not every who claims to know God is known of him. the Word says draw near to God and he will draw near to you, but so many draw near to religion instead drawing near to the Creator.
Bless you sister;
Well written Paul! It appears that only a few have been shown these truths regarding our future dwelling in eternity. Few realize His “omnipresent” ability to be everywhere at the same time!
My desire has been to walk into His millennial reign in this present body according to Zech. 14:16 as those left alive from all the nations that came against Jerusalem.
By the way, I’m interested in your interpretation of Acts 3:21
I see Acts 3:21 as referring to the same ‘restitution’ Paul was describing in 2Thess 1:5-10 where he details the Lord rewarding the righteous AND the wicked with the ‘paycheck’ they have each earned at his return. Notice the warning of this recompense given (re-stated) in Acts 3:22-23.
This passage in 2Thess is also a very strong rebuke to the pre-trib rapture doctrine as it describes the rescue of the Church from tribulation by the Second Coming! It’s a clear picture of the Church in the tribulation. This is the same event Daniel saw where he described the Body of Christ in apparent defeat until the Lord comes and gives them the Kingdom.
People just can’t stop themselves from ‘adding to’ the scriptures. You then end up with fanciful tales more suitable to a kindergarten class. A cheap solace given to the simple minded.
I look forward to the time when the mental slowness and lack of discernment will be lifted from humanity along with all the physical limitations we now have.
There will be much WORK to do in the millennium and after that in the New Heaven and New Earth. Building, creating, unleashing all the potential of humanity in the purposes and promises of Father.
Looking forward to leaping up above the water of the ‘fish tank’ we currently live in.
Thanks for the comment.
I always look forward to hearing from you.
A day will soon dawn where the shadows will flee away. Then all will come to light; and the folly of man’s vain attempts to rewrite the Word of God will be exposed as the rebellion it surely is!