of Heaven in the Bible
The bible is filled with references to Heaven, giving different names
and expressions. The following are the names of heaven in the New
- Paradise Lk.23:43; 2 Cor.12:3; Rev.2:7... in 3 places
- The new heaven, the new Jerusalem (Rev.21:1-2).
- The holy city of Jerusalem (Rev.21:10).
- The king of glory (Ps.24:7), Crown of Glory (I Pet.5:4)
- The place of Abraham, in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus
- Heaven is the dwelling place of God: Mt.5:16; 45; 6:1... (Gen.19:24;
Deut.10:14; 1K.22:19; Ps.11:4)
- Jesus came down from heaven: Jn.3:13; 31; 6:38; 1Cor.15:47
- Jesus ascended into heaven: Mk.16:19; Lk.24:50; Jn.20:17;
Act.1:3-9; Eph.4:10; 1Pet.3:22
- Jesus will return from heaven: Mt.10:23; 16:27; 19:28; 25:31;
Act.1:11; 1Thess.4:13-18; 2Thess.1:7; 2 Pet.1:16; Rev.1:7;
- Heaven our home: Mt.5:12; 2Cor.5:1-5; Phil 3:20; Col 1:5; 1Pet
- Christ will take us to heaven: Mt 24:31; Jn.14:2-3; 1Thess.4:16-17;
- Heaven intended for all mankind: 1Tim.2:4
- Not easy to attain: Prov.11:28; Mk.10:23-25; 1Cor.6:9; 1Pet.4:18
- We should strive to attain heaven: Col.3:1; Heb.13:14
- Our bodies must first be changed: 1Cor.15:50-51; 1Thess.4:13-17
- Degrees of happiness in heaven: Mt.20:21; Jn.14:1-3
- St. Paul taken to third heaven: 2Cor.12:2
Other names of Heaven in the New Testament:
• the kingdom of heaven (Matt.5:3)
• great reward (Matt.5:12)
• life (Matt.7:14)
• life everlasting (Matt.9:16)
• the kingdom of the Father (Matt.13:43)
• the joy of the Lord (Matt.25:21)
• eternal life (Matt.25:46)
• the kingdom (Matt.25:34)
• the kingdom of God (Mk.9:46)
• the kingdom of Christ (Luk.22:30)
• the house of the Father (Jn.14:2)
• incorrupt crown (I Cor.9:25)
• inheritance of Christ (Eph.1:18)
• crown of justice (2Tim.4:8)
• crown of life (James 1:12)
• the holy place (Hebr.9:12)
• eternal inheritance (Hebr.9:15)
• Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem
• The new heaven, the new Jerusalem (Rev.21:1-2).
• The holy city of Jerusalem (Rev.21:10).
• the City (Rev.22:2-3)
• heaven and heavens: in dozens of places:
Mt.3:16, 5:12,18,34, 6:9, 11:23, 16:1,2,19,
19:21, 21:25, 28:18
Mar.1:0, 16:19, Luk.4:25, 9:54, 10:20, 12:33,
12:56, 15:7, 24:51, Jn.1:51, 3:13, 6:31,32
Acts 3:21, 4:12, 7:49,56, 22:6
2Cor. 5:1, 12:2, Eph.1:10, 3:15, 4:10, Phil.3:20,
Col.1:16, 1Thes.1:10, 4:16, Heb.1:0,9:24,
Jam.5:12, 1Pet.1:4, 3:22, 2Pet.3:10,13,
1Jn.5:7, Rev.6:14, 12:7, 21:1-3
In the Old Testament:
• "I know that my Redeemer
lives, and that he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my
body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for
myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at
the thought!" (Job 19:25).
• "The wolf also shall dwell
with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the
calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child
shall lead them 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young
ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the
ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and
the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. 9 They
shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth
shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the
sea". (Isaiah 11:6-9)
• "And in this mountain shall
the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast
of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the
lees well refined. 7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face
of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread
over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord
God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his
people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath
spoken it." (Isaiah 25:6-8)
• "The sun shall be no more
thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light
unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and
thy God thy glory. 20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall
thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting
light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended." (Isaiah
• "I will ransom them from
the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I
will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance
shall be hid from mine eyes." (Hosea 13:14)
Other quotations of Heaven in the Old Testament:
- Gen.1:1, 11:4, 28:12, - Ex.20:22, - Dt.10:14, 30:12
- 1K.8:27, - 2Chr.2:6, 6:18, - Nehem.9:6, - Job 15:15, 22:12, 22:14,
26:11, 37:18, 38:33
- Psalms 8:3, 11:14, 19:1, 33:6, 50:6, 73:25, 89:6, 102:19,25,
103:11, 104:2, 108:4, 115:6, 139:8, 146:6
- Is.34:4, 40:12,22, 51:6, 55:9, 64:1, 65:17, 66:1,22 - Jer.10:2,
23:24, 31:37, Ez.32:7
OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?