Nobody is going to Heaven and if you were ever told this, you were lied to. Many people think after death, those who are “saved” will go to Heaven. This is the result of a common misinterpretation of scripture.
Jesus said in John 14:3 that He would prepare a place for us so that where He is, there we might also be. We know Christ ascended into the Heavens after He was resurrected. He is the only being in history who not only promised to die and come back to life, but successively did it!
Jesus isn’t done with salvation. His death on the cross made it possible for humankind to spiritually approach our Heavenly Father. However, salvation is not merely an instantly available gift (upon the acceptance of Christ as our Lord and savior). It is an ongoing process as we work out our salvation. We’re still unravelling the gift in a sense with God who not only began the good work in us but continues to perfect it. Furthermore, salvation is ongoing because we await Christ’s return and establishment of His kingdom on earth.
If you thought you were going to Heaven, you thought wrong. The Bible does not say we are going to Heaven. Many have inferred Heaven to be our final destination based on John 14:3, Christ’s ascension, and 1 Thessalonians 4:17, but that is incorrect.
Why then did Jesus tell us that in His Father’s house were many mansions? Why did He tell us in John 14:3 He was going to prepare a place for us so that we could be where He is? Why did He ascend to be where He is and lead many to think we will also join Him there? Why is it written in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 that those who are saved will be caught up to meet Him in the air?
Jesus told us that in His father’s abode or dwelling place, there are many places to inhabit. In other words, in the Heavens , which are the Lord’s (according to Psalms 115:16 and Isaiah 66:1), there are other heavens, districts, sectors, etc. We can count on this because according to John 1:1, not only was Jesus with God in the beginning, but was God. As both God and the son of God (because He was born into a body that would die for sinners) Jesus knew Heaven and when He describes the many mansions, He says “If it were not so, I would have told you.” In other words, Jesus, who tapped into the knowledge of the Infinite God who indwelled Him was reminding His followers that though He was a man (by planned birth), He was also God who does not lie (cf. Numbers 23:19)
Jesus ascended to prepare a place for those who put their trust in Him. That place is currently in Heaven, but it will not stay there. Instead, it will be brought down to earth. Revelations 21:2-3 says “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them.”
This place which Jesus went to prepare for us (referred to as “the New Jerusalem”) will be lowered from Heaven and for one thousand years, Christ will show the world what His leadership and perfect government are like. During that time, Satan and all of His demonic followers will be locked away while mankind enjoys peace and security, purity, virtue, and fellowship with God…but nobody is going to Heaven.
After Satan is released one last time to tempt the world, those who reject Christ will go to a place that was never intended for mankind. As for this earth, it will be completely destroyed (Isaiah 24, Isaiah 65:17, Hebrews 1:12) and replaced with a new earth. So again, who is going to Heaven? Anyone? Nope. No one. Heaven on earth is a more accurate description of what we should expect this world has seen its last day.