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There are two kinds of “heavens” where followers of Jesus will go after death. The first is the *intermediate state.* Our soul separates from our body and enters the present heaven, where our spirit is conscious and aware of our situation. The final judgment marks the onset of the *eternal state*—when we receive our imperishable resurrected body and graduate into the eternal heaven.
The Bible teaches that a very real place called hell exists. The two key images of hell—flames
and darkness—represent existence away from the Lord’s presence. This is the real essence of hell: being cut off from the source of life and joy and being separated from God’s blessings forever.
When we live with a daily eye on heaven, it radically changes our attitude toward the difficulties we will inevitably face in this world. It puts our suffering into perspective by giving us the courage we need to face the trials of life, knowing that heaven is waiting for us. Plus, the God of the...