What Does Heaven Look Like According To The Bible?

A picture of clouds is what most people think of when they ask, "what does heaven look like?"

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Have you ever thought to yourself, “what does heaven look like?”

I’m sure most Christians have thought about what heaven looks like.

Even those who aren’t Christian are still exposed to the concept of heaven in movies, books, and other types of media.

But are these depictions accurate?

Is heaven a vast place filled with clouds as far as the eye can see?

The Bible has provided some descriptions of what heaven looks like, but it may not be what you think.

Before we dive into what heaven looks like, first we need to clarify what we mean when we say heaven.

What is Heaven?

In 2 Corinthians 12:2, there is mention of a third heaven.

“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.”

2 Corinthians 12:2

If there is mention of a third heaven, then there must be a first and second heaven as well.

GotQuestions.org describes the heavens like so:

“The term heaven is used in Scripture to refer to all three realms. Psalm 104:12 speaks of “the birds of the heavens” (ESV)—this would be the first heaven, the atmosphere of Earth. In Isaiah 13:10 we find “the stars of heaven and their constellations”—a reference to the second heaven, outer space. And Revelation 11:19 describes the opening of “God’s temple in heaven”—the third heaven, or God’s dwelling place.”


When people ask the question, “what does heaven look like?” they almost certainly are referring to the third heaven (the heaven where God dwells).

The third heaven is what we will attempt to describe in this blog post.

What Does Heaven Look Like?

We can begin to imagine what heaven looks like by reading the Bible.

In Matthew 6:19-21, heaven is described as a place where neither moth nor rust destroys your treasures and there will be no thieves.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

These verses in the Book of Matthew actually tells us a lot of things.

If rust can’t destroy your treasures in heaven, then we can theorize that things in heaven don’t deteriorate like they do here on Earth.

Also, this verse tells us that there will be no thieves in heaven.

I think we can reasonably assume that there won’t be any other sorts of crimes in heaven.

The Book of Revelation also provides a lot of detail when describing heaven.

“Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”

Revelation 21:14

From this verse, we know that heaven has a wall surrounding it.

“The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”

Revelation 21:21

We also know that there are 12 gates along the wall and that the streets are made of gold.

“In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nation.”

Revelation 22:2

This tells us that within the city, there is a river and the tree of life.

“And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”

Revelation 22:5

In heaven, God will be supplying all of our light, so we’ll have no need for other sources of light.

Heaven is mentioned many times in the Bible, but these verses provide vivid details about what heaven looks like.

We encourage you to read the Bible so that you can discover what else it says about heaven!

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