We need your help. Please support the ministry work of Reasons for Hope*Jesus

The Bible teaches that Heaven is God’s dwelling place (Ps 11:4, 33:13, 102:19, 103:19, 113:5, Matt 6:9).  It is often called the Third Heaven and it is outside of our time dimension. Therefore, Heaven is completely separate from our created world (Read: Three Heavens? Where is the Third Heaven?). 

We know that God created our world perfect, as a reflection of the perfection in Heaven. We also know that our world didn’t stay perfect.  When man sinned against his Creator (Gen 3:6, Rom 5:12), sin entered our world and plunged our world into a fallen state, far from the perfection God intended.  But while our world is fallen, God’s Heaven remains perfect, holy, and separate from the sin of our fallen world.  So this begs the questions: Has there ever been sin in Heaven? Could there ever be sin in Heaven?

Sin in Heaven?

We know that the sin of Lucifer was committed in Heaven. Let’s summarize what we know about this fallen angel and his sin.

        • Satan was created as the anointed cherub who covered the throne (Ezekiel 28:14). He was the light bearer, called Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12, and he was perfect until he rebelled (sinned) against God (Ezekiel 28:15). 
        • When Satan rebelled, he was cast out of Heaven (Ezekiel 28:16, also Isaiah 14:12, Luke 10:18). Htook a third of the angels with him (Revelation 12:3-9) and then became known as Satan (the accuser).
        • We know that angels are created beings and that God gave them free will.  Therefore, Satan’s rebellion was a free-will choice and it was sin against God, his Creator.  (Deuteronomy 9:7, 1 Samuel 15:23, Isaiah 30:1)

Because Satan’s rebellion was committed in Heaven, we can say that there was sin in Heaven. However, we know that God will not tolerate sin and He will judge all sin — and He did just that. He judged Lucifer’s sin and purified His Heaven by casting him out (Isaiah 14:12).  Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven” (Luke 10:18). Perhaps Satan appeared as lightning falling because prior to his sin he had been the light bearer in Heaven.  And Paul warns us that Satan, in his deceptive ways, Satan is still able to appear as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14).

Sinners in Heaven?

Another consideration about the possibility of sin in Heaven is found in Job 2:1 “Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.”

When Satan presented himself before the Lord in Heaven, he did so as a sinful creature and with the intent of accusing Job, a faithful servant of God.  In his accusation, Satan questioned both God’s provision and His character.  He suggested that Job loved God only because God had blessed him with good things. Of course, these accusations were lies. So they were sins, and they were committed “before the Lord.”  Yet we don’t read of God judging his sins or casting him out, as He did when Satan was known as Lucifer.  

Was Satan in Heaven? 

Now, this is where we need to be careful. We can only reason about this, so I suggest for your consideration a possible answer.

The Bible only says that Satan presented himself before the Lord.  In Revelation 4 and 5, we get a vision of the throne room in Heaven, which might have been where Satan presented himself.  

We do not know if God’s “throne room” is an entrance into the heavenly realm or if it is actually in Heaven.  IF it is only the entrance, then it could be that Satan did not enter into Heaven, which supports the reasoning that God will not allow any sin, or sinner, to enter Heaven.  But IF Satan truly did enter into Heaven, to present himself before the Lord, then there has been sin, and a sinner, in Heaven, in God’s perfect and holy dwelling place. That doesn’t sound probable to us, but it could have been possible.

Remember, this is simply something to ponder because the Bible does not tell us much about the Third Heaven—probably because we are incapable of comprehending the infinite with our finite minds. 

Other Sinners in Heaven?

We should also note that both Paul and John were taken up to the Third Heaven to be taught by Jesus (2 Cor 12:2-4, Rev 4:1).  Did they entire into the Third Heaven? Or did they simply come before the Lord at an entrance to Heaven?  

Again, the Bible does not explicitly answer these questions.  What we do know is that Paul was there for some time (perhaps three years) and John was there long enough to be given extensive revelation.  If both did enter into the Third Heaven, in human bodies, we must wonder, why would God allow sinners into His holy Heaven?  In the case of Paul and John, the answer would be that both Paul and John were not sinners.  They were forgiven sinners--forgiven by Jesus, washed clean in His blood, and clothed in His imputed righteousness (Read: The Gift of SalvaTION: Justification & Imputation  What are the Doctrines of Imputed, Infused, and Imparted Righteousness?)

Conclusion 

Back to our original questions.  Can there be sin in Heaven?  Yes, because there was the instance of Lucifer’s sin that took place in Heaven.  

Could it happen again?  I suggest that it could because God created all the heavenly host (the angels) with free will. However, just as God quickly judged Lucifer and those who rebelled, and cast them out, He would do the same if it happened again. 

This should raise the question, is it likely to happen again?  I suggest it is NOT.  Having seen the consequences of the sins of  Lucifer and the fallen angels, it seems reasonable that the angels in Heaven would count the cost of committing any sin against their Creator.  More significantly, I would suggest that the angels in Heaven, throughout the ages, have seen God’s love magnified in His mercy and grace that He has extended to His earthly creation.  Therefore, in joy, they choose to worship the One who created them continually, and forever and ever.

<*}}}><

*******

Jesus is the Reason this Ministry Exists

Thank you to all who contributed in 2020. Your generosity is a blessing and encouragement to us.  We did not meet expenses in 2020 and still need your help to continue our global outreach in 2021.  Our mission is to glorify God by equipping, encouraging, and empowering YOU to understand the Bible and grow in faith. If our online resources have blessed you, we hope you will support Reasons for Hope* Jesus. Our ministry outreach has grown significantly and. . .

Please support Reasons for Hope* Jesus with a donation of $5, $10, $20, or more. A donation of any amount is needed and greatly appreciated.

CLICK TO DONATE
to Reasons for Hope*Jesus(a 501c3 Ministry)
Use a Credit Card or PayPal for safe, secure giving.

*******

***A Hidden Message in Psalm 23?***  

Hidden in the six verses of Psalm 23 are 11 names for Jesus.  When you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll send you The Names of God in Psalm 23 PDF that reveals all 11 names and Scripture verses of comfort and hope (link will be sent in your confirmation email).

A Room with a View of Eternity—The Last Will & Testament of Jesus Christ   Take a seat at the Master's table. Learn about the riches He gives to all who are His. This book will bless and encourage you, give you hope, and help you live in the joy of your salvation and the riches of Christ that are yours.

 

The Top Ten Got Questions? in 2020

  1.  The Meaning of NUMBERS in the Bible?
  2. The Meaning of COLORS in the Bible?
  3. Did The Wise Men Arrive 12 DAYS AFTER JESUS’ BIRTH? Or Was It Much Later?
  4. What is the Significance of the Wise Men's THREE GIFTS? And were they kings? 
  5. How are the Shepherd’s Rod and Staff Different?
  6. What Does It Mean to TASTE & SEE That God Is Good? (Psalm 34)
  7. What do the 12 stones UNDER the JORDAN River mean? (Joshua 4)
  8. Is Leonard Cohen’s “HALLELUJAH” a Christian Song?
  9. How was Jesus Like a Worm? What’s the CRIMSON (OR SCARLET) WORM? Psalm 22
  10. Is my TATTOO a sin?

This is not a Got Questions? article. But it's so popular it ranked among the top pages viewed:

More Popular Got Questions & Articles

Was Jesus CRUCIFIED on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
Where did OT Saints go at death? ABRAHAM'S BOSOM
If BAPTIZED as an Infant, Do I Need to Be Re-Baptized?
What Does it Mean to Be A CHILD OF GOD?
Which OT Book Did JESUS QUOTE Most Often?
How Did the Wise Men Know This Was the Messiah and KNOW TO FOLLOW HIS STAR?
What Did Jesus Say About HEAVEN (and HELL)?
How long did JOB SUFFER?
Three Heavens? Where is the THIRD HEAVEN?
What are the “I Will ” STATEMENTS of Satan, God, and Jesus?
SIN, INIQUITY, TRANSGRESSION? How are they different?
Should we call HIM JESUS? Or Yahweh? Or Yeshua?
Is Satan’s Real Name LUCIFER?
JESUS WEPT. Why? 
Is There a Remez (HIDDEN MESSAGE ) in Revelation 7? Why is Dan Missing?
Is It a Sin to Drink ALCOHOL?
Is SUICIDE an Unforgivable Sin?

Something ALL Christians must know:  IVDARR

Reasons for Hope* Jesus video banner

TOP TEN Videos from Reasons for Hope* Jesus
  1. Memorial Day BAGPIPES TRIBUTE: Amazing Grace
  2. Christian Version of Leonard Cohen's HALLELUJAH
  3. RISE AND SHINE and Give God the Glory, Glory!
  4. WERE YOU THERE When They Crucified My Lord?
  5. PAUL HARVEY: THE BIRDCAGE
  6. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: A SOLDIER'S PLEDGE
  7. JOHN WAYNE ~ WHY I LOVE AMERICA
  8. THE LEGEND OF THE CANDY CANE - A Christmas Story to Share
  9. TASTE AND SEE that the Lord is Good ~ Psalm 34
  10. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing -- CHARLIE BROWN Christmas

*****************

We need your help. Please support the ministry work of Reasons for Hope*Jesus
Reasons for Hope* Jesus

SubscribeNow!

Yes, send me answers to interesting and challenging questions about Jesus and the Bible.  Help me get equipped and be encouraged so I am empowered to know, live, and share my faith.  <*}}}><

 

Get equipped with knowledge!

Be encouraged in hope!

Live empowered with love! 

You have Successfully Subscribed!