One of my greatest theological weaknesses is Eschatology (the end times, the final destiny of the soul, etc.). I think I’m with most evangelicals in this, understanding in some vague sense that after we die we go to heaven to be with God. We talk about streets of gold and crystal lakes etc., but have really little understanding of what truly happens after we depart this earth.
I’ve begun studying this area of theology and have come to the conclusion that heaven is not the end destination. It seems to me to be more of a holding area until earthly time is finished and God has destroyed what is and created a new heaven and earth. Believers now, will eventually populate the new earth… I think. Basically, it seems that God’s desire is to remake what he made to begin with, only this time without the possibility of the sin equation entering in.
I’m still at the early stages of this inquiry, so I might be off base. I’m merely sharing what I’ve seen so far.