In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (Jn. 14:2-3)

They say when a loved one moves to heaven one feels closer to it. The hope of being reunited with that loved one makes heaven even more real. When enough of your saved loved ones move to heaven they say you can even become homesick, especially as the revelation of your eternal home grows in you.

My Daddy departed this earth on Friday morning August 5th at approximately 7:30 (you can read about the night and day of his departure in my last blog). The night before his morning departure I was in a meeting hearing a man speak on the glories of heaven. The man, Dean Braxton, had been clinically dead for an hour and 45 minutes and was taken to heaven where he saw and heard many things.

I knew my Daddy was close to his earthly departure and heavenly arrival, but I did not know that in less than 12 hours he would actually be there. The Lord used Dean to get me ready not only for his departure but for his arrival as well. In a certain sense, his description of heaven and what it was like to die and go there put me there ahead of my Daddy.

Here are some high points of Dean’s journey to heaven that he testified of on that imminent and preordained night of August 4th.


Everything in heaven is right; nothing is wrong. Everything and everyone is glad you are there. Also, everything is alive; there is nothing dead there. True death is not having the Father and the Son or the Holy Spirit in your life. Not  having Jesus as your Lord and Savior and not being in right relationship with God is the death of all deaths. “God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Mt. 22:32b).

It seemed that if you were not right with God you would be burned up by His brightness. Terror is what you would experience if you were not right with Him. However, those who were right with God could look at Him with a pure heart and they experienced perfect joy and peace. The feeling, however, was actually past peace because there isn’t anything in heaven to be peaceful from.

Everything is alive and in perfect order where Jesus and the Father are. They do not live with death. On the earth we live with death and decay all around us and become desensitized to it in thinking that there is an end to everything, but in heaven life goes on and on and never ends. The Father and Jesus are pure life, light, and love, and you become one with what they are.

Everything in heaven is light and life. The buildings, atmosphere, and landscape are all light-like. The buildings look almost like glass and they shine with the glory of God. They can also move around from place to place. The trees, flowers, bushes, grass, mountains, hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, etc. are all alive and cannot be described in earthly terms.


Our brother Dean testified that when you looked at any part of Jesus’ body you felt such an individual love. Everything about Him loves you. His feet, His hands, and His entire body love you.

“Jesus loved me so much that I did not have to look at His face to experience His love. His feet showed me love. If all I saw was His feet I knew He loved me. It was not only that He loved me, but it was like I was the only one He loved in all creation. I knew He loved others but it seemed like I was the only one He loved.” Dean Braxton

You can look at any part of Jesus’ body and know He loves you. By looking at His hands you know how much He loves you. You can still see the nail piercings in His hands and experience His overwhelming love that comes forth from them. They seem to say to each individual, “I love you and only you.” You know He loves others, but it feels like He only loves you.

I lost it when I heard that part. I cried and laughed and praised God with deep adoration. We cannot yet fully comprehend how much it cost in pain to His physical body so that we could have a relationship of life with Him (Is. 52:14-15). We love Him because He first loved us! (1 Jn. 4:19)


The final high point I will share on heaven is that there is a welcoming party that includes far more than those you knew in your earthly years. The party of saints who will greet you upon entering heaven go all the way back to every generation of your blood line who were saved. It is not a small number of people. God is a God of genealogies. We see in the Old Testament when the lineage of the prophets, priests, and kings were listed, and again in the gospels when Jesus and Mary’s genealogy is traced back through many generations of time (beginning of Matthew and Luke.). How wonderful to know that every saint and born again child of God will be greeted by so many with great joy unspeakable and full of glory upon their arrival in heaven!

An announcement is made upon every saint’s arrival I heaven, for just as the angels know and rejoice when one sinner repents on the earth (Lk. 15:7, 10), so too they know when one is about to arrive in heaven. It comforts me to know that when my beloved earthly Daddy was about to depart as I spoke by speaker phone into his ear just minutes before his departure that his name and coming arrival had already been announced in the annals of heaven. The angel came for him at that moment and escorted him home while his welcoming party rejoiced and ushered him into the glory of our heavenly Father’s house forever.


For the first two days after his departure I grieved for the loss of my earthly Daddy. It hurt deep inside not to have him with us any more. We feel this grief because separation was not in the original design of God. It is a part of the curse. However, our hope and rejoicing must be centered in the glad reunion that awaits those who’ve tasted of eternal life. When I began turning my focus toward the reality of heaven and of one day being reunited with my Daddy my level of grief changed and took on a new dimension. Hope and joy sprung forth and my heart began to grow lighter. Of course, I miss him, as we all do our departed loved ones, but when I filled my mind and heart with thoughts of heaven my rejoicing in Daddy’s gain outweighed the sorrow of his loss.

Here is a poem I wrote and read at the closing of my Daddy’s memorial service that expresses this well:

Why should I cry? My Daddy is alive and in the midst of the glories of heaven

Why do I want to think of my loss?

Instead of my Daddy’s gain

Why should I wail in a pagan dirge of despair?

When my Daddy is with Jesus in the Father’s care

My Daddy didn’t die; he just went home

To the born again Christian death is not a defeat

It is a victory and a triumph of the highest degree

So can I be full of sorrow when my Daddy is so happy?

Should I be full of mourning when he is rejoicing with great joy?

You see, my Daddy didn’t die – he just went home.

Praise God! This is the lot and portion of every born again saint. Hallelujah! We are all homeward bound. Until then let us work for the Master and bring many more people to Him while it is yet day, for the night comes when no man can work.







  1. Bert, I rejoice with you on your fathers home going. It’s never easy to lose a close family member but it’s a great comfort to know you will see them again. Now your father will be able to cheer you on from the grand stands if Heaven as you run your race. Thanks for sharing your heart and words of encouragement during this time. My prayers are with you and your family. Many blessings Man of God.

  2. As soon as a person is born again (after being dead) into the Spirit of The Father, he or she is in Heaven – living in two dimensions at the same time. The earthly, not real, conquered and defeated realm, and the True Reality of Heaven in being One in and with The LORD. The Word tells us, “as He is so are we in this world.” 1John 4:17 and we are (already) seated with Him in Heavenly places being one in The LORD (in Christ Jesus) – Ephesians 2:6.

    Religion has spun the Truth into a lie with pagan after life wonderful stories so that people are deceived and live under the bondage of the defeated enemy on this earth. Colossians 2:15 tells us the enemy is totally defeated and defanged and where it has no power is Victory and Heaven. John 10:10 tells us The LORD comes to give us LIFE (His Life) abundantly. The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. If the enemy has no power, that is Heaven!

    In Jesus is LIGHT and there is NO darkness in Him – if you only have and are in the LIGHT then that is Heaven. We are to walk by faith and establish the Kingdom in our lives and in the earth by appropriating by our Beliefs and Actions the ALREADY ESTABLISHED TRUTH where there is NO darkness, ONLY LIGHT.

    What a person believes and appropriates of Heaven will be their reality. There is no home after we leave the physical realm – we are already there. It is just that we shift from the physical seeing into the physical unseen, and even that is for a season. When are bodies are completely glorified we can be seen as Jesus was seen in His Glorified Body.

    • Your comments on positional truths minimize the tangible and real spiritual place that heaven is. Heaven is our blessed hope and our eternal home. Your comments minimize every believers blessed hope and skew toward the pride of knowledge.

  3. Blessings to you and your family at the graduation and promotion of your dad to his heavenly rewards! We can only imagine!

  4. Bro. Bert, so touching and beautiful. Yes, we need to go on in the strength of the Lord and bring as many as possible to Jesus so they can live abundantly here and make heaven their home when the time comes.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s