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Most of traditional Christianity believes we go to heaven after we die, but there is no support for this in Scripture. To tell your child the truth about heaven, you can start with the words of Jesus Christ: “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man” (John 3:13 John 3:13And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
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All people who have died except Jesus Christ have not gone to heaven. Consider the following scriptures: “In death, there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give You thanks?” (Psalms 6:5 Psalms 6:5For in death there is no remembrance of you: in the grave who shall give you thanks?
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); and, “The living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing” (Ecclesiastes 9:5 Ecclesiastes 9:5For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
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Except for Jesus Christ, the dead are still dead (you can find more information about that in our booklet, What Happens After Death?). Beginning with this understanding, you can truthfully answer your kids’ question about what they will do for eternity.

As Jesus' disciples watched Him go to heaven, two angels stood by. The angels said, “This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11 Acts 1:11Which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.
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The Bible is very clear that “this same Jesus” will return to earth. When on trial for His life, Jesus declared to one of His accusers, “You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven" (Mark 14:62 Mark 14:62And Jesus said, I am: and you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
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The Bible, the Word of God explains that Jesus Christ will return to establish a literal kingdom—the Kingdom of God—on earth. Christ spoke of His coming Kingdom throughout his earthly ministry and told us to pray to God, “Your Kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10 Matthew 6:10Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
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and Luke 11:2 Luke 11:2And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
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). This is an explanation a child can understand.

Now, to answer your kids’ question about what we will be doing for eternity. When Jesus returns to earth in power, the Bible explains that those who have believed Him will be made immortal: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven . . . and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 [16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
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The eternal life of Christ's followers (called saints in the Bible) begins at their resurrection from the dead. This takes place when Jesus Christ returns and the kingdoms of the world become “the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ” (Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
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). Then, as Daniel the prophet explains, “The saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever” (Daniel 7:18 Daniel 7:18But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.
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This is what you can tell your children. Jesus Christ is going to come back. He is going to establish His Kingdom on earth just like He said. Tell them if we endure in the faith, “we shall also reign with him" forever (2 Timothy 2:12 2 Timothy 2:12If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
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). This is what you can explain to children about what they will do for eternity.

If you would like to learn more of God’s eternal reward for the faithful saints, see our booklet The Gospel of the Kingdom.