Even I used to wonder about "Heaven" and "Paradise." According to Strong’s
Concordance, the word "paradise" is only found three times in the Bible, and it indicates that it’s the heaven
we Christians expect to live in for eternity.
In Luke 23:43 is where Jesus is on the cross and tells one of the thieves also being crucified, "Today shalt thou be
with Me in paradise." In 2nd Corinthians 12:4, Paul tells of how he was "caught up into paradise," and in
Revelation 2:7, God says, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh
will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." That’s the heaven where
the tree of life is waiting with the perfect diet for Mankind.
In the more than 250 places from Genesis to Revelation where the word "heaven" is
found, it clearly has places where it’s speaking of the heaven and stars we see, but in other places, is indicating
the Heaven where we plan to go.
And so when the word "paradise" is used, it’s speaking of the Heaven of eternity, while the word "heaven"
is sometimes speaking of the sky we see, and at times means our eternal home.
Just as a matter of interest, I found the word "heaven" 38 times in the Psalms, 56
times in Revelation, but 74 times in Matthew, the most often of all the books of the Bible! If I had been asked before counting,
I surely would have guessed that Revelation would have mentioned it most.
But when all is said and done, the number of times isn’t the most important; the fact
that it’s waiting for us is our goal. "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, and I will
not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels" (Rev.
"Him that overcometh will
I make a plllar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out; and I will write upon him the name of my God, which
is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God" (Rev.3:12). Our reward is waiting.