Paradise was a part of Sheol-Hades where all believers went before Jesus was raised to heaven. Note: Sheol is the same word for the Jews that Hades is for the Gentiles. Jesus went by Sheol-Hades and the compartment of Paradise on His way to heaven and brought all who were in Paradise and took them to heaven with Him and Paradise was then shut down. He could do this at this time because He was risen and He could give the Holy Spirit to all who believed in Him. This just left the Great Gulf Fixed and the Place of Torment open in Sheol-Hades. Therefore we use Sheol-Hades so all will know what we are speaking of. The Great Gulf Fixed and the Place of Torment will be emptied at the end of the 1000 years of Jesus’ reign (aka: the millennium).
Paul caught up to paradise
2 Corinthians 12:4 4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Partial Commentary: What he heard he was forbidden to communicate, possibly because it applied to him alone (cf. Acts 9:16).
Acts 9:16 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
Thief with Christ in Paradise
Luke 23:43 43 And Jesus said to him (the thief Gestas), “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Tree of life in the Paradise of God
Revelation 2:7 7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’
The tree of life referred to in Rev. 2:7 in the midst of the Paradise of God is located in God’s new heaven along the River of Life. The paradise previously referred to was in Sheol-Hades but the Paradise section of Sheol-Hades has been shut down since Jesus came and took all the residents to heaven with Him. Now only the other two sections the Great Gulf Fixed and the Place of Torment exist at this point in time. Note: Since Jesus has risen from the grave all believers are taken directly to heaven when they die or when comes in the clouds to receive His church (all believers).
Please remember that if we have any hope in our Lord and Savior who gave us “everything” we must be continually faithful to the Lord, first. Remember, God loved us first, even before He created us.
Where there is no sin, there is no wrath, but there will always be faith, hope, love and holiness. Therefore those who have faith, hope, love and holiness will always be found in Jesus’ Book of Life.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “Paradise.” Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,