Will time still exist in heaven? In Revelation, it talks about trees bearing fruit every month which seems to suggest time still exists. Can humans even exist outside of time like God does? Second, is hell eternal (Lake of Fire) or will it be a punishment for a set time (1000 years) and then completely destroyed?
Regarding time, Creation will also exist in a place of time and space, since this is in keeping with our nature. Only God is omnipresent and without a beginning. Timekeeping in the New Eternal Order will be done in months only, not in years. So we will know a pattern of life (i.e., twelve repeating months), but we will not know a counting of years since there is no end.
Finally, Hell is not the eternal abode of the unbelieving. Rather, the Lake of Fire is their eternal home, and it will last for eternity, as Jesus says: Continue reading
In heaven, will believers recognize one another as we do on earth?
We know for certain that our identities will continue into the Kingdom age when we occupy new bodies. We know this for two reasons. First, Scripture makes reference to the identities of individuals in the Kingdom. For example, Scripture tells us that David will rule over Israel as Prince:
Speaking of the Kingdom, the Lord says that Jesus will be the God for all Israel and He will set His servant David as prince over the people of Israel. David is called “prince” and not king because Jesus will be King over all the earth in that day. Nevertheless, the fact that David will be known as prince over Israel tells us that David’s identity will be known among those on Earth. So if we can know David’s identity in the Kingdom, it stands to reasons we too will retain our identities. Continue reading
Ezekiel 34:23-24 (NKJV)
23 I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them—My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.