By: Gary L. Rodgers



Recently while listening to a Preacher on a CD he said something that got me to thinking. He said that he was told that the Heaven where the Throne of God is at is 3.5 light years away from our earth. Now how anybody would know that is beyond comprehension. I don’t know how anybody here on earth could begin to calculate such a thing. But for the sake of argument let’s suppose that what he said was true.

How long would it take a man traveling in the fastest manmade vehicle known to man, get him to heaven? First of all science tells us that the speed of light is 186,000 Miles Per Second. So using their calculation how many miles would it be to get to Heaven if it were 3.5 light years away?

Next, when I looked up the fastest known vehicle on the internet it was said that Apollo 10 in 1969 traveled at a speed of 24,790 Miles Per Hour.

If all of this information were true then how long would it take us to get there? Using simple math let’s take a look at it.

1.)    186,000 MPS (Miles per second) = Speed of light, X 60 seconds in one minute, = 11,160,000 MPM (Miles traveled per minute) traveling at the speed of light

 2.)    11,160,000 MPM (Miles traveled per minute) traveling at the speed of light, X 60 minutes in one hour, = 669,600,000 MPH (Miles traveled per hour) traveling at the speed of light

 3.)    669,600,000 MPH (Miles traveled per hour) traveling at the speed of light, X 24 hours in one day, = 16,070,400,000 MPD (Miles traveled in a 24 hour day) traveling at the speed of light

4.)    16,070,400,000 MPD (Miles traveled in a 24 hour day) traveling at the speed of light, X 7 days in one week, = 112,492,800,000 MPW (Miles traveled in a 7 day week) traveling at the speed of light

5.)    112,492,800,000 MPW (Miles traveled in a 7 day week) traveling at the speed of light, X 52 weeks in one year = 5,849,625,600,000 MPY (Miles traveled in a 1 year period) traveling at the speed of light

If Heaven were 3.5 light years from the earth, then we would multiply this current number of 5,849,625,600,000 MPY x the 3.5 to get a total number of 20,473,689,600,000 Miles from the earth to the throne of God. Nearly 20.5 trillion miles, now that is a lot of miles in anybody’s book!

Now to calculate how long it would take us to get to Heaven if we were traveling in Apollo 10 @ 24,790 MPH, supposedly the fastest known craft manned by any human. Let’s start by taking the total distance of 20,473,689,600,000 miles and divide it by the 24,790 MPH to calculate how long it would take us.

1.)    20,473,689,600,000 miles from the earth to Heaven, divided by the speed of craft 24,790 MPH would give us a total number of 825,885,018 hours of time needed to make the trip in Apollo 10.

2.)    825,885,018 hours needed for the trip and divide that by 24 hours in a day, we would have a final result of 34,411,876 days needed to make the trip in Apollo 10

3.)    34,411,876 days needed and divide that by the typical number of days in a year of (365 days) we would have a final result of 94,279 years for us to make this trip in Apollo 10, not calculating that every forth year we would have a leap year of 366 days. In essence none of us would ever live to see Heaven.

Our loving and supreme omnipotent God will demonstrate His great power and strength one day when He suddenly raptures us from off the earth in a moment in the twinkling of an eye.

1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.


1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

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.

18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Apollo 10 and the speed of light do not begin to measure up to the power and wonder of our God!

There are people out there that have an eleventh hour religion, they believe that they will have enough time when Jesus comes back for His own to quickly say a prayer and be saved. The truth is that they won’t even have enough time to give it any thought. O how Satan blinds us to the truth of God’s word!

Is Heaven some 3 ½ light years away? No I don’t believe that at all, it is much closer than you think! How far is Heaven away from you my friend! It’s the distance from your mouth to your heart. In the book of Romans we are given these words:

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 If you have never prayed a prayer asking Jesus to save you then I invite you to follow along with these words.

Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you had shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven, and I accept your free gift of eternal life. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!          

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!