N.T. Wright has an article at – of all places – Time Magazine on The New Testament Doesn’t Say What Most People Think It Does About Heaven. Not a big surprise to anyone familiar with NTW and his book SbH, but is a good summary of his views of heaven as life after life after death!
The followers of the Jesus-movement that grew up in that complex environment saw “heaven” and “earth” — God’s space and ours, if you like — as the twin halves of God’s good creation. Rather than rescuing people from the latter in order to reach the former, the creator God would finally bring heaven and earth together in a great act of new creation, completing the original creative purpose by healing the entire cosmos of its ancient ills. They believed that God would then raise his people from the dead, to share in — and, indeed, to share his stewardship over — this rescued and renewed creation. And they believed all this because of Jesus.