Novelist in Windsor, Ontario; across river from Detroit. MI
I’m afraid not. But, that doesn’t mean that Solomon is in “hell.”
According to Genesis 2:7, KJV, a human does not HAVE a soul, a human IS a soul.
(Genesis 2:7, KJV) And the Lord God [Jehovah] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
(Genesis 2:7, Douay) And the Lord God [Jehovah] formed man of the slime of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul.
It makes an enormous difference if one IS a soul, as opposed to one HAS a soul. Because, now we can understand why it is that, in the Bible, DEAD MEANS DEAD. If someone has died, that means they are dead, not alive in some other venue, place, or realm.
Much later, the Bible goes on to tell us about the “spirit” of a person who dies:
(Ecclesiastes 7:12) “Then the dust returns to the earth, just as it was, and the spirit returns to the true God who gave it.”
Your clergy is wrong to tell you that your spirit LITERALLY returns to our Creator, rather that spirit returns to God in the sense that He now controls their future hope for a resurrection and continued life.
Remember that DEAD always means DEAD. Our future hope of life rests with God, always.
So, your bottom line is that no, King Solomon is not in heaven, but that’s not the end of his life prospects as far as God is concerned. Romans 6 has something to say about what happened to Solomon.
(Romans 6:23) “For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So as a sinner, born and bred, and one who offended God by sinning during his life, Solomon has paid the tab for his sin, and for being a sinner, of the offspring of Adam and Eve, like the rest of us.
Now, his future prospects for life rest with our Creator, Jehovah, who had the apostle Paul record these words for us in Acts 24:
(Acts 24:15) “And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Solomon’s hope for continued life rests not in heaven but right here on our planet, earth, as a human, in perfect health and happiness, with all crime, war, and wrongdoing a think of ancient history, because Solomon will be under the governance of Jesus Christ, the perfect one, chosen by God to rule his kingdom. [Remember, praying repeatedly, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Well, that’s the kingdom promise that will restore life to virtually everyone who ever died on the earth, all the way back to Noah’s flood.
If you’re not there to greet your old folks, and their old folks, and their old folks, etc., don’t worry, we’ll be happy to look after them for you.
Of course, Solomon lived in the Old Testament dispensation and thus did not experience being “born again” or the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, for that was not possible before the Christ’s ascension and the birth of the church (see John 16:7). The terms born again and saved (in the sense of eternal salvation) are New Testament terms. That kind of language is not used of Old Testament saints. So, when we speak of Solomon’s being “saved,” we are simply referring to his justification before God and his presence in heaven today.
King Solomon was greatly used by God in many ways. He received wisdom and riches from God. He built a beautiful temple because God chose him for that, and God’s presence later dwelt there. Solomon’s dedication of the temple in 1 Kings 8 is a humble, awe-filled occasion marked by thousands of sacrifices and a prayer overflowing with faith and praise. God used Solomon to write three books of the Bible: Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes. God said concerning Solomon, “I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father” (1 Chronicles 28:6). Surely, these facts allow us to surmise that Solomon was saved and is in heaven today.
On the other hand, King Solomon also sinned greatly against the Lord (1 Kings 11:3–13). Sadly, he married pagan wives, built pagan altars for them, and even participated in pagan worship himself. The only reason God did not immediately take the kingdom from Solomon was that God wanted to keep His covenant with David (1 Kings 11:12). The record of Solomon’s sins, plus the dismal tone in Ecclesiastes, has led some to suggest that Solomon was not saved and is not in heaven today. Some point to the fact that Solomon is not mentioned in the great hall of faith of Hebrews 11 as another clue that he was not saved. However, many other Old Testament characters are not mentioned there, either, and Hebrews 11 was never intended to be a comprehensive list of the redeemed.
Just as in the life of David, there were periods of disobedience in Solomon’s life that required confession and repentance. Do believers today ever sin? Of course they do. The actions of God’s people don’t always match up with what they profess. When believers stumble, they should confess their sins and receive God’s promised cleansing (1 John 1:9). We know that David did exactly that (Psalm 51). Did Solomon? Yes, we believe he did.
The book of Ecclesiastes is a dark study on a life lived apart from God. Solomon looks back over his wasted years and finds no joy in them, only futility, vanity, and “a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). But he had learned his lesson—albeit the hard way—and he wraps up the book with this advice: “Now all has been heard; / here is the conclusion of the matter: / Fear God and keep his commandments, / for this is the duty of all mankind. / For God will bring every deed into judgment, / including every hidden thing, / whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14). This surely sounds like a man who has returned to the Lord and is trusting in Him.
Of course, the ultimate answer to whether or not Solomon was saved rests with God, not with us. Salvation is in the hands of God and God alone because, as Scripture says, God looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). But we believe that Solomon did trust in God and, in spite of his disobedience, was a son of God. His writings clearly speak of a man who had a personal relationship with God and knew firsthand the folly of living without God. We assume that, upon his death, Solomon went to heaven to be with the God he loved and served. Despite his failures and shortcomings, Solomon was saved, by grace through faith, just as we are today.
Created a 2,800 page spiritual website with free PDFs
There is a snag with this question. Because there are two heavens. And you have not been specific.
Let's assume he was half decent and avoided some level of hell. Even if he did not he would by now have gotten out. He would have been in the Spirit Heavens and hell is part of that system because neither are eternal.
Now if he was interested in Jesus, as a great many were most notably Moses and Elias (as at the transfiguration that glowing proved they were both following Jesus instructions on how to be reborn of spirit) then he would have made the transition to the eternal Kingdom of God.
I think this is a reasonable assumption but we don't know because we have not yet spoken to him. But many were not interested in Jesus. The Buddha was not and is still in the Spirit Spheres.
There was a man who was very wise, yet had sex with 1000 women and kept no pleasure from himself. (Ecclesiastes 2:1-10) In his old age he worshiped false gods, see 1 Kings 11:1-10. Now if this were any other man than Solomon be honest, what would your verdict be, what does it look like to you? Can you imagine seeking God most your life and then at the end of it forsaking your God for idols and get away with it? (How stupid could he be?!) The Bible is quite clear that we all will be judged by our works. In saying that I take nothing away from the fact that we can only be saved by the finished work of Christ on the cross, but good works will follow that transformation. (John ch.3) None of us can know for sure, but the possibility of him not being there is very real