Jesus never said that his followers would *go* to “Heaven” per se. He repeatedly indicated that the “Kingdom of Heaven” would *come* to them. To me, that seems like a pretty big difference. As far as I can ascertain from my reading, Heaven itself is a realm reserved strictly for God and His angels. Jesus said that no one has ever ascended there. (John 3:13) I suppose he would later become the first, if not the only, exception. (Elijah is disputable. 2 Kings:2)
If God had not permitted the people of Jerusalem to be torn asunder and driven them from the land, but had let them keep it after before, no one could convince them that they are not God`s chosen people.