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Living With Eternity In mind

Destination: Heaven
Chapter 2

Actually, the Bible does not say very much about Heaven. It states much more about Hell, as we will see in the next chapter. It states that it is God’s dwelling place. Deut. 26:15 Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven,
1 Kings 8:30 . . . . and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive. 2 Chron. 30:27 . .  . . and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.
Job 22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven?
Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
Psalm 123:1 Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
Isa. 66:1 Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?
Luke 11:2 Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Acts 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
All above verses (KJV).
         
The Bible states that Jesus came down from Heaven.
John 3:31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. (KJV)
John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (KJV)
John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. (KJV)
John 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  (KJV)
John 16:30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. (KJV)
1 Cor. 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (KJV)
         
The Bible also tells us that one day we will be where He is.

John 14:2-3 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (KJV)

Jesus is talking to His disciples (then and now). If you are a child of God, you should be a disciple. A disciple of Christ is one who (1) believes His doctrine, (2) rests on His sacrifice, (3) is led by His spirit, and (4) imitates His example (Mat. 10:24; Luke 14:26-27, 33; John 6:69).
Though our faith often falters; though we may be foolish, base or weak; and have no special talent or ability on our own; though we come from many different cultures and backgrounds and life experiences; we can be effective disciples of Christ if we are willing to obey Jesus. John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.  [KJV]
John 15:10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.  [KJV]

Chapter 4 of Revelation gives us an insight as to what Heaven will be like.
Revelation 4:1-11 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4  And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5  And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6  And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7  And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8  And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
9  And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
(KJV)

The clear teaching of the Book of Revelation is that God will defeat all evil in the end. We must live in willing obedience to Christ Jesus, the coming Conqueror and Judge.
Revelation 4 & 5 record glimpses into Christ's glory. Here we see into the throne room of Heaven. God is on the throne and in complete charge. John could not distinguish a form of a Person, only the brilliance and brightness of His Presence. The throne itself has an emerald (green) rainbow encircling it, and out of the throne proceed lightning and thunder, bringing us a contrasting portrait of God. His throne of judgment is depicted by the lightning and thunder; but His wondrous mercy is symbolized by the rainbow (Gen.9:13-16).
Who do the 24 elders represent? There are different interpretations as to these. I believe they represent the true church, from Pentecost to the Rapture. White raiment is the righteousness of Christ. Crowns of gold indicates that the church will reign with Christ one day (1 Cor.6:3). Crowns also represent rewards, that Christ shall give believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Tim.4:8; Jam.1:12; 1 Pet.5:4).
The ‘sea of glass’ denotes its appearance not the material of which it is made. It symbolizes God’s holiness and righteousness; too, the peace and tranquillity of Heaven.    

Who are these mysterious ‘living creatures’ (beasts)?

These are not wild beasts, as we might think. These are ‘living ones’ or ‘living creatures’, not hideous animals. The first looks like a lion (majesty and power); the second like a calf or ox
(beast of burden; a servant); the third had a face like a man (intelligence; humanity); and the fourth like a flying eagle (sovereignty).
Revelation 5:11-14 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
14  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
(KJV)

I believe that every living creature in Heaven is there for ONE reason: to ascribe honor and praise to our wondrous and awesome, Creator God.
One other thing I’d like to mention: notice that all three Persons of the Trinity are clearly shown in these verses from Revelation 4 & 5. (1) God the Father (4:2, 8, 11) (2)  God the Son (the Lamb) (5:12-13) (3) God the Holy Spirit (4:5).
Revelation 21:10-27 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17  And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
(KJV)

When you become God’s child by belief in Christ, He writes your name down in the Book of life! IF your name is not there, your destination is Hell.
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (KJV)  
Revelation 22:1-5 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither
light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (KJV)
Revelation 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (KJV)

There is NO way I can describe Heaven to you. I do not have the words! It is too wonderful to even try to put into words. I can read what the Bible has to say about Heaven, over and over again; but I simply CANNOT picture it in my mind. I can get a better view of Heaven by reading what God has to say about Hell. I know that Heaven will be the complete opposite of Hell. A word of wisdom: “It’s better to know God, than to know about Heaven.”

Heaven is one of the two (and only two) eternal destinations. Only God’s children will be permitted to enter into that blissful place that we will share with Almighty God!

Is there really life beyond the grave?

In reality, life comes in two completely different stages: physical life which is temporary and brief here on Earth (that we are now experiencing); and eternal (never ending) life, the one after the grave. Every person who has ever lived or ever will live, will live eternally . . . somewhere! Every soul is eternal! Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. (KJV)  
So, . . . when we go to the grave (die physically), our body goes back to the ground from whence it came, and our spirit (soul) goes back to God who gave it. Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. [KJV] . . . BUT . . . does God send everybody to Heaven? There are those who teach this false doctrine. NOT one place in the Bible does it say everyone will go to Heaven! Quite the contrary, Jesus clearly states that only a FEW shall find the way to Heaven. Mat. 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. [KJV]
Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. (KJV)  
Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. [KJV]
1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. [KJV]

Another situation comes to mind: God’s destroying Sodom and Gomorrah because of all their wickedness. The Bible does not say how many people lived there, but there were many! And ALL were destroyed except Lot and his daughters (Gen.19:15). Lot’s wife also was permitted to leave. She left, in body, but her heart was still there. When she looked back she “became a pillar of salt.” (Gen.19:26). A FEW! Only 3!

How can we be assured that Heaven will be our eternal home? How can we be among the “FEW”? How can we know for certain that when our “spirit returns to God who gave it”, that He will permit our entrance into Heaven? Remember, your soul is the real you, not the ‘body’ in which your soul resides!
Salvation is possible for ALL people. God made it easy, so that even a child could understand it. (1) We must be “born again” (spiritually) into the family of God. John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)  

How do we accomplish this?

John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (KJV)
To all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn spiritually! This rebirth comes from God. We must believe God! We must believe what He states about His Son. 1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)

(2) Once you are ‘born again’ you must willingly obey Christ, and keep His commandments.  Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? [37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [38] This is the first and great commandment. [39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. [KJV]
Love God first, with your all, then others! The commandments of Jesus boil down to ONE word . . . LOVE! John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. (KJV)  
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. (KJV)  

God will accept any and all who turn to His Son in true repentance. It does not matter who you are; color, culture, rich, poor, well-educated or no schooling at all, it does not matter what you have done. If you are truly sorry for your sins; repent (turn away from) and trust Jesus (by faith) to save you, God will accept you into His family as one of His children. Salvation is a ‘gift’ given by God in His marvelous grace.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9  Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)  
I pray that your eternal destination will be the place that is just too wonderful for words, Heaven! If you have not trusted and accepted Jesus, it is not too late. He waits patiently outside your heart’s door; but He will never force His way in. The door to your heart has just one door knob . . . on the inside. You have to open that door. Please consider these words before it is too late! There is life beyond the grave!  Where will you spend eternity? I pray it will be Heaven!  

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