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May 8, 2020 2:00 am
Most people have ideas about what heaven will be like that are vastly different from what Scripture describes. In the message "Surprising Facts about Your Eternal Home," Skip shares a few things that might surprise you about your future home.
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I've heard people say that when you die you turn into an angel or a relative who dies before you will become your guardian angel or that heaven is really boring because you said on the cloud all day and play our church go to heaven is like one long, boring church service. No thank you for the common belief some people have that you first have to go to a place to pay for your sins and have them burned away for you are admitted into heaven. One of the things I know you believe in is that the only authoritative source that we have for life after death comes from the Bible. After the apostle Paul received a glimpse into heaven he wrote God who sat on the throne said, I make all things new. And he said to me right for these words are true and faithful today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip share some surprising facts about your future home in heaven.
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For example, that carrots help you see in the dark. That vitamin C is an effective treatment for a cold.
You could check with the Mayo Clinic, they will tell you that is not true that it takes seven years to digest chewing gum on it. If any of you had your moms tell you that don't eat that will come out for seven years. Frightening is that that's just not true that when you flush the toilet in the southern hemisphere, the water rotates in the other direction not true that the Great Wall of China is visible from space or here's one that I didn't know until I researched that Napoleon was not short. I thought he was short while he was 5 foot seven and the average height in his day for a male was 5 foot five so he exceeded and he was actually taller than the rest of that's misinformation about this world. What kind of misinformation you think people have about the next world a lot in a survey of American belief 40% believe that heaven is a place 47% say it's just a state of being, or a state of mind. 25% say those who are good get into heaven you have to be good to get into heaven while 10% believe every one gets into heaven, and I've even discovered that those people who say they believe in heaven have misconceptions about. I've heard people say that when you die you turn into an angel or a relative who dies before you will become your guardian angel or that heaven is really boring because you set on a cloud all day and play harp church in order to heaven is like one long, boring church service.
No thank you, or the common belief some people have that you first have to go to a place to pay for your sins and have them burned away before you are admitted into heaven.
One of the things I know you believe in is that the only authoritative source that we have for life after death comes from the Bible and the Bible speaks about heaven, about 500 times. I want to show you some things that may surprise you about your eternal home today.
By the time we get to chapter 21 we are dealing with the final phase of eternity where theologians refer to as the eternal state. The eternal state for believers. Let's read the first eight verses and will start their now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.
Also there was no more sea than I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband and I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, God himself will be with them and be their God, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, there shall be no more pain for the former things have passed away. Then he was sat on the throne said, behold I make all things new. And he said to me right for these words are true and faithful, and he said to me, it is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
Let me throw out a few surprising facts about your eternal home. Fact number one.
It will require destruction. Most people would never think about that when they think of heaven, but will require destruction.
Look at verse one. I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. We saw that in the previous chapter, heaven and earth lead away from God which they were. We are chronological, but the time we open to chapter 21. A lot has already happened and life as it once existed on this earth is over. Jesus has come back to receive his church. The tribulation is over. He is also then returned in glory, setting his foot on the Mount of olives, he has established and run the course of the millennial kingdom on the earth, the great white throne judgment is over Satan and the false prophet in the antichrist and all unbelievers are in the lake of fire. This is a different phase heaven and earth. It says passed away. Isn't that exactly what Jesus said would happen, didn't he say these words, heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall never pass away. In other words, Jesus from his own lips predicted the world will come to an end, and how will it end. Peter gives this further revelation. In second Peter chapter 3, the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements. That is the physical universe will melt with fervent heat.
Did you know that up until this past century, the prevailing cosmology that is the study of the development of the universe.
The origin of the universe, etc. the prevailing cosmology was called the steady state theory. The steady state theory was the belief that everything just continued as it once was, with no beginning and no end is the continual perpetual state of that belief system has gone away, replaced by the Big Bang theory. That's the general cosmology and one of the reasons that the steady state theory is no longer believe this because we have observed 411 clue is the son of the sun's radiation is produced by the loss of part of its mass every second.
4,200,000 tons of the sun's mass is lost producing the radiation called sunlight and warmth. What that means is it's running down if it's running down it's going to have an end. If it had an end. It had a beginning, God designed this universe to be temporary. The Bible tells us that he created the world.
In fact, to be more specific. Jesus called by John.
The word created all things and then Paul tells us in the book of Colossians that he is before all things, and by him all things.
Listen to this word consists literally are held tightly together.
So Jesus created it.
He took chaos, unformed mass and created because Moss ordered system that we enjoy today, and he holds all things. He holds all matter. We know the matter is made up of moving particles of opposite charges and is always been a mystery how does it all hold together. I've always enjoyed what Dr. Lee Chesnutt who wrote the Adams speaks set about this and I'm quoting consider the dilemma of the nuclear physicist when he finally looks in utter amazement at the pattern he now has now drawn that the oxygen molecule. Here are eight positively charged protons closely associated together within the confines of this tiny nucleus with them are eight neutrons. A total of 16 particles eight positively charged and eight with no charge earlier physicist had discovered that like charges of electricity and like magnetic poles repel each other. And unlike charges or magnetic poles attract each other in the entire history of the electrical phenomenon and electrical equipment has been built up on these principles known as columns, law of electrostatic force and the law of magnetism. So what was wrong. What holds the nucleus together. Why doesn't it just fly apart and therefore why do not all Adams fly apart.
Now all go out on a limb and be as na´ve as to say I know the answer to that. Jesus holds it together before he is before all things, and by him all things are held tightly together. Can you imagine what would happen if he did this just let it go just released. The Bible seems to indicate that one day he will release it will collapse.
Now I accorded you just a moment ago second Peter chapter 2 about the heavens and the earth melting away. Peter is a question I want you to apply pieces.
Therefore, since all of these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all godliness and holy living.
In other words, there's a question.
How should we live here if everything here is to be burned up will certainly our focus shouldn't be here. Our focus ought to be us. As Paul said, set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth, so that's the first surprising fact, it will require destruction. There's the second what's coming is going to be a brand-new fresh design. Look at verse one again. Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, and then look in verse two, I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, so that new heaven and new earth.
New Jerusalem verse five is the summary statement he who sat on the throne said, behold our luck, I make all things new about Warden new is is an important word in the Greek language. It's the word Kino's enemies knew of a different kind that is qualitatively different than the first is not just chronologically new. It's qualitatively new.
It's a new design.
It's different from this were not talking about land improvement were not talking about innovation. That was the millennial kingdom. That's over with and everything on this earth, the heavens and the earth is destroyed.
This is different. Different materials different atmosphere. Now I like to think that if God did this great of a job in six days is an amazing guy just said, let there be light and there was and he said, let there be this and let there be that he just created thing spoke them.
It took the Bible says six days and the days the Bible indicates her six 24-hour periods to put it all into existence. Can you imagine if God applied all of that creative genius for thousands of years Jesus that I go to prepare a place for you. You may have heard about the scientists who one day look up in the sky, said God, I know that you made life and all that stuff. But you must feel terribly outdated now that we scientists can do everything you can do that said okay. I challenge you to a contest. Scientists a good run. So God reaches down and takes a handful of dirt blows on it outcomes this beautiful flock of exotic birds. Now it's the scientist turns he takes a deep breath. He thinks I've mastered all of the principles of genetic cloning and soil manipulation.
Here goes a reaches down, take a handful of dirt.
God says wait just a minute.
Get your own dirt. So God made the world's God will un-create the world's will destroy their father will be left in his energy and God will make something brand-new something but you know we love new things going. Children love new toys so do adults. Whether it's a new outfit or a new house or a new car or a new guitar or new whatever thing you would like to have new the problem is new things is they don't stay new in a few years you have to get a new water heater for the house patch the roof of the new house there is a period of time in my life where I was getting new things that I had saved up for. I was I was single and I remember getting a new camera and the new guitar than a new surfboard and every time I got something new. It got dinged up or scratcher I dropped it accidentally and it it it works but it just wasn't new any longer and it was as if the Lord was just reminding me it's all going to burn.
Don't get too attached to it. The prophet Isaiah says, thus says the Lord.
I will make a new heavens and a new earth which will last forever. This one will not.
The next one will last forever.
Second Peter chapter 3, he agrees with that. We according to his promise, look for a new heaven and a new earth in which the well righteousness. So this is a new earth.
New heavens and new earth.
New universe new physical planet with dimension substance. So to surprising things is to require destruction will be a fresh design. Here's the third surprising fact and I shun to say this but I will say because I'm a Bible teacher not I can't make up what I want heaven to be like, I can say that one big long golf course in the sky. I've disabled the Bible says and here's the third surprising fact, it won't have an ocean. I hate to say that but it won't have a notion and let me add to that it won't have an ocean and you won't care verse one says, and there was no more sea tell you I I struggled with this verse, it is not underlined in my Bible. I read this when I read it for the first time I said this is harsh. This is very disappointing. Brand-new world without an ocean, and if I were creating this it would read and there were no more cities or and there were no more deserts. But there's plenty of ocean and plenty of palm trees and plenty of surf and sand says, and there is no more sea.
And so I remember reading this and in my study.
I even rationalize that perhaps it doesn't really mean what it says it means it could mean metaphorically on nations that the Bible sometimes described as a restless sea. For example, Isaiah 17 the uproar of many peoples.
It is a roar like the roaring of this disease that verse I underline or Isaiah 57 the wicked are like the troubled sea which cannot rest, Revelation 13. This is the Antichrist comes out of what the sea.
In Revelation 17. The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, our peoples, and multitudes and nations and time so you can see I've spent time studying this through hoping that I can come up with some alternate interpretation, but I have finally settled on the interpretation that I give to the rest of the Scripture that there will be no more see that's just a way of John in this vision, telling us that life will be very different on the new earth Internet new universe is no longer to be water-based and have a different climate altogether. The world we live in now is a watery planet back. It's the only place in the universe that we know of that has the ability to sustain human life, animal life and plant life. Three quarters of the earth's water and that's because your made up of water, 65% of your lashes water 90% of your blood is water. If you don't take in water. You know will happen July you will dehydrate you need the intake of water for your life to be sustained says I saw no more see why because you will be in a glorified body in a world that doesn't operate on the same principles with the same hydrological system that is needed for life here before you get too bummed out saving there will be any water at all. No, I didn't say that Revelation 22 verse one describes. John sees a pure river of the water of life. Now let me tell you why.
When John says I saw no see I was in a bummer that was a blessing because in John's day and age.
I see an ocean meant separation people in flyover oceans and Johnson. They had to go across them in many times they didn't make it because it was treacherous was mysterious. It was filled with storms and dark so that separation will be gone. It will be at different kind of world there's a four surprising fact about your eternal home. This can have a capital city verse two and I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her bridegroom and I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with man, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
I find it fascinating that no landmarks on this new earth are described really whatsoever. No characteristics, no color, no form, but we are told, and in great detail.
We are told about a city in chapter 21 and 22 the headquarters of your eternal home. New Jerusalem different from any other city ever is this one rather than being built on the earth comes out of heaven. Verse 10 he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God that Skip a message for you from the series you Skip to tell you how you can help keep these messages coming your way to help connect others to be good news. God's word has the power to change lives.
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