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Archive for September, 2013

Heaven

Jesus is coming back soon! (See Romans 13:11).

The Bible is filled with the promise of His return. David Jeremiah in Jesus’ Final Warning found that there are 1,845 references to this event in the Old Testament and 318 in the New Testament.

Forty books of the Bible speak of the promise of His return. For every prophecy concerning the first coming of Christ, there are eight concerning His Second Coming.

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The word “heaven” is mentioned 582 times in the Bible. It is real, a prepared place for a prepared people.

  • A place for born-again believers (John 3:3).
  • Glorious city (Revelation 21:11-18).
  • River of life is there to ensure everlasting life (Revelation 22:1).
  • The tree of life is there to insure abundant life (Revelation 22:2).
  • The throne of God will be there (Revelation 4:2).
  • It has twelve layers of foundation; each inlaid with a different gem. It has twelve gates with an angel standing guard at each gate (Revelation 21:19-20; 21: 12).
  • The main street is of transparent gold (Revelation 21:21).
  • It is a place for all eternity (John 3:15).
  • Location of our treasures as Christians (Matthew 6:20).
  • Our true home (Hebrews 12:22).
  • Dwelling place of God.

Jesus testified, “Surely, I come quickly” (Revelation 22:20). Are you ready?

Our New Home

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home…. I am going to prepare a place for you…. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:1-3).

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Ramesh Richard in Soul Vision tells of a Friday afternoon, and his last appointment with one of his students. Wilfred was a focused, determined thirty-three-year-old Ghanaian student at his college. Wilfred was the first man in his village to go to university and translated the New Testament into his mother tongue. He opted to go home for several years before pursuing his doctorate degree. He wanted his professor to come and visit him once he got to Ghana. With a smile, he said, “See you at home!” Sadly, those were Wilfred’s final words. God had a different meaning for the word “home.” Wilfred was hit and killed by a drunk driver that same night.

The Church is in the eternal home preparation business.

There are two things that we can do on earth that we cannot do in heaven. We cannot sin in heaven. We cannot prepare people for heaven – witness or evangelize. This work must be done now.

“Jesus has gone away to heaven, and some day, just as he went, he will return!” (Acts 1:11, TLB).