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A Whole New World!

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Revelation 21:1–8 ESV
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I 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 the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Series on “Life After Death” - what happens after we die
Series on “Life After Death” - what happens after we die
Don’t live for the dot. The rich man and Lazarus. After death, they had two different destinations.
No grave gonna hold my body down . The two resurrections. Our bodies will be resurrected and we will continue to live forever after we die.
Body 2.0. . The resurrection body.
The GWTJ. . Judgment of unbelievers - outcome eternal Hell
The Bema. God’s judment of believers - for reward based on what we did for Him on earth.
Heaven.
This entire series was birthed after my interest in heaven. Wanted to give us a glimpse of what lies on the side of life for the Jesus’ follower.
The sad truth is that today not many people are excited about heaven. In North America, we can have it pretty easy in comparison to the rest of the world. Be it summer or winter, there are endless entertainment possibilites:
Revelation 21:1–8 ESV
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I 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 the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
The sad truth is that today not many people are excited about heaven. In North America, we can have it pretty easy in comparison to the rest of the world. Be it summer or winter, there are endless entertainment possibilites:
Cottage, Road-trip, mall with endless stores, eating out - take your pick -Wendy’s MacDonald, Tim’s or true restaurants, gym, rec centre, beach, sailing; even at home we can have endless hours of entertainment namely - Netflix!
So we never think of heaven of heaven because we are so busy. But there is another reason, there are misconceptions of heaven.
Disembodied spirits floating on clouds in the air with angel wings playing a harp.
Disembodied spirits floating on clouds in the air with angel wings playing a harp.
First thing Pentecostals say - One long boring worship service. “We will be worshiping God forever in heaven.” We were created to worship God but not 24/7. If that were the case, Adam and Eve would have placed in temple to worship all the time. Instead they were placed in a garden with fruit trees and animals.
A dull quiet place.
Satan has done a masterful job of promoting misinformation of heaven. The results are:
No one is excited about it. If he can scandal heaven, make it boring, no one wants to go there. Like having a visa to the USA.
so that no one is excited about it. If he can scandal heaven, no one wants to go there. So there is no planning for this life after death adn even more, we tell no one about it.
There is no planning for this life after death. If we understand our earthly life impacts our position and rewards, we will live differently.
We tell no one about it. No evangelism
This life itself becomes a drag. We are not excited, happy, hopeful. But since I know my destination, I can rejoice in the Lord always. I can say like Paul, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
What is heaven like? Slides
Paradise: The place where God dwells and we find eternal love, joy, beauty, splendor, glory, and riches. Imagine the most beautiful place you can. Heaven surpasses that greatly.
Poor and sickly Lazarus was in paradise where he was comforted. Not much detail is given there but we know he was recognized by the rich man and he was no longer in pain and suffering. He was comforted.What is your concept of heaven?SLIDESParadise: The place where God dwells and we find eternal love, joy, beauty, splendor, glory, and riches. Imagine the most beautiful place you can. Heaven surpasses that greatly.

A New Place

NIVThen I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Revelation 21:1 ESV
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
It will all be new!
It will all be new! Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. We love new things, new clothes, new cars, new houses!God will do a makeover of this present planet earth to dwell in. I believe the new earth will be an Edenic paradise - trees, fruits, rivers, animals. It is a physical place. A real physicality to it, not disembodied spirits floating around.Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth is up in heaven preparing places for us - Are they houses, mansions, cottages? I don’t know all the details. You may not have the finest house on this earth but Jesus is preparing a beautiful dwelling place for you in heaven.-3People of all nations, tribes, languagesThe new earth with land, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, hills, valleysSunsets, trees, grass, flowers.Nature in all its beauty.Cities, countrysides, roadsThe capital city is the New Jerusalem.
We love new things, new clothes, new cars, new houses! God will do a makeover of this present planet, earth, to dwell in.
The New Heaven.It will all be new! Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. We love new things, new clothes, new cars, new houses!God will do a makeover of this present planet earth to dwell in. I believe the new earth will be an Edenic paradise - trees, fruits, rivers, animals. It is a physical place. A real physicality to it, not disembodied spirits floating around.Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth is up in heaven preparing places for us - Are they houses, mansions, cottages? I don’t know all the details. You may not have the finest house on this earth but Jesus is preparing a beautiful dwelling place for you in heaven.-3People of all nations, tribes, languagesThe new earth with land, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, hills, valleysSunsets, trees, grass, flowers.Nature in all its beauty.Cities, countrysides, roadsThe capital city is the New Jerusalem. : 1I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. [21.2]There is a city being prepared in heaven presently, the new Jerusalem. It is being prepared for the Son of David, the Messiah, the Christ, who will reign over the world from Jerusalem. He is the groom. a brilliant city shining with the glory of GodBrilliant like a very precious jewel. High wall with 12 gates3 gates on each side with the names of the tribes of Israel inscribed on them.Wall had twelve foundations with the names of the twelve apostles.city was a cube - 1400 miles New York city 304 sq milesNY metropolitan area 6000 sq miles1.9 Million sq miles [6,500 x NYC] or 300 x the metro areaWalls were 200 feet thick. Wall of China is 16’ wide at the topThe city of Babylon, under King Nebuchadnezzar II, must have been a wonder to the ancient traveler's eyes. Herodotus, a Greek historian in 450 BC, claimed the outer walls were 80 feet thick.Walls were made of jasper with foundations decorated with precious stones.City and it main street were made of pure gold, clear as glass. God will dwell with us. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. [21.3] God will transfer His eternal dwelling place from heaven to earth! In other words, in a sense earth will be the new heaven. Or there will be no separation between the dwelling place of God and man.No more pain and suffering.‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” [21.4]Say goodbye to pain and suffering, poverty, shame, injustice, humiliation, want, fear, terrorism, rudeness, evil and wickedness. No more racism or wars based on religion, ideology, philosophy or political affiliation.We are oblivious to the pain and horrible suffering of many - refugees, child labor, starving masses, many hurt by AIDS, war, terror, human trafficking, sex slaves. One day, it will all be over.The wicked will be absent. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” This is not a place for everyone. Only for the brave, the courageous who stood up to the lies of Satan, media, Hollywood, the world. Those who were strong and said we will not bow to atheism, religious tradition, lies, idolatry. We will not give in to drunkenness, sinful revelry, adultery, homosexuality, moral relativism. We will not bow to the gods of this world or false religious ideas.I am me. You are you.There is continuity with this present life. People will be recognizable. ConclusionHeaven is Eden restored.Heaven is God and man dwelling together.Heaven is eternal peace, joy, love, laughter, happiness forever.Heaven is all you ever wanted and more.Heaven is all the joy we have on earth in nature, relationships and pursuits multiplied exponentially minus the all the evil, pain, sorrow, suffering and sin we experience today.
The new earth will be an Edenic paradise - trees, fruits, rivers, animals. It is a physical place. A real physicality to it, not disembodied spirits floating around.
Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth is up in heaven preparing places for us - Are they houses, mansions, cottages? I don’t know all the details. You may not have the finest house on this earth but Jesus is preparing a beautiful dwelling place for you in heaven.
Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth is up in heaven preparing places for us - Are they houses, mansions, cottages? I don’t know all the details. You may not have the finest house on this earth but Jesus is preparing a beautiful dwelling place for you in heaven.
John 14:1–3 ESV
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Those are some of the most comforting words in all of history!
People of all nations, tribes, languages
The new earth with land, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, mountains, hills, valleys
Sunsets, trees, grass, flowers.
Nature in all its beauty.Cities, countrysides, roads

A City

Revelation 21:2 ESV
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
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There is a city being prepared in heaven presently, the new Jerusalem. It is being prepared for the Son of David, the Messiah, the Christ, who will reign over the world from Jerusalem. He is the groom.
A brilliant city shining with the glory of God. Brilliant like a very precious jewel.
: 1I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. [21.2]There is a city being prepared in heaven presently, the new Jerusalem. It is being prepared for the Son of David, the Messiah, the Christ, who will reign over the world from Jerusalem. He is the groom. a brilliant city shining with the glory of GodBrilliant like a very precious jewel. High wall with 12 gates3 gates on each side with the names of the tribes of Israel inscribed on them.Wall had twelve foundations with the names of the twelve apostles.city was a cube - 1400 miles New York city 304 sq milesNY metropolitan area 6000 sq miles1.9 Million sq miles [6,500 x NYC] or 300 x the metro areaWalls were 200 feet thick. Wall of China is 16’ wide at the topThe city of Babylon, under King Nebuchadnezzar II, must have been a wonder to the ancient traveler's eyes. Herodotus, a Greek historian in 450 BC, claimed the outer walls were 80 feet thick.Walls were made of jasper with foundations decorated with precious stones.City and it main street were made of pure gold, clear as glass. God will dwell with us.
High wall with 12 gates
3 gates on each side with the names of the tribes of Israel inscribed on them.
Wall had twelve foundations with the names of the twelve apostles.
City was a cube - 1400 miles
New York city 304 sq miles
NY metropolitan area 6000 sq miles
1.9 Million sq miles [6,500 x NYC] or 300 x the metro area
Walls were 200 feet thick.
Wall of China is 16’ wide at the top
The city of Babylon, under King Nebuchadnezzar II, must have been a wonder to the ancient traveler's eyes. Herodotus, a Greek historian in 450 BC, claimed the outer walls were 80 feet thick.
Walls were made of jasper with foundations decorated with precious stones.
City and it main street were made of pure gold, clear as glass.

God will dwell with us.

God will transfer His eternal dwelling place from heaven to earth! In other words, in a sense earth will be the new heaven. Or there will be no separation between the dwelling place of God and man.

No more pain and suffering.

Revelation 21:4 ESV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Say goodbye to pain and suffering, poverty, shame, injustice, humiliation, want, fear, terrorism, rudeness, evil and wickedness. No more racism or wars based on religion, ideology, philosophy or political affiliation.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” [21.4]Say goodbye to pain and suffering, poverty, shame, injustice, humiliation, want, fear, terrorism, rudeness, evil and wickedness. No more racism or wars based on religion, ideology, philosophy or political affiliation.We are oblivious to the pain and horrible suffering of many - refugees, child labor, starving masses, many hurt by AIDS, war, terror, human trafficking, sex slaves. One day, it will all be over.The wicked will be absent.
We are oblivious to the pain and horrible suffering of many - refugees, child labor, starving masses, many hurt by AIDS, war, terror, human trafficking, sex slaves. One day, it will all be over.

No more sin

Revelation 21:8 ESV
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Revelation 21:5–8 ESV
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
The wicked will be absent.
rev. 21:
The wicked will be absent.
This is not a place for everyone. Only for the brave, the courageous who stood up to the lies of Satan, media, Hollywood, the world. Those who were strong and said we will not bow to atheism, religious tradition, lies, idolatry. We will not give in to drunkenness, sinful revelry, adultery, homosexuality, moral relativism. We will not bow to the gods of this world or false religious ideas. I am me.

Conclusion

Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” This is not a place for everyone. Only for the brave, the courageous who stood up to the lies of Satan, media, Hollywood, the world. Those who were strong and said we will not bow to atheism, religious tradition, lies, idolatry. We will not give in to drunkenness, sinful revelry, adultery, homosexuality, moral relativism. We will not bow to the gods of this world or false religious ideas.I am me. You are you.There is continuity with this present life. People will be recognizable. ConclusionHeaven is Eden restored.Heaven is God and man dwelling together.Heaven is eternal peace, joy, love, laughter, happiness forever.Heaven is all you ever wanted and more.Heaven is all the joy we have on earth in nature, relationships and pursuits multiplied exponentially minus the all the evil, pain, sorrow, suffering and sin we experience today.
Heaven is Eden restored. Heaven is God and man dwelling together. Heaven is eternal peace, joy, love, laughter, happiness forever. Heaven is all you ever wanted and more. Heaven is all the joy we have on earth in nature, relationships and pursuits multiplied exponentially minus the all the evil, pain, sorrow, suffering and sin we experience today.
NIVI consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
NIVSo we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
You are you.There is continuity with this present life. People will be recognizable.
I’ve got a mansion
When we all get to heaven
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