What is Heaven Like?

This day I come to you all with good News! Today I come to you with glorious news! Today I come to you with a message concerning our glorious eternal home.

The Realty of the The New Jerusalem

Our home will be the New Jerusalem; it will be the place where we, God’s redeemed children, will live forever and shine as the stars for evermore. We will be thrilled as we are looking together at the last two chapters of God’s word, – Revelation chapters 21 and 22.

We Can Know The Things Prepared For Us

Many Christians suppose that our future eternal state is a closed mystery that cannot be known. They either suppose that we can’t know in this life what our future state will be like or they have strange and weird suppositions of heaven. Such people often quote from First Corinthians, chapter 2, verse 9, which says – No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.

The New Jerusalem is our beautiful home.They quote this verse, but completely fail to read and assimilate the next verse, verse 10. We read here one of God’s wonderful ‘buts’! We go on to read in verse ten, “….But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets”. The Holy Spirit is telling us through the writings of the apostle Paul that although we cannot fathom out heaven’s reality with our limited brains, the Spirit of God plumbs these deep truths and reveals them to us. My Christian friend, God wants to make your future eternal destiny very real to you! Of course we can never know fully the marvellous things that have been prepared for us, but we can know enough to thrill out hearts and inspire our vision. We can know enough of eternity that when we enter it – it will NOT be strange to us, because we have already had a foretaste of it and also been thrilled with the vision of it.

Lifting our Gaze to Eternal Things

God wants us to lift our eyes above the mundane. He so much wants to enable us to look beyond our present problems and hardships and spur us on in our pilgrimage. He will do this by giving us a vision of the glory to come. God exhorts us –

 Col 3:1, 2Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.’,.

God wants us to understand our wonderful destiny and inheritance so that we see our future problems in the shining light of eternity;

Rom 8: 17, 18 – since we are his (God’s) children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” (Rom 8:17,18). Verse 17 is teaching us that we are actually to be co-heirs with Christ.

A place of Undescribable Glory and Beauty

The New Jerusalem will be a place of incredible glory and beauty. It is a possibility that our eyes will be able to see many colours that we were unable to see on earth as well as musical sounds we cannot even begin to imagine now. Every sight, every sound will be satisfying, completing and harmonious to us. You will never look at a wall again and think, “ this wall could have been a little different in color”. We will love one another and enjoy harmonious relationships in a way that we can never imagine now. The greatest joy of all however will be that we will forever be able to see the loving face of the Lord Jesus whom we will love so much. His precious Name will be indelibly imprinted on our hearts and minds! The greatest joy will be to forever discover new facets of His grace, kindness, love, personality and majesty! (Rev 22:4).

The Glorious Bible Vision

So let’s begin to read together from the book of Revelation, chapter 21. We will read the first four verses together. We are reading from the New king James version.

1 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. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 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. 4 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.

A New Heaven and A New Earth

I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth.There is coming a NEW heaven and a New Earth. This passage echoes Isaiah 65: 17behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

The time is surely coming when the first heaven and earth which were created according to Genesis 1:1 will be “rolled up” and changed. God will create a totally new heaven and earth. The first creation had known the ‘touch’, contamination and presence of sin and the curse. God will create a pure new creation full of righteousness. Two other passages of scripture speak of this new creation. They are found in the Book of Hebrews and the second epistle of Peter.

Heb 1:10 to 12 (speaking of the Son): You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.

2 Peter 3:12 to 14the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

The Old Heaven and Earth Passed Away

This old earth is often a place of suffering, sadness, sin and the curse. The scriptures indicate that even the heavens will have been contaminated by satan’s hand. But all this will pass; one glorious day, God will create something wonderfully and gloriously new. What a privilege it will be, as one of God’s redeemed sons or daughters to stand on that day with God and hear him once again create and speak into being at his command a new universe. Perhaps we will hear that unimaginably wonderful voice of the Lord say, once again,,,,, “New earth come forth!”

As we God’s children have lived out our lives through this world we will have encountered many pains, hardships, struggles, persecutions, tribulations there. At times we may be tempted to feel that these tribulations should not be. Some of God’s children are even tempted to think that God cannot possibly care for them, allowing them to suffer in this way. But through it all, every trial and hardship as well as every satanic opposition we encounter will have had a purpose and is bringing forth God’s own nature into the fabric of our lives. (Rom 8:28).

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose

At the time of the New Creation God will have used many things to perfect His people:  Having redeemed us and born us again into “his forever family” God will have used Satan, Antichrist, the false prophet, weakness, hardship, and various other difficulties to perfect us. When that perfection process is over and complete God will no longer need the negative things of the old creation. He will say, “Satan, I don’t need you any more. Go to the lake of fire. Sickness, sorrow, and tears I don’t need you any more – you have served your purpose. Go to the lake of fire!  My people have been perfected! God will have no purpose for anything old anymore,

God will say, “ I don’t need you anything old. I don’t need the old heaven and I don’t need the old earth. All the old and negative things were instruments used by Me to perfect My people. Now that My people have been perfected, all these things may be put into the universal ‘trash can,’ the lake of fire.”

Our God will have Made  ALL THINGS NEW

If you have enjoyed this message so far and perhaps you would like to share with me some of your thoughts on ” heaven”. then please add your comments in the COMMENTS space below..

proceed to part 2 – there was No More Sea

or …… Perhaps you would like to read my – Commentary on The New Testament BOOK OF HEBREWS

TO RETURN TO LIST OF BLOGS – BLOG LIST

TO RETURN TO HOME PAGE –  HOME

The Books In The Bible

The Heart of The Bible

The whole Bible is built around a beautiful person.  At the heart of the bible is the wonderful Lord Jesus Christ and the promise of Eternal Life to those who accept him.  It was written only that men might believe and understand and know and love and follow Christ.
Yes, Jesus Christ is indeed the centre and heart of the bible, the centre and heart of history, is the centre and heart of Our Lives. Our eternal destiny is in his hand.  Our acceptance or rejection of him determines for each one of us eternal glory or eternal ruin; heaven or Hell, one or the other!
The most important decision any one is ever called on to make is to settle in his heart once and for all that matter of his attitude towards Christ. On that heart attitude depends everything.

 Famous Men Speak Concerning Scripture

Abraham Lincoln – I believe the Bible is the best gift of God has ever given to men. All the good from the saviour of the world is communicated to us through this book.

W E Gladstone – I have known 95 of the world’s great men in my time and of these 87 where followers of the Bible. The Bible is stamp with the speciality of origin and an immeasurable distance separate it from its competitors.

George Washington – It is impossible to rightly Govern the world without God and the Bible.

Napoleon Bonaparte – The Bible is no Mere book But a Living creature creature with a power that conquers all that oppose it.

 

The Old Testament

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther
Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Solomon
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi
The New Testament

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts (of the Apostles)
Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon
Hebrews
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude
Revelation

TO RETURN TO LIST OF BLOGS – BLOG LIST

TO RETURN TO HOME PAGE –  HOME

The Danger From Turkey

Real danger from Turkey entering the EUOur government as well as the EU us sleep walking!  The threat of persecution of Christians through the “Islamisation” of EU and UK is very real.   This party political broadcast ( Feb, 2016)   “blows a trumpet” alarm!   How I wish there were more Christian pastors and prophets that had the same wisdom and courage to raise an alarm. 

 

 

 

 

Awesome Christian Resources

PURCHASE (1) – Christian Bibles, Books, Commentaries, Helps and DVDs

There is one particular leading Christian Book and bible Distributor that I am proud to be an affiliate for.   It is  a Distributor that consistently provides an enormous selection of bibles, books and other items at excellent value. 

Screenshot_4000

Christianbook.com Home

Baptised in Jesus mighty Name.

Me, baptising in the Philippines

Whenever you purchase from this distributor through my website link you enable me to continue to support the work of the gospel in the Philippines; all profits above my monthly business investment go to help other poorer believers and the work of the gospel. 

Additionally, this distributor’s business provides revenue to support several charitable causes locally and globally – including help to the poor in Bahamas, Belize, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Uganda, Venezuela, and Zambia.

Sermon Of The Week – New Year 2016

downloadPREACHING INTO THE NEW YEAR!   This sermon was preached at 0030 am 01-01-2016, as we entered the New year,   It is an exhortation of the blessings and prosperity that we as children of God can expect in the New Year.   (At the same time it deals with and doesn’t dodge issues like “apostolic suffering” and  the reality of sickness and healing.

Songs of Nativity

My friends,

In the run-up to Christmas in 2012 I sang and made a collection of Christmas carols on CD.  I called the CD ” songs of Nativity”.   These where released to my Christian friends for donations to the needy Philippino’s,  the pastors and missionary work there.   If any of you are interested in receiving a “songs of Nativity” CD, contact me on email marco9love@aol.com or mobile +447429668940 .

All and any DONATION will be sent to Pastor Lubel Quitoriano in the city of Butuan, Aguan.  This godly pastor needs financial help with his radio gospel broadcasts in Agusan.   It is vital that the gospel goes out on the airwaves in this region.  There is indeed a great need for this airwaves presence. Only a minority of the regions inhabitants are born again and truly saved.  The predominant religion is  paganised.   There are also many false cults in this region. These include the Mormons, the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) and the Church of Christ.  The Church of Christ denies the deity of our Lord and saviour while the adherents of UPCI hold the heretical ‘oneness’ doctrine which denies the Holy Trinity. So the radio ministry has great impact and importance.   Once again I emphasize that NO DONATIONS will come to me.  They will all be sent to help pastor Lubel Quitoriano.

SONG OF NATIVITY – SILENT NIGHT

SONGS OF NATIVITY – OH HOLY NIGHT (WHEN CHRIST WAS BORN)

 

Sermon of The Week 07/12/2015

A Royal Wedding

downloadThree sermon snippets taken from my radio broadcast in the English language to the Davao region of the Philippines.   I am preaching on “The Royal Wedding” from Psalm 45.  This Psalm speaks about the Church’s wonderful bridegroom our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ and his love for his bride, the Church.   My prayer is that something within these three sections will make Christ Jesus more real, beloved and precious to you!

The Royal Wedding (Part 1)


The Royal Wedding (Part 2)

The Royal Wedding (Part 3)

Sermon of the Week 28/11/15

pojIn 1 Chronicles chapter 4 we read about  a man who believed that God was a generous God who wanted to pour blessing upon him!   He believed that God was bigger than all his problems, human failings, circumstances and that he could be a winner.  He prayed an awesome prayer  – and God heard it.   We are encouraged by this to know that God is BIGGER than any problems we have.  Jesus Christ is all we need for an overcoming life.

But Jabez understood that true prosperity meant Knowing Jesus intimately  – and that blessing from God often involves trials and sufferings.

The Gospel Song I Believe

Some tell me I sing like Elvis!  I wonder?   I have made a video singing the gospel song I believe.  A beautiful song and one of Elvis’s. I hope you like it.

Elvis was The King of Rock 

Anyway this song has some very  precious words.   I LOVE to sing and actually if you invite me to your Christian congregation I would love the opportunity to sing to the Lord to bless you.   I hope by God’s grace to have more songs played on this website.   Well, how about leaving your comments.   God bless you all; in the love of Jesus our savior.

TO  – COMPLETE LIST OF SITE BLOGS

TO – CHRISTIAN BOOK AND RESOURCES STORE

TO – WEBSITE HOME PAGE