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New Heaven and Earth (5 of 7)
Michael Youssef wrote, ''In the Book of Revelation, the Lord Jesus gives John a vision of Heaven. It's a vision of comfort and encouragement for everyone who is burdened by the sufferings of this life. Today, there is very little preaching on Heaven. Most of it is focused on the problems and blessings of this life, and how to get the most out of it. How different are those priorities from the priorities of God's Word? The Bible mentions Heaven more than 500 times and the Book of Revelation mentions Heaven more than 50 times.''
What will heaven be like? We will not be floating on clouds, strumming a harp for eternity. Instead we will be worshiping God our Father and Jesus Christ our Savior along with enjoying fellowship with other believers. We will no longer experience the effects of sin in our lives and in the world in which we live.
Psalm 16:11 In your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Puritan John Trapp wrote, ''Here is as much said as can be, but words are too weak to utter it. For quality there is in heaven joy and pleasures; for quantity, a fullness . . . it is a constant happiness without intermission: and for perpetuity it is for evermore. Heaven's joys are without measure, mixture, or end.''
God gave us a brief description of what heaven will be like in Revelation chapters 21 and 22 so we would have an idea of how different it will be from what life on earth is like now. Heaven is a real place, not a state of spiritual consciousness.
PEACEFUL :1 God will create a new heaven and a new earth to replace the world he first created which has been marred by the consequences of sin. This will be the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 65:17. See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. New - Gk. in quality not chronology (time). Matt. 26:28 J ...
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