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Anticipating the Glories of Heaven

What is your anticipation of heaven? Most of the western world has been captivated by the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, causing many to ponder their own deaths and the hereafter. Although they may not be vocal about their own coming deaths and their anticipation of heaven, I suggest that many are pondering those thoughts deep within their own hearts. So, I am asking you to pause for a moment of silence, look to heaven, and let us ponder the glories of heaven together. Let us approach the throne of grace together asking our Lord Jesus Christ to show us the unspeakable glories of heaven. As our static existence measured by time no longer exists, we enter into the glories of eternity. We are no longer captive to time and space but set free to experience all of creation in a timeless environment. Can you imagine the glory of not being locked into time, but having the ability to travel to the stars in the blink of an eye? I hope and pray that every believer in Christ has thought much about the glories of heaven and has their own anticipation based on their personal walk with Jesus Christ and Holy Scripture.

Perhaps my greatest anticipation about the glories of heaven is that sin will be totally eradicated. I long for that day when we will no longer need to struggle against the old sin nature and the temptations from an evil world.  I long for the day when we will no longer need to resist the wiles of the devil, who has become an expert at causing emotional and psychological problems with fallen humanity (Ephesians 6:11-12). To me personally, this would be the glory of glories allowing everyone to experience the fullness and majesty of God’s love flowing uninterrupted to us, His beloved children. This would also make the meeting with distant family members and old friends beyond memorable. As God’s love flows through us to others old squabbles, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings would no longer exist. Old emotional and psychological pains that held tightly to our earthly minds and bodies would dissipate to be remembered no more throughout all eternity. I do believe we will hold onto the essence of humanity and all of our wonderful memories that would be exemplified in heaven. We would continue to cherish the memories of a gentle breeze, the warm sun, and deeper meditations with our Lord. We would remember those many little miracles that demonstrated God’s loving providence in the midst of a beautiful world dominated by evil.

At the very gates of heaven, we are overjoyed with the fulfillment of our anticipation. Unlike our previous existence on Earth, we discover quickly that we are not separated by rank, position, or any other barrier. The purity of our hearts will allow us to see God (Matthew 5:8). What a wonderful honor to be brought into His presence. We instantly realize the true friendship we have in Jesus Christ (John 15:15), the Apostles, and all those who have risen to great heights while on Earth. How marvelous it is to walk in the same company of the great preachers, prophets, and women of God that touched so many lives on Earth. What a wonder it is to be in the presence of those God-fearing Kings, Queens, and great leaders that always humbled themselves under the righteous hand of God. We anticipate the glories of heaven in the oneness of all exemplifying the love of God with everyone. What joy it will be to sit at the same table, eat hardily, and fellowship with one another. No longer will anyone feel the horrible pains of loneliness. The oneness is inclusive as all work, serve, and worship together with great joy.

Yes, we anticipate new bodies that could be similar to our original creation before the fall, that was created to last for all eternity. Remember, the trespass that led to the process of dying (Genesis 2:17). We would no longer need to propagate the race as it was before the fall. Remember, the trespass that led to the pain of childbirth (Genesis 3:16). Our new bodies would be immune to any harmful viruses, diseases, or contagion either in heaven or upon the new Earth. We would be under the loving protection of our Heavenly Father throughout the entire Universe. This would be the greatest joy to never get sickened and die of old age. The old growth pains would be something of the distant past. Our bodies would be fit for service in the heavenly kingdom and work in the New Jerusalem, the same physical size as the old continental United States, magnificently coming down to the new Earth (Revelation 21:9-27). No more wars or rumors of war, and no more global warming as we all work together as one. No matter where we end up in our Universe, we will all work together for the glory of God. We will endlessly praise God for defeating the enemy of our souls for all eternity (Revelation 20:10).

We will also be eternally grateful for separating all evil people who have openly and unashamedly rejected Jesus Christ as the Lord. There will be a great gulf that separates them from those in heaven, making it impossible to transcend (Luke 16:26). It appears in the Words of Christ in speaking with certain ones beyond the gulf while in heaven that there is no grief ensued by their own decisions to be where they have chosen to be by their own actions. Furthermore, there is clarification in the book of Revelation that even on the new Earth there will be no evil for the city gates of the Great City, New Jerusalem, will never be shut (Revelation 21:25-27). They will be open for anyone to travel freely in or out of the city, or to any other distant planet in the Universe. In our anticipation of the glories of heaven, we trust in God’s loving providence to render unto all, their own free choice as to where they will end up for all eternity. We serve a righteous and loving God who will always give each person their heart’s desire. I believe that everyone who is called into the Kingdom will have this tremendous desire to love and serve God in His Heavenly Kingdom or the New Jerusalem on the new Earth. We will all anticipate the glories of heaven.

The good news is we don’t need to wait upon heaven to begin our journey as a new creation. We can start the journey now through faith. Do you want a foretaste of what heaven will be like and what our amazing new bodies will be like, then you can begin today through faith. I can assure you that when you begin the journey of transformation in Christ, then you will have no desire to turn back. It takes great power to transform your life and that is miraculously accomplished through faith in the Gospel. The simple, yet powerful Gospel, says that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, who came to Earth to teach us about His Father’s Kingdom. Jesus Christ, the anticipated Messiah, willingly died on the Cross for all of our past, present, and future sins. As Christ hung on the Cross, all of our sins were placed upon Him as the sacrificial lamb, then His Heavenly Father poured out His wrath upon Christ who became the substitute for our sins. On the third day, Jesus Christ rose from the grips of death to give us a new life in Christ. If we say we believe this Gospel, then we pick up our cross and die to self, the old sin nature, so that we can be made spiritually alive in Christ, which is the transformation. Christ will not leave us alone but sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, teaching us, and helping us to grow spirituality from one degree of glory to another.

The only ones in the new heavens and the new Earth are those who have been transformed by the power of the Cross, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The moment we are transformed in Christ, then “We anticipate the glories of heaven.” Let me encourage you to begin your transformation today and not be cast out to a place separated by a great gulf from the glories of heaven. We have not even mentioned the horrors of hell. Everyone will die, so it is good that you make your plans today on where you want to spend eternity. All of Great Britain and most of the Western world have been confronted with death as they have queued to see their beloved Queen Elizabeth II lying in state. Please make your decision today while you still have time.

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Hope in Our Darkest Hour

What an amazingly beautiful three years it had been as the divine Son of God walked with His disciples and followers. They had all been filled with hope beyond their wildest imagination. They received more than just a glimpse of the new life in Christ as they observed Jesus overcoming the many obstacles from both the religious community and the power structures of decadent Rome.  From the many healings to the casting out of demons, and the many other miracles it brought forth an amazing hope for humanity in their darkest hour. But now things were different as they huddled together in the upper room to escape the prying eyes of the cruelest power on earth. Whatever happened to the hope that would deliver them from their cesspool of misery, long before they would classify this as depression and anxiety? All of Christ’s most ardent followers shared the same memories of a new hope for humanity who embraced the power of love and forgiveness. Somehow the light from within was still shining brightly even in the dark confines of their new sanctuary. Continue reading Hope in Our Darkest Hour

Christian, Hold the Line Empirically

Fundamentally, through observation and experience, Christians can hold the line against the works of the devil. This is not a theory or pure logic; it is an empirically tested method. There was One who came beyond time and space to show us the way, a way that has all been lost in our modern age. We live in an age of theories and logic. We have come to rely upon our highly technological age to chart our path. We have bowed down to the so-called proven theories of the Scientific Age. All this is leading humanity further and further into darkness. To chart our own path, will always lead us into satanic bondage, and further away from God. Our observation started two thousand years ago by following Jesus Christ on the dusty trails of Judea and then continued by following the writings of those who originally followed Him. We followed their experiences in putting off the old life, which barred the way of the devil. Then we followed their written experiences of putting on the new life in Christ, which overcame the works of the devil and opened a new horizon. This has all been lost in the new age that’s leading the entire world into slavery to the powers of darkness. Continue reading Christian, Hold the Line Empirically

When the Witness Stops Witnessing (Video)

Let me remind you that the testimony of the witnesses is so strong it’s like fire coming forth from their mouth to destroy the arguments of those who come against them (Revelation 11:5). Their testimony is like our testimony, which is what Jesus Christ has done for us. The Bible says that there is great power in the message of the Cross and specifically our testimony (I Corinthians 1:18). After watching this important video on my secure website, please share it with others

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When the Witness Stops Witnessing

Let me remind you that the testimony of the witnesses is so strong it’s like fire coming forth from their mouth to destroy the arguments of those who come against them (Revelation 11:5). Their testimony is like our testimony, which is what Jesus Christ has done for us. The Bible says that there is great power in the message of the Cross and specifically our testimony (I Corinthians 1:18). Our testimony says, before Christ, there was an emptiness that could not be explained. No matter how hard we worked to fill this emptiness in our lives, we could not. Before Christ, even the right we knew to do was very difficult causing us untold problems. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The Good News is everything changed when we believed what Christ did for us on the Cross. All our sins were placed upon Christ as He took our place and paid the penalty for our transgressions. He died for our sins and was buried for three days in a tomb. On the third day, Christ rose from the dead and is now seated in Heaven making intercession for our sins. Our faith in the resurrection of Christ gives us a brand-new life in Christ where old things truly pass away. This new life fills our emptiness with the indwelling Spirit and gives us power over the old sin nature. In time we are also filled with an amazing joy and a peace that defies understanding. Our testimony has great power to those who are willing to listen. This is our testimony. Continue reading When the Witness Stops Witnessing