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Six Things That Will Surprise You About Heaven - Part A

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September 11, 2020 2:00 am

Six Things That Will Surprise You About Heaven - Part A

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September 11, 2020 2:00 am

After the millennium, the earth will be destroyed and a new one will be created—a real, physical world. In the message "Six Things That Will Surprise You about Heaven," Skip shares more with you about this new earth.

This teaching is from the series From the Edge of Eternity.




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Among those who are born-again Christians who trust that you have to believe in Jesus Christ in order to get into heaven even among them there are urban myths about heaven, for instance, when you die you turn into an angel or your relatives will die before you become your guardian angels for your luck on your or sitting on a cloud playing the harp for millions of years that bored out of your mind. Another one is that you don't go to heaven first verse have little place to burn off all of your sins. After a period of time than you are the least heaven questions about what heaven will be like to connect with Skip Skip share several things that will surprise you about your future want to let you know about a resource that helps you take your best foot forward in life so you can embrace your God-given purpose. I've enjoyed watching the growth in the ministry of my friend Levi Luscombe this month's connect with Skip resource. Take back your life book by Levi Lesko as Levi to tell you about it's all around this idea taking back your life to 40 day interactive journey thinking right so you can live right to be really powerful and special. I think some people to have this bellies in hardcover, which just makes me happy because I never had a booklist hardcover but has ribbon so you really keep track of your progress through these 40 days. It would be in a car will get to someone who is looking to grow in their faith or for any of us you want to maybe conduit will change for your heart. Check online on your wellness where you're at little deal with internal difficulties and help you deal better with external circumstances that are challenging as we explore how it gets the very best version of ourselves that we are meant to be the book take back your life with a donation of $35 to connect with Skip call 1-800-922-1888 online it this hardcover book by Levi Lesko will help you take back your life. It's a 40 day interactive journey to thinking right so you can live right 1-800-922-1888 Revelation chapter 21, Skip to today's message, probably by now know urban legend, urban legend is modern story folklore parts of it may be true, but much of it is completely false or partially false because it's been retold so many times, and these come in the form all sorts of different form. Some of them are photographs. For instance, this picture which will show is the picture of that to be that guy is huge shark jumping out of the water to get this British naval officer in its training exercises that false. That never happened circulated on the Internet with the words.

This is real do check it out. It's not real bad.

As an urban legend, or like this next picture you look at this. That's a moose up on a powerful pretty good Mossad acclimate thing 50 feet in the air. Not bad happens to be true actually what happened is they were laying the power cables they do it on the ground. The most got the antler stock in the power cables. These huge machines lift up the cables for miles and that moose was partially wrapped her in the process so they had to get it down besides pictures there are stories that are urban myths false information, false claims that go out often by email. For instance, I came across one recently the claim that an egg can be cooked by placing it in between two active cell phones.

That's a myth can happen has never happened is an urban legend videos are no videos. The ideas that if microwave radiation emitted by cell phones can cook in a match like in your brain. It's a myth urban legend.

Another one is that Bill Gates is giving money away. Trust me, that's a myth. The story says that Internet users will be given cash if they forward messages to test Microsoft email tracking system.

Listen, Bill Gates is to give money randomly to people who forward email messages to people that his response to this whole fiasco is best. This is more annoying than spam, not people. Here's my point of people have misconceptions about life on earth. Imagine what kind of misconceptions they have about life in heaven. Urban legends about heaven.

We've seen a few of those actually estimated that 40% of the people in one poll believe that heaven is a real place, while 47% leave that heaven is simply a state of being of those who believe in heaven. 25% say that those who are good get into heaven. 10% say everyone gets into heaven, and we've even discovered that among those who are born-again Christians who trust that you have to believe in Jesus Christ in order to get into heaven even among them there are urban myths about heaven, for instance, when you die you turn into an angel or your relatives have died before you become your guardian angels what your left on the earth or you'll be sitting on a cloud playing the harp for millions of years we covered that bored out of your mind. Another one is that you don't go to heaven. First, you first have to go to a place to burn off all of your sins and after period of time than you are released to get into heaven. All of these are legends in all of these are the product of our imagination.

It's all made up.

That's life you want to get the scoop on heaven. You have to turn I have to turn to God's revelation about have not our imagination.

God's revelation because in the Bible over 500 times the word heaven appears over 700 times when you add the plural of the usage of heaven today. I want to look with me at eight versus Revelation 21 and a message that I'm calling six things that will surprise you about heaven. Maybe I should read state that six things that may surprise you about have regarding seen a few surprises one surprise, perhaps, that some of you have encountered so far is that heaven is not a one stop shopping experience that there are different phases in different stages to your eternal dwelling if you were to die today, your spirit would immediately go into the presence of God you be there in his presence to behold his throne you would await your bodily resurrection that happens at the rapture of the church at that point you receive a resurrected body.

After that at some point you will come back to this earth with Jesus Christ at his second coming and for a thousand years rule and reign with him in the millennial kingdom and then after that comes the eternal state.

The eternal dwelling place of all of God's people will that's what were dealing with here in chapter 21 chapter 21 the raptors past the tribulation is past the second coming is past, the millennium is passed, and now we enter to that final eternal phase called the new heaven and the new earth. As some of you will remember Star Trek fact I'm looking at a few people who are hard-core Trekkies. Maybe so you arty know I'm going with this. But how does every episode or how did it open up space yeah and it's not heaven. The new heaven and the new earth is the final frontier. This is eternity after the millennial kingdom. So let's go to chapter 21 and here's the first surprise that some of you may get regarding heaven.

Number one, it's going to require destruction verse one and I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. To keep in mind where we are at.

After 1000 years raining with Jesus Christ on an Earth that is been made over the millennium after all that is done then the entire universe will be destroyed everything in the created order as we know it will be gone go back to chapter 20. Look at verse 11. This is now after the millennium. Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. The earth gets on the created he created totally obliterated and there's a lot of references throughout the Bible about this for example in Hebrews chapter 1 is a very colorful description God will fold them up like a cloak to discard them and things will be change in Matthew 24 Jesus said heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. In other words, this present universe will have an end sort of interesting. Up until this last century, the prevailing cosmology among many in the scientific community was called the steady state theory that basically said the universe is eternal never had a beginning, never had a nanny just continues then we made discoveries. For instance, the sun, the radiation from our son is produced by the loss of mass the sun loses 4,200,000 tons of mass every second.

What is that mean eventually is not to be any mass left. Eventually it's going to wear out run out run down. If it hadn't and that it must've had a beginning and so it is with all of the universe in this earth is designed to be temporary was made, it will end and it will end when God wants it to end it will end at the end of the thousand year reign of Christ, so one of the questions is what holds it all together while Paul answers it in Colossians chapter 1 says look Jesus Christ is the creator of everything in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible goes on to say this.

Colossians 117 key Jesus is before all things, he's eternal, and in him in Jesus all things that are created in heaven and earth, all things consist were consist means there held tightly together, there they cohere, because in Christ, everything is held together so Jesus Christ took the chaos. The unformed mass and made it into a cause loss ordered systems that we now enjoy and he holds it all together. We know that matter is made up of rapidly moving particles with opposite charges, however, listen to Dr. Lee Chestnut who wrote a little piece called the Adam speaks where he says consider the dilemma of the nuclear physicist when he finally looks in utter amazement at the pattern he is now drawn out of the oxygen nucleus for here are a positively charged protons closely associated together within the confines of this tiny nucleus with them are eight neutrons total of 16 particles a positively charged and eight with no charge earlier physicist had discovered that like charges of electricity and like magnetic poles repel each other. And unlike charges are magnetic poles attract each other and the entire history of electrical phenomenon and electrical equipment had been built upon these principles, known as Colin's law of electrostatic force in the law of magnetism. So what was wrong. What holds the nucleus together. Why doesn't it fly apart and therefore why do not all atoms fly part for the short answer. Paul would say is I know that Jesus Christ created it and he holds it all together. It consists in him question.

What if you let's go answer. He will and when he does everything will collapse, everything will be destroyed. Everything will be destroyed. Some of you might ask. Wait a minute didn't God promised Noah that he would never again destroy the earth.

Nope, you never promise that read the fine print. God said he would never again destroy the earth with a flood so fine print never again with a flood, but he will destroy with fire, so turn with me. From Revelation 21. Go back to second Peter chapter 3 just turn left. Go a few blocks you'll see second Peter chapter 3. Boy I wish we had time to really talk about the relationship of second Peter three and Revelation 20 and 21 we just don't want to show you a few verses of verse seven second Peter three but the heavens and the earth which now exist are kept in store by the same word reserved for fire, until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. So just got through saying in the first part of the chapter. The earth was destroyed by water.

Now fire verse 10 but the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness. Boy, that's a great question and then if everything material is burn up. What kind of person ought you to be.

Certainly not materialistic right you should have an eternal focus. Since everything in this world will have an end looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved. Being on fire and the elements will melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. So whereas the first earth was destroyed by water during Noah's time and the millennial earth will then be destroyed by fire. That's the re-created original or it will be destroyed never to come back again so that may surprise some in heaven, that it will require destruction, number two, this might surprise you heaven. At this point take on a whole new fresh design is not a renovation is not a re-creation brand-new verse one and I saw a new heaven and new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea than I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband to be a new heaven and new earth. Now we got new Jerusalem. Now look at verse five. It's a summary statement of all this. Then he sat on the throne said, behold, or check it out. I make all things new. And he said to me right for these words are true and faithful so you get the scope of things the entire universe as we know it will be obliterated and at that point God make something brand-new totally different word for new, by the way is kind of awesome Greek not Neos Neos would mean new chronologically kind us means it's totally different than the other one totally different.

A new kind of fresh, new, totally brand-new design, not land improvement, not renovation.

Completely new materials, new atmosphere.

I heard about a scientist to was very arrogant and he looked up to the sky and he said okay.I know that you made life but you must feel very outdated by now because we've made so many advancements and we can like run the universe without you.

We really don't need you anymore. We can do everything you can do so, God spoke to him and said I challenge you to a contest scientist that done.

God reaches down, takes a handful of dirt blows on it. Exotic birds created flies away significant scientist closes Isaacson a deep breath realizing okay. I've mastered all the principles of soil manipulation and biological cloning.

Here goes reaches down get a handful of dirt dog is not so fast jet your own dirt you can manipulate what I've made, but I've made it it's my stuff and all of God's original stuff will be de-created and in its place will come something new and totally different new all things new. We love new things kids love new toys we grow up still like new toys new homes new cars new close, but the problem is everything we get now. This new becomes our new very quickly right because we live in this universe that has the law of entropy and things lose their luster lose their shine breakdown decay is a. In my early Christian walk on. Never forget it.

It was a couple months, it seemed that every single thing that I got that was new got scratched or deigned or broken. I was like in a losing streak about a new camera.

I'd saved up for first day home out of the car. I get up of falls on the driveway and dings. The prison still work damaged goods get a new surfboard. A week later. First time I paddled out another surfboard headed hole right in the middle of couple weeks later get a new guitar scratch the first week as I God was saying.

See, that's the future of this earth.

It's all going to burn dog and aware out. This is a fresh design. Isaiah 66 verse 22 the Lord says I will make new heavens and a new earth which will last for ever. By the way, this may surprise some the new heaven and the new earth, the new Jerusalem. It's real it's physical and SIs texture color dimension is not wispy, ethereal spiritual, where you run around in a disembodied spirit will have a body of physical body with new capabilities in a real physical world called the new heaven and the new earth third surprise is that it's not can have an ocean and you won't care again verse one new heaven and new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. I got a friendly little note after last week's servicemember.

Last week we talked about the millennial earth.

And I said I get dibs on Maui right so this is a sorry to say Skip that you you can wish for Maui. But you can say, but I got dibs on it, but she said sorry to say you can wish for Maui. But the new earth will have no islands because there will be no see Revelation 21, one in all kindness.

She made a mistake last week, I wasn't talking about the new earth. I was talking about the millennial earth and in the millennial earth.

There will be see and there will be Maui and I still get dibs on Maui. So were not talking about the millennial earth today. We were last week. Now were talking about. That's all gone now or talk about a whole new earth and a whole new heaven and the new one it says there will be no see boy. I have read this for years and I've always read. It is like cost Lord.

This is harsh.

This is so disappointing if I was to make a new word I'd say something like, there will be no more cities there will be no more deserts or rocks that lots and lots of ocean and beach. That's what I said God says there will be no see.

It's interesting, by the way the Bible seems to be silent on the features of the eternal state. What it's really gonna be like, except in negatives. For instance, in verse 23 in the city of Jerusalem new tourism. There's no son there's no moon. By implication, no stars verse one we just read. There's no see. That's good message from a series of eternity you Skip to share how you can hope this broadcast going strong, connecting more people like you to God's truth.

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