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Breaking Up Camp and Moving On

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May 28, 2021 2:00 am

Breaking Up Camp and Moving On

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May 28, 2021 2:00 am

This world is passing; its glory is fading. And anyone who places all their energy and hope in this life will be disappointed. As Skip shares the message "Breaking Up Camp and Moving On," he considers where we're headed as believers and how to arrive safely.

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Peter is saying in principle is all the truth that is found in the scripture whether it's the Old Testament prophets were the words of Jesus as recorded words the words of Paul. They provide for us, a compass, they do something personal demotivator will verse 11. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved very logical question, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness. If the material universe is going to be the stroke of a person to the wrong answer would be a materialistic person you want to be a spiritual person.

It's been said that the more money you have, the more problems you listed getting more things with those things will make you truly happy today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip helps you see the difference between living for this world and living for the better one ahead but before we begin.

Did you know you can get more inspiring teaching from Skip on his TV show. Here's how to connect with skip. I think Angel Santana on Saturdays at 4:30 PM nap or watch it on TPN understanding is at 5:30 AM Eastern. Don't miss your chance to die even further into the Bible with Now we want to get involved in connecting more listeners like that just Connect or call 819 to 1992 thank you want to let you know about a resource that will ignite a deeper desire you to pursue Jesus who comes to mind when you think of great godly women probably Jesus's mother Mary, maybe Ruth, the unlikely ancestor of Christ. What about here's New York Times best-selling author Eric the taxes clearly God created us male and female in his image and it's leaning into who we are as women for women that is going to show God's greatness. Discover how the lives of some of the latest women in history can show you the path to true greatness in your own life as a woman made in God's image, that's what you'll find in this month's inspiring resource by Eric metathesis everyone a seven women.

I think you see a different side of femininity seven women is our thank you for your gift of $35 or more today to help connect more people to God's word and right now will also send you a special bonus resource pastor Skip message CD collection on women from Scripture to get online securely or call 800-922-1888 second Peter chapter 3 Skip tickets into today's message. Dr. Lee Chesnutt in his book the atom speaks right this, consider the dilemma of the nuclear physicist when he finally looks in our amazement at the pattern he is now drawn up the oxygen nucleus for here are eight positively charged protons closely associated together within the confines of this tiny nucleus with them are eight neutrons. A total of 16 particles eight positively charged eight with no charge earlier physicist had discovered that like charges of electricity and like magnetic poles repel each other. And unlike charges or magnetic poles attract each other and the entire history of electrical phenomena and electrical equipment had been built upon these principles known as columns, law of electrostatic force and the laws 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 apart. The quick answer the Sunday school answer is Jesus Christ holds them makes them cohere together.

So imagine what would happen if he let go and that's what he will do.

He who holds it all together will let it go. He will un-create his creation and will all be destroyed. Somebody's gonna say yeah, but didn't God promise now that this earth would never again be destroyed.

We gotta read the fine print of the contract. He said he'll never destroyed by water, but over and over again. He says he'll destroyed.

Again, this time by fire so the campground that we live in is temporary.

It's going down but are calling is timeless. That's verse 13 is nevertheless we, according to his promise. Look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. What promise is he talking about the promise in Isaiah 66 or the Lord says I will make new heavens and the new earth which will last forever, says the Lord Jesus that I'm going to prepare a place for you. This is the place he's going to prepare new heavens and new earth notes is its new, its new new here in our text as well as in Revelation 21 is a word that is not the typical word for new is the typical word in Greek for new would be the word may sit means new and time new. Chronologically, the word used here is the worst kind us. It means new of a different sort or different kind new and quality unlike anything previously known. In other words, it won't be like the millennium, which is a renewed re-created this earth, that'll be gone will be a completely new environment, something totally different. Now I like to turn to Revelation chapter 21 which I told you to put a marker in and that we would look at and we can only look briefly at it again. I spent several weeks with you here not too long ago and so I'm just going to peruse this with you in light of second Peter three Revelation 21 John said now I saw a new heavens and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I John 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 heaven saying, behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, God himself will be with them and be their God, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, there shall be no more pain, no need for IPO Pro for the former things have passed away. Then he who sat on the throne said, behold I make all things new. Thus, the summary statement of the section behold I make all things kind us completely knew of a different sort is never been before. I've always loved the story of the arrogant scientist who kind of looked up toward heaven with a doubled up fist and he said they say that you created the world. You must feel outdated now that we can do everything you can do. God said okay I tell you what, I challenge you to a contest scientist said deal God reaches down it's a handful of dirt. He blew on it, and out of his hand flew flock of exotic birds turned the scientists at your turn. He took in a deep breath, knowing that he had mastered all of the principles of soil manipulation and biological cloning. He reached down and got his handful of dirt and God stopped him and said get your own dirt. Don't just assemble things out of existing materials God created things asked in the Hilo out of nothing and then he will un-created and he will create out of nothing.

The new heavens and new earth. Another something troubling in the verses that I just read you out of Revelation 21.

Can you guess what it is.

It's what it says in verse one, and there was no more sea. That's heartbreaking. That's very troubling because it says in verse four, there was will be no more sorrow, and I think, and how is that possible to have no sorrow and OC at the same time I don't get that I wrestle with this for four years because I'm thinking a bran new world with no ocean.

Are you getting this and if I was doing the creating, you would read and there will be no more cities there will be no more deserts blowing windy deserts, but there will be lots of beachfront property in palm trees and waves serve says there will be no more sea so so in trying to figure this out. I been comforted by the fact that sometimes in the Bible the word C refers to nations that strive against God that are not an covenant relationship with God. So Isaiah 17 says the uproar of many peoples who are more like the roaring of the seas.

The rumbling of nations rush on like the rumbling of mighty waters. The Antichrist comes out of Revelation 13 the sea. Revelation 17 it is describe the waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, our people's multitudes, nations and tongues. It could be and I have taken comfort in this, that what it says it will be no see it perhaps refers to that metaphorically no groups of unbelieving nations striving against God, and I go or it could simply mean there literally will be no see, because there will be no more need for C will be no more need because we live in a water-based environment it's gonna be something new. It says our bodies right now our flesh is 65% water, your blood is 90% water. If you have enough water. You'll dehydrate you will die. But in saying there will be no more sea simply could mean that the world will not operate on the same principle principles that it has in this one and if there are no more seized by the way, there are no more barriers that divide us from one another. So either way, have at it and enjoy whatever solace you can find in its interpretation, but there will be a new heaven or new heavens and there will be a new earth, and that is what we are hoping for that is what the Bible promises that is our timeless calling something else you should know before we get back. And that is there's a capital city to it. You sought an inverse to injuries as new Jerusalem.

There's not a lot of details about the new earth. One detail with great detail is in the very next chapter is all about.

This capital city called new Jerusalem he said, verse two. I John saw the holy city, new environment, new orders, holy I can imagine a holy city. Can you even have a block in our city. This holy, let alone an entire city that is righteousness dwells in it. Peterson but he said coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Verse 10 he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, show me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, talk about a different capital city.

This one comes from the heaven down toward the new earth, and it seems to indicate, as I read that it like orbits.

The new earth don't have time to go into detail here, but if you read further. It gives you the dimensions of this new city.

It's 1500 miles. Q, about the size is slightly smaller than our moon coming toward the earth and orbiting around it, hovering around the sizable city. According to one scientist, Henry Morris, there's enough room in that city to house get this 20 billion people, each having 75 acres Q in that city and that is presupposing that only 25% of the new Jerusalem will be used for dwelling while the other 75% for parks in public places, and etc. etc. it's enormous and that is the capital city and it is a holy city.

I people all the times and I want to go with you to the holy land.

I'm sick a lot to be a while because Jesus looked over Jerusalem and he wept over he said Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one that kills all the prophets and stones all who are sent under Scott holy right now. It will be one day will be a holy city, new heavens and new earth. So our campground is temporary. Our calling is timeless, new heaven and new earth. Go back to second Peter and let's look at our third and final and will close the book together. Our compass is true. Our compass is true. You notice in verse 13 says, nevertheless, we know watch this, according to his promise, look for the new heavens to newer what is referring to promises made in the in the comic books promises made in the Bible in the Scriptures. One of the things that we see Peter does throughout all of his writings is always pointing back to the Scriptures this with the prophets at this what Jesus said and now in this last paragraph he talks about is what Paul the apostle said and how people twist what Paul said, like they do with the rest of Scripture. He is equating Paul's writings. Currently, at the time with the rest of Scripture.

But what Peter is saying in principle is all of the truth that is found in the Scripture, whether it's the Old Testament prophets were the words of Jesus as recorded or it's the words of Paul.

They provide for us a compass, they do something for us for small. They motivate our will. Verse 11.

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved out very logical question, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness. If the material universe is going to be the stroke of a person should you be the wrong answer would be a materialistic person you want to be a spiritual person you want to be a person that lives for what's beyond the material. In fact, the word manner. In verse 11 means foreign or otherworldly or exotic because he just got through saying if this earth is to be destroyed and you look for a new heavens and the work what otherworldly person ought you to be not a person of this world, but of that world. It motivates our wills.

Second thing it does it settles our hearts.

Verse 14. Notice the word peace. Therefore, beloved looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found in him or by him in peace, without spot and blameless. I do know about you but when I read this. It's a little contradictory at first, she says everything here is to be burned up with fire and destroyed and we now exist are looking forward to that with TCO who in their right mind would look forward to that with peace so II want you to understand he is not eager, nor should we be to see massive destruction and death that will be part of the future scenario. John is thinking what's coming. After that or or Peter thinking what's coming. After that new heavens and new earth. New Jerusalem eternal state that that in and of itself settles our hearts. It's not unlike John in the book of Revelation. If you read the book you know that in chapter 10 and Angel gave him a little book to eat said here put this in about the needed and is he aided by the way the book was all of the future things were about to happen in the year. He said it was sweet to my taste, but bitter. When I swallowed. It was bitter because of the day of the Lord judgments that were coming before it was sweet because of the Lord will return after and all that helper. It was both bitter and sweet, but peace is the state of mind that is one of the first byproducts every believer enjoys when there is a commitment to Christ and that person is born again, there's a peace that passes all understanding and no matter what because you know the scenario that settles our hearts third and finally it stabilizes our minds.

Look at verse 17 you, therefore, beloved, since you know this before hand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness being led away with the error of the wicked.

As you know this stuff you have read the prophetic Scriptures. I have told you the prophetic Scriptures and knowing this gives you a level of steadfastness surefooted in this it keeps you from falling off the path when you and I are able to see how the Scripture predicts certain events and those events have come to pass.

Then we logically should say then everything else he said is going to happen, happen, and I causes and Mia a real steadfastness. It stabilizes my thinking. It keeps me from falling into doctrinal instability losing confidence in the truth. Well, Sherlock Holmes and Watson looked up at the stars and they discovered somebody had stolen their tent. Watson discovered that the world was beautiful.

Peter also looked up at the stars and said they are beautiful. God made them. Jesus made them but they're not gonna last just like I Peter and breaking up camp and moving on. You will one day do the same. In fact, this entire created universe will do exactly that. Knowing that should make you live a godly holy confident expectant peaceful life for the last 30 years I have at funerals read a little thing at the end that I found many many many years ago, but it's it's based on this whole idea of our body being attentive were gonna die when they take down the tent and move on so many close with this.

It's essentially a prayer of a human to God and then God answers that person back goes like this Mr. tent maker. It was nice living in this tent when it was strong and secure in the sun was shining and the air was warm, but Mr. tent maker.

It's scary now my tent is acting like it's not going to hold together the polls seem weak. They shift with the wind and a couple of the stakes of little loose from the sand and worst of all, the canvas is a rip it no longer protects me from the beating rain. The stinging flies. It's scary in here Mr. tent maker last week. I was sent to the repair shop and some repairman try to patch the rip in my canvas. It didn't help much though because the patch pulled away from the edges and now the tears worse. What troubled me most. Mr. tent maker is that the repairman didn't seem to notice I was still in the tent. They just work on the canvas while I shivered inside I cried out once, but no one heard me. I guess my first real question is why did you give me such a flimsy tent I can see by looking around the campground that some of the tents are much stronger and more stable than mine.

Why Mr. tent maker did you pick attentive such poor quality for me and even more important, what do you intend to do about it. God speaks oh little tent dweller as the creator and provider of tents.

I know all about you and your tent and I love you both. I made a tent for myself once and I lived in it on your campground. My tent was vulnerable to some vicious attackers ripped it to pieces while I was still in it was a terrible experience but should be glad to know they couldn't hurt me. In fact, the whole occurrence was a tremendous advantage because it is this very victory over my enemy. That frees me to be a present help to you little tent dweller. I am now prepared to come and live in your tent with you if you will invite me you will learn as we dwell together that real security comes from my being in your tent with you when the storms come, you can huddle in my arms and I'll hold you when the canvas wraps.

We will go to the repair shop together, but someday little tent dweller. Your tent will collapse, for I have only designed it for temporary use when it does, you and I will leave together. I promise not to leave before you do, and then free of all that would hinder or restrict, we will move to our permanent home and together forever. Rejoice and be glad. Look in the mirror. The universe is winding down and you and I with it when I living for this world. We have a better one ahead and we should live. With that in mind, because that will motivate us Scripture will be a compass to us keeps us firmly on the matchups get high, six message box you Skip to share. You can keep this broadcast going strong, connecting more people like you to God's word. God has revealed who he is in his Word the Bible. That's like studying your Bible is so important and it's why we share these teachings that you have come to love to connect you and others with our heavenly father, but there are costs to keeping these messages coming to you, which is why your generous support is so critical. Here's how you can give a gift today.

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