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September 30, 2021 1:00 am
Do you ever wonder what eternity will be like? The best description we have is that of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. Here, the saints will enjoy perfect health, holy unity, and unhindered worship, serving God together into “the ages of the ages.”Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
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Jesus phone number for ever wonder what heaven will be like the best description we have is that of the holy city, new Jerusalem.
Here, the saints will enjoy perfect health. Serving God together in the blaze of no more night and all of this into the pages of the ages from the Moody Church in Chicago. This is running with Dr. Sir teaching helps us make it across the finish line, you conclude a series on the King is coming and I must say these have been breathtaking teachings in a day.
One of the problems that we have in today's world is we no longer take time for content elation because you're absolutely right. What the Bible predicts is breathtaking. And we ought to spend more time thinking about it and then asking this fundamental question. How should I live differently in light of it. I've written a book entitled the King is coming and I like to emphasize that in that there are 10 events that all of us are going to participate in in one way or another were making this resource available for this very reason we want you to contemplate the future realize that indeed the king is coming and be ready when he comes for a gift of any amount. This book can be yours. And by the way, today's the last day, we are making this resource available go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 ask for the book the King is coming so you're going to have things that are going to bring their glory and whatever they had on earth, and they're going to bring it in later it says that the nations also speaks about they will bring their glory and their honor into it. I imagine that even though the nations will be represented. In heaven there will be no nationalist will be no feeling of superiority. Obviously because of sinlessness and because were all there with a common purpose, namely the worship in the service of Jesus. So there's going to be equality in the holy city, and then for those of you who are into vitamins and health foods catch this chapter 22 then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, brightest crystal, flowing from the throne of God and from the land through the middle of the street after get this now there is the throne of God from the throne comes a river of water of life flowing right through Main Street right in the middle of Main Street. That's what it says and will on either side of the river. There is a tree of life we have to stop there can't just continue tree of life remember where we encountered it before book of Genesis, when the Adam and Eve were there. There was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and God says whatever you don't eat of that tree they went against his word and they ate of that tree and then God would not allow them back into there's no going back to Eden and got actually made sure that they wouldn't go back. Why, because if they were to each of the tree of life they would live forever as sinners. They would never die. You say all that would be really good. I don't think so. Just ask my mother. You know, once your once your age in your your longing. Your longing for death and to be with God and you'd be locked into this existence. When God is something so much better plan. So as a result of that they did not eat of the tree of life. Thankfully, now you can eat. You can eat from the tree of life and what is more, the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations now for many of us that's confusing you say well you know we have limitless energy in heaven.
We have strength in heaven.
Why is it that we need to eat well here's the deal. You don't have to eat in heaven. You don't want to but I think that we do eat in heaven and that should not be a surprise to you, Jesus, after he received his resurrection body. He ate with the disciples he ate fish along the Sea of Galilee on the shore and he ate with them. If we eat in heaven. It will not be because we have to, but we will eat because of the joy meant of eating some of you can hardly wait and then so there's going to be health in heaven. It says that no one will ever hunger, nor will the sun beat upon any what a glorious experience that will be.
And then there will be service. We have to continue to read it says in verse three.
No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be entered, and his servants will worship him now. Some translations may say his servants will serve him. Why the difference. It's because this word actually is the word service but it's generally the kind of service that you do within the temple or a service that you do within a church that kind of service so it really is worship we are going to be busy serving the Lord and then lest you think that that isn't the case. Verse five and night will be no more. They will need no light of the lamp or the sun for the Lord God will be there light and they will reign forever and ever expression in Greek is the strongest language that you could ever use for forever. Literally, they will reign into the ages of the ages, with no and at all insight ever while you know the cartoon the far side there was a drawing that the artist gave that I think typifies many people's view of heaven a cloud with a man sitting there with angels wings and he's playing the harp and when you look at his face. It looks as if he's just been marooned on an island in bored out of his mind for the rest of his life, and underneath it says I wish I had brought a magazine, my friend. That is not the way heaven is going to be is not going to be us gathering in one long church service, and we began on page 1 of the hymnals sing our way through and after we finished singing our way through. We begin on page 1 again. Nothing like that. We are going to serve him.
It says that his name will be on our foreheads and we will reign with him for ever and ever, because after all we are heirs of God, we are joint heirs with Jesus Christ when DL Moody lost everything in the fire. Somebody said to him you lost everything. He said no. There's a great deal that I haven't lost is an older wealthy no no no no, he who overcomes the Bible say Sheldon Everett all things, if your name is written in the Lamb's book of life. There is nothing that can happen to you on this earth that will be of any permanent damage because you have a place reserved in heaven. There's a crown that only you can wear there's a rumor.
Only you can enter there's an assignment that you are the only one who can perform and you will be there reigning with Christ forever and ever. No wonder Cooper wrote how thou canst think so well of me and be the God thou art is darkness to my intellect but sunshine to my heart will reign with him forever and ever. Couple of comments about the lifestyle of the city you read about the new Jerusalem. You say we know that's interesting. Gates, walls why because if you read the entire text, you discover that nowhere does it say that to the gates are ever going to be close. It says in fact that they're going to be open, easy access. You see, you might have to go on assignment. We don't know what all that reigning with Jesus really means it could be responsibility for other planets. God is an infinite God, but another thing that that signifies is a city now, isn't it interesting that the Bible began in a garden garden of Eden.
The Bible ends in a city why a city, why not a farm when out a garden because you see a city is community city is community and so what you really have is that the need for gates. Well, people connect, you know. For years Rebecca and I have lived in a condo building and sometimes the only time we really met our neighbors is that when we are going the common entrance together.
That's where we met. God says I want you to be connected to others.
You're going to have a much larger family.
Your mother will still be your mother in heaven absolutely and you will know her as your mother or your father, your relatives, your children, but at the same time, the intimacy that you have between your mother and yourself and your family.
That kind of intimacy is now going to be extended to all the family of God and the same kind of things. I expect that we are going to be doing projects together.
We are going to be doing worship services together. We are going to be doing assignments together all in the community there in heaven. And that's why we and actually in a city so you have the such things as walls, you have a water source you have travel you have the beauty of architecture and all of these things are going to be hours now. I hope that you take the time to read Revelation 21 and 22 on your own, but I need to say that no matter how John ever described it.
It is really inadequate. But this is the best that we can do. I'm reminded of a little girl who was her mother was reading stories to her about Jesus. One night in a picture book with Bible stories and the next morning she said oh mommy.
She said I dreamed about Jesus and she said you know mommy he's so much better than the pictures and I can assure you it's going to be so much better than this picture were going to be encouraged that we won't need the word of God. We are going to be strengthened, but we won't have to exhibits faith we will be there in God's presence forever. See that's why the Bible says eye has not seen, nor has the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what God has prepared for them who love him.
This is the best that we can do. This is the best that we can do until eternity.
But I'll tell you once were. There will wonder why it was that we wanted to live as long as we all desire to live. It's going to be great now. I promised you that I would answer a question that is absolutely essential and that is who's in and who's out. Well let's take your Bibles. Now I'm going to read from chapter 21. You'll notice I'm picking it up in eight after this glorious description of the new Jerusalem.
It says in verse eight, chapter 21 but as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars will have their portion in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second they will not be in the city now essentially the same thing is over here in chapter 22 verse 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and that they might enter the city by the gates. By the way, no gatecrasher's here you're either on the list or not. Says very clearly that only those names are written in the Lamb's book of life. No need to wonder whether or not Secret Service took care of you'll notice it says outside are the dogs, sorcerers, the sexually immoral murder is an idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I'm speaking to you now and some of you say. Well, it certainly excludes me.
I will make it in the holy city, because this actually is quite characteristic of my life. I have some news for you. This is the best news you will ever hear. Today, a promise it'll never get any better than this very going to be people in heaven who committed all of these sins and and they will be in heaven is still why the big distinction.
Well it's here in the text. That's why we have to read our Bibles.
It says in chapter 22 verse 12 behold I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me and then it says in verse 14 Blessed are those who wash their row so that they might have the right to the tree of life that they may enter the city by the gates. The issue really is not the greatness of your sin. However terrible it might be.
God is able to take care of that. The issue is whether or not you have had your rose washed by Jesus, and you are clothed in his righteousness, and not your own. That's really the issue and that this gift of righteousness is a free gift want you to notice what the text says what a wonderful way to end of the Scriptures.
It says in verse 17 and the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let the one who hears say, and let the one who is thirsty, let the one who desires take of the water of life with out cost if somebody tells you that you have to give money to go to heaven.
That is not the gospel. If somebody tells you that you have to deserve going to happen that is not the gospel. None of us deserve. If somebody tells you that it comes through your participation in a church somehow through baptism or other means that that is not the gospel.
The gospel is those who are thirsty, come without money, without price to freely receive the gift that is the gift of eternal life. It is the robes that have been washed by God so that you can enter through the gates into the city one day DL Moody said that he was in a meeting and he was listening very carefully. An old man stood up and said it took me 40 years to learn these three things, and everybody listen thought we know that's really good if it took him 40 years maybe we can get a jump on things by listening carefully what the man said is number one that I cannot earn my way to heaven is the first thing I learned, by the way, have you learned that it's not a matter of your goodness won't make it the second thing is that I learned is that God doesn't expect me to earn my way to heaven.
God knows we can't. He knows that better than you know it yourself and then he said the third thing I learned is that Jesus did it all for those who believe and trust. Is there today a hunger and thirst in your heart to know God and to know that you have the robe and that your name is written in the Lamb's book of life because elsewhere in the previous chapter. That's what it says only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life, then then freely come to Jesus and receive the gift come as you are to receive it. Number of years ago very well known pastor was dying he been very effective in ministry actually the pastor of the church and the president of the seminary at the same time wrote books but as he was dying, he was troubled see even Christians can be trouble.
The death and some of his friends thought you know it will do will encourage them will think of you know through you. God did this through you. God did that.
It gave him no peace and come until someone reminded him that we are received into heaven totally independent of all the good that we've ever done, clothed in the righteousness of Christ and that's why we sink, clothed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne, the terrors of law and of God with me can have nothing to do. My Savior's obedience and blood washed all of my sins from my name on the palm of his hands. Eternity cannot erase forever. There it stands the mark of indelible grace. And that's the way will enter the holy city, and so the Bible ends, he who testifies to these things saith now Jesus is speaking Shirley, I'm coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all a man. God says after that are nothing more to say and neither do I father we have nothing to say to wear out words.
Why would you so owner's why would you send Jesus to purchase sinners.
We pray that no one who has heard this message today would love their sin more than loving the Savior. For those who do wrestle with them.
Show them their need to receive the free gift. I pray even now that right now people might be praying and say Lord Jesus, I received the free gift of eternal life that I might know you and walk with you forever do all that in our hearts. God, we pray for those of us who love you.
May we always lived with eternity in view. Before I close this prayer do you have to pray now in your heart receive Jesus even where you are seated or no matter how your listening say Jesus be my Savior. I first I receive pray in his name) and has the answer.
This ends this series of messages, but where is your heart today. If you receive Christ as your Savior. Are you going to be spending eternity with him.
The eternity described in his most holy word today is the day of salvation. I've written a book entitled the King is coming and it really discusses 10 events in the future, that all of us are going to be involved in this is the last day that we are making this resource available for gift of any amount. It can be yours. Here is what you do go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com and in a moment I'm going to be giving you a phone number if you prefer to connect with us.
That way, but before I give that phone number. I want to thank you in advance for your support of this ministry. We believe deeply that the word of God is able to do the work that nothing else is able to do it can transform parts. It can change hearts. It can give us a different motivation and the fact that the King is coming is a great motivator. Indeed, here's what you do, you can go to RTW offer.com.
As I mentioned for gift of any amount or if you prefer you can call us at 1-888-218-9337. Let me give you that phone number again 1-888-218-9337.
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