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Series on the After Life : Part 2

August 25, 2012

New Series called: The After Life -Part 2 of 3

Welcome! Jesus Christ is Lord!

Glad to be back in the series. Keep in mind many of these things are entire sermons within themselves, however due to my lack of knowledge and experience we will keep it brief. There are also areas that I did not mention or get into, I felt led to share the things I had learned and would be new education for many. The goal is just to educate those like myself where this is completely new and astounding information.

Picking up from Part 1 we ended with the last battle, Jesus Christ returns with heavens armies and defeats the enemies of God here on earth (Revelation 19:11-21). The next pivotal point that follows is Satan being locked up in the bottomless pit for a thousand years. This lock up removes satan and all evil from planet earth (Revelation 20:1-3). This means peace and prosperity for all remaining on earth as we already read in Micah 4:1-4.

When the thousand years end Satan will be released. This is his last attempt to deceive the nations across every corner of the earth. Many will follow him, he will gather a great army to attack and surround God’s great city. But they will be destroyed and consumed by fire, but Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:7-10). Following this will be the Great White Throne Judgement when we all must go face to face with God Almighty. We will be judged according to our lives here on earth. Those that fall short will be thrown into the lake of fire, known as the second death (Revelation 20:14-15).

This opens the way for “The New Jerusalem” or the “New Heaven” as stated:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Revelation 21:1-2

This entire chapter is amazing, and astounding, but this can only take place once all evil, sin and everything of the devil has been removed and cast into the lake of fire. But one of the parts that really blew me away started happening after reading these next verses. This new heaven, or holy city will be for the saints of Jesus Christ. This is the eternal resting place for us as members of the body of Jesus Christ. But there is more to it…

The city wall was broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels… Revelation 21:12a

This verse really stood out and caught my attention. Why would there be gates, and why would it need to be guarded by angels? Gates are usually for people or objects to pass through, and guards of gates are there to maintain order, or just for  presence.

Look I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore…”No longer will babies die when only a few days old. No longer will adults die before they have lived a full life. No longer will people be considered old at one hundred! Only the cursed will die that young!  Isaiah 65:17,20

This entire passage from verse 17-25 is absolutely amazing and exciting. In this passage it refers to building and owning homes, this cannot be the saints of the holy city because mansions have already been prepared by Jesus Christ himself (John 14:2-4). Also the saints with their glorified bodies cannot have babies or marry because the saints will be like angels of God in heaven (Matthew 22:30). This does not seem logical for our simple brains, but a possible argument is that with satan removed, so was death of the physical and the spiritual. So natural life as intended from the beginning with Adam was to endure forever. Therefore making it possible for human life to outlive the thousand-year period of satans imprisonment and longer. As long as the people don’t rebel against God, “Therefore the nations will praise you forever and ever” (Psalm 45:17).

So what the scriptures are pointing at, and what John Bevere illustrates in his book is that the redeemed of Christ with their glorified bodies will reside in the Holy City, or New Jerusalem. But this also reveals that natural bodies will also traffic through the gates of the Holy City in order to worship the Lord. This was beyond astounding to me.

The nations of the earth will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory. Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there. And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city.  Revelation 21:24-26

Simply amazing, honestly my words cannot truly describe what I am thinking and feeling while writing and thinking on this. I hope and pray Gods blessing has allowed me to reveal these truths to you so they bring light, joy and encouragement to all of you.

Stay tuned for Part 3

Reference for Book in discussion:

Driven by Eternity, by John Bevere

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