Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” (What that means to you and me.)

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Prepare the way

 

In John 14:2-4, Jesus is talking to His disciples. He tells them

“In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going away to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

If you are reading this, then you are not at that place yet, but if you are a believer, you will be. You are included in this promise. If you belong to Jesus, then eternal life in Heaven belongs to you. It is God’s gift to you in Jesus. 

In Heaven, there will be no east and west, there will be no north or south.
No mean words will be heard when we are there, no bitterness or sin from the mouth.
Surrounded by love that will never end; that is the life we will be know.
In God’s kingdom of Heaven all sorrows will end as onward through glory we go.

 

Q: In Revelation 21:8 it speaks of a new heaven and a new earth. Are we to take this literally? Are we to take this literally? Is there to be a complete new heaven and new earth, or just this old one cleaned off? In Isaiah 65:17, it says “I create new heavens and a new earth.” This has been discussed in our Bible class, and some think it should be taken literally.

A: From Psalm 102:25, 26, where we read that the present heavens and earth shall “perish” and “be changed”, and from 2 Pet. 3:5-13, where the former world, “being overflowed with water, perished” (vs. 6), referring to the flood of Noah, it would seem that the new heavens and earth will be the old ones renovated, this time by fire rather than water.

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God bless you in your journey as you search the scriptures.
Pastor John

Q: What is meant by the true Tabernacle (Heb. 8:2)

A: The true tabernacle is the tabernacle in Heaven, a pattern of which was shown to Moses in the holy mount, and after which the earthly tabernacle was modeled. (Ex. 25-40; Heb. 8:5)

Link to scripture – click the link below, includes all of Heb. 8

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Today is part eight of a series of our Bible study on Heaven. Today’s topic is denominations.

  • Q: “Could ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions?’ mean ‘In my Father’s house are many denominations? I have never heard this interpretation until today when a friend said this is what she believes it means.”
  • A: “I am sorry to disagree with your friend. You may depend upon it that when we reach the Father’s we shall have no more of denominations. Of course in our Father’s house here and now there are many denominations, but that is not the meaning of the passage cited, namely John 14:2

Editor’s note: I think this person’s friend is interpreting scripture pretty loose, based more on a opinion, or what she would like to be true. I think she needs to look at the verse in context with the rest of scripture, not just “this is what I believe, so it must be true.” As Christians, we need to be careful not the fall into that trap of using scripture to “prove” what we believe. Okay, Pastor’s rant over.

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Gender in Heaven

Q: “(Are there) gender distinctions in Heaven? There is a reference mark pertaining to Heb. 1:4 referring to angels. They say it is always used in the masculine gender. Does this mean that all angels are men? (What about women who have passed on to the Great Beyond?).”

A: “Neither men nor women become angels when they go to Heaven. Angels are a distinct and separate order of beings … human beings are never transformed into angels. Male and female in the human sense is never ascribed unto angels.” The author, Pettigrew, goes on to say that, according to Mat. 22:30, there is “they shall neither marry, nor be given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in Heaven.” (I notice that is says that we will be like angels, not become angels.”

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Q: “Is there any scripture warrant for the belief, expressed by so many, that we will meet our friends and loved ones in Heaven? There evidently will be no husbands and wives, and therefore no mothers or fathers.”

A: “We can be sure that we will not know less in Heaven than we do here. 1 Cor. 13:12 declares that we shall then see not ‘darkly’, but ‘face to face’. now we know ‘in part’. but then we shall know, even as we are known. We may confidently expect to know every person in Heaven, and they will all be our ‘friends and loved ones’. “

This is a continuation of the series of questions and answers on the subject of Heaven, taken from the book “1001 Bible Questions Answered”  by William L. Pettingill and R.A. Torrey. 

Q: “Shall we see the three persons of the Godhead in Heaven?”

A: “I do not know, for it is not revealed in scripture. Some students say we shall only see the Son, in whom ‘dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily’ (Col. 2:9), but in various places in scripture the Father is seen, and also the Son (Dan. 7:13-14, Rev. 5:6-7 for instance); and I know of nothing in scripture that would preclude the possibility of God manifesting Himself visibly in His three persons. Anyway, we may depend upon it that if any when we get to Heaven, everything will be perfectly satisfactory. (Ps. 65:4)”

Now its your turn. Have you ever thought about this question? I know I haven’t. I have just assumed that all we would see is Jesus, because He is physical and therefore visible. On the other hand, we will be in our glorified bodies, like Jesus’ body. (1 John 3:2). Either way, I’m glad that the blood of Jesus and the grace of God has provided a way for us to be there at all, let alone for eternity. Okay, I’m preaching now, so back to the question – what do you think? (Comment below.)

Continuation of 13 part Bible study on Heaven

Q: “What do scriptures teach about who will go to Heaven?”

A: “The scriptures teach that the only way to Heaven is through a personal acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as savior. He has opened the way to God through the shedding of His blood as our substitutionary sacrifice.” 

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Pastor John

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This, and all the other questions in this Bible study, were submitted to the co-authors of the book. (Pettinghill was the one who answered this question. From the book “1001 Bible Questions Answered” – Pettinghill and Torrey.) This was a tough one for him!

Q: “How can I answer a question like this? If my mother was saved and I was not, could she be happy in Heaven without me?”

A: “Those who go to Heaven will certainly be happy there. Just how it could be worked out in the case you mention is not revealed, but it is perfectly clear that Heaven is a place of joy and gladness for all who get there. And how good it is to remember that all may go there who desire to do so, if only they go by the blood-sprinkled way.” (emphasis mine)

Your turn! What do you think? Could people be happy in Heaven? How could they not be, regardless of whether their loved ones are saved or not? Hopefully, the mother witnessed to the writer of this question, so that he or she could have a chance to respond to the gospel – the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to submit to His invitation to receive the gift of eternal life in Him.