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Five Statements About Heaven
There may possibly be more Bible study going on this week at the Clear Lake Church of Christ than ever before. One of the great strengths of our Restoration heritage is the call for people to lay aside preconceived ideas and simply believe what they can see being taught in their own Bibles. This series of lessons on the End Times will be challenging to a lot of assumptions that have been made. I think you will find, however, that what the Bible actually teaches is much better than anything we may have previously thought.
Please use this blog for questions and comments concerning this series. If you would like to talk about something privately contact me by visit, phone, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As promised here is the outline from today’s sermon with a list of all the scriptures used.
1. Heaven is God’s Dwelling Place (Deut. 26:15; Matt. 5:16; 6:9; 1 Kings 8:27, 30)
Earth will be liberated to enjoy freedom at the End – Romans 8:18-25
Heaven and Earth united at the End – revelation 21:2-3
2. Jesus Reigns From Heaven (Luke 24:50-51; Isa. 6:1; Matt. 19:28; Rev. 3:21)
Jesus is coming back to earth (Acts 3:21; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16)
3. The Dead in Christ are in Heaven (Luke 23:42-43; Phil. 1:22-24)
Jesus will bring them with him when he returns – 1 Thess. 4:14
4. Treasure Can be Stored in Heaven (Matt 6:19-20; Mark 9:41)
This does not mean we go to heaven to “obtain” or “use” it. The treasure is simply being stored so it will be secure when the End comes (1 Pet. 1:3-5)
5. Names are Written in Heaven (Heb. 12:22-23)
They are written in the Lamb’s book of life which will be in the New Jerusalem that comes down to earth – Rev. 21:27
I referenced 2 Pet. 3:10 as the place where we got the idea that the earth will be annihilated. The NIV reads, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.” The KJV read “burned up” instead of “laid bare.” The comparison Peter makes is to the Flood, “By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed” (3:7). We know that the world was not annihilated by the flood, therefore when says it was “destroyed” he must mean something else. What Peter is saying is that in the End all evil will be done away with, just like in the Flood. We should not take the word “disappear” literally as he is speaking in an apocalyptic manner (similar to when Scripture says the moon turns to blood or mountains throw themselves into the sea). Peter adds to his thoughts, “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (3:13). This is the re-newed earth of which we read about in Romans 8 this morning.