Heaven is not a permanent place

Jack Vorster By Jack Vorster, 14th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Heaven is not the last stop of life’s journey. There is a return ticket.

The holding place

The average person, even some Christians, think that Heaven is a place one goes to when one dies and that it is a place where one remains forevermore. There is nothing further from the truth concerning this conceived idea.

Heaven is a “holding” place of pure joy until such time as God has cleansed the earth of everything that offends. And it will be cleansed – totally renewed – by fire as clearly promised in the Scriptures. The earth will have a completely new appearance, having no need of the sun to warm its surface. And then, only then, will all those presently in Heaven relocate to a renewed earth in new, glorified bodies like that of Christ.

New heaven and earth

Revelation 21 tells most of the story. In it we see that there will be a new heaven (atmosphere) and earth;
that the present earth was destroyed;
that there is a new city, the new Jerusalem, “lowered” from Heaven down to the earth;
that all those unfit for Heaven and the new Jerusalem will have been removed to and incarcerated in Hell;
that the new Jerusalem is referred to as the bride of Christ;
that the sun and the moon were no longer necessary, for the glory of God and the Lamb (Jesus Christ) provided a new light;
that night time will no longer exist;
that only those that are saved – also known as kings of the earth – will be able to come to and go from the new Jerusalem;
that no-one that never made it to Heaven in the first place will be present to defile the place;
that the new Jerusalem will be about 1 400 miles long, 1 400 miles wide and 1 400 miles high, which, if squared, equates to the surface area of South Africa and standing well over a million storeys high.

Travel by thought

It should also be realised that although the new Jerusalem will be located on the earth, the occupants (those that are saved) will not necessarily be confined to this, their heavenly home on earth, but will be able to come and go as they please to anywhere in the Universe simply by thought. The new Jerusalem will merely be their home base.

There will be no human form of life on the earth other than the glorified inhabitants of the new Jerusalem after the earth has been renewed by fire. Everyone would have had their opportunity to partake of God’s redemption plan through Jesus Christ prior to this.

Qualification is needed

The criteria for entrance to Heaven is to know God and to obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ as made clear in 2 Thess 1:8,9. “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;”

It is impossible to know someone unless one spends time with them and hearing what they have to say. We get to know God by His word, the Bible. And if we do not know God, then how can we possibly obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Basically, obeying the Gospel of Jesus Christ means telling everyone (family, friends and strangers) about Jesus Christ and making it believable to them by your own lifestyle. If your own lifestyle – even if you think you’re a Christian – fits in with everyone else in this world, then it is likely that those you try to convince will say behind your back, “If he is a Christian, then I want nothing to do with Christianity.” And the devil will make absolutely sure that your worldly lifestyle becomes exposed to them so that whatever you have to say to them about Jesus Christ will make absolutely no difference to them.

Examination of self

If you think you are a Christian, then the question you should ask yourself is, “Do the words of my mouth, my relationship with my family (especially with my spouse) and friends, the things I do and the places I frequent reflect Jesus Christ in my life?” If the answer is, “No”, then you will neither see Heaven nor the new Jerusalem – unless you repent and transform your life so that the Jesus Christ you represent becomes believable to others.

Knowing about God and knowing about Jesus Christ do not constitute the necessary belief to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

I, for one, am examining my own life to see if I am worthy of a passage to Heaven. If I am not worthy, then I will hear Jesus say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matt 7:23). Are you expecting to hear these heart-rending, soul-destroying words the day you depart from this earth? Do something about it now –before it is too late.

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Glorified Bodies, Heaven, New Jerusalem, Pure Joy

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author avatar Jack Vorster
My background is marketing and advertising. My passion is the human make-up and writing about it based on many years of study on the subject. http://www.earthboundlife.wozaonline.co.za

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author avatar Retired
14th Jul 2015 (#)

Wow! There's an awful lot of fantasy here! How you can be so sure that you know the "truth" beats me hollow!

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author avatar Jack Vorster
15th Jul 2015 (#)

John, I can't give you a reply in just a few words. I'm sure you are acquainted with several people who believe like I do. Why don't you sit down with them and ask some questions - or better still ask God directly. I guarantee you He will answer you sooner than you think and you will know it when He does..

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
14th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article. I was wondering if you only used the Bible for your information or if you had another source.

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author avatar Jack Vorster
15th Jul 2015 (#)

There's the written Word (Logos) and there's the revealed Word (Rhema). The latter comes through the Holy Spirit which confirms the Logos and expands on it. It takes many years of study to get there.

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author avatar Retired
15th Jul 2015 (#)

Jack, The way you write, with mentions of "taking many years of study", is reminiscent of Gnostic mysticism, with secrets only being revealed to a select band of insiders.

In other words, the methods used to inculcate people to the inner sanctum of knowledge are not far removed from those of modern-day brainwashing - which can make anyone believe anything.

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author avatar M G Singh
16th Jul 2015 (#)

well written, but its all a fantasy and a fantasy is never real.

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author avatar Jack Vorster
16th Jul 2015 (#)

Madan, life is a fantasy until you come face to face with reality.

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author avatar Retired
16th Jul 2015 (#)

Jack, That sounds rather like the chap who said that sobriety is an illusion brought on by a lack of alcohol!

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