1- WHERE IS
103:11-"For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is
mercy toward them that fear him".
(1)- Heaven is out of reach for the
Man has not
a telescope strong
pierce it's domain, nor an imagination good enough to describe it's
glory. John the Revelator was caught up to the third heaven by the
Spirit of God and was given an insight into the things which would come
after the bride of Christ was received up into heaven. The
supper of the Lamb would take place for seven glorious years while the
world down here is in tribulation and ending with the return
of Christ with
His bride to conquer the enemies of God who have spurned his grace. The
Church will not experience any of the tribulation in
spite of those who hold to various doctrines that place the church in a
mid-trib. rapture or a post-trib. rapture. We Baptist hold to the
Pre-trib. rapture of the church which the Bible plainly teaches!
Christ shall return with
His bride for the Revelation phase of His second coming and will
return to to the Mount of Olives and to the valley of Megiddo riding
white horses. We will stand by Christ side as he With the word of his
mouth slays his enemies who spurned his grace. Jesus will then set up
his earthly rule from the newly
built temple in Jerusalem. The unsaved
dead shall remain in "Hades" which is in the heart of the earth where
all those who
died without God's grace are held for another
thousand years while the Just reign with Christ on earth. After The
dead are finally
resurrected and judged according to their works, they are
cast into a
Lake of Fire accompanied by the satanic trinity where they will all
2- WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT HEAVEN?
(2)- Heaven is a prepared place for born again people.
I want to mention three things:
1- The People.
2- The Place.
3- The Provisions.
(A)- THE PEOPLE.
Only saved people will be allowed in Heaven.
Revelation 21:27- "and there
shall in no wise inter into it any thing that defileth, neither
whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are
written in the Lamb's book of life".
What about you? Are you going to heaven?
Is your name written in the book of life?
You must come through the blood of Christ to go there!
Col. 1:14- "In whom we have
redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins".
If you haven't been
through the blood you need to repent of your sins and ask Christ to
come into your heart to live forever. Romans 10:9-10 and verse 13.
(B)- THE PLACE.
The redeemed will reign with Christ on earth for a thousand years after
which God will burn this present earth with fire and restore it to it's
garden of eden glory. While this is in process the redeemed will live
in the Heavenly city which comes down from God out of heaven. Many
preachers and bible scholors in the past preached that God was going to
destroy the present earth and we would live in the new earth only but
that is not what scripture teaches if you study the meaning of Greek
words carefully. The scripture teaches that God is going to burn up the
dross and the impurities of the earth and return it to it's original
glory like it was before man defiled it! The scripture tells us that
the world is without end, both in the old and in the new testament.
Isaiah 45:17- "But Israel shall
be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be
ashamed nor confounded world without end".
"Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,
world without end. Amen".
Revelation 21:1-4 Describes the place Christ has prepared for
John was given a view into heaven and penned down these words about
what he saw: "I Saw
a new heaven and
a new earth: for the
first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no
more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from
God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband". And I
heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God
is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people,
and God himself shall be with them, and God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor
crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are
(C)- THE PROVISIONS.
Revelation 21:9-27 Describes the physical make up of the Holy City.
1- The Light of it is God's glory.
2- The Gates contain the names of the 12 tribes of Israel.
3- The Foundations contain the names of the 12 apostles.
4- The Walls are of Jasper.
5- The Streets are paved with pure gold.
6- The Foundations are made of precious stones.
7- The Temple is The Lord Almghty and The Lamb.
(1)- God himself shall be the light of it.
Revelation 21:23- "And the city
had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the
glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof".
"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candel, neither
light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall
reign for ever and ever".
1 John 1:5- "This
then is the
message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is
light, and in him is no darkness at all".
John 9:5- Jesus said, "I Am the
light of the world".
We won't need any street lights there.
The glory of God will lighten the place called heaven.
(2)- There are 12 gates with the names of the 12
tribes of Israel
(3)- There are 12 foundations with the names of
the 12 Apostles of the
The 12 gates represent the redeemed from the old testament and the 12
foundations represent the redeemed from the new testament.
(4)- The walls are of Jasper. (Jasper represents
the Holiness of God).
(5)- The streets are of pure Gold. (Gold
represents the wealth of a
(6)- The foundations are garnished with all
manner of precious stones.
The precious stones represent the believers who are
precious in the sight of God.
Psalms 116:15-"Precious in the
sight of the LORD is the death of his saints".
(7)- The Lord God almighty and the Lamb are the
temple of it.
is not concealed from the Church as
some seem to think. People often quote 1 Cor. 2:9 and stop short of
verse 10 where scripture tells us that The Spirit of God has revealed
the secret things unto us.
1 Cor. 2:9- "But as it is
written, Eye hath
not seen, nor ear heard, neither
have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him".
2:10-"But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God".
If we study
scripture properly and prayerfully we can
view of what heaven must be like and put aside all those fears that
haunt God's people. God didn't tell us everything there is to
know about heaven and there are many unanswered questions but we know
it will be a happy place.
Is Jesus in Heaven?
16:19- "So then after that the
Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on
the right hand of God".
Timothy 3:16-"And without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen
of angels, preached unto the gentiles, believed on in the world,
received up into glory".
We who are born
with the one who died for us and some glorious daybreak Jesus will come
and receive us unto himself; Jesus told us so in John 14:3 and John
14:3-"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again, and receive
you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
17:24-"Father, I will that they also, whom
thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my
glory, which thou hast given me:
for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world".
4- Can you and I go there?
Only those whose names are written in the
book of life will go there.
If you are not
logged in, you
be left out. When we check into a hotel we sign the log book to verify
that we are residing there. God has a log book called, The Book of Life
and you must be registered with Emmanuel's Blood.
like that old song that says; "there is a new name written down in
glory and it's mine, O' yes it's mine". If yours is not written down,
you need to sign up. Get in before it is too late.
10:20-"Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are
you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven."
20:15-"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life
into the lake of fire."
SAVED LOVED ONE'S BE THERE?
Jesus will bring those who died in the Lord with him when
comes for us who are alive at the Rapture phase of his second coming
will go up together to meet
the Lord in the air and we shall forever be with loved one's and with
if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so
also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with
4:15-"For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we
are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them
which are asleep."
4:16-"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in
Christ shall rise first:"
4:17-"Then we which are alive and
remain shall be caught up
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord."
comfort one another with these words."
5- WHAT WILL CHRISTIANS DO IN HEAVEN?
Someone once said it was
going to be a boring
existence but I am persuaded that isn't going to be the case.
Many of the things we do at the present time will likewise keep us busy
(1)- WE WILL REIGN WITH CHRIST.
5:10-"And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we
reign on the earth." We will be
busy keeping God's program in order for the part of the world he places
us in charge of. My
family and I are so fond of Southeast Alaska that we hope the Lord will
see fit to place us there for the
duration of the Millennium reign.
WE WILL ENJOY OUR RESURRECTED BODY.
(A)- It will be a changed body.
3:21-"Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned
his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to
subdue all things unto himself." We will have a healthy body
and one not subject to pain or death.
(B)- It will be
comparable with or like Jesus body.
One that eats, sleeps and works. Jesus
and a honey comb after his resurrection.
24:41-"And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he
them, Have ye here any meat?" Luke
24:42-"And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an
24:43-"And he took it, and did eat before them."
(C)- It will be a body of flesh and bone.
Jesus said we would have
bodies of "Flesh and Bone as ye see me
have". Our new bodies will experience no more
will have no more dominion over our new bodies. Sin will have lost it's
grip on our minds and our bodies.
24:39-"Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle
me, and see;
for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have".
WILL THERE BE MARRIAGE IN HEAVEN?
Wives in Heaven but we shall be like unto the Angels. Even though we
not going to practice marriage in heaven, I believe we will know our
wives and husbands and we will have sweet fellowship with each other
with our children.
our time at
Tabernacle Baptist Church there was an elderly lady
named Mrs. Turner and when Dr, Sightler would preach on the imminent
second coming of our Lord; she would stand, wave her white handkerchief
and shout; "Praise the Lord, I am going to see my Husband". She was so
in love with her departed husband, whom she shared most of her life
that she couldn't wait to see him again and she knew they would have an
eternity to spend together in the presence of our Lord. I like that old
song that says;"I want to stroll all over heaven with you". I believe I
will be able to stroll all over heaven with my Wife when we both get to
heaven and share precious memories of all those sweet times we spent
22:28-"Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of
seven? for they all had her."
22:29-"Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing
scriptures, nor the power of God."
22:30- "For in the
resurrection they neither marry, nor are given
marriage, but are as the angels
of God in heaven".
(D)- WILL WE KNOW EACH OTHER IN HEAVEN?
that we will.
13:12-"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to
now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
(E)- HOW LONG WILL WE BE THERE?
We will reign with
for one thousand years on earth as kings and priests. We shall
then live throughout eternity with our Heavenly Father and His Son
Jesus without interruption.
will be so busy
Lord and worshipping God and singing praises to the One who died for us
that we will not experience a dull moment! I believe it could be any
day now! Scripture tells us when we see the things happening like we
see every time we look at the news; Wars, Rumors of wars, earthquakes,
diseases here-to-fore unknown to man coming on the scene with a
magnitude the medical profession can not cope with and all the violence
on the streets; what can we expect but The Lord Himself to appear at
T. Tyson Sr.