The best is yet to come!
Do I understand correctly that heaven, the home of the saved, will be right here on this earth?
That is correct. Although the holy city is now in God’s dwelling place, He is going to move it to this earth. Sin and sinners will be destroyed with fire, and the earth will be made new and given to the righteous in all of its Edenic glory and beauty. The holy city will be the capital of the new earth, and God will move His throne here (Revelation 21:2, 3; 22:1, 3) and live with the righteous right here on this earth throughout eternity. And where the Lord abides, that is heaven. God’s plan is to restore to man what Adam lost: the glories of a perfect life on a perfect planet. Satan and sin interrupted God’s plan, but the plan will be carried out. We can all share in this new kingdom–and we must! It’s too much to miss.
Why do so many teach and believe that the home of the saved is a misty place with ghostlike inhabitants who float on clouds and do nothing but play harps?
This teaching originated with the devil, the father of lies (John 8:44). He is anxious to distort God’s loving plan and present heaven as an unreal, “spooky” place so people will lose interest or become skeptical of God’s Word altogether. Satan well knows that when men and women fully understand the Bible truth regarding the home of the saved, his power over them is broken, because they will begin making plans to enter that kingdom. This is why he works so hard to becloud the issue and spread falsehood regarding that heavenly home.
My great-nephew was only 3 weeks old when he went to Heaven yesterday. Thank you for helping this young family during this difficult time, if you’re able. The link below will take you to a secure site to donate.
Update: Thanks to so many generous folks the goal has nearly been met. The family is grateful for all the donations and prayers. I’m attending Baby Benjamin’s funeral tomorrow.
(photo from puzzleplus.net)
Will There Be Seasons and Varying Weather?
(Teacher: Randy Alcorn)
Some people have never thought about Heaven’s weather because they don’t think of Heaven as a real place, certainly not on the New Earth. Or they assume the New Earth will have bright sunshine, no clouds, no rain…forever.
In a passage that promises rescue, security, and no more famine or fear for His people, God says, “I will bless them and the places surrounding My hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops” (Ezekiel 34:26-27).
Is rain a bad thing? No. It’s good. We’ll see trees bearing fruit on the New Earth. Will they be rained on? Presumably. Will rain turn to snow in higher elevations? Why not? If there’s snow, will people play in it, throw snowballs, sled down hillsides? Of course. Just as resurrected people will still have eyes, ears, and feet, a resurrected Earth will have rain, snow, and wind.
As I write these words on a cold December day, a strong wind is blowing. Nearly bare trees are surrendering their last leaves. A row of fifty-foot-high trees, a a stunning bluish green, are bending and flailing. It’s a powerful, magnificent sight that moves me to worship God. We’re expecting our first winter snow. The feeling of warmth and serenity here in the protection of our house is wonderful. It makes me ponder the protecting, sheltering, secure hand of God. I’ve often had similar feelings during pounding storms. Lightning, thunder, rain, and snow all declare God’s greatness (Job 37:3-6). Is there any reason to conclude that such things will not be part of the New Earth? None. Of course, no one will die or be hurt by such weather. No one will perish in a flood or be killed by lightning, just as no one will drown in the river of life.
When we live on the New Earth, could we go hiking in a snowstorm without trauma of fear or death? Could we jump off a cliff into a river three hundred feet below? Could we stand in an open field in flashing lightning and roaring thunder and experience the exhileration of God’s powerful hand? Must the New Earth be tamed, stripped of high peaks, deserts, waterfalls, and thunderstorms because these sometimes caused pain and death in this world? Nature, including variations in climate, will be a source of joy and pleasure, not destruction. If we stand amazed now at the wonders of God’s great creation, we’ll be even more amazed at the greater wonders of that greater creation.
I love the seasons, each of them. The crisp fall air, the brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds, the long good-bye to summer. The snow blankets of winter, the freshness and erupting beauty of spring, the inviting warmth of summer. Who are all those from? “God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season” (Jeremiah 5:24).
Will there still be seasons on the New Earth? Why wouldn’t there be? Some people argue that because fall and winter are about dying, we won’t experience them in Heaven because there will be no death there. I’m not convinced that seasons and their distinctive beauties are a result of the Fall. God is depicted as the seasons’ Creator, and we’re not told they didn’t predate the Fall (Genesis 8:22). The “no more death” of Revelation 21 applies to living creatures, people and animals, but not necessarily to all vegetation. Even if it does, God can certainly create a cycle of seasonable beauty apart from death.
It’s so stinking cold tonight! This is the first winter season since my Mom went to be with Jesus last June at the earthly age of 74. I’m finding that these winter nights make me sad because even though I believe that everything is perfect in Heaven, I can’t shake this feeling of worrying that Mom might be cold.
I miss my Mom.