Summary: A New Future - (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Heaven is a Real Place (vs 1)
Heaven is a Remaining Place (vs 1)
Heaven is a Readied Place (vs 2)
Heaven is a Place of Relationship (vs 3)
Heaven is a Place of Relief (vs 4-5)
Heaven is a Place of Refreshing (vs 6)
Heaven will be a Restricted Place (vs 8)
Heaven is a Place of Riches (vs 12b-21)
• A preacher in the open-air was preaching on Jonah.
• A heckler from the crowd yelled, "How did Jonah stay alive inside the whale?"
• The preacher answered, "I don't know. When I get to heaven I'll ask him."
• The heckler said: "And what if he isn't in heaven?"
• The preacher replies: "Then you can ask him."
• Heaven is not just another place but another dimension, another creation.
• Revelation chapters 21-22 give us some hints and clues;
• As to what heaven is like and about what our eternal state will be like.
(1). Heaven is a Real Place (vs 1-2)
• Twice in these opening verses the apostle John tells us what he saw:
• Verse 1: “I saw…” Verse 2 “I saw…”
• I think we read those words ‘I saw…’ 10 times in this letter.
Heaven is a place.
• Not simply a hope, or a dream, or a condition or a state of mind.
• Heaven is a place:
• The Bible talks about three heavens:
• (1). The sky.
• (2). Space.
• (3). Where God is.
• i.e. Genesis chapter 1 verse 1:
• "In the beginning God (plural) created the heavens (dual) and the earth (singular)".
• Note: ‘Heavens’ it is a duel word meaning two.
• (1). Stars & space (2). The sky. (3). The third heaven is where God is.
• You cannot put heaven on a map:
• Or measure it by miles or kilometres,
• Or even light years.
It is a real place:
• Jesus himself said in John chapter 14 verse 2.
• "I am going there to prepare a place for you".
• I have never been to Ashington in the UK;
• But I know it is a real place because I have friends there!
Heaven is not just another place but another dimension, another creation:
• In these chapters it is described as being literal, tangible, and referred to in detail.
• The emphasis here is on what John ‘saw’ with is literal eyes.
• You realise of course that everything that is precious to the Christian is in heaven:
• So if there is no heaven we might as well turn the lights off and go home now!
• Everything that is precious to the Christian is in heaven;
• Seven quick examples:
(A). GOD THE FATHER IS THERE:
• Matthew chapter 6 verse 9:
• "Our Father who art in Heaven".
(B). JESUS OUR SAVIOUR IS THERE:
• Hebrews chapter 9 verse 24:
• "For Christ... entered heaven itself".
(C). ALL CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE LIVED & DIED ARE IN HEAVEN.
• Hebrews chapter 12 verse 22-23:
• "Church of the firstborn whose names are written in heaven".
Note: The word ‘written, or ‘enrolled’:
• Was employed by the Greeks to denote that one was enrolled as a citizen,