Summary: THIS WEEK…Future heaven…particularly as foretold in the Book of Revelation. “Heaven” occurs more than fifty times in the Book of Revelation given to John. It is visionary in nature…and very similar to Ezekiel’s long before.
A GLORIOUS NEW WORLD’
(what will the Future of Eternity Be :Like-Part I)
Prayer God…here we gather…to let our earthly minds consider the glory of your heavens…how you must be smiling here with us…Worlds feel closed in…let the walls of time and temporary struggle fall down.
Many of you have asked how life’s been as new parents. Like so many had described our son has brought more change…more joy, we are blessed with an easy little child so far and laughter. One of his constant sources of joy…our dog Trooper…has his dog Trooper…thinks his name is “down” or “no”. Likes to talk…preachers son’s…goes on and on.
As I watch him grapple to comprehend and communicate…I can’t help but think of us trying to imagine the glories of heaven…the reality of eternity. Have you ever tried to think of eternity? Like children…tomorrow is a long ways away!
Last week…present heaven…that which awaits all who die before the culmination
of history…and through Christ…”What’s Up If I Go Down?”
THIS WEEK…Future heaven…particularly as foretold in the Book of Revelation. “Heaven” occurs more than fifty times in the Book of Revelation given to John.
It is visionary in nature…and very similar to Ezekiel’s long before.
In each…we find a human given a revelation by God and their use of human language to describe divine glory.
Though wild in nature…the essence of John’s Revelation…is simply an unfolding of that which was revealed through the prophets (especially Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel) and Christ…a glimpse into the future which culminates in a glorious new world. Revelation 21:1-7. What a marvelous sight…what a stirring revelation of what lies ahead.
Our worlds can seem so closed in at times, but here in an ultimate sense…the walls that enclose our lives will come down…and our lives expanded by the reality of eternity.
1. The future of eternity will be the fulfillment of a CLIMATIC RECREATION. Verse I describes the climatic point at which history as we know it comes to a close…a final judgment comes followed by the emergence of a new heaven and a new earth for the first earth and the first heaven pass away. Some reading this for the first time might wonder if such a vision is really a part of God’s Word as a whole…after all…Bible has stood the test of time…prophecies. More numerous that I could ever list. Jesus spoke often of the end…the day of judgment…and of going to prepare a place where he was going. Most simply, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35 His word is eternal, but not heaven and earth.
The apostle Paul.
“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:22
Paul understood that the entire created realm was suffering from the Fall…from separation from God. All creation is in tension… the heavens and the earth…groaning as in the pains of childbirth waiting to be reborn into a new and eternal existence united with God. For awhile many modern minds began to conceive of the world as without change…no need for God and no signs of disruption or change.