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September 9, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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A Place Called Heaven: Have Some People Already Visited Heaven?

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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • TODAY'S BOOKSTORES ARE FILLED WITH SENSATIONAL STORIES
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  • OF PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO HAVE CROSSED THE THRESHOLD
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  • BETWEEN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT ONE.
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  • COULD THESE SHOCKING TALES ACTUALLY BE TRUE,
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  • OR IS IT ALL A HOAX?
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  • WELL LAST TIME, I BEGAN ANSWERING THAT QUESTION
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  • BY GIVING YOU THREE IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES.
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  • FIRST, NEAR-DEATH IS NOT THE SAME AS DEATH.
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  • SECONDLY, THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT TO TELL US
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  • EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • AND THIRD, GOD ALSO CONDEMNS
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  • ADDING TO OR TAKING AWAY FROM HIS WORD.
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  • AND TODAY, WE'LL PICK UP WITH PRINCIPLE NUMBER FOUR,
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  • AND THAT IS QUESTION THE IDENTITY
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  • OF ANY SO-CALLED BEING OF LIGHT.
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  • TODAY WE'RE ANSWERING THE QUESTION
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  • HAVE SOME PEOPLE ALREADY VISITED HEAVEN
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT
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  • THAN INTRODUCING YOUR CHILDREN
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  • AND GRANDCHILDREN TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU DO THAT,
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  • DOCTOR JEFFRESS HAS WRITTEN A BRAND NEW BOOK
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  • CALLED "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS".
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  • THIS ENGAGING ILLUSTRATED BOOK IS PERFECT
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  • FOR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN WHO MAY NOT GO TO CHURCH.
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  • BECAUSE IT INCLUDES A PRAYER OF SALVATION,
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  • YOU CAN PRAY WITH THEM TO ENSURE
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  • THEY'LL BE IN HEAVEN WITH YOU ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • AS WE CONSIDER OUR SERIES ON HEAVEN,
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  • A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN, AND THE QUESTION IS SIMPLY THIS,
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  • HAVE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE ALIVE RIGHT NOW
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  • ALREADY VISITED HEAVEN?
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  • HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT THAT?
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  • HOW DO YOU MAKE SENSE OF ALL OF THESE BOOKS
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  • AND EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE WHO SAY WE DIED,
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  • WE WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE,
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  • WE SAW WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR US,
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  • AND WE'VE COME BACK TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT?
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  • WELL, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY,
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  • HAVE SOME PEOPLE ALREADY EXPERIENCED HEAVEN?
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  • NOW FIRST OF ALL, WE NEED TO BEGIN BY DEFINING
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  • WHAT WE MEAN BY A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
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  • THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR NEAR-DEATH STUDIES,
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  • CAN YOU BELIEVE SUCH A GROUP EXISTS?
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  • BUT THERE IS,
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  • AN INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEAR-DEATH STUDIES
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  • DEFINES A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE THIS WAY, IT IS, QUOTE,
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  • A PROFOUND PSYCHOLOGICAL EVENT THAT MAY OCCUR
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  • TO A PERSON CLOSE TO DEATH, OR IF NOT NEAR DEATH,
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  • IN A SITUATION OF PHYSICAL OF EMOTIONAL CRISIS.
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  • AND IT INCLUDES TRANSCENDENTAL AND MYSTICAL ELEMENTS.
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  • HERE ARE SOME COMMON COMPONENTS OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES
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  • MANY PEOPLE CLAIM TO HAVE HAD TODAY.
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  • THE SENSATION OF FLOATING UPWARD
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  • AND VIEWING THE SCENE AROUND ONE'S DEAD BODY.
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  • TRAVELING THROUGH A TUNNEL OR A DARK SPACE TOWARD A LIGHT.
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  • TIME SPENT IN A BEAUTIFUL, OTHERWORLDLY REALM.
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  • MEETING GOD, JESUS, AND OR ANGELS.
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  • ENCOUNTERING DECEASED LOVED ONES, RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.
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  • THE STORY OF ONE'S LIFE PASSING IN REVIEW
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  • AS IF HE WERE WATCHING A MOVIE.
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  • THE SENSATION OF OVERWHELMING PEACE AND LOVE,
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  • THOUGH SOME HAVE REPORTED EXPERIENCING TERRIFYING SCENES
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  • OF DEMONS AND DISTRESS.
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  • APPROACHING A BARRIER OF SOME SORT,
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  • SIGNALING A POINT OF NO RETURN.
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  • AND BEING CALLED BACK AND RELUCTANTLY AGREEING
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  • TO RETURN TO ONE'S BODY AND LIFE.
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  • MANY PEOPLE CLAIM TO HAVE HAD THESE EXPERIENCES,
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  • BUT WHETHER THEY ARE VALID OR NOT,
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  • NOBODY CAN DENY THEIR POPULARITY.
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  • PEOPLE BUY THESE BOOKS BY THE MILLIONS.
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  • WHY ARE THESE BOOKS SO POPULAR?
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  • WHY ARE WE SO FASCINATED WITH PEOPLE
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  • WHO CLAIM TO HAVE HAD A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE?
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  • I THINK THERE'S TWO REASONS
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  • FOR THE POPULARITY OF THIS MOVEMENT.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, OUR NATURAL CURIOSITY ABOUT THE UNKNOWN.
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  • THERE IS A DARK CURTAIN THAT IS DRAWN
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  • BETWEEN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT LIFE.
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  • IT'S A MYSTERY TO US, IN MANY WAYS,
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  • WHAT AWAITS US ON THE OTHER SIDE.
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  • AND IT'S ONLY NATURAL THAT WE WOULD WANNA KNOW
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  • WHAT HAPPENS AFTER OUR BRIEF FEW YEARS HERE ON EARTH?
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  • WHAT AWAITS US ON THE OTHER SIDE?
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  • I THINK ONE REASON FOR THE POPULARITY OF THESE BOOKS
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  • IS THE FACT THAT WE ALL HAVE A NATURAL CURIOSITY
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  • ABOUT THE UNKNOWN, BUT SECONDLY,
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  • THE POPULARITY IS PARTLY DUE TO OUR LONGING FOR HEAVEN.
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  • ECCLESIASTES 3:11 SAYS THAT GOD HAS PLACED
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  • IN EVERY ONE OF US ETERNITY IN OUR HEARTS.
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  • WE HAVE A DESIRE TO KNOW WHAT GOD IS PREPARING FOR US,
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  • WE KNOW THERE'S MORE TO LIFE
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  • THAN WHAT WE'RE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW.
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  • THE QUESTION IS WHERE DO WE TURN TO FIND ANSWERS
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  • ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR US?
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  • AND THAT MEANS WHENEVER WE COME
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  • TO THINK ABOUT NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES,
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  • WHETHER ONES WE'VE HAD, OR ONES SOMEBODY ELSE HAS HAD,
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  • WE NEED TO EXAMINE IT IN LIGHT OF WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.
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  • IN 1 JOHN 4:1,
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  • THE APOSTLE WARNS BELOVED, DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY SPIRIT,
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  • BUT TEST THE SPIRITS TO SEE WHETHER THEY ARE FROM GOD,
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  • BECAUSE MANY FALSE PROPHETS HAVE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD.
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  • I DON'T CARE HOW WELL-INTENTIONED,
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  • HOW GODLY SOMEBODY IS, IF THEY HAVE AN EXPERIENCE,
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  • WE NEED TO TEST THEIR EXPERIENCE
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  • AGAINST THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • AND THAT LEADS TO THE QUESTION
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  • ARE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES BIBLICAL?
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  • HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THESE EXPERIENCES ARE
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  • SIMPLY NOT CHEMICAL REACTIONS THAT THE BRAIN
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  • PRODUCES IN TIMES OF STRESS THAT CAN LEAD TO
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  • THE SENSATION OF LIGHT?
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  • WHO ARE WE TO DENY THAT
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  • THEIR EXPERIENCE IS REAL?
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  • WHAT WE NEED TO DO
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  • IS EXAMINE THESE EXPERIENCES IN THE LIGHT OF SCRIPTURE.
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  • AND SO TODAY, IN THE FEW MOMENTS WE HAVE LEFT,
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  • I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU
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  • SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR EVALUATING NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
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  • PRINCIPLE NUMBER ONE, REMEMBER,
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  • NEAR-DEATH IS NOT DEATH.
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  • NEAR-DEATH IS NOT DEAD,
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  • NEARLY DEAD PEOPLE AREN'T DEAD PEOPLE.
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  • THE BIBLE IS VERY CLEAR ON THIS POINT,
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  • YOU ONLY DIE ONCE.
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  • THE SECOND PRINCIPLE, THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT.
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  • THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT.
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  • PAUL SAID HERE'S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
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  • ABOUT THE FUTURE GOD HAS FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.
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  • NUMBER THREE, AND THIS IS KEY,
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  • ADDING TO OR TAKING AWAY FROM THE BIBLE IS CONDEMNED BY GOD.
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  • ANYONE WHO SAYS
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  • GOD HAS GIVEN ME A REVELATION ABOUT WHAT HEAVEN IS LIKE
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  • IS TREADING ON DANGEROUS GROUND.
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  • NUMBER FOUR, QUESTION THE IDENTITY
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  • OF ANY BEING OF LIGHT.
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  • QUESTION THE IDENTITY OF ANY BEING OF LIGHT.
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  • SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
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  • CLAIM THAT THEY HAVE MET GOD, OR ANGELS,
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  • OR SOME UNDEFINED DEITY.
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  • IN MANY CASES, THEY CLAIM TO HAVE SEEN JESUS CHRIST,
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  • BUT THE MESSAGES THAT JESUS SUPPOSEDLY GAVE THEM
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  • IS COMPLETELY CONTRADICTORY TO SCRIPTURE.
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  • I'VE READ ACCOUNTS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE SAID
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  • I SAW JESUS AND HE TOLD ME SIN IS NOT A PROBLEM,
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  • OR THERE IS NO HELL, OR ALL PEOPLE ARE WELCOMED INTO HEAVEN,
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  • OR EVERY RELIGION IS EQUALLY TRUE.
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  • LISTEN, THE BIBLE SAYS IN HEBREWS 13:8
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  • JESUS IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER.
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  • AND THE JESUS IN HEAVEN DOES NOT CONTRADICT
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  • WHAT JESUS SAID ON EARTH.
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  • JESUS SAID ON EARTH ALL RELIGIONS ARE NOT THE SAME,
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  • HE SAID ALL ROADS DON'T LEAD TO HEAVEN,
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  • THERE IS ONE WAY TO HEAVEN, AND IT IS THROUGH FAITH IN ME.
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  • THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO TAKE SERIOUSLY
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  • THE WARNING OF 1 TIMOTHY 4:1
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  • IN WHICH PAUL SAYS BUT THE SPIRIT EXPLICITLY SAYS
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  • THAT IN THE LATER TIMES SOME WILL FALL AWAY FROM THE FAITH,
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  • PAYING ATTENTION TO DECEITFUL SPIRITS
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  • AND DOCTRINES OF DEMONS.
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  • YOU SAYING PASTOR,
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  • DO YOU BELIEVE SOME OF THESE EXPERIENCES ARE DEMONIC?
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  • I CERTAINLY DO.
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  • WHEN PEOPLE SAY THEY SAW A LIGHT, A BRIGHT LIGHT,
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  • AND A DIVINE BEING TELLING THEM EVERYONE'S COMING TO HEAVEN,
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  • DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE A MUSLIM, HINDU, OR ATHEIST,
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  • I WELCOME EVERYBODY INTO HEAVEN.
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  • WHEN ANYBODY SAYS THEY SAW A BRIGHT LIGHT TELLING THEM THAT,
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  • I BELIEVE THEM, I BELIEVE THEM, 100%.
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  • BUT THE BRIGHT LIGHT THEY SAW WAS NOT GOD.
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  • 2 CORINTHIANS 11:14 SAYS
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  • EVEN SATAN DISGUISES HIMSELF AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.
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  • HE IS A DECEIVER,
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  • HE IS DECEIVING PEOPLE
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  • INTO WHAT AWAITS THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE.
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  • THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL
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  • OF ANY SO-CALLED BEING OF LIGHT
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  • WHO PREACHES A MESSAGE THAT CONTRADICTS SCRIPTURE.
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  • AND THAT LEADS TO A FIFTH PRINCIPLE.
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  • WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES,
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  • BEWARE OF THE OCCULT.
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  • IT IS AMAZING WHEN YOU READ THESE ACCOUNTS
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  • OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES,
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  • HOW SIMILAR THEY ARE TO EXPERIENCES
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  • PEOPLE HAD WITH THE OCCULT.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, BOTH THE OCCULT AND NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES
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  • SHARE IN COMMON OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES,
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  • AND CONTACTS WITH THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE.
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  • AND IN BOTH CASES,
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  • BOTH THE OCCULT AND NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES,
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  • PEOPLE WHO HAD THESE EXPERIENCES CLAIM PSYCHIC POWERS.
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  • DID YOU KNOW, MANY PEOPLE AFTER A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
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  • BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE PSYCHIC POWERS,
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  • THEY HAD THE POWER OF CLAIRVOYANCE,
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  • THAT IS THE ABILITY TO DISCERN INFORMATION
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  • ABOUT THE PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE
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  • BY OTHER THAN NATURAL MEANS.
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  • SOME CLAIM THAT THEY'VE DEVELOPED TELEPATHY,
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  • THAT IS THE ABILITY TO SEND OR RECEIVE MESSAGES
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  • TO OTHER PEOPLE SIMPLY FROM THEIR THOUGHTS.
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  • DIANE CORCORAN IS THE PRESIDENT
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  • OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR NEAR-DEATH STUDIES.
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  • IN AN ARTICLE WITH THE ATLANTIC MAGAZINE,
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  • SHE MADE THIS OBSERVATION ABOUT THE CONNECTION
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  • BETWEEN PSYCHIC POWERS AND NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
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  • MANY PEOPLE, SHE SAID, DON'T REALIZE FOR YEARS
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  • THAT THEY'VE HAD A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE,
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  • AND THEY PIECE IT TOGETHER
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  • ONLY AFTER THEY NOTICE THE EFFECTS,
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  • EFFECTS THAT MAY INCLUDE INFLUENCE ON ELECTRICAL
  • 00:11:23.090 --> 00:11:28.040
  • EQUIPMENT. SHE SAYS THAT ONE CONFERENCE OF NDE-ERS,
  • 00:11:28.050 --> 00:11:32.280
  • THE HOTEL'S COMPUTER SYSTEM WENT DOWN.
  • 00:11:32.290 --> 00:11:37.000
  • CORCORAN'S EXPLANATION?
  • 00:11:37.010 --> 00:11:38.140
  • SHE SAID YOU PUT 400 EXPERIENCERS OF NEAR-DEATH
  • 00:11:38.150 --> 00:11:43.020
  • IN A HOTEL TOGETHER, SOMETHING'S GOING TO HAPPEN.
  • 00:11:43.030 --> 00:11:48.130
  • NOW, WHETHER OR NOT YOU BELIEVE THESE NDE-ERS
  • 00:11:48.140 --> 00:11:51.260
  • HAD THE POWER TO CRASH A COMPUTER SYSTEM OR NOT,
  • 00:11:51.270 --> 00:11:55.210
  • IF THEY DID HAVE THAT POWER,
  • 00:11:55.220 --> 00:11:57.200
  • THAT POWER DID NOT COME FROM THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT,
  • 00:11:57.210 --> 00:12:00.180
  • IT CAME FROM THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS.
  • 00:12:00.190 --> 00:12:03.060
  • ANY CLAIMS OF PSYCHIC POWERS OR UNUSUAL ABILITIES
  • 00:12:03.070 --> 00:12:07.230
  • LIKE CLAIRVOYANCE AND TELEPATHY,
  • 00:12:07.240 --> 00:12:09.240
  • THOSE ARE ASSOCIATED WITH SATAN HIMSELF.
  • 00:12:09.250 --> 00:12:13.000
  • A SIXTH CONSIDERATION, THAT IS,
  • 00:12:13.010 --> 00:12:16.020
  • JESUS' DEATH AND RESURRECTION ARE CENTRAL
  • 00:12:16.030 --> 00:12:19.210
  • TO ANY REVELATION FROM GOD.
  • 00:12:19.220 --> 00:12:22.170
  • ANYBODY WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE A REVELATION FROM GOD,
  • 00:12:22.180 --> 00:12:26.140
  • IF IT'S TRUE, JESUS' DEATH AND RESURRECTION
  • 00:12:26.150 --> 00:12:29.130
  • WILL BE CENTRAL TO HIS REVELATION.
  • 00:12:29.140 --> 00:12:32.020
  • TURN OVER TO ACTS 9 FOR JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:12:32.030 --> 00:12:34.210
  • DID YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE TODAY THINK THE APOSTLE PAUL
  • 00:12:34.220 --> 00:12:37.070
  • HAD A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
  • 00:12:37.080 --> 00:12:39.070
  • ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS?
  • 00:12:39.080 --> 00:12:41.240
  • LOOK AT ACTS 9:3,
  • 00:12:41.250 --> 00:12:44.100
  • AND IT CAME ABOUT THAT AS PAUL OR SAUL JOURNEYED,
  • 00:12:44.110 --> 00:12:47.150
  • HE WAS APPROACHING DAMASCUS,
  • 00:12:47.160 --> 00:12:49.160
  • AND SUDDENLY A LIGHT FROM HEAVEN FLASHED AROUND HIM,
  • 00:12:49.170 --> 00:12:53.010
  • AND HE FELL TO THE GROUND AND HE HEARD A VOICE
  • 00:12:53.020 --> 00:12:55.240
  • SAYING TO HIM, SAUL, SAUL, WHY ARE YOU PERSECUTING ME?
  • 00:12:55.250 --> 00:13:00.120
  • AND HE SAID WHO ART THOU, LORD?
  • 00:13:00.130 --> 00:13:02.120
  • AND HE SAID I AM JESUS WHOM YOU ARE PERSECUTING,
  • 00:13:02.130 --> 00:13:06.020
  • BUT RISE AND ENTER THE CITY,
  • 00:13:06.030 --> 00:13:08.140
  • AND IT SHALL BE TOLD YOU WHAT YOU MUST DO.
  • 00:13:08.150 --> 00:13:11.230
  • NOW, SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT'S A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE,
  • 00:13:11.240 --> 00:13:14.020
  • BIG LIGHT, YOU KNOW, LIFE CHANGE,
  • 00:13:14.030 --> 00:13:15.270
  • THAT'S A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:13:15.280 --> 00:13:17.270
  • FOUR REASONS THIS WAS NOT A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:13:17.280 --> 00:13:20.120
  • FIRST OF ALL, PAUL WAS VERY MUCH ALIVE,
  • 00:13:20.130 --> 00:13:22.230
  • AND NOWHERE NEAR DEATH WHEN THIS HAPPENED TO HIM.
  • 00:13:22.240 --> 00:13:25.280
  • AND SECONDLY, THIS LIGHT THAT PAUL SAW
  • 00:13:25.290 --> 00:13:28.200
  • WAS NOT JUST SOME METAPHYSICAL LIGHT,
  • 00:13:28.210 --> 00:13:30.280
  • IT WAS A REAL LIGHT THAT LITERALLY BLINDED HIM FOR DAYS.
  • 00:13:30.290 --> 00:13:34.270
  • THIRD, WHEN HE TOLD THIS ACCOUNT TO KING AGRIPPA,
  • 00:13:34.280 --> 00:13:38.130
  • HE NEVER ONCE REMOTELY GAVE ANY DESCRIPTION
  • 00:13:38.140 --> 00:13:42.110
  • THAT RESEMBLED A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:13:42.120 --> 00:13:44.280
  • AND FINALLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY,
  • 00:13:44.290 --> 00:13:47.090
  • THE JESUS PAUL ENCOUNTERED
  • 00:13:47.100 --> 00:13:51.010
  • IS THE JESUS WHO TOLD HIM YOUR MISSION,
  • 00:13:51.020 --> 00:13:55.010
  • SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT,
  • 00:13:55.020 --> 00:13:56.250
  • IS TO GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:14:00.030
  • THAT SALVATION IS AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH FAITH IN ME.
  • 00:14:00.040 --> 00:14:04.220
  • HE GAVE PAUL THE MISSION OF PREACHING
  • 00:14:04.230 --> 00:14:07.100
  • THE EXCLUSIVE MESSAGE OF SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:14:07.110 --> 00:14:11.150
  • NOT SOME GENERAL FEEL-GOOD MESSAGE THAT SAYS
  • 00:14:11.160 --> 00:14:14.130
  • GOD LOVES EVERYBODY AND EVERYBODY'S GOING TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:14.140 --> 00:14:17.070
  • IT WAS A VERY SPECIFIC MESSAGE
  • 00:14:17.080 --> 00:14:19.160
  • THAT THERE'S ONLY SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:14:19.170 --> 00:14:23.090
  • AND THAT LEADS TO A SEVENTH AND MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION
  • 00:14:23.100 --> 00:14:27.000
  • ABOUT NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES, AND THAT IS,
  • 00:14:27.010 --> 00:14:30.020
  • THE BIBLE DOESN'T RECORD ANY NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
  • 00:14:30.030 --> 00:14:36.080
  • NOT ONCE, NADA, NO RECORD WHATSOEVER
  • 00:14:36.090 --> 00:14:41.000
  • OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
  • 00:14:41.010 --> 00:14:42.070
  • AS A MENTIONED, THERE ARE ACCOUNTS
  • 00:14:42.080 --> 00:14:44.010
  • OF GOD RAISING PEOPLE FROM THE DEAD IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:14:44.020 --> 00:14:46.290
  • IT'S INTERESTING,
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:48.130
  • THOSE ENDED IN THE LATTER PART OF THE BOOK OF ACTS,
  • 00:14:48.140 --> 00:14:52.130
  • WHEN YOU GET TO THE EPISTLES,
  • 00:14:52.140 --> 00:14:54.090
  • GOD APPARENTLY CEASED PERFORMING THIS MIRACLE.
  • 00:14:54.100 --> 00:14:58.090
  • AND THE REASON HE CEASED PERFORMING IT IS
  • 00:14:58.100 --> 00:15:01.000
  • THAT MIRACLE HAD A PURPOSE OF AUTHENTICATING
  • 00:15:01.010 --> 00:15:03.240
  • A PROPHET'S POWER AND MESSAGE FROM GOD,
  • 00:15:03.250 --> 00:15:07.020
  • THE WAY YOU EVALUATED WHETHER A PROPHET OR AN APOSTLE
  • 00:15:07.030 --> 00:15:10.090
  • WAS REALLY FROM GOD WAS HIS ABILITY TO PERFORM MIRACLES.
  • 00:15:10.100 --> 00:15:14.130
  • BUT NOW THAT THE BIBLE IS COMPLETE, THE WAY WE
  • 00:15:14.140 --> 00:15:17.180
  • JUDGE THE AUTHENTICITY OF A PERSON'S MESSAGE
  • 00:15:17.190 --> 00:15:20.020
  • IS NOT BY HIS ABILITY TO PERFORM MIRACLES,
  • 00:15:20.030 --> 00:15:22.080
  • IT'S WHETHER HIS MESSAGE LINES UP
  • 00:15:22.090 --> 00:15:24.110
  • WITH THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:15:24.120 --> 00:15:26.050
  • NEVERTHELESS, IN THE PAST,
  • 00:15:26.060 --> 00:15:27.150
  • GOD DID RAISE PEOPLE FROM THE DEAD,
  • 00:15:27.160 --> 00:15:29.040
  • I GAVE YOU A WHOLE LIST OF PEOPLE
  • 00:15:29.050 --> 00:15:30.180
  • WHO HAD BEEN RAISED FROM THE DEAD IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:15:30.190 --> 00:15:32.240
  • THE WIDOW, ZAREPHATH'S SON,
  • 00:15:32.250 --> 00:15:34.260
  • THE SHUNAMMITE WOMAN'S SON, AND ON AND ON,
  • 00:15:34.270 --> 00:15:38.020
  • BUT NONE OF THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE RAISED FROM THE DEAD
  • 00:15:38.030 --> 00:15:41.030
  • TOLD ABOUT WHAT THEY SAW ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GRAVE.
  • 00:15:41.040 --> 00:15:45.100
  • LET'S LOOK AT A COUPLE OF THESE FOR JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:15:45.110 --> 00:15:47.240
  • TAKE THE CASE OF LAZARUS, LAZARUS DIED,
  • 00:15:47.250 --> 00:15:51.250
  • HE WAS DEAD FOR FOUR DAYS
  • 00:15:51.260 --> 00:15:53.150
  • UNTIL JESUS CAME, STOOD IN FRONT OF THE SEPULCHER,
  • 00:15:53.160 --> 00:15:56.090
  • AND SAID RISE O LAZARUS,
  • 00:15:56.100 --> 00:15:58.230
  • RISE O LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD, AND AS YOU KNOW,
  • 00:15:58.240 --> 00:16:02.080
  • LAZARUS STUMBLED OUT OF THAT SEPULCHER,
  • 00:16:02.090 --> 00:16:04.240
  • AND THEY UNBOUND HIM, AND HE WAS JOYOUS,
  • 00:16:04.250 --> 00:16:09.060
  • AND THE PEOPLE COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT THEY SAW.
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:11.020
  • BUT NOT ONCE, NOT ONCE DID LAZARUS
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:14.200
  • PREACH TO THE ASSEMBLED CROWD OR EVER TELL HIS SISTERS
  • 00:16:14.210 --> 00:16:17.220
  • WHAT HE SAW ON THE OTHER SIDE OF DEATH.
  • 00:16:17.230 --> 00:16:19.280
  • YOU FIND NO RECORD OF THAT.
  • 00:16:19.290 --> 00:16:21.170
  • OR LOOK AT THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS,
  • 00:16:21.180 --> 00:16:23.190
  • DID JESUS HAVE A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE?
  • 00:16:23.200 --> 00:16:26.040
  • HE WAS ON THE CROSS,
  • 00:16:26.050 --> 00:16:28.030
  • BUT IN ALL OF HIS UTTERINGS ON THE CROSS,
  • 00:16:28.040 --> 00:16:30.010
  • HE GAVE NO INDICATION THAT HE WAS GOING DOWN A TUNNEL
  • 00:16:30.020 --> 00:16:33.060
  • AND SEEING A BRIGHT LIGHT,
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:34.250
  • THERE WAS NO OTHERWORLDLY EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER.
  • 00:16:34.260 --> 00:16:38.090
  • AFTER HE DIED, HE WAS BURIED IN THE TOMB,
  • 00:16:38.100 --> 00:16:40.210
  • ON SUNDAY MORNING, HE WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD,
  • 00:16:40.220 --> 00:16:43.120
  • HE WAS IN HIS NEW RESURRECTION BODY,
  • 00:16:43.130 --> 00:16:45.060
  • HE SPENT 40 DAYS ON THE EARTH PREACHING,
  • 00:16:45.070 --> 00:16:47.200
  • MINISTERING TO PEOPLE,
  • 00:16:47.210 --> 00:16:49.000
  • NOT ONCE IN THOSE POST-RESURRECTION APPEARANCES
  • 00:16:49.010 --> 00:16:52.050
  • DID JESUS SAY A WORD ABOUT WHAT HE SAW ON THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 00:16:52.060 --> 00:16:55.220
  • SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT STEPHEN,
  • 00:16:55.230 --> 00:16:58.100
  • WHOM WE READ ABOUT A FEW MOMENTS AGO,
  • 00:16:58.110 --> 00:17:00.040
  • THE FIRST CHRISTIAN MARTYR,
  • 00:17:00.050 --> 00:17:01.210
  • CAME AS CLOSE TO HAVING A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE AS ANYONE.
  • 00:17:01.220 --> 00:17:05.150
  • TURN OVER TO THAT PASSAGE IN ACTS 7
  • 00:17:05.160 --> 00:17:08.130
  • AND LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING.
  • 00:17:08.140 --> 00:17:11.130
  • VERSE 54, NOW WHEN THEY, THAT IS THE JEWISH OFFICIALS,
  • 00:17:11.140 --> 00:17:15.010
  • HEARD STEPHEN'S SPEECH CONDEMNING THEM,
  • 00:17:15.020 --> 00:17:17.160
  • THEY WERE CUT TO THE QUICK,
  • 00:17:17.170 --> 00:17:19.160
  • AND THEY BEGAN GNASHING THEIR TEETH AT HIM.
  • 00:17:19.170 --> 00:17:22.120
  • BUT BEING FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,
  • 00:17:22.130 --> 00:17:24.160
  • STEPHEN GAZED INTENTLY INTO HEAVEN
  • 00:17:24.170 --> 00:17:27.050
  • AND HE SAW THE GLORY OF GOD,
  • 00:17:27.060 --> 00:17:28.270
  • AND JESUS STANDING AT THE RIGHT HAND, AND HE SAID BEHOLD,
  • 00:17:28.280 --> 00:17:32.270
  • I SEE THE HEAVENS OPENED UP
  • 00:17:32.280 --> 00:17:35.020
  • AND THE SON OF MAN STANDING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.
  • 00:17:35.030 --> 00:17:39.230
  • SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT SOUNDS LIKE
  • 00:17:39.240 --> 00:17:42.010
  • A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE TO ME.
  • 00:17:42.020 --> 00:17:44.120
  • WELL, IT DOES UNTIL YOU EXAMINE THINGS A LITTLE BIT CLOSER.
  • 00:17:44.130 --> 00:17:47.260
  • FIRST OF ALL, STEPHEN'S VISION OF HEAVEN
  • 00:17:47.270 --> 00:17:51.000
  • OCCURRED BEFORE THEY PICKED UP THE FIRST STONE
  • 00:17:51.010 --> 00:17:54.060
  • AND THREW AT HIM.
  • 00:17:54.070 --> 00:17:55.250
  • WHAT HE SAW HAPPENED BEFORE THEY STARTED STONING HIM.
  • 00:17:55.260 --> 00:17:59.120
  • LOOK ON, IT'S NOT TIL VERSE 59,
  • 00:17:59.130 --> 00:18:01.110
  • THEY WENT ON STONING STEPHEN AS HE CALLED UPON THE LORD.
  • 00:18:01.120 --> 00:18:05.140
  • NOW, THIS WAS NOT NEAR-DEATH, THIS WAS APART FROM DEATH.
  • 00:18:05.150 --> 00:18:09.190
  • SECONDLY, STEPHEN'S VISION,
  • 00:18:09.200 --> 00:18:11.250
  • WHAT HE SAW WAS A GENERAL VISION,
  • 00:18:11.260 --> 00:18:13.220
  • NOT UNLIKE WHAT ISAIAH, DANIEL, AND EZEKIEL SAW,
  • 00:18:13.230 --> 00:18:17.050
  • THERE WAS NO NEW INFORMATION HERE AT ALL.
  • 00:18:17.060 --> 00:18:19.270
  • BUT FINALLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY,
  • 00:18:19.280 --> 00:18:22.090
  • THE REASON STEPHEN'S EXPERIENCE
  • 00:18:22.100 --> 00:18:24.030
  • DOESN'T QUALIFY AS A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
  • 00:18:24.040 --> 00:18:26.160
  • IS BECAUSE STEPHEN ACTUALLY DIED.
  • 00:18:26.170 --> 00:18:29.230
  • HE ACTUALLY DIED, AND HE HASN'T COME BACK YET
  • 00:18:29.240 --> 00:18:34.070
  • TO TELL US WHAT HE SAW ON THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 00:18:34.080 --> 00:18:37.090
  • THE ONLY OTHER CONSIDERATION,
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:39.030
  • AND I THINK PERHAPS THE MOST INTERESTING ONE
  • 00:18:39.040 --> 00:18:41.130
  • IS THE APOSTLE PAUL HIMSELF.
  • 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:44.010
  • DIDN'T THE APOSTLE PAUL HAVE A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
  • 00:18:44.020 --> 00:18:46.220
  • IN WHICH HE WAS TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN?
  • 00:18:46.230 --> 00:18:48.240
  • WELL, LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF 2 CORINTHIANS 12:2,
  • 00:18:48.250 --> 00:18:52.140
  • PAUL SAID I KNOW A MAN IN CHRIST WHO 14 YEARS AGO,
  • 00:18:52.150 --> 00:18:58.210
  • PAUL WAS SO HUMBLE HE DIDN'T WANNA SAY
  • 00:18:58.220 --> 00:19:01.010
  • I'M THE ONE WHO HAD THIS EXPERIENCE,
  • 00:19:01.020 --> 00:19:03.060
  • HE DIDN'T WANT PEOPLE PROBABLY PESTERING HIM WITH QUESTIONS,
  • 00:19:03.070 --> 00:19:05.200
  • WELL, WHAT WAS IT LIKE, WHAT WAS IT LIKE?
  • 00:19:05.210 --> 00:19:07.110
  • SO HE SAYS I KNOW A MAN IN CHRIST WHO 14 YEARS AGO,
  • 00:19:07.120 --> 00:19:11.050
  • WHETHER IN THE BODY, I DON'T KNOW,
  • 00:19:11.060 --> 00:19:12.280
  • OR OUT OF THE BODY, I DON'T KNOW, ONLY GOD KNOWS,
  • 00:19:12.290 --> 00:19:15.140
  • BUT SUCH A MAN WAS CAUGHT UP TO THE THIRD HEAVEN.
  • 00:19:15.150 --> 00:19:19.070
  • REMEMBER, WE SAW LAST TIME,
  • 00:19:19.080 --> 00:19:20.130
  • THE THIRD HEAVEN IS WHERE GOD IS RIGHT NOW,
  • 00:19:20.140 --> 00:19:22.210
  • IT'S THE ABODE OF GOD.
  • 00:19:22.220 --> 00:19:24.060
  • AND PAUL SAID I HAD AN EXPERIENCE,
  • 00:19:24.070 --> 00:19:26.190
  • I HAD AN EXPERIENCE IN WHICH I WAS CAUGHT UP
  • 00:19:26.200 --> 00:19:29.240
  • INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
  • 00:19:29.250 --> 00:19:32.220
  • I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS MY ACTUAL LITERAL BODY
  • 00:19:32.230 --> 00:19:35.090
  • THAT WAS TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN, OR IT WAS A METAPHYSICAL,
  • 00:19:35.100 --> 00:19:37.280
  • OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE, ONLY GOD KNOWS THAT,
  • 00:19:37.290 --> 00:19:40.170
  • BUT I WAS TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:19:40.180 --> 00:19:42.080
  • AND WHAT DID PAUL SEE?
  • 00:19:42.090 --> 00:19:43.190
  • HE GOES ON TO SAY IN THAT CHAPTER GOD TOLD ME
  • 00:19:43.200 --> 00:19:47.110
  • NOT TO UTTER A WORD ABOUT WHAT I SAW.
  • 00:19:47.120 --> 00:19:51.010
  • NOW THINK ABOUT THAT, HERE IS PAUL,
  • 00:19:51.020 --> 00:19:54.090
  • WHO WROTE OVER HALF OF THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 00:19:54.100 --> 00:19:57.030
  • PAUL, THE GREATEST THEOLOGIAN THE WORD HAS EVER KNOWN,
  • 00:19:57.040 --> 00:20:00.130
  • AND GOD SAYS TO HIM DON'T YOU WRITE A WORD OF IT DOWN.
  • 00:20:00.140 --> 00:20:04.170
  • I MEAN, IF GOD WANTED US TO HAVE A COMPLETE DESCRIPTION
  • 00:20:04.180 --> 00:20:08.070
  • OF WHAT HEAVEN WAS LIKE,
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:09.290
  • DON'T YOU THINK HE WOULD'VE ENTRUSTED THAT REVELATION
  • 00:20:10.000 --> 00:20:12.190
  • TO THE APOSTLE PAUL, THE GREATEST THEOLOGIAN,
  • 00:20:12.200 --> 00:20:16.020
  • THE GREATEST WRITER OF THE NEW TESTAMENT?
  • 00:20:16.030 --> 00:20:18.150
  • INSTEAD OF SOME FOUR YEAR OLD KID?
  • 00:20:18.160 --> 00:20:20.140
  • I MEAN, DON'T YOU THINK THAT'S WHAT GOD WOULD'VE DONE
  • 00:20:20.150 --> 00:20:22.240
  • IF HE WANTED US TO KNOW?
  • 00:20:22.250 --> 00:20:24.120
  • GOD SAID NO, DON'T WRITE ANY OF IT DOWN.
  • 00:20:24.130 --> 00:20:29.220
  • WHY DID GOD SAY THAT? WHY HAS GOD RESTRICTED
  • 00:20:29.230 --> 00:20:34.220
  • THE INFORMATION WE HAVE ABOUT HEAVEN?
  • 00:20:34.230 --> 00:20:38.020
  • I THINK THERE ARE MAYBE TWO REASONS, I THINK FIRST OF ALL,
  • 00:20:38.030 --> 00:20:40.060
  • GOD KNOWS THAT HEAVEN IS SO FAR BEYOND OUR IMAGINATION,
  • 00:20:40.070 --> 00:20:47.120
  • WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR US IS SO GLORIOUS,
  • 00:20:47.130 --> 00:20:50.170
  • HUMAN WORDS CAN ONLY DIMINISH THE GLORY OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:20:50.180 --> 00:20:54.200
  • THERE IS NO HUMAN VOCABULARY TO DESCRIBE
  • 00:20:54.210 --> 00:20:57.260
  • WHAT GOD IS PREPARING FOR YOU AND ME.
  • 00:20:57.270 --> 00:21:01.100
  • IT'S THE SAME REASON GOD SAYS
  • 00:21:01.110 --> 00:21:03.010
  • DON'T MAKE ANY GRAVEN IMAGES OF ME,
  • 00:21:03.020 --> 00:21:05.150
  • DON'T MAKE ANY MOLDING OR SCULPTING,
  • 00:21:05.160 --> 00:21:07.180
  • OR DON'T DRAW ANY PICTURES OF ME,
  • 00:21:07.190 --> 00:21:09.120
  • BECAUSE ALL THAT DOES IS DIMINISH WHO I REALLY AM.
  • 00:21:09.130 --> 00:21:13.140
  • NOW, I THINK THE SECOND REASON GOD DOESN'T WANT US
  • 00:21:13.150 --> 00:21:15.080
  • TO REALLY KNOW WHAT AWAITS US IN HEAVEN
  • 00:21:15.090 --> 00:21:17.130
  • IS HE KNOWS THAT IF WE KNEW WHAT WAS AWAITING US,
  • 00:21:17.140 --> 00:21:21.110
  • WE COULDN'T WAIT TO GET OUT OF HERE.
  • 00:21:21.120 --> 00:21:24.210
  • IF WE REALLY KNEW WHAT WAS UP THERE,
  • 00:21:24.220 --> 00:21:26.230
  • I THINK THAT'S WHY PAUL SAID IN PHILIPPIANS,
  • 00:21:26.240 --> 00:21:29.000
  • 'CAUSE HE SAW IT, HE SAID I'M REALLY TORN,
  • 00:21:29.010 --> 00:21:32.000
  • FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST, BUT TO DIE IS GREAT GAIN,
  • 00:21:32.010 --> 00:21:36.110
  • AND I'M HARD-PRESSED TO KNOW
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:37.190
  • WHETHER I REALLY WANNA STAY OR I WANNA GO.
  • 00:21:37.200 --> 00:21:39.270
  • HE SAID THE ONLY MOTIVATION FOR STAYING
  • 00:21:39.280 --> 00:21:41.290
  • IS TO FULFILL THE PURPOSE GOD HAS FOR US
  • 00:21:42.000 --> 00:21:44.080
  • IN THESE BRIEF FEW YEARS OF LIFE.
  • 00:21:44.090 --> 00:21:46.250
  • WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN?
  • 00:21:48.150 --> 00:21:50.220
  • WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
  • 00:21:50.230 --> 00:21:52.190
  • WELL, VERY SIMPLY, THERE ARE NO BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS
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  • OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
  • 00:21:56.190 --> 00:21:59.100
  • AM I SAYING THAT GOD COULD NEVER ALLOW SOMEBODY
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  • TO HAVE AN EXPERIENCE LIKE THIS?
  • 00:22:02.170 --> 00:22:04.210
  • LOOK, I DON'T WANNA PUT GOD IN A BOX,
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  • GOD CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS TO DO.
  • 00:22:06.180 --> 00:22:10.040
  • BUT AS YOU LOOK AT THE SCRIPTURE,
  • 00:22:10.050 --> 00:22:12.000
  • THE WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE IS AGAINST
  • 00:22:12.010 --> 00:22:14.190
  • THESE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
  • 00:22:14.200 --> 00:22:17.180
  • EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR ETERNAL HOME
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:21.010
  • IS FOUND IN THIS BOOK.
  • 00:22:21.020 --> 00:22:23.170
  • THE BIBLE IS SUFFICIENT.
  • 00:22:23.180 --> 00:22:27.040
  • AND IN THE DAYS AHEAD, WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER
  • 00:22:27.050 --> 00:22:29.110
  • SOME STIRRING AND SURPRISING TRUTHS
  • 00:22:29.120 --> 00:22:32.180
  • ABOUT THAT PLACE GOD IS PREPARING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:36.210
  • IT'S THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:36.220 --> 00:22:39.130
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:39.140 --> 00:22:44.180
  • WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED IN THIS EXCITING SERIES,
  • 00:22:44.190 --> 00:22:47.110
  • A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:47.120 --> 00:22:48.260
  • AND TO HELP YOU TAKE THIS STUDY EVEN FURTHER,
  • 00:22:48.270 --> 00:22:51.290
  • I WANT TO SEND YOU AN INFORMATIVE RESOURCE
  • 00:22:52.000 --> 00:22:54.040
  • CALLED WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:54.050 --> 00:22:58.060
  • HOW DOES CHRISTIANITY DIFFER
  • 00:22:58.070 --> 00:23:00.100
  • FROM ISLAM, HINDUISM, OR MORMONISM
  • 00:23:00.110 --> 00:23:03.250
  • AND WHAT IT TEACHES ABOUT HEAVEN?
  • 00:23:03.260 --> 00:23:06.020
  • WELL, THIS BROCHURE PROVIDES
  • 00:23:06.030 --> 00:23:07.250
  • AN EASY TO READ COMPARISON CHART
  • 00:23:07.260 --> 00:23:10.070
  • SO THAT YOU CAN SEE HOW YOUR CHRISTIAN BELIEFS
  • 00:23:10.080 --> 00:23:13.150
  • COMPARE TO OTHER WORLD RELIGIONS.
  • 00:23:13.160 --> 00:23:16.090
  • AND A COPY OF THIS PAMPHLET IS MY GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:23:16.100 --> 00:23:19.190
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:23:19.200 --> 00:23:23.220
  • GO TO PTV.ORG.
  • 00:23:23.230 --> 00:23:26.210
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE, I'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • MUSIC
  • 00:23:31.030 --> 00:23:33.160
  • AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER,
  • 00:23:33.170 --> 00:23:35.080
  • MY HEART IS TRULY BURDENED FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
  • 00:23:35.090 --> 00:23:39.000
  • OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN NEED JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:23:39.010 --> 00:23:41.290
  • AND THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD,
  • 00:23:42.000 --> 00:23:43.220
  • WHICH IS WHY I'M PLEASED TO BRING YOU
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  • MY BRAND NEW BOOK FOR CHILDREN,
  • 00:23:45.180 --> 00:23:47.290
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS".
  • 00:23:48.000 --> 00:23:50.090
  • [NARRATOR] THIS BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK
  • 00:23:50.100 --> 00:23:52.280
  • USES SIMPLE CONCEPTS AND LANGUAGE
  • 00:23:52.290 --> 00:23:55.030
  • YOUNG CHILDREN CAN UNDERSTAND,
  • 00:23:55.040 --> 00:23:57.000
  • WHILE ANSWERING 10 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:57.010 --> 00:24:00.150
  • THE BOOK EVEN CLOSES WITH A SALVATION PRAYER
  • 00:24:00.160 --> 00:24:03.020
  • YOU CAN PRAY WITH YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD
  • 00:24:03.030 --> 00:24:05.170
  • TO ENSURE THAT THEY'LL BE WITH YOU
  • 00:24:05.180 --> 00:24:07.020
  • IN HEAVEN ONE DAY.
  • 00:24:07.030 --> 00:24:08.200
  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
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  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:14.180 --> 00:24:16.100
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:16.110 --> 00:24:18.240
  • WE'LL ALSO INCLUDE DOCTOR JEFFRESS'
  • 00:24:18.250 --> 00:24:21.030
  • ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH BOOK, "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN",
  • 00:24:21.040 --> 00:24:24.080
  • ALONG WITH THE COMPLETE TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:24:24.090 --> 00:24:26.090
  • FOR "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN" ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:26.100 --> 00:24:29.230
  • FAILING TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE
  • 00:24:29.240 --> 00:24:31.240
  • FOR THE REAL TRIP WE'RE ALL TAKING,
  • 00:24:31.250 --> 00:24:33.240
  • FOR THAT TRIP TO THE PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
  • 00:24:33.250 --> 00:24:35.210
  • NOT PREPARING ADEQUATELY CAN HAVE
  • 00:24:35.220 --> 00:24:38.260
  • DEVASTATING AND UNENDING CONSEQUENCES.
  • 00:24:38.270 --> 00:24:43.060
  • WE'VE GOT TO PREPARED FOR THE TRIP.
  • 00:24:43.070 --> 00:24:45.280
  • [NARRATOR] WHEN YOU INVEST IN PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:24:45.290 --> 00:24:48.130
  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN
  • 00:24:48.140 --> 00:24:50.100
  • ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR THE CLEAR GOSPEL MESSAGE,
  • 00:24:50.110 --> 00:24:54.030
  • AND CATCH A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:24:54.040 --> 00:24:55.250
  • SO PLEASE, CONTINUE TO GIVE GENEROUSLY.
  • 00:24:55.260 --> 00:24:58.060
  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFT TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:24:58.070 --> 00:25:01.050
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:25:01.060 --> 00:25:03.260
  • IT'S CERTAINLY FUN TO SPECULATE
  • 00:25:05.090 --> 00:25:07.070
  • WHAT OUR ETERNAL HOME WILL BE LIKE.
  • 00:25:07.080 --> 00:25:09.150
  • PERHAPS YOU'VE READ SOME OF THESE SENSATIONAL STORIES
  • 00:25:09.160 --> 00:25:12.140
  • ABOUT PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO HAVE ALREADY VISITED HEAVEN.
  • 00:25:12.150 --> 00:25:15.260
  • BUT REMEMBER, THERE'S ONLY ONE TRUSTWORTHY SOURCE
  • 00:25:15.270 --> 00:25:19.010
  • FOR FACTS ABOUT HEAVEN, AND THAT'S THE BIBLE.
  • 00:25:19.020 --> 00:25:22.240
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'RE GOING TO OPEN UP GOD'S WORD
  • 00:25:22.250 --> 00:25:25.100
  • TO ANSWER ANOTHER PRESSING QUESTION ABOUT HEAVEN,
  • 00:25:25.110 --> 00:25:29.070
  • DO CHRISTIANS IMMEDIATELY GO TO HEAVEN WHEN THEY DIE?
  • 00:25:29.080 --> 00:25:33.010
  • SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THERE'S A GAP IN TIME
  • 00:25:33.020 --> 00:25:35.170
  • BETWEEN WHEN THEY DIE AND WHEN THEY ENTER HEAVEN,
  • 00:25:35.180 --> 00:25:38.270
  • AND I WANNA SHARE WITH YOU THE BIBLE'S ANSWER
  • 00:25:38.280 --> 00:25:41.290
  • TO THAT IMPORTANT QUESTION.
  • 00:25:42.000 --> 00:25:43.260
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT MESSAGE.
  • 00:25:43.270 --> 00:25:48.020
  • MUSIC
  • 00:25:48.030 --> 00:25:49.020
  • [NARRATOR] TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:49.030 --> 00:25:50.200
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:50.210 --> 00:25:53.030
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:25:53.040 --> 00:25:55.040
  • OF DOCTOR JEFFRESS' BRAND NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK,
  • 00:25:55.050 --> 00:25:57.130
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS".
  • 00:25:57.140 --> 00:25:59.200
  • PLUS, THE BROCHURE ABOUT
  • 00:25:59.210 --> 00:26:01.050
  • WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN
  • 00:26:01.060 --> 00:26:03.160
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:26:03.170 --> 00:26:05.290
  • ABOUT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:06.000 --> 00:26:07.270
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:07.280 --> 00:26:10.210
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN"
  • 00:26:10.220 --> 00:26:13.040
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:13.050 --> 00:26:15.260
  • THAT, ALONG WITH A COPY
  • 00:26:15.270 --> 00:26:17.150
  • OF DOCTOR JEFFRESS' ORIGINAL BESTSELLING BOOK,
  • 00:26:17.160 --> 00:26:19.250
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN".
  • 00:26:19.260 --> 00:26:21.100
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:21.110 --> 00:26:23.030
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT, SO THANKS FOR CALLING,
  • 00:26:23.040 --> 00:26:26.000
  • WRITING, OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:26.010 --> 00:26:28.130
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT WEEK ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:28.140 --> 00:26:31.100
  • THAT IS, IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU'RE GOOD, BAD,
  • 00:26:31.110 --> 00:26:34.070
  • RIGHTEOUS, UNRIGHTEOUS, A BELIEVER OR AN UNBELIEVER,
  • 00:26:34.080 --> 00:26:37.000
  • THERE'S ONE FATE FOR EVERYBODY, THAT IS DEATH.
  • 00:26:37.010 --> 00:26:39.240
  • WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE.
  • 00:26:39.250 --> 00:26:41.250
  • THERE'S ONE FATE, BUT THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT DESTINIES,
  • 00:26:41.260 --> 00:26:45.230
  • HEAVEN OR HELL.
  • 00:26:45.240 --> 00:26:47.100
  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVR
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  • AND JOIN US NEXT TIME FOR THE MESSAGE
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  • DO CHRISTIANS IMMEDIATELY GO TO HEAVEN WHEN THEY DIE?
  • 00:26:51.140 --> 00:26:54.080
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