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A Place Called Heaven: Is Heaven a Real Place Part 1

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  • MUSIC
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE, OR SIMPLY A FIGMENT
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  • OF ONE'S IMAGINATION?
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  • IF HEAVEN IS A PHYSICAL DESTINATION,
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  • WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
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  • AND WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE TO LIVE IN THIS PLACE FOREVER?
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  • TODAY ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • WE'LL TURN TO PASSAGES IN BOTH THE OLD AND NEW
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  • TESTAMENTS TO DISCOVER WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES
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  • ABOUT OUR ETERNAL HOME IN HEAVEN.
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  • WE'RE ANSWERING THE QUESTION,
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  • IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE OR A STATE OF MIND ON TODAY'S
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  • EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN INTRODUCING YOUR
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  • CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU DO THAT, DR. JEFFRESS HAS WRITTEN A
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  • BRAND-NEW BOOK CALLED, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS!
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  • THIS ENGAGING, ILLUSTRATED BOOK IS PERFECT FOR
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  • CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN WHO MAY NOT GO TO CHURCH
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  • BECAUSE IT INCLUDES A PRAYER OF SALVATION YOU
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  • CAN PRAY WITH THEM TO ENSURE THEY WILL BE IN
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  • HEAVEN WITH YOU ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS WHEN YOU
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  • GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • ONE MORNING IN EARLY 1971 FAMED BEETLE JOHN LENNON
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  • SAT DOWN AT HIS STEINWAY PIANO AND COMPOSED WHAT
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  • BECAME THE ANTHEM FOR THE AGES.
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  • IT'S A SONG ENTITLED, "IMAGINE."
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  • AND IN THAT ONE WORD TRIBUTE TO UTOPIAN IDEALS
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  • LENNON ASKED US TO IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE IF
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  • THERE WERE NO HEAVEN, OR FOR THAT MATTER NO HELL.
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  • OF COURSE CRITICS WOULD SAY JUST BECAUSE AN
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  • ATHEIST LIKE LENNON DOESN'T IMAGINE HEAVEN TO
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  • BE REAL DOESN'T MEAN IT ISN'T REAL.
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  • OF COURSE ATHEISTS WOULD SAY JUST BECAUSE
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  • CHRISTIANS IMAGINE HEAVEN TO BE REAL
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  • DOESN'T MAKE IT REAL EITHER.
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  • FAIR ENOUGH.
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  • BUT WHERE DO WE GO TO FIND OUT IF HEAVEN OR FOR THAT
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  • MATTER HELL ARE ACTUAL PLACES OR JUST
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  • FIGMENTS OF OUR IMAGINATION?
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  • WELL FOR THOSE OF US WHO BELIEVE THAT THIS BOOK IS
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  • THE INSPIRED TRUTH FROM GOD'S OWN BREATH THE BIBLE
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  • IS THE PLACE WE TURN TO FIND OUT IS HEAVEN A REAL
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  • PLACE OR IS IT SIMPLY A STATE OF MIND.
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  • AND THAT'S THE QUESTION WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER
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  • TODAY AS WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES: A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • NOW TO WHOM SHOULD WE TURN TO IN THE BIBLE TO FIND
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  • OUT IF HEAVEN IS REALLY REAL OR NOT?
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  • IT SEEMS LIKE A GOOD PLACE TO START WOULD BE WITH THE
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  • ONLY PERSON WHO HAS ACTUALLY LIVED IN HEAVEN
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  • AND HAS COME TO EARTH TO TELL US WHAT IS REALLY THERE.
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  • HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST, AND IF YOU HAVE YOUR
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  • BIBLES THIS MORNING AS WE BEGIN TO ANSWER THIS
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  • QUESTION: IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE OR SIMPLY A
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  • STATE OF MIND, LET'S TURN TO JOHN 14.
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  • NOW REMEMBER THE SETTING OF JOHN 14.
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  • IT WAS THE PASSOVER MEAL.
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  • JESUS WAS IN THE UPPER ROOM WITH HIS DISCIPLES,
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  • AND IN JUST A FEW HOURS AFTER THE PASSOVER MEAL
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  • JESUS WOULD BE BETRAYED IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.
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  • HE WOULD GO THROUGH A SERIES OF TRIALS.
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  • BY THE NEXT DAY HE WOULD ON THE CROSS CRUCIFIED.
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  • AND SO JESUS WAS PREPARING HIS DISCIPLES FOR THIS REALITY.
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  • IT WAS A VERY TROUBLING EVENING,
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  • NOT ONLY FOR JESUS AS HE CONTEMPLATED WHAT HE WAS
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  • ABOUT TO DO, BUT ALSO FOR THE DISCIPLES WHO BELIEVED
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  • HIM WHEN HE SAID: I'M GETTING READY TO LEAVE YOU.
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  • OF COURSE JESUS REASSURED THEM WITH THE TRUTH THAT
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  • EVEN THOUGH HE WAS GETTING READY TO LEAVE THEM,
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  • HE WOULD RETURN AGAIN TO TAKE THEM TO BE WITH HIM
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  • IN HIS FATHER'S HOUSE.
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  • NOW THAT'S THE BACKGROUND FOR JOHN 14.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 1-3, VERSES 1-3,
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  • THE TEACHING OF JOHN 14.
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  • JESUS SAID, "LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED;
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  • BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME.
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  • FOR IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY DWELLING PLACES.
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  • IF IT WERE NOT SO, I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU FOR I GO TO
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  • PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU; AND IF I GO AND PREPARE A
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  • PLACE FOR YOU, I WILL COME AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU TO
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  • MYSELF THAT WHERE I AM THERE YOU MAY BE ALSO."
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  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THREE KEY WORDS IN THIS PASSAGE
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  • THAT HELP US ANSWER THE QUESTION:
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  • IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE?
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  • FIRST OF ALL, THE WORD "TOPOS".
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  • TOPOS IN GREEK LITERALLY IT IS TRANSLATED "PLACES."
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  • HEAVEN IS A PLACE.
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  • JESUS SAYS THIS THREE TIMES IN VERSES 2-3,
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  • "I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU."
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  • NOW THIS GREEK WORD TOPOS IS THE ROOT WORD FOR OUR
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  • WORD "TOPOGRAPHY."
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  • WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TOPOGRAPHY;
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  • THAT IS THE ACT OF DETAILING THE ACTUAL
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  • PHYSICAL FEATURES OF LAND ON A MAP.
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  • WHEN JESUS SAID HEAVEN IS A PLACE,
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  • HE IS SAYING HEAVEN IS AN EXACT,
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  • GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.
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  • THAT'S WHY I TITLED THIS SERIES: A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • THAT COMES FROM THE LIPS OF JESUS HIMSELF.
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  • THE SECOND WORD IS THE GREEK WORD "MONE";
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  • THAT IS, "IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY 'MONE.'"
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  • IT'S TRANSLATED "DWELLING PLACES."
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  • THIS WORD MEANS THE HABITAT,
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  • THE LODGING, THE DOMICILE OF A PERSON.
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  • AGAIN, UNDERSCORING THE FACT THAT HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE.
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  • "IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY DWELLING PLACES."
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  • WHEN OUR TWO GIRLS WERE OLD ENOUGH THEY EACH GOT A
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  • ROOM FOR THEMSELVES, AND THEY WERE ALLOWED TO
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  • DECORATE THAT ROOM ALMOST ANY WAY THEY WANTED TO,
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  • BUT THEY COULD CHOOSE THE COLORS AND WHAT THEY
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  • WANTED IN THEIR ROOM.
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  • THAT ROOM WAS INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED FOR THEIR TASTES,
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  • AND THE BIBLE IS SAYING, JESUS IS SAYING: IN MY
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  • FATHER'S HOUSE THERE IS A PLACE DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU.
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  • IT'S CALLED THE DWELLING PLACE. HEAVEN.
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  • AND THEN THE THIRD SIGNIFICANT WORD HERE IS
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  • THE WORD "PREPARE."
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  • "I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU."
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  • GUESS WHAT.
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  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO PREPARE A STATE OF MIND.
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  • NO, THIS INDICATES JESUS IS IN HEAVEN RIGHT NOW
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  • PREPARING A FUTURE RESIDENCE FOR US.
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  • IT'S AN ACTUAL GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.
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  • NOW THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO SETTLE THE ISSUE
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  • WHETHER HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE,
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  • BUT LET ME TIE A BOW ON IT BY HAVING YOU
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  • TURN TO ACTS 1:9-11.
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  • REMEMBER AFTER JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED ON THE THIRD DAY
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  • HE AROSE FROM THE DEAD; HE SPENT 40 DAYS ON THE EARTH
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  • IN HIS NEW RESURRECTION BODY,
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  • BUT AT THE END OF THOSE 40 DAYS HE FULFILLED HIS
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  • PROMISE TO ASCEND BACK TO HIS FATHER IN HEAVEN AND
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  • HIS FOLLOWERS GATHERED WITH HIM ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
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  • THE MOUNT OF OLIVES IS A REAL GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.
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  • MANY OF US HAVE STOOD THERE BEFORE READING THIS PASSAGE.
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  • AND IT WAS AT THAT GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION,
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  • THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, OVERLOOKING THE CITY OF
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  • JERUSALEM THAT LUKE RECORDS WHAT HAPPENED.
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  • VERSE 9, "AND HE," THAT IS JESUS,
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  • "WAS LIFTED UP WHILE THEY," THAT IS THE
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  • DISCIPLES, "WERE LOOKING ON,
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  • AND A CLOUD RECEIVED HIM OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.
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  • AND AS THEY WERE GAZING INTENTLY INTO THE SKY
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  • WHILE HE WAS DEPARTING, BEHOLD,
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  • TWO MEN IN WHITE CLOTHING STOOD BESIDE THEM,
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  • AND THEY ALSO SAID, 'MEN OF GALILEE,
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  • WHY DO YOU STAND LOOKING INTO THE SKY?
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  • THIS JESUS WHO HAS BEEN TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO
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  • HEAVEN WILL COME IN JUST THE SAME WAY AS YOU HAVE
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  • WATCHED HIM GO INTO HEAVEN.'" NOW THIS IS SO
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  • SIMPLE BUT IT'S SO PROFOUND AT THE SAME TIME.
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  • JESUS WAS AT AN ACTUAL GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION,
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  • THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, AND HE ASCENDED INTO THIS
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  • PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • NOW CAN YOU THINK OF SOMEBODY WHO GOES FROM A
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  • GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION INTO A STATE OF MIND?
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  • THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE, DOES IT?
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  • YOU DON'T GO FROM A LOCATION TO A STATE OF
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  • MIND, BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED.
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  • JESUS WENT FROM ONE LOCATION,
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  • THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, TO ANOTHER LOCATION, HEAVEN.
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  • AND THEN THE ANGELS SAID ONE DAY JESUS IS GOING TO
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  • GO FROM THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
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  • A REAL LOCATION, TO A REAL PLACE BACK ON EARTH.
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  • YOU DON'T COME FROM A STATE OF MIND BACK TO A
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  • REAL PHYSICAL LOCATION.
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  • AND BY THE WAY, NOTICE THAT THE ANGELS SAID HE
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  • WILL DO IT IN JUST THE SAME WAY.
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  • JUST AS JESUS WAS LITERALLY AND VISIBLY
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  • BROUGHT FROM EARTH TO HEAVEN ONE DAY JESUS IS
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  • LITERALLY AND VISIBLY GOING TO RETURN FROM
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  • HEAVEN BACK TO EARTH.
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  • WHEN JESUS COMES, AS SOME PAGAN,
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  • SO-CALLED CHRISTIANS SAY, THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS
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  • ISN'T WHEN HE COMES INTO YOUR HEART - I HEARD A
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  • WELL-KNOWN PREACHER FROM ANOTHER DENOMINATION SAY,
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  • "NOW, THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS IS WHEN HE COMES
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  • INTO YOUR HEART."
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  • OBVIOUSLY HE NEVER CAME INTO THAT PREACHER'S HEART
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  • BECAUSE HE WOULD KNOW THE TRUTH.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS HE IS COMING BACK VISIBLY,
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  • LITERALLY AND WHEN HE COMES EVERY KNEE WILL BOW
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  • AND EVERY TONGUE WILL CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.
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  • HEAVEN IS A GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.
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  • BUT OF COURSE THAT BRINGS UP THE QUESTION: WELL
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  • WHERE THEN IS THIS PLACE CALLED HEAVEN?
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  • WHERE IS IT? CAN YOU LOCATE IT ON A MAP?
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  • WHERE IS THIS PLACE CALLED HEAVEN?
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  • THOMAS HAD THAT QUESTION.
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  • AFTER JESUS SAID, "I'M GOING TO PREPARE A PLACE
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  • FOR YOU," THOMAS ASKED THE QUESTION IN VERSE 5,
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  • "LORD, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING.
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  • HOW CAN WE KNOW THE WAY?"
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  • THAT'S A LOGICAL QUESTION.
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  • YOU'VE TOLD US YOU'RE GOING TO THE FATHER'S
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  • HOUSE - WHERE IS THAT?
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  • AND BY THE WAY, HOW DO YOU GET THERE?
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  • AND SO JESUS HELPED THE DISCIPLES RECALIBRATE
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  • THEIR SPIRITUAL GPS.
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  • HE SAID: YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN?
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  • VERSE 6, "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH,
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  • AND THE LIFE; NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME."
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  • YOU WANT TO GET TO MY FATHER'S HOUSE,
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  • THIS PLACE CALLED HEAVEN?
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  • FOLLOW ME.
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  • HE TOLD US WHERE IT IS OR HOW TO GET THERE,
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  • THE WAY, BUT HOW DID HE ANSWER THE QUESTION "WHERE."
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  • WHERE IS THIS PLACE CALLED HEAVEN?
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  • WELL WE HAVE A FEW CLUES IN THE BIBLE ABOUT WHERE
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  • THIS PLACE CALLED HEAVEN IS.
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  • NOW THERE ARE ONLY CLUES, BUT WE CAN PUT SOME THINGS
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  • TOGETHER IF WE LOOK AT THE CLUES.
  • 00:11:22.220 --> 00:11:24.200
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE BIBLE SEEMS TO INDICATE HEAVEN IS UP.
  • 00:11:24.210 --> 00:11:29.280
  • WHEREVER IT IS, IT'S UP.
  • 00:11:29.290 --> 00:11:33.050
  • HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?
  • 00:11:33.060 --> 00:11:35.120
  • SATAN TOLD US SO.
  • 00:11:35.130 --> 00:11:37.100
  • NOW I KNOW, YOU CAN'T DEPEND ON SATAN FOR A LOT
  • 00:11:37.110 --> 00:11:40.160
  • OF THINGS; MOST OF THE TIME HE IS A LIAR,
  • 00:11:40.170 --> 00:11:43.080
  • BUT, YOU KNOW, JUST KIND OF LIKE A BROKEN CLOCK IS
  • 00:11:43.090 --> 00:11:46.010
  • RIGHT AT LEAST TWICE A DAY,
  • 00:11:46.020 --> 00:11:47.120
  • SATAN IS RIGHT ABOUT A FEW THINGS.
  • 00:11:47.130 --> 00:11:49.170
  • HE TELLS US A FEW THINGS.
  • 00:11:49.180 --> 00:11:51.060
  • IN ISAIAH 14:13 WHEN SATAN MOUNTED HIS REBELLION
  • 00:11:51.070 --> 00:11:55.000
  • AGAINST GOD, HE SAID, "I, LUCIFER,
  • 00:11:55.010 --> 00:11:57.200
  • WILL ASCEND TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:11:57.210 --> 00:12:00.070
  • I WILL RAISE MY THRONE ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD."
  • 00:12:00.080 --> 00:12:04.140
  • WHEREVER THE THRONE OF GOD IS, IT'S UP.
  • 00:12:04.150 --> 00:12:06.160
  • HE SAID: I'M GOING TO ASCEND TO WHERE YOU ARE, GOD.
  • 00:12:06.170 --> 00:12:10.010
  • GO BACK TO ACTS 1:9 FOR A MOMENT.
  • 00:12:10.020 --> 00:12:13.120
  • THE BIBLE SAYS, DOCTOR LUKE RECORDS JESUS WAS
  • 00:12:13.130 --> 00:12:16.120
  • LIFTED WHERE? UP.
  • 00:12:16.130 --> 00:12:18.050
  • HE WENT UP, WHILE THEY, THE DISCIPLES,
  • 00:12:18.060 --> 00:12:21.260
  • WERE LOOKING ON AND A CLOUD RECEIVED HIM
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:24.070
  • OUT OF THEIR SIGHT.
  • 00:12:24.080 --> 00:12:25.050
  • SO WE CAN SAY HEAVEN, WHEREVER IT IS, IS UP.
  • 00:12:25.060 --> 00:12:28.130
  • SECONDLY, THE BIBLE INDICATES HEAVEN IS NORTH.
  • 00:12:28.140 --> 00:12:32.010
  • NOW, WE CAN'T MAKE TOO MUCH OUT OF THIS,
  • 00:12:32.020 --> 00:12:35.270
  • BUT THERE IS SOME INDICATION IT'S NORTH.
  • 00:12:35.280 --> 00:12:38.040
  • OF COURSE NORTH IS A DIFFERENT DIRECTION
  • 00:12:38.050 --> 00:12:39.200
  • DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU'RE STANDING,
  • 00:12:39.210 --> 00:12:41.010
  • BUT NORTH IS WHERE HEAVEN IS.
  • 00:12:41.020 --> 00:12:43.010
  • AGAIN, GO BACK TO LUCIFER IN ISAIAH 14:13,
  • 00:12:43.020 --> 00:12:46.110
  • "AND I, LUCIFER, WILL SIT ON THE MOUNT OF ASSEMBLY
  • 00:12:46.120 --> 00:12:50.010
  • IN THE RECESSES OF THE NORTH."
  • 00:12:50.020 --> 00:12:53.190
  • EVEN JOB SAID IN JOB 37:22,
  • 00:12:53.200 --> 00:12:56.100
  • "OUT OF THE NORTH COMES GOLDEN SPLENDOR,
  • 00:12:56.110 --> 00:12:59.090
  • AROUND GOD IS AWESOME MAJESTY."
  • 00:12:59.100 --> 00:13:03.120
  • HEAVEN IS UP; IN SOME SENSE IT TENDS TO BE
  • 00:13:03.130 --> 00:13:06.000
  • NORTH, BUT SOME PEOPLE WONDER: WELL,
  • 00:13:06.010 --> 00:13:08.190
  • IS THIS PLACE CALLED HEAVEN A PLACE THAT
  • 00:13:08.200 --> 00:13:11.230
  • ACTUALLY EXISTS IN A TIME/SPACE SITUATION EVEN
  • 00:13:11.240 --> 00:13:15.170
  • THOUGH IT MAY BE A GAZILLION MILES AWAY?
  • 00:13:15.180 --> 00:13:17.170
  • IS IT A PLACE IN THIS UNIVERSE OR IS PERHAPS
  • 00:13:17.180 --> 00:13:21.270
  • HEAVEN EXISTING IN SOME OTHER DIMENSION THAT WE
  • 00:13:21.280 --> 00:13:26.030
  • CAN'T EVEN SEE RIGHT NOW?
  • 00:13:26.040 --> 00:13:28.000
  • IS THAT WHAT HEAVEN IS?
  • 00:13:28.010 --> 00:13:29.030
  • IT'S JUST A WHOLE OTHER REALM OF EXISTENCE THAT WE
  • 00:13:29.040 --> 00:13:32.230
  • CAN'T SEE RIGHT NOW?
  • 00:13:32.240 --> 00:13:34.080
  • I READ WITH GREAT INTEREST THIS WEEK THAT ANALYSTS
  • 00:13:34.090 --> 00:13:37.290
  • FROM THE BANK OF AMERICA, ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED
  • 00:13:38.000 --> 00:13:41.290
  • FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE WORLD,
  • 00:13:42.000 --> 00:13:43.290
  • ANALYSTS FROM THE BANK OF AMERICA SAID THERE IS AT
  • 00:13:44.000 --> 00:13:46.130
  • LEAST A 50% CHANCE THAT RIGHT NOW WE ARE LIVING IN
  • 00:13:46.140 --> 00:13:52.130
  • A COMPUTER-GENERATED VIRTUAL REALITY GAME THAT
  • 00:13:52.140 --> 00:13:57.020
  • WAS CREATED BY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.
  • 00:13:57.030 --> 00:13:59.180
  • THESE ARE THE PEOPLE HANDLING OUR MONEY.
  • 00:14:01.260 --> 00:14:03.190
  • 00:14:03.200 --> 00:14:07.010
  • HOPE I DON'T MAKE VIRTUAL DEPOSITS THAT DISAPPEAR,
  • 00:14:07.020 --> 00:14:09.280
  • YOU KNOW, AND GO OFF SOME PLACE,
  • 00:14:09.290 --> 00:14:12.060
  • BUT THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SAYING.
  • 00:14:12.070 --> 00:14:13.290
  • SAYING WE'RE IN THIS COMPUTER-GENERATED VIRTUAL
  • 00:14:14.000 --> 00:14:17.100
  • REALITY GAME THAT'S CREATED BY ARTIFICIAL
  • 00:14:17.110 --> 00:14:19.220
  • INTELLIGENCE AND THE WORST THING IS BECAUSE WE'RE
  • 00:14:19.230 --> 00:14:21.290
  • INSIDE THE GAME WE'LL NEVER KNOW THAT WE'RE
  • 00:14:22.000 --> 00:14:23.260
  • INSIDE THE GAME.
  • 00:14:23.270 --> 00:14:25.170
  • OR SOME PEOPLE WONDER: WELL IS HEAVEN LIKE THAT?
  • 00:14:25.180 --> 00:14:28.030
  • IS IT JUST IN A WHOLE DIFFERENT DIMENSION THAT
  • 00:14:28.040 --> 00:14:30.230
  • WE CAN'T SEE RIGHT NOW?
  • 00:14:30.240 --> 00:14:33.130
  • WELL TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION,
  • 00:14:33.140 --> 00:14:35.010
  • AND THIS IS THE FOUNDATION OF THIS MESSAGE,
  • 00:14:35.020 --> 00:14:37.290
  • WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE
  • 00:14:38.000 --> 00:14:40.270
  • PRESENT HEAVEN AND THE FUTURE HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:40.280 --> 00:14:44.210
  • THIS WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE;
  • 00:14:44.220 --> 00:14:47.040
  • IT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT AWAITS YOU
  • 00:14:47.050 --> 00:14:49.030
  • AS WELL AND YOUR LOVED ONES WHO ARE CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:14:49.040 --> 00:14:51.200
  • THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRESENT HEAVEN
  • 00:14:51.210 --> 00:14:54.160
  • AND THE FUTURE HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:54.170 --> 00:14:55.190
  • LET'S TALK ABOUT THE PRESENT HEAVEN FOR JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:14:55.200 --> 00:14:58.250
  • RIGHT NOW IN THE PRESENT WORLD THERE ARE ACTUALLY
  • 00:14:58.260 --> 00:15:03.010
  • THREE HEAVENS THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT.
  • 00:15:03.020 --> 00:15:06.100
  • THE FIRST HEAVEN IS THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE.
  • 00:15:06.110 --> 00:15:10.020
  • THAT IS THE AIR WE BREATHE.
  • 00:15:10.030 --> 00:15:11.180
  • THAT'S WHERE THE BIRDS AND THE JET LINERS FLY,
  • 00:15:11.190 --> 00:15:15.230
  • THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE.
  • 00:15:15.240 --> 00:15:17.190
  • THAT'S THE FIRST HEAVEN.
  • 00:15:17.200 --> 00:15:20.060
  • THE SECOND HEAVEN IN THE BIBLE IS OUTER SPACE WHERE
  • 00:15:20.070 --> 00:15:23.290
  • THE STARS, THE PLANETS, THE GALAXIES EXIST,
  • 00:15:24.000 --> 00:15:27.190
  • BUT THERE IS A THIRD HEAVEN RIGHT NOW THAT IS
  • 00:15:27.200 --> 00:15:31.280
  • THE ABODE OF GOD.
  • 00:15:31.290 --> 00:15:33.260
  • IT'S WHERE GOD IS, THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
  • 00:15:33.270 --> 00:15:36.200
  • THAT'S THE THIRD HEAVEN.
  • 00:15:36.210 --> 00:15:39.200
  • BY THE WAY, IN 2 CORINTHIANS 12 PAUL SAID
  • 00:15:39.210 --> 00:15:42.200
  • THAT HE HAD AN EXPERIENCE IN WHICH HE WAS CAUGHT UP
  • 00:15:42.210 --> 00:15:46.100
  • INTO THE THIRD HEAVEN AND HE WAS TOLD,
  • 00:15:46.110 --> 00:15:49.140
  • HE SAW MARVELOUS THINGS, BUT HE WAS TOLD TO WRITE
  • 00:15:49.150 --> 00:15:51.170
  • DOWN NONE OF THOSE THINGS, AND HE CAME BACK TO EARTH.
  • 00:15:51.180 --> 00:15:54.020
  • IT MADE A PROFOUND IMPACT ON HIS LIFE.
  • 00:15:54.030 --> 00:15:57.020
  • NEXT WEEK WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS: HAVE
  • 00:15:57.030 --> 00:15:59.110
  • SOME PEOPLE ALREADY BEEN TO HEAVEN AND COME BACK AGAIN?
  • 00:15:59.120 --> 00:16:02.090
  • WHAT ABOUT THESE PEOPLE WHO DIE OR NEARLY DIE,
  • 00:16:02.100 --> 00:16:06.030
  • TAKE A BRIEF TOUR OF HEAVEN,
  • 00:16:06.040 --> 00:16:07.090
  • AND COME BACK AND WRITE A BEST-SELLING BOOK ABOUT IT?
  • 00:16:07.100 --> 00:16:09.290
  • ARE THOSE EXPERIENCES REAL?
  • 00:16:10.000 --> 00:16:12.060
  • ARE THEY FRAUDULENT?
  • 00:16:12.070 --> 00:16:13.180
  • WHAT ARE WE TO MAKE OF IT?
  • 00:16:13.190 --> 00:16:14.230
  • WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT NEXT WEEK,
  • 00:16:14.240 --> 00:16:16.290
  • BUT PAUL HAD AN EXPERIENCE IN WHICH HE AT LEAST WAS
  • 00:16:17.000 --> 00:16:19.150
  • CAUGHT UP TO THE THIRD HEAVEN WHERE GOD IS.
  • 00:16:19.160 --> 00:16:23.220
  • BY THE WAY THIS THIRD HEAVEN IS THE PLACE YOU
  • 00:16:23.230 --> 00:16:26.120
  • AND I GO WHEN WE DIE.
  • 00:16:26.130 --> 00:16:28.090
  • IF WE'RE A CHRISTIAN WE GO INTO THE PRESENCE,
  • 00:16:28.100 --> 00:16:31.010
  • THE ABODE OF GOD.
  • 00:16:31.020 --> 00:16:32.150
  • 2 CORINTHIANS 5:8 SAYS FOR A CHRISTIAN,
  • 00:16:32.160 --> 00:16:35.000
  • "TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:37.060
  • BE AT HOME WITH THE LORD."
  • 00:16:37.070 --> 00:16:38.290
  • THE MOMENT WE DIE, OR CHRISTIAN WE KNOW DIES,
  • 00:16:39.000 --> 00:16:42.150
  • HE GOES TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
  • 00:16:42.160 --> 00:16:45.280
  • BUT THAT IS ALL PART OF THE PRESENT HEAVEN,
  • 00:16:45.290 --> 00:16:49.080
  • THE THIRD HEAVEN, AND EVEN THOUGH WE AS CHRISTIANS GO
  • 00:16:49.090 --> 00:16:53.210
  • TO BE WITH GOD THAT IS NOT OUR
  • 00:16:53.220 --> 00:16:57.080
  • PERMANENT ETERNAL DWELLING PLACE.
  • 00:16:57.090 --> 00:17:00.150
  • AS WE'RE GOING TO SEE IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS HEAVEN
  • 00:17:00.160 --> 00:17:03.080
  • FOR US, OUR FINAL RESIDENCE IS NOT UP THERE,
  • 00:17:03.090 --> 00:17:07.100
  • IT'S RIGHT DOWN HERE ON THE EARTH.
  • 00:17:07.110 --> 00:17:10.050
  • AND THAT LEADS ME TO THE FUTURE HEAVEN THAT GOD IS
  • 00:17:10.060 --> 00:17:13.110
  • PREPARING FOR US RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:17:13.120 --> 00:17:15.170
  • THERE IS A FUTURE HEAVEN, A FOURTH HEAVEN IF YOU
  • 00:17:15.180 --> 00:17:18.250
  • WILL, THAT JESUS IS CONSTRUCTING
  • 00:17:18.260 --> 00:17:21.190
  • FOR US RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:17:21.200 --> 00:17:23.060
  • RIGHT NOW, JESUS SAID, I'M GOING TO BE WITH THE
  • 00:17:23.070 --> 00:17:25.080
  • FATHER, I AM PREPARING A PLACE FOR YOU.
  • 00:17:25.090 --> 00:17:29.010
  • RIGHT NOW JESUS IS OVERSEEING WHAT I CALL THE
  • 00:17:29.020 --> 00:17:32.250
  • ULTIMATE IN PREFAB HOUSING.
  • 00:17:32.260 --> 00:17:35.140
  • HE'S BUILDING A CITY FOR US TO LIVE IN.
  • 00:17:35.150 --> 00:17:38.090
  • IT'S CALLED THE NEW JERUSALEM,
  • 00:17:38.100 --> 00:17:40.080
  • AND ONE DAY THAT CITY THAT IS BEING BUILT WHERE GOD
  • 00:17:40.090 --> 00:17:44.040
  • IS GOING TO DESCEND OUT OF THE THIRD HEAVEN AND COME
  • 00:17:44.050 --> 00:17:48.160
  • DOWN TO A NEWLY RECREATED EARTH.
  • 00:17:48.170 --> 00:17:51.140
  • TURN OVER TO REVELATION 21.
  • 00:17:51.150 --> 00:17:54.100
  • REVELATION 21.
  • 00:17:54.110 --> 00:17:57.140
  • WE'RE GOING TO STAY IN THESE CHAPTERS FOR THE
  • 00:17:57.150 --> 00:18:01.140
  • REMAINDER OF THE MESSAGE AS WE TALK ABOUT THE
  • 00:18:01.150 --> 00:18:04.160
  • FUTURE HEAVEN, YOUR ETERNAL DWELLING PLACE.
  • 00:18:04.170 --> 00:18:08.120
  • NOW LET ME GIVE YOU A 120 SECOND REVIEW OF BIBLE
  • 00:18:08.130 --> 00:18:11.230
  • PROPHECY SO YOU UNDERSTAND THE SETTING OF THIS.
  • 00:18:11.240 --> 00:18:14.210
  • WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN OUR SERIES,
  • 00:18:14.220 --> 00:18:16.130
  • PERFECT ENDING.
  • 00:18:16.140 --> 00:18:17.250
  • REMEMBER RIGHT NOW THIS CURRENT AGE WHERE WE'RE
  • 00:18:17.260 --> 00:18:21.000
  • LIVING, WE ARE WAITING THE NEXT GREAT EVENT ON GOD'S
  • 00:18:21.010 --> 00:18:23.280
  • PROPHETIC TIMETABLE.
  • 00:18:23.290 --> 00:18:25.030
  • IT IS THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH WHEN ALL BELIEVERS
  • 00:18:25.040 --> 00:18:27.290
  • WHO ARE ALIVE WILL BE CAUGHT UP TO
  • 00:18:28.000 --> 00:18:29.100
  • MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR.
  • 00:18:29.110 --> 00:18:30.180
  • THAT'S THE THIRD HEAVEN WHERE GOD IS RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:18:30.190 --> 00:18:34.080
  • THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AT THE RAPTURE.
  • 00:18:34.090 --> 00:18:36.100
  • THE RAPTURE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE LAST 7
  • 00:18:36.110 --> 00:18:38.220
  • YEARS OF EARTH'S HISTORY CALLED THE GREAT TRIBULATION.
  • 00:18:38.230 --> 00:18:42.030
  • GOD POURS OUT HIS JUDGMENT ON THE WORLD.
  • 00:18:42.040 --> 00:18:44.170
  • THE CLIMAX OF THAT 7 YEARS WILL BE THE BATTLE OF
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:47.100
  • ARMAGEDDON AND THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:18:47.110 --> 00:18:50.170
  • JESUS RETURNS TO EARTH.
  • 00:18:50.180 --> 00:18:52.160
  • HE SETS UP HIS MILLENNIAL 1.000-YEAR REIGN ON THE EARTH.
  • 00:18:52.170 --> 00:18:56.120
  • THE EARTH IS IMPROVED, BUT IT'S NOT RECREATED AT THAT TIME.
  • 00:18:56.130 --> 00:18:59.250
  • IT'S BASICALLY THE PRESENT WORLD WE'RE LIVING IN WITH
  • 00:18:59.260 --> 00:19:02.250
  • SOME IMPROVEMENTS.
  • 00:19:02.260 --> 00:19:04.020
  • THAT IS THE RENOVATED EARTH.
  • 00:19:04.030 --> 00:19:06.100
  • AT THE END OF THE 1.000 YEARS THERE'S THE GREAT
  • 00:19:06.110 --> 00:19:09.120
  • WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT IN WHICH ALL UNBELIEVERS ARE
  • 00:19:09.130 --> 00:19:11.290
  • JUDGED AND CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.
  • 00:19:12.000 --> 00:19:14.210
  • AND ONCE ALL OF THAT HAS HAPPENED THEN THE FIRE OF
  • 00:19:14.220 --> 00:19:18.080
  • GOD'S JUDGMENT DESTROYS THE PRESENT HEAVEN AND
  • 00:19:18.090 --> 00:19:20.280
  • EARTH, AND LOOK AT WHAT JOHN SEES IN REVELATION 21:1-2.
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:26.050
  • JOHN SAYS, "AND I SAW A NEW HEAVEN," A NEW HEAVEN,
  • 00:19:26.060 --> 00:19:30.210
  • THAT'S THE FOURTH HEAVEN, THE FUTURE HEAVEN I TALKED
  • 00:19:30.220 --> 00:19:33.000
  • ABOUT, THE ONE THAT JESUS IS WORKING ON NOW.
  • 00:19:33.010 --> 00:19:35.090
  • "I SAW A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH FOR THE FIRST
  • 00:19:35.100 --> 00:19:39.260
  • HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH PASSED AWAY AND THERE'S NO
  • 00:19:39.270 --> 00:19:42.010
  • LONGER ANY SEA, AND I SAW THE HOLY CITY,
  • 00:19:42.020 --> 00:19:44.280
  • THE NEW JERUSALEM," THAT'S WHAT JESUS IS WORKING ON
  • 00:19:44.290 --> 00:19:48.080
  • NOW, "THE NEW JERUSALEM COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN
  • 00:19:48.090 --> 00:19:52.210
  • FROM GOD MADE READY AS A BRIDE ADORNED FOR HER HUSBAND."
  • 00:19:52.220 --> 00:19:57.210
  • THE NEW HEAVEN, THE NEW JERUSALEM THAT JESUS IS
  • 00:19:57.220 --> 00:20:01.030
  • CREATING FOR US IS GOING TO COME OUT OF THE CURRENT
  • 00:20:01.040 --> 00:20:04.220
  • HEAVEN AND REST ON THE NEWLY RECREATED EARTH,
  • 00:20:04.230 --> 00:20:08.030
  • AND THAT IS OUR FUTURE AND PERMANENT HOME
  • 00:20:08.040 --> 00:20:11.210
  • RIGHT HERE ON EARTH.
  • 00:20:11.220 --> 00:20:13.110
  • NOW MAYBE THE CONCEPT OF A PRESENT HEAVEN AND A
  • 00:20:13.120 --> 00:20:16.150
  • FUTURE HEAVEN IS A LITTLE BIT CONFUSING TO YOU.
  • 00:20:16.160 --> 00:20:19.000
  • LET ME ILLUSTRATE IT FOR YOU THIS WAY: LET'S SAY
  • 00:20:19.010 --> 00:20:22.000
  • THAT YOU HAVE THIS DREAM THAT ONE DAY WHEN YOU
  • 00:20:22.010 --> 00:20:24.290
  • RETIRE YOU'RE GOING TO MOVE TO THE CITY WHERE ALL
  • 00:20:25.000 --> 00:20:28.070
  • OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ARE.
  • 00:20:28.080 --> 00:20:30.250
  • FOR YOU THAT WILL BE HEAVEN TO BE WITH YOUR
  • 00:20:30.260 --> 00:20:33.230
  • CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN,
  • 00:20:33.240 --> 00:20:35.030
  • THE SAME CITY, IT'S HEAVEN FOR YOU.
  • 00:20:35.040 --> 00:20:37.040
  • OF COURSE IT'LL BE HELL FOR THEM,
  • 00:20:37.050 --> 00:20:38.140
  • BUT THAT'S ANOTHER SERMON THAT WE'LL GET TO, YOU KNOW.
  • 00:20:38.150 --> 00:20:41.150
  • BUT FOR YOU, THAT'S A GREAT THOUGHT THAT YOU
  • 00:20:41.160 --> 00:20:43.160
  • WOULD ACTUALLY BE WITH THEM.
  • 00:20:43.170 --> 00:20:44.220
  • SO THE DAY OF YOUR RETIREMENT COMES AND YOU
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:47.060
  • GO TO THAT CITY, AND YOU DECIDE YOU WANT TO
  • 00:20:47.070 --> 00:20:50.270
  • CONSTRUCT YOUR RETIREMENT HOME.
  • 00:20:50.280 --> 00:20:53.000
  • YOU FIND A LITTLE PLACE BY THE LAKE,
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:54.220
  • A PIECE OF LAND AND YOU BUY IT.
  • 00:20:54.230 --> 00:20:56.170
  • YOU'RE GOING TO BUILD THE HOME OF YOUR DREAMS THERE.
  • 00:20:56.180 --> 00:20:59.060
  • WHILE THAT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IS GOING ON YOU'VE
  • 00:20:59.070 --> 00:21:01.260
  • GOT TO HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE,
  • 00:21:01.270 --> 00:21:03.130
  • SO YOU RENT A CONDOMINIUM.
  • 00:21:03.140 --> 00:21:04.250
  • YOU RENT AN APARTMENT, AND IT'S NICE,
  • 00:21:04.260 --> 00:21:06.240
  • AND IT'S COMFORTABLE, BUT IT'S NOT YOUR PERMANENT
  • 00:21:06.250 --> 00:21:09.240
  • DWELLING PLACE.
  • 00:21:09.250 --> 00:21:11.040
  • YOU HAVE A PRESENT HOME, BUT YOU ALSO
  • 00:21:11.050 --> 00:21:13.240
  • HAVE A FUTURE HOME.
  • 00:21:13.250 --> 00:21:15.240
  • NOW THE SAME THING IS TRUE FOR CHRISTIANS WHEN THEY DIE.
  • 00:21:15.250 --> 00:21:18.230
  • WHEN WE DIE, RIGHT NOW, WE GO INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
  • 00:21:18.240 --> 00:21:21.270
  • WE DON'T SLEEP.
  • 00:21:21.280 --> 00:21:23.070
  • WE'RE AWAKE, WE'RE AWARE, WE'RE WITH OUR LOVED ONES,
  • 00:21:23.080 --> 00:21:26.140
  • BUT IT'S ONLY A TEMPORARY PLACE.
  • 00:21:26.150 --> 00:21:29.120
  • GOD IS BUILDING A PERMANENT HOME FOR US
  • 00:21:29.130 --> 00:21:31.220
  • RIGHT NOW, THIS PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
  • 00:21:31.230 --> 00:21:33.260
  • THAT WILL COME OUT OF HEAVEN BACK TO EARTH ONE DAY.
  • 00:21:33.270 --> 00:21:38.010
  • AND THAT'S WHAT JOHN SAW HERE.
  • 00:21:38.020 --> 00:21:40.140
  • NOW LET ME GIVE YOU SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS
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  • FUTURE HEAVEN THAT WILL BE OUR ETERNAL PLACE,
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  • AND ALL OF THIS COMES STRAIGHT FROM SCRIPTURE.
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  • REVELATION 21-22.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, JOHN SAYS OUR FUTURE HOME WILL BE NEW.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 1, "I SAW A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW
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  • EARTH, FOR THE FIRST HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH
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  • PASSED AWAY AND THERE IS NO LONGER ANY SEA."
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  • WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT GOD COMPLETELY DESTROY
  • 00:22:09.070 --> 00:22:12.180
  • THIS PRESENT HEAVEN AND EARTH?
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  • WHY CAN'T HE, YOU KNOW, JUST HAVE A LITTLE
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  • RENOVATION PROJECT OF THIS EARTH,
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  • MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT BETTER,
  • 00:22:19.110 --> 00:22:20.160
  • KIND OF DO A FEW UPGRADES HERE AND THERE?
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  • THERE IS ONE REASON GOD HAS TO
  • 00:22:23.140 --> 00:22:24.290
  • DESTROY EVERYTHING AROUND US.
  • 00:22:25.000 --> 00:22:26.270
  • IT'S A LITTLE THREE-LETTER WORD: SIN.
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  • MUSIC
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  • GOD IS PREPARING A PLACE IN HEAVEN RIGHT NOW FOR
  • 00:22:35.210 --> 00:22:39.040
  • THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIM.
  • 00:22:39.050 --> 00:22:40.220
  • THAT IS SUCH AN ENCOURAGING PROMISE
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  • FROM GOD'S WORD!
  • 00:22:43.140 --> 00:22:45.030
  • WELL, THERE'S A LOT MORE TO COVER IN THIS PASSAGE
  • 00:22:45.040 --> 00:22:47.140
  • ON IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE OR A SIMPLY STATE OF MIND.
  • 00:22:47.150 --> 00:22:52.220
  • BUT JUST BEFORE WE WRAP UP TODAY'S PROGRAM,
  • 00:22:52.230 --> 00:22:55.030
  • LET ME URGE YOU TO GET IN TOUCH WITH
  • 00:22:55.040 --> 00:22:57.120
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY TO REQUEST A HELPFUL RESOURCE.
  • 00:22:57.130 --> 00:23:00.250
  • IT'S A BROCHURE CALLED, WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS
  • 00:23:00.260 --> 00:23:04.020
  • TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:04.030 --> 00:23:06.060
  • AND IT'S DESIGNED TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE
  • 00:23:06.070 --> 00:23:08.150
  • TEACHINGS OF OTHER WORLD RELIGIONS THAT BELIEVE
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:11.150
  • DIFFERENTLY THAN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:11.160 --> 00:23:14.250
  • A COPY OF WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH ABOUT
  • 00:23:14.260 --> 00:23:18.070
  • HEAVEN IS MY GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US
  • 00:23:18.080 --> 00:23:22.000
  • TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • SIMPLY GO TO PTV.ORG.
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  • NOW STAY RIGHT HERE I'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • MUSIC
  • 00:23:32.000 --> 00:23:34.050
  • AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER,
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  • MY HEART IS TRULY BURDENED FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
  • 00:23:36.100 --> 00:23:39.120
  • OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN NEED JESUS
  • 00:23:39.130 --> 00:23:41.250
  • CHRIST AND THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:23:41.260 --> 00:23:44.220
  • WHICH IS WHY I'M PLEASED TO BRING YOU MY BRAND-NEW
  • 00:23:44.230 --> 00:23:47.160
  • BOOK FOR CHILDREN, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS.
  • 00:23:47.170 --> 00:23:50.270
  • THIS BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK USES
  • 00:23:50.280 --> 00:23:54.080
  • SIMPLE CONCEPTS AND LANGUAGE YOUNG CHILDREN
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  • CAN UNDERSTAND WHILE ANSWERING TEN COMMONLY
  • 00:23:57.010 --> 00:23:59.150
  • ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:59.160 --> 00:24:00.250
  • THE BOOK EVEN CLOSES WITH A SALVATION PRAYER YOU CAN
  • 00:24:00.260 --> 00:24:04.020
  • PRAY WITH YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD TO ENSURE THAT
  • 00:24:04.030 --> 00:24:06.280
  • THEY WILL BE WITH YOU IN HEAVEN ONE DAY.
  • 00:24:06.290 --> 00:24:09.130
  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
  • 00:24:12.170 --> 00:24:14.280
  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:14.290 --> 00:24:17.100
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS 75 DOLLARS OR MORE,
  • 00:24:17.110 --> 00:24:20.080
  • WE'LL ALSO INCLUDE DR. JEFFRESS'S ORIGINAL,
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  • FULL-LENGTH BOOK, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN ALONG WITH
  • 00:24:22.220 --> 00:24:25.260
  • THE COMPLETE TEACHING SERIES FOR A PLACE CALLED
  • 00:24:25.270 --> 00:24:28.050
  • HEAVEN ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:28.060 --> 00:24:30.200
  • FAILING TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE FOR THE REAL TRIP
  • 00:24:30.210 --> 00:24:33.280
  • WE'RE ALL TAKING, FOR THAT TRIP TO THE PLACE CALLED
  • 00:24:33.290 --> 00:24:36.110
  • HEAVEN, NOT PREPARING ADEQUATELY CAN HAVE
  • 00:24:36.120 --> 00:24:40.000
  • DEVASTATING AND UNENDING CONSEQUENCES.
  • 00:24:40.010 --> 00:24:44.050
  • WE'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED FOR THE TRIP.
  • 00:24:44.060 --> 00:24:47.010
  • WHEN YOU INVEST IN PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:24:47.020 --> 00:24:49.160
  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN, WOMEN,
  • 00:24:49.170 --> 00:24:50.230
  • AND CHILDREN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR THE
  • 00:24:50.240 --> 00:24:53.100
  • CLEAR GOSPEL MESSAGE AND CATCH A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:24:53.110 --> 00:24:57.090
  • SO, PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE GENEROUSLY.
  • 00:24:57.100 --> 00:24:59.150
  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFT TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS WITH
  • 00:24:59.160 --> 00:25:02.140
  • THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD!
  • 00:25:02.150 --> 00:25:04.260
  • TODAY WE'RE ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTION: IS
  • 00:25:07.190 --> 00:25:10.180
  • HEAVEN A REAL PLACE?
  • 00:25:10.190 --> 00:25:12.040
  • OR, IS IT SIMPLY A STATE OF MIND?
  • 00:25:12.050 --> 00:25:14.240
  • SO FAR, I THINK IT'S PRETTY CLEAR THAT HEAVEN
  • 00:25:14.250 --> 00:25:17.000
  • IS INDEED A REAL, GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.
  • 00:25:17.010 --> 00:25:20.140
  • THE QUESTION THAT FOLLOWS, THEN,
  • 00:25:20.150 --> 00:25:22.290
  • IS WHAT WILL THAT REAL, PHYSICAL LOCATION BE LIKE?
  • 00:25:23.000 --> 00:25:27.020
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'LL LOOK AT SEVERAL FASCINATING
  • 00:25:27.030 --> 00:25:30.010
  • CHARACTERISTICS ABOUT THE NEW HEAVEN THAT JESUS IS
  • 00:25:30.020 --> 00:25:33.180
  • PREPARING FOR US AT THIS VERY MOMENT ALONG WITH ITS
  • 00:25:33.190 --> 00:25:37.120
  • CAPITOL CITY, THE NEW JERUSALEM.
  • 00:25:37.130 --> 00:25:40.100
  • NOW STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT MESSAGE.
  • 00:25:40.110 --> 00:25:44.060
  • MUSIC
  • 00:25:44.070 --> 00:25:46.000
  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
  • 00:25:46.010 --> 00:25:48.030
  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:48.040 --> 00:25:50.100
  • WE'LL SAY "THANKS" BY SENDING YOU A COPY OF
  • 00:25:50.110 --> 00:25:52.120
  • DR. JEFFRESS'S BRAND-NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK,
  • 00:25:52.130 --> 00:25:54.090
  • A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS.
  • 00:25:54.100 --> 00:25:56.250
  • PLUS, THE BROCHURE ABOUT "WHAT 7 WORLD RELIGIONS
  • 00:25:56.260 --> 00:25:59.190
  • TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN" IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR
  • 00:25:59.200 --> 00:26:02.150
  • CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:02.160 --> 00:26:05.030
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS 75 DOLLARS OR MORE,
  • 00:26:05.040 --> 00:26:07.270
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN
  • 00:26:07.280 --> 00:26:10.080
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:10.090 --> 00:26:13.160
  • THAT ALONG WITH A COPY OF DR. JEFFRESS'S ORIGINAL
  • 00:26:13.170 --> 00:26:16.030
  • BEST-SELLING BOOK, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:26:16.040 --> 00:26:18.120
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOUR
  • 00:26:18.130 --> 00:26:20.280
  • GENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:20.290 --> 00:26:22.030
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING,
  • 00:26:22.040 --> 00:26:23.170
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY!
  • 00:26:23.180 --> 00:26:25.170
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
  • 00:26:25.180 --> 00:26:28.220
  • GOD IS CREATING HEAVEN RIGHT NOW WITH YOU IN MIND.
  • 00:26:28.230 --> 00:26:33.280
  • C. S. LEWIS SAID IT THIS WAY: YOUR PLACE IN HEAVEN WILL
  • 00:26:33.290 --> 00:26:37.090
  • SEEM TO BE MADE FOR YOU AND YOU ALONE BECAUSE
  • 00:26:37.100 --> 00:26:41.020
  • YOU WERE MADE FOR IT.
  • 00:26:41.030 --> 00:26:43.170
  • MADE FOR IT STITCH BY STITCH AS A GLOVE IS MADE FOR HAND.
  • 00:26:43.180 --> 00:26:50.040
  • SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US
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  • NEXT TIME FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE,
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  • IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE OR JUST A STATE OF MIND?
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