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What’s Up With Heaven?

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July 14, 2020
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In the first message of the series Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven; learn why heaven is such an important place.

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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: For millennia,humans have looked up
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  • into the sky and wonderedwhat lies ahead of them
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  • in the afterlife.
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  • Our souls innately desirean answer to what is perhaps
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  • life's greatest mystery:
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  • That which awaits uswhen we walk through the door
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  • into the world beyond.
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  • But God doesn't concealthe details
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  • about your eternalresting place.
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  • Look in God's Word,
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  • and you'll find a glimpseinto heaven:
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  • streets brighter than gold,God's radiant throne,
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  • and the eternal homeof Jesus Christ.
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  • All the magnificent detailsare written in the pages
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  • of Scripture:
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  • what heaven will look like,
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  • how your soul will get there,
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  • if you'll be reunitedwith loved ones once you arrive,
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  • and how your body will appearfor eternity.
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  • That is but just a sliverof what we can know about
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  • eternity which promisesto be a place beyond
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  • your wildest dreams.
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  • All you have to do is openthe Bible, and you'll find that,
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  • inside, God is revealingthe mysteries of heaven.
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  • Now here is your hostand Bible teacher,
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Heavenis one of those biblical words
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  • that made its way intoour cultural conversation.
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  • Whether someone is enjoyinga relaxing day at the beach
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  • or a good cup of coffee, if theysay, "This is just heavenly,"
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  • we know what they mean.
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  • Unfortunately, some peopleuse the word "heaven"
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  • without realizingit's a literal place.
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  • I've titled today's message,"What's Up With Heaven?"
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  • in order to separate factfrom fallacy
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  • when it comesto the eternal home
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  • God has preparedfor those who love him.
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  • So if you want to know whatthe Bible says about heaven,
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  • where it is, what it's like,what people will do in heaven,
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  • and how to get there,then you'll want to stay tuned
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  • for the first message
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  • in "Revealing the Mysteriesof Heaven."
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  • It all begins right nowon "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: We all havequestions about heaven,
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  • and many of us assume thatwe can't know the answers,
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  • but nothing could be furtherfrom the truth.
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  • God's Word is full of detailedinformation about heaven
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  • if we only know where to look.
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  • Inside Dr. Jeremiah's book,
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  • "Revealing the Mysteriesof Heaven,"
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah willlead you through God's Word,
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  • uncovering the answersto your pressing questions
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  • about the world beyond,including,
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  • "If you've lost a child, willyou be reunited in heaven?"
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  • "How are our soulstransported to heaven?"
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  • and "Where exactly is itlocated?"
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  • As you read, you'll discoverthat the more you know
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  • about heaven, the moreyou'll live in the reality
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  • that awaits you every day.
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  • This inspiring book is onlyavailable from Turning Point,
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  • and it's yours as a thank youwhen you give a gift
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  • female announcer:Thank you for watching
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  • "Revealing the Mysteriesof Heaven,"
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  • here on "Turning Point,"
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  • timeless teachingfrom Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • We appreciate your viewershipas Turning Point delivers
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  • the unchanging Word of Godto an ever-changing world.
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  • And now here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message
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  • "What's Up with Heaven?"
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: It was Sunday,and in Sunday school,
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  • the fifth grade classwas convening.
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  • The teacher was drilling herclass about the Gospel
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  • and salvation, and she wasquizzing them at this particular
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  • moment in the class, and shesaid, "If I sold everything
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  • I owned and I gave the moneyto the church,
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  • would that get me into heaven?"
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  • And the whole class respondedspontaneously with a big "No."
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  • "Well," she said, "if I cleanedmy house every day,
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  • mowed the yard, planted flowers,made my home beautiful,
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  • would that get me into heaven?"
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  • And once again,you can just see it.
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  • If you've been around kids,everybody said, "No."
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  • "Well, if I was kind to animalsand polite to my friends,
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  • and if I love my family,would that get me into heaven?"
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  • As if programmed, the answer wasonce again a resounding, "No."
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  • "Well," the teacher said,"then how can I get to heaven?"
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  • And a little boy who was newto Sunday school that week,
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  • shouted out the answerfrom the back,
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  • "You have to be dead."
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Well, the fact isthat's true, isn't it?
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  • If Jesus doesn't return to takeus to be with him, the only way
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  • you can get to heaven is to die,and that means every one of us
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  • in this room has a chanceto go to heaven
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  • because the current death rateis 100%.
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  • And unless Christ returns soon,we're all going to die.
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  • Worldwide, three people dieevery second,
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  • 180 every minute,nearly 11.000 every hour,
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  • and if the Bible is right aboutwhat happens to us after death,
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  • that means that more than250.000 people,
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  • every day, go eitherto heaven or to hell.
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  • You see, what happens when youforget that God has prepared
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  • a place for you in heavenwhere you will spend eternity
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  • and that it is a glorious,wonderful place, and it's real,
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  • and it's not imaginary,when you begin to doubt that,
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  • or when you begin to push it off
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  • your radar screen,the next thing that happens,
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  • because you have a hunger forthat in your heart, you start to
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  • try to create it here on thisearth, and you will spend every
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  • dime and go to every extreme totry to figure out how you can
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  • make your situation on thisearth as much like the things
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  • you've heard about heaven as youcan: Get rid of the pain,
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  • get all the toys,live in a beautiful place,
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  • come to SouthernCalifornia--whatever.
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  • And all of it sometimes isthe result of not understanding
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  • that, while those thingsare okay, you could never
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  • approximate that whichGod has in mind for you
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  • in the place we call heaven.
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  • So what's up with heaven?
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  • Today, I wanna just examinesome certain things that I think
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  • might be sort of foundationalfor us as we move forward.
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  • I'd like to talk with youfor a moment
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  • about the prominence of heaven.
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  • Did you know that heavenis mentioned
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  • over 500 times in the Bible?
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  • From the Old Testament Hebrew,from the New Testament Greek,
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  • speak of heaven as a placethat is high and lofty
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  • and lifted up,and that word is found
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  • over and over and overin the Bible.
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  • You could not have a Bible ifyou took the word "heaven" out.
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  • It would just be a mishmash.
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  • Heaven is prominent in theteaching of the Scripture.
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  • Just not prominent in our heartsand prominent in our thoughts.
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  • And I wanna talk with you,secondly,
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  • about the plurality of heaven.
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  • Did you know the three heavens?
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  • You say, "Man, I'm tryingto figure out one.
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  • You tell me there's three?"
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  • When Paul was writing his letterto the Corinthians,
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  • his second letter,
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  • he mentions an occasionin the 12th chapter when he was
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  • caught up, he says, into thethird heaven, and then later on,
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  • he refers to that as beingcalled up into paradise.
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  • So Paul apparently hada premature opportunity
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  • to see the third heaven.
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  • Now, if there's such a placeas the third heaven,
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  • there must be more than one.
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  • There has to be at least three.
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  • So let me tell you whatthe three heavens are.
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  • First of all, the first heavenis what we might call
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  • the atmospheric heaven.
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  • The first heaven is mentionedin Scripture a number of times.
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  • For instance, in Isaiah 55,verse 9,
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  • "For as the heavensare higher than the earth,
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  • so are my ways higherthan your ways,
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  • and my thoughtsthan your thoughts.
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  • For as the rain comes down fromheaven--" the atmospheric heaven
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  • refers to that blanket of airimmediately surrounding
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  • our earth, in which birdsand clouds move.
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  • Genesis 1:20, says it this way:"Then God said,
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  • 'Let the waters abound with anabundance of living creatures,
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  • and let birds flyabove the earth
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  • across the face of the firmamentof the heavens.'"
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  • The first heaven is the heavenyou see when you walk out
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  • into your yard at night andyou look up into the sky,
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  • and you see the envelope,sort of,
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  • that surrounds our earth.
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  • But then, the second heaven ismentioned in the Bible as well,
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  • and that is referred toin Genesis chapter 1,
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  • verses 14 through 17.
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  • Listen to what it says:"Then God said,
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  • 'Let there be lights in thefirmament of the heavens
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  • to divide the dayfrom the night.
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  • Let them be for signsand seasons,
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  • and for days and years,
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  • and let them be for the lightsin the firmament of the heavens
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  • to give light on the earth,'and it was so.
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  • And God made two great lights:the greater light
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  • to rule the day, and the lesserlight that ruled the night.
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  • And he made the stars also, andGod set them in the firmament
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  • of the heavens to give lighton the earth."
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  • The stellar heavens, the secondheaven, refers to the outer
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  • space that contains the sun,the moon, the stars,
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  • and all of the galaxiesother than our own.
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  • That's the second heaven.
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  • But, remember, Paul said he wascaught up to the third heaven,
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  • and this is where we readthat in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4.
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  • This is what Paul writes.
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  • He says, "I know a man inChrist who, 14 years ago--"
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  • he's referring to himself here--"who, 14 years ago--whether
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  • in the body I do not know,or whether out of the body
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  • I do not know, God knows--suchas one was caught up
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  • to a third heaven.
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  • And I know such a man--whetherin the body or out of the body,
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  • I do not know, God knows--but hewas caught up into paradise
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  • and heard inexpressible words,which it is not lawful
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  • for a man to utter."
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  • Paul is saying there's somethingbeyond the atmospheric heaven.
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  • There's somethingbeyond the stellar heavens.
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  • There is a third heaven,and it is in that heaven
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  • that God resides.
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  • In fact, in the Bible,we are told over and over again
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  • that God is in heaven.
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  • We are taught to pray,"Our Father, who art in heaven."
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  • In the book of Matthew,chapter 5, verse 16,
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  • we are told that we're to
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  • "Let our light so shine thatmen might see our good works
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  • and glorify our Father,who is in heaven."
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  • Psalm 11:4, says, "The Lordis in his holy temple,
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  • the Lord's throne is in heaven."
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  • Whenever you see that referredto as the place where God is,
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  • he's not in the atmosphericheaven.
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  • He's not in the stellar heavensin essence of his residence.
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  • He is in the third heaven, theheaven which is the heaven
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  • of heavens where God resides,and it is that heaven
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  • to which we aspire.
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  • It is that third heaven where weare going someday to be with God
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  • and to be with Jesus Christ.
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  • Well, you say, "That's good.
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  • We have three heavens, and nowI know that the third heaven
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  • is where I'm going,"where I'm going someday
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  • if I'm a Christian.
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  • So let's talk, thirdly, not onlyabout the prominence of heaven
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  • and the plurality of it.
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  • Let's talk aboutthe place of heaven.
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  • John, chapter 14, "Let notyour heart be troubled.
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  • You believe in God,believe also in me.
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  • In my Father's houseare many mansions.
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  • If it were not so,I would've told you.
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  • I go to preparea place for you.
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  • And if I go and prepare a placefor you, I will come again
  • 00:12:03.796 --> 00:12:05.898
  • and receive you to myself,that where I am,
  • 00:12:05.931 --> 00:12:07.633
  • there you may be also."
  • 00:12:07.666 --> 00:12:09.635
  • Now, let me put this Scripturein its context.
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  • Jesus had announcedto his disciples
  • 00:12:12.505 --> 00:12:14.440
  • that he was going to the crossand he was going to die.
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  • He was going to be buried, andhe was going to be resurrected,
  • 00:12:17.576 --> 00:12:20.479
  • and then ultimately, he wasgoing back to heaven.
  • 00:12:20.513 --> 00:12:23.616
  • His disciples were filledwith sorrow,
  • 00:12:23.649 --> 00:12:26.051
  • and their hearts were troubled.
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  • They didn't understand it.
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  • But we understand it now,don't we?
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  • We know that Jesuswas promising something
  • 00:12:31.791 --> 00:12:33.826
  • not just to his disciples,but to all of us.
  • 00:12:33.859 --> 00:12:36.028
  • And I want you to noticewhat he says.
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  • He went to heaven toprepare a place, a place for us.
  • 00:12:37.963 --> 00:12:44.470
  • Sometimes it's referredto as the celestial city.
  • 00:12:44.503 --> 00:12:47.540
  • When we think of heavenas a city,
  • 00:12:47.573 --> 00:12:49.041
  • we see, in our mind's eye,
  • 00:12:49.074 --> 00:12:51.010
  • the inhabitants in themarketplace, in the commerce.
  • 00:12:51.043 --> 00:12:53.979
  • Sometimes heaven is referredto as a kingdom,
  • 00:12:54.013 --> 00:12:56.382
  • and when we refer to itas a kingdom,
  • 00:12:56.415 --> 00:12:58.017
  • we think of the organization andthe government and the process.
  • 00:12:58.050 --> 00:13:02.922
  • But the best definition ofheaven, in my estimation,
  • 00:13:02.955 --> 00:13:05.825
  • is right here in Johnchapter 14, where Jesus said,
  • 00:13:05.858 --> 00:13:10.963
  • "It's my Father's house.
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  • It's my Father's house."
  • 00:13:13.899 --> 00:13:16.202
  • But listen to me, men and women,
  • 00:13:16.235 --> 00:13:17.570
  • heaven is not a figmentof imagination.
  • 00:13:17.603 --> 00:13:19.738
  • It is not a feelingor an emotion.
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  • Heaven is not the beautiful isleof somewhere.
  • 00:13:22.274 --> 00:13:25.077
  • Heaven is not merelya thought form.
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  • It is not a projectionof the best in you.
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  • It is not a visionof a longed for utopia.
  • 00:13:29.849 --> 00:13:32.551
  • It is not a pleasing hopeor the invention of man.
  • 00:13:32.585 --> 00:13:35.988
  • Our thoughts do not make heaven.
  • 00:13:36.021 --> 00:13:38.524
  • Heaven is a prepared placefor a prepared people.
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  • It is a place, and the word inthe New Testament language is
  • 00:13:43.362 --> 00:13:46.966
  • the word T-O-P-O-S, "topos,"which is a very strict word
  • 00:13:46.999 --> 00:13:51.637
  • in concerning a placethat you can locate.
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  • Jesus said, "I go to preparea place for you,"
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  • and I believe that there is aliteral place called heaven.
  • 00:14:00.246 --> 00:14:05.084
  • If you ask me exactlywhere it is, I don't know that
  • 00:14:05.117 --> 00:14:09.622
  • I can answer thattotally with authority,
  • 00:14:09.655 --> 00:14:11.523
  • but let me tell you whatI believe the Bible teaches.
  • 00:14:11.557 --> 00:14:14.760
  • Most of the time,when we talk about heaven,
  • 00:14:14.793 --> 00:14:16.795
  • we say it's "up," don't we?
  • 00:14:16.829 --> 00:14:18.497
  • Heaven is "up."
  • 00:14:18.530 --> 00:14:20.633
  • Ephesians 4:10, says that"He who descended
  • 00:14:20.666 --> 00:14:23.969
  • is also the one who ascendedfar above the heavens,
  • 00:14:24.003 --> 00:14:28.440
  • that he might fill all things."
  • 00:14:28.474 --> 00:14:30.643
  • And when Jesus was ready to goback to heaven in his ascension,
  • 00:14:30.676 --> 00:14:35.514
  • in Acts chapter 1, verses 10and 11, we read,
  • 00:14:35.547 --> 00:14:38.217
  • "While they looked steadfastlytoward heaven, he went up.
  • 00:14:38.250 --> 00:14:41.854
  • Behold, two men stood by themin white apparel, who also said,
  • 00:14:41.887 --> 00:14:44.723
  • 'Men of Galilee, why do youstand gazing into heaven?
  • 00:14:44.757 --> 00:14:47.860
  • The same Jesus who was takenup from you into heaven will so
  • 00:14:47.893 --> 00:14:51.797
  • come in like manner as yousaw him go into heaven.'"
  • 00:14:51.830 --> 00:14:54.433
  • So we would have to assumethat heaven is "up."
  • 00:14:54.466 --> 00:14:57.937
  • So heaven is a place.
  • 00:14:57.970 --> 00:14:59.705
  • You know, there's an issue thatI need to deal with sometimes.
  • 00:14:59.738 --> 00:15:01.740
  • People say, "Well,heaven is so magnificent.
  • 00:15:01.774 --> 00:15:04.510
  • You know, the mindcan't conceive of it.
  • 00:15:04.543 --> 00:15:06.245
  • The mind can't--" no,no, that's not true.
  • 00:15:06.278 --> 00:15:09.782
  • In the passage that saysthat heaven is such a place
  • 00:15:09.815 --> 00:15:12.985
  • that we cannot conceive of it,the next verse says,
  • 00:15:13.018 --> 00:15:16.388
  • "but it has been revealed to uswhat it is,"
  • 00:15:16.422 --> 00:15:20.225
  • because it's in the Word of God,and it's amazing.
  • 00:15:20.259 --> 00:15:23.862
  • It is amazing.
  • 00:15:23.896 --> 00:15:25.664
  • And it's so much fun becausemost people don't know about it.
  • 00:15:25.698 --> 00:15:29.902
  • They just don't know.
  • 00:15:29.935 --> 00:15:32.438
  • If we understood everythingthe Bible tells us about heaven,
  • 00:15:32.471 --> 00:15:35.541
  • we'd have such a longingto be there,
  • 00:15:35.574 --> 00:15:37.843
  • it would occupy our attentionand our thought process.
  • 00:15:37.876 --> 00:15:41.013
  • Heaven's a place.
  • 00:15:41.046 --> 00:15:43.415
  • But I want you to notice,lastly, that heaven's important
  • 00:15:43.449 --> 00:15:47.753
  • because ofthe preciousness of it.
  • 00:15:47.786 --> 00:15:49.722
  • Heaven isa precious place.
  • 00:15:49.755 --> 00:15:51.657
  • You say, "Well, PastorJeremiah, why is it precious?"
  • 00:15:51.690 --> 00:15:53.659
  • Because everything that isnear and dear to you and to me,
  • 00:15:53.692 --> 00:15:57.963
  • everything that's important to aperson who is a Christ-follower,
  • 00:15:57.997 --> 00:16:01.133
  • everything that's meaningfulto anyone who says
  • 00:16:01.166 --> 00:16:04.003
  • that they love Godand they're followers of Christ,
  • 00:16:04.036 --> 00:16:07.206
  • everything important to themis in heaven--everything.
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  • First of all, let me tell you,your Redeemer is in heaven.
  • 00:16:10.909 --> 00:16:13.112
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:16:13.145 --> 00:16:14.713
  • This is what it says in Hebrews9: "For Christ has not entered
  • 00:16:14.747 --> 00:16:17.182
  • the holy place made with hands,which are copies of the true,
  • 00:16:17.216 --> 00:16:20.719
  • but he has entered into heavenitself, now to appear
  • 00:16:20.753 --> 00:16:24.490
  • in the presence of God for us."
  • 00:16:24.523 --> 00:16:27.760
  • Our Redeemer is in heaven.
  • 00:16:27.793 --> 00:16:30.062
  • Jesus will appear, I believe,
  • 00:16:30.095 --> 00:16:31.797
  • in heaven throughout eternityas the Lamb of God
  • 00:16:31.830 --> 00:16:34.600
  • and our Redeemer,and he will carry with him
  • 00:16:34.633 --> 00:16:37.069
  • throughout eternitythe scars of redemption.
  • 00:16:37.102 --> 00:16:40.072
  • And when we see Jesus,heaven will really be heaven.
  • 00:16:40.105 --> 00:16:44.309
  • Everything else willpale into insignificance.
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  • Our Redeemer is in heaven.
  • 00:16:47.579 --> 00:16:50.416
  • And then, secondly,our relationships are in heaven,
  • 00:16:50.449 --> 00:16:52.451
  • aren't they?
  • 00:16:52.484 --> 00:16:53.852
  • If you have loved ones who havedied and they're Christians,
  • 00:16:53.886 --> 00:16:56.755
  • they're in heaven.
  • 00:16:56.789 --> 00:16:58.090
  • You ought to think aboutheaven just because of that.
  • 00:16:58.123 --> 00:16:59.425
  • My father told me toward the endof his life, he said, "You know,
  • 00:16:59.458 --> 00:17:01.860
  • one of the things about gettin'old that's kind of tough is you
  • 00:17:01.894 --> 00:17:04.463
  • have more friends inheaven than you have on earth."
  • 00:17:04.496 --> 00:17:07.266
  • And he was right about that.Isn't that true?
  • 00:17:07.299 --> 00:17:09.468
  • It kind of is a gradual thing.
  • 00:17:09.501 --> 00:17:10.869
  • As you get older, you hear aboutsomebody who is a contemporary
  • 00:17:10.903 --> 00:17:13.305
  • of yours who's goneto be in heaven.
  • 00:17:13.338 --> 00:17:15.741
  • And now, here we are,Donna and I,
  • 00:17:15.774 --> 00:17:17.776
  • and we're the patriarchsin our family
  • 00:17:17.810 --> 00:17:22.781
  • because our parents,all four of them, are gone.
  • 00:17:22.815 --> 00:17:25.951
  • They're in heaven,and I care about that.
  • 00:17:25.984 --> 00:17:30.322
  • Well, our Redeemer is in heaven.
  • 00:17:30.355 --> 00:17:31.657
  • Our relatives are in heaven.
  • 00:17:31.690 --> 00:17:32.991
  • Notice, thirdly, our resourcesare in heaven.
  • 00:17:33.025 --> 00:17:34.526
  • 1 Peter 1:3 and 4, says,"Blessed be the God and Father
  • 00:17:34.560 --> 00:17:37.930
  • of our Lord Jesus Christ, whoaccording to his abundant mercy
  • 00:17:37.963 --> 00:17:41.433
  • has begotten us againto a living hope
  • 00:17:41.467 --> 00:17:43.602
  • through the resurrection ofJesus Christ from the dead--"
  • 00:17:43.635 --> 00:17:46.038
  • and watch this-- "to aninheritance incorruptible,
  • 00:17:46.071 --> 00:17:48.974
  • undefiled, that does notfade away,
  • 00:17:49.007 --> 00:17:51.677
  • reserved in heaven for you."
  • 00:17:51.710 --> 00:17:55.614
  • Hey, man, somebody gothappy back there, woo.
  • 00:17:55.647 --> 00:17:59.651
  • You know what?
  • 00:17:59.685 --> 00:18:01.019
  • When you became a Christian,God became your Father.
  • 00:18:01.053 --> 00:18:03.122
  • And you know what?
  • 00:18:03.155 --> 00:18:04.456
  • When God became your Father,he made you an heir.
  • 00:18:04.490 --> 00:18:07.926
  • You're an heir of God.
  • 00:18:07.960 --> 00:18:10.195
  • And you now have an inheritance,and Peter says that inheritance
  • 00:18:10.229 --> 00:18:14.133
  • has gone ahead of you.
  • 00:18:14.166 --> 00:18:15.467
  • It's preserved inheaven forever.
  • 00:18:15.501 --> 00:18:17.136
  • It cannot ever go away.
  • 00:18:17.169 --> 00:18:18.670
  • It's not gonna be touchedby inflation.
  • 00:18:18.704 --> 00:18:21.106
  • It's not gonna be hurt by anyof the ups and downs
  • 00:18:21.140 --> 00:18:23.876
  • that we experienceeconomically here.
  • 00:18:23.909 --> 00:18:26.178
  • You have an inheritancein heaven
  • 00:18:26.211 --> 00:18:28.046
  • that is preserved for you.
  • 00:18:28.080 --> 00:18:30.215
  • It's got your name on it.
  • 00:18:30.249 --> 00:18:32.117
  • It's your inheritance.
  • 00:18:32.151 --> 00:18:34.586
  • Your resources are in heaven.
  • 00:18:34.620 --> 00:18:35.921
  • Number four, your residenceis in heaven.
  • 00:18:35.954 --> 00:18:38.690
  • Now, I'm not just talkin' hereabout where you live.
  • 00:18:38.724 --> 00:18:40.492
  • I'm talkin' hereabout your citizenship.
  • 00:18:40.526 --> 00:18:42.861
  • Philippians 3:20, says it thisway: "For our citizenship is in
  • 00:18:42.895 --> 00:18:46.064
  • heaven, from which we alsoeagerly wait for the Savior,
  • 00:18:46.098 --> 00:18:50.369
  • the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:18:50.402 --> 00:18:53.105
  • Our Redeemer is in heaven.Our relationships are in heaven.
  • 00:18:53.138 --> 00:18:55.107
  • Our resources are in heaven.Our residence is in heaven.
  • 00:18:55.140 --> 00:18:58.544
  • Our reward is in heaven.
  • 00:18:58.577 --> 00:19:01.180
  • Matthew 5:12, says, "Rejoiceand be exceedingly glad,
  • 00:19:01.213 --> 00:19:03.715
  • for great is your rewardin heaven."
  • 00:19:03.749 --> 00:19:05.884
  • God wants us to be faithful,and he holds out for us a crown
  • 00:19:05.918 --> 00:19:09.154
  • that we can aspire to,and one day in heaven,
  • 00:19:09.188 --> 00:19:11.723
  • we're gonna get our rewards,
  • 00:19:11.757 --> 00:19:13.225
  • and our crowns willbe given to us.
  • 00:19:13.258 --> 00:19:15.027
  • And then we're told that we'regonna cast those crowns
  • 00:19:15.060 --> 00:19:17.963
  • at the feet of Jesus in an actof worship that will be
  • 00:19:17.996 --> 00:19:20.899
  • unlike anything we haveever experienced before.
  • 00:19:20.933 --> 00:19:24.536
  • Our rewards are in heaven.
  • 00:19:24.570 --> 00:19:28.207
  • And then our richesare in heaven.
  • 00:19:28.240 --> 00:19:30.742
  • Matthew 6, says that"We're not to lay up
  • 00:19:30.776 --> 00:19:32.477
  • for ourselves treasureson earth,
  • 00:19:32.511 --> 00:19:34.413
  • where moth and rust destroy,where thieves break in
  • 00:19:34.446 --> 00:19:36.648
  • and steal.
  • 00:19:36.682 --> 00:19:38.283
  • But lay up for ourselvestreasures in heaven
  • 00:19:38.317 --> 00:19:40.118
  • where neither mothnor rust destroys
  • 00:19:40.152 --> 00:19:41.720
  • and where thievesdo not break in and steal.
  • 00:19:41.753 --> 00:19:43.488
  • For where your treasure is,there your heart will be also."
  • 00:19:43.522 --> 00:19:46.525
  • Let me just touch on thisbriefly: The way to send your
  • 00:19:46.558 --> 00:19:49.494
  • treasures to heaven--listen tome--the only thing that's going
  • 00:19:49.528 --> 00:19:53.031
  • to go from here to there, andthe only way you can get your
  • 00:19:53.065 --> 00:19:57.869
  • treasure from here to thereis to invest it in the things
  • 00:19:57.903 --> 00:20:01.306
  • that are going there.
  • 00:20:01.340 --> 00:20:02.908
  • The only things that are goingthere from this earth
  • 00:20:02.941 --> 00:20:05.444
  • are the souls of men and womenand the Word of God.
  • 00:20:05.477 --> 00:20:08.780
  • So if I were you, and you'retryin' to build a little equity
  • 00:20:08.814 --> 00:20:12.050
  • in heaven, I'd be investingmyself, both my personal
  • 00:20:12.084 --> 00:20:15.988
  • resources by way of talentand time and treasure, in the
  • 00:20:16.021 --> 00:20:20.325
  • eternal souls of men and theeternal Word of God because,
  • 00:20:20.359 --> 00:20:23.895
  • when you get to heaven, that'sthe only thing you're going
  • 00:20:23.929 --> 00:20:26.064
  • to see that went on before youthat's invested there
  • 00:20:26.098 --> 00:20:29.368
  • at this present time.
  • 00:20:29.401 --> 00:20:30.702
  • Are you headedtoward your treasure?
  • 00:20:30.736 --> 00:20:32.437
  • I hope you are.
  • 00:20:32.471 --> 00:20:34.606
  • Finally--and we're finished--ourreservation is in heaven.
  • 00:20:34.640 --> 00:20:39.211
  • This is the mostimportant thing.
  • 00:20:39.244 --> 00:20:41.546
  • Revelation 21:27, says this:"But there shall by no means
  • 00:20:41.580 --> 00:20:45.951
  • enter into heavenanything that defiles,
  • 00:20:45.984 --> 00:20:49.321
  • or causes an abominationor a lie,
  • 00:20:49.354 --> 00:20:52.057
  • but only those who are writtenin the Lamb's Book of Life."
  • 00:20:52.090 --> 00:20:59.898
  • The Bible says that, in heaven,there is a book, a registry.
  • 00:20:59.931 --> 00:21:03.568
  • It's called the Lamb'sBook of Life, and the names
  • 00:21:03.602 --> 00:21:06.738
  • of all who will be in heavenare recorded in that book.
  • 00:21:06.772 --> 00:21:10.542
  • Somebody says, "I wonderif it's computerized?"
  • 00:21:10.575 --> 00:21:13.045
  • I don't know, but it's a book,however you wanna say "a book."
  • 00:21:13.078 --> 00:21:17.649
  • And there's a place in thatbook for your name and for mine.
  • 00:21:17.683 --> 00:21:22.821
  • Jesus said to his disciples onone occasion, "Nevertheless do
  • 00:21:22.854 --> 00:21:26.458
  • not rejoice in this, that thespirits are subject to you, but
  • 00:21:26.491 --> 00:21:29.961
  • rather rejoice because yournames are written in heaven."
  • 00:21:29.995 --> 00:21:33.398
  • Let me ask you this question:Is your name written in heaven?
  • 00:21:33.432 --> 00:21:36.568
  • Do you havea reservation in heaven?
  • 00:21:36.601 --> 00:21:39.204
  • Because, one day, you're gonnastand before God, and he's going
  • 00:21:39.237 --> 00:21:42.107
  • to say to you, "Why shouldI let you into my heaven?"
  • 00:21:42.140 --> 00:21:44.743
  • And if you can't saywith authority,
  • 00:21:44.776 --> 00:21:46.178
  • "My name is in the book.
  • 00:21:46.211 --> 00:21:48.080
  • I have a reservation.
  • 00:21:48.113 --> 00:21:49.548
  • I have put my trustin Jesus Christ as my Savior,
  • 00:21:49.581 --> 00:21:52.651
  • and therefore I qualifyto come in"--
  • 00:21:52.684 --> 00:21:56.988
  • if you don't have that power,that strength, that confidence,
  • 00:21:57.022 --> 00:22:01.493
  • you will never,ever be in heaven.
  • 00:22:01.526 --> 00:22:05.797
  • Jesus spoke to all ofthe disciples, in verse six,
  • 00:22:05.831 --> 00:22:09.935
  • and he said, "I knowyou don't know where I'm going,
  • 00:22:09.968 --> 00:22:12.037
  • and I know you don't knowhow to get there,
  • 00:22:12.070 --> 00:22:13.505
  • but let me just put your heartat ease.
  • 00:22:13.538 --> 00:22:15.807
  • I am the way, the truth,and the life.
  • 00:22:15.841 --> 00:22:20.479
  • No man comes to theFather, but through me."
  • 00:22:20.512 --> 00:22:28.086
  • My friends, you can listento the political correctness
  • 00:22:28.120 --> 00:22:31.356
  • all you want to.
  • 00:22:31.390 --> 00:22:32.891
  • There is only one way to heaven,and that's through Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:32.924 --> 00:22:38.063
  • It's not about a religion.
  • 00:22:38.096 --> 00:22:39.464
  • It's not about a church.
  • 00:22:39.498 --> 00:22:40.832
  • It's not about a dogma.
  • 00:22:40.866 --> 00:22:42.167
  • It's about a person.
  • 00:22:42.200 --> 00:22:43.902
  • Jesus is the way.
  • 00:22:43.935 --> 00:22:45.904
  • If you have never put your trustin him, your name is not written
  • 00:22:45.937 --> 00:22:49.174
  • in the Lamb's Book of Life,and if you should die today
  • 00:22:49.207 --> 00:22:53.011
  • and seek entrance to heaven,you would be denied,
  • 00:22:53.044 --> 00:22:56.081
  • not because you are good,bad, or indifferent,
  • 00:22:56.114 --> 00:22:58.383
  • but for one simple reason:Jesus is the only way to heaven.
  • 00:22:58.417 --> 00:23:03.388
  • Those are not my words.
  • 00:23:03.422 --> 00:23:04.990
  • That's not Baptist doctrine.
  • 00:23:05.023 --> 00:23:07.225
  • That's the Word of God.
  • 00:23:07.259 --> 00:23:10.462
  • God says, "Jesusis the only way."
  • 00:23:10.495 --> 00:23:13.331
  • If you wanna goto the Father's house,
  • 00:23:13.365 --> 00:23:15.567
  • the only way you can getthere is through Jesus.
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  • I wanna ask you this morningthis question:
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  • Have you put your trust in himalone for eternal life?
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  • I'm not asking youif you go to church.
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  • I'm asking you one question: Hasthere ever been a time in your
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  • life, when knowing what you weredoing, you asked Jesus Christ
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  • to come into your life and beyour Savior, to forgive your
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  • sin, and give you eternal life?
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  • Has there ever beena time like that?
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  • And if there has, you know itin your heart,
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  • and if there hasn't, you'revery uncomfortable right now.
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  • But I wanna tell youthe good news:
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  • Reservations are stillbeing accepted, amen?
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  • Reservations are stillbeing accepted,
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  • and you can reservea place today, amen?
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  • Amen?
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return in a moment
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  • to close today's program,right after this.
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  • announcer: There are a lotof myths, rumors,
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  • and conjecture about heaven,but what can you believe?
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  • What is fact,and what is fiction?
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  • Now there's a biblically basedbook you can trust.
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  • answers your most pressingquestions about the afterlife,
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  • questions like,"How do we get to heaven?"
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  • "Who will be there?"and "Where exactly is it?"
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  • Dive into this studywith Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • and discoverhow our understanding of heaven
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  • announcer: And nowwith one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We're usedto making reservations
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  • for all sorts of things today:rental cars, hotels,
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  • a meal at a nice restaurant,or theater tickets.
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  • In fact, we make reservationsfor those things
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  • we absolutely don't wantto miss out on,
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  • like securing an eternal homein heaven.
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  • God has made it possible to makea reservation for heaven
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  • by establishing a faithrelationship with his Son,
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • So if you would like to knowmore about that relationship,
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  • about how to know you havean eternal home in heaven,
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  • then please allow me to send youtwo free resources.
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  • One is a booklet, called"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • announcer: In additionto these free study resources,
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  • nothing is as profoundas the Word of God.
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  • And now Dr. Jeremiah has a Biblefor every member of the family.
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  • Contact Turning Point for moreinformation or to order today.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: When a believerdies,
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  • his body goes in the grave.
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  • He goes to paradise, his souland spirit, but God gives him
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  • an intermediate body so that heis not unclothed between now
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  • and the day of resurrection.
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  • On the day of resurrection, hisbody comes out of the grave,
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  • and it is in a momenttransformed into his permanent
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  • heavenly body, and togetherwe shall be with the Lord.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "Where Are They Now?"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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