The last two chapters of the Bible describe the creation of a new heaven and a new earth which will be the home of all whose sins have been forgiven through their faith in Jesus Christ. There will be no more sin or temptation to sin. All that is evil will have been removed.
Some people think of this time as being like retirement. We have finished our work and now we are able to begin living a life of leisure. Nothing can be further from the truth. This is not the end of our service to God but its true beginning.
When God created Adam and Eve he had great plans for their future. We don’t know what those plans were because they ate the fruit that God had forbidden and so brought sin and death into the world. All that has happened since then is God’s efforts to remove these two invaders and restore the creation to what he intended it to be. Once that has been accomplished he will begin to carry out the real purpose for which he created us.
The Last Battle, the last book of the Chronicles of Narnia, ends with the destruction of Narnia and with the followers of Aslan being taken to a new and perfect Narnia.
And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can truly say that they lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page. Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever, in which every chapter is better than the one before.
This is an accurate description of what awaits Christians at the end of this age.
If you have not had your sins forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ this is not your future. After death you will be judged for your sins and be sentenced to eternity in the lake of fire. But if you are willing to turn from your sins and believe in Christ you can share in this future. The link below will take you to a site that explains in more detail how you can do this and answers many of the questions you may have on this subject.
Answers in Genesis is an organization founded and led by Ken Ham that is dedicated to proving that the Bible’s account of creation recorded in Genesis is true and can be supported scientifically. It has aroused a great deal of controversy. It is strongly supported by many Bible believers. It is disliked by unbelievers who accept the popular idea that life evolved over millions of years and even by some Christians who also accept this belief. (For a long time I was in this group. I was a Christian but I also believed that the theory of evolution had been scientifically proven. If I had known of Answers in Genesis I would probably have believed that what it was teaching was false. In the last few years I have come to realized that in fact there is no evidence supporting evolution.) Read the rest of this entry
Heaven will be a place of absolute slavery. For all eternity we will be subject to the will of another and will not be able to do anything contrary to that will.
Heaven will be a place of absolute freedom. For all eternity we will be free to do whatever we want and no one will hinder us. Read the rest of this entry
When a human dies his death does not mean that he ceases to exist. The physical body dies but the immaterial part will exist forever, either in Heaven or in Hell. But what happens when an animal dies? Is that the end of its existence or does some part of it live on?
The most common belief is that humans continue to exist after death because they have souls and animals don’t. There are two things wrong with this belief. Read the rest of this entry
Here is something I read on Facebook.
The self-denial of Jesus
Until we get to Heaven, we are never going to come close to comprehending the amazing degree of self-denial the Son of God had.
One second in Heaven will be enough for us to be eternally amazed that anyone would ever leave such an incredible place full of perfect love and glory in order to go to a completely corrupt and broken world to die the most miserable and humiliating death for ungodly and hateful people who will never appreciate it in the least unless they are graciously given a new nature by the Spirit of God Himself. Read the rest of this entry
I recently read a Pearls Before Swine comic strip in which Pig and Goat were having a conversation.
Pig said, “I’m starting to think I don’t ever want to die.”
Goat asked, “Why is that?”
Pig replied, “It’s outside my comfort zone. Never leave your comfort zone.”
Matthew 6:9-13 contains the prayer known as the Lord’s Prayer. It contains the phrase “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Is this part of the prayer being answered today? It appears to me that most of the earth is rebelling against God’s will rather than following it.
The Bible tells us that God created the world and everything in it in six days and we should acknowledge him as our Creator. Humans have come up with the belief that the earth developed by natural processes over billions of years and that life arose by a process of evolution. This belief is such an integral part of our culture that even many Bible believers accept it and interpret the Bible in a way that accommodates the belief that the earth is old. I once believed in an old earth and reconciled this belief with the Bible by believing in the gap theory. Read the rest of this entry
YOLO stands for You Only Live Once. It is the philosophy that the life we are now living is the only we will ever have so we should make the best use of it by doing those things which bring us the greatest amount of pleasure now. Like any other philosophy it needs to be tested by comparing it with what the Bible teaches.
If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” (1 Corinthians 15:32)
It is correct in one point. If the life we live now is all there is then the wisest course of action would be to get as much enjoyment as we can. But is this life really all we have?
It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)
We do indeed only live once, but our existence doesn’t end when our body dies. Here is a description of the final judgment. Read the rest of this entry
A lot is said about God’s love. It is the topic of the most well-known verse in the Bible.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
But how often have you heard anyone say anything about God’s hatred? Some people believe that God never hates anyone or anything because they believe all hatred is wrong and God never sins. Here is what the Bible says about that.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven . . . a time to love, and a time to hate. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,8)
When we hate our hatred is usually sinful because we seldom know when hatred is called for. (Our love can also be sinful. We love something that God has told us we shouldn’t love or we love one thing more than another when we should love the second thing more.) God always knows when it is the proper time to love or hate. Read the rest of this entry
Some people are rich and others are poor. That has always been true and always will be. Jesus himself said, “You always have the poor with you.” I wonder how many realize that even in Heaven there will be rich and poor.
Salvation is a free gift from God, not something we can earn by anything we do. But the goal of salvation isn’t just to get into Heaven.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
We are not saved by works but we are saved to do good works. Our salvation itself is a free gift but our works after salvation will be judged and rewarded. Read the rest of this entry
Revelation chapter 4 describes John’s being carried in the spirit up to Heaven, into the throne room of God. Among the sights he sees there are four living creatures that surround the throne.
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
Many believe these creatures are cherubim because their description resembles that of of the cherubim that appeared to Ezekiel.
As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle.
Both descriptions include similarities to a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle. But there is one difference. Each individual cherub resembled all four of these; each of the living creatures was like one of them. Read the rest of this entry
The first chapter of Genesis tells us that God made the earth is six days. Here is what he did on the fourth day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
It would appear that he created the rest of the universe at this time. The problem with this belief is that many of the stars are so far away that it takes millions of years for the light from them to reach the earth. Young earth creationists have come up with several explanations for this problem. You can read some of them here: Does Distant Starlight Prove the Universe Is Old?
I believe there is a different explanation. The Bible says that God placed lights in the sky; it doesn’t say he created the bodies that produced those lights at that time. I have written a post in which I explain the reasons I believe this: Young earth, old universe . Read the rest of this entry
It is a common belief among Christians that when a person dies he immediately goes either to Heaven or to Hell and remains there for all eternity. A careful study of the Bible shows that this is not correct, although it is very close to the truth.