Heaven Was Never Meant to Be Permanent

TEMPORARY

The vast majority of Americans (from the questions asked, at any rate) believe that heaven is a PERMANENT part of the Christian scenery.

It is not.

Anyone who puts much study into a Bible will be FORCED to come to that conclusion after just a LITTLE research.

NOT ONLY THAT, but God NEVER planned for heaven to be a permanent place of rest and relaxation: He ALWAYS had planned on heaven being a VERY temporary hangout.

BEFORE God opened up heaven, the souls of those who earned a well-deserved ETERNAL rest went to a place in the earth called Paradise (also called Abraham’s Bosom as the righteous abode).

Jesus Christ referred to this place of rest near the end of his mortal life, during His conversation with one of the thieves on the cross.

“And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
–Luke 23:39-43

A fairly-complete description of paradise (Abraham’s Bosom) is given in Luke 16.

“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”
–Luke 16:19-31

AFTER Jesus was crucified, died and rose again, PARADISE was emptied, with Jesus opening HEAVEN.

(Because Jesus TOOK AWAY SIN–not merely covering it–those NOW-sinless souls could be admitted to heaven).

And from the time of Jesus’ resurrection to the present, heaven has been where those saved from perdition gathered.

BUT, those residents of heaven KNEW that heaven was only a TEMPORARY stop-over.

The PERMANENT resting place was ALWAYS meant to be on EARTH–a remade-by-God earth, to be sure, but on earth nevertheless.

This new arrangement is described in Revelation 21.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
–Revelation 21:1-4

Further descriptions of New Jerusalem can be found in Revelation 22.

“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.”
–Revelation 22:1-4

“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.”
–Revelation 21:23,25

The new arrangement will see man in his eternal body (like Jesus Christ), not just a spirit-soul waiting for his body.

IF one studied God’s Word, it is apparent that God’s plan from the beginning was ALWAYS to dwell among the righteous, where He would be a God to them and they would be His people.

This is accomplished upon the return of Jesus Christ.

BUT those who have no faith nor fear of God will not be part of HEAVEN–whether on earth or as before.

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
–Revelation 21:8

“And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
–Revelation 21:27

“For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”
–Revelation 22:15

God’s plan was ALWAYS to dwell among His people.  He will be able to AFTER Jesus returns to earth.

“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
–Revelation 21:7

Overcomers will ESPECIALLY be those who resisted with their lives the temptations of the great dragon (Satan).

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
–Revelation 12:11

So, HEAVEN is the temporary abode of blessedness–FOR NOW.

BUT not for much longer…

After the climax of human history (the return of Jesus Christ), HEAVEN will be just another piece of unused real estate.

HAS the reader ever thought about the temporary nature of heaven?

It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines:  July 20, 2022.]

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How God REALLY Feels About Sacrifice and Other Aspects of Worship

sacrifice

“Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.”
–Isaiah 42:12

MANY TIMES while reading God’s Word, it becomes apparent that one should WORSHIP God.

WORSHIP

Religious believers worship gods, and people can worship other people and things too. Worship is an extreme form of love — it’s a type of unquestioning devotion. If you worship God, then you love God so much that you don’t question him at all. Going to church is a form of worship — so is prayer.

BUT, how does God REALLY feel about man’s worship of Him?

Is there a time when God tires of man’s sacrifices (and other forms of worship)?

What does God’s Word say about this circumstance?

Well, there are two sets of circumstances to one’s worship of God.

There is GENUINE worship and sacrifice–which God is VERY much in favor of.

This is worship which demonstrates a man’s OBEDIENCE to the commands in God’s Word.

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
–John 4:23-24

“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
–1SAMUEL 15:22

God not only welcomes TRUE worship and sacrifice, He COMMANDS that it be done.

BUT, God wants GENUINE, SINCERE sacrifice, NOT the RITUAL of sacrifice. God grows WEARY of sacrifice which is little more than a tradition of man.

“Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.”
–Mark 7:7-9

When worship (and the sacrifice that accompanies such adoration) has degenerated into little more than the RITUAL and forgets that obedience lies behind SACRIFICE, then God not only grows weary of such behaviors, He rebukes those who carry on so–and not only sacrifice BUT ALL forms of stylized worship is spoken against.

“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”
–Isaiah 1:11-20

SO, IF worship and sacrifice are GENUINE and SINCERE, God will GLADLY accept it.

Do not let ANYONE fool the reader: God does NOT look kindly on worship which is little more than a formula.

IF worship and sacrifice are little more than GESTURES, then God will NOT be pleased.

“To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”
–Proverbs 21:3

Worship God SINCERELY and reap the benefits.

Worship God as an empty afterthought and one will also reap the benefits–which end up being torment.

HAS the reader ever spent much time considering the correct worship of God?

It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines:  July 22-24, 2022.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
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NO ONE Goes To Heaven By Being a Good Person

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“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
–Romans 3:10-12

It is truly amazing the number of people who have little more than a vague idea of HOW to wind up in HEAVEN.

But thinking back to when this writer was a heathen, it was remembered when the statement was made: “I’m not real sure of how to get to heaven, but someday, I’m going to sit down, spend some time and figure it all out.”

Most claim they are a ‘good person’ or have done a ‘good deed’ because they compare their behaviors to that of well-known serial killers.

But God’s Word is clear: there is NO ONE who is ‘good enough’ to make it into heaven on their own.

“The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. “
–Psalm 14:2-3

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
–Romans 3:23

“…Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
–Psalm 53:1-3

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
–Romans 3:10-12

Besides, those who hold the view that they have to have more good deeds than bad ones to go to heaven, turn GOD-THE-CREATOR-OF-ALL from the Perfect Judge who will judge perfectly into a sort of GOD-THE-ALMIGHTY-WEIGHER-OF-DEEDS.

Sort of like God is the keeper of a set of cosmic scales, which can put a number on good deeds, whether a person once helped old ladies across the street OR saved babies from a burning building.

Many believe that IF they do more good deeds than bad, they will wind up in heaven where God will make EVERYTHING all good.

OF COURSE, each person telling the story is the one who judges 1) whether a behavior is good or bad; 2) how much value to assign to their good deeds; 3) whether any ulterior motives made them do their good deeds; and, 4) if bad behaviors were not just ‘playing around.’  God seems to be left completely out of their equations.

SO, IF a person does not get to heaven with performing good deeds, how does one get to heaven?

Well, if one is trying to do good, it gets VERY difficult VERY quickly.

FIRST, PERFECT obedience is required.

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
–James 2:10

SECOND, it requires a GREAT AMOUNT of GOD’S MERCY.  NO ONE is saved without God’s mercy.

“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”
–Romans 9:15-16

Ephesians 2 gives the PERFECT FORMULA for ETERNAL SALVATION.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
–Ephesians 2:8-9

SO, God’s GREAT MERCY (grace) is activated by a person’s faith.

This opens the door to trusting (putting one’s faith) COMPLETELY on Jesus Christ.

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone”
–Ephesians 2:13-20

DOES the reader wish to go to heaven?

DOES the reader desire to obtain ETERNAL SALVATION?

Then the reader needs to place ALL of his faith for obtaining that salvation on Jesus Christ.

And trust God’s Great Mercy to do the rest.

HAS the reader ever spent much time contemplating the particulars of eternal salvation?

It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines:  July 20, 2022.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier

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© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-22. © Mondo Frazier and End Times Prophecy Report, DBKP 2007-2022. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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The Last Word In the Bible

LAST WORD

During the past couple of weeks, someone posed a question which had been seen and heard before–and therefore, the answer was already known.

BUT, there are apparently a GREAT MANY people who do NOT know the truth and the answer is a novelty to them.

The question?

“What’s the last word in the Bible?”

The answer to the question is easily enough ascertained: just look it up in a Bible (preferably a King James Version (KJV)).

The answer makes all the sense in the world IF one is a church-goer–where the word is repeated many times during a church service.

The answer may be found in the last verse of the last chapter of the last book in the Bible.

What is the answer?

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
–Revelation 22:21

So, the answer is “Amen.”

Amen” usually means “so be it” and is an almost universal sign of agreement with whatever had been said or written before the word is spoken/written.

AMEN

–At the end of religious prayersso be it.

–an expression of strong agreement

So, the very last word in the Bible is “Amen.”

Makes sense.

[NOTE: For the reader’s information: The last word in the Old Testament is “CURSE.”

From Malachi 4:5-6

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”]

DID the reader ever wonder (OR did he know) what the last word in the Bible was?

DOES it ‘make sense’ that the last word is AMEN?

It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines:  July 19, 2022.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
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