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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