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The days of the years of my pilgrimage are few and short; thank God I have been to many countries and have lived in many cities. I can honestly call Orange County, California my home sweet home where I have had wonderful memories. I also felt at home in Scandinavia, but the weather was too cold for me. I do not feel at home in England, France or Germany. I do not need to mention other countries. I have been staying in Hangzhou many times, it has been pleasant to me; but it is now ruined by smog and private cars and uncivilized behavior and low morality infected by American capitalism. But when I think of my future home, permanent home and eternal home, the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, the Paradise of God – my heart leaps for joy; for my kingdom is not of this world.
Oh the poor, oppressed and displaced peoples of the world, this is good news for you: Jesus Christ has prepared a place for you which is the everlasting home in Heaven!
There is a saying, There is no place like home.
There is no place like Heaven.
All you have to do is to repent of your sins, believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came down from Heaven to save sinners, and accept Him as your Lord and Savior and you will receive eternal life.
Jhn 14:1-11,“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going. Thomas said to Him: Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way? Jesus said to him: I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him. Philip said to Him: Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us. Jesus said to him: Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say: Show us the Father? Do you not believe that I AM in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I AM in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.”
Note: The word “place” occurs 909 times in the NASB (New American Standard Bible). The first verse occurs in the Bible, Gen 1:9, “Then God said: Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so.” Here place in Hebrew is maqowm which means space, locality, spot, a given place; - it occurs 401 times in the Old Testament. Place in Greek is topos which means any portion or space marked off, an inhabited place, as a city, village, district; a spot where can one settle, abide, dwell; - it occurs 93 times in the New Testament.
The Bible mentions many places, real geographical and historical places. Among them are the following:
Gen 13:3-4,“He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.”
Note: Place in Hebrew here is maqowm which is the same original word used in Gen 1:9. The first historical place that Abram (Abraham) called upon the name of the Lord was Bethel. Whenever the Bible mentions a place, it is a real historical and geographical place, not something imaginary. Bethel was a real place where Abraham called on the name of the Lord. Bethel in Hebrew is Beyth-'El which means house of God, a very ancient city of Canaanites, situated on a mountain, north of Jerusalem; - it occurs 71 times in the Old Testament.
Gen 28:10-19, “Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place. He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said: Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it. He was afraid and said: How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top. He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz.”
Note: The previous name of Bethel was Luz. Luz in Hebrew is Luwz which means almond tree; - it occurs 8 times in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ is the Gate of Heave, the Way to God; and no one can go to Heaven without the redemption of Jesus Christ.
B. Sodom and Gomorrah
Gen 13:9-18,“Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left. Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere—this was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah—like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar. So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the LORD. The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you. Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD.”
Note: Sodom and Gomorrah were real historical and geographical cities. Sodomites refer to people who practice homosexuality. Land in Hebrew here is 'erets which means surface of the earth, territory, piece of ground, region, space of country; - it occurs 2,499 times in the Old Testament.
Canaan was a real place, the land God promised to Abraham and his descendants. This was the covenant God made with Abraham and his descendants. God gave the land of Canaan to Abraham and his descendants forever. Therefore, no pagans, no heathens, no Arabs, and no other race or people can make a claim to the land of Canaan, which is known today as Palestine.
Jdg 18:10,“When you enter, you will come to a secure people with a spacious land; for God has given it into your hand, a place where there is no lack of anything that is on the earth.”
Note: The word place here in Hebrew is maqowm, the same word used in
Gen 13:3. This Scripture describes the land of Canaan as a spacious land, a place where there is no lack of anything that is on the earth.
Gen 22:2,“He (God) said: Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”
Note: Moriah in Hebrew is Mowriyah which means chosen by Jehovah, the place where Abraham took Isaac for sacrifice, probably the same mount on the eastern edge of Jerusalem on which Solomon built the temple,
2Ch 3:1,“Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the LORD had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.” Moriah only occurs twice in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ the Son of God was chosen to be the Lamb of God sacrificed for the sins of the world. Moriah was the site chosen by God for Solomon to build the temple of God.
Gen 22:14,“Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide (YHWH-jireh), as it is said to this day: In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.” Mouth Moriah was a real historical and geographical place.
I do not mean to be exhaustive in enforcing the idea of place, a real place. Let us now look at the New Testament in reference to places.
E. Desolate place
Mat 14:15,“When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said: This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”
Mar 8:4, “And His disciples answered Him: Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?”
Note: Place in Greek is topos which means a geographical location, any portion or space marked off, in this case it was a desolate place; - it occurs 93 times in the New Testament. The place was a desolate place where Jesus used five loaves and two fish to feed five thousand men besides women and children.
Mat 26:36-45,“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples: Sit here while I go over there and pray. And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them: My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me. And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying: My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will. And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter: So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again a second time and prayed, saying: My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done. Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. Then He came to the disciples and said to them: Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.”
Note: Place here in Greek is chōrion which means a region, a district, a piece of ground, a field, a given place, landed property; - it occurs 11 time sin the New Testament. Gethsemane in Greek is Gethsēmani which means an oil press, the name of a place at the foot of the Mount of Olives, beyond the torrent Kidron; - it occurs only 2 times in the New Testament. Gethsemane was the place that Jesus Christ prayed earnestly three times.
Luk 22:39-46,“And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. When He arrived at the place, He said to them: Pray that you may not enter into temptation.
And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying: Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done. Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.
When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, and said to them: Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Note: How awesome, grievous and awful to bear the sins of the world that Jesus prayed very fervently that His sweat become like drops of blood.
Even in that awful moment, the Holy and Almighty God turned away from His Son who died for sinners on the cross.
G. Golgotha or Calvary
Mar 15:22,“Then they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.”
Jhn 19:17, “They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.”
Note: Golgotha in Hebrew is Golgotha which means skull, the name of a place outside Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified; so called, apparently because its form resembled a skull; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament.
Luk 23:33, “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.”
Note: Calvary in Greek is kranion which means a skull; - it occurs 4 times in the New Testament. The place Jesus was crucified was called Golgotha in Hebrew, Calvary in Greek.
Jhn 4:20,“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”
Note: Jerusalem in Hebrew is Yĕruwshalaim which means teaching of peace, the chief city of Palestine and capital of the United Kingdom and the nation of Judah after the split; and where the Holy Temple was in Jesus’ time on earth; - it occurs 643 times in the Old Testament. Jerusalem in Greek is Hierosolyma which means set ye double peace; - it occurs 63 times in the New Testament. Jerusalem has three meanings. "The Jerusalem that now is", with its present religious institutions, i.e. the Mosaic system, so designated from its primary external location – the capital of King David. "The heavenly Jerusalem", that is the heavenly abode of God, Christ, the angels, saints of the Old and New Testament periods. "The New Jerusalem", is a splendid visible city to be let down from heaven after the renovation of the world, the future abode of the blessed.
Jhn 11:1-5,“Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
So the sisters sent word to Him, saying: Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick. But when Jesus heard this, He said: This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.”
Note: Mary, Martha and Lazarus were historical persons who live in historical and geographical place called Bethany. Bethany in Greek is Bēthania which means house of misery, a village at the Mount of Olives, about two miles (3 km) from Jerusalem, on or near the normal road to Jericho; - it occurs 12 times in the New Testament.
J. Garden of Eden
Gen 2:15,“Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.”
Note: When God created the man Adam, He put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. Eve was deceived by the devil and man lost the Garden of Eden.
Gen 3:24,“So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Note: Sin separated man from God. The sinful man was driven out of the Garden of Eden. Just as the Garden of Eden, Bethel, Canaan, Sodom and Gomorrah, Moriah, Jerusalem, Gethsemane, Jerusalem, Bethany, Calvary, etc. are real places, so Heaven is a real place.
I. Heaven is a Place.
Jhn 14:2-3,“In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
Note: Place in Greek is topos which means any portion or space marked off, a dwelling place, an inhabited place, a place or spot where one can abide, dwell, settle, stay; never a state of mind; - it occurs 93 times in the New Testament. Clearly and definitely, Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven to prepare a place for those who follow and love Him. I believe with all my heart the place has been completed long ago. It is done. Remember, the Almighty God would have no problem to create the place in an instant. There is no doubt or confusion, Heaven is a real place; more real than Shanghai, Hangzhou, Copenhagen, Oslo, or London. Some years ago I met an old Chinese pastor and entertained the old couple at fancy restaurants several times. One day the old man in his sermon made a most shocking statement by abruptly said heaven is not a real place. After service, I confronted him with the words of Jesus as expressed in John Chapter 14 cited above. The old man was not willing to recant his false doctrine and heresy, consequently I had to shun him and stop greeting or speaking with him as the Bible commands. What is a miserable and pitiful old occupational pastor!
2 Ti 3:5, “Holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; avoid such men as these.”
Note: The old man was holding a position as a pastor or preacher – a form of godliness, and yet he preached a false teaching by denying the words of Jesus Christ. Deny in Greek is arneomai which means to disregard, to reject, to refuse, not to accept, to contradict, to make the negation of, to renounce; - it occurs 33 times in the New Testament. Avoid in Greek is apotrepō which means to turn one's self away from, to shun; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. It was nothing personal. Just as I invited them to dinners because they were preaching the gospel, so I turned myself away from them because they denied the words of Jesus Christ.
1Ti 6:3-5,“If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.”
2Jo 1:9-11,“Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.”
Note: Anyone who denies the word of Christ does not abide in the teaching of Christ. Do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting. If you give a false prophet or false teacher a greeting, you participate in his evil deeds. If you support financially any false prophet, false teacher or preacher, false church and false seminary, you participate in their evil deeds. Sadly and truly, I have met many occupational preachers who do not preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ, and some are enemies of the cross who forbid others to preach the true Gospel. I had known a white missionary from South Africa who was married with children and he was a homosexual. I had known a Chinese head of a mission who raised money around the world to pay for all of his children university education and nothing for the children of his associate missionaries. I had known a preacher who chewed chicken meat and spit it out while the family of his associate preacher could not afford to eat meat and suffered malnutrition. I have known pastors of megachurches and TV evangelists who enjoyed luxuries and lived a rich lifestyle and they thought they deserve all material comforts they can get. Once the head of a mission wanted to put me in charge of all his churches of a nation, I turned him down because I wanted to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ absolutely free.
II. Heaven is God’s House.
Jhn 14:2,“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
Note: House in Greek is oikia which means an inhabited edifice, a dwelling place; - it occurs 94 times in the New Testament. Although I never owned a house in America, I had seen and visited very expensive and beautiful houses. Once a rich white lady at Newport Beach told me her house had 8 doors. I had also seen some of the grandest royal palaces in the world. Heaven is God’s House where holy angels live with God, and in the future including children of God. Mansion in Greek is monē which means grand house, stately residence; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. Buckingham Palace was estimated to be worth $1.56 billion. I can assure you my mansion in Heaven is far far better than any royal palace on earth.
Hbr 10:34, “For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one.”
Note: Buckingham Palace and White House can be burned down or destroyed, but the mansions of Christians in Heaven not only are far far better and they are everlasting and indestructible.
III. Heaven is a Better Country.
Hbr 11:16,“But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.”
Gen 12:1,“Now the LORD had said to Abram: Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you.”
Note: Desire in Greek is oregō which means to stretch one's self out in order to touch or to grasp something, to reach after or desire something, long for; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Better in Greek is kreittōn which means more excellent, more useful, more serviceable, more advantageous; - it occurs 20 times in the New Testament. A country is better by what it has and has not. For example, a country which has a lot of crimes and violence is certainly a bad country. Heavenly in Greek is epouranios which means existing in heaven, of heavenly origin or nature; - it occurs 21 times in the New Testament. Who are they that desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one? The answer is found in
Hbr 11:13,“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
Note: Stranger in Greek is xenos which means a foreigner, alien; - it occurs 15 times in the New Testament. The English word xenophobia is derived from the Greek word. Most American and European white peoples suffer xenophobia. In fact even Japanese people treat other Japanese born in foreign lands as aliens. Pilgrim in Greek is parepidēmos which means a stranger sojourning in a strange place, a foreigner; in the New Testament metaphor. in reference to all believers who sojourns on earth and whose home in heaven; - it occurs only 3 times in the New Testament. Based on the concept of Christian being a pilgrim, John Bunyan wrote an immortal book called Pilgrim’s Progress which I would recommend to any Christian.
Those who preach or believe in prosperity gospel seek riches, power, luxury and things of the earth are worldly and not pilgrims. They have their mansions on earth. Abraham although was very rich in earthly things because God blessed him, he was a pilgrim who lived in a tent, he got out of his country and he went as God told him to go. Country in Hebrew is 'erets which means land, earth, district, region, territory; - it occurs 2,499 times in the Old Testament. The Bible says God has prepared a city for His children. I am very glad and grateful that God has prepared a city for His children.
I used to think America was beautiful. After watching two Los Angeles riots had changed my mind. I saw them live on TV how brutal and violent and inhuman were black rioters and destroyers and killers; and how immoral and irresponsible were black and Latino looters and robbers and thieves! I was glad there was not one Chinese and I could not remember seeing a white person. Looking into the future I already knew the United States would become a terrible place, and I desired a better country. If Chinese students who were killed and knew attending USC (not a quality private university) and located at one of Los Angles most dangerous places, they would not have gone there in the first place. So in 1975 I went to Europe looking for a better country. I found Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Sweden and Norway were far better countries than America. One of many things impressed me most was the store windows of a Copenhagen luxury hotel with expenssive watches and jewelry on display all night long. That you could never see in Los Angeles. For several reasons I did not stay because of strict immigration laws, starting from nothing, language difficulty, lack of job opportunities, and above all a harsh climate (too cold for me), etc. The country Christians look for and desire is not an earthly country, but a heavenly one. In the heavenly country God has prepared a city for His children. City in Greek is polis which means the heavenly Jerusalem, the abode of the blessed in heaven, of the visible capital in the heavenly Kingdom, to come down to earth after the renovation of the world by fire; - it occurs 162 times in the New Testament. I first visited Shanghai in 1985; it was a disappointed and dilapidated city. In the last 30 years Shanghai has transformed into a great metropolitan city in the world and becomes one of the most desirable places in the world. Smog is one of the major obstacles that Shanghai Municipal Government has to conquer by removing so many private cars, dirty factories, unhealthy habits of fireworks, smoking, etc.
There is no city in the world can be compared with the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. The Bible provides a clear description of the Holy City in Revelation Chapter 21.
Rev 21:1-27, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying: Behold, the Tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. And He who sits on the throne said: Behold, I am making all things new. And He said: Write, for these words are faithful and true. Then He said to me: It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying: Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west.
And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements. The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the leaders of the earth bring their glory and honor to Him. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
Rev 22:3,“There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him.”
Note: Based on the Scriptures cited above, let us take an inventory what there are NOT in the new heaven and the new earth and the New Jerusalem, the Holy City:
(1). No sea
(2). No tear
(3). No death
(4). No mourning
(5). No crying
(6). No pain
(7). No old things
(8). No cowardly
(9). No unbelieving
(10). No abominable
(11). No murderers
(12). No immoral persons
(13). No sorcerers
(14). No idolaters
(15). No liars
(16). No temple
(17). No sun
(18). No moon
(19). No night
(20). Nothing unclean
(21). No abomination
(22). No lying
(23). No curse
Note: Nothing unclean would include feces, urine, toilets, animals, trash, garbage, smoke, dust, germs, bad smell, blood, dirt, smog, gems, etc. Heaven is holy and there is nothing unclean and undesirable in Heaven. Every day I am disturbed by people who suffer DND (dirty-noisy-disorderly) syndrome. There are many Chinese parents who take their children to public places like restaurants, shopping malls, parks, subway trains, etc., they seem to think and practice their untrained and undisciplined children have the right and privilege to make riots with unbearable noise and unpleasant activities. Scandinavian children are the loveliest in the world. Please read The Theory of Good Society. All diseases and pains are curses. I am most afraid to be ill in America because doctors and hospitals can slaughter me financially without mercy by fraudulent and excessive charges with impunity. They are the medical terrorists who can bankrupt you and suck every drop of your blood with license! American healthcare, legal, political, banking and capitalistic systems are the greatest curses of mankind.
Dan 12:3,“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”
Note: The Bible definitely says there will be no sun and moon. It is curious the Bible does not say clearly whether there will be stars or not. Star in Hebrew is kowkab which means any self-luminous body which shines or sparkles; - it occurs 37 times in the Old Testament. It was revealed to Daniel that those who lead the many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever.
1Cr 15:41,“There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.”
Note: Star in Greek is astēr which means a star in the sky; - it occurs 24 times in the New Testament. Just as the physical stars differ in glory from star to star, so the righteous one will shine in different glory. I am sure the stars of Paul, John and Stephen will shine more brightly and brilliantly than the stars of Martin Luther, John Bunyan, etc.
Mat 24:29-30,“But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.”
Note: It appears to be the stars in the sky will be no more just as the sun and moon will be no more in the new heaven and new earth, the righteous will replace them as stars.
Num 24:17,“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near;
shall come forth from Jacob,
A scepter shall rise from Israel,
And shall crush through the forehead of Moab,
And tear down all the sons of Sheth.”
Note: Jesus Christ is the Star coming forth from Jacob.
Mal 4:1-3,“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing, says the LORD of hosts.”
Note: In the new heaven and new earth, the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Sun of Righteousness will shine and replace the physical sun.
Luk 15:7,“I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
Based on the Scriptures cited above, let us take an inventory what there are in the new heaven and the new earth and the New Jerusalem, the Holy City:
(2). The Tabernacle of God
(3). New things
(4). The water of life
(5). The wife of the Lamb
(6). A great and high mountain
(7). The glory of God
(9). A great and high wall
(10). Twelve gates
(11). The names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel
(12). Twelve foundation stones
(13). The twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
(14). A gold measuring rod
(15). Fifteen hundred miles in length
(16). Fifteen hundred miles in width
(17). Fifteen hundred miles in height
(18). Seventy-two yards wall of jasper
(19). City of pure gold, like clear glass
(20). The foundation stones of the city wall of precious stone
(21). The first foundation stone of jasper
(22). The second foundation stone of sapphire
(23). The third foundation stone of chalcedony
(24). The fourth foundation stone of emerald.
(25). The fifth foundation stone of sardonyx
(26). The sixth foundation stone of sardius
(27). The seventh foundation stone of chrysolite
(28). The eighth foundation stone of beryl
(29). The ninth foundation stone of topaz
(30). The tenth foundation stone of chrysoprase
(31). The eleventh foundation stone of jacinth
(32). The twelfth foundation stone of amethyst
(33). Twelve gates of twelve pearls
(34). The street of pure gold, like transparent glass
(35). The glory of God
(36). Lamp is the Lamb.
(37). Nations 0f those who are saved
(38). The leaders of the earth
Note: The Greek word basileus can be translated king or leader. In reference to Rev 21:24, I am not sure the leaders (kings) of the earth refer to what or whom. I do not know anyone who has a correct answer. Of course they do not refer to Western or Asian kings, etc. This is for sure; liars and killers will not enter the Kingdom of God. At a glance of some commentaries, I believe their interpretations are useless and wrong. I admit that I do not know this and will not pretend to know what I do not know. I do know this: the fundamental doctrines of the Bible on God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church, sin, salvation, justification, judgment, etc. are clear. However, there are many things about Biblical prophecy which are not clear. For example, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is clear and sure, but no one can really claim to know the whole sequence of events to take place before, during and after the Second Coming. I do believe the Rapture (the church taken up to meet the Lord in the space) will take place before the Great Tribulation; and the Millennium (the reign of Christ with the saints on earth for 1,000 years) will take place before the final consummation of the Kingdom of Heaven (a new heaven and a new earth and the New Jerusalem) will begin for eternity. Please read Home - The Chronology of Time and Eternity.
Just as Bethlehem, Bethany, Bethel, Calvary, Canaan, Jerusalem, etc, are real places; Heaven is more real a place than Shanghai, Hangzhou, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, etc. There is no place which is comparable to Heaven.
IV. Heaven is a Place Unimaginable.
1Cr 2:9,“But just as it is written,
“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD,
AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN,
ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”
Note: This is the wonder of wonders, Jesus Christ has a prepared a place for those who love Him – things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man. That means there are thing in Heaven not only eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, and they have not entered the hearts of men. Heaven is too beautiful, too glorious, too unimaginable, and too wonderful that men could have never imagined. Although I am not rich, I have seen the Royal Scepter of Queen of England, and the blue Hope Diamond and many other royal precious stones, but none can be compared to those precious stones in the Holy City in brilliance, beauty, quality, and size. I have seen many beautiful and costly things on earth, but none is more beautiful than a glorious sunset or beautiful orchids.
When I was a kid, I had an incredible imagination that I could make up stories of a Paradise beyond this world, and told them to my brothers and sisters and added more features as the story unfolded. I can assure you my imagination could not depict Heaven – things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man.
Heaven is a
Act 7:33,“BUT THE LORD SAID TO HIM, ‘TAKE OFF THE SANDALS FROM YOUR FEET, FOR THE PLACE ON WHICH YOU ARE STANDING IS HOLY GROUND.”
Note: Heaven is the
Rev 22:14-17,“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the Root and the Descendant of David, the Bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the bride say: Come. And let the one who hears say: Come. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”
The American pet industry claims dogs go to Heaven is absolutely false. Animals
do not go to Heaven. Animals do not live in Heaven. I am already disgusted with
pet owners who walk their pets to urinate and defecate in public places.
Imagine dogs and cats urinate and defecate in the
VI. Who Will N0T Go to Heaven?
Isa 28:15,“Because ye have said: We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves。”
Note: The wicked have made lies there refuge, and under falsehood the evildoers have hid themselves. No one can hide themselves from God. Japanese leaders lie, lie and lie without shame and they are pagans without God. American leaders know about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and yet they lie, lie, and lie also without fear of God and without fear of going to Hell.
Isa 28:18,“And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.”
Note: No covenant with death shall be valid, and no agreement with hell shall stand.
In certainty, those who go to Hell will not go to Heaven:
1Cr 6:9-10,“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the Kingdom of God.”
Note: The Greek word for the unrighteous is adikos which means unjust, sinful, deceitful, one who violates or has violated justice, one who deals fraudulently with others; - it occurs 12 times in the New Testament. Examples of the unrighteous are fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, homosexuals, thieves, the covetous (greedy), drunkards, revilers, swindlers. These unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God mean they will go into Hell. These Scriptures list 10 kinds of people (the doers) who will go into Hell.
(1). The Greek word for fornicator is pornos which means a man who prostitutes his body to another's lust for hire, a male prostitute, a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a whoremonger; - it occurs 10 times in the New Testament. Fornicators will go into Hell.
(2). The Greek word for idolater is eidōlolatrēs which means a worshipper of false gods, a covetous man as a worshipper of Mammon; - it occurs 7 times in the New Testament. Even if a believer is participating in any way in the worship of the heathen gods, esp. one who attends their sacrificial feasts and eats of the remains of things offered is guilty of idolatry.
preachers and ministers are very strange people because they do not warn the
Taiwan Leader Ma Ying-jeou for being
an idolater as required by the Scripture. If anyone knows how to convey this
message to Mr. Ma, please do. You cannot claim to be a Christian and an
idolater at the same time. If you are a Christian, you cannot worship idols. If
you worship idols, you should not claim to be a Christ. Mr. Ma must come clean
one way or another. The former Taiwan
leader who is a traitor has practiced the same; to be an idolater in order to
win votes from idol worshipers, and claiming to be a Christian in order to win
American military support. In America
only primitive immigrants worship idols, but most Americans,
(3). The Greek word for adulterer is moichos which means a married person who is guilty of sexually immorality, a person unfaithful to God; - it occurs 4 times in the New Testament. An idolater is also an adulterer because he is unfaithful to God by worshiping false gods. Adulterers do not go to Heaven, they will go into Hell.
(4). The Greek word for effeminate is malakos which means of a catamite, of a boy kept for homosexual relations with a man, of a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness, of a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness, of a male prostitute; - it occurs 4 times in the New Testament.
Sodomites and male prostitutes will go into Hell.
(5). The Greek word for homosexual is arsenokoitēs which means one who has sex with a male as with a female, sodomite, a male who has sex with a male, a female who has sex with a female, an abuser of oneself; - it occurs 2 times in the New Testament. Homosexuals will go into Hell.
(6). The Greek word for thief is kleptēs which means an embezzler, pilferer, misappropriator, robber and plunderer, one who steals; - it occurs 16 times in the New Testament. The word kleptomaniac is derived from the Greek word. The American healthcare providers (such as doctors, hospital owners, drug and insurance companies executives, labs and medical suppliers， etc.) are thieves because they routinely defraud and fleece patients and have bankrupted millions of families. Thieves will go into Hell. Japanese leaders are thieves who rely on the sole superpower to rob territories from China.
(7). The Greek word for the covetous is pleonektēs which means one eager to have more, esp. what belongs to others, the greedy, greedy of gain; - it occurs 4 times in the New Testament. The executives of Wall Street, big banks, mortgage and insurance companies, defense contractors, etc. are the greediest. The greedy will go into Hell.
(8). The Greek word for drunkard is methysos which means a drunken person, the intoxicated; - it occurs 2 times in the New Testament. Most people may not realize that drunkards will go into Hell.
(9). The Greek word for reviler is loidoros which means a railer, one who uses bad language, one who uses abusive and contemptuous language; - it occurs 2 times in the New Testament. If I understand the Bible correctly, those who use F work (which is prevalent in America) and filthy language will go into Hell.
(10). The Greek word for swindler is harpax which means an extortioner, a robber; - it occurs 5 times in the New Testament. As I understand the meaning of this Scripture and what doctors, hospital owners, drug and insurance companies, labs and medical suppliers are doing – they are guilty of being a swindler, defrauding and extorting and bankrupting millions of American families. Obviously Wall Street executives who created the economic and financial crisis beginning in 2007 and looted the world more than $50 trillion are also guilty of this sin and will be cast into Hell. Those who manufacture and sell fake and deadly drug, food and drink will also go into hell. All corrupt politicians and officials will also go into Hell.
Gal 5:19-21,“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
Note: These Scriptures list 15 deeds of the flesh; those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Those who will not inherit the Kingdom of God will go into Hell.
(1). The Greek word for immorality is porneia which means illicit sexual intercourse, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc., sexual intercourse with close relatives, Lev Chapter 18; sexual intercourse with a divorced man or woman,
Mar 10:11-12,“And He said to them: Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”
Note: In the West people practice a wrong way of marriage, not only they divorce, even preachers divorce. Divorced men are not qualified to be ministers or pastors. A divorced man or woman who remarries commits adultery, as defined by Jesus Christ. Those who are guilty of immorality will go into Hell.
(2). The Greek word for impurity is akatharsia which means physical uncleanness, impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living; of impure motives; - it occurs 10 times in the New Testament. Those who are guilty of impurity will go into Hell.
(3). The Greek word for sensuality is aselgeia which means unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence, molestation; - it occurs 9 times in the New Testament. I believe those who sexually molest children commit this deed of flesh. Those who are guilty of sensuality will go into Hell.
(4). The Greek word for idolatry is eidōlolatria which means the worship of false gods, formal sacrificial feats held in honor of false gods (as Taiwanese do to their local god which I have no pleasure to name); avarice, as a worship of Mammon; - it occurs 4 times in the New Testament. Those who are guilty of idolatry will go into Hell.
(5). The Greek word for sorcery is pharmakeia which means the use or the administering of addictive or hallucinative drugs, magical or black arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it, deceptions and seductions of idolatry; - it occurs 3 times in the New Testament. I believe people who consult astrologers, fortunetellers, fengshui masters, evil spirits, spirits of the dead, etc. are guilty of sorcery. Those who are guilty of sorcery will go into Hell.
(6). The Greek word for enmity is echthra which means hatred, hostility, animosity; - it occurs 6 times in the New Testament. Warmongers, aggressors, oppressors, supremacists, hegemonists, imperialists, colonialists, militarists, and terrorists are guilty of this deed of the flesh. There age people who hate China and bent on destruction of China without cause. Many white supremacists are jealous of China’s spectacular successes and achievements and so they harbor animosity and enmity against China. As a matter of fact it was the Western powers since the infamous Opium War that oppressed and abused and threatened China even today. America is leading a wild pack of nations in preparation for war against China in order to be the supreme power in Asia Pacific and in order to seize the natural resources of the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Those who are guilty of enmity will go into Hell.
(7). The Greek word for strife is eris which means contention, strife, wrangling; - it occurs 9 times in the New Testament. Those who are guilty of strife will go into Hell.
(8). The Greek word for jealousy is zēlos which means the fierceness of indignation used only in a bad sense, punitive zeal, an envious and contentious rivalry, a mean passion of rivalry, outburst and manifestation of indignation or contentious rivalry, envy in an evil and unworthy sense; - it occurs 17 times in the New Testament. Those who are guilty of jealousy will go into Hell.
(9). The Greek word for outbursts of anger is tyhmos which means boiling up anger, inflaming anger, passion of anger, boiling wrath, rage; - it occurs 18 times in the New Testament. If I understand the meaning of this Scripture correct, those who commit the American road rage or the like will go into Hell.
(10). The Greek word for disputes is eritheia which means electioneering or intriguing for office, a desire to put one's self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit which does not disdain low arts and trickery, partisanship, fractiousness; - it occurs 7 times in the New Testament. If I understand the meaning of this word, I am afraid American presidential campaign and election characterized by having shameless selfishness or self-promoting, unfair means and smear tactics fits into this sin. The wrangling partisanship of running the U.S. government is also guilty of this sin. Those nations who make false claims of the South China Sea and the East China Sea are also guilty of this deed of the flesh. Those who are guilty of disputes will go into Hell.
(11). The Greek word for factions is dichostasia which means division, sedition; - it occurs 3 times in the New Testament. The nations that practice “divide and conquer” tactics are guilty of this deed of the flesh. Denomination promoters that divide the church of Jesus Christ and preachers who form factions are guilty of this deed of the flesh. All imperialists, hegemonists, militarists and warmongers are guilty of this sin and will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
(12). The Greek word for envying
which means a feeling of discontent and ill because of another achievement or
success; resentful dislike of another for what it possesses; - it occurs 9
times in the New Testament. It was prompted by envy that a
black-supremacist-journalist wrote, “China has changed, but it not free.” The black journalist wrote about the smog in Beijing,
but silent about the smog in Los
Angeles. The black supremacist wrote about the small
lanes and small houses in Shanghai without
plumbing, ignoring Lujiazui the most modern city in the world, and being silent
about the black ghettos of Washington,
(13). The Greek word for drunkenness is methē which means intoxication; extravagant indulgence in drinking; - it occurs 3 times in the New Testament. Those who are drunk and kill people in driving will go into the depth of Hell. Those who are guilty of drunkenness will go into Hell.
(14). The Greek word for carousing is kōmos which means a revel, carousal, nocturnal and riotous indulgence of frolicsome males and females, all night drinking and wild sex party; - it occurs 3 times in the New Testament. A sex-driven society like America is famous for its playboy and wife-swapping parties of drink, drug and sex. Many college and middle age men and women are guilty of this deed of the flesh. Those who are guilty of carousing will go into Hell.
Rev 22:15,“Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.”
Note: Outside of heaven are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. The Greek word for dog is kyōn which means the canine animal, sodomite, a man of impure mind, an impudent man; - it occurs 5 times in the New Testament. I believe the prime minister of Japan and the leader of Philippines, etc. qualify to be dogs in Biblical sense. There will be no dog in heaven. The Greek word for sorcerer is pharmakos which means a person who practices black magic or sorcery; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. All those who possess and practice evil supernatural powers will go into Hell. You witness sorcery in Africa, India and other Asian and Latin American nations among primitive peoples. The Greek word for immoral person is pornos which means a male prostitute, a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator, a prostitute, a whore; - it occurs 16 times in the New Testament. The English word pornography is derived from the Greek word. It is the same original word used as fornicator in 1Cr 6:9. Immoral persons will go into Hell. The Greek word for murderer is phoneus which means one who committed a homicide, a killer; - it occurs 7 times in the New Testament. Warmongers are the mass murderers, they will go into Hell. Serial killers will also go into Hell. The word idolaters in the original word used in Rev 22:15 is also used in 1Cr 6:9. Idolaters will go into Hell. The Greek word for lying is pseudos which means a lie, conscious and intentional falsehood, deceiving with a treacherous purpose; - it occurs 9 times in the New Testament. The billing of doctors and hospital is a conscious and intentional falsehood, deceiving poor patients to fleece and bankrupt them. All doctors, hospital owners, drug and insurance companies, labs and medical suppliers who habitually lie will be outside of the Kingdom of God and go straight into Hell. The economic and financial crisis beginning in 2007 was created by Wall Street executives who looted the world more than $50 trillion, the biggest fraud ever perpetrated in history. Supremacists and hegemonists have started many unjust wars with lies and have killed millions of people since the infamous Opium Wars, they earn the deepest Hell. Terrorists and warmongers will go into Hell, the depths of Hell. Everyone who loves and practices lying will go into Hell. Do you know any political leader and official who do not lie? Do you know any rich and powerful people who do not lie?
Mat 5:22,“But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother: Raca! shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says: You fool! shall be in danger of Hell fire.”
Note: Those who say: God is love, and therefore there is no hell, think again what Jesus Christ says. Again and again Jesus warns of Hell fire.
Mat 23:15,“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of Hell as yourselves.”
Note: Jesus Christ calls a religious hypocrite a son of Hell. Preachers of prosperity gospel have private planes to travel to preach the false gospel to get rich. Even among the sons of Hell, some are worse than others. So Hell has different levels of depth for punishment, the deepest Hell for the worst of sinners. Judas the traitor deserves the deepest, so with all false prophets and false preachers and false teachers and false brothers.
2Pe 2:4-19, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into Hell and committed them to Pits of Darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the Day of Judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties, whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord. But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed, suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet. These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.”
Peter gives a detailed description and explanation of the sons of Hell. Executives
Needless to say, those who violate the Ten Commandments will go into Hell.
1Cr 15:50,“Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”
Note: Sinners are flesh and blood and they cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Men are mortal and cannot inherit the immortal.
An American false teacher and crook has deceived many who wanted to get rich. What the Bible says about money? The Bible never teaches how to make money by investing in stocks. There is no Biblical code on investing. The Bible never predicts what stock will go up or down. This is what the Bible says about money:
1Ti 6:10,“For the love of money is the root of all evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Note: America is the fertile land of crooks and criminals due to its flawed legal system and cultural values. There are more frauds committed in America than the stars in the sky. Imagine the United States has sophisticated federal antitrust laws, and in spite of the laws the American monopolist became the richest man in the world. You cannot find any crime or sin which is not connected to the love of money, power and sex.
2Ti 3:2-5,“For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; avoid such men as these.”
Note: The Scriptures cited above warn of believers of dangerous and perilous times in the last days because of the love of money, power and sex which are American prevailing values. The Scriptures predicted in the last days particularly there will be lovers of self (power), lovers of money (greed), and lovers of pleasure (sex). Many American and Japanese leaders, etc. fit into this category of people.
Hbr 13:5,“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”
Note: This is the Biblical message to Christians. Character in Greek is tropos which means manner of life, way of life, mind set, moral strength; - it occurs 12 times in the New Testament. It is of vital importance that believers have character which is free from the love of money, being content with what we have. There are many American leaders who claim to be Christians but they are liars and killers and do not have the Christian character. There are many preachers and TV evangelists who are lovers of self, lovers of money and lovers of pleasure. Make sure you avoid them. After years of observations, it is most shocking to conclude that Western media, anti-China politicians and officials and supremacists routinely, regularly, and relentlessly make false accusations and manufacture all sorts of lies against China. For example, even though China does not have one overseas military base and does not occupy any nation while the sole superpower has more than 700 military bases all over the world to encircle China and Russia and with a defense budget more than all nations combined and started many wars and occupied other nations and incited other nations to make false claims to China’s territories in the South China Sea and the East China, but they shamelessly and unconscionably broadcast the big lie of China’s threat. These people claim to be Christians and yet they do not heed the warning of the Bible,
Rev 21:8,“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
American contagion of healthcare terrorism has infected China. Something frightening and fearful has happened in China! The American fraudulent and predatory practices of doctors and hospitals have come to China. It was reported that one man was treated in a Harbin hospital emergency and intensive care and died; his medical bill was 5.5 million yuan. One recent case of a patient who had gall stone surgery which was told the cost would be a couple thousand yuan. Under the pretext of saving life, then doctors and the hospital made the patient very ill but prohibited the family to visit and told them the patient was getting better but never mentioned or demanded to advance payment or disclosed the amount. Later a simple gall stone surgery killed the patient and the bill was RMB 450,000 with a dead patient. I watched on TV how the responsible doctor shamelessly and unconscionably rationalized the costs and justified the high fees of RMB 450,000 as normal and not much. Apparently the doctor had seared his conscience with hot iron and lost his sense of morality and honesty and respectability. Since healthcare is a monopoly, what evil doctors and hospitals can do is inestimable and immeasurable. It is hoped the Chinese government would take drastic action now to stop the deadly contagion of American capitalistic greed before it becomes unstoppable and devastates the Chinese society. The simple but effective remedy is to execute doctors who commit fraudulent and predatory practices (such as charging large sums for unnecessary or unperformed tests, procedures, treatments, drugs, etc., excessive and fake billing, fake medical record, lies about patient condition, malpractice, misinformation, misrepresentation, etc.) and execute hospital owners who participate in the organized crime and seize their assets to pay victims. Doctors and hospitals that commit outrageous and malicious illegal practices must be put to death and put out of business. There are already American and Western doctors and dentists who practice medicine in China’s big cities and charge the rich Chinese high fees (many times what Chinese public hospitals charge). This dual medical system cannot be tolerated in a just society. Do not allow doctors and dentists and hospitals become healthcare terrorists in China. Under the Chinese legal system, no one is allowed to prey on another person. Do not let the Chinese health-care system fall into the monopolistic, abusive and oppressive and most costly health-care like that of the United States which sucks the blood of American people and bankrupted millions of American families with impunity.
Chinese businesses are usually more honest. When I first went to China in 1985 the morality of Chinese people was so high that they would not even defraud or overcharge you ¥1. Since then American greedy capitalism has infected China severely and the morality of Chinese people has gone down rapidly. Today there maybe some Chinese crooks who would defraud you gladly for millions of dollars and laugh at it as an achievement. A small example for your information: On April 15, 2013 I went shopping at Shanghai Yuyuan Garden at the basement of a commercial building. The woman shop owner said, Panasonic Rechargeable Shaver (ES-RW30) is sold outside at ¥400-500; she sold to me for ¥350. To my shocking I discovered the same Panasonic Shaver is sold at ¥299 at Carrefour Supermarket. Yuyuan shops do not give receipt and do not refund. I called the male store owner and he would not acknowledge it was a lie and would not give refund. Carrefour already makes a profit of the Panasonic Shaver at the price of ¥299, the dishonest woman on top of it defrauded extra profit of ¥51. Sadly, man would be willing to go to hell for a lie of ¥51. The lesson learned: It is not wise to believe what Chinese merchants say. You should know the product and the price before you buy. Carrefour probably would be a good reference point of price comparison.
I bought a scale from the store of a woman. The battery needed to be replaced, the woman said 8 yuan a piece; I bargained for 5 yuan, she said no on account it was a good quality battery. Then I found out and bought a set of five of the same kind battery for only 5 yuan, which is 1 yuan a piece. I returned the 8 yuan battery intact (without use or open) ten minutes later for refund; the woman refused and claimed hers was superior, although it was the same kind. How China has changed. The China I knew in 1985 is not the China I know in 2013. Can a human go the hell for lying for 8 yuan? Over the years I have discovered people in government and business regularly and habitually lie. Even people of small business lie. This is what Jesus says,
Mat 5:26, “Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.”
Note: Cent in Greek is kodrantēs, which means in the New Testament a coin equal to one half the Attic chalcus worth about 3/8 of a cent. In business, a woman was willing to lie for 8 yuan. How sad it is! How cheap is the human value! Wall Street in 2008 economic and financial crisis cheated and defrauded $50 trillion. Doctors and hospital owners and other healthcare providers annually and routinely cheat billions of dollars for many decades and no authority is stopping them.
Rev 21:8,“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Mat 5:20, “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Luk 18:17, “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
Eph 5:5, “For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God.”
To sum up all those who will NOT go to Heaven because they will go to Hell include the following groups of people:
(1). the unrighteous
Note: The greatest thieves and the greedy and swindlers include American doctors, hospital owners, bank, drug, insurance and Wall Street executives, corrupt lawmakers and officials. Everyday American crooks and criminals and corrupt businesses send out billions of unwelcome and unsolicited messages to trap and defraud people who want to get rich quick and those who want sexual pleasures. Also there are many of those who send out political messages in order to get and gain power. In America doctors and hospital owners daily swindle patients by unnecessary tests and treatments and expensive drugs and devices and compounded by fraudulent and excessive charges. In China so-called experts and specialists appear on TV to spread pseudo medical knowledge to frighten people with all sorts of symptoms and diseases to make them hypochondriacs who are vulnerable in taking unnecessary and fraudulent drugs and tests and treatments. Even the services of e-mail carriers are free; they would routinely send you threatening messages to cancel your accounts if you do not do what they tell you.
1 Ti 1:9-10, “Realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching.”
(11). lawless and rebellious
(12). ungodly and sinners
(13). unholy and profane
(15). immoral men
Those who practice the following:
Note: Since the end of World War II, who can refute that America has been practicing foreign policy of enmities and strife and jealousy?
(28). outbursts of anger
Note: The leaders of Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, etc. who make false claims to China’s territories in the East China Sea and the South China Sea and create disputes will be sent to Hell.
Note: American leaders are guilty of making enmities, strife, disputes, dissensions, factions among nations of the world out of jealousy and envying of China; they will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Note: The Bible calls evildoers and children of darkness dogs.
Note: European imperialists and colonialists had killed millions who instigated the Opium Wars, etc. Japanese leaders and militarists killed 50 million peoples (35 million Chinese and 15 million Asians) in World War II and denied them all. American leaders since the end of World War II had killed millions of innocent peoples around the world and they are still killing. Islamic terrorists are killing in some parts of the world.
Note: Lee Teng-hui and Ma Ying-jeou claim to be Christians, but they are idolaters who worship idols in public.
(36). everyone who loves and practices lying
Note: Those who are most famous and who love and practice lying are the Japanese prime minister and his gang, American leaders, the leader and officials of Philippines.
(37). son of Hell
Note: I believe the prime minister of Japan and his gang are sons of Hell. I believe the president of Philippines is also a son of Hell. I believe many American leaders and militarists are also sons of Hell. All terrorists and warmongers are sons of Hell.
Note: It is because American leaders are unprincipled who created the largest national debt in history and instigated hundreds of unjust wars and military interventions that killed millions of innocent peoples around the world since the end of World War II. Japanese prime minister is probably the most unprincipled liar and killer and denier of history who distorts historical facts and glorifies and worships Japanese convicted and executed criminals as national Japanese heroes and true gods.
(40). unreasoning animals
Note: Apparently the prime minister of Japan, the president of Philippines and many American leaders are unreasoning animals.
(41). accursed children
Note: I believe the prime minister of Japan and his gang who deny Japanese war crimes and atrocities, the corrupt and deceitful Filipino leaders, the American warmongers, militarists and supremacists, Islamic terrorists, etc. are accursed children.
(42). slaves of corruption
People who run
(43). flesh and blood
Note: All human beings who have not been born again and do not have the Holy Spirit living in them are called flesh and blood,
(44). lovers of self
(45). lovers of money
(46). lovers of pleasure
Note: It takes a lifetime to reach the conclusion that most Americans (in particular of those in Washington, Wall Street and Hollywood) are lovers of self (power), lovers of money (greed), and lovers of pleasure (sex). Power, money and sex are American prevailing cultural values. Most white Americans are self-interested-oriented-and-dominated. The blacks and Latinos are worse because they practice more crude culture. You can say the same thing about the Europeans and many other races. When we were children, once we ventured to the countryside and met a farmer and his family. Although we were strangers, the country folk boiled a big wok of fresh peanuts to entertain us. It was the most delicious fresh cooked peanuts I have ever tasted in my life. Of course the farmer did not want money from us. There are few people in this world I have met who are not lovers of self, lovers of money and lovers of pleasure. I have known many preachers (Western and Chinese); very few of them are lovers of God.
Here I am going to share one of my most intimate experiences with my global readers even though I did not share with own parents. The truth may be shocking and offensive, but it was true. I was born into a very decent and puritan-like Christian family who practiced “Think no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and do no evil.” I was so innocent and naïve as a child and did not know anything about the evil world. My father was a missionary-pastor who had a Chinese church. I was a gifted boy preacher, sort of a boy evangelist, teaching Sunday School, Youth Fellowship, and Bible Study and often preached at the Sunday Service when my father was out of town. There was a white missionary from South Africa who belonged to China Inland Mission. Although Hudson Taylor the founder was ancient to me, I heard some good things about him. China Inland Mission (CIM) was kicked out of China and later changed into Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF). When I was a child, I thought like a child and believed every preacher was a representative of God. The white missionary was married with children, and his wife had another baby and was hospitalized. Looking back it was utterly strange, sick and wicked that the white missionary requested my father to have me sleep with him while his wife was away. My father was too trusting and also naïve about the evil in the world and gave his consent. Of course my father did not know the white man was a homosexual. As an obedient son, I did what my father ordered reluctantly. So I spent the night in the same bed with the white missionary, as a healthy young man I fell asleep quickly. Later the white preacher apologized to me that he touched my penis during my sleep and that I was not conscious of all. This is to tell you the risk and danger of being innocent and unknowledgeable. In recent years how many incidents of Roman Catholic priests and nuns committed rapes or sexual intercourses with Catholic boys and girls in America were disclosed. As a man I think like a man and understand the comprehensive doctrines of the Bible. The white missionary was a homosexual, unfit for a man, more unworthy to be a preacher. Homosexuality was totally unknown to the Chinese Christian community then. My younger brother once told me that in attending a white church in America he saw something strange that white men embraced and kissed each other like lovers. I said to him, “Fool, they are homosexuals. Do not go to a gay church anymore!” As a man I have known many Chinese and Western ministers. I must honestly tell you not every pastor or preacher is a man of God, not all of them are called to be servants of Christ. Most pastors are occupational preachers without gifts and without power from on high. I have known famous evangelists and preachers who are enemies of the cross. People who are lovers of self, lovers of money, and lovers of pleasure are not Christians at all. These people will go to Hell. Ministers who are lovers of self, lovers of money, and lovers of pleasure are agents of the devil. A church that has a partnership with a homosexual missionary is to have partnership with the devil. The same white homosexual missionary from South Africa told me some most deadly doctrine: They believe white people in South Africa were like the chosen people of God in Canaan. The Jews were told by God to kill and drive out the Canaanites to possess the Promised Land. So it was alright for white people to kill blacks and drive them out of South Africa. This is certainly not the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. The West has practiced many false versions of Christianity. Etiologically speaking, this white South African concept was born of the “white man’s burden.” Jesus Christ says you shall know them by their fruits. Not all preachers who claim to be preachers are the servants of Christ. Another example, since the end of World War II almost all American presidents claim to be Christians, but in fact they are liars and killers. Do not follow any preacher or leader, follow Jesus Christ.
Note: Japanese leaders and militarists were probably the most brutal people in recent history. Worse of all, the evil prime minister of Japan and his gangs deny them all.
(48). haters of good
Note: It is most shocking to find many leaders of nations, doctors and lawyers and executives who claim to be Christians are haters of good. The enemies of truth continuously attack my websites because they are haters of good. All aggressors, oppressors, warmongers, militarists, monopolists and capitalists are haters of good.
Note: Lee Teng-hui, Chen Sui-bian, the leaders of Taiwan anti-China party (DPP) and not a few Taiwanese are treacherous people, traitors of China. If Ma Ying-jeou does not change course, he will end up also a traitor of China.
Note: Many still do not know that you do not need to commit murder or adultery or robbery to go to Hell. Just being an unbelieving scientist or scholar will send you to Hell. All unbelievers will go to Hell.
Note: God considers homosexuals as abominable.
(52). immoral persons
Note: Astrologers, fortunetellers and those who believe and practice fengshui belong to this group.
Note: Primitive people like many Taiwanese worship idols, few American worship idols, but most Americans worship the idols of money, power and sex.
Note: Only God knows exactly how many lies have been told by American, European, Japanese and Filipino leaders as well as Wall Street executives, bankers and business executives, American and Western media. Nixon told lies about Watergate; he was caught and had decency to resign. Many other American presidents also lied and were caught, but they did not have the honor to resign. All dictators, oppressors, aggressors, corrupt lawmakers and politicians and officials, doctors and lawyers and bankers and executives lie repeatedly and habitually;– it seems they are not afraid to go to Hell! Consequently many will themselves in Hell. The lies practiced by American, European, Japanese and Filipino leaders are twisted with high intensity and quality of distortion and hypocrisy in the most shameless manner.
(56). those who do not know God and those who do not obey the Gospel
2Th 1:8,“Dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”
Note: The sin of do not know God and do not obey the Gospel is more than enough to send you to Hell for eternal punishment.
VII. Who Will Go to Heaven?
Psa 5:7,“But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, at Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.”
Note: Christians enter God’s House not because of their own goodness (no one is good enough), but because of God’s lovingkindness.
Rom 9:15-16, “For He says to Moses: I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION. So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”
Note: Those on whom God has mercy will go to Heaven.
Rom 5:9, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”
Note: Those who have been justified by the blood of Jesus and shall be saved from the wrath of God through Christ will go to Heaven.
Rev 1:5, “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood.”
Note: These who are released from their sins by the blood of Jesus.
Gal 3:13,“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”—
1Cr 6:20,“For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
Note: Those who have been bought with a price and glorify God will go to Heaven.
Tts 3:5,“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.”
Note: Those who have been saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit will enter the Kingdom of God.
1Pe 1:2,“According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.”
Note: Those who have been sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, sanctified by the Holy Spirit and obey Jesus Christ will go to Heaven.
Jhn 5:24, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
Note: Those who believe God sent Christ have passed out of death into life.
Rom 8:1, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.:
Note: Those who have no condemnation in Christ will enter Heaven.
Mat 7:21,“Not everyone who says to Me: ‘Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”
Note: Those who do the will of God will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are one and the same.
Mat 18:3, “And said: Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Note: Those who converted like children will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Mat 25:21,“His master said to him: Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your Master.”
Mat 25:23,“His master said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
Note: Those good and faithful slaves of Christ will enter the joy of their Master.
Mar 10:15, “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
Note: Those will receive the Kingdom of God like a child will enter Heaven. Act 10:43,“Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
Note: Those who receive forgiveness of sins will enter Heaven.
Rom 6:3, “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?”
Note: Those who have been baptized into Christ Jesus
Rom 8:11, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
Note: Those the Spirit of Christ dwells in them will enter Heaven.
Tts 3:8, “This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.”
Note: Those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds will go to Heaven. Christians engage in good deeds not to obtain salvation, but to receive reward.
1Pe 2:9, “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Note: Those who are a chose race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession will enter Heaven.
1Jo 3:7, “Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.”
Note: Those who practice righteousness will enter Heaven.
Rom 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Note: Those who love God and those who are called according to His purpose, not only God causes all things to work together for good, they will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jud 1:1, “Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.”
Note: Those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ will enter Heaven.
Rev 17:14,“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.”
Note: Those who are with Christ are the called and chosen and faithful will enter Heaven.
Luk 11:28, “But He said: On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it.”
Note: Those who hear the Word of God and observe it will enter into Heaven.
Luk 20:35, “But those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage.”
Note: Those who are considered worthy are not they who consider themselves worthy but the Lord considers them worthy to attain Heaven. No one is worthy by his own merit to attain Heaven.
Jhn 4:24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Note: Those who worship God in spirit and truth will enter Heaven.
Act 20:32, “And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
Act 26:18, “To open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”
1Cr 1:2, “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.”
Note: Those who have been sanctified by faith in Christ Jesus will enter Heaven.
Rom 2:7, “To those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life.”
Note: Those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life will enter Heaven.
Rom 4:24, “But for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.”
Note: Those who believe in God who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead will go to Heaven.
Rom 5:17, “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
Note: Those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will go into Heaven.
Rom 8:1, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Note: Those who are in Christ Jesus will enter Heaven.
Eph 6:24, “Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.”
Note: Those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love will go to Heaven.
Col 3:12, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Note: Those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, will inherit Heaven.
Hbr 9:15, “For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”
Note: Those who have been called to receive the promise of the eternal inheritance will enter Heaven.
Rev 19:9, “Then he said to me: Write, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me: These are true words of God.”
Note: Those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb will enter Heaven.
Those who will go to Heaven include the following:
(1). On whom God has mercy
Note: It is not because you are better than anybody else so you can go to Heaven; it is because God has mercy on you.
(2). Those having now been justified by His blood
Note: It is not what you have done for Christ that qualifies you to enter Heaven; it is what Christ has done for you which gave you the right.
(3). Those who have been released from their sins by His blood
(4). Those Christ redeemed from the curse of the Law
(5). Those who have been sanctified by the Spirit
Note: If you have the Spirit of Christ in you, you belong to Christ. If you do not have the Spirit of Christ, you cannot enter Heaven.
(6). Those who have passed out of death into life
(7). No condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
(8). Those who have been bought with a price
(9). Those who have been renewed by the Holy Spirit
Note: Regeneration is the renewing of the Holy Spirit. Those who have been regenerated mean those who have been born again by the Holy Spirit.
(10). Those who are good and faithful slaves of Christ
(11). Those who receive forgiveness of sins
(12). Those who have been baptized into Christ Jesus
(13). Those who have the Spirit of Christ dwells in them
(14). Those who are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession
(15). Those who practice righteousness
(16). Those who love God and those who are called according to His purpose
(17). Those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ
(18). Those who are with Christ are the called and chosen and faithful
(19). Those who hear the Word of God and observe it
(20). Those who are considered by the Lord worthy to attain Heaven
(21). Those who worship God in spirit and truth
(22). Those who have been sanctified by faith in Christ Jesus
(23). Those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life
(24). Those who believe in God who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead
(25). Those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness
(26). Those who are in Christ Jesus
(27). Those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love
(28). Those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved
(29). Thos who have been called to receive the promise of the eternal inheritance
(30). Those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb
VIII. What Does It Mean to Go to Heaven?
1. Enter the Kingdom of God
Mar 9:47,“If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the Kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell,
Jhn 3:5, “Jesus answered: Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.”
Psa 118:20,“This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous will enter through it.”
Jhn 10:9,“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
Note: Jesus Christ is the Door, if anyone enters through Him, he will be saved. Jesus Christ is the gate to Heaven.
2. Enter into rest
Dan 12:13,“But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age.” Note: To rest in Hebrew is nuwach which means to repose, have rest, be quiet; to obtain rest; to set oneself down to rest; to be at rest; - it occurs 190 times in the Old Testament. The heavenly rest is not simply without labor; it is rest with peace, tranquility, comfort, satisfaction and joy.
Hbr 4:3, “For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said,
“AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH,
THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,”
although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.”
Hbr 4:10-11, “For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.”
Note: To enter Heaven is to enter that rest. Rest in Greek is katapausis which means a putting to rest, figuratively calming of the winds; metaphorically the heavenly blessedness in which God dwells, and of which He has promised to make persevering believers in Christ partakers after the toils and trials of life on earth are ended; the fixed and tranquil and blessed abode; - it occurs 9 times in the New Testament. Those who died in Christ will be with Christ and sleep in Christ in a blessed state until the day of resurrection.
Rev 14:13, “And I heard a voice from heaven, saying: Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on! Yes, says the Spirit, so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”
3. Enter by the gates
Rev 22:14, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the City.”
Note: Those who wash their robes means they have been cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ and given the right to the tree of life and they may enter by the gates into the City. Not as the teaching of Roman Catholic Church, Peter is not the person who keeps the gate of Heaven.
Door is a figure of speech.
Jhn 10:7-11,“So Jesus said to them again: Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
Note: Jesus Christ is the only Way to God, without Him no one can come to God to receive life. All false religions are thieves and robbers whether they came before or after Christ. There are many false prophets who are thieves and robbers even today. Only through the Door of Christ, salvation can be obtained. There is no other salvation besides Jesus Christ.
4. Enter into the joy
Mat 25:23,“His master said to him: Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your Master.”
Note: Joy in Greek is chara which means gladness, happiness, blessedness, joyfulness; - it occurs 59 times in the New Testament. Heaven is the place of joy. On earth Disneyland is a pretty good place where it is clean and orderly and the rest is not dirty. But the joy in Heaven is not comparable and incomprehensible. Heaven is the Paradise, but not the paradise of an evil religion where men have many virgins to enjoy sexual pleasure. Just as Hell is the place where the wicked and unbelieving go into the unquenchable fire for eternal punishment; so Heaven is the place of joy of the Lord for His children.
5. Go into eternal life
Mat 25:31-34,“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right: Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Mat 25:46,“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Note: There are only two final destinations for all human beings. The unrighteous (the wicked) will go away into eternal punishment (Hell), but the righteous will go into eternal life. Eternal life is Heaven, and Heaven is eternal life.
Mat 25:41,“Then He will also say to those on His left: Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Note: Hell is the eternal fire God has prepared for the devil and his angels and the accursed ones (including warmongers, oppressors, dictators, liars, killers, etc. as listed among those who will not enter Heaven).
IX. What Do You Do In Heaven?
1. Like angels
Mat 22:30,“For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.”
Note: There are two resurrections, one for the righteous, the other for the unrighteous. The righteous will have a spiritual body fit for Heaven. They are like angels in Heaven who neither marry nor are given in marriage. The unrighteous will have a body and soul to suffer torture in Hell for eternity, they are dying of pain, but not dead.
Mar 12:25,“For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.”
Luk 20:36, “For they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”
Note: Angels do not marry nor are given in marriage. Angels do not engage in sex. Those who go to Heaven will not have sexual intercourse. A false and evil religion promises its followers with a paradise full of virgins for men to enjoy is certainly not the Paradise of God. In heaven there will be no more marriage. Children of God will have spiritual and immortal bodies, they cannot even die.
1Cr 15:42-54,“So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written: The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL. The last Adam became the Life-giving Spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second Man is from heaven. As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.”
Note: I often thought how wonderful it would be if I were an angel because I will not have all human needs and weaknesses. An angel does not need to eat, drink, urinate, defecate, sleep, get sick or have pain, get tired, have no need of money, employment, a passport or visa, transportation, or fear of crook, criminal, corrupt official, or terrorist, etc. – a life without need or fear. In heaven all children of God will have imperishable, glorious, powerful, spiritual, immortal, and heavenly body. I often say I thank God for giving me two strong legs and that they are more precious than a Mercedes. I do not know anyone can imagine what a spiritual, glorious, powerful, imperishable, immortal and heavenly body is like and the value of it for eternity.
Col 2:18, “Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind.”
Note: Christians do not engage in worship of the angels.
A. Who are angels
Angels are heavenly beings who are messengers and servants of God.
Hbr 2:9, “But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.”
Note: Men are made a little lower than the angels.
Hbr 1:7,“And of the angels He says: WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS,
AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.”
Note: God makes His angels winds and flames of fire.
B. What angels do (past, present and eternity)
Gen 19:1,“Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.”
Gen 19:15,“When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying: Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.”
Note: God sent two angels to Sodom and rescued Lot and his family before God destroyed Sodom.
Gen 22:11-12,“But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said: Abraham, Abraham! And he said: Here I am. He said: Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Note: The Angel of the Lord appears on Gen 22:11-12 was not like other angels. The title belongs only to One. He spoke like God spoke. I believe the Angel of the Lord who appeared to Abraham was the Pre-Incarnate Christ, the Son of God. How do I know?
Jhn 8:56-58,“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad. So the Jews said to Him: You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham? Jesus said to them: Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.”
Exd 3:2-6,“The Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said: I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up. When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said: Moses, Moses! And he said: Here I am. Then He said: Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. He said also: I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.”
Exd 12:23,“For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.”
Exd 12:29-30,“Now it came about at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle. Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead.”
“He sent upon them His burning anger,
Fury and indignation and trouble,
A band of destroying angels.”
Note: In past history God did order His destroying angels to kill the first born of Egyptians, etc. Even today God still can send His destroying angels to carry out His order to destroy nations and evil leaders.
Mat 4:11,“Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.
Note: When Jesus was on earth, angels came to minister to Him. The Bible does not explain what and how the angels ministered to Jesus.
Act 7:53, “You who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.”
Note: Probably this Scripture refers the law given to Moses.
Gal 3:19, “Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the Seed would come to whom the promise had been made.”
Note: Angels had a role in the dispensation of Law.
Luk 2:13-15,“And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased. When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another: Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”
Note: Angels announced the birth of the Savior to the shepherds.
Mat 28:2, “And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.”
Note: On Easter morning an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and rolled away the stone of Jesus tomb and sat upon it.
1Ti 3:16,“By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:
He who was revealed in the flesh,
Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory.”
Note: The Scriptures cited above summed up the life on Jesus on earth, and the phrase “seen by angels” must contain meanings I do not know.
Mat 4:11,“Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.”
Note: The Bible does not explain how angels ministered to the Lord while He was on earth.
Hbr 2:2,“For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty.”
Note: The Word of God spoken through angels proved unalterable.
Mat 18:10,“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in Heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” Note: It seems the little ones (children) have their angels in Heaven. I do not know exactly what and how God assigns angels to protect the little ones.
Luk 15:10,“In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Note: The Bible never mentions that angels cry. The Lord says that angels rejoice when sinners repent.
Hbr 1:6,“And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says,
“AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”
Note: The angels of God worship Jesus Christ the Son of God.
1Cr 4:9,“For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.”
1Pe 1:12,“It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.”
Note: Apparently angels are watching how servants of Christ do in this world.
Hbr 13:2, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
Note: It is possible that God may send his angels even today to His children. I have never met an angel and I have not known anyone who has entertained angels.
Luk 16:22,“Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.”
Note: When Christians die, the angels carry them away to Heaven.
Mat 13:39, “And the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.”
Mat 13:41, “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness.”
Mat 13:49,“So it will be at the end of the world; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous.”
Note: In the end of the world, angels will separate the wicked from among the righteous. There are many Western and Japanese leaders who are wicked and they pretend to be, but at the end of the world, the angels will come forth and take them out and there will be no place for them to hide.
Mat 24:31,“And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”
Mat 16:27,“For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.”
Mar 8:38,“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels”
Note: There are holy angels and mighty angels of different rank and honor and glory.
2Th 1:7, “and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire.”
Note: The Scriptures cited above describes the role of angels in the end of the world when the Lord is coming the second time.
1Cr 6:3, “Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?”
Note: I do not know why the children of God will judge angels. Probably it refers to judging those angels who rebelled with the devil.
1Ti 5:21,“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.”
Note: It appears there are different rank and honor among angels.
Hbr 1:4-7, “Having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. or to which of the angels did He ever say:
YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU?
And again, I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME?
And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:
AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.
And of the angels He says:
WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS,
AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.
Hbr 12:22, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the City of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels.”
Note: There are countless of angels in the City of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem.
2Pe 2:4, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment.” Jud 1:6, “And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day.”
Note: God will cast the devil and his angels into Hell.
1Pe 3:22, “Who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.”
Note: In eternity angels and children of God will be subjected to Christ. Rev 3:5, “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”
Note: Jesus Christ will confess those who overcome before the Father and before His angels.
Rev 5:11, “Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands.”
Note: There will be many angels around the throne of Christ.
Rev 7:11,“And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God.” Note: All the angels will be standing around the throne, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worship God.
Rev 21:12, “It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.”
Note: Among the eternal state of Heaven, there are twelve gates, and the gates twelve angels.
2. Serve Him
Rev 22:3,“There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him.”
Note: The saints or children of God will serve God and the Lamb for eternity.
3. Enter joy
Mat 25:21,“His master said to him: Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
Mat 25:23, “His master said to him: Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”
Note: Joy is the eternal state of Heaven. No saint alive can experience or describe it. The joy will be beyond our imagination.
4. Enter rest
Hbr 4:11, “Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.” Note: No saint alive can really experience and describe what it means to enter that rest in Christ.
5. See God
Mat 5:8,“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” The Angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and Moses said: I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up. Moses thought it was a marvelous sight when God appeared to in a burning bush. Now how much more marvelous when the pure in heart will see God in Heaven. There are billions and billions of believers who have been purified and live in Heaven. How do you think each one can get an audience with God? God is the Spirit who is Omnipresent and who can appear to His countless children simultaneously. There are many who are obsessed with power would like to see the American president, etc. There are many men and women would be in ecstasy to see their beloved movie stars. There is no one alive today whom I would be particularly interested to see. In the eternity people outside of the Bible I would like to see would include Martin Luther, John Bunyan, G. Campbell Morgan, etc. In eternity people in the Bible I would like to see would include Abraham, Enoch, Joseph, Moses, David, Elijah, Daniel, Paul, John, Stephen, Mary the sister of Lazarus, etc., etc. I do not know what arrangement would have to be made to see these marvelous people. I will not worry about it because I will have eternity to do the personal interviews with them. In addition I would also like to meet the mighty angel Gabriel, Michael the archangel, and other angels including the angel who holds the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. The angel will lay hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bind him for a thousand years and throw him into the abyss. (Rev 20:1-3)
6. Go into eternal life
Mat 25:46,“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Note: If a child of kindergarten does not know how marvelous it is to enter university, and if a country boy in remote area cannot imagine what a great city is Shanghai; no believer alive on earth would understand what it means to go into eternal life. When you go to Heaven, you go into eternal life.
7. Live with God
2Cr 13:4, “For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.”
Note: On earth God through the Holy Spirit live with His children. In Heaven the children of God will live with the Father for eternity. The world is so bad because you have to live so many bad and unpleasant and wicked people in the world. Especially in America, you live in fear daily. Although I have met millions of peoples in the world, less than 1 percent is interesting and civilized people. In heaven, every saint or angel is most pleasant, desirable and perfect. Above all, the children of God will live with God and God will live with His children. I am sure we do not understand even one percent of billion parts of this meaning and application.
Rom 6:8-9,“Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.”
Note: To live with Christ is to live with God.
Jhn 14:19,“After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.”
1Th 5:9-10,“For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.”
2Cr 6:16,“Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said:
“I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM;
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.”
Note: I am sure no saint or scholar understands the full meaning that God will dwell in believers and walk among them; and God will be our God, and we shall be His people.
Rev 21:3, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying: Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them.”
Note: Some people would be very excited if a movie star or politician lives next door. No one on earth now can understand the full implications that God will dwell among His children, and we shall be God’s people, and God Himself will be among us for eternity. On earth God is with believers who are His children. In Heaven the children of God is with the Father.
1Jo 3:2, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.”
Note: If a man born blind can never imagine what a glorious sunset looks like, no one now knows what children of God will be. We know that when Jesus Christ appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. We will be with God for eternity. What glory, honor and power.
Rev 5:10,“You have made them to be a Kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
Note: The children of God will reign with Christ for eternity.
Rev 21:7,“He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”
Rev 22:5, “And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.”
Note: It is beyond our imagination to “inherit these things” and will reign forever and ever.
2Cr 4:17-18,“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Note: I have been to quite a few beautiful and magnificent places in the world; nothing of them can be called glorious. I have watched the glorious sunset many times. Garden of Eden, had its glory and perfection, it was lost by the Fall of man.
X. HOW DO YOU GET TO HEAVEN?
You cannot get to Heaven by good deeds or your own merit. No one is good enough to deserve Heaven. Even if you sacrifice your life to save others will not qualify you for entry into Heaven. If you have more than $17 trillion, you can pay off the U.S. national debt, but no amount of money can buy you Heaven. If you think you are so important like the president of the United States, no position or power would get you to Heaven. This is the good news of what Jesus Christ has made it available to anybody, without cost and without merit. The way to salvation is the way to Heaven, it is simple as ABC:
(A). Accept the fact you are a sinner. In fact, everybody is a sinner. Even the best of human beings are sinners.
Rom 3:23-24,“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.”
Note: Sinners cannot save themselves. You cannot save yourself. No one can save you. God loved the world and sent His Son as the Savior of the world. So you can be justified (counted as righteous) by God and saved as a gift of God’s grace. God’s grace means no one deserves it. Salvation is a gift of God because Jesus Christ died for you and me.
(B). Believe in the Gospel as explained above.
Mar 1:15,“And saying: The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Note: Belief accompanies repentance. Repentance is a change of heart and mind. Belief without repentance is empty.
Jhn 1:12,“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”
Note: To believe in the Gospel is to believe in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior of the world. To believe in Jesus Christ is to receive (accept) Him as your Lord and Savior. To receive Christ as your Lord and Savior God will give you the right to become children of God.
Jhn 20:31, “But these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”
Note: Believing in Christ, the Holy Spirit will enter into your heart and give you a new life, eternal life.
Jhn 5:24,“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
Note: To be born again is to have a new life; to be saved is to have passed out of death (dead in sin) into life.
(C). Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.
Rom 10:9-10,“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
Note: To confess is to declare openly and speak publically that you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ and tell it to the world. To be a Christian is not only in word, but also in deed. You cannot declare you are a Christian and at the same you worship idols. You cannot confess you are a Christian and love money and the world. Confession must be accompanied with obedience. Faith is followed by act. Faith without work is dead. Confess your sins to God so you can be forgiven. Confess the name of Jesus means also to testify for Jesus and proclaim the Gospel to the world.
So to be saved is to accept the Word of God that you are a sinner, and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior; believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world; and confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord and Savior and tell it to world you are a follower of Jesus Christ.
Will you come now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and believe with all your heart that Jesus is the Son of God? No matter who you are and where you are, you can do it now. For now is the day of salvation and now is the accepted time.
Once you know the Holy Spirit lives in you and leads you, you can be sure Heaven is the place for you.
January 11, 2017
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