I've often tried to imagine what Heaven is like. Have you ever tried to think about or imagine Heaven?
When I read for example the first chapter of Ezekiel that describes Heavenly beings, the sounds, the Glory of God, and Revelation 20: 9-20, I try to imagine it, albeit frustrating because it's hard to imagine things that I have never seen before.
I'm always intrigued by the descriptions and I just want to experience Heaven when Jesus returns.... I just want to make it in.
I thought about breaking them into separate and distinct posts, but decided to combine the topics because they are all interrelated.
Why would Counterfeits exist in Christian teachings/doctrines you might ask? hmm... just think about it, the devil is a liar and the father of lies. Think about the fall of Man (Adam/Eve) in the Garden of Eden. God gave Adam/Eve specific instructions and the devil came after and deceived them by subtly mixing lies with a dash of some truth, very cunning.
Everything God has created, the devil presents a counterfeit, why? he want's us to worship him instead of God, the devil wants to take Gods place in our lives, simply put.
I've experienced my fair share of the deaths of friends, family and acquaintances over the years which have included the young, middle aged and old. I've shared just one or two of my experiences of loosing a friend to death here on the blog. Most recently I shared my own experience from the death of my Father.
According to the bible, none of my loved ones who have died are in Heaven right now. No, they are not in Heaven, they are in the grave where they were buried awaiting the second coming of God. The bible says... 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.Therefore comfort one another with these words.
According to these verses of scripture above, the righteous do not to go heaven when they die. They remain asleep in the grave until Jesus returns and raises them to immortal life.
Also, the scripture also states in 1 Corinthians 15:52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I'm so looking forward to God's second Coming and being reunited with loved ones.
On God's Second Coming
God's coming will not be a secret and there is no such thing as a secret rapture. As stated in the scripture texts above, God is coming with a shout and with the sound of trumpets. Nothing silent or secret about a shout or the sound of a trumpet.
Also, as stated in Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
On Hell/Lake of Fire
These are very heavy topics that are also miss understood and I've heard some contrary presentations at one point or another. Let me know if you'd like to know the truths about these topics or more info on any of the ones that I've shared so far on this post or in this series.
I love good preaching and great teaching, Yes I do....they both have their place in edifying and enlightening us; However know the scriptures for yourself, read the bible. By Faith, I trust God's word.
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”