The Realities of Heaven
DO NOT let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. In My Father's house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.
Many people believe in the place called Heaven. Some do not, but denying this does not mean that there is no such place. The bible mentions it often. Some people including myself have been there and the accounts shared of such visits contain too many similarities to be figments of their imagination. You may read my testimony in the page called Heaven (click here).
Hollywood has been producing various movies tha may take certain liberties with regard scriptural accuracy, but they are interesting nevertheless. A recent popular movie on the reality of heaven has been released sharing the story of a young boy's visit and the affect it had on his father who was the pastor of a church.
If you look at Jesus' words, he clearly stated that there are many dwelling places there. I've seen them! He also discounted any misunderstanding by saying that if it were not true he would have told us.
His promise was that he would go away and then return. If he said that, he will come back and it is not a matter of if, but when and we have the strengthening view that it will not be long now.
He also said that he would prepare a place. Notice the words... A Place! It is physically real.
He also said that he would come back and take us to himself. We call this the rapture. The word does not really appear in the bible, but it is an apt description of the catching away of God's people in the not too distant future.
Pleased notice his choice of words... "Where I am" and "you may be (there) also."
What is meant by the word Heaven? It appears more than 580 times in scripture. One is found in Genesis using the Hebrew word shāmayim that refers to sky and being lofty. Another is ouranos in the Greek that has similar meaning.
In the closing words of the book of Revelation, we can see that there is a heavenly city called Jerusalem and the description of this holy city is amazing.
So he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.
I urge you to read that chapter in its entirety. Heaven is real. I hope you will join me there one day.
The Realities of Eternity
The bible talks about places like Heaven and Hell, which are very real places. Some folk deny their existence, but too many people testify of visiting them. I have!
In this trilogy of accounts, let me share some things with you tha include my visits to Heaven, a 45 minute visit to Hell and the story of my own son Gary who "died twice" and is now with the Lord.
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Daily Psalm מִזְמוֹר & Proverb מִשְלֵי
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:1-6
Daily Prescription רָפָא
AGAIN JESUS went into a synagogue, and a man was there who had one withered hand [as the result of accident or disease].
And [the Pharisees] kept watching Jesus [closely] to see whether He would cure him on the Sabbath, so that they might get a charge to bring against Him [formally].
And He said to the man who had the withered hand, Get up [and stand here] in the midst.
And He said to them, Is it lawful and right on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to take it? But they kept silence.
And He glanced around at them with vexation and anger, grieved at the hardening of their hearts, and said to the man, Hold out your hand. He held it out, and his hand was [completely] restored. Mark 3:1-5