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 good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands. Psalm 25:8-10
Daily Prescription רָפָא
And he departed and began to publicly proclaim in Decapolis [the region of the ten cities] how much Jesus had done for him, and all the people were astonished and marveled.
And when Jesus had recrossed in the boat to the other side, a great throng gathered about Him, and He was at the lakeshore. Then one of the rulers of the synagogue came up, Jairus by name; and seeing Him, he prostrated himself at His feet And begged Him earnestly, saying, My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, so that she may be healed and live.
And Jesus went with him; and a great crowd kept following Him and pressed Him from all sides [so as almost to suffocate Him].
And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, And who had endured much suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse.
She had heard the reports concerning Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the throng and touched His garment, For she kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health.
And immediately her flow of blood was dried up at the source, and [suddenly] she felt in her body that she was healed of her [distressing] ailment.
And Jesus, recognizing in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around immediately in the crowd and said, Who touched My clothes?
And the disciples kept saying to Him, You see the crowd pressing hard around You from all sides, and You ask, Who touched Me?
Still He kept looking around to see her who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had been done for her, though alarmed and frightened and trembling, fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.
And He said to her, Daughter, your faith (your trust and confidence in Me, springing from faith in God) has restored you to health. Go in (into) peace and be continually healed and freed from your [distressing bodily] disease. Mark 5:20-34