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THE NEW JERUSALEM
Is Heaven Real?  Is Hell Real?  Is There Life After Death?
 
 The answer to all three questions is yes.  Heaven is real, Hell is real, and yes...there is an eternal life after death in one of these two real locations.  
 
 "The sense that we will live forever somewhere has shaped every civilization in human history.  The unifying testimony of the human heart throughout history is belief in life after death.  Anthropological evidence suggests that every culture has a God-given, innate sense of the eternal - that this world is not all there is.
 
As human beings, we have a terminal disease called mortality.  The current death rate is 100 percent.  If the Bible is right about what happens to us after death, it means that more than 250,000 people every day go either to Heaven or Hell.  The wise will consider what awaits us on the other side of this life that so quickly ends.
 
God uses suffering and  death to unfasten us from this earth and to set our minds on what lies beyond.  People who've been diagnosed with terminal diseases, and their loved ones, have a sudden and insatiable interest in the afterlife.  Most people live unprepared for death.  But those who are wise will go to a reliable source to investigate what's on the other side. And if they discover that the choices they make during their brief stay in this world will matter in the world to come, they'll want to adjust those choices accordingly.
 
What delivers us from the fear of death?  What takes away death's sting?  Only a relationship with the person who died on our behalf, the one who has gone ahead to make a place for us to live with him.  If we don't know Jesus Christ, we will fear death and its sting - and we should.
 
What God made us to desire, and therefore what we do desire if we admit it, is exactly what he promises to those who follow Jesus Christ: a resurrected life in a resurrected body, with the resurrected Christ on a resurrected Earth.  Our desires correspond precisely to God's plans.  Resurrected people living in a resurrected universe isn't our idea - it's God's.
 
Is Heaven real?  Our first glimpse of Heaven (especially the eternal city - New Jerusalem) will likely cause us to gasp in amazement and delight.  That first gasp will likely be followed by many more as we continually encounter new sights in that endlessly wonderful place.  'No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him - but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit'. (1 Corinthians 2:9).  The context makes it clear that this revelation is God's Word (the Bible) which tells us what God has prepared for us.  What we otherwise could not have known about Heaven, because we're unable to see it, God says he has revealed to us through his Spirit.  This means that God has explained to us what Heaven is like, not exhaustively, but accurately.  God tells us about Heaven in his Word, because he wants us to understand and anticipate what awaits us.
 
For every American who believes he's going to Hell, there are 130 who believe they're going to Heaven.  This optimism stands in stark contrast to Christ's words in Matthew 7:13-14. 'Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.'  So Heaven is not our default destination.  No one goes there automatically.  Unless our sin problem is resolved, the only place we will go is our true default destination....Hell.
 
We dare not wait and see when it comes to what's on the other side of death.  We shouldn't just cross our fingers and hope that our names are written in the Book of Life (Revelation 21:27).  We can know, we should know, before we die.  And because we may die at any time, we need to know now - not next month or next year.  'Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes' (James 4:14).  It's of paramount importance to make sure you are not going to Hell, but Heaven. 
 
Hell will be inhabited by people who haven't received God's gift of redemption in Christ (Revelation 20:12-15).  Is Hell real...a real place? Hell will be a place of utter misery.  It will be a place of conscious punishment for sins, with no hope of relief.  This is why Dante, in the Inferno, envisioned this sign chiseled abouve Hell's gate: 'Abanodon every hope, you who enter.
 
In the Bible, Jesus says more than anyone else about Hell (Matthew 10:28;13:40-42; Mark9:43-44).  He refers to it as a literal place and describes it in graphic terms - including raging fires and the worm (soul) that doesn't die.  Christ says the unsaved 'will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth' (Matthew 8:12).
 
How long will Hell last?  'They will go away to eternal punishment,' Jesus said of the unrighteous, 'but the righteous to eternal life' (Mathew 25:46).  Thus if Heaven will be consciously experienced forever, Hell must be consciously experienced forever.  The biblical teaching on both destinations stands or falls together.
 
The most loving thing we can do for our friends and our family is to warn them about the road that leads to destruction and tell them about the road that leads to life.  If we understood Hell even the slightest bit, none of us would ever say, 'Go to Hell.'  It's far too easy to go to Hell.  We were born with our autopilot set toward Hell. It is nothing to take lightly - Hell is the single greatest tragedy in the universe.
 
God loves us enough to tell us the truth - there are two eternal destinations, not one, and we must choose the right path if we are to go to Heaven.  All roads do not lead to Heaven.  Only one does: Jesus Christ.  He said, 'No one comes to the Father except through me' (John 14:6).  All other roads lead to Hell.  For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to Hell.  For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.
 
Jesus asks a haunting question in Mark 8:36-37: 'What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?'
The price has been paid. But still, we must choose.  Like any gift, forgiveness can be offered, but it isn't ours until we choose to receive it."1
 
 
Choose the truth of the bible and accept Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Realize that he was resurrected on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God.  Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord & Saviour, confess your sins to God & repent of your sins, and we'll meet in Heaven.  
 
 
1 TAKEN FROM "HEAVEN" BY RANDY ALCORN. COPYRIGHT 2004 BY ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES MINISTRY. 
USED BY PERMISSION OF TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 
 
 
 
SOME QUESTIONS THAT ARE ANSWERED IN THE BOOK "HEAVEN"
                     
 1) Is Heaven Real - Is it beyond Our Imagination? 
 2) What is Life Like in the Present Heaven?
 3) Why is Earth's Redemption Essential to God's Plan?
 4) What Will It Mean to See God in Heaven?
 5) Will We Actually Rule with Christ in Heaven?
 6) What Is the New Jerusalem - the capitol city of Heaven?
 7) Will There Be Space and Time in Heaven?
 8) What Will Our Bodies Be Like in Heaven?
 9) Will We Eat and Drink on the New Earth?
10) Will We Be Capable of Sinning in Heaven?
11) Will There Be Marriage, Families, and Friendships in Heaven?
12) Whom Will We Meet, and What Will We Experience in Heaven?
13) In Heaven, will Animals, Including Our Pets, Live Again?
14) Will Our Dreams Be Fulfilled and Missed Opportunities Regained in Heaven? 
15) Are you looking forward to Heaven?
16) Is Heaven Our Default Destination....or is Hell?
17) Can You Know You're Going to Heaven?
18) What is the Nature of the Present Heaven?
19) Is Heaven real - is the Present Heaven a Physical Place?
20) How Will We Worship God in Heaven?
21) Will Heaven Ever Be Boring?
22) Is Hell Real - is it a real place?
 
 
 
SOME SCRIPTURES DISCUSSED IN "HEAVEN"
 
Mathew 5:3 - Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.
 
Luke 10: 20 - Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you, but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
 
Luke 10:21 - In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and has revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
 
Luke 11:13 - If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
 
Ephesians 1:3 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
 
Psalm 107:26 - They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
 
Daniel 2:44 - And in the days of these kings shall the God of Heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
 
Mathew 22:30 - For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor or given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
 
Acts 7:55 - But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.
 
1 Thessalonians 4:16 - For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
 
Hebrews 11:16 - But they now desire a better country, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
 
Hebrews 12:22 - But ye are come into mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.
 
Hebrews 12: 23 - To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.
 
1 Peter 3:22 - Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
 
2 Peter 3:12 - Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.
 
Revelation 3:12 - Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
 
Revelation 12: 10 - And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethen is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
 
Revelation 19:1 - And after these things I heard a great voice, of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God.
 
Revelation 21:2 - And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
 
Revelation 21:3 - And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will shall be with them, and be their God.
 
Revelation 21:10 - And he carried me away in spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy New Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.
 
Deuteronomy 30:19 - I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you this day life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
 
Psalm 55:15 - Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and upon them.
 
Revelation 1:18 - I am he that liveth, and was dead: and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
 
Revelation 20:13 - And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
 
Revelation 20:14 - And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
 
Psalm 16:10 - For thou will not leave my soul in hell; neither will thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.
 
Psalm 86:13 - For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou has delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
 
Matthew 10:28 - And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
 
Matthew 19:14 - But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
 
Isaiah 5:14 - Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend down into it.
 
 
 
 
Is Heaven Real?  Is Hell Real?  Is There Life After Death? .... You Be The Judge. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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