Sermon No. 28 - O! HEAVEN

By Douglas Amobi

This message is about heaven, God's plan for those who will be the future citizens of this environment and what it takes to coming into it. The qualities of those accounted worthy of heaven are examined, so also the testimony of those who have a glimpse of it, and the promise on which all who will be welcomed to heaven is based on.

JESUS CHRIST MADE THE PROMISE:

Revelations 21:5-6 reads, "And he that sat upon the throne said, behold I make all things new. And he said unto me, write; for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, it is DONE. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end." Verse 1 reads and I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and there was no more sea. When God makes a promise he never fails to fulfill it. Our Lord Jesus was always preaching about the kingdom of heaven, when he walked through the streets of Judah explaining that the kingdom would arriving soon, not at human time but at the Holy Ghost time.

Kingdom of Heaven
2nd Peter 3:7, 9, 11-13; "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,( God has room enough to accommodate all who would accept their sins, repent and come to him as their LORD and SAVIOR, but he gave every human a will of their own to love him or love the devil; the choice belongs to you, and you cannot blame the Lord for where you end HEAVEN OR HELL). Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 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? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."

TESTIMONIES ABOUT HEAVEN AND OF A PERSON WHO VISITED PARADISE ABOVE:

2nd Corinthians 12:1-10 reads, " I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which is not lawful for a man to utter-." This bible passage lets us know that people inhabit heaven, they talk in a language that can be understood and what they said was unspeakable and perhaps sacred. God does reveal heaven and facts of heaven to different people because heaven is real, like earth and hell.

Revelations 21:5-6

Light of Heaven

HEAVEN HAS A DOOR.

Psalm 139:8 reads, "If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." This was King David aspiring for heaven, talking about heaven and hell and making it clear that God was in charge both in heaven and in hell. Hell and Heaven are still open, and people are entering into them through their attitude towards the only DOOR. St. John 10:9 reads, " I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved (make heaven), and shall go in and out, and find pasture." Those who reject this door go to hell; THIS DOOR IS JESUS CHRIST.

THE EXPECTATIONS IN HEAVEN:

Heaven is God's creation and it is perfect. Heaven is created for imperfect people, who are made perfect by accepting the blood of JESUS CHRIST, shed on the CROSS of Calvary. Sometimes all we can do is keep our memories of the dead alive in us by holding to the promises of Christ the Lord, because heaven is true and real, for Jesus Christ said so in the bible. Even the dead rest in hope of the promise of God, in paradise people talk and only waiting for the appointed time when the rapture trumpet will sound. Revelation 21:1-5, heaven is a wonderful place and nobody knows how big it is and the total contents of it; it is the command center where things originate and happen. For example in verse 2 John said, "I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And a voice from 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 shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former thing are passed away."

Can you imagine a city and a life without death, no crying, no pain, no sorrow and more? Why would any man in their right mind, think of living outside this kind of environment? This is the kingdom of heaven, believing and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only passport into this universe. In heaven there will be no more sin, the works of the flesh will be no more, fear and lies will be no more. Revelation 21:22-23 states, "I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." Some may say, are we talking about the new heaven, new earth or New Jerusalem; it does not matter, heaven is God's throne and everything in the new creation comes on the authority of God. Make sure you are welcome in it.

Matt. 6:19-21

THERE IS REWARD TIME IN HEAVEN.

Revelation 4:1 reads, "After this I looked, and behold, a DOOR was opened in heaven --- and a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne." Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life, St. John 14:6; and he also said I am the DOOR. There is ONLY one door to heaven; Jesus Christ the Lord. Precious are the word recorded in, 1st Peter 1:3-4, "blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you." Jesus said, I am coming again and my reward is with me to give every man according to his work shall be.

In Matt. 6:19-21, Jesus said, "lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: BUT lay up for yourselves treasures in HEAVEN, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is there will your heart be also." Heaven is mysterious to those who cannot believe the bible as the word of God. All your good works, in the name and to the glory of God while on earth is a treasure in heavens that leads to rewards and crowns, when Jesus calls the final trumpet; the Lord himself will do this, Amen.

Heaven Above

2nd Timothy 4:8 reads, " henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

Fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him, Psalm 34:9. Lean not unto thy own understanding in all thy days of pilgrimage on earth. Read Psalm 37:1-11, fret not thyself, trust in the Lord, delight thyself in the Lord, commit thy way unto the Lord, rest in the Lord, and cease from anger. Heaven is full of the presence of God, holy angels, wonderful elders, the four beasts and the redeemed; all redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. There was a song by late Rusty Goodman, that encouraged his family to look for him, when they get to heaven; even after a million years after arrival, because there will be much going on but to look for him, he will be there. Heaven is the promise of God and it is real, because Jesus said so. Do not take chances because the word of God is always true, and his promises fail not. God is not man that he should lie about heaven. The opposite of heaven is hell; and both of them are real. There is a lot of singing and worship in heaven. Remember the song, "when we all get to heaven what a day that will be." The only way into heaven is only by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord. There are and will be many wonderful people in heaven. In heaven men will neither, marry or are given in marriage but are as angels; Mark 12:25