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So What's Up with Heaven?

So What's Up with Heaven?



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Published by Jessica Chiang
Notes from Pastor David Jeremiah's What You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven CD1- So What's Up with Heaven.
Notes from Pastor David Jeremiah's What You Always Wanted to Know about Heaven CD1- So What's Up with Heaven.

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Notes on Heaven: So What's Up with Heaven?
Have you noticed lately how the world has changed recently? There are increasingly morefamines,more government deficit,more earthquakes, and more wars. Not to mention the hikingunemployment rate throughout the world. Recently both my aunt and my uncle have come downwith cancer and I see how that has devastated their families. The cancer cells are eating themaway. But aren’t all of us dying? Just in different rates? Isn’t the Earth dying, more increasinglyso recently?If we pay any attention at all at the happenings around us and in the world, then it’sa bit hard to be hopeful about tomorrow. It’s hard not to worry about our next generation, theinnocent children. We would be without hope, unless we read our Bible and find the true hope.God has provided me and everyone else a place to set our eyes – Heaven. Instead of staring atthis fading world with weary eyes, God wants us to have our eyes fixated on Heaven, our futureand final home.Though I have been a Christians since I am 19, Idon’t know too much about Heaven, untilrecently. Influenced by movies and books, I’vealways imagined Heaven as a place of nothingness, besides endless cloud, light, and singing. There could be many people dressed inwhite, smiling all days, all years, all eternity long. I am sure it’s a happy place, but I secretly
think that it also looks like a boring place. Because my ignorance in the Bible, I thought thatHeaven cannot be conceived of and that Bible has not mentioned too much about it. How wrongwas I!I was driving to work one day. I flipped on the radio and turned to my favorite radio station inSan Diego, 1210 KPRZ. Pastor David Jeremiah from Shadow Mountain Community Church wastalking about Heaven. I did not pay that much attention until he started to describe the Heavenlycity like an architect describes a city under construction. He clearly describes how big, how tall,and how wide the Heavenly City would be. He also illustrated how thick the wall would be. Icould not leave the carand decided to skip my routine morning coffee break and stayed in the car until his message ended.This is What I Always Wanted to Know about Heaven!!Pastor David Jeremiah was giving a message from his series: What You Always Wanted toKnow about Heaven. I got the whole series and listened through them and grow ever morehopeful toward my future and ever more grateful toward my Savior, Creator and Maker - LordJesus Christ. I thank Jesus and Pastor David Jeremiah for this series, because now I know thatHeaven is a real place and that it’s hundreds or even thousands timesbetter than what my tiny braincould everfathom.What I’ve learned from this series about Heaven has helped me in somany different ways. It shoots a beam of light, from the murkiness of Today where imperfect people are in control, to the infinitely brightness of Tomorrow, where my Heavenly Father is onthethrone. That’s why I wanted to share with you my notes and thoughts on each message.
Message 1: So What’s Up With Heaven?
 P1:TheProminence of Heaven
Heaven is mentioned more than 500 times in the Bible. It means high, lofty, and raised up.Heaven is prominent in Bible and in culture, just not in our heart.Heaven is not a spiritual funk or a state of mind. Heave is a physical place. It’s often referred toas kingdom, a country, or a celestral city. But most of all, it’s our Father’s house. Heaven is notan imaginary place, or a benevolent state of mind, or whatever you make of. It is not a figment of your imagination. It is not a projection of feeling or emotion. It is not a beautiful aile of something where thoughts form. It is not a projection of the best in your or a vision of longed-for utopia. Heaven is not a pleasing hope, nor the invention of men. Our thoughts do not makeHeaven. Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. In the Bible, the Heavenin Greek, the New Testament language, means place where you can locate. Heaven is a literal place.
 P2: The Plurality of Heaven
The Biblesays that there are three heavens. Thefirst heaven is the atmospheric heaven,where birds fly and clouds flow; it ismentioned in Isaiah 59:9.Isaiah 55:9(NJKV)“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,So are My ways higher than your ways,And My thoughts than your thoughts.”The second heaven is the stellar heaven, the outer space where the space shuttles travel andcountless stars are hung and planetary bodies display their beauty.Genesis 1:14-17Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day fromthe night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then Gomade two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on theearth.Finally we come to the third heaven, the most important heaven, the heaven of heavens. This iswhere our Lord resides and where His throne is.Paul described his experience of being caughtup in the third heaven in 2 Corinthians 12:2-4. This is the heaven where our God is and to wherewe are aspired to go.2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (NKJV)I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to
the third heaven-whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know-God knows. And I know that this man-

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