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Do Christians Immediately Go To Heaven When They Die?

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January 17, 2021
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Today we are going to examine what the Bible teaches about the immediate experience of both believers and unbelievers at the moment of their death.

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Do Christians Immediately Go To Heaven When They Die?

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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • JUST LIKE ME, YOUEXPECT TO ENJOY
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  • A LONG, HAPPY ANDFULFILLING LIFE.
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  • BUT THE REALITYIS THE BIBLE SAYS
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  • WE ARE NOT GUARANTEED TOMORROW.
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  • SO, WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR BODIESIMMEDIATELY AFTER WE DIE?
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  • AND WHAT ABOUT OUR SPIRITS?
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  • WELL, SOME FOLKS BELIEVETHAT THERE'S A GAP OF TIME
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  • THAT SEPARATES THEEND OF THIS LIFE
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  • FROM THE START OF OUR NEXT LIFE.
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  • SO TODAY I WANT TO SHAREWHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
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  • WILL HAPPEN TO US WHEN WE DIE.
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  • WE'RE ANSWERING THE QUESTION,
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  • DO CHRISTIANS IMMEDIATELYGO TO HEAVEN WHEN THEY DIE?
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  • A MINNESOTA COUPLE DECIDED
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  • THEY WANTED TO ESCAPETHE HARSH WINTER WEATHER
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  • AND TAKE A ONE WEEKVACATION TO FLORIDA.
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  • AT THE LAST MINUTE, THE WIFEHAD TO STAY BACK AN EXTRA DAY.
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  • SO HER HUSBAND WENT ON AHEADOF HER TO GET THINGS READY.
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  • ONCE HE HAD CHECKED INTOTHE HOTEL AT KEY WEST,
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  • HE DECIDED TO SIT DOWNAND FIRE OFF A BRIEF EMAIL
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  • TO HIS WIFE, TELLING HERTHAT HE HAD ARRIVED SAFELY.
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  • HE DIDN'T NOTICE
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  • THAT HE HAD ACCIDENTALLYTRANSPOSED TWO LETTERS
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  • IN HIS WIFE'S EMAIL ADDRESS.
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  • MEANWHILE, IN CHICAGO,A WOMAN RETURNED HOME
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  • A MINISTER'S WIFE AFTER BURYINGHER HUSBAND OF 45 YEARS.
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  • SHE FELT KIND OF ALONE AFTERTHE FUNERAL SERVICE, LONELY
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  • AND SHE DECIDED TO SITDOWN AND CHECK HER EMAILS
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  • TO SEE IF THERE WERE ANYWORDS OF CONDOLENCES.
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  • THE FIRST EMAIL THAT POPPEDUP, SHE READ IMMEDIATELY.
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  • SHE LET OUT ASCREAM AND FAINTED.
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  • HER DAUGHTER RUSHED INTO SEE WHAT WAS GOING ON
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  • AND AFTER THE DAUGHTERREVIVED HER MOM
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  • THE DAUGHTER READ THE EMAILTHAT CAUSED HER MOM TO FAINT.
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  • AND HERE'S WHAT IT SAID,
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  • "DARLING WIFE, I'M SURE YOU'RESURPRISED TO HEAR FROM ME.
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  • "I'VE JUST ARRIVEDAND CHECKED IN
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  • "AND I WANTED TOSEND YOU A QUICK NOTE
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  • "SAYING I CAN'T WAITFOR YOU TO GET HERE.
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  • "THE STAFF HASEVERYTHING READY FOR YOU.
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  • "I'M LOOKING FORWARDTO SEEING YOU TOMORROW.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • "AND IF EVERYTHINGGOES AS PLANNED,
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  • "YOU SHOULD GET HEREAS QUICKLY AS I DID.
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  • "P.S.
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  • "IT SURE IS HOT DOWN HERE IKNOW YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT."
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • ISN'T THAT GREAT?
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  • KIND OF PERVERSE,BUT IT'S GREAT.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • THEOLOGIAN, REINHOLDNIEBUHR SAID ONE TIME,
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  • "IT'S UNWISE FOR CHRISTIANSTO CLAIM A KNOWLEDGE
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  • "OF EITHER OF THEFURNITURE OF HEAVEN
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  • "OR OF THE TEMPERATURE OF HELL."
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  • AND WHILE IT'S TRUETHERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS
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  • ABOUT HEAVEN AND HELLWE CAN'T KNOW FOR SURE,
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  • THERE'S ONE THINGTHAT IS CRYSTAL CLEAR
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  • AND THAT IS WE ARE ALLGOING TO DIE ONE DAY.
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  • AND BECAUSE OFTHAT, WE ARE GOING
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  • TO ONE OF TWO OFTHOSE DESTINATIONS,
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  • HEAVEN OR HELL.
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  • IN HIS BOOK, "HEAVEN"RANDY ALCORN OBSERVES
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  • THAT WORLDWIDE, THREEPEOPLE DIE EVERY SECOND,
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  • 180 DIE EVERY MINUTEAND 11.000 EVERY HOUR.
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  • IF THE BIBLE IS RIGHT ABOUTWHAT HAPPENS TO US AFTER DEATH
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  • THAT MEANS MORE THAN250.000 PEOPLE EVERY DAY
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  • GO EITHER TO HEAVEN OR TO HELL.
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  • THAT BLOWS OURMINDS, DOESN'T IT?
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  • SO MANY PEOPLE DYING EVERY DAY.
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  • WHY IS IT THAT NONE OF USGETS OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE?
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  • WHY IS IT THAT DEATH ISINEVITABLE FOR EVERY ONE OF US?
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  • IN ECCLESIASTES9:2-3 SOLOMON SAYS,
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  • "IT IS THE SAME FOR ALL.
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  • "THERE IS ONE FATE FOR THERIGHTEOUS AND FOR THE WICKED.
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  • "FOR THE GOOD, FOR THECLEAN AND FOR THE UNCLEAN.
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  • "FOR THE MAN WHOOFFERS A SACRIFICE
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  • "AND FOR THE ONE WHODOES NOT SACRIFICE."
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  • THAT IS IT DOESN'T MATTER
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  • WHETHER YOU'RE GOOD, BAD,RIGHTEOUS, UNRIGHTEOUS,
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  • A BELIEVER OR AN UNBELIEVER.
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  • THERE'S ONE FATE FOREVERYBODY THAT IS DEATH.
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  • WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE.
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  • THERE'S ONE FATE BUT THEY'RETWO DIFFERENT DESTINIES,
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  • HEAVEN OR HELL.
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  • WELL, WHY IS IT BOTHCHRISTIANS AND NON-CHRISTIANS
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  • HAVE TO DIE?
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  • WELL, WE'VE TALKEDABOUT IT BEFORE,
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  • IT'S BECAUSE OF THE VIRUSOF SIN WE'VE ALL INHERITED.
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  • ROMANS 3:23 SAYS,"ALL HAVE SINNED
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  • "AND FALL SHORT OFTHE GLORY OF GOD."
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  • ROMANS 6:23 SAYS, "FOR THEWAGES OF SIN IS DEATH."
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  • AND NOT ONLY IS THEREAN INEVITABILITY
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  • OF DEATH BECAUSE OF SIN
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  • BUT DEATH BRINGS ITS OWNKIND OF TERROR TO ALL OF US.
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  • JOB CALLED DEATH, THE KINGOF TERRORS IN JOB 18:14,
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  • "HE IS TORN FROM THE SECURITYOF HIS TENT AND THEY MARCH HIM
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  • "BEFORE THE KING OF TERRORS."
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  • THE PSALM HAS SAID,
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  • "MY HEART IS INANGUISH WITHIN ME
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  • "AND THE TERRORS OF DEATHHAVE FALLEN UPON ME."
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  • DEATH IS THE NIGHTMAREOF ALL NIGHTMARES
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  • FOR THOSE WHO DIE WITHOUTFAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
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  • IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE FORUNBELIEVERS TO FEAR DEATH.
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  • BUT IF WE'RE HONEST, FORMANY WHO ARE CHRISTIANS
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  • THERE'S ALSO A FEAR OFDEATH BECAUSE OF AN UNKNOWN.
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  • WHAT IS IT THAT AWAITSUS ON THE OTHER SIDE?
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  • WHAT HAPPENS TO ACHRISTIAN WHEN HE DIES?
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  • WELL, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOINGTO TALK ABOUT THIS MORNING
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  • AS WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES,A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • WE'RE GOING TO TALKABOUT WHAT HAPPENS
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  • TO CHRISTIANS WHEN THEYDIE, DO THEY CEASE TO EXIST?
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  • DO THEY GO TO SLEEPFOR A THOUSAND YEARS,
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  • AWAITING SOMEFUTURE RESURRECTION?
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  • DO THEY GO INTO A WAITINGPLACE, A PURGATORY
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  • HOPING SOMEBODY WILLPRAY HARD ENOUGH
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  • OR GIVE ENOUGH MONEY TOGET THEM OUT OF THAT PLACE?
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  • TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENS
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  • TO A CHRISTIAN WHENHE OR SHE DIES,
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  • IT IS IMPORTANTTHAT WE DISTINGUISH
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  • BETWEEN WHAT I CALLTHE PRESENT HEAVEN
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  • AND THE FUTURE HEAVEN.
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  • WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE.
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  • THE FACT THAT WHEN WE TALKABOUT THE PRESENT HEAVEN
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  • THE THIRD HEAVEN, THAT ISWHERE GOD IS RIGHT NOW.
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  • AND THAT IS WHERE WEGO THE MOMENT WE DIE.
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  • WE GO INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • HOW DO I KNOW THAT?
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  • LOOK AT WHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS
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  • ABOUT THE IMMEDIACY OF OURENTRANCE INTO GOD'S PRESENCE.
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  • THERE'S NO SOUL SLATE,THERE'S NO WAITING STATION.
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  • A CHRISTIAN GOES IMMEDIATELYINTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, IN LUKE 23:43,
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  • JESUS SAID TO THETHIEF ON THE CROSS
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  • WHO HAD JUST EXERCISED FAITH.
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  • HE SAID WHAT?
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  • "TODAY YOU WILL BEWITH ME IN PARADISE."
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  • NOT TOMORROW, NOTA THOUSAND YEARS,
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  • TODAY YOU WILL BEWITH ME IN PARADISE.
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  • IN ACTS 7:59,
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS, "THEYWENT ON STONING STEPHEN
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  • "AS HE CALLED UPONTHE LORD AND SAID,
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  • "'LORD JESUSRECEIVE MY SPIRIT.'"
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  • IN PHILIPPIANS 1:23 PAUL SAID,
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  • "BUT I, PAUL AM HARD-PRESSEDFROM BOTH DIRECTIONS
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  • "HAVING THE DESIRE TODEPART AND BE WITH CHRIST
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  • "FOR THAT IS MUCH BETTER."
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  • TO DEPART THIS WORLDIS TO BE WITH CHRIST.
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  • THAT GREEK WORD DEPARTIS THE WORD 'ANALOU'.
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  • IT MEANS TO LOOSEN.
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  • SPECIFICALLY, IT'S AWORD IN CLASSICAL GREEK
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  • THAT IS USED TO REFERTO THE UNTYING OF A SHIP
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  • FROM ITS MOORING SOTHAT IT CAN SET SAIL.
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  • AND THAT'S THE WORD PAULUSES HERE TO DESCRIBE
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  • WHAT HAPPENS TO US.
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  • THE MOMENT WE DIE,WE ARE LOOSENED
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  • FROM BEING TETHERED TOTHIS WORLD AND THIS BODY
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  • AND WE SAIL ON IMMEDIATELYTO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • BUT THE MOST SEMINALPASSAGE IN ALL OF THE BIBLE
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  • THAT DESCRIBES WHAT HAPPENSTO CHRISTIANS WHEN THEY DIE
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  • IS FOUND IN THE PASSAGEI WANT YOU TO TURN TO.
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  • 2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER FIVEBEGINNING WITH VERSE SIX.
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  • PAUL HAS JUST SAID IN VERSE ONE
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  • THAT IF THIS EARTHLYHOUSE WHICH IS OUR BODY,
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  • OUR TENT IS TORN DOWN,
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  • WE HAVE A BUILDING,A BODY FROM GOD.
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  • NOT TEMPORAL, BUT ETERNAL.
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  • PAUL SAYS THIS BODYIS NOTHING MORE
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  • THAN A TEMPORARY DWELLING PLACE.
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  • NOW HAVING SAID THAT, LOOKAT WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSE SIX.
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  • "THEREFORE BEING ALWAYS OFGOOD COURAGE AND KNOWING
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  • "THAT WHILE WE AREAT HOME IN THE BODY."
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  • HE'S SAYING THATTONGUE-IN-CHEEK.
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  • AFTER SAYING OUR BODY IS A TENT.
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  • THIS BODY ISN'T OUR HOME,
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  • IT'S JUST A TEMPORARYDWELLING PLACE.
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  • KNOWING THAT WHILE WE'REAT HOME IN THE BODY
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  • WE ARE ABSENT FROM THE LORD.
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  • NOW HERE'S WHAT I SAW THIS WEEK.
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  • IN THE GREEKLANGUAGE THESE TENTS
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  • SUGGEST A CONTINUOUS ACTION.
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  • THE LITERAL TRANSLATIONOF THIS VERSE IS,
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  • "WHILE WE CONTINUETO BE IN THIS BODY,
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  • "WE CONTINUE TO BEABSENT FROM THE LORD."
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  • WE CAN'T BE IN TWOLOCATIONS AT ONCE.
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  • WE THINK THIS WORLD IS OUR HOME.
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  • IT'S NOT, IT'S NOT, ITIS A TEMPORARY LOCATION.
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  • YES, WE HAVE PEOPLE WELIKE AND WE LOVE HERE.
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  • YES, GOD HAS GIVEN US ANASSIGNMENT HERE ON EARTH.
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  • IT'S VERY IMPORTANT,BUT IT'S TEMPORARY.
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  • THIS IS A TEMPORARY LOCATION.
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  • AND AS LONG AS WECONTINUE TO BE HERE,
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  • WE CONTINUE NOT TO BEAT HOME WITH THE LORD.
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  • THAT'S WHAT HE'S SAYING.
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  • BUT LOOK AT WHAT HESAYS IN VERSE EIGHT,
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  • "WE ARE OF GOOD COURAGE, I SAY
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  • "AND PREFER RATHER TOBE ABSENT FROM THE BODY
  • 00:10:55.110 --> 00:10:59.848
  • "AND TO BE AT HOMEWITH THE LORD."
  • 00:10:59.881 --> 00:11:02.717
  • THE TENTS THIS IS IN SUGGESTA FOREVER COMPLETED ACTION
  • 00:11:02.751 --> 00:11:08.323
  • IN THE PAST.
  • 00:11:08.356 --> 00:11:09.124
  • WHAT HE IS SAYING IS,
  • 00:11:09.157 --> 00:11:10.391
  • "I PREFER TO BE ONCE FORALL ABSENT FROM THE BODY
  • 00:11:10.425 --> 00:11:16.598
  • "SO THAT I CAN BE ONCE FORALL AT HOME WITH THE LORD."
  • 00:11:16.631 --> 00:11:19.968
  • AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENSTO US WHEN WE DIE.
  • 00:11:20.001 --> 00:11:22.303
  • THE MOMENT WE LEAVE THIS BODY,
  • 00:11:22.337 --> 00:11:24.439
  • WE ARE FOREVER ATHOME WITH THE LORD.
  • 00:11:24.472 --> 00:11:28.543
  • THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS TO ACHRISTIAN WHEN HE DIES.
  • 00:11:28.576 --> 00:11:32.113
  • NOW, YOU MAY WONDER,
  • 00:11:32.147 --> 00:11:33.648
  • WELL, WHAT PART OF US GOESHOME TO BE WITH THE LORD?
  • 00:11:33.681 --> 00:11:37.218
  • NO, IT'S CERTAINLYNOT OUR PHYSICAL BODY.
  • 00:11:37.252 --> 00:11:40.021
  • AREN'T YOU GLAD WE DON'TDRAG THIS BODY WE HAVE
  • 00:11:40.054 --> 00:11:42.490
  • WITH US AND ALL ETERNITY.
  • 00:11:42.524 --> 00:11:45.660
  • IT'S NOT THIS BODY, ITGETS BURIED, GETS CREMATED.
  • 00:11:45.693 --> 00:11:48.263
  • SOMETHING HAPPENS TO IT.
  • 00:11:48.296 --> 00:11:49.697
  • WHAT HAPPENS TO US WHEN WE DIE?
  • 00:11:49.731 --> 00:11:51.266
  • WE KNOW OUR SPIRITGOES BE WITH THE LORD
  • 00:11:51.299 --> 00:11:54.469
  • AWAITING THAT FINALRESURRECTION BODY
  • 00:11:54.502 --> 00:11:56.805
  • THAT WILL OCCUR AT THE RAPTURE.
  • 00:11:56.838 --> 00:11:58.339
  • AT THE RAPTURE, WE'RE GOING TORECEIVE THAT NEW BODY.
  • 00:11:58.373 --> 00:12:01.543
  • WE'RE GOING TO RECEIVE THATBRAND NEW BODY THAT IS FOREVER
  • 00:12:01.576 --> 00:12:04.579
  • FREE FROM SUFFERING AND DEATH.
  • 00:12:04.612 --> 00:12:07.682
  • BUT SOME PEOPLE SAYMAYBE UNTIL THAT TIME,
  • 00:12:07.715 --> 00:12:11.452
  • WE RECEIVE A TEMPORARY BODYUNTIL THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:12:11.486 --> 00:12:16.257
  • NOW THE BIBLE IS REALLYSILENT ABOUT THAT.
  • 00:12:16.291 --> 00:12:18.827
  • THAT IS JUST CONJECTURE.
  • 00:12:18.860 --> 00:12:20.895
  • BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW
  • 00:12:20.929 --> 00:12:22.497
  • WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTYIS WHEN A CHRISTIAN DIES
  • 00:12:22.530 --> 00:12:26.601
  • HE IS IMMEDIATELY USHEREDINTO THE PRESENCE OF JESUS.
  • 00:12:26.634 --> 00:12:29.904
  • TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY ISTO BE AT HOME WITH THE LORD.
  • 00:12:29.938 --> 00:12:35.777
  • NOW, SOME PEOPLE MAY SAY,
  • 00:12:35.810 --> 00:12:37.045
  • "WELL WHAT ABOUT THOSEWHO DIED BEFORE JESUS?
  • 00:12:37.078 --> 00:12:40.915
  • "WHAT HAPPENED TO THEOLD TESTAMENT SAINTS?
  • 00:12:40.949 --> 00:12:43.451
  • WHAT HAPPENED TO ABRAHAMAND DAVID AND JEREMIAH?
  • 00:12:43.484 --> 00:12:46.888
  • WHERE ARE THOSEPEOPLE RIGHT NOW?
  • 00:12:46.921 --> 00:12:49.190
  • WHERE DID THEY GOWHEN THEY DIED?
  • 00:12:49.224 --> 00:12:51.526
  • IT'S AN INTERESTING QUESTION.
  • 00:12:51.559 --> 00:12:53.194
  • FIRST OF ALL, WERETHEY EVEN SAVED?
  • 00:12:53.228 --> 00:12:56.030
  • I MEAN, THEY LIVED BEFORE JESUS
  • 00:12:56.064 --> 00:12:58.466
  • BEFORE JESUS OFFEREDHIS SACRIFICE.
  • 00:12:58.499 --> 00:13:00.668
  • HOW WERE THE OLDTESTAMENT SAINTS SAVED?
  • 00:13:00.702 --> 00:13:03.037
  • THERE'S A VERY SIMPLEANSWER TO THAT.
  • 00:13:03.071 --> 00:13:05.106
  • PEOPLE IN THE OLDTESTAMENT WERE SAVED
  • 00:13:05.139 --> 00:13:06.908
  • JUST LIKE YOU AND I ARE SAVED.
  • 00:13:06.941 --> 00:13:08.843
  • THEY WERE SAVED BYTHE DEATH OF JESUS
  • 00:13:08.877 --> 00:13:11.346
  • ON THE CROSS FOR THEIR SINS.
  • 00:13:11.379 --> 00:13:13.548
  • ONLY JESUS CHRIST CANWIPE AWAY OUR SINS.
  • 00:13:13.581 --> 00:13:17.185
  • BUT THE QUESTION IS,
  • 00:13:17.218 --> 00:13:18.653
  • WELL, HOW COULD THEY BESAVED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
  • 00:13:18.686 --> 00:13:20.855
  • BEFORE CHRIST ACTUALLY DIED?
  • 00:13:20.889 --> 00:13:23.258
  • HAVE YOU EVERWONDERED ABOUT THAT?
  • 00:13:23.291 --> 00:13:24.759
  • WELL, IT'S EASY.
  • 00:13:24.792 --> 00:13:26.261
  • THEY WERE SAVED ON CREDIT.
  • 00:13:26.294 --> 00:13:29.697
  • NOW YOU UNDERSTANDTHE CONCEPT OF CREDIT.
  • 00:13:29.731 --> 00:13:32.700
  • MAYBE SOME OF YOU ALL TOO WELL,
  • 00:13:32.734 --> 00:13:34.168
  • YOU UNDERSTAND THECONCEPT OF CREDIT.
  • 00:13:34.202 --> 00:13:37.071
  • IT'S AN AMAZING THINGWHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:13:37.105 --> 00:13:39.207
  • YOU CAN GO TO SEARS AND YOUCAN BUY A WASHING MACHINE.
  • 00:13:39.240 --> 00:13:44.946
  • AND THE FUNNY THING IS,
  • 00:13:44.979 --> 00:13:46.180
  • YOU DON'T HAVE TOPAY A DOLLAR FOR IT.
  • 00:13:46.214 --> 00:13:47.382
  • ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TAKE OUT
  • 00:13:47.415 --> 00:13:48.783
  • THIS LITTLE WORTHLESSPIECE OF PLASTIC,
  • 00:13:48.816 --> 00:13:51.552
  • HAND IT TO THE CLERK
  • 00:13:51.586 --> 00:13:53.021
  • AND GUESS WHAT?
  • 00:13:53.054 --> 00:13:54.289
  • YOU CAN WALK OUT WITHTHAT WASHING MACHINE
  • 00:13:54.322 --> 00:13:55.690
  • WITHOUT PAYING $1.
  • 00:13:55.723 --> 00:13:59.427
  • IT'S YOURS FOR FREE
  • 00:13:59.460 --> 00:14:02.397
  • UNTIL THE BILL COMESDUE 30 DAYS LATER.
  • 00:14:02.430 --> 00:14:04.999
  • THEN IT HAS TO BE PAIDFOR IT, DOESN'T IT?
  • 00:14:05.033 --> 00:14:07.368
  • NOW, IT WAS THE SAME WAY WITHTHE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS.
  • 00:14:07.402 --> 00:14:09.771
  • THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANYPLASTIC CREDIT CARDS
  • 00:14:09.804 --> 00:14:11.940
  • BUT WHAT THEY DIDHAVE WAS FAITH.
  • 00:14:11.973 --> 00:14:14.809
  • GENESIS 15:6 SAYS,
  • 00:14:14.842 --> 00:14:16.778
  • "ABRAHAM BELIEVED IN THELORD AND GOD RECKONED
  • 00:14:16.811 --> 00:14:23.217
  • "LITERALLY ACCOUNTED ITTO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS."
  • 00:14:23.251 --> 00:14:27.155
  • ABRAHAM AS WELL AS ALLTHE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS
  • 00:14:27.188 --> 00:14:30.291
  • BELIEVED WHATEVERGOD REVEALED TO THEM.
  • 00:14:30.325 --> 00:14:33.394
  • AND THEIR LITTLE BIT OFFAITH IN AND OF ITSELF
  • 00:14:33.428 --> 00:14:36.364
  • WAS JUST AS WORTHLESS ASA PLASTIC CREDIT CARD.
  • 00:14:36.397 --> 00:14:39.834
  • FAITH CAN'T SAVE US.
  • 00:14:39.867 --> 00:14:41.102
  • IT CAN'T SAVE YOU,IT CAN'T SAVE ME.
  • 00:14:41.135 --> 00:14:42.804
  • WE CAN ONLY BE SAVEDBY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.
  • 00:14:42.837 --> 00:14:45.840
  • BUT THEIR EXERCISE OF THEIRLITTLE AMOUNT OF FAITH
  • 00:14:45.873 --> 00:14:49.010
  • AND BELIEVINGWHATEVER GOD TOLD THEM
  • 00:14:49.043 --> 00:14:51.379
  • ALLOWED THEM TOBE SAVED ON CREDIT
  • 00:14:51.412 --> 00:14:54.215
  • AND THE BILL FOR THEIR SINS
  • 00:14:54.248 --> 00:14:55.883
  • JUST LIKE THE BILLFOR OUR SINS CAME DUE
  • 00:14:55.917 --> 00:14:58.920
  • WELL, NOT 30 DAYSLATER, 2000 YEARS LATER.
  • 00:14:58.953 --> 00:15:02.490
  • IT CAME DUE ON MOUNT CALVARY
  • 00:15:02.523 --> 00:15:04.959
  • AND JESUS PAID THATDEBT FOR ALL OF US.
  • 00:15:04.993 --> 00:15:08.463
  • SO WHERE DID THEY GO?
  • 00:15:08.496 --> 00:15:09.897
  • WHERE DID THEY GO?
  • 00:15:09.931 --> 00:15:11.099
  • WELL, TO UNDERSTANDWHERE THEY WENT,
  • 00:15:11.132 --> 00:15:12.633
  • YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THECONCEPT OF SHEOL AND HADES.
  • 00:15:12.667 --> 00:15:17.105
  • NOW, SHEOL WAS A HEBREWWORD THAT SIMPLY MEANS
  • 00:15:17.138 --> 00:15:20.408
  • COVERED OR HIDDEN.
  • 00:15:20.441 --> 00:15:22.643
  • THERE ARE A LOT OFPEOPLE WHO BELIEVE
  • 00:15:22.677 --> 00:15:24.812
  • THAT BEFORE CHRIST CAME,THERE WAS A DWELLING PLACE
  • 00:15:24.846 --> 00:15:31.219
  • FOR BOTH THE RIGHTEOUS ANDTHE UNRIGHTEOUS CALLED SHEOL.
  • 00:15:31.252 --> 00:15:35.056
  • THINK OF IT LIKE A BIG DUPLEX
  • 00:15:35.089 --> 00:15:37.892
  • THAT'S DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS.
  • 00:15:37.925 --> 00:15:39.894
  • AND SHEOL HAD TWO PARTS.
  • 00:15:39.927 --> 00:15:41.829
  • ONE PART WAS FOR THERIGHTEOUS, THE SAVED
  • 00:15:41.863 --> 00:15:44.832
  • AND IT WAS CALLEDABRAHAM'S BOSOM.
  • 00:15:44.866 --> 00:15:47.101
  • THE OTHER HALF WASFOR THE UNRIGHTEOUS.
  • 00:15:47.135 --> 00:15:49.771
  • IN THE NEW TESTAMENT,IT'S CALLED HADES.
  • 00:15:49.804 --> 00:15:52.140
  • YOU REMEMBER THESTORY JESUS TOLD.
  • 00:15:52.173 --> 00:15:54.575
  • TWO MEN DIED.
  • 00:15:54.609 --> 00:15:56.010
  • ONE MAN WAS A POOR MANHIS NAME WAS LAZARUS.
  • 00:15:56.044 --> 00:15:59.213
  • AND WHEN HE DIEDHERE IMMEDIATELY
  • 00:15:59.247 --> 00:16:01.449
  • WENT TO ABRAHAM'S BOSOM.
  • 00:16:01.482 --> 00:16:04.285
  • NOW, HE DIDN'T GO TOA PLACE OF BLESSING
  • 00:16:04.318 --> 00:16:07.188
  • BECAUSE HE WAS POOR.
  • 00:16:07.221 --> 00:16:08.656
  • THERE'S NOTHING RIGHTEOUSABOUT BEING POOR NECESSARILY.
  • 00:16:08.689 --> 00:16:12.627
  • HE WENT THERE BECAUSEHE TRUSTED IN GOD.
  • 00:16:12.660 --> 00:16:14.829
  • IN FACT, THAT'S WHATTHE NAME LAZARUS MEANS.
  • 00:16:14.862 --> 00:16:16.798
  • GOD IS MY HELPER.
  • 00:16:16.831 --> 00:16:18.866
  • THAT'S WHY HE WAS WELCOMED INTOTHE PLACE OF THE RIGHTEOUS.
  • 00:16:18.900 --> 00:16:21.669
  • THE RICH MAN DIEDAND HE WENT TO HADES.
  • 00:16:21.702 --> 00:16:24.772
  • NOW LOOK AT VERSE 22.
  • 00:16:24.806 --> 00:16:26.274
  • "NOW IT CAME ABOUTTHAT THE POOR MAN DIED
  • 00:16:26.307 --> 00:16:28.409
  • "AND WAS CARRIED AWAY BY THEANGELS TO ABRAHAM'S BOSOM.
  • 00:16:28.443 --> 00:16:31.646
  • "AND THE RICH MAN ALSODIED AND WAS BURIED.
  • 00:16:31.679 --> 00:16:34.482
  • "AND IN HADES, THE RICHMAN LIFTED UP HIS EYES
  • 00:16:34.515 --> 00:16:38.453
  • "BEING IN TORMENTAND HE SAW ABRAHAM."
  • 00:16:38.486 --> 00:16:41.556
  • NOW, UNDERLINE THIS, "FAR AWAY.
  • 00:16:41.589 --> 00:16:44.659
  • "AND LAZARUS WAS IN HIS BOSOM.
  • 00:16:44.692 --> 00:16:46.828
  • AND HE CRIED OUT AND SAID,
  • 00:16:46.861 --> 00:16:48.062
  • "'FATHER ABRAHAMHAVE MERCY ON ME.
  • 00:16:48.096 --> 00:16:49.897
  • "'SEND LAZARUS THAT HE MIGHT DIP
  • 00:16:49.931 --> 00:16:52.366
  • "'THE TIP OF HIS FINGER INWATER AND COOL OFF MY TONGUE
  • 00:16:52.400 --> 00:16:56.104
  • "'FOR I AM IN AGONYIN THIS FLAME.'"
  • 00:16:56.137 --> 00:17:00.408
  • THIS PASSAGE REMINDS USOF A COUPLE OF THINGS.
  • 00:17:00.441 --> 00:17:03.211
  • FIRST OF ALL, NOT EVERYONEGOES TO THE SAME LOCATION
  • 00:17:03.244 --> 00:17:07.348
  • WHEN THEY DIE.
  • 00:17:07.381 --> 00:17:08.749
  • THERE'S NOT ONE DESTINY,THERE ARE TWO DESTINIES.
  • 00:17:08.783 --> 00:17:12.153
  • REMEMBER JESUS IS THE ONESAYING THIS, THERE IS A PLACE
  • 00:17:12.186 --> 00:17:14.922
  • OF BLESSING AND THEREIS A PLACE OF JUDGMENT.
  • 00:17:14.956 --> 00:17:19.327
  • AND SECONDLY, THIS PASSAGEREMINDS US THAT WHEN WE DIE,
  • 00:17:19.360 --> 00:17:23.264
  • WE IMMEDIATELY BEGINEXPERIENCING EITHER
  • 00:17:23.297 --> 00:17:28.269
  • GOD'S BLESSINGOR GOD'S WRATH.
  • 00:17:28.302 --> 00:17:31.506
  • THERE'S NOT A WAITINGTIME FOR THE FUTURE.
  • 00:17:31.539 --> 00:17:34.075
  • BELIEVERS GO IMMEDIATELYINTO GOD'S PRESENCE.
  • 00:17:34.108 --> 00:17:37.011
  • AND WHILE WE ARE THEREWE'RE AWAITING THAT CREATION
  • 00:17:37.044 --> 00:17:40.748
  • OF THE NEW HEAVENAND THE NEW EARTH
  • 00:17:40.781 --> 00:17:43.417
  • THAT WILL BE OURPERMANENT DESTINATION.
  • 00:17:43.451 --> 00:17:45.920
  • NOW THAT LEADS TO THE QUESTION.
  • 00:17:45.953 --> 00:17:47.555
  • WELL, WHAT HAPPENS TOUNBELIEVERS WHEN THEY DIE?
  • 00:17:47.588 --> 00:17:51.692
  • JUST LIKE BELIEVERS, HAVEA CURRENT DESTINATION
  • 00:17:51.726 --> 00:17:55.429
  • THE THIRD HEAVEN ANDA FUTURE DESTINATION,
  • 00:17:55.463 --> 00:17:58.266
  • THE NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH.
  • 00:17:58.299 --> 00:17:59.800
  • SO THERE IS A TEMPORARY
  • 00:17:59.834 --> 00:18:01.669
  • AND ETERNAL DESTINATIONFOR THE UNSAVED.
  • 00:18:01.702 --> 00:18:05.273
  • THE UNSAVED IMMEDIATELY GOTO THIS PLACE CALLED HADES.
  • 00:18:05.306 --> 00:18:10.278
  • HADES IS THE TEMPORARY WAITINGPLACE OF THE UNSAVED DEAD.
  • 00:18:10.311 --> 00:18:16.017
  • IT'S NOT PURGATORY,
  • 00:18:16.050 --> 00:18:18.085
  • IT IS A PLACE OF HORRIBLETORMENT THAT BEGINS
  • 00:18:18.119 --> 00:18:21.589
  • THE MOMENT AN UNBELIEVER DIES.
  • 00:18:21.622 --> 00:18:24.025
  • THAT'S WHERE THEUNBELIEVERS GO RIGHT NOW
  • 00:18:24.058 --> 00:18:25.693
  • TO THIS PLACE CALLED HADES.
  • 00:18:25.726 --> 00:18:27.528
  • BUT THAT'S NOT THEIRFINAL DESTINATION.
  • 00:18:27.562 --> 00:18:29.864
  • THEIR FINAL DESTINATIONIS THE LAKE OF FIRE.
  • 00:18:29.897 --> 00:18:34.101
  • TURN OVER TOREVELATION 20:11-15.
  • 00:18:34.135 --> 00:18:38.739
  • JOHN TALKS ABOUT WHATHAPPENS AFTER THE MILLENNIUM
  • 00:18:38.773 --> 00:18:41.876
  • BEFORE THE NEWHEAVEN AND NEW EARTH.
  • 00:18:41.909 --> 00:18:43.978
  • JOHN SAYS, "AND I SAWA GREAT WHITE THRONE
  • 00:18:44.011 --> 00:18:46.247
  • "AND HIM WHO SAT UPON IT
  • 00:18:46.280 --> 00:18:47.682
  • "AND WHOSE PRESENCE EARTHAND HEAVEN FLED AWAY
  • 00:18:47.715 --> 00:18:49.884
  • "AND NO PLACE WASFOUND FOR THEM.
  • 00:18:49.917 --> 00:18:51.619
  • "AND I SAW THE DEAD ANDTHE GREAT AND THE SMALL
  • 00:18:51.652 --> 00:18:54.021
  • "WERE STANDING BEFORE THE THRONEAND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED.
  • 00:18:54.055 --> 00:18:57.358
  • "AND ANOTHER BOOK WAS OPENED,WHICH IS THE BOOK OF LIFE.
  • 00:18:57.391 --> 00:19:00.294
  • "AND THE DEAD WERE JUDGED
  • 00:19:00.328 --> 00:19:01.462
  • "FROM THE THINGSWRITTEN IN THE BOOKS
  • 00:19:01.495 --> 00:19:03.397
  • "ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDSAND THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD
  • 00:19:03.431 --> 00:19:06.767
  • "WHICH WERE IN IT."
  • 00:19:06.801 --> 00:19:07.602
  • AND LOOK AT THIS,
  • 00:19:07.635 --> 00:19:08.436
  • "AND DEATH AND HADES,"
  • 00:19:08.469 --> 00:19:11.005
  • THE TEMPORARY PLACEOF ALL THE UNSAVED
  • 00:19:11.038 --> 00:19:13.174
  • SINCE THE DAYS OF ADAM,
  • 00:19:13.207 --> 00:19:14.475
  • "HADES GAVE UP THEDEAD WHICH WERE IN THEM
  • 00:19:14.508 --> 00:19:17.245
  • "AND THEY WERE JUDGEDEVERY ONE OF THEM
  • 00:19:17.278 --> 00:19:19.614
  • "ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDS.
  • 00:19:19.647 --> 00:19:21.282
  • "AND DEATH ANDHADES WERE THROWN"
  • 00:19:21.315 --> 00:19:23.551
  • INTO WHERE, "THE LAKE OF FIRE.
  • 00:19:23.584 --> 00:19:26.454
  • "THIS IS THE SECONDDEATH, THE LAKE OF FIRE.
  • 00:19:26.487 --> 00:19:29.357
  • "AND IF ANYONE'SNAME WAS NOT FOUND
  • 00:19:29.390 --> 00:19:31.192
  • "WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE,
  • 00:19:31.225 --> 00:19:32.426
  • "HE WAS THROWN INTOTHE LAKE OF FIRE."
  • 00:19:32.460 --> 00:19:35.129
  • IT IS A PLACE OFETERNAL SUFFERING.
  • 00:19:35.162 --> 00:19:37.732
  • PEOPLE AREN'T DESTROYEDIN THE LAKE OF FIRE.
  • 00:19:37.765 --> 00:19:39.967
  • WE HAVE SATAN, THE BEAST
  • 00:19:40.001 --> 00:19:42.236
  • AND THE FALSE PROPHET ARE ALLTHROWN INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE
  • 00:19:42.270 --> 00:19:45.139
  • BEFORE THE MILLENNIUM,A THOUSAND YEARS LATER,
  • 00:19:45.172 --> 00:19:47.775
  • THEY ARE STILL ALIVE
  • 00:19:47.808 --> 00:19:49.343
  • AND THEY ARE STILL BURNINGAND BEING TORMENTED.
  • 00:19:49.377 --> 00:19:52.246
  • SO IT WILL BE WITHALL UNBELIEVERS.
  • 00:19:52.280 --> 00:19:56.250
  • IT IS A PLACE OFFOREVER SUFFERING.
  • 00:19:56.284 --> 00:20:00.254
  • RIGHT NOW WHEN ANUNBELIEVER DIES,
  • 00:20:00.288 --> 00:20:02.990
  • HE GOES IMMEDIATELY TO THISTERRIBLE PLACE CALLED HADES.
  • 00:20:03.024 --> 00:20:08.863
  • THE COMMON EXPERIENCE THOUGH,
  • 00:20:08.896 --> 00:20:10.665
  • IN BOTH THE TEMPORARYLOCATION HADES
  • 00:20:10.698 --> 00:20:13.200
  • AND THE ULTIMATEPLACE FOR THE UNSAVED,
  • 00:20:13.234 --> 00:20:15.136
  • THE LAKE OF FIRE ISAGONY, PHYSICAL PAIN.
  • 00:20:15.169 --> 00:20:19.907
  • NOTICE AGAIN IN LUKE 16:24.
  • 00:20:19.940 --> 00:20:22.576
  • THE RICH MAN SAYS HE IS INAGONY BECAUSE OF THE FLAMES.
  • 00:20:22.610 --> 00:20:28.316
  • 2 PETER 2:9 TELLS US,
  • 00:20:28.349 --> 00:20:30.184
  • "THE LORD KNOWS HOW TO RESCUETHE GODLY FROM TEMPTATION
  • 00:20:30.217 --> 00:20:34.121
  • "AND TO KEEP THEUNRIGHTEOUS UNDER PUNISHMENT
  • 00:20:34.155 --> 00:20:37.725
  • "FOR THE DAY OF JUDGMENT."
  • 00:20:37.758 --> 00:20:39.560
  • WHAT PETER IS SAYING ISRIGHT NOW, THOSE WHO DIE
  • 00:20:39.593 --> 00:20:42.029
  • WITHOUT CHRIST ARE IN HADES,AWAITING THEIR FINAL JUDGMENT,
  • 00:20:42.063 --> 00:20:46.334
  • THE GREAT WHITETHRONE JUDGMENT.
  • 00:20:46.367 --> 00:20:48.302
  • HERE IS THE BASIC TRUTHEVERYONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND.
  • 00:20:48.336 --> 00:20:53.941
  • WHEN WE DIE, WE IMMEDIATELYBEGIN EXPERIENCING
  • 00:20:53.974 --> 00:20:58.179
  • EITHER GOD'S BLESSINGOR GOD'S JUDGMENT.
  • 00:20:58.212 --> 00:21:01.882
  • AND WHILE IT'S TRUETHAT AT SOME FUTURE DAY,
  • 00:21:01.916 --> 00:21:05.453
  • BELIEVERS WILL CHANGELOCATION FROM THE THIRD HEAVEN
  • 00:21:05.486 --> 00:21:09.590
  • TO THE NEW HEAVENON THIS NEW EARTH.
  • 00:21:09.623 --> 00:21:12.093
  • AND WHILE IT'S TRUETHAT UNBELIEVERS
  • 00:21:12.126 --> 00:21:13.894
  • WILL ALSO CHANGE LOCATION FROMHADES INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE,
  • 00:21:13.928 --> 00:21:18.399
  • A CHANGE OF LOCATIONIS NOT THE SAME
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  • AS A CHANGE OF ETERNAL DESTINY.
  • 00:21:21.736 --> 00:21:24.705
  • HEAVEN AND HELL AREETERNAL CHOICES.
  • 00:21:24.739 --> 00:21:30.745
  • MY FRIEND ERWIN LUTZERSAYS IT THIS WAY,
  • 00:21:30.778 --> 00:21:34.982
  • "FIVE MINUTES AFTER YOU DIE,
  • 00:21:35.015 --> 00:21:38.452
  • "YOU WILL EITHER HAVE HADYOUR FIRST GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN
  • 00:21:38.486 --> 00:21:41.455
  • "WITH IT'S EUPHORIA AND BLISS
  • 00:21:41.489 --> 00:21:44.725
  • "OR YOUR FIRSTGENUINE EXPERIENCE
  • 00:21:44.759 --> 00:21:47.395
  • "OF UNRELENTINGHORROR AND REGRET.
  • 00:21:47.428 --> 00:21:51.165
  • "EITHER WAY, YOUR FUTUREWILL BE IRREVOCABLY FIXED
  • 00:21:51.198 --> 00:21:55.336
  • "AND ETERNALLY UNCHANGEABLE.
  • 00:21:55.369 --> 00:21:57.838
  • "IN THOSE FIRST MOMENTS,YOU WILL BE MORE ALIVE
  • 00:21:57.872 --> 00:22:01.041
  • "THAN YOU HAVE EVER BEEN.
  • 00:22:01.075 --> 00:22:02.810
  • "VIVID MEMORIES OF YOUR FRIENDS
  • 00:22:02.843 --> 00:22:04.545
  • "AND YOUR LIFE ON PLANET EARTH
  • 00:22:04.578 --> 00:22:06.747
  • "WILL BE MINGLED WITH A DAUNTINGANTICIPATION OF ETERNITY.
  • 00:22:06.781 --> 00:22:13.120
  • "YOU WILL HAVE HAD YOUR FIRSTDIRECT GLIMPSE OF CHRIST
  • 00:22:13.154 --> 00:22:15.689
  • "OR YOU WILL HAVE HAD YOURFIRST ENCOUNTER WITH EVIL
  • 00:22:15.723 --> 00:22:19.693
  • "AS YOU HAVE NEVER KNOWN IT.
  • 00:22:19.727 --> 00:22:22.062
  • "AND IT WILL BE TOO LATETO CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS."
  • 00:22:22.096 --> 00:22:29.336
  • IF YOU WAIT UNTIL YOU DIETO CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION,
  • 00:22:29.370 --> 00:22:37.011
  • YOU WILL HAVE WAITEDONE SECOND TOO LONG.
  • 00:22:37.044 --> 00:22:43.117
  • HELL AND HEAVEN AREFOREVER CHOICES.
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  • 00:22:48.355 --> 00:22:53.594
  • IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TOBEGIN DOING WHAT'S RIGHT.
  • 00:22:53.627 --> 00:22:56.764
  • UNLESS OF COURSE YOU WAIT UNTILDEATH KNOCKS AT YOUR DOOR.
  • 00:22:56.797 --> 00:23:01.202
  • MY PRAYER IS THAT YOU DECIDERIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT
  • 00:23:01.235 --> 00:23:04.638
  • TO TRUST IN CHRIST ASYOUR LORD AND SAVIOR.
  • 00:23:04.672 --> 00:23:07.908
  • AND WHEN YOU DO,
  • 00:23:07.942 --> 00:23:09.376
  • YOU'LL SECURE YOUR ETERNALDESTINATION IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:09.410 --> 00:23:13.414
  • NOW IN CLOSING, LET ME SAYTHANKS TO OUR PATHWAY PARTNERS
  • 00:23:13.447 --> 00:23:17.218
  • AND ANYONE WHO GIVES AONE-TIME GIFT TO THIS MINISTRY.
  • 00:23:17.251 --> 00:23:21.021
  • YOUR EFFORTS AND GENEROSITYARE BEARING MUCH FRUIT.
  • 00:23:21.055 --> 00:23:24.925
  • NOT A DAY PASSES WITHOUTHEARING FROM SOMEONE
  • 00:23:24.959 --> 00:23:27.862
  • WHO IS ETERNALLY GRATEFUL TOLEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:27.895 --> 00:23:31.966
  • YOUR GIFTS ARE TRULYMAKING AN IMPACT.
  • 00:23:31.999 --> 00:23:34.902
  • AS GOD DEPLOYS YOUR INVESTMENTTO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:23:34.935 --> 00:23:38.939
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:23:38.973 --> 00:23:40.875
  • NOW STAY RIGHTTHERE, I'LL BE BACK
  • 00:23:40.908 --> 00:23:42.476
  • WITH MORE PATHWAY TOVICTORY IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:42.510 --> 00:23:47.314
  • WITH ALL OF THEPRESSING CHALLENGES
  • 00:23:47.348 --> 00:23:49.316
  • FACING OUR WORLD TODAY,
  • 00:23:49.350 --> 00:23:50.918
  • IT'S EASY TO GET STUCKIN THE HERE AND NOW.
  • 00:23:50.951 --> 00:23:53.487
  • BUT WHEN WE LIVE EVERY DAYIN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY,
  • 00:23:53.521 --> 00:23:56.790
  • IT COMPLETELY TRANSFORMSOUR PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:23:56.824 --> 00:23:59.460
  • TO HELP ELEVATE YOUR THINKING
  • 00:23:59.493 --> 00:24:01.028
  • FROM EARTHLY CONCERNSTO HEAVENLY COMFORTS,
  • 00:24:01.061 --> 00:24:04.064
  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS HASWRITTEN A BRAND NEW BOOK
  • 00:24:04.098 --> 00:24:06.700
  • TITLED "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:24:06.734 --> 00:24:08.669
  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:24:08.702 --> 00:24:12.373
  • THE BIBLE TELLS USTHAT EVERY ONE OF US
  • 00:24:12.406 --> 00:24:14.642
  • IS GOING TO MAKE A TRIP ONEDAY TO A DISTANT COUNTRY.
  • 00:24:14.675 --> 00:24:18.445
  • IT'S A ONE-WAY TRIP TOAN ETERNAL DESTINATION.
  • 00:24:18.479 --> 00:24:21.782
  • AND FOR THOSE WHO KNOW CHRIST,
  • 00:24:21.815 --> 00:24:23.484
  • THAT TRIP IS TO APLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:24:23.517 --> 00:24:26.287
  • MY BRAND NEW BOOK IS DESIGNEDTO HELP YOU OR A LOVED ONE
  • 00:24:26.320 --> 00:24:29.723
  • SPEND 100 DAYS LIVING IN THEREALITY OF YOUR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:24:29.757 --> 00:24:35.896
  • REQUEST, YOUR COPY OF"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:24:35.930 --> 00:24:37.631
  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY"
  • 00:24:37.665 --> 00:24:40.434
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
  • 00:24:40.467 --> 00:24:43.237
  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:43.270 --> 00:24:44.705
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:44.738 --> 00:24:47.308
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
  • 00:24:47.341 --> 00:24:49.209
  • A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN TEACHINGSERIES ON BOTH CD AND DVD
  • 00:24:49.243 --> 00:24:53.847
  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK BY
  • 00:24:53.881 --> 00:24:56.650
  • DR. JEFFRESS TITLED,"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN."
  • 00:24:56.684 --> 00:24:59.320
  • WHEN YOU GIVE TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:24:59.353 --> 00:25:01.655
  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN ANDWOMEN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY
  • 00:25:01.689 --> 00:25:04.458
  • TO HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN
  • 00:25:04.491 --> 00:25:06.226
  • AND THE ONE WAY TO GET THERE
  • 00:25:06.260 --> 00:25:08.195
  • THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:25:08.228 --> 00:25:10.230
  • SO THANK YOU FORGIVING GENEROUSLY.
  • 00:25:10.264 --> 00:25:12.299
  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFTTO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:25:12.333 --> 00:25:15.402
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:25:15.436 --> 00:25:17.538
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  • 00:25:17.571 --> 00:25:19.707
  • JAMES ONCE SAID THAT OURLIVES ARE LIKE A VAPOR,
  • 00:25:19.740 --> 00:25:22.977
  • A TINY PUFF OFSMOKE THAT APPEARS
  • 00:25:23.010 --> 00:25:25.946
  • AND DISAPPEARS INTO ETERNITY.
  • 00:25:25.980 --> 00:25:28.549
  • AND I HOPE TODAY'SMESSAGE HAS GIVEN YOU
  • 00:25:28.582 --> 00:25:30.784
  • A SENSE OF PEACE AND COMFORT
  • 00:25:30.818 --> 00:25:32.753
  • REGARDING YOUR TRANSITION FROMTHIS WORLD TO THE NEXT ONE.
  • 00:25:32.786 --> 00:25:37.491
  • WELL, SOME PEOPLE WORRYTHAT HEAVEN WILL BE BORING.
  • 00:25:37.524 --> 00:25:40.995
  • FLOATING AROUND ON CLOUDS WHILEPLUCKING STRINGS ON A HARP.
  • 00:25:41.028 --> 00:25:45.733
  • GRATEFULLY, THAT DOESN'T MATCH
  • 00:25:45.766 --> 00:25:47.735
  • THE BIBLE'S DESCRIPTIONOF HEAVEN AT ALL.
  • 00:25:47.768 --> 00:25:50.137
  • AND SO NEXT TIME,WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER
  • 00:25:50.170 --> 00:25:51.972
  • ANOTHER COMMONLYASKED QUESTION:
  • 00:25:52.006 --> 00:25:54.708
  • WHAT WILL WE DO IN HEAVEN?
  • 00:25:54.742 --> 00:25:57.144
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF
  • 00:25:57.177 --> 00:25:58.479
  • WHAT'S COMING UP NEXTTIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:58.512 --> 00:26:02.950
  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVEA GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:26:02.983 --> 00:26:05.152
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:05.185 --> 00:26:07.988
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:26:08.022 --> 00:26:10.157
  • OF THE BRAND NEW BOOKBY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED,
  • 00:26:10.190 --> 00:26:12.826
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN
  • 00:26:12.860 --> 00:26:14.461
  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY."
  • 00:26:14.495 --> 00:26:18.032
  • PLUS THE BROCHURE,
  • 00:26:18.065 --> 00:26:19.433
  • "WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONSTEACH ABOUT HEAVEN"
  • 00:26:19.466 --> 00:26:22.036
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:26:22.069 --> 00:26:23.570
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:23.604 --> 00:26:27.007
  • NOW, WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:27.041 --> 00:26:29.943
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THEA PLACE CALLED HEAVEN
  • 00:26:29.977 --> 00:26:32.513
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD
  • 00:26:32.546 --> 00:26:35.916
  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:26:35.949 --> 00:26:38.052
  • BY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN."
  • 00:26:38.085 --> 00:26:41.522
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:41.555 --> 00:26:43.390
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:43.424 --> 00:26:45.259
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING
  • 00:26:45.292 --> 00:26:46.927
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:46.960 --> 00:26:49.163
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:49.196 --> 00:26:52.833
  • HAVE YOU EVER HAD ABIG PROJECT TO FINISH?
  • 00:26:52.866 --> 00:26:55.636
  • AND ONCE YOU'RE FINISHED,YOU SAY "PHEW! IT'S OVER.
  • 00:26:55.669 --> 00:27:00.240
  • "IT'S OVER, I FINISHED.
  • 00:27:00.274 --> 00:27:03.210
  • "BUT WHAT I'VE DONE IS NOTJUST GOOD, IT'S VERY GOOD."
  • 00:27:03.243 --> 00:27:07.915
  • TO BE SATISFIED WITH WHAT GODHAS ALLOWED YOU TO ACCOMPLISH.
  • 00:27:07.948 --> 00:27:12.686
  • I THINK THAT'S WHAT IT'SGOING TO BE LIKE IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:27:12.720 --> 00:27:15.322
  • SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US
  • 00:27:15.355 --> 00:27:17.324
  • NEXT TIME FOR THE MESSAGE,
  • 00:27:17.357 --> 00:27:18.792
  • "WHAT WILL WE DO IN HEAVEN?"
  • 00:27:18.826 --> 00:27:20.794
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:27:20.828 --> 00:27:22.563
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:27:22.596 --> 00:27:27.401