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Do People In Heaven Know What Is Happening On Earth?

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January 31, 2021
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One of the most frequently asked questions about heaven concerns the extent to which the residents of heaven are aware what is happening on earth. How could we be happy in heaven if we saw the suffering of our loved ones on earth or the eternal torment of our friends in hell? Interestingly, the Bible provides a very clear answer to the question, “Do people in Heaven know what is happening on Earth?”

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Do People In Heaven Know What Is Happening On Earth?

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO"PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
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  • THE BIBLE DESCRIBES HEAVENAS A WONDERFUL PLACE
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  • WHERE THERE'SNO MORE DEATH
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  • NO MORE PAIN,AND NO MORE TEARS.
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  • BUT HOW CAN WE TRULYBE HAPPY IN HEAVEN
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  • IF WE WERE AWARE OF WHATWAS HAPPENING ON EARTH?
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  • AND WOULDN'T WE FEELSADNESS OVER THE FRIENDS
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  • AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHOSEREBELLION CONDEMNED THEM
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  • TO AN ETERNITY IN HELL?
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  • THOSE ARE SOME OF THE MOSTCOMMON QUESTIONS THAT
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  • PEOPLE ARE ASKING ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • AND TODAY ON"PATHWAY TO VICTORY",
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THEBIBLE'S VERY CLEAR ANSWER
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  • TO THIS QUESTION:
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  • "DO PEOPLE IN HEAVEN KNOWWHAT IS HAPPENING ON EARTH?"
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] AT THIS VERY MOMENT,GOD IS PREPARING A PLACE
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  • OF UNENDING JOY FORTHOSE WHO TRUST IN HIM.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU AND YOURLOVED ONES GET READY,
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS HASWRITTEN A BRAND NEW BOOK,
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  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:100 DAYS OF LIVING
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  • "IN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY".
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  • SPEND 100 DAYS REFLECTING
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  • ON THE BEAUTIFUL PLACEGOD IS PREPARING FOR YOU.
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  • REQUEST "A PLACE CALLEDHEAVEN: 100 DAYS OF LIVING
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  • "IN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY".
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • IMAGINE FOR A MOMENTTHAT YOU'RE DEAD.
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  • KIND OF A SOBERINGTHOUGHT, ISN'T IT?
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  • YOU'RE DEAD, YOU'VE DIEDIN A TRAGIC CAR ACCIDENT
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  • BUT TO YOUR RELIEF, YOU AWAKEN
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  • IN FRONT OF THE PEARLY GATES.
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  • SAINT PETER ISTHERE TO GREET YOU.
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  • HE HAS A CLIPBOARD.
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  • HE LOOKS OVER THE LIST
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  • AND GRATEFULLY,YOUR NAME IS ON IT.
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  • HE THEN HANDS YOUA KEY TO YOUR ROOM.
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  • HE HANDS YOU A WHITE ROBE,A GOLDEN CROWN AND A TICKET.
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  • NOW YOU UNDERSTAND THE WHITEROBE AND THE GOLDEN CROWN
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  • BUT YOU ASK PETER,"WHAT'S THIS TICKET FOR?"
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  • AND HE SAID, "OH, IT'SFOR THE MOVIE TONIGHT.
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  • "YOU'RE NOT GOING TOWANT TO MISS IT.
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  • "IN FACT, IT ISA DOUBLE FEATURE.
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  • "THE FIRST MOVIE IS A TRAGEDY.
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  • "IT STARS YOUR FRIEND WHOWAS IN THE CAR WITH YOU,
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  • "WHO DIDN'T MAKE IT HERE
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  • "AND IS NOW IN HELL.
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  • "IN FACT, IT'S ATRUE HORROR STORY.
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  • "BUT THE OTHERFILM IS ABOUT YOU.
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  • "IT CO-STARS YOUR MATEAND YOUR CHILDREN,
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  • "YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
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  • "AND THE CLIMACTICSCENE IS YOUR FUNERAL.
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  • "I THINK YOU'RE REALLYGOING TO LIKE IT.
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  • "BUT YOU BETTER GET HERE EARLY.
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  • "IT'S A SOLD-OUT CROWD.
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  • "ALL OF HEAVEN IS GOING TOBE HERE TO SEE THE FILM."
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  • NOW I'M PRETTY SUREIN MOVIE, IN HEAVEN,
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  • THERE WON'T BEANY MOVIE THEATERS
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  • OR FEATURE LENGTHPRESENTATIONS ABOUT OUR LIFE.
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  • BUT THE QUESTION IS,
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  • CAN PEOPLE IN HEAVEN REALLYKNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING
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  • ON EARTH OR EVEN IN HELL ITSELF?
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  • A LOT OF PEOPLE WONDERABOUT THAT QUESTION.
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  • AND TODAY WE'RE GOINGTO ANSWER THAT QUESTION
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  • AS WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES,"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN".
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  • TODAY WE'RE GOING TOANSWER THE QUESTION.
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  • DO PEOPLE IN HEAVEN KNOWWHAT IS HAPPENING ON EARTH?
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  • AND TODAY I WANT TO BEGIN
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  • BY ACTUALLY ANSWERINGTHAT QUESTION FIRST.
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  • AND THEN LOOKINGAT THE SCRIPTURE.
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  • THE ANSWER IS ABSOLUTELY,PEOPLE IN HEAVEN DO KNOW
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  • WHAT IS HAPPENING ON EARTH
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  • AND UNDERNEATH THE EARTH.
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  • WE CAN LOOK AT FOURKEY SCRIPTURE PASSAGES
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  • THAT GIVE US SOMEINSIGHT ON THAT SUBJECT.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, CONSIDERHEBREWS 12:1
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  • THIS IS A PASSAGETHAT IS OFTEN USED
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  • TO SAY PEOPLE INHEAVEN ARE AWARE
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  • OF WHAT'S HAPPENING ON EARTH.
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  • THE WRITER SAYS, "THEREFORE,SINCE WE HAVE SO GREAT A CLOUD
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  • "OF WITNESSES SURROUNDING US,
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  • "LET US ALSO LAY ASIDEEVERY ENCUMBRANCE
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  • "AND THE SIN WHICH SOEASILY ENTANGLES US,
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  • "AND LET US RUN WITH ENDURANCE
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  • "THE RACE THAT ISSET BEFORE US."
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  • WHO ARE THESE CLOUD OFWITNESSES SURROUNDING US?
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  • REMEMBER, THERE ARENO CHAPTER DIVISIONS
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  • IN THE ORIGINAL TEXT.
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  • THIS REFERS BACK TO CHAPTER 11.
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  • ABRAHAM, ISAAC,JACOB, NOAH, RAHAB,
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  • ALL OF THE MENAND WOMEN OF FAITH
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  • ARE THOSE CLOUD OF WITNESSES.
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  • AND RIGHT NOW THE BIBLESAYS "THEY ARE IN HEAVEN.
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  • "THEY ARE SURROUNDING US."
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  • NOW SOME PEOPLE ACTUALLYUSE THIS VERSE TO TEACH
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  • WELL THAT MEANS, SINCETHEY'RE SURROUNDING US
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  • THEY'RE LIKE FANSIN THE BLEACHERS
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  • WATCHING DOWN AS WELIVE OUT OUR LIVES.
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  • NOW THAT CAN KIND OF BEDISCONCERTING FOR A MOMENT
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  • WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
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  • DO YOU REALLY WANT TO THINK
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  • OF YOUR GRANDMOTHER OR YOURGREAT GRANDMOTHER IN HEAVEN
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  • WATCHING EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE?
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  • IT'S KIND OFDISTURBING, ISN'T IT?
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  • IS THAT WHAT THISPASSAGE IS TEACHING?
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  • I DON'T THINK SO.
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  • I THINK THIS IS ONE PASSAGE
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  • THAT REALLY DOES NOT SAY PEOPLE
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  • IN HEAVEN CAN TELL WHATIS HAPPENING ON EARTH.
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  • WHAT THE WRITER IS SIMPLYSAYING IS CONSIDERING
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  • THESE GREAT MEN AND WOMEN
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  • AND THE WAY THEYLIVED THEIR LIVES,
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  • WE OUGHT TO DEMONSTRATETHE SAME KIND OF FAITH
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  • IN FOLLOWING THEIR EXAMPLE.
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  • HOWEVER, THERE ARE THREEOTHER PASSAGES, AT LEAST
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  • IN THE BIBLE THATINDICATE CLEARLY
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  • PEOPLE IN HEAVEN DO KNOWWHAT IS HAPPENING ON EARTH.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, CONSIDERTHE STORY OF ABRAHAM
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  • AND THE RICH MAN
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  • THAT JESUS TOLD INLUKE 16.
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  • WE LOOKED AT THATSTORY A FEW WEEKS AGO.
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  • REMEMBER, THERE WERE TWO MEN
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  • WHO LIVED TWO VERYDIFFERENT LIVES
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  • AND THEY BOTH DIED.
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  • A RICH MAN
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  • AND A POOR MAN NAMED LAZARUS.
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  • AND THE BIBLE SAYSWHEN THEY BOTH DIED,
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  • IMMEDIATELY LAZARUS WENT TOHEAVEN TO ABRAHAM'S BOSOM.
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  • NOT BECAUSE HE WAS POOR.
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  • THERE WAS NOTHINGRIGHTEOUS ABOUT BEING POOR
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  • BUT BECAUSE HE HADPLACED HIS FAITH IN GOD.
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  • HOWEVER, THE RICH MANIMMEDIATELY ENDED UP IN HADES
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  • AND BOTH THE RICH MAN ANDLAZARUS WERE CONSCIOUS
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  • OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING.
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  • BUT WHAT IS INTERESTINGIN THIS STORY IS
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  • THAT ABRAHAM KNEWOF THE SUFFERING
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  • OF THE RICH MAN IN HADES.
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  • AND THE RICH MANIN HADES WAS AWARE
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  • OF THE COMFORT THAT LAZARUSWAS BEING OFFERED IN HEAVEN.
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  • OF COURSE, EVEN IFPEOPLE IN HEAVEN
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  • KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING IN HELL,
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  • DOES THAT MEAN THEYKNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING
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  • ON THE EARTH AS WELL?
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  • AND THE ANSWER IS YES.
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  • TURN OVER TOREVELATION 6.
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  • WE SEE HERE THE INSTANCE
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  • OF THE TRIBULATION MARTYRS
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  • AND THE JUDGMENT ON EARTH.
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  • NOW REMEMBER AT THERAPTURE OF THE CHURCH,
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  • WHICH IS THE NEXT EVENT ONGOD'S PROPHETIC TIMETABLE.
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  • AT THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH,
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  • ALL CHRISTIANS ON THE EARTH
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  • WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TAKENTO BE WITH THE LORD.
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  • WE WILL MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR
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  • AND ONLY UNBELIEVERSWILL BE LEFT ON THE EARTH
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  • FOR THE FINAL SEVENYEARS OF EARTH'S HISTORY.
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  • YET DURING THAT SEVEN YEAR TIME,
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  • SOME PEOPLE WILL BEMIRACULOUSLY SAVED
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  • BUT THEY WILL PAY A STEEP PRICE
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  • FOR THEIR SALVATION.
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  • THEY WILL HAVE TO GIVETHEIR LIVES AS MARTYRS.
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  • RIGHT NOW IN THE MIDDLE EAST
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  • WE SEE PEOPLE BEING SLAUGHTERED
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  • FOR THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST.
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  • THAT WILL BE WIDESPREAD
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  • IN THE WORLD DURINGTHE GREAT TRIBULATION.
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  • NOW LOOK AT WHATJOHN SAID HE SAW
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  • IN HEAVEN DURINGTHE TRIBULATION.
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  • VERSE 9, "AND WHEN THELAMB BROKE THE FIFTH SEAL
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  • "I SAW UNDERNEATH THE ALTAR,
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  • "THE SOULS OF THOSEWHO HAD BEEN SLAIN
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  • "BECAUSE OF THE WORD OF GOD
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  • "AND BECAUSE OF THE TESTIMONY
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  • "WHICH THEY HAD MAINTAINED."
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  • WHO ARE THESE?
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  • THESE ARE THE PEOPLE,
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  • CHRISTIANS WHO WERE SLAINDURING THE TRIBULATION TIME.
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  • JOHN SAW THEM IN HEAVEN.
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  • VERSE 10, "AND THEY CRIEDOUT WITH A LOUD VOICE
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  • "SAYING HOW LONG, OLORD, HOLY AND TRUE,
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  • "WILL YOU REFRAIN FROM JUDGING
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  • "AND AVENGING OUR BLOOD ONTHOSE WHO DWELL ON THE EARTH?"
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  • THAT IS THESE TRIBULATIONSAINTS COULD LOOK DOWN AT HEAVEN
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  • AND SEE THOSE WHOHAD KILLED THEM
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  • WERE STILL RUNNING UNCHECKEDTHROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
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  • AND THEY WERE SAYING, "GODHOW LONG ARE YOU GOING
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  • "TO ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE?
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  • "WHEN ARE YOU GOINGTO BRING JUDGMENT
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  • "AGAINST THOSE WHOREBEL AGAINST YOU?"
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  • NO, THEY COULDN'T SAY THAT
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  • UNLESS THEY WERE AWARE
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  • OF WHAT WAS HAPPENINGON THE EARTH.
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  • YOU CAN TURN OVER TOREVELATION 19.
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  • BEFORE THE FINAL JUDGMENT,GOD POURS OUT ON THE EARTH.
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  • BEFORE THE CLIMACTICBATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.
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  • AGAIN, LOOK AT WHAT THESESAINTS IN HEAVEN SAY.
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  • VERSE 1-2, "HALLELUJAH!
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  • "SALVATION AND GLORY ANDPOWER BELONG TO OUR GOD
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  • "BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTSARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS;
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  • "FOR HE HAS JUDGED THEGREAT HARLOT, BABYLON
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  • "WHO WAS CORRUPTING THEEARTH WITH HER IMMORALITY,
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  • "AND HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOODOF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER."
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  • THE TRIBULATION SAINTS ARE ABLE
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  • TO SEE GOD POURINGOUT HIS JUDGMENT
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  • ON BABYLON, THE WORLDSYSTEM OPPOSED TO GOD
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  • BECAUSE THEY WERE AWARE
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  • IN HEAVEN OF WHAT WASHAPPENING ON THE EARTH.
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  • NOW, ONE FINAL EXAMPLE.
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  • HEAVEN'S SAINTS AND THESALVATION OF THE UNSAVED.
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  • IN LUKE 15,
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  • JESUS WAS TALKINGTO THE PHARISEES.
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  • HE WAS SAYING, YOUKNOW, YOU PHARISEES
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  • YOU'VE GOT IT ALL WRONG.
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  • YOU HATE SINNERS.
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  • OF COURSE TO THE PHARISEES,
  • 00:09:41.804 --> 00:09:43.072
  • EVERYBODY WAS A SINNEREXCEPT THEMSELVES.
  • 00:09:43.105 --> 00:09:45.975
  • THE PHARISEES HATED SINNERS.
  • 00:09:46.008 --> 00:09:48.511
  • THEY DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD
  • 00:09:48.544 --> 00:09:50.146
  • TO KEEP SINNERS OUT OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:09:50.179 --> 00:09:53.182
  • BUT JESUS SAID GODIS NOT LIKE YOU ALL.
  • 00:09:53.215 --> 00:09:55.618
  • GOD DOESN'T HATE SINNERS,
  • 00:09:55.651 --> 00:09:57.219
  • HE LOVES SINNERS.
  • 00:09:57.253 --> 00:09:58.487
  • AND HE REJOICES WHENTHEY COME TO SALVATION.
  • 00:09:58.521 --> 00:10:02.625
  • GOD LOVES SINNERS. HESEARCHES FOR THEM,
  • 00:10:02.658 --> 00:10:05.594
  • AND HE REJOICESWHEN THEY FIND HIM.
  • 00:10:05.628 --> 00:10:08.898
  • IN FACT, THIS IS WHAT JESUSSAID IN LUKE 15:7.
  • 00:10:08.931 --> 00:10:11.801
  • "I TELL YOU, THERE WILLBE MORE JOY IN HEAVEN
  • 00:10:11.834 --> 00:10:14.770
  • "OVER ONE SINNER WHO REPENTS
  • 00:10:14.804 --> 00:10:17.239
  • "THAN OVER 99 RIGHTEOUS PERSONSWHO NEED NO REPENTANCE."
  • 00:10:17.273 --> 00:10:21.610
  • VERSE 10, "AND IN THESAME WAY, I TELL YOU,
  • 00:10:21.644 --> 00:10:24.146
  • "THERE IS JOY IN THE PRESENCE
  • 00:10:24.180 --> 00:10:26.348
  • "OF THE ANGELS OF GOD, OVERONE SINNER WHO REPENTS."
  • 00:10:26.382 --> 00:10:32.521
  • NOW I'VE READ THISA THOUSAND TIMES
  • 00:10:32.555 --> 00:10:33.723
  • BUT I REALLY DIDN'TSEE IT UNTIL THIS WEEK.
  • 00:10:33.756 --> 00:10:35.691
  • WHO REJOICES IN HEAVENWHEN THE UNSAVED ARE SAVED?
  • 00:10:35.725 --> 00:10:39.195
  • WELL WE KNOW GOD REJOICES.
  • 00:10:39.228 --> 00:10:40.996
  • I'VE ALWAYS HEARD THATTHE ANGELS REJOICE
  • 00:10:41.030 --> 00:10:44.133
  • BUT THAT'S NOT WHATTHIS VERSE SAYS.
  • 00:10:44.166 --> 00:10:45.935
  • IT DOESN'T SAY THEANGELS REJOICE.
  • 00:10:45.968 --> 00:10:47.470
  • MAYBE THEY DO, MAYBE THEY DON'T.
  • 00:10:47.503 --> 00:10:49.004
  • HE SAYS, "THERE IS JOY IN THEPRESENT OF THE ANGELS OF GOD
  • 00:10:49.038 --> 00:10:54.677
  • "WHEN A SINNER REPENTS."
  • 00:10:54.710 --> 00:10:56.245
  • WHO IS IT THAT IS REJOICINGIN THE PRESENCE OF SINNERS?
  • 00:10:56.278 --> 00:10:59.014
  • IT'S YOU AND I.
  • 00:10:59.048 --> 00:10:59.982
  • IT'S THE RESIDENTS OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:11:00.015 --> 00:11:01.784
  • THAT IS WHO REJOICES WHEN THEYSEE A SINNER ON EARTH REPENT.
  • 00:11:01.817 --> 00:11:08.090
  • YES, PEOPLE IN HEAVEN AREAWARE OF HAPPENS IN THE EARTH.
  • 00:11:08.124 --> 00:11:12.862
  • BUT WHAT ABOUT WHATHAPPENS IN HELL?
  • 00:11:12.895 --> 00:11:16.165
  • ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN AWAREOF THE CAPTIVES IN HELL?
  • 00:11:16.198 --> 00:11:21.904
  • I MEAN, IF THEY REJOICE
  • 00:11:21.937 --> 00:11:22.905
  • IN THE SALVATION OF THE UNSAVED,
  • 00:11:22.938 --> 00:11:26.976
  • DO THEY LAMENT OVERTHE HORRIFIC PUNISHMENT
  • 00:11:27.009 --> 00:11:30.713
  • THAT AWAITS UNBELIEVERS?
  • 00:11:30.746 --> 00:11:32.915
  • IS IT POSSIBLE THAT PEOPLE
  • 00:11:32.948 --> 00:11:34.450
  • IN HEAVEN COULD SEETHE HORRORS OF HELL?
  • 00:11:34.483 --> 00:11:37.787
  • WELL, TO ANSWER THATQUESTION, LET'S FIRST OF ALL
  • 00:11:37.820 --> 00:11:40.189
  • REMIND OURSELVESOF WHY HELL EXISTS.
  • 00:11:40.222 --> 00:11:44.393
  • HELL WAS NOT A PART OFGOD'S ORIGINAL CREATION.
  • 00:11:44.426 --> 00:11:48.063
  • HELL WAS NECESSITATEDBY FIRST OF ALL
  • 00:11:48.097 --> 00:11:51.000
  • THE ANGELS WHOREBELLED AGAINST GOD
  • 00:11:51.033 --> 00:11:53.002
  • AND JOINED LUCIFERIN HIS REVOLT,
  • 00:11:53.035 --> 00:11:55.004
  • ALONG WITH MEN ANDWOMEN WHO CHOSE
  • 00:11:55.037 --> 00:11:57.573
  • TO REBEL AGAINST GOD.
  • 00:11:57.606 --> 00:11:59.842
  • YOU KNOW SATAN'S PURPOSE
  • 00:11:59.875 --> 00:12:01.110
  • FOR THE WORLD IS BOTHSINISTER AND SIMPLE.
  • 00:12:01.143 --> 00:12:04.146
  • HE'S DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN
  • 00:12:04.180 --> 00:12:05.514
  • TO REBEL AGAINST THEPROGRAM AND PLAN OF GOD.
  • 00:12:05.548 --> 00:12:08.584
  • AND UNFORTUNATELY, SATANHAS MANY ACCOMPLICES
  • 00:12:08.617 --> 00:12:11.020
  • TO HELP HIM IN THAT.
  • 00:12:11.053 --> 00:12:12.688
  • THE ANGELS ORIGINALLY,WHO CHOSE TO FOLLOW HIM
  • 00:12:12.721 --> 00:12:14.957
  • IN HIS REBELLIONAGAINST GOD IN HEAVEN,
  • 00:12:14.990 --> 00:12:17.493
  • BUT ALSO MEN ANDWOMEN WHO CHOOSE
  • 00:12:17.526 --> 00:12:19.662
  • TO REBEL AGAINST THEIR CREATOR.
  • 00:12:19.695 --> 00:12:22.264
  • BUT ONE DAY THAT REBELLIONWILL COME TO AN END.
  • 00:12:22.298 --> 00:12:24.967
  • ONE DAY GOD'S GOINGTO CREATE THIS WORLD
  • 00:12:25.000 --> 00:12:27.736
  • IN ITS ORIGINAL STATE.
  • 00:12:27.770 --> 00:12:30.005
  • SIN WILL NO LONGER BE PRESENT.
  • 00:12:30.039 --> 00:12:31.907
  • THE CURSE WILL BEFOREVER REMOVED.
  • 00:12:31.941 --> 00:12:34.476
  • AND YET WHAT DOES GOD DO
  • 00:12:34.510 --> 00:12:36.245
  • WITH THOSE SINNERS WHOREBELLED AGAINST HIM?
  • 00:12:36.278 --> 00:12:39.615
  • OBVIOUSLY GOD HAS TOQUARANTINE THOSE WHO CHOSE
  • 00:12:39.648 --> 00:12:43.719
  • TO REBEL AGAINST HIM FROMHIS PERFECT CREATION.
  • 00:12:43.752 --> 00:12:46.622
  • OTHERWISE THE REBELLION, ONCEAGAIN, INFECTS HIS CREATION.
  • 00:12:46.655 --> 00:12:50.860
  • HELL EXISTS AS APLACE TO QUARANTINE
  • 00:12:50.893 --> 00:12:53.863
  • THOSE WHO'VE CHOSEN TOSEPARATE THEMSELVES FROM GOD.
  • 00:12:53.896 --> 00:12:58.601
  • WHAT IS HELL LIKE?
  • 00:12:58.634 --> 00:13:00.402
  • ONE THING I WANTYOU TO UNDERSTAND
  • 00:13:00.436 --> 00:13:01.937
  • THAT HELL IS JUST LIKE HEAVEN.
  • 00:13:01.971 --> 00:13:04.306
  • HELL IS AN ACTUALPHYSICAL LOCATION.
  • 00:13:04.340 --> 00:13:07.376
  • REMEMBER WE SAW THAT WORD TOPOS,GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION, IS USED
  • 00:13:07.409 --> 00:13:11.747
  • TO DESCRIBE HEAVEN.IT'S NOT A STATE OF MIND.
  • 00:13:11.780 --> 00:13:14.583
  • IT'S AN ACTUAL LOCATION. THESAME IS TRUE ABOUT HELL.
  • 00:13:14.617 --> 00:13:18.587
  • HELL HAS AN ADDRESS.
  • 00:13:18.621 --> 00:13:20.689
  • IN THE STORY OF THERICH MAN AND LAZARUS, HELL IS
  • 00:13:20.723 --> 00:13:23.626
  • DESCRIBED AS BEING QUOTE,"FAR AWAY," LUKE 16:23,
  • 00:13:23.659 --> 00:13:28.030
  • VERSE 24, "CONSISTINGOF FLAMES."
  • 00:13:28.063 --> 00:13:30.366
  • VERSE 25, "SEPARATED FROMHEAVEN BY A GREAT CHASM."
  • 00:13:30.399 --> 00:13:35.571
  • NOW LET ME JUST TALKSPECIFICALLY ABOUT HELL FOR A
  • 00:13:35.604 --> 00:13:39.275
  • MOMENT. THREEHORRIFIC DESCRIPTIONS
  • 00:13:39.308 --> 00:13:42.845
  • OF HELL THAT WEFIND IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:13:42.878 --> 00:13:45.347
  • FIRST OF ALL, HELL IS A PLACEOF ETERNAL PHYSICAL TORMENT.
  • 00:13:45.381 --> 00:13:52.121
  • IT IS A PLACE NOT JUSTOF SPIRITUAL SUFFERING
  • 00:13:52.154 --> 00:13:55.758
  • BUT OF PHYSICAL SUFFERING.
  • 00:13:55.791 --> 00:13:57.493
  • REMEMBER IN LUKE 16:24,THE RICH MAN CRIES OUT,
  • 00:13:57.526 --> 00:14:01.363
  • "FATHER ABRAHAM,HAVE MERCY ON ME
  • 00:14:01.397 --> 00:14:04.133
  • "FOR I AM IN AGONYIN THIS FLAME."
  • 00:14:04.166 --> 00:14:10.372
  • EVENTUALLY AFTER THE GREATWHITE THRONE JUDGMENT.
  • 00:14:10.406 --> 00:14:11.807
  • THE JUDGMENT OF THE UNSAVED,ALL OF THE RESIDENTS
  • 00:14:11.840 --> 00:14:14.376
  • OF HELL WILL BE CAST INTOTHE LAKE OF FIRE, GEHENNA.
  • 00:14:14.410 --> 00:14:18.747
  • AND IT SAYS, "THEYWILL BE TORMENTED
  • 00:14:18.781 --> 00:14:21.283
  • "DAY AND NIGHT FOREVER AND EVER."
  • 00:14:21.317 --> 00:14:25.187
  • THERE'S A WORD THATIS TRANSLATED FOREVER
  • 00:14:25.220 --> 00:14:27.823
  • AND EVER IN YOURGREEK NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 00:14:27.856 --> 00:14:29.358
  • IT IS THE WORD AIONIOS ,FOREVER AND EVER.
  • 00:14:29.391 --> 00:14:34.263
  • AND INTERESTINGLY, THATWORD, AIONAS, IS ALSO USED
  • 00:14:34.296 --> 00:14:38.434
  • TO DESCRIBE THEETERNALITY OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:38.467 --> 00:14:41.303
  • THE SAME WORD THAT DESCRIBESTHE ETERNALITY OF HEAVEN
  • 00:14:41.337 --> 00:14:45.708
  • IS USED TO DESCRIBETHE ETERNALITY OF HELL.
  • 00:14:45.741 --> 00:14:49.345
  • THE FACT IS JUSTAS THE PLEASURES
  • 00:14:49.378 --> 00:14:53.482
  • OF THOSE WHO LOVE THE LORDAND KNOW CHRIST AS SAVIOR,
  • 00:14:53.515 --> 00:14:57.786
  • THE PLEASURES OF THE SAVEDWILL BE UNENDING IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:57.820 --> 00:15:01.623
  • THE HORRORS OF HELL FORUNBELIEVERS WILL ALSO BE
  • 00:15:01.657 --> 00:15:05.027
  • UNENDING. SECONDLY, THE BIBLETEACHES HELL IS A PLACE
  • 00:15:05.060 --> 00:15:10.299
  • OF INDESCRIBABLE LONELINESS.
  • 00:15:10.332 --> 00:15:14.303
  • IT IS A PLACE OFCOMPLETE DARKNESS.
  • 00:15:14.336 --> 00:15:17.573
  • YOU WON'T BE ABLETO SEE ANYTHING.
  • 00:15:17.606 --> 00:15:19.641
  • ALL YOU'LL BE ABLE TOHEAR ARE THE SCREAMS,
  • 00:15:19.675 --> 00:15:23.879
  • THE LAMENTS OF THOSEWHO ARE STILL CONFINED
  • 00:15:23.912 --> 00:15:27.316
  • TO THAT PLACE OFETERNAL PUNISHMENT.
  • 00:15:27.349 --> 00:15:30.285
  • IT IS A PLACE OF ABSOLUTE
  • 00:15:30.319 --> 00:15:32.421
  • AND INDESCRIBABLE LONELINESS.
  • 00:15:32.454 --> 00:15:34.923
  • THIRDLY, HELL IS APLACE OF NO RETURN.
  • 00:15:34.957 --> 00:15:39.595
  • TO ME THAT'S PERHAPS THEWORST TRUTH ABOUT HELL.
  • 00:15:39.628 --> 00:15:43.832
  • NO ONE ESCAPES.
  • 00:15:43.866 --> 00:15:46.235
  • AGAIN, ABRAHAM SAYS THATIN LUKE 16:26.
  • 00:15:46.268 --> 00:15:50.439
  • HE SAYS TO THE RICH MAN, "THOSEWHO WISH TO COME FROM HERE
  • 00:15:50.472 --> 00:15:54.076
  • "THAT IS HEAVEN TOYOU ARE NOT ABLE
  • 00:15:54.109 --> 00:15:57.346
  • "AND NONE MAY CROSS OVERFROM WHERE YOU ARE TO US."
  • 00:15:57.379 --> 00:16:02.651
  • WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO REPENT?
  • 00:16:02.684 --> 00:16:04.887
  • WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO BELIEVE.
  • 00:16:04.920 --> 00:16:06.855
  • REMEMBER IN HELL, EVERYBODYWILL BECOME A BELIEVER
  • 00:16:06.889 --> 00:16:11.527
  • BUT IT'S TOO LATE.IT'S TOO LATE.
  • 00:16:11.560 --> 00:16:15.097
  • HELL IS A PLACEOF NO RETURN.
  • 00:16:15.130 --> 00:16:18.734
  • WELL THAT LEADS TO ANINTERESTING QUESTION.
  • 00:16:18.767 --> 00:16:22.704
  • IF IN FACT WE ARE AWARE
  • 00:16:22.738 --> 00:16:26.575
  • OF THE SUFFERING OFTHE UNSAVED IN HELL,
  • 00:16:26.608 --> 00:16:29.144
  • HOW COULD WE EVER ENJOY HEAVEN?
  • 00:16:29.178 --> 00:16:31.146
  • HAVE YOU EVERWONDERED ABOUT THAT?
  • 00:16:31.180 --> 00:16:33.649
  • WELL LET'S PUT AFINER POINT ON IT.
  • 00:16:33.682 --> 00:16:36.452
  • HOW COULD YOUEVER ENJOY HEAVEN
  • 00:16:36.485 --> 00:16:38.554
  • IF YOUR MATE OR ONE OFYOUR CHILDREN WAS IN HELL
  • 00:16:38.587 --> 00:16:44.426
  • AND YOU KNEW IT
  • 00:16:44.460 --> 00:16:45.360
  • AND YOU KNEW THEYWERE TORMENTED
  • 00:16:45.394 --> 00:16:46.895
  • AND IT WOULD NEVER,NEVER, NEVER END.
  • 00:16:46.929 --> 00:16:51.333
  • HOW COULD THAT BEHEAVEN FOR ANYONE?
  • 00:16:51.366 --> 00:16:54.770
  • IT'S A GREAT QUESTION.
  • 00:16:54.803 --> 00:16:56.205
  • SOME PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TOANSWER THAT QUESTION BY SAYING,
  • 00:16:56.238 --> 00:16:58.740
  • WELL, GOD IS GOING TO PURGEOUR MEMORIES IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:16:58.774 --> 00:17:04.613
  • ONE WRITER SAYS IT THIS WAY.
  • 00:17:04.646 --> 00:17:05.414
  • "GOD MAY ERASE MEMORIES
  • 00:17:05.447 --> 00:17:06.982
  • "FOR A WAYWARD SON
  • 00:17:07.015 --> 00:17:08.317
  • "FROM THE MIND OF HIS MOTHER
  • 00:17:08.350 --> 00:17:10.018
  • "SO THAT SHE MIGHT ENJOYTHE FULL BLISS OF HEAVEN
  • 00:17:10.052 --> 00:17:13.188
  • "UNAWARE THAT SHE EVEN HADTHE SON WHO IS NOW DAMNED."
  • 00:17:13.222 --> 00:17:17.893
  • PEOPLE WHO BELIEVETHAT ACTUALLY POINT TO
  • 00:17:17.926 --> 00:17:19.828
  • A SCRIPTURE PASSAGE,ISAIAH 65 :17 THAT SAYS,
  • 00:17:19.862 --> 00:17:23.465
  • "FOR BEHOLD, ICREATE NEW HEAVENS
  • 00:17:23.499 --> 00:17:26.368
  • AND A NEW EARTH, ANDTHE FORMER THINGS
  • 00:17:26.401 --> 00:17:28.971
  • WILL NOT BE REMEMBEREDOR COME TO MIND."
  • 00:17:29.004 --> 00:17:33.509
  • AND YET, WHEN YOU LOOK ATTHE CONTEXT OF THAT PASSAGE,
  • 00:17:33.542 --> 00:17:36.145
  • WHEN GOD SAYS THE FORMERTHINGS WILL NOT COME TO MIND,
  • 00:17:36.178 --> 00:17:39.515
  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT HIS MIND.
  • 00:17:39.548 --> 00:17:42.751
  • AND THE FORMER THINGS HE'SREFERRING TO ACCORDING
  • 00:17:42.784 --> 00:17:45.287
  • TO THIS CHAPTER ARE THEFORMER SINS OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:17:45.320 --> 00:17:49.558
  • IN OTHER WORDS, IN THENEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH
  • 00:17:49.591 --> 00:17:52.394
  • GOD IS NOT GOING TOREMEMBER ANY LONGER THE SINS
  • 00:17:52.427 --> 00:17:56.398
  • OF HIS PEOPLE.
  • 00:17:56.431 --> 00:17:57.933
  • HE DOESN'T HOLD USACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR SIN.
  • 00:17:57.966 --> 00:18:00.469
  • ISN'T THAT WHAT WE DOWHEN WE FORGIVE SOMEONE.
  • 00:18:00.502 --> 00:18:03.705
  • IF YOU FORGIVE SOMEBODY,
  • 00:18:03.739 --> 00:18:05.140
  • IT DOESN'T MEAN YOUFORGET WHAT THEY'VE DONE.
  • 00:18:05.174 --> 00:18:06.842
  • FORGETTING IS IMPOSSIBLE.
  • 00:18:06.875 --> 00:18:07.976
  • THAT'S A BIOLOGICAL FUNCTION.
  • 00:18:08.010 --> 00:18:10.045
  • WHEN YOU FORGIVE SOMEBODY, YOUMAKE THE CONSCIOUS CHOICE NOT
  • 00:18:10.078 --> 00:18:14.183
  • TO HOLD THEIR SINAGAINST THEM ANY LONGER.
  • 00:18:14.216 --> 00:18:18.353
  • THAT'S WHAT GOD MEANS WHENHE SAYS, "HE WILL REMEMBER
  • 00:18:18.387 --> 00:18:21.123
  • "THE FORMER THINGS NO MORE."
  • 00:18:21.156 --> 00:18:22.658
  • THERE IS NOTHING IN SCRIPTURE
  • 00:18:22.691 --> 00:18:24.293
  • THAT INDICATES WHENWE GET TO HEAVEN,
  • 00:18:24.326 --> 00:18:26.595
  • GOD SUDDENLY DOES A MEMORY WIPE.
  • 00:18:26.628 --> 00:18:29.398
  • IN FACT, EVERYTHINGARGUES TO THE CONTRARY.
  • 00:18:29.431 --> 00:18:32.901
  • OUR LIFE IS A CONTINUUM.
  • 00:18:32.935 --> 00:18:34.336
  • WE WILL REMEMBERTHE THINGS ON EARTH.
  • 00:18:34.369 --> 00:18:36.738
  • OUR RELATIONSHIPS WILLCONTINUE IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:36.772 --> 00:18:40.509
  • SOME PEOPLE HAVE SAID, WELL,THE WAY WE HANDLED THIS PROBLEM
  • 00:18:40.542 --> 00:18:44.146
  • OF THE SUFFERINGIN HELL IS THE FACT
  • 00:18:44.179 --> 00:18:46.448
  • THAT CHRISTIANS WILL BEPREOCCUPIED WITH THE JOYS OF
  • 00:18:46.481 --> 00:18:49.351
  • HEAVEN. WE'LL BE SO CAUGHT UPWITH THE JOYS IN HEAVEN
  • 00:18:49.384 --> 00:18:52.321
  • THAT WE WON'T BE AWARE
  • 00:18:52.354 --> 00:18:53.589
  • OF WHAT IS HAPPENING IN HELL.
  • 00:18:53.622 --> 00:18:56.725
  • NOW SOME PEOPLE SAY, WELL,WAIT A MINUTE, PASTOR.
  • 00:18:56.758 --> 00:18:58.427
  • THE ONLY REASON WE'RE ABLETO ENJOY LIFE IN SPITE
  • 00:18:58.460 --> 00:19:02.864
  • OF THE SUFFERING OF OTHERS IS
  • 00:19:02.898 --> 00:19:04.199
  • BECAUSE WE'RE NOT LIKE JESUS.
  • 00:19:04.233 --> 00:19:05.834
  • BUT SURELY WHEN WEBECOME LIKE JESUS,
  • 00:19:05.867 --> 00:19:09.471
  • WE'LL WEEP OVER THOSE IN HELL.
  • 00:19:09.504 --> 00:19:11.106
  • I MEAN, THINK ABOUT JESUS.
  • 00:19:11.139 --> 00:19:12.407
  • I MEAN, HE WEPT OVER THEUNSAVED IN JERUSALEM.
  • 00:19:12.441 --> 00:19:15.544
  • "JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM,"HE LAMENTED.
  • 00:19:15.577 --> 00:19:18.480
  • THAT WAS WHENJESUS WAS ON EARTH.
  • 00:19:18.513 --> 00:19:21.316
  • BUT ALL SCRIPTURE INDICATESJESUS IS NOT WEEPING
  • 00:19:21.350 --> 00:19:23.852
  • IN HEAVEN RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:19:23.885 --> 00:19:25.687
  • HE'S NOT EXPERIENCING ANYTHING
  • 00:19:25.721 --> 00:19:27.589
  • EXCEPT UNENDING JOY IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:19:27.623 --> 00:19:30.158
  • AND THE SAME THINGIS TRUE OF US.
  • 00:19:30.192 --> 00:19:32.227
  • WE READ FROM PSALM 16,JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO.
  • 00:19:32.261 --> 00:19:35.664
  • THE PSALMIST TALKEDABOUT WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE
  • 00:19:35.697 --> 00:19:37.633
  • WHEN WE WILL BE IN THEPRESENCE OF THE LORD.
  • 00:19:37.666 --> 00:19:39.334
  • VERSE 11 SAYS, "GOD, YOUWILL MAKE KNOWN TO ME
  • 00:19:39.368 --> 00:19:42.571
  • "THE PATH OF LIFE; IN YOURPRESENCE IS FULLNESS OF JOY.
  • 00:19:42.604 --> 00:19:49.011
  • "IN YOUR RIGHT HAND, THEREARE PLEASURES FOREVER."
  • 00:19:49.044 --> 00:19:52.214
  • THAT'S WHAT IT'S GOING TOBE LIKE IN GOD'S PRESENCE,
  • 00:19:52.247 --> 00:19:54.850
  • UNENDING PLEASURE AND JOY.
  • 00:19:54.883 --> 00:19:58.520
  • THIRDLY, SOME PEOPLE HAVE SAID,
  • 00:19:58.553 --> 00:19:59.888
  • WELL IN HEAVEN, WE WILLUNDERSTAND THE PLAN
  • 00:19:59.921 --> 00:20:03.458
  • AND THE JUSTICE OF GOD.
  • 00:20:03.492 --> 00:20:05.527
  • THAT'S HOW WE'LL HANDLETHE SUFFERING IN HELL.
  • 00:20:05.560 --> 00:20:08.063
  • FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER,
  • 00:20:08.096 --> 00:20:09.298
  • WE WILL COMPLETELYUNDERSTAND THE PLAN
  • 00:20:09.331 --> 00:20:11.533
  • AND THE JUSTICE OF GOD.
  • 00:20:11.566 --> 00:20:13.735
  • IN THORNTON WILDER'SBOOK, "THE EIGHTH DAY",
  • 00:20:13.769 --> 00:20:15.704
  • HE COMPARES OUR LIFE TOA BEAUTIFUL TAPESTRY.
  • 00:20:15.737 --> 00:20:20.075
  • YOU KNOW, IF YOU LOOK ONTHE WRONG SIDE OF A TAPESTRY
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  • ALL YOU SEE IS A BUNCH
  • 00:20:23.845 --> 00:20:25.213
  • OF JUMBLED THREADS,MISMATCHED COLORS.
  • 00:20:25.247 --> 00:20:30.118
  • SOME ARE SHORTER THAN OTHERS.
  • 00:20:30.152 --> 00:20:31.787
  • SOME ARE KNOTTED TOGETHER.
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  • NOTHING NICE ABOUTLOOKING AT THE TAPESTRY
  • 00:20:34.089 --> 00:20:36.758
  • ON THE WRONG SIDE.
  • 00:20:36.792 --> 00:20:38.427
  • BUT WHEN YOU LOOK ON THEOTHER SIDE OF THAT TAPESTRY
  • 00:20:38.460 --> 00:20:41.163
  • IT PORTRAYS A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE.
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  • THE SAME THING ISTRUE ABOUT OUR LIFE.
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  • RIGHT NOW, AS WE LOOK AROUND
  • 00:20:46.001 --> 00:20:47.869
  • AT THE DETAILS OF OUR OWN LIFE,
  • 00:20:47.903 --> 00:20:48.937
  • THEY SEEM JUMBLED.
  • 00:20:48.970 --> 00:20:50.372
  • THEY SEEM DISCONNECTED.
  • 00:20:50.405 --> 00:20:51.740
  • WE LOOK AT TRAGEDIESTHAT SEEM TO MAKE SENSE.
  • 00:20:51.773 --> 00:20:55.777
  • AND YET ONE DAY ON THERIGHT SIDE OF HEAVEN
  • 00:20:55.811 --> 00:20:58.413
  • WHEN WE SEE OUR LIFE,WE WILL UNDERSTAND HOW
  • 00:20:58.447 --> 00:21:01.249
  • GOD CAUSED ALL THINGSTO WORK TOGETHER
  • 00:21:01.283 --> 00:21:03.885
  • FOR GOOD, TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.
  • 00:21:03.919 --> 00:21:06.722
  • AND THE SAME WILL BE TRUEWHEN WE SEE GOD'S PLAN
  • 00:21:06.755 --> 00:21:09.324
  • FOR THE UNSAVED AS WELL.
  • 00:21:09.358 --> 00:21:11.426
  • WE'LL UNDERSTAND WHYTHOSE WHO ARE IN HELL
  • 00:21:11.460 --> 00:21:13.929
  • DESERVE TO BE IN HELL.
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  • I CAME ACROSS AN INTERESTINGSCRIPTURE THIS WEEK.
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  • IT'S 2 THESSALONIANS 1:8-10,
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  • PAUL CLAIMS THAT WHEN WE SEEJESUS CHRIST AT THE RAPTURE
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  • DEALING OUT RETRIBUTION TOTHOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD,
  • 00:21:27.342 --> 00:21:32.114
  • AND TO THOSE WHO DO NOT OBEYTHE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS,
  • 00:21:32.147 --> 00:21:36.718
  • WE WILL CURSE HIM AND SAY,
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  • JESUS, HOW COULDYOU BE SO UNFAIR?
  • 00:21:39.187 --> 00:21:42.290
  • THAT'S NOT WHAT IT SAYS.
  • 00:21:42.324 --> 00:21:43.892
  • IT SAYS WHEN WE SEE JESUSDEALING OUT RETRIBUTION
  • 00:21:43.925 --> 00:21:47.629
  • TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOTACCEPTED THE GOSPEL QUOTE,
  • 00:21:47.662 --> 00:21:51.466
  • "CHRIST THE JUDGEWILL BE MARVELED AT
  • 00:21:51.500 --> 00:21:55.337
  • "AMONG ALL WHO BELIEVED."
  • 00:21:55.370 --> 00:21:59.174
  • WE WON'T BE SECONDGUESSING JESUS
  • 00:21:59.207 --> 00:22:01.343
  • WHEN WE SEE HIM.
  • 00:22:01.376 --> 00:22:02.944
  • WHEN WE SEE HIM INALL OF HIS GLORY,
  • 00:22:02.978 --> 00:22:05.380
  • WE UNDERSTAND HIS HOLINESS,
  • 00:22:05.414 --> 00:22:07.315
  • WE WILL UNDERSTAND HISRETRIBUTION AGAINST THOSE
  • 00:22:07.349 --> 00:22:10.452
  • WHO REFUSE TO ACCEPT THE GOSPEL.
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  • AS HORRIFIC AS HELLWILL BE FOR UNBELIEVERS.
  • 00:22:14.089 --> 00:22:18.260
  • AS J. I. PACKER SAYS,
  • 00:22:18.293 --> 00:22:19.895
  • "THEIR HELL WILL NOTVETO OUR JOY IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:19.928 --> 00:22:26.435
  • AND LET ME ADD TO THAT.
  • 00:22:26.468 --> 00:22:28.270
  • NOTHING THAT HAPPENS ON EARTH
  • 00:22:28.303 --> 00:22:31.072
  • OR IN HELL WILL DIMINISH
  • 00:22:31.106 --> 00:22:33.308
  • IN THE SLIGHTEST DEGREE,
  • 00:22:33.341 --> 00:22:35.877
  • THE UNENDING JOY GODHAS PLANNED FOR US
  • 00:22:35.911 --> 00:22:39.281
  • IN THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • 00:22:42.384 --> 00:22:48.023
  • MY HOPE AND PRAYER IS THATTODAY'S STUDY IN GOD'S WORD
  • 00:22:48.056 --> 00:22:51.426
  • HAS DRAWN BACK THECURTAIN ON HEAVEN
  • 00:22:51.460 --> 00:22:53.829
  • TO GIVE YOU ATRUSTWORTHY GLIMPSE
  • 00:22:53.862 --> 00:22:56.665
  • OF OUR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:22:56.698 --> 00:22:58.500
  • GOD HAS PREPARED APLACE OF UNENDING JOY
  • 00:22:58.533 --> 00:23:01.369
  • FOR THOSE WHO TRUST IN CHRIST.
  • 00:23:01.403 --> 00:23:03.772
  • AND NOTHING CANEVER CHANGE THAT.
  • 00:23:03.805 --> 00:23:07.042
  • NOW BEFORE WE WRAPUP TODAY'S PROGRAM,
  • 00:23:07.075 --> 00:23:09.544
  • LET ME THANK YOU FOR YOURFINANCIAL INVESTMENT IN
  • 00:23:09.578 --> 00:23:12.647
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY. WHETHERYOU'RE A PATHWAY PARTNER,
  • 00:23:12.681 --> 00:23:15.917
  • OR JUST GIVING AONE-TIME GIFT, YOUR GIFTS
  • 00:23:15.951 --> 00:23:19.087
  • ARE TRULY MAKING ADIFFERENCE AS WE REACH
  • 00:23:19.120 --> 00:23:21.523
  • MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER WITHTHE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN AND
  • 00:23:21.556 --> 00:23:25.393
  • THE ONE WAY TO GET THERETHROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:23:25.427 --> 00:23:29.030
  • THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR INVESTING IN
  • 00:23:29.064 --> 00:23:31.800
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY.NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE,
  • 00:23:31.833 --> 00:23:34.402
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MOREIN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:34.436 --> 00:23:40.108
  • [NARRATOR] WITH ALL OFTHE PRESSING CHALLENGES
  • 00:23:40.141 --> 00:23:42.077
  • FACING OUR WORLD TODAY.
  • 00:23:42.110 --> 00:23:43.712
  • IT'S EASY TO GET STUCKIN THE HERE AND NOW
  • 00:23:43.745 --> 00:23:46.281
  • BUT WHEN WE LIVE EVERY DAYIN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY
  • 00:23:46.314 --> 00:23:49.551
  • IT COMPLETELY TRANSFORMSOUR PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:23:49.584 --> 00:23:52.287
  • TO HELP ELEVATE YOUR THINKING
  • 00:23:52.320 --> 00:23:53.855
  • FROM EARTHLY CONCERNSTO HEAVENLY COMFORTS,
  • 00:23:53.889 --> 00:23:56.825
  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS HASWRITTEN A BRAND NEW BOOK
  • 00:23:56.858 --> 00:23:59.461
  • TITLED "A PLACE CALLEDHEAVEN: 100 DAYS OF LIVING
  • 00:23:59.494 --> 00:24:02.998
  • "IN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY".
  • 00:24:03.031 --> 00:24:05.133
  • [ DR. JEFFRESS]THE BIBLE TELLS US
  • 00:24:05.166 --> 00:24:06.234
  • THAT EVERY ONE OF US IS GOING
  • 00:24:06.268 --> 00:24:07.736
  • TO MAKE A TRIP ONE DAYTO A DISTANT COUNTRY.
  • 00:24:07.769 --> 00:24:11.206
  • IT'S A ONE-WAY TRIP
  • 00:24:11.239 --> 00:24:12.340
  • TO AN ETERNAL DESTINATION.
  • 00:24:12.374 --> 00:24:14.576
  • AND FOR THOSE WHO KNOW CHRIST,
  • 00:24:14.609 --> 00:24:16.211
  • THAT TRIP IS TO APLACE CALLED HEAVEN.
  • 00:24:16.244 --> 00:24:19.080
  • MY BRAND NEW BOOK IS DESIGNED
  • 00:24:19.114 --> 00:24:20.715
  • TO HELP YOU OR A LOVED ONE
  • 00:24:20.749 --> 00:24:22.517
  • SPEND 100 DAYS LIVING IN THEREALITY OF YOUR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:24:22.551 --> 00:24:28.957
  • [NARRATOR] REQUEST YOUR COPYOF "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:
  • 00:24:28.990 --> 00:24:30.325
  • "100 DAYS OF LIVING INTHE HOPE OF ETERNITY"
  • 00:24:30.358 --> 00:24:33.194
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:24:33.228 --> 00:24:34.896
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:24:34.930 --> 00:24:37.465
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "A PLACE CALLEDHEAVEN" TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON BOTH CD AND DVD
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  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:24:46.641 --> 00:24:48.643
  • BY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN".
  • 00:24:48.677 --> 00:24:51.646
  • WHEN YOU GIVE TO"PATHWAY TO VICTORY",
  • 00:24:51.680 --> 00:24:53.882
  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN ANDWOMEN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY
  • 00:24:53.915 --> 00:24:56.618
  • TO HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN
  • 00:24:56.651 --> 00:24:58.420
  • AND THE ONE WAY TO GET THERETHROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:24:58.453 --> 00:25:02.390
  • SO THANK YOU FORGIVING GENEROUSLY.
  • 00:25:02.424 --> 00:25:04.459
  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFT
  • 00:25:04.492 --> 00:25:06.194
  • TO PIERCE THE DARKNESSWITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:25:06.227 --> 00:25:11.900
  • WHEN YOU LOSE SOMEONE YOU LOVE
  • 00:25:11.933 --> 00:25:14.269
  • AND YOU'RE CERTAINTHAT THEY'VE PASSED ON
  • 00:25:14.302 --> 00:25:16.371
  • TO THEIR ETERNAL HOME IN HEAVEN,
  • 00:25:16.404 --> 00:25:18.540
  • IT'S NATURAL TO BE CURIOUSABOUT THEIR WHEREABOUTS
  • 00:25:18.573 --> 00:25:21.810
  • AND HOW THEY'RESPENDING THEIR TIME.
  • 00:25:21.843 --> 00:25:23.945
  • MY HOPE AND PRAYERIS THAT TODAY'S STUDY
  • 00:25:23.979 --> 00:25:26.214
  • IN GOD'S WORD HASDRAWN BACK THE CURTAIN
  • 00:25:26.247 --> 00:25:28.917
  • TO GIVE YOU A TRUSTWORTHYGLIMPSE OF OUR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:25:28.950 --> 00:25:33.288
  • WELL, MANY CHRISTIANSBELIEVE THAT HEAVEN WILL
  • 00:25:33.321 --> 00:25:35.757
  • BE EXACTLY THE SAME FOREVERYONE. BUT AS WE'LL
  • 00:25:35.790 --> 00:25:38.660
  • DISCOVER NEXT TIME, THAT'SNOT THE CASE. IN FACT,
  • 00:25:38.693 --> 00:25:42.030
  • THE KIND OF HEAVEN WEEXPERIENCE IN THE NEXT LIFE
  • 00:25:42.063 --> 00:25:45.033
  • WILL BE LARGELY DETERMINEDBY HOW WE CONDUCT OURSELVES
  • 00:25:45.066 --> 00:25:49.004
  • IN THIS LIFE. STAY TUNEDFOR A PREVIEW
  • 00:25:49.037 --> 00:25:51.473
  • OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT,ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:51.506 --> 00:25:56.711
  • [NARRATOR] TODAY, WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:56.745 --> 00:25:58.913
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY",
  • 00:25:58.947 --> 00:26:01.716
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:26:01.750 --> 00:26:03.918
  • OF THE BRAND NEW BOOKBY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED,
  • 00:26:03.952 --> 00:26:06.588
  • "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN:100 DAYS OF LIVING
  • 00:26:06.621 --> 00:26:09.858
  • "IN THE HOPE OF ETERNITY".
  • 00:26:09.891 --> 00:26:11.793
  • PLUS THE BROCHURE,
  • 00:26:11.826 --> 00:26:13.194
  • "WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONSTEACH ABOUT HEAVEN"
  • 00:26:13.228 --> 00:26:15.830
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:26:15.864 --> 00:26:17.332
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
  • 00:26:17.365 --> 00:26:20.769
  • NOW, WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:20.802 --> 00:26:23.638
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU
  • 00:26:23.672 --> 00:26:25.140
  • THE "A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN"TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD,
  • 00:26:25.173 --> 00:26:29.678
  • ALONG WITH THE ORIGINALBEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:26:29.711 --> 00:26:31.846
  • BY DR. JEFFRESS TITLED,"A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN".
  • 00:26:31.880 --> 00:26:35.283
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:35.316 --> 00:26:37.152
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:37.185 --> 00:26:39.054
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING,WRITING OR GOING ONLINE
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  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:41.656 --> 00:26:42.957
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY":
  • 00:26:42.991 --> 00:26:46.227
  • THE FACT IS IF WE HAVE PLACEDOUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:26:46.261 --> 00:26:49.964
  • WE ARE ALL GOING TO MAKE ITINTO THE SPIRITUAL END ZONE,
  • 00:26:49.998 --> 00:26:53.435
  • INTO HEAVEN; BUT SOMEWILL MAKE IT THERE
  • 00:26:53.468 --> 00:26:56.705
  • ONLY AFTER SPENDING SOME TIMERUNNING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.
  • 00:26:56.738 --> 00:27:02.043
  • SOME WHO MAKE IT INTO HEAVENWILL BE CELEBRATED BY GOD
  • 00:27:02.077 --> 00:27:06.314
  • FOR THE WAY THEY PLAYEDTHE GAME. OTHER CHRISTIANS
  • 00:27:06.347 --> 00:27:09.984
  • WILL BE EVALUATED BY GODFOR HAVING DONE LITTLE
  • 00:27:10.018 --> 00:27:13.888
  • TO CONTRIBUTE TO THESUCCESS OF THE TEAM.
  • 00:27:13.922 --> 00:27:17.092
  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:17.125 --> 00:27:19.294
  • FOR PART ONEOF THE MESSAGE,
  • 00:27:19.327 --> 00:27:20.962
  • "WILL HEAVEN BE THESAME FOR EVERYONE?"
  • 00:27:20.995 --> 00:27:23.398
  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
  • 00:27:23.431 --> 00:27:24.999
  • ♪ MUSIC
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