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September 6, 2020
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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  • Turn to the book ofRevelation, chapter 4 of the
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  • Revelation. John was given aglimpse of glory. He was allowed
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  • to see into our future and speakof God's plans for our lives in
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  • eternity. And not only the endof the world, but beyond this
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  • world. It's called the Book ofRevelation. Heaven is real. We
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  • saw that in our first message inthe HEAVEN series, "The Reality
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  • of Heaven." A real place in realtime, prepared for God's people,
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  • a prepared people. It isbeautiful, it is wonderful, it
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  • is indescribable. So many of theimages that we see regarding
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  • heaven in Revelation, as wellother passages, these symbols,
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  • these images are reflective ofthe fact that heaven is beyond
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  • our comprehension so God usesword pictures and portraits that
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  • help us get a grasp of justsomething of what it is like. [1
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  • Corinthians 2:9-10] "Eye has notseen, nor ear heard, nor has it
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  • entered into the heart of manwhat God has prepared for those
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  • who love and fear Him." Thatscripture goes on to say, "But
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  • God's Spirit has revealed thesethings to us." So we have the
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  • Revelation. We don't have tolive in speculation regarding
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  • our future but we can live inrevelation, the revelation of
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  • Jesus Christ, not just the bookof Revelation, but all of God's
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  • Word that describes our gloriousfuture with Him. In Him there is
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  • a future and a hope. So todaywe're going to talk about "The
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  • Community of Heaven... TheCommunity of Heaven", meaning
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  • who's there and how will we knowthem. Because not only is heaven
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  • real, it's about relationshipslike life. It's said that life
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  • is all about relationships, therest is detail. And so it's true
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  • regarding heaven. It's aboutrelationships with this truth,
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  • it will be a redeemed company,redeemed relationships. Our
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  • prayer, our passion is that wewould long for heaven, that we
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  • would long for Him... to seeJesus, that we would love Him
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  • and love His appearing, andknowing that one day we will see
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  • Christ and will be with Christ.We talked about in our last
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  • message, our first message inthis series, to set our
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  • affections, our mindset onheaven above, not on earth
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  • below. That we should live withthis brand new perspective, when
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  • God is making all things new inour lives. So maybe I should
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  • pause and just say how did youdo this week? Did you think
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  • more, talk more about heaven,what you are learning, what you
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  • may be experiencing? I hope youwill. My goal is to help us
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  • embrace eternity even more, thatwe would envision God's future
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  • for us and explore all of theglories and the adventures of
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  • being with Christ in heavenforever and ever. And so one of
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  • those portraits... pictures isin Revelation, chapter 4,
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  • beginning in verse 1: 1) Afterthis I looked, and behold, a
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  • door standing open in heaven!And the first voice, which I had
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  • heard speaking to me like atrumpet, said, "Come up here,
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  • and I will show you what musttake place after this." This is
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  • a key verse in the book ofRevelation because it speaks of
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  • an open door and our beingraptured... enraptured into the
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  • presence. John is symbolic ofall believers who are enraptured
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  • into the very presences of God.He sees a heavenly vision. The
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  • trumpet sounds and so it is adescription of what is to come
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  • when Christ comes for us. And hesays: 1) "... I will show you
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  • what must take place afterthis." After these things, and
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  • thus, the book of Revelation.What is the future. Verse 2
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  • says: 2) At once I was in theSpirit, and behold, a throne
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  • stood in heaven, with one seatedon the throne. Skip down to
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  • verse 4: 3) Around the thronewere twenty-four thrones, and
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  • seated on the thrones weretwenty-four elders, clothed in
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  • white garments, with goldencrowns on their heads. 5) From
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  • the throne came flashes oflightning, and rumblings and
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  • peals of thunder, and before thethrone were burning seven
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  • torches of fire, which are theseven spirits of God, 6) and
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  • before the throne there was asit were a sea of glass, like
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  • crystal. And before thethrone... Around the throne, on
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  • each side of the throne, arefour living creatures, full of
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  • eyes in front and behind: 7) thefirst living creature like a
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  • lion, the second living creaturelike an ox, Notice these similes
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  • "like", "like an ox" "like alamb. And one: 7) ... with the
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  • face of a man, and the fourthliving creature flying like an
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  • eagle. 8) And the four livingcreatures, each of them with six
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  • wings, are full of eyes allaround and within, and day and
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  • night they ceased not to say(let's say this out loud),
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  • "Holy, holy, holy, is the LordGod Almighty, who was and is and
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  • is to come!" Verse 11 says: 11)"Worthy are you, our Lord and
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  • God, to receive glory and honorand power, for you created all
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  • things, and by your will theyexisted and were created." A
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  • praise to the Creator/God. Thereis a redemption song. There's no
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  • evolution song in heaven. It isa creation song and celebrating
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  • the One who has created all. Areyou contemplating your future?
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  • We start with God Himself inheaven who will be there.
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  • Obviously heaven is consumed andconsummated with the very
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  • presence of God Himself. The onewho is described as Creator and
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  • Sustainer and Redeemer. The Lambupon the throne. The one who
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  • rules from eternity Hiseverlasting Kingdom. And the
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  • presence of God, the Bible says,fills heaven and earth. The
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  • Scripture says [Revelation21:3], "And God will be with
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  • them, and His people will bewith Him." Revelation 22, verse
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  • 4 says that "We will see Himface to face." We will see God's
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  • face and He will write His nameupon our foreheads. His face! In
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  • the Old Testament the Scripturesays that [Exodus 33:20] no man
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  • can see God's face and live. Tosee the burning glory and pure
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  • white hot holiness of God wouldstrike us dead. But in Christ we
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  • have been redeemed andwelcomed... invited into the
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  • very presence of God! The veilhas been torn from top to
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  • bottom, not to let God out, butto let us in! And we are now in
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  • His presence and one day face toface with Him, our Lord Jesus
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  • Christ! And no one will doubt orwonder who is God or who is on
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  • the throne! It won't be Buddhaon the throne! It won't be
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  • Mohammed on the throne! It won'tbe Confucius on the throne! It
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  • won't be some petty worlddictator on the throne! It will
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  • be God Almighty, the Lion, theLamb [applause] who reigns
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  • forevermore! He is on thethrone! And when we see Him we,
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  • of course, will be awestruckwith His majesty! Astonished
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  • that we are in His presence. Wewill be on the ground on our
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  • faces, and then, not only on ourfaces, but then on our feet,
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  • standing and worshipping andpraising God! Because there is
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  • so much joy, because we arepresent with Him. Psalm 16:11
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  • says, "At your right hand arepleasures forevermore." "In your
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  • presence, Lord, is fullness ofjoy." At your throne fullness of
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  • joy, at your right handpleasures forevermore." It is
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  • that promise of pleasure foreverwith Him that excites us, that
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  • gets us ready to go to heaven.Job was seeking clarity and
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  • comfort in the midst of hisgreat suffering in life.
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  • Everything seemed to have beentaken away from Job and he
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  • wrestled in the midst of hissuffering. And yet, when he came
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  • to the conclusion he saw andheard from God Himself. And
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  • here's what Job wrote in Job 19[Job 19: 25-27]: "For I know
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  • that my Redeemer lives, and atthe last He will stand upon the
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  • earth. And after my skin hasthus been destroyed (that is,
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  • when I die) yet in my flesh Ishall see God (speaking of the
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  • resurrection one day), whom Ishall see for myself, and my
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  • eyes shall behold... (We shallbehold Him!)... My eyes shall
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  • behold, and not another." It'snot just somebody else talking
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  • about Jesus; I will see Himbecause I have a relationship
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  • with Him. And he said, "My heartfaints within me." He said,
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  • "This is just... it's... myheart is exploding in
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  • anticipation of seeing Him. Youwill have no trouble recognizing
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  • Him. He's the one with the nailprints in His hands. The only
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  • man-made thing in heaven will bethe prints of the nails in His
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  • hands as a perpetual reminder ofthe sacrifice and blood that was
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  • poured out for our redemptionand our salvation, which He
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  • offers as a gift to all who willreceive Him. Yes, I will know
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  • Him by the prints of the nailsin His hands. And as I said last
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  • week, the same nail scarredhands that opened to us the door
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  • of grace will open to us thedoors of glory. We will see Him!
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  • And instantaneously, immediatelyall of our questions... and we
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  • have questions in life.Mysteries, suffering, problems,
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  • perplexities that we cannotanswer this side, but
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  • immediately in His pure light [1Corinthians 13:12] "we will know
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  • even as we are known." The mostoften repeated word that you
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  • will hear in heaven is not...after Jesus Himself... will be
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  • "Ah-ha! That's what it was allabout." "Ah-ha! This is why it
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  • happened. God had a plan. Hetruly was "working all things
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  • together for my good." God's gota plan for your life and it's an
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  • eternal plan. And He's notfinished yet. He's still working
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  • and weaving His master plan inour lives. So, yes, we will live
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  • in light. [1 Corinthians 13:12]"Now we see through a mirror
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  • darkly... (according to theScriptures. It's vague.) ...but
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  • then we shall see face to face;we will know even as we are
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  • known." And we shall behold Him!And we will be with Him! Listen
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  • to me! We will be with Him! Wewill walk with Him and talk with
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  • Him! We will worship Him! Wewill live in His presence! Our
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  • God, our Savior! God has givenus this sure promise! There was
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  • a man in the New Testament. It'sin the Christmas story. His name
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  • is Simeon. God gave Simeon apromise that he would not die
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  • until he saw the Lord Christ,the Messiah. And so he waited
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  • and he waited and he waited. Hewas an old man, and one great
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  • day Mary and Joseph walked inwith a little baby in their
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  • arms, the Savior, Jesus; bornthe Savior of the world. And
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  • that old man Simeon took thatChrist child in his arms and he
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  • began to praise God. Because Godmade him a promise that he would
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  • not die until he sees Jesus. Weshould live with that same kind
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  • of anticipation, that we willsee Jesus, that one day either
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  • in rapture or in death we willsee our Lord, the One on the
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  • throne. But then, those aroundthe throne. These images here...
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  • and just because they're imagesand symbols does not mean they
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  • do not represent something real.These things are real! Don't get
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  • the idea, "Well, these are allbizarre kinds of expressions
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  • that I can't understand." Well,they're sometimes difficult to
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  • interpret as in this passage, asto who these creatures are and
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  • who these four faced creaturesare, and so on. But these are
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  • but symbols of something else,but they are real! They
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  • represent something very real!And, one, there are angels
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  • around the throne of God. Theheavenly hosts worshipping God
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  • 24/7, forever and ever and ever.Saying "Holy, holy, holy."
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  • Isaiah saw this in Isaiah 6 andreported when he went to heaven
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  • in that vision that around thethrone of God these angel beings
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  • are worshiping God. We'regrateful for the angels. There
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  • are millions and millions andmillions of them! They interact
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  • with our lives. They serve thepeople of God. The show up again
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  • and again and again inScripture; from cover to cover
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  • in God's Word we meet the holyangels. But their primary focus
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  • is the worship of God andsinging the hallelujahs and the
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  • choruses of praise to God andleading anthems of exaltation.
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  • We will sing and shout! Theangelic choruses will be
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  • worshiping God! Can you imaginethe thunderous mighty power of
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  • that heaven host praising God?Angels will usher us into God's
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  • presence. Jesus told a story ofa poor man by the name of
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  • Lazarus who died. And when hedied... everyone thought
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  • unnoticed... the angels werethere to take him into the
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  • presence of the Lord, intoparadise itself. You will not
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  • die alone as a believer. Youwill not die in fear as a
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  • Christian because that moment,however it comes, whenever it
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  • comes, the angels will carry youinto the presence of God. Jesus
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  • Himself will meet you there.There is no fear to die because
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  • we know the Lord. These heavenlybeings worship and serve Him
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  • continually. I wish I could saymore about the angels. You'll
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  • just have to check out my bookon the subject. But the focus is
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  • not only on the angels, but theredeemed, represented here in
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  • Revelation 4 by these 24 elderswho set by the throne of God.
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  • Most Bible scholars believe, Icertainly believe it, that they
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  • represent the Old Testament andNew Testament saints, the twelve
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  • tribes of Israel and the twelveapostles. Twenty-four! So people
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  • who trusted in God, OldTestament, New Testament
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  • believers. You say, how were OldTestament believers saved?
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  • They... Christ had not come yet.They were saved by believing the
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  • promise and anticipating the Onewho would come, and trusting in
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  • Him. They were saved by lookingforward to the coming of Christ.
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  • We are saved by looking back tothe coming of Christ and His
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  • cross. But the blood of JesusChrist, God's Son cleanses from
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  • all sin, past, present andfuture. So these are the
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  • redeemed of the ages. They arearound the throne of God. Now
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  • the question is often asked:Will we know one another in
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  • heaven? What about our lovedones who have left us? I can
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  • tell you that saying goodbye isthe greatest grief on earth.
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  • Saying goodbye to the peoplethat we love. We miss them
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  • because they leave us for awhile. We haven't lost them. If
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  • your Christian husband is withthe Lord, you haven't lost him;
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  • you know where he is. We don'tlose our loved ones. They leave
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  • us for a little while. But oneday the Bible promises us, Jesus
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  • promises us that there will beno separation. Separation is
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  • painful beyond words. When youbury a loved one, a husband, a
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  • wife, a child, you feel like youbury your own heart with them!
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  • Such great grief! We long to seeour family and our friends! It's
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  • human! It's an aspiration thatis real, and, of course, God
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  • will reunite us with our savedfamily members who precede us
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  • into heaven. The ThessalonianChristians were asking that same
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  • question. Will we know oneanother? Will we see our loved
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  • ones ever again? They had diedand had disappeared. Christ had
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  • not come. And so where are they;will we ever see them again? And
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  • that is when in 1 Thessalonianschapter 4, the Apostle Paul
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  • wrote to encourage and comfortthem, and he said [1
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  • Thessalonians 4:13], "I wouldnot have you to be ignorant,
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  • brethren, concerning those whoare asleep, that you sorrow not,
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  • even as others who have nohope." The grief is real; the
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  • pain is real, but we don'tsorrow as those who have no
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  • hope. [1 Thessalonians 4:14-15]"If we believe that Jesus died
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  • and rose again, even so themwhich sleep in Jesus will God
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  • bring with him. For this we sayunto you by the word of the
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  • Lord..." [1 Thessalonians4:16]"...that the dead in Christ
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  • shall rise first: then we whoare alive and remain unto the
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  • coming of the Lord will becaught up (watch this)
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  • together... together... togetherin the clouds to meet the Lord
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  • in the air and so shall we...we(family and friends and loved
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  • ones and the redeemed of theages!)... so will we ever be
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  • with the Lord." Yes, we're goingto run to Jesus! Yes, we're
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  • going to worship Jesus! Yes, wewill most and forever be
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  • enthralled with His presence!But Jesus knows our need for
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  • relationships. There will befriendships and relationships.
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  • You say, "Will we know oneanother in heaven?" Of course!
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  • Do you think we'll know less inheaven than we know right now?
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  • In fact, you probably don't evenreally know the person you think
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  • you know until you get toheaven, and you'll see God's
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  • grace in their lives. And you'llbe so excited to see your family
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  • and your friends, and meetthe... Can you imagine meeting
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  • Paul and Peter and David andSolomon, and all the rest? Just
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  • having long conversations.Imagine that. When John saw
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  • heaven he saw people from everynation, every creed, every
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  • tongue, every tribe, everyethnicity, every race. People
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  • from all over the... all overthe world. Heaven will be
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  • multiracial, multiethnic place,marked by love and grace and
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  • peace. No more racial hostility!No more brokenness! No more
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  • segregation! No more separation!Because we are together forever
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  • in Christ! And our goal thisside of eternity must be to come
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  • together now in preparation forour being together forever! And
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  • there should only be one peoplein Christ! There's only one
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  • color in Christ: it's the royalred blood of His cross! We are
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  • redeemed! We are ransomed and weare there, not by the color of
  • 00:21:43.859 --> 00:21:48.063
  • our skin or our ethnicity, butbecause of Jesus and His grace!
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  • [applause] It's amazing gracefor every race! That's what it
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  • is! And we will be together. Noteveryone is going to heaven. In
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  • fact, the Bible tells us thatmany will not go to heaven. 1
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  • Corinthians 6:[6:9} "Do you notknow that the unrighteous will
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  • not inherit the kingdom of God?Do not be deceived. Neither the
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  • sexually immoral, nor idolaters,nor adulterers, no men who
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  • practice homosexuality, northieves, nor the greedy, nor
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  • drunkards, nor revilers, norswindlers will inherit the
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  • kingdom of God." It's a prettysick list! But, I love verse 11.
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  • Some of you are thinking, "I'vedone some of that. I've done
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  • maybe all of that! There's nohope for me!" Verse 11 says,
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  • "and such were some of you!"This is not who you are, this is
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  • what you were! You are now asinner saved by the grace of the
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  • Lord Jesus Christ! You're madebrand new! He's making all
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  • things new! You are washed inHis blood! Sanctified, justified
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  • in the name of the Lord JesusChrist, and the Spirit of our
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  • God! Saved? Or lost? Revelation21 [21:8]: "But as for the
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  • cowardly, and the faithless,detestable, murderers, sexual
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  • immoral, sorcerers, idolaters,all liars, their portion will be
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  • in the lake that burns with fireand sulfur, which is the second
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  • death." Yes, there is a heaven,and yes, there is a hell. Verse
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  • 27 of that same chapter, "Butnothing unclean will enter into
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  • it (lest heaven would become ahell), nor anyone who does what
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  • is detestable or false, but onlythose... (watch this)... who are
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  • written in the Lamb's book oflife." Is your name in that
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  • book? It can be; it must be. Youmake your reservation. We've all
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  • had the experience of showing upsomewhere without a reservation.
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  • Can't get in. Not everyone isgoing to heaven. It's a sad and
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  • tragic fact that there are somewho are lost forever, even as
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  • those who trust in Christ aresaved forever. And one final
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  • word before we close this downthis week, and that is what are
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  • we doing to help the lost cometo Jesus? Because our heart
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  • should be breaking for ourfamily members and our friends
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  • who don't know Him. The samereality that we will spend a
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  • conscious eternity with Christ,forever in His presence is also
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  • the same reality that those whodo not know Jesus will spend a
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  • conscious eternity in hellforever and ever and ever! How
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  • on earth can we be silent? We'vegot family members and friends
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  • we don't even know where they'respending eternity! We've never
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  • even discussed it with them. Buthere's the good news. So many
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  • are open and ready andresponsive. I've found in my
  • 00:25:08.029 --> 00:25:11.933
  • life in sharing my faith so manypeople want to know! Nobody's
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  • told them! Or they have allthese ideas that are... that are
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  • so wrong about the future, orthey're just waiting for you,
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  • for me to talk to them, toraised the subject, to tell them
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  • who Jesus is and what Jesus hasdone. And, oh by the way, it's
  • 00:25:29.618 --> 00:25:33.321
  • not just us convincing people!We have the Holy Spirit to give
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  • us words, to prepare theirhearts! And many are prepared
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  • and would welcome a conversationwith you, their friend, their
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  • family member, about theirfuture. And you can tell them
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  • about Jesus. We want to take asmany people to heaven with us as
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  • possible! Because it's going tobe wonderful; it's going to be
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  • glorious, and we don't want togo to heaven without you.
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  • [Music]
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  • I wrote mylatest book, "Heaven: your Best
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  • Life is Yet to Come," because somany people have questions about
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  • heaven. Who's going to be there,what are we going to do, how can
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  • we know more about heaven? Andwe don't need to wonder about
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  • that because the Bible gives usgreat insight into heaven and so
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  • let's start learning today. Ifyou have a destination that
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  • you're going someplace, avacation or a trip, most likely
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  • you take the time to find out asmuch as you can about where
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  • you're going and how to getthere. So this book on heaven is
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  • all about the place we're going,our destination which becomes a
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