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A Place Called Heaven: Is Heaven a Real Place?

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September 5, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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A Place Called Heaven: Is Heaven a Real Place?

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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE, OR IS IT SIMPLY A STATE OF MIND?
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  • WELL LAST TIME, WE LOOKED AT SEVERAL PASSAGES IN THE
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  • BIBLE THAT TELL US HEAVEN IS A REAL,
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  • GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.
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  • AND WHAT IS IT EXACTLY LIKE?
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  • AND WHO RESIDES THERE?
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  • MOST LIKELY, WHEN YOU REFER TO HEAVEN,
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  • YOU MEAN THE PLACE WHERE GOD CURRENTLY DWELLS WITH
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  • BELIEVERS WHO HAVE ALREADY PASSED AWAY.
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  • BUT THERE'S ANOTHER HEAVEN-A NEW ONE THAT
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  • JESUS IS BUILDING FOR US RIGHT NOW.
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  • AND THAT HEAVEN IS THE FOCUS OF TODAY'S DISCUSSION.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED, IS HEAVEN A REAL PLACE
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  • OR A STATE OF MIND?
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN INTRODUCING YOUR
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  • CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU DO THAT, DR. JEFFRESS HAS WRITTEN A
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  • BRAND-NEW BOOK CALLED, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS!
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  • THIS ENGAGING, ILLUSTRATED BOOK IS PERFECT FOR
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  • CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN WHO MAY NOT GO TO CHURCH
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  • BECAUSE IT INCLUDES A PRAYER OF SALVATION YOU
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  • CAN PRAY WITH THEM TO ENSURE THEY WILL BE IN
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  • HEAVEN WITH YOU ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS WHEN YOU
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  • GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • THE NEW HEAVEN, THE NEW JERUSALEM THAT JESUS IS
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  • CREATING FOR US IS GOING TO COME OUT OF THE CURRENT
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  • HEAVEN AND REST ON THE NEWLY RECREATED EARTH,
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  • AND THAT IS OUR FUTURE AND PERMANENT HOME
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  • RIGHT HERE ON EARTH.
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  • NOW MAYBE THE CONCEPT OF A PRESENT HEAVEN AND A
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  • FUTURE HEAVEN IS A LITTLE BIT CONFUSING TO YOU.
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  • LET ME ILLUSTRATE IT FOR YOU THIS WAY: LET'S SAY
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  • THAT YOU HAVE THIS DREAM THAT ONE DAY WHEN YOU
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  • RETIRE YOU'RE GOING TO MOVE TO THE CITY WHERE ALL
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  • OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ARE.
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  • FOR YOU THAT WILL BE HEAVEN TO BE WITH YOUR
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  • CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN,
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  • THE SAME CITY, IT'S HEAVEN FOR YOU.
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  • OF COURSE IT'LL BE HELL FOR THEM,
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  • BUT THAT'S ANOTHER SERMON THAT WE'LL GET TO, YOU KNOW.
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  • BUT FOR YOU, THAT'S A GREAT THOUGHT THAT YOU
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  • WOULD ACTUALLY BE WITH THEM.
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  • SO THE DAY OF YOUR RETIREMENT COMES AND YOU
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  • GO TO THAT CITY, AND YOU DECIDE YOU WANT TO
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  • CONSTRUCT YOUR RETIREMENT HOME.
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  • YOU FIND A LITTLE PLACE BY THE LAKE,
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  • A PIECE OF LAND AND YOU BUY IT.
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO BUILD THE HOME OF YOUR DREAMS THERE.
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  • WHILE THAT CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IS GOING ON YOU'VE
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  • GOT TO HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE,
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  • SO YOU RENT A CONDOMINIUM.
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  • YOU RENT AN APARTMENT, AND IT'S NICE,
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  • AND IT'S COMFORTABLE, BUT IT'S NOT YOUR PERMANENT
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  • DWELLING PLACE.
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  • YOU HAVE A PRESENT HOME, BUT YOU ALSO HAVE A FUTURE HOME.
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  • NOW THE SAME THING IS TRUE FOR CHRISTIANS WHEN THEY DIE.
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  • WHEN WE DIE, RIGHT NOW, WE GO INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • WE DON'T SLEEP.
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  • WE'RE AWAKE, WE'RE AWARE, WE'RE WITH OUR LOVED ONES,
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  • BUT IT'S ONLY A TEMPORARY PLACE.
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  • GOD IS BUILDING A PERMANENT HOME FOR US
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  • RIGHT NOW, THIS PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
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  • THAT WILL COME OUT OF HEAVEN BACK TO EARTH ONE DAY.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT JOHN SAW HERE.
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  • NOW LET ME GIVE YOU SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS
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  • FUTURE HEAVEN THAT WILL BE OUR ETERNAL PLACE,
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  • AND ALL OF THIS COMES STRAIGHT FROM SCRIPTURE.
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  • REVELATION 21-22.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, JOHN SAYS OUR FUTURE HOME WILL BE NEW.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 1, "I SAW A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW
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  • EARTH, FOR THE FIRST HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH
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  • PASSED AWAY AND THERE IS NO LONGER ANY SEA."
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  • AFTER THE MILLENNIUM, THE 1.000-YEAR REIGN OF CHRIST
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  • AND THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT TALKED ABOUT IN
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  • REVELATION 20, AFTER ALL UNBELIEVERS ARE JUDGED AT
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  • THE END OF REVELATION 20 IN THE WHITE SPACE OF YOUR
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  • BIBLE BETWEEN THE END OF CHAPTER 20 AND THE
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  • BEGINNING OF CHAPTER 21 THERE IS A GREAT
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  • DESTRUCTION OF THE PRESENT HEAVEN AND EARTH.
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  • THEY PASSED AWAY, JOHN SAYS IN VERSE 1.
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  • IT'S ALREADY HAPPENED WHEN WE GET TO CHAPTER 21 VERSE 1.
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  • WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT GOD COMPLETELY DESTROY
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  • THIS PRESENT HEAVEN AND EARTH?
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  • WHY CAN'T HE, YOU KNOW, JUST HAVE A LITTLE
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  • RENOVATION PROJECT OF THIS EARTH,
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  • MAKE IT A LITTLE BIT BETTER,
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  • KIND OF DO A FEW UPGRADES HERE AND THERE?
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  • THERE IS ONE REASON GOD HAS TO
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  • DESTROY EVERYTHING AROUND US.
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  • IT'S A LITTLE THREE-LETTER WORD: SIN.
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  • SIN HAS INFECTED AND RUINED EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD.
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  • YOU KNOW THE REASON YOU AND I HAVE TO HAVE A NEW
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  • BODY TO ENTER TO HEAVEN, 1 CORINTHIANS 15,
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  • IS BECAUSE THIS BODY HAS BEEN INFECTED WITH SIN.
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  • ROMANS 5:12, "AS THROUGH ONE MAN,
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  • ADAM, SIN ENTERED THE WORLD AND DEATH SPREAD TO
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  • ALL MEN BECAUSE ALL SINNED."
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  • WE HAVE TO HAVE A NEW BODY FOR ETERNITY.
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  • THIS BODY IS NOT FIT FOR ETERNITY.
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  • WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SIN-FREE BODY.
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  • BUT JUST LIKE OUR BODIES HAVE TO BE DESTROYED IN
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  • ORDER TO RECEIVE A NEW BODY,
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  • THIS WORLD HAS ALSO BEEN INFECTED WITH SIN.
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  • THE DIRT OF THE GROUND HAS BEEN INFECTED WITH SIN.
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  • THAT'S WHY THE BIBLE SAYS THERE'RE THORNS AND THISTLES.
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  • THAT'S WHY IT'S SO HARD TO WORK IN THIS WORLD.
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  • EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS WORLD HAS BEEN INFECTED WITH SIN.
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  • ROMANS 8:22 SAYS, "THE WHOLE
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  • WORLD GROANS IN ANTICIPATION."
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  • LET ME ILLUSTRATE TO YOU HOW SIN HAS INFECTED THIS
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  • WORLD AND CAUSES EVERYTHING IN THIS
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  • WORLD TO DETERIORATE.
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  • LET'S SAY YOU ARE A CAR COLLECTOR AND YOU DECIDE
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  • TO GO OUT AND SPEND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON
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  • BUYING A 1955 CLASSIC CORVETTE.
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  • YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR IT;
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  • YOU DECIDE TO PAY THE MONEY.
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  • YOU BUY THAT CORVETTE AND YOU SET IT OUTSIDE IN YOUR
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  • BACKYARD, AND YOU DO NOTHING TO IT.
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  • IN 5 YEARS, 10 YEARS, WHAT'S GOING TO
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  • HAPPEN TO THAT CORVETTE?
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  • IT'S GOING TO BECOME A RUST BASKET, ISN'T IT?
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  • I MEAN IT'S JUST GOING TO DETERIORATE
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  • OUT IN THE ELEMENTS.
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  • IT WILL BE WORTHLESS.
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  • BUT I DON'T CARE HOW MANY YEARS YOU LEAVE THAT 1955
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  • CORVETTE OUTSIDE AND DO NOTHING TO IT,
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  • I DON'T CARE HOW LONG YOU LEAVE IT OUT THERE,
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  • IT WILL NEVER EVOLVE INTO A 2018 LAMBORGHINI.
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  • IT JUST NEVER IS GOING TO DO IT.
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  • IT WILL NEVER THROUGH NATURAL SELECTION BECOME A
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  • LAMBORGHINI, AND I'LL TELL YOU SOMETHING ELSE THAT
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  • WILL CERTAINLY NEVER HAPPEN IS,
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  • IT WILL NEVER CHANGE FROM A SIMPLE CORVETTE TO A
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  • COMPLEX 777 JETLINER.
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  • EVEN THOUGH THE BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS ARE THERE
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  • FOR IT TO BECOME THAT JETLINER,
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  • IT DOESN'T EVOLVE INTO SOMETHING BETTER.
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  • THAT'S WHAT'S SO LUDICROUS ABOUT THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION.
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  • THE WHOLE DIRECTION OF EVERYTHING
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  • IN THIS WORLD IS DOWNWARD.
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  • EVERYTHING IS DETERIORATING.
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  • YOUR BODY IS DETERIORATING.
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  • CAN I GET AN AMEN ON THAT?
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  • I CERTAINLY FEEL IT, BUT IT'S NOT JUST OUR BODIES
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  • THAT DETERIORATE, IT'S EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD
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  • IS DETERIORATING AS WELL, AND IT'S BECAUSE WE'VE
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  • BEEN INFECTED WITH THE SIN VIRUS,
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  • BUT GOD IS GOING TO REMOVE THAT FOR THE NEW HEAVEN
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  • AND NEW EARTH, AND ALL OF IT WILL BE A
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  • FULFILMENT OF ISAIAH 65:17.
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  • "FOR BEHOLD I CREATE NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH,
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  • AND THE FORMER THINGS WILL NOT BE REMEMBERED
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  • OR COME TO MIND."
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  • SECONDLY, THE NEW HEAVEN, OUR ETERNAL PLACE,
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  • WILL BE A PHYSICAL LOCATION.
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  • YOU KNOW, WE ARE NOT DISEMBODIED SPIRITS.
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  • ONCE WE DIE, WE INHABIT A NEW BODY.
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  • WE ARE CREATED TO BE PHYSICAL BEINGS AS WELL AS
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  • SPIRITUAL BEINGS AND THEREFORE SINCE WE ARE
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  • PHYSICAL BEINGS WE NEED A PHYSICAL LOCATION
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  • IN WHICH TO LIVE.
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  • THIRDLY, THIS NEW PLACE CALLED HEAVEN IS GOING
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  • TO BE FAMILIAR TO US.
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  • YOU KNOW IF WE INJECTED MOST OF YOU WITH TRUTH
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  • SERUM AND ASKED YOU: ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT
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  • GOING TO HEAVEN?
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  • MANY OF YOU WOULD SAY: AH, I'M NOT SURE HOW EXCITED
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  • I AM ABOUT HEAVEN BECAUSE, AFTER ALL,
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  • I MEAN IT SEEMS SO UNFAMILIAR.
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  • WE DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT IT.
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  • WE'RE NOT SURE WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE LIKE.
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  • THE FACT IS WE LIKE THE FAMILIAR.
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  • WE GET A LITTLE BIT UPSET ABOUT THE IDEA OF MOVING
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  • TO A NEW LOCATION THAT WE DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT OR
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  • WE DON'T KNOW THE PEOPLE THERE;
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  • AN UNFAMILIAR DESTINATION.
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  • BUT THE FACT IS HEAVEN IS GOING TO BE A VERY
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  • FAMILIAR PLACE BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE THIS
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  • WORLD NOT SOME OTHER WORLD IN WHICH WE'LL LIVE FOR ETERNITY.
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  • MY PREDECESSOR DR. CRISWELL USED TO TALK
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  • ABOUT THAT A LOT.
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  • HE SAID ON ONE OCCASION: I WOULDN'T LOOK FORWARD TO
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  • GOD SENDING ME TO LIVE FOR ETERNITY ON SOME PLANET I
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  • KNOW NOTHING ABOUT 100 MILLION MILES AWAY.
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  • I LIKE ALMOST EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS EARTH.
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  • THE ONLY THING I DON'T LIKE ARE THE TEARS,
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  • THE SEPARATION, AND THE HEARTACHE,
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  • BUT THOSE WILL BE GONE FOREVER IN HEAVEN.
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  • INDEED THEY WILL.
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  • IN REVELATION 21:4 JOHN SAYS,
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  • "AND GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR
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  • EYES, AND THERE SHALL NO LONGER BE ANY DEATH,
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  • OR MOURNING, OR CRYING, OR PAIN FOR THE FIRST THINGS
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  • HAVE PASSED AWAY."
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  • NUMBER FOUR, HEAVEN WILL HAVE NO OCEANS.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 1 AGAIN OF CHAPTER 21,
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  • "AND I SAW A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH FOR THE
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  • FIRST HEAVEN AND THE FIRST EARTH PASSED AWAY,
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  • AND THERE IS NO LONGER ANY SEA."
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  • DO YOU REALIZE THE OCEANS TAKE UP 71% OF THE SPACE
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  • ON OUR PLANET?
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  • THERE'LL BE NO OCEANS.
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  • I DIDN'T SAY NO WATER, BUT NO OCEANS.
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  • WHY IS THAT?
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  • SOME PEOPLE HAVE SPECULATED,
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  • WELL, WE'LL NEED ALL THE LAND WE CAN GET TO INHABIT
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  • EVERYBODY WHO'S GOING TO BE ON THE NEW EARTH.
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  • MAYBE THAT'S TRUE.
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  • SOME OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SAID: WELL SALT IS
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  • NECESSARY FROM THE OCEANS TO SERVE AS A
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  • A PRESERVATIVE, BUT IN THE NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH
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  • THERE'LL BE NO SIN AND NO NEED FOR PRESERVATION.
  • 00:10:16.100 --> 00:10:19.060
  • WE DON'T KNOW THE REASON, BUT THE FACT IS THERE ARE
  • 00:10:19.070 --> 00:10:21.210
  • NO OCEANS IN THE NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH.
  • 00:10:21.220 --> 00:10:24.270
  • NEXT THE NEW HEAVEN WILL HAVE NO SUN OR MOON.
  • 00:10:24.280 --> 00:10:29.110
  • LOOK AT VERSE 23, "AND THE CITY," THE NEW JERUSALEM,
  • 00:10:29.120 --> 00:10:32.190
  • "HAS NO NEED FOR THE SUN OR THE MOON TO SHINE ON IT
  • 00:10:32.200 --> 00:10:36.030
  • FOR THE GLORY OF GOD HAS ILLUMINED IT AND
  • 00:10:36.040 --> 00:10:39.030
  • ITS LAMP IS THE LAMB."
  • 00:10:39.040 --> 00:10:41.160
  • THAT'S, AGAIN, A FULFILMENT OF ISAIAH
  • 00:10:41.170 --> 00:10:44.000
  • 60:19, "NO LONGER WILL YOU HAVE THE SUN FOR LIGHT BY
  • 00:10:44.010 --> 00:10:47.120
  • DAY, NOR THE BRIGHTNESS WILL THE MOON GIVE YOU
  • 00:10:47.130 --> 00:10:50.270
  • LIGHT, BUT YOU WILL HAVE THE LORD FOR AN
  • 00:10:50.280 --> 00:10:53.160
  • EVERLASTING LIGHT."
  • 00:10:53.170 --> 00:10:55.270
  • NEXT THE NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH WILL
  • 00:10:55.280 --> 00:10:57.280
  • BE FREE FROM SIN.
  • 00:10:57.290 --> 00:11:00.270
  • NOT ONLY WILL THE OCEANS AND THE LIGHTS IN THE SKY
  • 00:11:00.280 --> 00:11:04.260
  • BE MISSING, THERE'LL NO LONGER BE ANY SIN.
  • 00:11:04.270 --> 00:11:07.060
  • NOW YOU CAN APPLAUD FOR THAT - THAT'S NOT GOOD
  • 00:11:07.070 --> 00:11:10.080
  • NEWS FOR ME BECAUSE THAT MEANS I'M
  • 00:11:10.090 --> 00:11:12.130
  • GOING TO BE OUT OF A JOB.
  • 00:11:12.140 --> 00:11:13.210
  • THERE ARE NO PASTORS IN HEAVEN EITHER.
  • 00:11:13.220 --> 00:11:16.190
  • 00:11:16.200 --> 00:11:18.290
  • TO BE THERE, BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE SOME JOB
  • 00:11:19.000 --> 00:11:22.010
  • RETRAINING BECAUSE THERE'LL BE
  • 00:11:22.020 --> 00:11:23.220
  • NO NEED FOR PREACHING.
  • 00:11:23.230 --> 00:11:24.280
  • I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT, WHAT DO
  • 00:11:24.290 --> 00:11:26.140
  • PREACHERS TALK ABOUT?
  • 00:11:26.150 --> 00:11:27.240
  • WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT?
  • 00:11:27.250 --> 00:11:29.050
  • WE'RE SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT SIN AND THE
  • 00:11:29.060 --> 00:11:31.210
  • GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:11:31.220 --> 00:11:33.170
  • WELL THE FACT IS THERE'LL BE NO SIN TO CONDEMN.
  • 00:11:33.180 --> 00:11:36.090
  • REVELATION 22:3, "THERE'LL NO LONGER BE ANY CURSE."
  • 00:11:36.100 --> 00:11:40.150
  • FURTHERMORE EVERYBODY
  • 00:11:40.160 --> 00:11:41.290
  • WILL KNOW THE LORD AT THAT TIME.
  • 00:11:42.000 --> 00:11:43.140
  • HABAKKUK 2:14 SAYS, "FOR THE EARTH WILL BE FILLED
  • 00:11:43.150 --> 00:11:46.120
  • WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF THE LORD AS THE
  • 00:11:46.130 --> 00:11:49.040
  • WATERS COVER THE SEA."
  • 00:11:49.050 --> 00:11:52.040
  • THE NEXT TRUTH ABOUT THE NEW HEAVEN IS IT
  • 00:11:52.050 --> 00:11:54.280
  • WILL HAVE A CAPITAL.
  • 00:11:54.290 --> 00:11:57.000
  • THERE WILL BE A CAPITAL, THE CENTERPIECE OF THE NEW
  • 00:11:57.010 --> 00:11:59.200
  • HEAVEN AND EARTH CALLED THE NEW JERUSALEM.
  • 00:11:59.210 --> 00:12:03.040
  • IT'S INTERESTING EVEN FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT THE
  • 00:12:03.050 --> 00:12:06.070
  • FOCUS OF HEAVEN WAS A FOCUS ON A CITY,
  • 00:12:06.080 --> 00:12:09.030
  • NOT JUST SOME UNDEFINED SPACE UP THERE.
  • 00:12:09.040 --> 00:12:11.150
  • IT WAS AN ACTUAL CITY.
  • 00:12:11.160 --> 00:12:13.140
  • IN HEBREWS 11:10 WE FIND THIS ABOUT ABRAHAM,
  • 00:12:13.150 --> 00:12:16.140
  • "FOR HE WAS LOOKING FOR THE CITY WHICH HAS
  • 00:12:16.150 --> 00:12:19.040
  • FOUNDATIONS WHOSE ARCHITECT AND BUILDER IS GOD."
  • 00:12:19.050 --> 00:12:23.230
  • REVELATION 3:12 CALLS JERUSALEM,
  • 00:12:23.240 --> 00:12:26.050
  • "THE CITY OF MY GOD."
  • 00:12:26.060 --> 00:12:28.100
  • LOOK AGAIN AT REVELATION 21:2,
  • 00:12:28.110 --> 00:12:30.130
  • "AND I SAW THE HOLY CITY, THE NEW JERUSALEM COMING
  • 00:12:30.140 --> 00:12:33.210
  • DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN FROM GOD MADE READY AS A BRIDE
  • 00:12:33.220 --> 00:12:37.040
  • ADORNED FOR HER HUSBAND."
  • 00:12:37.050 --> 00:12:38.240
  • VERSE 10, "AND THE ANGEL CARRIED ME AWAY IN THE
  • 00:12:38.250 --> 00:12:41.070
  • SPIRIT TO A GREAT AND HIGH MOUNTAIN AND SHOWED ME,
  • 00:12:41.080 --> 00:12:44.270
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT, JERUSALEM COMING DOWN
  • 00:12:44.280 --> 00:12:48.040
  • OUT OF HEAVEN FROM GOD."
  • 00:12:48.050 --> 00:12:50.130
  • AND IT'S GOING TO BE UNLIKE ANY CITY WE HAVE
  • 00:12:50.140 --> 00:12:53.240
  • EVER SEEN OR VISITED.
  • 00:12:53.250 --> 00:12:56.090
  • LET ME MENTION SEVERAL THINGS ABOUT THIS CITY
  • 00:12:56.100 --> 00:12:58.190
  • WHICH IS, BY THE WAY, YOUR FUTURE RESIDENCE.
  • 00:12:58.200 --> 00:13:02.000
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT ITS SIZE.
  • 00:13:02.010 --> 00:13:06.000
  • HAVE YOU EVER HEARD PEOPLE SAY: WELL I JUST DON'T
  • 00:13:06.010 --> 00:13:07.140
  • KNOW HOW HEAVEN, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S ON
  • 00:13:07.150 --> 00:13:09.120
  • EARTH, IS GOING TO FIT EVERYBODY?
  • 00:13:09.130 --> 00:13:11.270
  • WELL MAYBE THERE WON'T BE THAT MANY PEOPLE TO FIT
  • 00:13:11.280 --> 00:13:13.260
  • INTO HEAVEN, BUT THAT'S ANOTHER SERMON AS WELL,
  • 00:13:13.270 --> 00:13:17.030
  • BUT THE FACT IS IT'S GOING TO BE MUCH LARGER THAN YOU
  • 00:13:17.040 --> 00:13:20.110
  • MIGHT FIRST THINK.
  • 00:13:20.120 --> 00:13:21.110
  • LOOK AT VERSE 16, "AND THE CITY IS LAID OUT AS A
  • 00:13:21.120 --> 00:13:25.080
  • SQUARE, AND ITS LENGTH IS AS GREAT AS THE WIDTH,
  • 00:13:25.090 --> 00:13:29.270
  • AND THE ANGEL MEASURED THE CITY WITH THE ROD AND IT
  • 00:13:29.280 --> 00:13:32.170
  • WAS 1.500 MILES IN LENGTH, AND WIDTH,
  • 00:13:32.180 --> 00:13:36.080
  • AND ITS HEIGHT ARE EQUAL."
  • 00:13:36.090 --> 00:13:38.230
  • LET'S JUST TAKE THE LENGTH AND THE WIDTH HERE BEFORE
  • 00:13:38.240 --> 00:13:41.070
  • WE GET TO THE HEIGHT.
  • 00:13:41.080 --> 00:13:42.210
  • LET'S JUST SAY IT IS A TRUE SQUARE,
  • 00:13:42.220 --> 00:13:46.190
  • 1.500 MILES BY 1.500 MILES.
  • 00:13:46.200 --> 00:13:49.180
  • THAT IS 2.25 MILLION SQUARE MILES.
  • 00:13:49.190 --> 00:13:55.210
  • NOW TO PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE NEW YORK CITY
  • 00:13:55.220 --> 00:13:58.210
  • IS 305 SQUARE MILES, AND YOU FIT 10 MILLION PEOPLE
  • 00:13:58.220 --> 00:14:03.110
  • INTO THAT.
  • 00:14:03.120 --> 00:14:04.130
  • THIS IS 2.25 MILLION SQUARE MILES FOR THE NEW
  • 00:14:04.140 --> 00:14:10.100
  • JERUSALEM; BUT THE FACT IS IT'S NOT JUST A SQUARE
  • 00:14:10.110 --> 00:14:13.280
  • BECAUSE JOHN MENTIONED THE HEIGHT OF IT.
  • 00:14:13.290 --> 00:14:17.070
  • THE HEIGHT IS 1.500 MILES.
  • 00:14:17.080 --> 00:14:20.250
  • KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?
  • 00:14:20.260 --> 00:14:22.190
  • THAT MEANS IT IS 660.000 STORIES HIGH.
  • 00:14:22.200 --> 00:14:29.050
  • THE LARGEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD
  • 00:14:29.060 --> 00:14:30.240
  • IN DUBAI IS A 162 STORIES.
  • 00:14:30.250 --> 00:14:33.110
  • THE NEW JERUSALEM WILL BE 660.000 FLOORS HIGH.
  • 00:14:33.120 --> 00:14:40.230
  • I CAN'T IMAGINE THE ELEVATORS NECESSARY TO GET
  • 00:14:40.240 --> 00:14:43.100
  • PEOPLE TO THE TOP IN THAT THING.
  • 00:14:43.110 --> 00:14:45.080
  • THAT IS ONE LARGE CITY.
  • 00:14:45.090 --> 00:14:47.160
  • AND NOTICE NOT ONLY THAT, VERSE 17,
  • 00:14:47.170 --> 00:14:50.040
  • "AND THE ANGEL MEASURED THE WALL," THERE'S GOING
  • 00:14:50.050 --> 00:14:52.270
  • TO BE A WALL AROUND THE CITY,
  • 00:14:52.280 --> 00:14:54.100
  • "AND IT IS 72 YARDS THICK."
  • 00:14:54.110 --> 00:14:56.290
  • THAT IS THREE QUARTERS OF A FOOTBALL FIELD THICK.
  • 00:14:57.000 --> 00:15:00.120
  • NOW PEOPLE SAY: NOW WAIT A MINUTE,
  • 00:15:00.130 --> 00:15:03.050
  • THIS IS TOO FANTASTIC.
  • 00:15:03.060 --> 00:15:05.070
  • SURELY THE ANGEL IS SPEAKING SYMBOLICALLY HERE.
  • 00:15:05.080 --> 00:15:09.240
  • WE CAN'T TAKE THESE MEASUREMENTS LITERALLY,
  • 00:15:09.250 --> 00:15:12.000
  • THAT'S JUST TOO MUCH.
  • 00:15:12.010 --> 00:15:14.040
  • WE CAN'T TAKE IT LITERALLY.
  • 00:15:14.050 --> 00:15:15.100
  • LOOK AGAIN AT VERSE 17, "AND HE MEASURED ITS WALL
  • 00:15:15.110 --> 00:15:18.080
  • 72 YARDS ACCORDING TO HUMAN MEASUREMENTS WHICH
  • 00:15:18.090 --> 00:15:23.060
  • ARE ALSO ANGELIC MEASUREMENTS."
  • 00:15:23.070 --> 00:15:27.170
  • GOD KNEW WE'D BE TEMPTED TO WRITE THIS OFF AS,
  • 00:15:27.180 --> 00:15:30.000
  • OH, THAT'S JUST HYPERBOLE, THAT'S JUST SYMBOLISM.
  • 00:15:30.010 --> 00:15:32.100
  • HE SAID: REMEMBER THIS, THE ANGELS MEASURE THINGS
  • 00:15:32.110 --> 00:15:35.240
  • JUST THE SAME WAY WE DO.
  • 00:15:35.250 --> 00:15:37.090
  • IT IS LITERAL.
  • 00:15:37.100 --> 00:15:38.220
  • THIS IS THE SIZE OF THIS NEW CITY,
  • 00:15:38.230 --> 00:15:41.030
  • THE NEW JERUSALEM.
  • 00:15:41.040 --> 00:15:42.260
  • ONE MATHEMATICIAN CALCULATED THAT IF THE NEW
  • 00:15:42.270 --> 00:15:46.160
  • JERUSALEM IS SHAPED LIKE A CUBE,
  • 00:15:46.170 --> 00:15:50.030
  • IT WOULD HAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR 20 BILLION RESIDENTS
  • 00:15:50.040 --> 00:15:55.010
  • IF EACH INDIVIDUAL RESIDENCE WERE A MASSIVE 75 ACRES.
  • 00:15:55.020 --> 00:16:01.000
  • THERE WOULD ALSO BE PLENTY OF ROOM LEFT OVER FOR
  • 00:16:01.010 --> 00:16:03.220
  • PARKS, AND STREETS, AND OTHER FEATURES THAT YOU'D
  • 00:16:03.230 --> 00:16:06.060
  • LIKELY SEE IN ANY MAJOR CITY. THAT'S THE SIZE
  • 00:16:06.070 --> 00:16:09.220
  • OF THE NEW JERUSALEM GOD IS PREPARING FOR YOU.
  • 00:16:09.230 --> 00:16:12.210
  • SECONDLY, ITS GATES; LOOK AT VERSES 12 AND 13,
  • 00:16:12.220 --> 00:16:15.270
  • "AND IT HAD A GREAT AND HIGH WALL WITH 12 GATES,
  • 00:16:15.280 --> 00:16:20.110
  • AND AT THE GATES 12 ANGELS," VERSE 13,
  • 00:16:20.120 --> 00:16:23.060
  • "THERE WERE THREE GATES ON THE EAST,
  • 00:16:23.070 --> 00:16:24.290
  • THE NORTH, THE SOUTH, AND THE WEST."
  • 00:16:25.000 --> 00:16:27.170
  • IN ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS GATES WERE VERY IMPORTANT.
  • 00:16:27.180 --> 00:16:30.170
  • THEY WERE A WAY THAT YOU WOULD PROTECT A CIVILIZATION.
  • 00:16:30.180 --> 00:16:33.020
  • YOU WOULD CLOSE THE GATES AT NIGHT IN ORDER TO
  • 00:16:33.030 --> 00:16:35.260
  • PROTECT THE CITIZENS, BUT NOTICE IN VERSE 25 ABOUT
  • 00:16:35.270 --> 00:16:38.180
  • THESE GATES, "IN THE DAYTIME," THERE WILL BE NO
  • 00:16:38.190 --> 00:16:41.040
  • NIGHT THERE, "NO GATES WILL EVER BE CLOSED,
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:45.070
  • AND NOTHING UNCLEAN, AND NO ONE WHO PRACTICES
  • 00:16:45.080 --> 00:16:47.200
  • ABOMINATION AND LYING SHALL EVER COME INTO IT,
  • 00:16:47.210 --> 00:16:50.140
  • BUT ONLY THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN THE
  • 00:16:50.150 --> 00:16:53.060
  • LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE."
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:56.020
  • YOU KNOW TODAY IF YOU LIVE IN A GATED COMMUNITY THE
  • 00:16:56.030 --> 00:16:58.210
  • GATES ARE SHUT, THEY'RE LOCKED AT NIGHT.
  • 00:16:58.220 --> 00:17:01.040
  • IF YOU DON'T, YOU AT LEAST LOCK YOUR DOOR, DON'T YOU?
  • 00:17:01.050 --> 00:17:04.050
  • EVEN THE HAPPIEST PLACE IN ALL THE WORLD,
  • 00:17:04.060 --> 00:17:07.180
  • DISNEYLAND, LOCKS ITS GATES AT NIGHT.
  • 00:17:07.190 --> 00:17:11.090
  • BUT IN THE NEW JERUSALEM THERE'LL BE NO LOCKING THE
  • 00:17:11.100 --> 00:17:13.150
  • GATES. YOU WON'T HAVE TO LOCK YOUR WINDOWS,
  • 00:17:13.160 --> 00:17:16.120
  • LOCK YOUR DOORS.
  • 00:17:16.130 --> 00:17:18.090
  • YOU CAN LEAVE THE WINDOWS OPEN OF YOUR CAR,
  • 00:17:18.100 --> 00:17:20.040
  • YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR KEYS IN THE CAR AND NOTHING WILL
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:22.080
  • HAPPEN BECAUSE SIN AND SINNERS WILL BE ELIMINATED
  • 00:17:22.090 --> 00:17:25.220
  • FOREVER, WHICH MEANS THERE'LL BE NO
  • 00:17:25.230 --> 00:17:28.080
  • POLICE IN HEAVEN EITHER.
  • 00:17:28.090 --> 00:17:29.240
  • MY BROTHER'S GOING TO HAVE TO FIND A NEW LINE OF WORK
  • 00:17:29.250 --> 00:17:32.070
  • AS WELL; ANYBODY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.
  • 00:17:32.080 --> 00:17:34.040
  • NO NEED FOR THAT BECAUSE SIN WILL BE ERADICATED.
  • 00:17:34.050 --> 00:17:38.000
  • NUMBER THREE, THE PERMANENCE OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:17:38.010 --> 00:17:41.110
  • LOOK AT VERSE 14, "AND THE WALL OF THE CITY HAD 12
  • 00:17:41.120 --> 00:17:44.010
  • FOUNDATION STONES, AND ON THEM WERE 12 NAMES OF THE
  • 00:17:44.020 --> 00:17:47.120
  • 12 APOSTLES AND THE LAMB."
  • 00:17:47.130 --> 00:17:50.110
  • YOU KNOW THIS ONLY MEANS SOMETHING PROBABLY TO
  • 00:17:50.120 --> 00:17:52.260
  • THOSE OF YOU WHO'VE HAD TO MOVE A LOT;
  • 00:17:52.270 --> 00:17:55.150
  • MAYBE YOU WERE IN THE MILITARY,
  • 00:17:55.160 --> 00:17:57.140
  • MAYBE YOU WERE IN MINISTRY,
  • 00:17:57.150 --> 00:17:58.280
  • MAYBE SOMETHING ELSE IN YOUR JOB MEANS YOU'RE
  • 00:17:58.290 --> 00:18:01.100
  • CONTINUALLY UPROOTING AND GOING TO AN UNFAMILIAR LOCATION.
  • 00:18:01.110 --> 00:18:04.250
  • THE FACT THAT THERE ARE FOUNDATIONAL STONES MEANS
  • 00:18:04.260 --> 00:18:07.210
  • THIS RESIDENCE IS PERMANENT;
  • 00:18:07.220 --> 00:18:10.070
  • YOU'LL NEVER MOVE AGAIN.
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:11.270
  • THIS IS YOUR FOREVER HOME.
  • 00:18:11.280 --> 00:18:13.250
  • AND NOTICE THE SPLENDOR OF THE NEW JERUSALEM.
  • 00:18:13.260 --> 00:18:17.210
  • AS JOHN DESCRIBES IT, IT IS MORE BEAUTIFUL EVEN
  • 00:18:17.220 --> 00:18:21.000
  • THAN THE EMERALD CITY OF THE FICTITIOUS LAND OF OZ.
  • 00:18:21.010 --> 00:18:25.100
  • WE SEE IN VERSES 10 AND 11,
  • 00:18:25.110 --> 00:18:26.240
  • THE HOLY CITY, JERUSALEM, "COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN
  • 00:18:26.250 --> 00:18:29.290
  • FROM GOD HAVING THE GLORY OF GOD,
  • 00:18:30.000 --> 00:18:32.000
  • HER BRILLIANCE WAS LIKE A VERY COSTLY STONE,
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:35.060
  • AND A STONE OF CRYSTAL CLEAR JASPER."
  • 00:18:35.070 --> 00:18:38.160
  • AND THEN CHAPTER 22 VERSE 1,
  • 00:18:38.170 --> 00:18:40.200
  • "AND THE ANGEL SHOWED ME A RIVER OF THE WATER OF LIFE
  • 00:18:40.210 --> 00:18:43.260
  • CLEAR AS CRYSTAL COMING FROM THE THRONE OF
  • 00:18:43.270 --> 00:18:46.090
  • GOD AND OF THE LAMB."
  • 00:18:46.100 --> 00:18:47.130
  • I SAID THERE WASN'T GOING TO BE AN OCEAN IN HEAVEN,
  • 00:18:47.140 --> 00:18:50.170
  • BUT THERE'S GOING TO BE PLENTY OF CLEAR,
  • 00:18:50.180 --> 00:18:52.150
  • FRESH WATER POURING FROM THE THRONE OF GOD.
  • 00:18:52.160 --> 00:18:55.110
  • AND LOOK AT VERSE 2, "AND ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS
  • 00:18:55.120 --> 00:18:57.190
  • RIVER WAS THE TREE OF LIFE BEARING 12 KINGS OF FRUIT,
  • 00:18:57.200 --> 00:19:03.000
  • YIELDING ITS FRUIT EVERY MONTH,
  • 00:19:03.010 --> 00:19:04.260
  • AND THE LEAVES OF THE TREE WERE FOR THE
  • 00:19:04.270 --> 00:19:07.030
  • HEALING OF THE NATIONS."
  • 00:19:07.040 --> 00:19:08.080
  • DO YOU REMEMBER THE TREE OF LIFE?
  • 00:19:08.090 --> 00:19:10.150
  • LAST TIME WE SAW IT WAS IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS
  • 00:19:10.160 --> 00:19:14.000
  • IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.
  • 00:19:14.010 --> 00:19:16.020
  • AND AFTER ADAM AND EVE REBELLED AGAINST GOD,
  • 00:19:16.030 --> 00:19:18.180
  • GOD BANISHED THEM FROM THE GARDEN. WHY?
  • 00:19:18.190 --> 00:19:21.290
  • SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT EAT OF THAT TREE OF LIFE.
  • 00:19:22.000 --> 00:19:25.090
  • HAD THEY EATEN OF THE TREE OF LIFE AFTER THEY SINNED,
  • 00:19:25.100 --> 00:19:28.190
  • THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN FOREVER DOOMED IN THEIR SIN.
  • 00:19:28.200 --> 00:19:31.170
  • IT WAS AN ACT OF MERCY THAT GOD BANISHED THEM
  • 00:19:31.180 --> 00:19:33.290
  • FROM THE GARDEN.
  • 00:19:34.000 --> 00:19:35.140
  • BUT NOT IN THE NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH WE SEE THAT
  • 00:19:35.150 --> 00:19:38.000
  • TREE OF LIFE AGAIN BEARING FRUIT EVERY MONTH AND THE
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:41.170
  • LEAVES ARE FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS.
  • 00:19:41.180 --> 00:19:45.010
  • YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?
  • 00:19:45.020 --> 00:19:47.200
  • I DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT IT MEANS,
  • 00:19:47.210 --> 00:19:51.030
  • BUT ONE THING I DO KNOW FOR SURE IS IT'S TELLING
  • 00:19:51.040 --> 00:19:54.070
  • US THERE IS NO SICKNESS IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:19:54.080 --> 00:19:57.240
  • NO SICKNESS BECAUSE THERE'S NO SIN.
  • 00:19:57.250 --> 00:19:59.190
  • AND THAT MEANS NOT ONLY WILL THERE NOT BE ANY
  • 00:19:59.200 --> 00:20:03.260
  • PASTORS, OR POLICEMEN, OR LAWYERS,
  • 00:20:03.270 --> 00:20:07.000
  • THERE WON'T BE ANY DOCTORS IN HEAVEN EITHER.
  • 00:20:07.010 --> 00:20:09.230
  • THIS IS SOUNDING BETTER TO YOU ALL THE TIME, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:20:09.240 --> 00:20:13.070
  • COME ON, YOU CAN LAUGH THERE.
  • 00:20:13.080 --> 00:20:14.080
  • I MEAN THE IDEA YOU WON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH US
  • 00:20:14.090 --> 00:20:16.260
  • ANYMORE BECAUSE YOU WON'T NEED THAT;
  • 00:20:16.270 --> 00:20:19.020
  • THE FACT IS THERE'LL BE NO MORE SICKNESS,
  • 00:20:19.030 --> 00:20:21.060
  • WE ARE IN BODIES THAT WILL ENDURE FOREVER.
  • 00:20:21.070 --> 00:20:25.040
  • AND BY THE WAY SOMETHING ELSE THAT'S NOT IN HEAVEN,
  • 00:20:25.050 --> 00:20:27.210
  • CHAPTER 21 VERSE 22, "I DID NOT SEE A TEMPLE
  • 00:20:27.220 --> 00:20:32.030
  • EITHER BECAUSE GOD ALMIGHTY AND THE LAMB ARE THE TEMPLE."
  • 00:20:32.040 --> 00:20:36.060
  • IF YOU GO TO JERUSALEM RIGHT NOW EVEN THOUGH THE
  • 00:20:36.070 --> 00:20:39.050
  • TEMPLE HAS BEEN PRETTY MUCH DESTROYED,
  • 00:20:39.060 --> 00:20:42.280
  • YOU CAN SEE IT WAS THE FOCAL POINT OF THE CITY OF
  • 00:20:42.290 --> 00:20:45.140
  • JERUSALEM; BUT IN THE NEW JERUSALEM THERE'LL BE NO
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  • HOUSE OF WORSHIP, THERE'LL BE NO TEMPLE,
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  • THERE'LL BE NO FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH,
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  • IT WON'T BE NECESSARY BECAUSE GOD AND HIS SON
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  • WILL REPRESENT THE TEMPLE OF GOD;
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  • AND IT IS IN GOD'S PRESENCE THAT WE WILL
  • 00:21:03.090 --> 00:21:06.280
  • LIVE, AND WORK, AND PLAY, AND WORSHIP HIM FOREVER.
  • 00:21:06.290 --> 00:21:13.180
  • THE BIBLE SAYS RIGHT NOW JESUS IS IN HEAVEN
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  • PREPARING A PLACE FOR YOU.
  • 00:21:20.070 --> 00:21:22.120
  • YOU KNOW THE GREATEST THING ABOUT THAT ARE THOSE
  • 00:21:22.130 --> 00:21:25.070
  • TWO WORDS "FOR YOU."
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  • GOD IS CREATING HEAVEN RIGHT NOW WITH YOU IN MIND.
  • 00:21:27.100 --> 00:21:32.150
  • C. S. LEWIS SAID IT THIS WAY: YOUR PLACE IN HEAVEN WILL
  • 00:21:32.160 --> 00:21:35.250
  • SEEM TO BE MADE FOR YOU AND YOU ALONE BECAUSE YOU
  • 00:21:35.260 --> 00:21:40.180
  • WERE MADE FOR IT.
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  • MADE FOR IT STITCH BY STITCH AS A GLOVE
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  • IS MADE FOR HAND.
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  • THERE'S A CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN SONG,
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  • "I CAN ONLY IMAGINE".
  • 00:21:52.210 --> 00:21:56.280
  • THE TRUTH IS THAT PLACE GOD IS PREPARING FOR YOU
  • 00:21:56.290 --> 00:22:00.150
  • RIGHT NOW IS BEYOND OUR WILDEST IMAGINATION.
  • 00:22:00.160 --> 00:22:06.160
  • DON'T YOU WANT TO GO?
  • 00:22:06.170 --> 00:22:09.080
  • "I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU,
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  • AND IF I GO AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU I WILL COME
  • 00:22:12.110 --> 00:22:15.280
  • AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF THAT WHERE I AM
  • 00:22:15.290 --> 00:22:20.150
  • THERE YOU MAY BE ALSO."
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  • MUSIC
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  • AND WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY IT WILL BE WHEN WE FINALLY
  • 00:22:28.060 --> 00:22:31.130
  • SEE THE GLORIOUS PLACE GOD HAS PREPARED FOR US.
  • 00:22:31.140 --> 00:22:35.180
  • WELL, I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN ME FOR THE REST OF THIS
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  • SERIES AS WE DISCOVER WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT OUR
  • 00:22:37.260 --> 00:22:41.220
  • ETERNAL HOME IN HEAVEN.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU ENGAGE IN MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION
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  • WITH THOSE WHO MAY HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS ABOUT
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  • HEAVEN, I'VE PREPARED AN INFORMATIVE RESOURCE
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  • CALLED, WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • IN THIS FOLDOUT PAMPHLET, YOU'LL FIND A CLEAR,
  • 00:22:56.080 --> 00:22:59.050
  • SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON OF WHAT HINDUS,
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  • BUDDHISTS, MUSLIMS, AND FOUR OTHER FAITH GROUPS
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  • BELIEVE ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH.
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  • AND THIS RESOURCE IS MY GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR
  • 00:23:09.140 --> 00:23:12.110
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  • AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER,
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  • MY HEART IS TRULY BURDENED FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
  • 00:23:27.160 --> 00:23:31.070
  • OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN NEED
  • 00:23:31.080 --> 00:23:33.050
  • JESUS CHRIST AND THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD.
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  • WHICH IS WHY I'M PLEASED TO BRING YOU MY BRAND-NEW
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  • BOOK FOR CHILDREN, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR KIDS.
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  • THIS BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK USES
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  • SIMPLE CONCEPTS AND LANGUAGE YOUNG CHILDREN
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  • CAN UNDERSTAND WHILE ANSWERING TEN COMMONLY
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  • ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HEAVEN.
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  • THE BOOK EVEN CLOSES WITH A SALVATION PRAYER YOU CAN
  • 00:23:51.290 --> 00:23:55.150
  • PRAY WITH YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD TO ENSURE THAT
  • 00:23:55.160 --> 00:23:58.010
  • THEY WILL BE WITH YOU IN HEAVEN ONE DAY.
  • 00:23:58.020 --> 00:24:00.270
  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR
  • 00:24:00.280 --> 00:24:03.080
  • KIDS WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:06.040 --> 00:24:08.150
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS 75 DOLLARS OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO INCLUDE DR. JEFFRESS'S ORIGINAL,
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  • FULL-LENGTH BOOK, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN ALONG WITH
  • 00:24:13.260 --> 00:24:17.000
  • THE COMPLETE TEACHING SERIES FOR A PLACE CALLED
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  • HEAVEN ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:19.100 --> 00:24:21.270
  • FAILING TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE FOR THE REAL TRIP
  • 00:24:21.280 --> 00:24:25.040
  • WE'RE ALL TAKING, FOR THAT TRIP TO THE PLACE CALLED
  • 00:24:25.050 --> 00:24:27.180
  • HEAVEN, NOT PREPARING ADEQUATELY CAN HAVE
  • 00:24:27.190 --> 00:24:31.040
  • DEVASTATING AND UNENDING CONSEQUENCES.
  • 00:24:31.050 --> 00:24:34.020
  • WE'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED FOR THE TRIP.
  • 00:24:34.030 --> 00:24:38.050
  • WHEN YOU INVEST IN PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:24:38.060 --> 00:24:40.210
  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN, WOMEN,
  • 00:24:40.220 --> 00:24:42.020
  • AND CHILDREN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR THE
  • 00:24:42.030 --> 00:24:44.190
  • CLEAR GOSPEL MESSAGE AND CATCH A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN.
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  • SO, PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE GENEROUSLY.
  • 00:24:48.000 --> 00:24:50.090
  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFT TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:24:50.100 --> 00:24:53.110
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD!
  • 00:24:53.120 --> 00:24:55.290
  • THE BIBLE MAY GIVE US A FEW TANTALIZING DETAILS
  • 00:24:58.240 --> 00:25:02.010
  • ABOUT THE NEW HEAVEN GOD IS PREPARING FOR US,
  • 00:25:02.020 --> 00:25:05.160
  • BUT THE REALITY WILL FAR SURPASS ANYTHING
  • 00:25:05.170 --> 00:25:09.030
  • WE COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE.
  • 00:25:09.040 --> 00:25:11.060
  • AND I HOPE YOU'LL KEEP JOINING US EACH WEEKDAY AS
  • 00:25:11.070 --> 00:25:14.080
  • WE CONTINUE THIS FASCINATING STUDY.
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  • MAYBE YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR ETERNAL HOME.
  • 00:25:17.070 --> 00:25:19.270
  • OR PERHAPS YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS THE
  • 00:25:19.280 --> 00:25:23.120
  • ASSURANCE THAT GOD TRULY HAS A WONDERFUL
  • 00:25:23.130 --> 00:25:25.270
  • PLACE PREPARED FOR THEM.
  • 00:25:25.280 --> 00:25:28.060
  • WE'LL BE ADDRESSING THOSE QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
  • 00:25:28.070 --> 00:25:31.050
  • THROUGHOUT THIS EXPANDED SERIES INCLUDING NEXT
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  • TIME, WHEN WE ANSWER THE QUESTION,
  • 00:25:34.140 --> 00:25:36.280
  • HAVE SOME PEOPLE ALREADY VISITED HEAVEN?
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF THE NEXT MESSAGE.
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  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • WE'LL SAY "THANKS" BY SENDING YOU A COPY OF
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  • TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN" IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR
  • 00:25:58.140 --> 00:26:01.080
  • CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:01.090 --> 00:26:03.260
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS 75 DOLLARS OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN
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  • HOW DO YOU MAKE SENSE OF ALL OF THESE BOOKS AND
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