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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • MUSIC
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AS CHRISTIANS, OUR ETERNAL HOME IS HEAVEN.
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  • BUT IN THE MEANTIME, HOW SHOULD WE SPEND OUR TIME ON EARTH?
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  • WELL, THE MORE WE THINK ABOUT THE NEXT LIFE,
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  • THE MORE EFFECTIVE WE BECOME FOR GOD IN THIS LIFE.
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  • SO TODAY, I WANT TO SHOW YOU THE BENEFITS OF
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  • BECOMING A HEAVENLY-MINDED CHRISTIAN.
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  • LAST TIME, I SAID THAT FOCUSING ON HEAVEN
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  • PREPARES US FOR THE CERTAINTY OF JUDGMENT-
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  • IN PARTICULAR, THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT.
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  • AND TODAY, I WANT TO BEGIN BY BRINGING YOUR ATTENTION
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  • TO A SECOND JUDGMENT: THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST.
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  • THAT'S THE SPECIFIC JUDGEMENT THAT EVERY
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  • CHRISTIAN WILL FACE.
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  • WE'RE ANSWERING THE QUESTION,
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  • WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES A FUTURE HEAVEN MAKE
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  • IN MY LIFE TODAY?
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • MUSIC
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  • NOTHNG 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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  • YOU KNOW IT'S AMAZING TO ME HOW FEW CHRISTIANS EVEN
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  • THINK ABOUT HEAVEN. I THINK I UNDERSTAND WHY.
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  • THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS
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  • LIFE SOMETIMES ECLIPSE OUR THINKING ABOUT THE NEXT LIFE.
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  • NOT ONLY THAT, HEAVEN SEEMS REMOTE.
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  • IT SEEMS IRRELEVANT TO THOSE OF US TRYING TO REAR
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  • A FAMILY, OR KEEP A JOB, OR MAKE A LIVING.
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  • WHY SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • AND YET EVEN THOUGH WE DON'T THINK ABOUT HEAVEN
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  • THAT MUCH, THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIFE WHEN WE LONG
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  • FOR A BETTER PLACE THAN EARTH, ISN'T THERE?
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  • PERHAPS IT'S A BETRAYAL BY A CLOSE FRIEND,
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  • MAYBE IT'S AN ILLNESS, MAYBE IT'S THE LOSS OF A
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  • LOVED ONE, OR THE BREAKUP OF AN IMPORTANT
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  • RELATIONSHIP; SOMETIMES THERE'S A DISAPPOINTMENT
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  • IN THIS LIFE THAT MAKES US LONG FOR SOMETHING BETTER.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE.
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  • IN FACT JESUS ASSURED US THAT HEAVEN IS A REAL PLACE.
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  • IN JOHN 14 JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES IN VERSES 2
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  • AND 3, "IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY DWELLING PLACES.
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  • IF IT WERE NOT SO, I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU.
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  • FOR I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU AND IF I GO
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  • AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU,
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  • I WILL COME AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF THAT
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  • WHERE I AM THERE YOU MAY BE ALSO."
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  • NOW THE QUESTION IS: WHY SHOULD WE TALK ABOUT HEAVEN?
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  • WELL ONE REASON IS OUR DEPARTURE FOR HEAVEN IS
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  • BOTH CERTAIN AND RELATIVELY SOON.
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  • YOU KNOW THE BIBLE TALKS ALL THE TIME ABOUT THE
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  • INEVITABILITY OF OUR JOURNEY TO THIS NEW
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  • DESTINATION CALLED HEAVEN.
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  • IN PSALM 90:12 MOSES PRAYED, "TEACH US TO
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  • NUMBER OUR DAYS AND RECOGNIZE HOW FEW THEY ARE.
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  • HELP US TO SPEND THEM AS WE SHOULD."
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  • C. S. LEWIS SAID ONE TIME THE PROBLEM WITH
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  • MOST CHRISTIANS IS NOT THAT THEY THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT
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  • HEAVEN, BUT THEY THINK TOO LITTLE ABOUT IT.
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  • LEWIS SAID, "IF YOU READ HISTORY YOU WILL FIND THAT
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  • THE CHRISTIANS WHO DID MOST FOR THE PRESENT WORLD
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  • WERE PRECISELY THOSE WHO THOUGHT MOST OF THE NEXT.
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  • IT IS SINCE CHRISTIANS HAVE LARGELY CEASED TO
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  • THINK ABOUT THE OTHER WORLD THAT THEY HAVE
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  • BECOME SO INEFFECTIVE IN THIS WORLD."
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  • AND THEN HIS FAMOUS WORDS, "AIM AT HEAVEN AND YOU'LL
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  • GET EARTH THROWN IN.
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  • AIM AT EARTH AND YOU'LL GET NEITHER."
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  • HERE'S THE GREAT IRONY: THE MORE WE THINK ABOUT
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  • THE NEXT LIFE, THE MORE EFFECTIVE WE BECOME
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  • FOR GOD IN THIS LIFE.
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN OVER IN YOUR NEW TESTAMENT TO
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  • MATTHEW 7, AND I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT JESUS' WORDS IN
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  • VERSES 13 AND 14.
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  • JESUS SAID, "ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE FOR THE GATE
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  • IS WIDE AND THE WAY IS BROAD THAT LEADS TO
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  • DESTRUCTION, AND MANY ARE THOSE WHO ENTER BY IT.
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  • BUT THE GATE IS SMALL AND THE WAY IS NARROW THAT
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  • LEADS TO LIFE AND FEW ARE THOSE WHO FIND IT."
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  • JESUS SAID: THERE IS NOT ONE WAY,
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  • ONE ROAD THAT LEADS EVERYBODY TO THE SAME DESTINATION.
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  • HE SAID THERE ARE TWO ROADS OR WAYS THAT LEAD TO
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  • TWO VERY DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS.
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  • JESUS SAID AT THE END OF THE ROAD,
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  • FOR THOSE WHO ARE NON-CHRISTIANS,
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  • THERE IS A GATE THAT LEADS TO ETERNAL JUDGMENT.
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  • FOR CHRISTIANS ON THAT MORE NARROW ROAD TO HEAVEN
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  • AT THE END OF THEIR LIVES THERE IS ALSO A GATE THAT
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  • LEADS TO EVERLASTING BLESSING.
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  • REMEMBER WHAT HEBREWS 9:27 PROMISES,
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  • "IT IS APPOINTED FOR MEN TO DIE ONCE AND AFTER THIS
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  • COMES JUDGMENT."
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  • THAT'S NOT A TRUTH JUST FOR NON-CHRISTIANS;
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  • A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK ONLY NON-CHRISTIANS ARE GOING
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  • TO BE JUDGED. NO, THAT'S FOR EVERYBODY.
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  • EVERY ONE OF US IN THIS ROOM,
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  • EVERY ONE OF US WATCHING THIS PROGRAM ONE DAY WILL
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  • BE JUDGED BY GOD.
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  • NOW, THE DIFFERENCE IS THERE IS ONE GATE,
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  • ONE JUDGMENT FOR NON-CHRISTIANS AND THERE'S
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  • ANOTHER JUDGMENT, GATE FOR CHRISTIANS.
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  • THE GATE, THAT IS THE JUDGMENT THAT LEADS TO
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  • HELL, ETERNAL DEATH, IS THE JUDGMENT WE OFTEN
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  • REFER TO AS THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT.
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  • IT'S DESCRIBED IN REVELATION 20:11-15.
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  • WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS JUDGMENT MORE IN THE
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  • COMING WEEKS, BUT LOOK AT IT WITH ME BRIEFLY,
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  • "AND I SAW A GREAT WHITE THRONE,
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  • AND HIM WHO SAT UPON IT FROM WHOSE PRESENCE EARTH
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  • AND HEAVEN FLED AWAY, AND NO PLACE WAS FOUND FOR THEM.
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  • AND I SAW THE DEAD, THE GREAT AND THE SMALL
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  • STANDING BEFORE THE THRONE,
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  • AND THE BOOKS WERE OPENED, AND ANOTHER BOOK WAS
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  • OPENED WHICH IS THE BOOK OF LIFE,
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  • AND THE DEAD WERE JUDGED FROM THE THINGS WHICH WERE
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  • WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS ACCORDING TO THEIR DEEDS."
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  • VERSE 15, "AND IF ANYONE'S NAME WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN
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  • IN THE BOOK OF LIFE HE WAS THROWN INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE."
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  • NON-CHRISTIANS ARE GOING TO BE JUDGED BY THEIR WORKS.
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  • YOU SAY: WELL I DIDN'T THINK GOD JUDGED PEOPLE BY WORKS.
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  • OH YEAH, HE JUDGES NON-CHRISTIANS BY THEIR
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  • WORKS BECAUSE THEY HAVE DECIDED THEY WANTED TO BE
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  • JUDGED BY THEIR WORKS. THEY'VE SAID: I DON'T
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  • NEED GOD'S FORGIVENESS IN MY LIFE. I DON'T NEED GRACE.
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  • I'LL TRY TO MAKE IT ON MY OWN.
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  • SO GOD SAYS: FINE, LET'S OPEN THE BOOKS AND SEE HOW
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  • WELL YOU'VE DONE.
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  • IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW GOOD ANY OF US IS,
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  • WE'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO GET INTO HEAVEN,
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  • AND EVERY PERSON WILL UNDERSTAND THAT AT THAT JUDGMENT.
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  • THAT'S THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT,
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  • BUT THERE'S ANOTHER JUDGMENT THAT WE AS
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  • CHRISTIANS FACE BEFORE WE ENTER INTO EVERLASTING
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  • BLESSING, AND IT IS WHAT WE CALL THE JUDGMENT SEAT
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  • OF CHRIST. PAUL WRITES IN 2 CORINTHIANS 5: 10 TO CHRISTIANS.
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  • HE SAYS, "FOR WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT
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  • SEAT OF CHRIST THAT EACH ONE OF US MAY BE
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  • RECOMPENSED, REWARDED FOR HIS DEEDS IN THE BODY
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  • ACCORDING TO WHAT HE HAS DONE WHETHER IT BE GOOD OR BAD."
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  • FALLACE, LITERALLY "WORTHLESS."
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  • WE'RE GOING TO FACE THAT JUDGMENT AS WELL.
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  • HEAVEN'S NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME FOR EVERYBODY.
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  • WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A FEW WEEKS.
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  • THERE ARE LEVELS OF HEAVEN,
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  • DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES IN HEAVEN BASED ON WHAT WE DO
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  • IN THIS LIFE WHETHER OR NOT WE LIVE OBEDIENT LIVES.
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  • UNDERSTAND WE DON'T EARN GOD'S SALVATION,
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  • THAT'S A GIFT, BUT WHAT WE DO AFTER WE'RE SAVED MAKES
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  • AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE IN THE KIND OF ETERNITY WE
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  • EXPERIENCE. AND YOU KNOW THAT'S THE GREAT IRONY,
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  • FOLKS, AS BRIEF AS THIS LIFE IS THE CHOICES WE
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  • MAKE IN THIS LIFE, AS BRIEF AS IT IS,
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  • THE CHOICES WE MAKE NOW IMPACT OUR ETERNITY FOREVER.
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  • YOU REMEMBER THE MOVIE FROM A FEW YEARS AGO
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  • GLADIATOR WITH RUSSELL CROWE?
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  • REMEMBER IN THE MOVIE THE FICTITIOUS ROMAN
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  • GENERAL-TURNED GLADIATOR NAMED MAXIMUS TOLD HIS
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  • MEN, "WHAT WE DO IN LIFE ECHOES IN ETERNITY."
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  • THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE THE FEW
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  • YEARS WE HAVE LIVE OBEDIENT LIVES FOR GOD. FOCUSING ON
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  • HEAVEN REMINDS US OF THE JUDGMENT WE MUST ALL FACE.
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  • NUMBER THREE, FOCUSING ON HEAVEN MOTIVATES US TO
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  • LIVE PURE LIVES. IT MOTIVATES US TO
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  • LIVE PURE LIVES. FRIDAY I HAD TO RUN DOWN
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  • TO HOUSTON TO PREACH AT A BIBLE CONFERENCE,
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  • AND ALSO WHILE I WAS DOWN THERE LATE IN THE AFTERNOON I
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  • HAD TO TAPE A NATIONAL TELEVISION INTERVIEW.
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  • SO ALL DAY I WAS CONCERNED, MY NUMBER ONE CONCERN
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  • WAS, HOW WAS I GOING TO KEEP MY SUIT,
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  • MY TIE, AND MY SHIRT CLEAN THROUGHOUT THE DAY UNTIL I
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  • DID THAT INTERVIEW. THE REASON I WAS
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  • CONCERNED ABOUT IT IS I KNOW
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  • HOW UNFORGIVING THE BRIGHT LIGHTS AND THE HD TELEVISION
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  • CAMERA LENS ARE. THEY PICK UP ON THE
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  • TINIEST PIECE OF FUZZ OR DIRT, ANYTHING AT
  • 00:10:10.260 --> 00:10:15.020
  • ALL MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WOULD SEE.
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  • SO I WANTED TO KEEP MY CLOTHES CLEAN.
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  • YOU KNOW I THOUGHT THAT'S A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHY WE
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  • WANT TO KEEP OUR LIVES CLEAN.
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  • DID YOU KNOW THE BIBLE SAYS ONE DAY OUR LIVES,
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  • WHICH THE BIBLE COMPARES TO SPIRITUAL CLOTHES,
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  • ONE DAY OUR LIVES ARE GOING TO COME UNDER THE
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  • HARSH GLARE OF GOD'S JUDGMENT AND HE AND
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  • EVERYBODY ELSE IS GOING TO SEE OUR LIVES FOR WHAT
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  • THEY REALLY ARE.
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  • 1 CORINTHIANS 3:13 SAYS, "ON THAT DAY," TALKING
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  • ABOUT THE JUDGMENT FOR CHRISTIANS,
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  • "EACH MAN'S WORK WILL BECOME EVIDENT FOR THE DAY
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  • THE LIGHT OF GOD'S JUDGMENT WILL SHOW IT."
  • 00:10:54.170 --> 00:11:00.290
  • AS I SAID, THE BIBLE OFTEN USES CLOTHING AS A
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  • METAPHOR FOR OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES,
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  • AND THIS IS SO KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THIS PRINCIPLE.
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  • IN THE BIBLICAL TIMES WHEN THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN
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  • PEOPLE WORE TWO TYPES OF CLOTHING.
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  • THERE WERE TWO TUNICS THAT EVERY PERSON WOULD WEAR.
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  • THERE WAS FIRST OF ALL THE INNER TUNIC.
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  • THESE WERE LIKE, I GUESS, UNDERGARMENTS TODAY.
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  • IT WAS PRETTY STANDARD FARE,
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  • EVERYBODY WORE THE SAME KIND OF INNER TUNIC.
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  • THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DIDN'T SEE.
  • 00:11:30.180 --> 00:11:33.110
  • BUT THEN THERE WAS THE OUTER TUNIC,
  • 00:11:33.120 --> 00:11:36.040
  • THAT'S WHAT WAS VISIBLE FOR EVERYBODY TO SEE: THE
  • 00:11:36.050 --> 00:11:39.020
  • INNER TUNIC AND THE OUTER TUNIC.
  • 00:11:39.030 --> 00:11:41.260
  • IN THE SAME WAY THE BIBLE SAYS AS CHRISTIANS WE WEAR
  • 00:11:41.270 --> 00:11:44.280
  • TWO TUNICS. THERE IS THE INNER TUNIC.
  • 00:11:44.290 --> 00:11:49.060
  • I WANT YOU TO WRITE THIS ON YOUR NOTES - I DIDN'T
  • 00:11:49.070 --> 00:11:50.270
  • PUT IT THERE, BUT THIS IS ADDED AND DOESN'T COST YOU
  • 00:11:50.280 --> 00:11:53.070
  • ANYTHING EXTRA. WRITE THIS DOWN: THE
  • 00:11:53.080 --> 00:11:55.210
  • INNER TUNIC REPRESENTS OUR JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:11:55.220 --> 00:12:00.240
  • WHAT IS JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS?
  • 00:12:02.260 --> 00:12:05.020
  • IT IS OUR RIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:12:05.030 --> 00:12:09.110
  • THAT'S OUR INNER TUNIC.
  • 00:12:11.130 --> 00:12:12.270
  • OUR RIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:12:12.280 --> 00:12:15.290
  • AND WE RECEIVE AS CHRISTIANS OUR INNER TUNIC
  • 00:12:16.000 --> 00:12:18.160
  • THE MOMENT WE TRUST IN JESUS AS OUR SAVIOR,
  • 00:12:18.170 --> 00:12:21.230
  • THE MOMENT WE SAY: GOD, I CAN'T SAVE MYSELF,
  • 00:12:21.240 --> 00:12:24.030
  • I NEED YOUR FORGIVENESS; GOD CLOTHES OUR LIVES IN
  • 00:12:24.040 --> 00:12:28.070
  • HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS SO THAT WHEN GOD LOOKS AT YOU AND
  • 00:12:28.080 --> 00:12:31.190
  • ME, HE SEES US AS TOTALLY, COMPLETELY FORGIVEN.
  • 00:12:31.200 --> 00:12:35.120
  • OUR SIN HAS BEEN COVERED.
  • 00:12:35.130 --> 00:12:38.110
  • IT'S NOT SOMETHING WE EARN FROM GOD.
  • 00:12:38.120 --> 00:12:40.090
  • IT'S SOMETHING WE RECEIVE AS A GIFT.
  • 00:12:40.100 --> 00:12:43.070
  • IN PHILIPPIANS 3:9 PAUL SAID,
  • 00:12:43.080 --> 00:12:45.050
  • "MAY I BE FOUND IN HIM NOT HAVING A RIGHTEOUSNESS OF
  • 00:12:45.060 --> 00:12:49.030
  • MY OWN DERIVED FROM THE LAW,
  • 00:12:49.040 --> 00:12:51.130
  • BUT THAT WHICH IS THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST."
  • 00:12:51.140 --> 00:12:55.020
  • PAUL SAID: MY CLOTHING'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO GET
  • 00:12:55.030 --> 00:12:57.090
  • INTO HEAVEN; IT'S FULL OF HOLES AND IT'S MOLDY;
  • 00:12:57.100 --> 00:13:00.220
  • THERE'S NO WAY GOD'S GOING TO LET ME IN BASED ON MY
  • 00:13:00.230 --> 00:13:03.040
  • WORKS, MY LIFE; I WANT TO BE CLOTHED IN THE
  • 00:13:03.050 --> 00:13:05.180
  • RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST.
  • 00:13:05.190 --> 00:13:07.050
  • THE MOMENT YOU TRUST IN CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR YOU
  • 00:13:07.060 --> 00:13:09.270
  • RECEIVE THAT JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:13:09.280 --> 00:13:12.120
  • YOU ARE DECLARED AT THAT MOMENT FORGIVEN.
  • 00:13:12.130 --> 00:13:15.040
  • YOUR SINS ARE FORGOTTEN FOREVER.
  • 00:13:15.050 --> 00:13:18.080
  • THAT'S THE INNER GARMENT.
  • 00:13:18.090 --> 00:13:21.060
  • BUT NOBODY WANTS TO BE RUNNING AROUND HEAVEN IN
  • 00:13:21.070 --> 00:13:23.100
  • HIS UNDERGARMENTS, DOES HE?
  • 00:13:23.110 --> 00:13:25.100
  • YOU WANT SOMETHING ELSE ON YOUR LIFE AS WELL.
  • 00:13:25.110 --> 00:13:28.140
  • THAT'S THE OUTER GARMENT.
  • 00:13:28.150 --> 00:13:30.030
  • THE OUTER GARMENT REPRESENTS OUR ETHICAL
  • 00:13:30.040 --> 00:13:34.010
  • RIGHTEOUSNESS. ETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:13:34.020 --> 00:13:37.240
  • THAT MEANS OUR RIGHT ACTING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:13:37.250 --> 00:13:42.040
  • JUDICIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS IS OUR RIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:13:42.050 --> 00:13:45.100
  • WE ARE DECLARED NOT GUILTY THE MOMENT WE TRUST IN CHRIST.
  • 00:13:45.110 --> 00:13:48.170
  • ETHICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS IS HOW WE ACT AFTER WE'RE
  • 00:13:48.180 --> 00:13:50.270
  • SAVED, OUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
  • 00:13:50.280 --> 00:13:53.110
  • IT IS OUR RIGHT ACTING BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:13:53.120 --> 00:13:56.270
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS BEFORE WE ARE REUNITED WITH
  • 00:13:56.280 --> 00:13:59.270
  • CHRIST WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT JUST
  • 00:13:59.280 --> 00:14:03.040
  • WALKING AROUND IN OUR UNDERGARMENTS,
  • 00:14:03.050 --> 00:14:04.190
  • BUT THAT WE HAVE THE FINEST OUTER GARMENTS ON POSSIBLE.
  • 00:14:04.200 --> 00:14:08.260
  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT OUR BEHAVIOR,
  • 00:14:08.270 --> 00:14:10.130
  • OUR OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
  • 00:14:10.140 --> 00:14:12.260
  • DID YOU KNOW THE BIBLE SAYS ONE DAY WHEN CHRIST
  • 00:14:12.270 --> 00:14:15.010
  • RETURNS AND WE SEE HIM, WE'RE GOING TO JOIN HIM
  • 00:14:15.020 --> 00:14:18.100
  • FOR A GREAT CELEBRATION ON EARTH CALLED THE MARRIAGE
  • 00:14:18.110 --> 00:14:21.050
  • SUPPER OF THE LAMB?
  • 00:14:21.060 --> 00:14:23.100
  • AND IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE BE CLOTHED SPIRITUALLY
  • 00:14:23.110 --> 00:14:26.200
  • IN THE RIGHT OUTER GARMENTS.
  • 00:14:26.210 --> 00:14:28.090
  • IN REVELATION 19:8 JOHN SAID,
  • 00:14:28.100 --> 00:14:29.240
  • "AND IT WAS GIVEN TO HER," THAT'S THE CHURCH,
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:32.240
  • YOU AND ME, "TO CLOTHE HERSELF IN FINE LINEN,
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:36.170
  • BRIGHT AND CLEAN FOR THE FINE LINEN IS THE
  • 00:14:36.180 --> 00:14:40.000
  • RIGHTEOUS ACTS OF THE SAINTS."
  • 00:14:40.010 --> 00:14:43.170
  • THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU GO TO A FANCY DINNER,
  • 00:14:43.180 --> 00:14:45.190
  • MAYBE PERHAPS A REHEARSAL DINNER,
  • 00:14:45.200 --> 00:14:47.200
  • OR A WEDDING CELEBRATION, YOU WOULDN'T GO,
  • 00:14:47.210 --> 00:14:51.060
  • LADIES, IN A HALTER TOP.
  • 00:14:51.070 --> 00:14:53.280
  • GUYS, YOU WOULDN'T DRESS IN YOUR CUTOFFS OR BERMUDA SHORTS.
  • 00:14:53.290 --> 00:14:57.160
  • HOPEFULLY YOU WOULD WEAR THE FINEST CLOTHING THAT
  • 00:14:57.170 --> 00:15:00.140
  • YOU HAD FOR A FORMAL CELEBRATION.
  • 00:15:00.150 --> 00:15:03.080
  • IT'S THE SAME WAY WHEN WE ARE REUNITED WITH CHRIST.
  • 00:15:03.090 --> 00:15:06.260
  • WE WANT TO BE WEARING THOSE GOOD WORKS,
  • 00:15:06.270 --> 00:15:09.230
  • THAT OBEDIENT LIFE BEFITTING THE CHURCH.
  • 00:15:09.240 --> 00:15:13.110
  • AND BY THE WAY, ONCE WE PUT ON THOSE CLEAN
  • 00:15:13.120 --> 00:15:15.290
  • GARMENTS WE WANT TO KEEP THEM CLEAN JUST LIKE I DID
  • 00:15:16.000 --> 00:15:18.050
  • MY SUIT ON FRIDAY. WE DON'T WANT OUR
  • 00:15:18.060 --> 00:15:20.200
  • LIVES TO BECOME STAINED BY SIN AND DISOBEDIENCE.
  • 00:15:20.210 --> 00:15:25.220
  • LET'S FACE IT: IT'S HARD TO KEEP OUR LIVES CLEAN IN
  • 00:15:25.230 --> 00:15:29.170
  • A POLLUTED WORLD LIKE THIS ONE, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:15:29.180 --> 00:15:31.150
  • WHAT THE BIBLE IS SAYING IS ONE OF THE BEST
  • 00:15:31.160 --> 00:15:35.130
  • MOTIVATIONS FOR KEEPING YOUR LIFE CLEAN BEFORE GOD
  • 00:15:35.140 --> 00:15:39.150
  • IS FOCUSING ON HEAVEN AND THAT FUTURE REUNION WITH CHRIST.
  • 00:15:39.160 --> 00:15:43.210
  • PETER SAID IT THIS WAY IN 2 PETER 3:10-11,
  • 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:46.220
  • "BUT THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL COME LIKE A THIEF IN
  • 00:15:46.230 --> 00:15:49.210
  • WHICH THE HEAVENS WILL PASS AWAY WITH A ROAR,
  • 00:15:49.220 --> 00:15:52.150
  • AND THE ELEMENTS WILL BE DESTROYED WITH INTENSE
  • 00:15:52.160 --> 00:15:54.210
  • HEAT, AND THE EARTH AND ITS WORKS WILL BE BURNED UP."
  • 00:15:54.220 --> 00:15:57.060
  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE END TIMES,
  • 00:15:57.070 --> 00:15:59.060
  • BUT THEN IN VERSE 11 HE DRAWS THE APPLICATION,
  • 00:15:59.070 --> 00:16:02.140
  • "SINCE ALL THESE THINGS ARE TO BE DESTROYED IN
  • 00:16:02.150 --> 00:16:06.130
  • THIS WAY, WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE OUGHT YOU TO BE IN
  • 00:16:06.140 --> 00:16:11.140
  • HOLY CONDUCT AND GODLINESS."
  • 00:16:11.150 --> 00:16:16.190
  • REALIZING EVERYTHING WE SEE AROUND US IS WRAPPING
  • 00:16:16.200 --> 00:16:20.140
  • UP TO A CONCLUSION, REALIZING CHRIST IS COMING
  • 00:16:20.150 --> 00:16:23.160
  • BACK AGAIN, WHAT BETTER MOTIVATION IS THERE TO
  • 00:16:23.170 --> 00:16:27.110
  • LIVE CLEAN LIVES IN HOLY CONDUCT AND GODLINESS?
  • 00:16:27.120 --> 00:16:32.090
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN IS A GREAT MOTIVATION TO LIVE
  • 00:16:32.100 --> 00:16:36.040
  • PURE LIVES. NUMBER FOUR, FOCUSING ON
  • 00:16:36.050 --> 00:16:39.100
  • HEAVEN PLACES SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:16:39.110 --> 00:16:44.080
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN PLACES SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:16:44.090 --> 00:16:48.030
  • ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I KEEP BEING ASKED AS PASTOR
  • 00:16:48.040 --> 00:16:51.070
  • IS: WHY DID GOD ALLOW... AND THEN FILL IN THE BLANK.
  • 00:16:51.080 --> 00:16:55.070
  • MANY TIMES IT'S SOME GREAT NATIONAL TRAGEDY LIKE
  • 00:16:55.080 --> 00:16:57.280
  • 9/11, OR A TERRORIST ATTACK OF SOME OTHER VARIETY.
  • 00:16:57.290 --> 00:17:02.100
  • WHY DID GOD ALLOW THIS IF GOD IS SOVEREIGN?
  • 00:17:02.110 --> 00:17:05.240
  • MANY TIMES WHEN PEOPLE SAY: WHY DOES GOD ALLOW
  • 00:17:05.250 --> 00:17:08.110
  • EVIL IN THE WORLD, THEY'RE REALLY TALKING ABOUT WHY
  • 00:17:08.120 --> 00:17:11.000
  • DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:17:11.010 --> 00:17:14.110
  • WHY DID GOD ALLOW ME TO BE FIRED UNFAIRLY FROM THIS JOB?
  • 00:17:14.120 --> 00:17:18.200
  • WHY DOES HE ALLOW ME TO SUFFER THROUGH A BROKEN
  • 00:17:18.210 --> 00:17:21.200
  • RELATIONSHIP? WHY DOES HE ALLOW
  • 00:17:21.210 --> 00:17:24.140
  • ME TO SUFFER THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE?
  • 00:17:24.150 --> 00:17:26.290
  • WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING ESPECIALLY FOR
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:30.060
  • THOSE WHO ARE HIS PEOPLE?
  • 00:17:30.070 --> 00:17:33.050
  • YOU KNOW INTERESTINGLY THE BIBLE NEVER ANSWERS THE
  • 00:17:33.060 --> 00:17:35.260
  • "WHY" QUESTION OF SUFFERING. NEVER DOES.
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:39.200
  • BUT IT DOES HELP US PUT SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:17:39.210 --> 00:17:44.090
  • IN 2 CORINTHIANS 4:17-18 PAUL WHO CERTAINLY HAD HIS
  • 00:17:44.100 --> 00:17:48.150
  • SHARE OF SUFFERING WROTE, "FOR MOMENTARY LIGHT
  • 00:17:48.160 --> 00:17:52.200
  • AFFLICTION IS PRODUCING FOR US AN ETERNAL WAY TO
  • 00:17:52.210 --> 00:17:56.070
  • GLORY FAR BEYOND ALL COMPREHENSION.
  • 00:17:56.080 --> 00:17:59.210
  • WHILE WE LOOK NOT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN,
  • 00:17:59.220 --> 00:18:02.070
  • BUT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN,
  • 00:18:02.080 --> 00:18:04.050
  • FOR THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN ARE TEMPORAL,
  • 00:18:04.060 --> 00:18:07.140
  • BUT THE THINGS WHICH ARE NOT SEEN ARE ETERNAL."
  • 00:18:07.150 --> 00:18:10.050
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THE TWO WORDS HERE PAUL USES
  • 00:18:10.060 --> 00:18:13.260
  • TO DESCRIBE THE SUFFERING OF HIS OWN LIFE.
  • 00:18:13.270 --> 00:18:16.280
  • FIRST OF ALL, HE SAID HIS SUFFERING IS MOMENTARY.
  • 00:18:16.290 --> 00:18:20.200
  • YOU THINK: PAUL, HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT?
  • 00:18:20.210 --> 00:18:23.240
  • FOR YEARS YOU SUFFERED EVERY KIND OF TRAGEDY
  • 00:18:23.250 --> 00:18:28.180
  • KNOWN TO MAN.
  • 00:18:28.190 --> 00:18:29.140
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY IT WAS JUST MOMENTARY?
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:32.040
  • WELL, CIRCLE THE WORD "MOMENTARY" AND DRAW A
  • 00:18:32.050 --> 00:18:35.080
  • LINE TO THE WORD "ETERNAL."
  • 00:18:35.090 --> 00:18:37.150
  • HE SAID: MY SUFFERING IS MOMENTARY COMPARED TO THE
  • 00:18:37.160 --> 00:18:43.070
  • ETERNITY OF BLESSING GOD HAS PLANNED FOR ME.
  • 00:18:43.080 --> 00:18:47.050
  • AND THE SAME IS TRUE FOR YOU. YOU MAY FEEL
  • 00:18:47.060 --> 00:18:48.250
  • LIKE YOU'RE IN A SITUATION THAT WILL NOT END.
  • 00:18:48.260 --> 00:18:51.130
  • YOU THINK THIS IS GOING ON AND ON AND ON AND ON,
  • 00:18:51.140 --> 00:18:53.250
  • GOD, WHY DON'T YOU STOP THIS?
  • 00:18:53.260 --> 00:18:56.060
  • WHY DON'T YOU BRING SOME RESOLVE TO IT?
  • 00:18:56.070 --> 00:18:58.070
  • GOD UNDERSTANDS WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH.
  • 00:19:00.130 --> 00:19:02.000
  • HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE.
  • 00:19:02.010 --> 00:19:03.230
  • HE'S SAYING: REMEMBER THIS,
  • 00:19:03.240 --> 00:19:05.040
  • WHATEVER IT IS YOU'RE GOING THROUGH IS MOMENTARY
  • 00:19:05.050 --> 00:19:08.170
  • COMPARED TO ETERNITY AND THE BLESSINGS I HAVE
  • 00:19:08.180 --> 00:19:13.060
  • PLANNED FOR YOU FOR AGES AND AGES TO COME.
  • 00:19:13.070 --> 00:19:15.250
  • YOU KNOW WE CAN'T GET OUR HEADS AROUND ETERNITY,
  • 00:19:15.260 --> 00:19:18.050
  • CAN WE? WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG ETERNITY IS.
  • 00:19:18.060 --> 00:19:21.260
  • ONE WRITER SAID IT THIS WAY: IMAGINE A LITTLE BIRD
  • 00:19:21.270 --> 00:19:25.100
  • THAT COMES ONCE EVERY MILLION YEARS TO SHARPEN
  • 00:19:25.110 --> 00:19:28.090
  • ITS BEAK ON THE TOP OF MOUNT EVEREST.
  • 00:19:28.100 --> 00:19:31.070
  • COMES ONCE EVERY MILLION YEARS,
  • 00:19:31.080 --> 00:19:32.270
  • DOES ITS THING, FLIES AWAY,
  • 00:19:32.280 --> 00:19:35.110
  • COMES BACK A MILLION YEARS FROM THEN;
  • 00:19:35.120 --> 00:19:37.010
  • DOES THE SAME THING AGAIN.
  • 00:19:37.020 --> 00:19:39.010
  • BY THE TIME THAT BIRD HAS WORN DOWN THE ENTIRETY OF
  • 00:19:39.020 --> 00:19:43.280
  • MOUNT EVEREST, BY THE TIME IT'S ACCOMPLISHED THAT,
  • 00:19:43.290 --> 00:19:47.240
  • ETERNITY WILL HAVE ONLY BEGUN.
  • 00:19:47.250 --> 00:19:52.150
  • WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH IS REAL RIGHT NOW;
  • 00:19:52.160 --> 00:19:55.080
  • THE SUFFERING YOU EXPERIENCE MAY SEEM LIKE
  • 00:19:55.090 --> 00:19:57.120
  • IT'S ENDLESS, BUT IT REALLY IS MOMENTARY WHEN
  • 00:19:57.130 --> 00:20:00.140
  • COMPARED TO ETERNITY.
  • 00:20:00.150 --> 00:20:02.030
  • AND THEN NOTICE HE ALSO DESCRIBED HIS SUFFERING AS
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:05.010
  • LIGHT. LIGHT.
  • 00:20:05.020 --> 00:20:08.100
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT, PAUL?
  • 00:20:08.110 --> 00:20:09.180
  • HAVE YOU DEVELOPED SPIRITUAL AMNESIA?
  • 00:20:09.190 --> 00:20:11.100
  • I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT, YOU WERE SHIPWRECKED.
  • 00:20:11.110 --> 00:20:15.000
  • YOU WERE LEFT FOR DEAD.
  • 00:20:15.010 --> 00:20:16.210
  • YOU WERE BEATEN FIVE TIMES WITHIN THE INCH OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:16.220 --> 00:20:19.160
  • YOU WOULD ULTIMATELY BE BEHEADED.
  • 00:20:19.170 --> 00:20:21.040
  • HOW COULD YOU SAY YOUR SUFFERING IS LIGHT?
  • 00:20:21.050 --> 00:20:23.280
  • WELL, AGAIN, AS COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:20:23.290 --> 00:20:27.010
  • AS COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:20:27.020 --> 00:20:28.180
  • DRAW A CIRCLE AROUND THAT WORD "LIGHT" AND THEN DRAW
  • 00:20:28.190 --> 00:20:33.000
  • AN ARROW TO THE WORD "WEIGHT OF GLORY."
  • 00:20:33.010 --> 00:20:35.220
  • HE SAID: MY SUFFERING IS REAL,
  • 00:20:35.230 --> 00:20:39.030
  • BUT IT'S REALLY RELATIVELY LIGHT WHEN I THINK ABOUT
  • 00:20:39.040 --> 00:20:42.220
  • ALL THAT GOD HAS PLANNED FOR ME,
  • 00:20:42.230 --> 00:20:44.140
  • THE WEIGHT OF HIS FUTURE BLESSING.
  • 00:20:44.150 --> 00:20:46.290
  • YOU SEE WEIGHT IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:20:47.000 --> 00:20:49.250
  • I MEAN IF I SHOWED YOU A 2.000-POUND BLOCK OF
  • 00:20:49.260 --> 00:20:53.180
  • CONCRETE AND ASKED YOU: IS THIS LIGHT OR HEAVY?
  • 00:20:53.190 --> 00:20:57.070
  • THE ANSWER IS: COMPARED TO WHAT?
  • 00:20:57.080 --> 00:20:59.200
  • I MEAN COMPARED TO A FEATHER,
  • 00:20:59.210 --> 00:21:01.130
  • A 2.000-POUND BLOCK OF CONCRETE IS VERY, VERY HEAVY.
  • 00:21:01.140 --> 00:21:05.200
  • COMPARED TO THE WEIGHT OF A 150-STORY SKYSCRAPER
  • 00:21:05.210 --> 00:21:09.120
  • THAT CONCRETE BLOCK IS VERY, VERY LIGHT.
  • 00:21:09.130 --> 00:21:13.010
  • AND AGAIN IT'S THE SAME WITH THE SUFFERING YOU AND
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:15.010
  • I ARE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:21:15.020 --> 00:21:17.040
  • WHATEVER PROBLEM YOU'RE FACING IS REAL,
  • 00:21:17.050 --> 00:21:19.170
  • IT'S HEAVY TO YOU, BUT WHAT PAUL IS SAYING IS
  • 00:21:19.180 --> 00:21:22.130
  • COMPARED TO THE WEIGHT OF THE BLESSING GOD HAS
  • 00:21:22.140 --> 00:21:25.240
  • PLANNED FOR YOU FOR ALL ETERNITY, IT'S LIGHT.
  • 00:21:25.250 --> 00:21:30.150
  • ONE PERSON SAID IT THIS WAY: WHEN COMPARED TO THE
  • 00:21:30.160 --> 00:21:34.060
  • GLORIES OF HEAVEN, THE WORST SUFFERING OF THIS
  • 00:21:34.070 --> 00:21:37.100
  • WORLD WILL ONE DAY BE SEEN TO BE NOTHING MORE THAN A
  • 00:21:37.110 --> 00:21:41.040
  • ONE NIGHT STAY IN AN INCONVENIENT MOTEL.
  • 00:21:41.050 --> 00:21:45.070
  • THAT'S WHAT PAUL IS SAYING TO US.
  • 00:21:45.080 --> 00:21:47.210
  • FOCUSING ON HEAVEN DOESN'T ELIMINATE SUFFERING,
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:52.030
  • BUT IT DOES PUT THAT SUFFERING IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:21:52.040 --> 00:21:56.260
  • ALTHOUGH GOD'S PROMISE FOR HEAVEN IS YET STILL
  • 00:21:56.270 --> 00:21:59.260
  • FUTURE, IT REALLY SHOULD IMPACT THE WAY WE LIVE
  • 00:21:59.270 --> 00:22:03.280
  • EVERY DAY, FOR WHAT WE DO IN THIS LIFE ECHOES IN THE
  • 00:22:03.290 --> 00:22:10.140
  • HALLS OF HEAVEN FOREVER.
  • 00:22:10.150 --> 00:22:15.020
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:15.030 --> 00:22:20.010
  • AS YOU'RE WATCHING PATHWAY TO VICTORY TODAY,
  • 00:22:20.020 --> 00:22:22.170
  • PERHAPS YOU'RE THINKING OF A DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCE
  • 00:22:22.180 --> 00:22:25.060
  • IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:25.070 --> 00:22:26.210
  • WHILE YOUR SUFFERING IS CERTAINLY VERY REAL,
  • 00:22:26.220 --> 00:22:29.140
  • LIFE'S HARDSHIPS ARE LIGHT AND MOMENTARY WHEN
  • 00:22:29.150 --> 00:22:33.060
  • COMPARED TO THE ETERNAL GLORIES OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:33.070 --> 00:22:36.220
  • WELL, I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US FOR THE REST OF THIS
  • 00:22:36.230 --> 00:22:39.090
  • FASCINATING SERIES ON HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:39.100 --> 00:22:41.240
  • AND WHILE WE'RE FOCUSING ON WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
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  • ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH IT'S IMPORTANT TO
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  • UNDERSTAND OTHER VIEWPOINTS,
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  • AS WELL, SO THAT WE CAN ENGAGE IN MEANINGFUL
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  • CONVERSATIONS WITH THOSE WHO SHARE DIFFERENT BELIEFS.
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  • IT'S CALLED, WHAT SEVEN WORLD RELIGIONS TEACH
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  • ABOUT HEAVEN. THIS FOLDOUT BROCHURE CLEARLY ILLUSTRATES HOW
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  • BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY DIFFERS FROM SEVEN
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  • DIFFERENT GROUPS INCLUDING MORMONISM,
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  • HINDUISM AND ISLAM.
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  • AND IT'S MY GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING
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  • AS A FATHER AND GRANDFATHER,
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  • OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN NEED JESUS
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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
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  • PRAY WITH YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD TO ENSURE THAT
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  • THEY WILL BE WITH YOU IN HEAVEN ONE DAY.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN FOR
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  • KIDS WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS 75 DOLLARS OR MORE,
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  • FULL-LENGTH BOOK, A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN ALONG WITH
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  • THE COMPLETE TEACHING SERIES FOR A PLACE CALLED
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  • HEAVEN ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
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  • FAILING TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE FOR THE REAL TRIP
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  • WE'RE ALL TAKING, FOR THAT TRIP TO THE PLACE CALLED
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  • HEAVEN, NOT PREPARING ADEQUATELY CAN HAVE
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  • DEVASTATING AND UNENDING CONSEQUENCES.
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  • WE'VE GOT TO BE PREPARED FOR THE TRIP.
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  • WHEN YOU INVEST IN PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • YOU'RE ALLOWING MEN, WOMEN,
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  • AND CHILDREN ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HEAR THE
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  • GOD WILL USE YOUR GIFT TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS WITH
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  • IF YOU WERE MAKING A TRIP TO A DISTANT COUNTRY,
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  • YOU'D PROBABLY TRY TO LEARN EVERYTHING YOU COULD
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  • ABOUT THAT PLACE AHEAD OF TIME.
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  • YET MOST CHRISTIANS KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THEIR
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  • ETERNAL HOME.
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  • WELL, I HOPE TODAY'S MESSAGE HAS SHOWN YOU WHY
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  • THE REALITY OF A FUTURE HEAVEN OUGHT TO MAKE A
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  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'RE GOING TO ANSWER ANOTHER
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  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION ABOUT HEAVEN: IS HEAVEN A
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  • REAL PLACE OR JUST A STATE OF MIND?
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF THE NEXT TIME'S 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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  • TEACH ABOUT HEAVEN" IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS 75 DOLLARS OR MORE,
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  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • 00:26:24.180 --> 00:26:26.040
  • THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, TO ANOTHER LOCATION, HEAVEN.
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  • AND THEN THE ANGELS SAID ONE DAY JESUS IS GOING TO
  • 00:26:29.120 --> 00:26:32.140
  • GO FROM THAT PLACE CALLED HEAVEN,
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  • A REAL LOCATION, TO A REAL PLACE BACK ON EARTH.
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