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What Will Heaven Look Like

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September 15, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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What Will Heaven Look Like

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  • Dr. Ed Young: Revelation, I was in seminary,
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  • I took a class on Revelation for an entire year.
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  • The first day of class, our professor Dr. McDowell
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  • said, "If anyone puts on S on Revelation,
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  • you're gonna flunk the course."
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  • It's Revelation, the last book of the Bible.
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  • The Apostle John, the last apostle among the 12 to be
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  • alive, an elderly man in a cave on the island of Patmos praying,
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  • seeking God, and in that amazing moment,
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  • the Lord opened up the heavens for John and gave him a view
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  • of paradise that no one had experienced before or since.
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  • And you read the Book of Revelation it says,
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  • "I saw, I heard, I saw, I heard."
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  • And John was trying to write it all down and he was trying
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  • to describe that which was indescribable,
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  • the glory, the majesty, the beauty,
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  • the magnificence of heaven.
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  • It's interesting as you study the Book of Revelation,
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  • there is a rhythm there.
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  • I call it the rhythm of revelation.
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  • Chapter 1, you have a view from heaven.
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  • Chapter 2 and 3, you have a view of earth.
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  • Chapter 3 and 4, you go back to heaven.
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  • Chapter 5 and 6, you come down to the earth.
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  • And there is heaven, earth, heaven,
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  • earth, heaven, earth, all the way through
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  • the Book of Revelation, not necessarily marked
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  • by the chapters themselves.
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  • What's that all about?
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  • Here from heaven, here from earth,
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  • here from earth, here from heaven, here from earth.
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  • I thought about it a long time.
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  • I think it's an answer to the Lord's prayer,
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  • the model prayer.
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  • "Thy kingdom come, thy there be done on earth
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  • as it is in heaven."
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  • So here at the climax of the Bible,
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  • we see heaven and earth, heaven and earth,
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  • and we see how the Lord's prayer is beginning
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  • to come together in paradise.
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  • What a book is the Book of Revelation?
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  • It opens for us heaven.
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  • By the way, for a long time maybe you were like me that I
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  • thought, you know, we don't know a great deal about heaven.
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  • I wish God would tell us more about heaven.
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  • But when you open your Bible and look at your concordance
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  • and begin to study words that are used for heaven,
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  • and paradise, and eternity, you realize the book
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  • from the Old Testament to the New Testament,
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  • you could make a case it's all about heaven in one sense.
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  • Over 500 times in some translation,
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  • the word "heaven" is mentioned.
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  • So, we read and understand when the kingdom of God
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  • and the kingdom of heaven are usually synonymous
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  • in the understanding of the Bible.
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  • You see, heaven is opened up in a way that most of us
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  • have never understood or have never realized.
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  • Presence with God and it is a new thing.
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  • Here's the question, we get to heaven,
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  • will it be familiar to us?
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  • Will it be strange and unfamiliar to us?
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  • We like the word "new."
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  • We like new things.
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  • We like new shoes when we get them broken in.
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  • We like new clothes. We like new cars.
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  • We like new houses. We like new friends.
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  • We like new relationships. We like new trips.
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  • We like new foods. We're into new, make things new.
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  • And here we see that in heaven, all things will be new
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  • but yet they'll be familiar.
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  • And G.K. Chesterton, talking about being homesick
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  • while you're still at home.
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  • There's a parable about a sea lion that lived in a desert
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  • and a whole family of sea lions lived in desert,
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  • the desert, generation after generation,
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  • after generation until finally they had just little memory
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  • of the sea.
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  • They didn't know how they got in the desert.
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  • They'd been there for generations and they looked
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  • around and looked and said, "You know,
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  • I've got some equipment here that isn't really useful in the
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  • desert but you asked a sea lion, "Where is your home?"
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  • It's the desert.
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  • But you take those sea lions and put them in the ocean,
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  • ooh boy they'd say, "You know, I thought I was on there
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  • but man I'm really equipped living in the ocean."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, that's the way it is in heaven.
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  • We think, "Boy, I'm at home here on this earth.
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  • I'd sure like to live forever on this earth."
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  • Once we get to heaven, we're like the sea lion
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  • who thought desert was their home when really,
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  • their home was in the depths, and the coolness,
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  • and the beauty of the ocean.
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  • That's the way it's going to be.
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  • That's exactly how it's going to be.
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  • I read a theologian, he did a beautiful thing
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  • and I'm gonna share it with you.
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  • He said, this is what he sort of think heaven is
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  • and this is what the Bible says about heaven.
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  • Look on your screen.
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  • What we assume about heaven it's a non-earth.
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  • What the Bible says about heaven, it's a new earth.
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  • We assume that it's unfamiliar and other worldly.
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  • The truth is heaven is familiar and earthy.
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  • By the way, we were created out of what?
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  • Dirt.
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  • We are earthy people, therefore we are connected to this earth
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  • and we'll always be connected to this earth.
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  • We think it's foreign, home and all the comforts,
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  • home with all the innovations of an infinity,
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  • infinitely created God.
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  • You know, assume that heaven is leaving
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  • favorite things behind, right?
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  • Not true.
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  • It's retaining the good, finding the best ahead.
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  • We have the idea there's no time and space in heaven.
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  • We're going to see there's time in heaven
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  • but that's in a little while.
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  • We understand there's time in space.
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  • We think heaven is static, it is dynamic.
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  • All right, look at what we assume about heaven.
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  • Neither the old is like Eden or the new and earthy,
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  • just what's strange and unknown.
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  • What's the truth?
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  • It's both old and new.
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  • We'll see there's nothing to do in heaven.
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  • What's that old song, "I just roll around heaven--"
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  • Oh, no, no, no, we think we float on clouds.
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  • No, look what it is.
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  • A God to worship and serve, a universe to rule,
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  • purposeful work to accomplish, friends to enjoy.
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  • We think there's no learning or discovery.
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  • We think we die, we have instant complete knowledge.
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  • No, you won't.
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  • The Bible says we'll have an eternity
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  • of learning and discovery.
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  • We think it's boring. No, it's not.
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  • It is fascinating, the Bible tells us.
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  • We think there's a loss of desire.
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  • No, it's continuous fulfillment of desire.
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  • We think it's the absence of the terrible,
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  • but the presence of little we desire.
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  • The truth is it's the presence of the wonderful everything
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  • we desire and nothing we don't.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, let me summarize all this very simply,
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  • nobody here is gonna live long enough to fulfill
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  • all your desires, your dreams,
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  • your capacities, your hopes.
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  • You're not gonna be able to see everything,
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  • go everywhere, understand everything,
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  • pursue everything, celebrate everything,
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  • enjoy everything, that's not gonna happen in this life but in
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  • heaven, all of that is going to be fulfilled over and over again
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  • it into infinity, understand that.
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  • Eye have not seen, right, ear has not heard.
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  • It has into the heart of a human being what God has prepared
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  • for those who love him and those who graduate to be
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  • with him in heaven, heaven.
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  • So, we're sea lions out in the desert on this earth,
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  • but in heaven, I'll tell you we will soar in a way
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  • we can't even imagine.
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  • Look what the Bible tells us clearly about the new heaven
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  • and the new earth.
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  • Open your Bibles with me, if you would,
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  • verse number 2, "And I saw the holy city,
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  • new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
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  • made ready as a bride adorned for her husband."
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  • And here we have a new creation, in that new creation,
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  • we have a new capital.
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  • We're talking about heaven, a new capital.
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  • And it is a new city and I love that phrase,
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  • "It's like a bride coming down the aisle adorned
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  • for her husband."
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  • Let me tell ya, there's nothing more beautiful,
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  • more radiant than a bride.
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  • I told someone, I'd never seen a bride that wasn't beautiful,
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  • and a couple of them barely made it but I mean there's something
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  • radiant about a bride coming down the aisle
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  • and this is what you see.
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  • You have the bride coming down the aisle.
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  • It is the New Jerusalem.
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  • It is the new city.
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  • What is a city?
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  • What is a city?
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  • "Well, it's buildings--" No, it's not. It's people.
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  • We could have hurricane wipeout come here
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  • and just flatten everything around here.
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  • We'd still have Katy, Texas, I want you to know that,
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  • because it's made up of people.
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  • It's not building, and stuffs, and roads,
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  • and schools, no, no, it's people.
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  • And so what you have, you have the New Jerusalem coming
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  • as a bride, and who is the bride of Christ?
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  • It's those of us who are in Christ.
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  • It's those who are in Christ.
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  • And we see that clearly in our study.
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  • Right before in the chapter before this chapter,
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  • you have a picture of the great white throne judgment.
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  • And we have there it says all the books are there,
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  • and one book is there it has everybody's biography in it,
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  • birth, life, death, signed, sealed, delivered.
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  • This is me, this is you, this is everybody is there.
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  • And he said, by that large book, there's another book there
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  • called the Book of Life and in this book,
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  • that's where the Lamb Jesus Christ has written the names
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  • down and that--in that book, are the names of those
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  • who will be in heaven.
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  • And so, we want to make sure our name is in that Book of Life
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  • and that is our entree, that is our ticket,
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  • that is our passage into heaven.
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  • So, we see here we have the new capital coming down
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  • out of heaven, a New Jerusalem.
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  • And then also in the next passage,
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  • not only have a new capital, but we have a whole new country
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  • and that is verse 2 through verse 4.
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  • It says what this country's like,
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  • no tears, no sorrow, no shame, that's a whole new world.
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  • That's a new country, isn't it?
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  • Then you have a new constitution that's come to verse 5
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  • all the way to verse 8.
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  • it tells us how heaven will operate.
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  • Want to see how heaven operates, look at Matthew 5:6 and 7
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  • and how heaven operates, who will ascend in this holy place?
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  • That's heaven.
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  • Gotta have clean hands and a pure heart.
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  • I'm not gonna make it, are you?
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  • You got clean hands, pure heart.
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  • It is Christ who cleans our hands.
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  • It is Jesus Christ who purifies our hearts and our motives,
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  • that's how we have the entree to heaven.
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  • So, here it is telling us in heaven we have a new capital
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  • and we know in this particular period of time,
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  • the religious capital was Jerusalem.
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  • The political capital was Rome.
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  • And we look, the economic capital was Babylon
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  • but now we have a new capital, a new spiritual capital,
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  • and this is what he's talking about.
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  • And you have a new country, this is something he tells us about.
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  • And then you have a new Constitution as to how you live
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  • this country and then he elaborates
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  • on that New Jerusalem.
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  • Look at it, it begins down in verse 10.
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  • "And he carried me away by the Spirit
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  • to a great high mountain."
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  • And then verse 12, "It had a great high wall with twelve
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  • gates," and it goes on describes a New Jerusalem.
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  • I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how I could go
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  • through all the dimensions of the New Jerusalem without boring
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  • half of us to death and without amazing the other half.
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  • Man, it's fabulous descriptions but the main thing about it,
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  • it has a wall, a great wall, and we've been hearing
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  • a lot about walls lately.
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  • And it encompasses the holy city and in that wall,
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  • you have twelve gates, three, three,
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  • three, three and it is the twelve tribes of Israel.
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  • In the foundation, it talks about the stones there,
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  • the beautiful, precious stones.
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  • You have a representation with the 12 apostles.
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  • So, you have the Old Testament surrounding the New Testament
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  • under the bottom, that is the foundation,
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  • and then you have this holy city,
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  • which is the New Jerusalem.
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  • By the way, it's plenty big for everybody
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  • if you want to get very literal here.
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  • You can look at this as a metaphor.
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  • You can look at it in a literal way.
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  • I think you'd come out at about the same place.
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  • And so, you have a New Jerusalem coming down from God and that is
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  • people, the bride of Christ, that's all of us who are written
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  • in the Book of Life, coming down from heaven to abide there
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  • forever and forever and forever and then one day after that.
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  • It's called eternity.
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  • It's called eternity.
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  • And then we see we have a new calendar.
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  • Now, you got to think here.
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  • I apologize for this.
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  • Come to church, having to think, what a terrible thing
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  • to do to somebody.
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  • Look at verse 22 of chapter number 21.
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  • "And I saw no temple in it,
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  • for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple."
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  • In other words, the whole thing was a temple,
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  • the whole thing was worship in heaven.
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  • "And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine,
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  • the glory of God has illumined it,
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  • its lamp is the Lamb.
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  • The nations will walk by light, and the kings of the earth
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  • will bring glory.
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  • For in the daytime the gates will never be closed."
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  • It goes on and on.
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  • People have read this passage and other passages,
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  • and I fallen victim to this,
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  • saying there's no time in heaven, T-I-M-E.
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  • I've discovered that there is T-I-M-E in heaven.
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  • You see, we have to understand there are many types of time
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  • but there are two classical types.
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  • There is chronos time and there is kairos time.
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  • Chronos time--stay with me.
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  • I told you you'd have to think, I apologize.
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  • Is human time. It's linear time.
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  • It is a line.
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  • It is a timeline that is human time.
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  • We look at what time it is, that's chronos time.
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  • Also, there is divine kind of time,
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  • that's kairos time and that is God time.
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  • Chronos time, human time, kairos time is God's time.
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  • In human time, we have past, that which has happened,
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  • and we have future, right?
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  • We got that, don't we?
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  • All right, but in God's time, there's only now.
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  • There's no past.
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  • There's no future because human time gives itself to eternity to
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  • God's time and human time is totally changed and transformed.
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  • It's an amazing, amazing story as to how this takes place
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  • and that is the miracle of heaven.
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  • That's the supernatural aspects of heaven.
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  • For example, in human time, chronos time,
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  • how we tell time, there's fear.
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  • What does fear come from?
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  • Fear comes from fear of the future, right?
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  • Isn't that what fear's all about?
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  • It's what's gonna happen, it's fear of the future.
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  • And then in human time, we have regret,
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  • what is our regret?
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  • It's fear of the past, which has already taken place,
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  • what we did, what we shouldn't have done.
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  • But you take human time, fear of the future and fear of the past
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  • and you, when it gets to heaven, human time is absorbed into
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  • eternity, into kairos time, into God's time and there's only now.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • That means we have no fear of the future
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  • because now we're in God's time.
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  • And that means all our mistakes of the past,
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  • all our regrets of the past, all the bad stuff in the past,
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  • all the decisions we made we shouldn't have made,
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  • all the things we did not do, all that is totally taken away
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  • in the forgiveness of eternity.
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  • You say, "Well, that's crazy."
  • 00:19:05.100 --> 00:19:06.230
  • In other words, in God's sight, all the bad garbage stuff
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  • you and I have done as we confessed it to Jesus Christ,
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  • not only has been forgiven and covered by the blood of Jesus
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  • Christ, God has forgotten it and in God's eyes,
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  • it never took place.
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  • That is kairos time.
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  • Now, you say, "Well, I don't know about that."
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  • Well, open your Bible, if you would,
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  • to the Book of Psalms.
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  • There are passages that teach that.
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  • Open to Isaiah 43, open to Jeremiah 31,
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  • open to Hebrews 8 and 10 and you find at least 6 times the Bible
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  • clearly tells us, we come to God in Jesus Christ,
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  • he buries all that stuff in the bottom of the ocean.
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  • He says, "No fishing allowed."
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  • And the truth is, all of that has been totally obliterated
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  • and in God's eye, it never took place.
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  • That is the grace, and the love, and the forgiveness
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  • of heaven in eternity.
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  • But in all of this, there's one thing that stands out.
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  • You say, "Well, what will heaven be like?"
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  • There's one thing about heaven that all of us
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  • will like more than anything else.
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  • Now, all the majesty, the glory, the fulfillment,
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  • we'll be talking about that.
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  • We're talking about having fun in heaven.
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  • I have a whole study coming up.
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  • We'll talk about how heaven is fun.
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  • "Oh, well, I don't know about--" Oh, it is.
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  • Who invented laughter?
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  • Who invented fun? Who invented celebration?
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  • Who gave to doubt, to sing, to move, to celebrate?
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  • God and we'll discover that heaven's gonna be not only
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  • out of this world, it's gonna be magnificent.
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  • It's gonna be pleasurable.
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  • It's gonna be fun and everything is gonna be fulfilled
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  • we never even dreamed of being fulfilled.
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  • So, let's understand that right up front.
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  • That's clearly what the Bible teaches but there's one thing
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  • that everybody who gets to heaven who has their name
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  • written in the Book will agree on.
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  • We'll like one thing about heaven,
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  • we'll agree on it more than any other single aspect of paradise
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  • because all of our needs will be met.
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  • You'll say, "Maybe that will be what we like about heaven."
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  • And we'll see that illustrated here in chapter 22,
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  • by the way, it talks about in the middle of heaven,
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  • there'll be a river of life.
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  • In the middle of heaven, the tree of life will be on either
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  • side of the river and there'll be the Lamb on the throne.
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  • The river will be coming of life,
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  • the tree of life on either side of that.
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  • In the leaves of tree, there will be healing.
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  • Now, we'll like that about heaven.
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  • I mean, that's going to be magnificent,
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  • falling from the Lamb, life-giving,
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  • river right through the city, trees, the tree of life?
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  • We've had the tree of life before.
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  • Does it ring a bell? Does it sound like Genesis?
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  • "Don't eat of this truth but now you'll eat of every fruit of the
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  • tree of life and there'll be one fruit or every 12 months."
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  • Fruit of the month club right there in heaven.
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  • Read it, read it.
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  • And we have the river, and we have the fruit,
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  • and we have the leaves that are always healing
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  • because this is the ongoing magnificent, and cleansing,
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  • and perfection of heaven.
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  • And by the way, if I had time,
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  • you familiar with this Hierarchy of Needs?
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  • Look at it on your--quickly on your--I can take that particular
  • 00:22:48.030 --> 00:22:52.210
  • section and I will show you how every basic
  • 00:22:52.220 --> 00:22:55.170
  • in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, you thought it was secular,
  • 00:22:55.180 --> 00:22:58.220
  • all of those needs are met physiological needs,
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  • our safety, need for love, esteem,
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  • and self-actualization.
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  • Some of us will never get much of any of those but you see in
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  • heaven, there is a picture here of all of that being needed.
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  • And we'll like that about heaven,
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  • to be full, and complete, and whole,
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  • and one, and have joy, and all of that replaced in our life.
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  • Boy, what a fabulous thing that will be,
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  • but that isn't the main thing we'll like.
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  • A little book written in 1871, the title was
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  • "The Happiness of Heaven."
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  • It tells a story of a young lad who was born blind
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  • and his family threw him away in the woods,
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  • but the king was hunting and saw the little baby and picked up
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  • the blind child that was thrown away
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  • and brought that child up as his son.
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  • At the right age, that child became a prince.
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  • At the right age, the child was educated,
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  • and fed, and it was recognized as part of the royal family
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  • until that young child became 20 years of age and a surgeon
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  • came in and performed surgery and for the first time,
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  • he was able to see.
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  • And I can't even describe the words that are there.
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  • They're magnificent words but he said for the first time
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  • he saw who he was as a prince.
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  • For the first time, he saw the splendor of the court
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  • where he'd been brought up.
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  • And for the first time, he saw the thing that he was most
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  • thrilled to see that was his face of the father
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  • who had adopted him who was his king.
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  • Maybe you've guessed, the one thing we'll like.
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  • Put in Facebook, put down "like, like, like, like."
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  • We'd all put this one thing down in our heavenly Facebook.
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  • Look at it, verse 4, Revelation 22
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  • and it says, "They will see his face.
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  • They will see his face."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, we'll like it, if we think about heaven
  • 00:25:30.220 --> 00:25:37.000
  • but compared to that, everyone will say,
  • 00:25:37.010 --> 00:25:43.000
  • "That is what we like more than all the rest,
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  • to see the face of the living God."
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  • male announcer: What is heaven?
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  • When we think of heaven, we usually think of clouds,
  • 00:26:00.040 --> 00:26:03.100
  • maybe a staircase, a gate,
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  • perhaps a light at the end of a tunnel.
  • 00:26:06.080 --> 00:26:08.270
  • But is heaven a real place?
  • 00:26:08.280 --> 00:26:11.080
  • What will it look like?
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  • What will we do there for eternity?
  • 00:26:12.230 --> 00:26:15.090
  • Throughout God's Word, we're given pieces to the puzzle
  • 00:26:15.100 --> 00:26:18.000
  • of heaven and in the series, Heaven Is,
  • 00:26:18.010 --> 00:26:20.200
  • Dr. Young will put those pieces together to give us our best
  • 00:26:20.210 --> 00:26:24.200
  • understanding of what heaven is really like.
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  • Dr. Young: In heaven, there'll be challenges,
  • 00:26:27.140 --> 00:26:29.020
  • and creativity, and joy, and celebration that'll go on and on
  • 00:26:29.030 --> 00:26:33.080
  • that's beyond anything we can picture or imagine
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  • because we see heaven is real.
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  • It's real.
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  • announcer: To get your copy of this amazing series,
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  • Heaven Is, call the number on your screen or go online
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  • at winningwalk.org.
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  • It's our gift to you for your financial support
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  • of this ministry.
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  • Dr. Young: I remember a Bible study group that consisted
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  • of doctors, and attorneys, and CEOs,
  • 00:27:01.130 --> 00:27:03.270
  • and vice presidents, and presidents of corporations,
  • 00:27:03.280 --> 00:27:08.010
  • entrepreneurial geniuses, and a street sweeper.
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  • In the initial meeting the group leader asked each
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  • to identify himself.
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  • First one said, "I'm a physician."
  • 00:27:17.060 --> 00:27:19.190
  • Another, "I'm an attorney."
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  • "I'm vice president of operations," answered a third.
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  • And finally it was the street sweeper's turn.
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  • There was a little apprehension what he would say.
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  • He said, "I am a son of the King."
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  • He had no identity in the world in which he could boast
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  • but he knew his core identity.
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  • The others were clouted by their earthly,
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  • titles position, but the street sweeper knew he was chosen
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  • by the King of kings to be a son with all the privileges
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  • and honors, man, of that high position.
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  • Remember, as sons and daughters of God,
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  • who you are in Jesus Christ right now today,
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  • there's not a higher position in anybody's kingdom.
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