Anchor for my Soul

For such a time as this…part 12

Bible Study 9/2/2020

Discussion from Revealing the Mysteries of Heaven by David Jeremiah

The Prominence of Heaven

Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Luke 23:43Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.

Hebrews 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations,whose architect and builder is God.

Revelations 2 1:2I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

What we think about heaven now, while we are still on earth, determines in great measure how we live on earth today. When you study the Bible doctrine of heaven, it will stir our heart and change our thoughts. We must understand the important differences between what is doctrine and what is opinion. Doctrine may, in measure, be used to help us in guiding our spiritual lives, whereas opinions are just a personal view we embrace because it agrees with our own thoughts.

In order to embrace either doctrine or opinion as a standard by which we live, we must find its roots in the truth of the Word of God.

The truth of heaven not only instills anticipation regarding our future, it also comforts us on behalf of those have gone before us.

Heaven is already filled with glorious residents, and when we arrive there be a wonderful celebration. Song: “When ee all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus we’ll sing and shut the Victory!!! This song was written by Elizae Hewitt 1851 who was forced to live confined to a bed due to a serious spinal condition. The songs we sing are the confessions we make that will be determined by who or what we fellowship with= Jesus or Pain!

Phillipians 1:23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

Ecclesiastes 3:11 God has put eternity in our hearts.

Even agnostics will admit that There is a reality of eternity for every man or woman. We don’t want to create just a heaven in our mind. Our faith needs to be based on truth. We will get a taste of a heavenly presence in our lives.

1 Cor 2:9 What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him

The Plurality of Heaven

The First Heaven: atmosphere where we live, oxygen, extends 300 miles into the universe

Isaiah 55:10,11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

The Second Heaven: Lights, moon and stars

Genesis 1:14-17An d God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Matt 24:29 “Immediately after the distress of those days ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken

The Third Heaven: Where Christ is, paradise, our eternal home
We will live forever with God and the Angels

2 Cor 12:2-4 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught upto the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.

We do not know. We must stay teachable. We have to be willing to say “I don’t know” Even those who are credible, don’t know completely God will reveal His mysteries at time of need. The situations in our lives helps us to come into understanding. 1

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Deuteronomy 10:1414 To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.

Matt 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,

The Place of Heaven

Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

Psalm 11:4The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.

Psalm 103:19The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

Isaiah 43:7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory,
    whom I formed and made.”

The Preciousness of Heaven

Our redemption is in Heaven

Pur relationships are in Heaven

Our resources are in Heaven

Our reward is in Heaven

Our riches are in Heaven

Our reservation is in Heaven