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· Scripture calls Heaven “the Heavenly Jerusalem,” and Symbolizes it as “the Bride, the Lamb’s wife”
· Heaven, just as the blood-cleansed bride of Christ, is “without spot, wrinkle, or blemish”
· The Throne of God is in this Wonderful Place
· The City of God and its many mansions
· Extra-Scriptural Revelations of Heaven — and Hell
Scripture calls Heaven “the Heavenly Jerusalem,” and Symbolizes it as “the Bride, the Lamb’s wife”
The reason why carnal mankind, not thinking wider than their visual field, tries to deny the existence of God and the eternal dwelling place of God, heaven, is because God, in human terms, is invisible, untouchable and inaudible. Hence, it is evident that He lives in another dimension. A sphere we call “the spirit world”. A supernatural realm where spiritual beings called angels worship, praise and serve God, the Eternal Spirit. Jn. 4:24 declares, “God is a Spirit, and those that worship Him must worship Him in [their born again human spirits, Jn. 1:11-3; 3:3-5, ] and in truth,” (1 Ths. 5:23.)
The writer of Heb. 12:22-24 described heaven as follows, “You came unto [the spiritual] Mount Zion and to the [spiritual] city of the living God; the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels; to the general assembly of… [those] registered in heaven [in the Lamb’s Book of Life, Rev. 20:15,] to God the Judge of all, to the [human] spirits of just people made perfect [by their acceptance of Jesus’ full atonement in their place;] to Jesus [the Only] Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood [of Jesus] that speaks of better things than [the Old Testament Covenant…]”
John’s vision of the heavenly Jerusalem or heaven itself, as described in the whole context of Revelation chapters 21-22, is a metaphor of the born-again, blood-cleansed, Holy-Spirit filled, holy “bride, the Lamb’s wife,” which consists of the spirit-bodies all of Jesus’ sincere believers, (Rev. 21:9-11.) In this chapter, John describes Jesus’ heavenly bride as an allegory of His “holy city,” coming down to the “new heaven and new earth, [which will happen after God’s final judgment,] for the first [physical heaven and earth would pass away [at the return of Christ,]” (Rev. 21:1-7.)
This does not mean that heaven is “now residing in the so-called spiritual, or enlightened minds of the members of the Old Apostolic Church,” as this religion alleges. Scripturally, this vision of heaven, described as the most holy, sinless, perfect bride of Christ, still pertains to a time in the future at, or after Jesus’ return, although heaven, God’s perfect dwelling place in the spiritual realm, is already a real place and the eternal destination of the born again spirit bodies of the deceased in Christ. Jesus declared to the man next to Him on the cross, “Today, [the very moment when we die,] you will be with Me in Paradise” or heaven, (Lu. 23:23.) The Henry Matthews Commentary explains, “the bride is the [perfected body of Christ] in her glorious, triumphant state, under the resemblance of having the glory of God shining in all its lustre — the bride comely through the comeliness put on her by her bridegroom; glorious in her relation to [the perfect, most holy] Christ, in His image now perfected in her, and in His favour shining upon her… Under the emblem of a city, far exceeding in riches and splendour all the cities of this physical world; this new [spiritual] Jerusalem is here represented to us as [the eternal dwelling place of the most holy God.]”
Heaven, just as the blood-cleansed bride of Christ, is “without spot, wrinkle, or blemish”
Paul described the blood-cleansed, sanctified bride of Christ, the epiphany of God’s holy heaven, as “not having a spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be [completely] holy and without [any sinful] blemish,” (Eph. 5:27.) This is why God requires that His sincerely born again, obedient believers must continually repent from moral sin in their daily, hourly, and minute-by-minute walk with Him.
Unrepentant Christians and unbelievers will not be able to enter into God’s most holy dwelling place called “heaven,” (1 John 1:6-10.) Rev. 22:15 declares, “But outside [heaven, or outside the true body and bride of Christ as the allegory of heaven, are the unrepentant Christians,] dogs, [spiritually unclean animals in Old Testament terms, the symbol of spiritually unclean believers in New Testament,] and sorcerers, sexually immoral and murderers, [tongue murderers such as liars and slanderers as well,] idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.” Hence, Jesus warned in Mt. 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name, and done many wonders in Your Name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Such hypocritical Christians are described in Rev. 21:8 as “cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers… [who, together with] all liars [and deceivers] shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second [eternal] death,” (Rev. 21:8.)
While heaven, or the heavenly Jerusalem, is nothing like the physical Jerusalem in Israel, we can be certain that it exists, although it is as unseen as the wind, electricity, gravity, light, sound waves; the world of microorganisms, and atomic and sub-atomic particles. Yet, heaven is not an abstract place without form. God planned, measured, and built His dwelling place most meticulously, according to Rev. 21:10-27. It is a marvellous, humanly incomprehension place; a perfect cubical city of “one thousand five hundred square hundred miles, built on foundations of precious stones with walls and a main street of pure, see-through gold. And its twelve gates are enormous, solid pearls that will never have to be closed.”
Scripturally, gold is always the symbol of holiness, as silver is the symbol of spiritual purity, and ‘precious stones’ always symbolize the Holy-Spirit inspired works of God’s true saints; His sincerely born again believers, (1 Cor. 3:12.) All these wonderful descriptions of heaven, (the foundations of precious stones, the pearly gates, etcetera,) are not tangible in a human sense. However, all these spiritual wonders are real to true believers now, in their physical lives, in terms of the most holiness, righteousness, goodness, and truth, emanating from our Most Perfect Creator and Savior God, Who dwells unveiled in that most perfect spiritual place called “heaven.”
The Throne of God is in this Wonderful Place
The throne of God is in this wondrous place called “heaven.” Everyone sees God “face to face;” “there is no need for a temple there; God Almighty Himself is the temple of heaven,” (Rev. 21:4, 22; 22:3-4.) This city is continually filled with God’s glory and light, so day and night do not exist there. Only God’s peace, holiness and righteousness reign in this holy place. This city is completely safe; the gates are never closed or locked, and not a single tear is ever shed inside its gates of pearl. No one ever becomes ill or lonely. No one ever grows old and dies. This is the glorious city, which God calls “heaven;” His golden palace, built on a foundation of precious stones, (Rev. 21:4.)
We generally accept that heaven is a place high above us in outer space somewhere, as Jesus literally ascended into heaven through the clouds. We also expect Him to return through the clouds and this is true, as Scripture always refers to heaven as somewhere ‘up there’ in the spirit world. However, the existence of God’s spirit world and His dwelling place or heaven especially, is completely incomprehensible to us, as we cannot see it or touch it, (Acts 1:9-11.) It is even possible that - in part, at least - the spirit world, (not God’s dwelling place in heaven specifically,) exists parallel to our physical dimension, for after Jesus had risen from the dead in a glorified body, He could appear ‘out of nowhere’ to enjoy a physical meal with His disciples before disappearing ‘into nowhere’ through a wall, (Lu. 24:36-46.) We cannot believe that Jesus just disappeared into ‘nothingness.’ Surely, He stepped from the spirit world into the physical realm and back.
What we do know for certain, is that heaven is forever and everlasting life in the presence of God is for all time. ‘Forever’ means that time does not exist there. The word ‘time’ is only used in relevance to our physical life in this physical dimension. Watches and clocks exist only on this physical plane where they remind us of our short, temporal life. The spiritual realm is not bound to time and space. Accordingly, no one ever grows old in heaven and hell never ceases to torment the lost souls in its grasp, (1 Pet. 1:24-25.)
The City of God and its Many Mansions
There is a specific place for everyone in heaven. A living space that will last for all eternity in the presence of God. Jesus stated in Jn. 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places…” which signifies that each of God’s children will have a specific space to occupy in His heavenly city, called “The New Jerusalem,” (Rev. 21:9-27 and chapter 22.) Most English translations of the Bible use the word “mansions” instead of ‘dwelling places.’ Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance translates the Greek word that was used in the original text as “a staying, residence or abode,” which describes a ‘home’ in the presence of God.
However, I don’t want to go to heaven for a glorified ‘mansion’ and the streets of gold; the ‘crowns,’ the ’glory,’ or even the eternal “company of my loved ones” - if the latter can be true, as only those, who were sincerely born again disciples or obedient followers of the Lord Jesus, washed in the blood of the Lamb, will enter into heaven. (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; Rev. 21:7-8!) I want to go to heaven to spend all of eternity in the presence of the Highest God; to look upon His glorious face, and to live in His eternal light, which floods that most perfect place of eternal safety and salvation, completely devoid of sorrow, longing, fear, and all the other human conditions that vex our physical existence on earth.
“For the former things [of earth and our human existence on earth] have passed away [when we reach heaven,] and all things will be made new,” (Rev. 21:4-5.)
Extra-Scriptural Revelations of Heaven — and Hell
Contrary to the wonderful truths of Scripture, many so-called ‘divine revelations’ of heaven (and hell!) have surfaced, misleading and confusing the body of Christ; twisting Scripture and spiritual realities, as revealed in the true context of the Bible. Sadly, false teachers abuse the word “mansion,” used by most English translators of the Bible, to replace God’s most holy, most sacred heaven with some kind of ‘glorified’ earthly palace for the super-wealthy — a kind of physical ‘heaven’ here on earth. Hence, Charismatic preacher Benny Hinn roars, “If I can only find a verse in the Bible that says “Kill your enemies!”... If I hear once more how it’s in heaven and how it’s gonna be, I’m... gonna get a Holy Ghost machine gun and blow your head off... I want my gold now!”
Why the many Extra-Scriptural ‘revelations’ of heaven and hell, as if the Bible does not say it all in truth and in the full context of God’s Word? Well, the aim of Seed-Faith teachers such as Jesse Duplantis, (who allegedly regularly journeys to heaven,) and all their co-conspirators of the prosperity movement such as mason Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Rhema’s Ray McCauley and Clan, the masonic/Promise Keepers’ all-men conference keeper Angus Buchan, etcetera, is to extend their Gospel of Greed here on earth into a glorified, carnal version of ‘billionaire mansions’ in heaven.
If we really want to get to heaven, we will have to obey Jesus and flee from these masters of deception, who are making ‘utensils’ out of all their followers! (Mt. 24:3-14.) Being clandestine “robbers” as Jesus called them, “who did not come in by the Door, [Jesus Himself and His True Gospel,] but climbed in another way,” they are a deadly danger to our financial, emotional, spiritual and eternal health in heaven, (Jn. 10:1-10.)
In his many extra-scriptural encounters with God, the extremely presumptuous preacher Jesse Duplantis supposedly ‘comforts’ God when He is ‘sad,’ makes God ‘laugh’ when He needs a ‘joke’ to ‘cheer’ Him up; ‘consoles a weeping Jesus,’ (while Scripture declares that not a single tear is shed in heaven!) and a ‘grateful’ God actually said to him, “I need you boy; I need you Jesse.”
CAN ANYONE WITH A BRAIN REALLY BELIEVE SUCH SINFUL AUDACITY?
Since when does the omnipotent, omniscient, almighty Creator God of heaven and earth need a false teacher and outright liar such as Duplantis — or any other human for that matter, to act as a clown in heaven ‘to make Him feel better?’ What blasphemy, exalting himself above the Highest God, dragging God down to the level of a mere human, pretending that God needs a human being to comfort, cheer Him up, and amuse Him!
It is time that sincere believers return to the True God of the Bible, as He revealed Himself to humanity in the full contextual truth of the Bible. Everything we need to know about God, the Gospel of His Son Jesus Christ, the indwelling and work of His Holy Spirit, and even eternal life in heaven, have already been revealed to us. God does not need false wolves in sheep’s clothing to teach silly extra-scriptural “revelations” to His precious blood-bought souls; alleging that they “can drag heaven down to earth” through their super-anointing!
While Evangelicals turn God into a mere human and heaven into an opulent palace for the materially rich here on earth, other teachers, (like Old Apostolic Church ‘angels,’) turn heaven into a mere Hindu state of mind; a place inside the so-called ‘spiritual minds’ of their followers, instead of simply believing the truth of Scripture, which describes heaven as a real place in the spirit world.
Heaven, or the Kingdom of heaven and the Kingdom of God are two separate terms and locations.
If you do not believe what the Bible teaches about heaven and the Kingdom of God, and believe that heaven is ‘within the body of Christ,’ please read the discussion on the doctrines of Plato, and the spiritualisation of the entire Bible according to Swedenborg, masonic agent Blake, and the Old/New Apostolic Church.
Though invisible to our mortal eyes, heaven cannot be a mere state of mind.
By abstracting both heaven and hell to a mere state of mind, and applying this technique to nearly the whole of Scripture, The Old Apostolic Church and likeminded people twist the supernatural wonders of God’s Eternal Word, (like Jesus’ bodily resurrection and ascension,) into a worthless gospel.
Should we preach this strange gospel, we must also preach that God Himself is just an abstract state of mind, a feeling, or a fairy-tale-character of the Bible.
If this could be true, followers of this religious thought would actually be compelled to confess that their religion is totally unnecessary. For what can it benefit anyone to revere and serve a god which is a mere fixation of the imagination?
Is Heaven a Real Place or just a State of Mind?