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· Scripture calls Heaven “the Heavenly Jerusalem,” and describes 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 place
· The City of God and its many mansions
· Extra-Scriptural Revelations of Heaven — and Hell
Scripture calls Heaven “the Heavenly Jerusalem,” and describes it in terms of “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 physical terms, is invisible, untouchable and inaudible. Hence, it is evident that He lives in another dimension. A sphere we call “the spiritual 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 spirit and in truth.” The writer of Heb. 12:22 confirmed: “You came unto… the [spiritual] city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…”
The subject of John’s vision, (the heavenly Jerusalem, or heaven itself,) as described in the whole context of Revelation chapters 21-22, is 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. 21:9-10.) In this chapter, John describes Jesus’ bride in terms of God’s “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 the first physical earth would pass away [after 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 in terms of the most holy, sinless, perfect bride of Christ, still pertains to a time in the future, 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, (read 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 husband; 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 SPIRITUAL 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.) As God requires that His sincerely born again, obedient believers have to repent from sin continually in their daily, hourly walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. Unrepentant Christians will not be able to enter into God’s most holy dwelling place called “heaven,” (read 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 and sexually immoral and murderers, [tongue murderers such as liars and slanderers as well,] and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.” Hence, Jesus declared 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 [spiritual] 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-, micro- and sound waves; the world of microorganisms, 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 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 symbolizes the Holy-Spirit inspired works of God’s true saints; His sincerely born again believers. All these wonderful descriptions of heaven, (the foundations of precious stones, the pearly gates, etc.,) might not be tangible at all— in a human sense, that is. All these wonders, described in terms of the blood-cleansed bride of Christ, (Rev. 21:9-11,) might be mere allegories of the most holiness, righteousness, goodness, and truth, emanating from our Most Perfect Creator and Savior God, Who dwells barefaced (see Rev. 22:4,) in that most perfect place called “heaven.”
The Throne of God is in this place
Fact remains, the throne of God is in this wondrous place. Everyone see God “face to face” in heaven, so there is no need for a temple there; God Almighty Himself is the temple of heaven, (Rev. 21:22.) 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 wonderful 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 magnificent place, 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 spiritual world. However, the existence of God’s spiritual 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 spiritual world of God, (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 spiritual 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. A living space that will last for all eternity in the wonderful 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, used in the original text, as “a staying, i.e. residence or abode,” which describes a mere ‘dwelling place’ 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 ALL 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. (Read Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; and Rev. 21:7-8!)
I just 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, flooding 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, 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 a specific place for each of His holy saints, 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 God’s Word does not say it all in truth and in the full context of His Word? Well, the aim of charismatic Seed-Faith teachers such as Jesse Duplantis, (who allegedly journeys to heaven regularly,) and other co-conspirators of false prosperity/seed-faith preachers such as Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Rhema’s Ray McCauley and Clan, the freemasonry/Promise Keepers’ all-men conference Angus Buchan etc., is to extend their Gospel of Greed on earth into a glorified, carnal version of ‘‘wealth’ and ‘billionaire mansions’ in heaven.
If you really want to get to heaven, you will have to obey Jesus and flee from these masters of deception, who are making ‘utensils’ out of you! (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 your financial, spiritual and eternal health, (Jn. 10:1-10.)
In his many so-called 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 CLEARLY STATES THAT NOT A SINGELE 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 need a false teacher and outright liar such as Duplantis — or any other human, for that matter? 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 turn back to the whole revelation of God, as found in the full contextual truth of the Bible, for 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, has already been revealed to us. God does not need false wolves in sheep’s clothing to teach silly extra-scriptural encounters to His precious blood-bought souls; alleging that they “can drag heaven down to earth” through their super-anointing!
While Faith teachers turn God into a mere human and heaven into an opulent palace for the most [materially] rich here on earth, other teachers, (like the Old Apostolic Church’s ‘angels,) [scroll down on the WebPage] turn heaven into a mere Hinduism 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 spiritual 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 our discussion on the doctrines of Plato, and the spiritualisation of the entire Bible according to Swedenborg, Blake, and the Old 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 such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses 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.
And 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?
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