|1. God as Creator is Ridiculed, Therefore ...|
|2. The Cost of Ignoring God and his Word|
|3. Disasters - Why?|
|4. Dominance and Freedom|
|5. War Will Continue - Not Peace|
|6. Popularity, Not Truth|
|8. The Eternal Future|
This is definitely not an exercise in trying to predict what I think Almighty God ought to do! It is intended to be a reasoned investigation that may shed some light upon what may shortly come to pass. We are in, or certainly very near ‘the last days’. We can learn much from what he has done in the past, from national history as recorded in Scripture, and from civil history of the last two millennia. This will obviously be combined with the Biblical prophetic Word. We will finish on what Almighty God has planned and promised for when Jesus returns and establishes his eternal and righteous kingdom.
I do not wish to be yet another false prophet, and receive their just reward!
What follows is unlikely to be popular; it never has been.
1. God as Creator is Ridiculed, Therefore ... [Contents]
In my early days my mother hung a significant picture on the wall in my bedroom. It figured angels and all sorts of beautiful creatures and plants. Along the top were the lines:
All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
And along the bottom was written:
All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
This great truth was thus ingrained in my heart and mind from the beginning.
But today it has been replaced by the continuously repeated lie of the Evolution Theory. In schools creation is relegated to RE dept., while evolution is firmly part of the science curriculum.
How did this come about? Besides carbon dating, there are many substantial geological reasons that prove that this earth is considerably older than the 6,000 years of Genesis 1. And thus the Bible and God are assumed to be wrong !!
Maybe it is man that is wrong because he interprets the Hebrew word ‘Yom’ into the English word ‘day’; and assumes that a day can only be 24 hours. But a ‘yom’ can, and often is, much longer. The ‘day of the Lord’, the ‘yom of the Lord’ can be thousands of years; indeed all eternity. Traditionally each ‘day’ of creation in Gen 1 is 24 hours. But tradition can be wrong, and often is, especially here.
Consider the 3rd day when God separated the land and the sea. God could have separated the Americas and Europe/Africa with the Atlantic in 24 hours by accelerating the continental drift caused by the very gradual cooling of the earth, to 40 mph. But this is unlikely.
Also on the 3rd day God created all the vegetation. He could have created millions of oak trees and billions of acres of different grasses etc. But he records that he gave each species seeds. If he had created millions of oaks, they would not need acorns to multiply. He could have created all the oxygen that all the creatures would soon need, but God designed and created photosynthesis and patiently gave them millions of years to multiply and also produce oxygen. They also produced the vegetation to make the coal and oil deposits.
On the 5th and 6th ‘Days’ God created first the fish and birds, then all the animals. Again he could have created millions of sardines and salmon, and millions of bisons and baboons. But he chose to create each of the different ‘kinds’ and let them naturally multiply over thousands of years. He tells us he made all the different species of vegetation and creatures ‘each according to their different kinds’. So they did not evolve.
Atheistic scientists have trumpeted the evolution lie and Christians have been loath to break with tradition and see the days of creation as anything except 24 hours instead of ‘yoms’. This history has marginalised Almighty God.
Nonetheless the OT begins with 5 vital words:
In the beginning God created.
And John starts his gospel with the truth:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Why is Creation by God so important?
Does the rejection of this truth have any significant consequences?
Is there any relevant biblical warning or prophecy?
Yes !! Paul warns the Romans, and us:
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. Rom 118-20
Almighty God is angry when men ignore him, the Designer and Creator of this incredible and beautiful planet. To claim it all just happened by chance is so insulting, so blasphemous. What form will God’s anger take? What will he do?
Paul continues with this prophetic statement:
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools ...
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. ...
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. ...
God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. ... Rom 122-28
The direct consequence of denying God as Creator is revealed by Paul. God is justifiably angry, and it would lead to him removing his protection. Men and women would thus revert to homosexuality and be filled with every kind of wickedness. The truth of this prophecy was seen when the UK legalised homosexuality in 1967, approved Civil Partnerships in 2004 and introduced Same Sex Marriage in 2014.
And it is not only the UK government, but the leadership of the Church that approves homosexual behaviour. Today (20/3/22) DP World (Dubai owners of P&O Ferries) sacked 25% of their work force after a trading loss of £100 million in the last year. In a joint statement Archbishop Welby and Bishop Hudson-Wilkin said P&O’s decision was “inhumane and unethical”. “Ill-treating workers is not just business. In God’s eyes, it is sin.” But they, and the House of Bishops, consistently refuse to say that homosexuality is a sin.
We may expect that Paul’s prophecy will be further fulfilled as God’s creation of this earth and all that is in the universe is denied. Wickedness will multiply:
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Rom 129-32
This is a clear Biblical statement about the future of UK, and any nation, that denies the fantastic creation by Almighty God.
2. The Cost of Ignoring God and his Word [Contents]
In the history of Israel, and of the Christian nations, there have been seasons when this has been true. When Hannah’s son, Samuel, was a boy we are told that In those days the word of the LORD was rare. 1 Sam 31
During the Reformation many were burned at the stake by the Roman Church because they hated the Bible being translated into English. It revealed their many errors. This was much more than just ignoring Scripture.
60 years ago UK ‘Billboard men’ used display the Word of God on the streets. But now they are no longer seen. And it is a bold man who publicly preaches the Gospel of Christ. Though not yet illegal, many are briefly arrested or detained.
In Parliament the Speaker’s Chaplain reads a prayer before starting the day’s business. e.g. "Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit. May they never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind; so may your kingdom come and your name be hallowed. Amen.” In Jan 2019 there was a move to stop this practice. It failed, but they will try again. Our government chose to ignore such prayer since it has passed several Acts that clearly disregard Scripture.
1967 Abortion legalised (murder of unborn)
1967 Homosexuality legalised
1994 Sunday trading legalised
2014 Same sex Marriage Act
2014 Evolution added to primary school curriculum
And state schools banned from teaching creationism.
Today there are often voices that call for personal freedom to protest whenever they feel their rights have been infringed. It is similar to the days of the judges in Israel when Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit. Judges 2125
But the problem has always been that the desires of men are rarely righteous.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Prov 1434
Proud men and women seek freedom to do whatever they choose and not be told what is right and what is wrong, especially by the God they do not believe in.
Historically ignoring God and his commands has brought in its train a high cost. The Biblical book of Judges gives an accurate ‘roller-coaster’ catalogue of the consequences of ignoring / honouring God’s directions. Far too often, what God said is ignored.
3. Disasters - Why? [Contents]
Probably the most common reaction to disasters is why do they happen?
And it is closely followed by, “If there is a God, why does he allow them? !”
When Ezekiel was a young priest in Jerusalem he was taken to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar where he had the daunting task of being God’s prophet to the exiled Jews. He had to tell them what they did not want to hear. (How often do we want to hear ?) None the less, God still told them:
a) Their foreign enslavement was the direct consequence of their sin.
b) There was worse to come! Jerusalem and the Temple would be destroyed.
c) And finally they would eventually return home.
Ezekiel told them 68 times that the events and their difficulties would fulfill God’s purpose: “Then you will know that I am the Lord.” These events would humble proud man and show the God ignoring world that he is Lord.
A century earlier, Amos had to tell the northern tribes of Israel 5 times that it was the Lord who ‘Gave you empty stomachs, withheld rain, sent blight ....’
And each time he added, “Yet you have not returned to me.”
God’s purpose in sending the disasters and hardships was simply that men would be encouraged to seek the Lord God. And finding him would be for their greater and lasting good. But each time they rejected their opportunity.
The world hardships are still sent by the Almighty God to encourage us to turn to him, to seek him and his forgiveness and life. But most will prefer to harden their hearts and continue to ignore the Lord God. It is the New Testament that clearly reveals that in the ‘last days’ wickedness will greatly multiply. The Tribulation outlined in Revelation will be part of God’s just punishment for man’s stubborn refusal to seek or hear what God says.
Selective reading of the Bible results in teaching only part of the truth. This creates a big problem. Preachers correctly say that God is Love. But he is also the God of justice who judges sin. That is why Jesus had to come and be crucified. It was certainly not an unfortunate accident. It was the agreed plan of God for Christ to bear the punishment that my sin deserves, but cannot pay. Some say that judgement is only ine the Old Testament. It isn’t. The greatest demonstration of God’s judgement is Christ Crucified !! It proved that however hard man tries, he cannot save himself. He cannot become holy and acceptable to God. Only the Son of God could be the required perfect sacrifice.
The second greatest problem with selective Bible reading concerns the eternal destiny of all who do not believe in Christ. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Jn 316
But Jesus continued with the truth that emphasises the consequence of sin. So it is often omitted. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. ... Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” Jn 317-20, 36
God sends / allows disasters so that all men may ackonweledge that he alone is the Lord of heaven and earth, the Almighty. The LORD on high is mightier than ... the mighty waves of the sea. Ps 934 On Galilee Jesus commanded the wind to be still, and it obeyed. Mk 439
4. Dominance and Freedom [Contents]
At the beginning of the Tribulation, when Christ begins to open the seven seals, he calls forth the first Horseman of the Apocalypse - the white horse. Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. Rev 62 There have always been men whose over-riding ambition is to enjoy power, to rule and to dominate others. This conqueror is the same, only more so. Much more so. It may be significant that this man is given a bow, but there is no mention of any arrows. A bit like modern H-bombs; the ultimate deterrent or persuader. A useful weapon to threaten, but never actually intended to be used.
How will he conquer? Not by military power. That is given to the next Horseman whose rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword. Rev 64 We are not told how he will be so persuasive. It may be a combination of effective personal economic pressure, together with deception that will be wholly believed. When the disciples asked Jesus about the last days, his first sentence was: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” Math 244,5 He will therefore be one who is universally accepted as the great leader, a messiah. His threats / promises will be very real and most will believe them. Today we are being subjected to social media much of which is fake. At the end God warns us it will be far worse. Jesus went on to give the disciples another warning: “False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect–if that were possible.” Math 2424
In recent years we have seen governments exercising ever greater power over their subjects by increased legislation affecting almost every area of our lives. This ‘white horse’ leader will use ‘the law’ to affect his rule. He may well use fear to endorse this. For example, when UK was given the opportunity to vote on Brexit, the ‘Remainers’ backed by the media blatantly used fear. The very real fear of certain personal economic disaster. They lost because a sufficient number of people did not believe them. But this ‘white horse’ leader will be believed.
The tool he uses may not only be economic, but also supply of food. UK which currently imports approx 50% of its food is vulnerable, and subject to huge increases in price when world supplies are limited. This will certainly become a major problem after the ‘red horseman’ war when the third and fourth horsemen are called.
Fear of financial and food deprivation will not be the only tools this ‘white horse’ leader uses to conquer. God gave Paul the truth concerning the last days when he wrote: Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ ... the man of lawlessness ... will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 2 Thes 21-4
This leader will also use signs and miracles to dominate the world. Beware!!
We all need to learn, now, how to discern God’s truth.
Men will always fight to gain or keep their personal freedom, their independence to do, be and say what they want. But Jesus described a freedom from slavery that is different, a freedom from the dominance of sin. “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. ... Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Jn 831-36. Righteousness has a highly desirable beauty and kindness. It is not an imposition. God’s commandments are designed and given for our good, not as unwelcome restrictions to stop men doing what they want. It is from the natural and selfish dominance of sin that Jesus came to release us.
He continues to offer us this true, eternal freedom. We still live in a day of opportunity to hear what God is saying to us. But soon it will be too late.
5. War Will Continue - Not Peace [Contents]
In Genesis, in the first chapter after the fall of man, we read how Cain became jealous of Abel. So he murdered him!
When Daniel was an old man (over 80), he continued his practice of prayer. He also had more time to pray. He records how at a time of earnest prayer, the archangel Gabriel came and revealed the most enlightening prophecy in the OT concerning atonement for sin. (read Dan 924) Then he was told that War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. Dan 926
In every generation there has been a universal longing for peace on earth. But it has always escaped us. As my wise wife wrote over 30 years ago, “The treaties of men are founded on fear, and honoured when convenient.”
Why has peace remained so elusive? James give us the answer. What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. James 41,2
Almighty God has given us the truth about war. But we don’t like it. Or we are just incapable of taking heed of what he tells us, no matter how hard we may try.
Man can’t get what he wants; so he fights for it! And God says he always will.
That is until the day when the redeemed live in the coming kingdom of God.
There are also two most important reasons why there cannot currently be peace on earth.
1. Real peace is dependent upon first gaining peace with God.
2. Although Almighty God will always remain King, the battles on earth reflect the ongoing battle in the heavenly realm. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Eph 612
These two facts are rarely discerned. And thus the peace that men have always desired has never been achieved. Indeed, God says that it cannot be found on earth while Satan remains a prince, but he also says that there will come a day when he will be confined to the lake of fire for ever. (Rev 2010) Only then will there be peace.
6. Popularity, Not Truth [Contents]
Prophets have never been popular. And neither has the truth that they proclaim. Why?
a) They almost invariably tell men that they are sinful and need to repent.
b) The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. Jn 15
c) This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Jn 319
d) For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Tim 43,4
e) Today (2022) Both Church of England Archbishops and the House of Bishops support LGBT. Seeking popularity, they refuse to say that homosexuality is a sin. They choose to discard the Word of God where he declares is is an abomination to him. Lev 1822 2013 and also where he reveals the judgement of fire cast upon Sodom and Gomorrah. They even reject the truth revealed in Ro 1 where the result of God removing his protection is prophesied to be homosexuality.
Jesus continues to tell us that he alone is “The way, the truth and the Life.” Jn 1416
Only Jesus can reveal the truth. Legislation cannot, education cannot; neither can determination or popularity. Jn 831,32
7. Israel [Contents]
What does God want to tells us about Israel in the last days?
A great deal; and much of it will surprise even Christians.
When God called Abraham about 4,000 years ago he made binding covenant with him. “I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.” Gen 177,8
Almighty God made this covenant:
With Abraham and his descendants
It is everlasting
It is unconditional
And it includes a small parcel of land.
Each of these covenant characteristics are challenged today. But it is Almighty God who made it. By what authority can mere man think he has the right to annul or change it in any way? Yet many, if not most, Christians think that God finished with the Jews 2,000 years ago when they arranged for Jesus to be crucified. This underlines the truth that God is not like man. He is entirely faithful. He knew what the descendants af Abraham would do when he made the covenant everlasting. And he chose to make it unconditional. Yes, he had to exile them twice (Babylon + Rome) for their wickedness. But God does not break his covenant. It stands for ever. God is not like men. He does not ‘divorce’ when things go wrong. So today we see the Jews back in the land the faithful God gave them. Proud, deceived men do not like this. Although the Psalmist wrote the truth - The earth is Lord’s and the fulness thereof. Ps 241 He created it all!
There are at least 70 times in the OT when God promised that Israel would return. They are listed on the website www.dickworth.uk under ‘Israel, God’s Chosen’, ‘God’s promise to Restore Israel’ e.g. Here are just 5 of them:
For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob. Is 141
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD of hosts is his name: “If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the LORD, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.” Thus says the LORD: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done, declares the LORD.” Jer 3133-37
Behold, I will gather them from all the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul. For thus says the Lord: Just as I have brought all this great disaster upon this people, so I will bring upon them all the good that I promise them. Jer 3237-43
Thus says the LORD: “If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed order of heaven and earth, then I will reject the offspring of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his offspring to rule over the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and will have mercy on them.” Jer 3325,26
“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name. They shall forget their shame and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they dwell securely in their land with none to make them afraid, when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies' lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore. And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.” Ezek 3925-29
In the last days all the world will attack the Jews in Jerusalem.
On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it. ... On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem. ... On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness. Zech 123,8 1371
This is the day when the Lord will return as King over all the world that he created.
What does God say today to us?
Do not be deceived. Read all the Word of God - and take good heed of it.
Many will need to make some adjustments in the light of what God says concerning his promises to Israel. (Again, see website www.dickworth.uk )
Israel will remain a central part of God’s plan when he returns.
8. The Eternal Future [Contents]
Men have always had a keen interest in knowing the future; mostly to enable them to gain advantage for their own physical and personal wellbeing. This will be primarily concerned with the immediate political future. The media devote most of their opinions about this. What God is saying is only rarely revealed to prophets today. The Bible tells us of the consequences of both sin and holiness, but it is only in general terms, not specific details. In the Scriptures God reveals much about the tribulation events of the last days, which we have already considered. “Abide with me ...” is an appropriate hymn for these days.
Now we will seek to outline some of what God reveals about the glory of his eternal and righteous kingdom. And what a contrast it will be!
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it.
It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.
No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people;
no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.
No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not fill out his days,
for the young man shall die a hundred years old,
and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them;
they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat;
for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be,
and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
They shall not labour in vain or bear children for calamity,
for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD,
and their descendants with them.
Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
and dust shall be the serpent's food.
They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the LORD.
Ezekiel writes about a new Temple that was filled with the glory of the Lord.
And then about a river that flowed from it: And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.” Ezek 4712
And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD Is There.” Ezek 4835
In the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John he is shown what is in the New Heaven to those who believe that Jesus Christ came and died on a cross to pay the price for my sin; not as a martyr, but as the Saviour/Redeemer. Rising again in triumph over sin, Satan and death, he shares with us his resurrection life for ever. He remains our effective Advocate in heaven. Heb 725 924 1Tim 25
Will there be anything man-made in this glorious new heaven?
Yes! the nail-prints in the Saviour's hands and feet!!
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. 211, 5
Nothing will ever happen again to cause God or men to grieve.
The Kingdom will remain new; it will not tarnish or become corrupt.
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God ... 212, 10, 27
All men will not only desire to be holy; but we will be holy.
What a joy this will be to God, and to the redeemed.
... prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 212, 9
Our permanent relationship with God will be closer and better
than even the best marriage here on this earth.
Sons with God
Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them ...
And I will be his God and he will be my son. 213, 7
What greater privilege can man seek than to live with Almighty God
and to be his own children?
The Holy City, Jerusalem, shone with the glory of God. 2111
The Creator of the world and the Saviour of men will receive his rightful glory.
Man will never build for his own selfish glory again.
The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass. 2121
Valuable, untarnished, clear and honest through and through.
Like Nathaniel, no guile, no pretence. Jn 147
The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and his servants will serve
him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 223
"The King of the Jews" will truly be king over all the earth.
He will not be a remote, never to be spoken to, or touched, King!
Much more and much better than an occasional walkabout.
His rule will be just and wise. No one will criticise any of his decisions or laws.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right
to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 2214
Only the blood of Christ can remove the stain of my sin.
My Redeemer has done what is impossible for me to do.
He has forgiven all my sin, and has washed me thoroughly clean.
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!"
And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come;
and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. 2217
The case for my being allowed to enter is only successful
because Jesus is the Advocate who pleads on my behalf. And he says, “Come!”
His giving and invitation is so generous and undeserved. Is 551-3
The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true." 226
God is consistently true and faithful to his Word.
His Word will never fade or pass away. Is 408
What is NOT in heaven
No Sea. No Confusion
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth ... There was no longer any sea. 211
Harmony and peace will replace confusion, sin and war. Is 5720
Note - The Beast arose out of the sea. Rev 131
No longer need ceremonial cleansing in the temple. 1 Kg 723
River of life flows into the sea; the Dead Sea now lives. Ezek 478-11
Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people,
and God himself will be with them and be their God. 213
With God always so evident and his people in permanent harmony,
we shall never feel alone.
No Tears, No Pain, No Death
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death
or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order has passed away. 216
Our hearts will no longer have any cause to ache.
Gone for ever will be all sorrow, grief, despair and suffering.
To the thirsty I will give to drink without cost
from the spring of the water of life. 216
No longings will be left unfulfilled.
There will be no needs to plead for, for others or for ourselves.
No Unbelievers No Impure No liars No Pretence
But to the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murders, the sexually immoral,
those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -
their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
Nothing impure ... or deceitful. 218,27 2215
The struggle is over; even our thoughts will always be righteous.
Nothing will cause any man anguish, injustice, grief or pain.
No greed, no self-indulgence, no deceit, no idolatry.
Believers will live with confidence, without fear or presumption.
Twelve gates ... 12 foundations,
and on them were the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb. 2112-14
The Jews will not be persecuted, but honoured. Also Eph 220
No Poverty No Thieves No Money
The city was made of pure gold, as pure as glass. 2118-21
The foundations of the city walls were decorated
with every kind of precious stone. 2126
No more poverty or grinding injustice. No taskmasters or slaves.
All men will gladly share all things. No one will lack anything.
No debts and no mortgages.
I did not see a temple in the city,
because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 2122
Man will no longer try to win God's approval. Jesus has made the one perfect
and sufficient offering necessary for our salvation.
No Night No Darkness
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it,
for the Lamb is its lamp. ... There will be no night there. 2123,25
No more fear or doubt. No more stumbling or wrong decisions.
Men will love light not darkness. No secrets or intrigue in heaven.
No War No Enemies
On no day will its gates ever be shut. 2125
The aggression of men will be ended, so will the lust for power.
There will be no hatred and no one will despise another, or covet.
On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing 12 crops of fruit,
yielding its fruit every month. 222
Food will be provided for all. No one will ever starve. (No obesity either)
And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 222
No debilitating disease or pain. No one will grow old and frail, or even tired.
No animosity or distrust or religious differences.
No Sin No Temptation
No longer will there be any curse. 223
The curse on man for his wilful, determined sin will be lifted.
Man will not have even the slightest inclination to disobey God.
The Lord God will reign for ever. 225b
This new Kingdom of God is eternal and uninterrupted.
The above is a summary of what is and what is not in heaven.
Without wishing to add anything to Scripture, my heart also longs for these:
The Imperfect will be Made Perfect
The Unskilled will be Skilled
Questions will be Answered
Not even Tempted to Sin
Surrounded by Kindness and Truth
Heaven and Earth will Always be ‘New’
We will all Sing in Tune and be able to Remember all the Word of God.
Almighty God is so merciful, so gracious, so kind.
Thankfully he will not neglect to discipline those whom he loves.
Lord, please help me to learn quickly.
May I really hear what you are telling
and so obey and honour you as you deserve.