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Eternity Series - Part 3

Heaven

John 14:2-3

In my Father\'s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 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.

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John 17:3

Now this is eternal life:

that they may know you,

the only true God,

and Jesus Christ,

whom you have sent.

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How can you be sure there is a Heaven?

1. Because the soul has always longed for such a place.

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How can you be sure there is a Heaven?

1. Because the soul has always longed for such a place.

2. We know there is a Heaven because Godsaysthereis such a place as Heaven.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

I. Because God has made Heaven ready forus …

John 14:2

In my Father\'s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

2. Because Heaven is goingtobe an incredible place …

1 Corinthians 2:9

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived

what God has prepared for those who love him.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

2. Because Heaven is goingtobe an incredible place …

Revelation 21:10-11

He carried me (John) away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

2. Because Heaven is goingtobe an incredible place …

Revelation 21:12-13

It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

2. Because Heaven is goingtobe an incredible place …

Revelation 21:14-15

The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

2. Because Heaven is goingtobe an incredible place …

Revelation 21:16-17

The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 1,400 miles in length, and as wide and high as it is long. He measured its wall and it was 216 feet thick, by man\'s measurement, which the angel was using.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

2. Because Heaven is goingtobe an incredible place …

Revelation 21:18-19

The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stones.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

2. Because Heaven is goingtobe an incredible place …

Revelation 21:21

The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

2. Because Heaven is goingtobe an incredible place …

Revelation 21:22-23

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

3. Because noevil will be there …

Revelation 21:27 NLT

Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty--but only those whose names are written in the Lamb\'s Book of Life.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

3. Because noevil will be there …

Revelation 21:4 NLT

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.

Revelation 21:4 NIV

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

4. Reunion with the saints of old…

Matthew 8:11 NLT

And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world--from east and west--and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

5. Communion with God …

Revelation 22:1-2 NLT

Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

5. Communion with God …

Revelation 22:3-5 NLT

No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there--no need for lamps or sun--for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.

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Why would each of us want to go to Heaven?

6. Heaven will be a complete restoration…

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Are you ready for Heaven?

Revelation 20:11-12 NLT

I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God\'s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.

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Are you ready for Heaven?

Revelation 20:13-14 NLT

The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death.

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Are you ready for Heaven?

Revelation 20:15 NLT

And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.

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Are you ready for Heaven?

Revelation 21:1-2 NLT

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

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Are you ready for Heaven?

Revelation 21:3-4 NLT

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, "Look, God\'s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever."

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Are you ready for Heaven?

Revelation 21:5-6 NLT

And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making everything new!" And then he said to me, "Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true." And he also said, "It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega--the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life.

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Are you ready for Heaven?

Revelation 21:7-8 NLT

All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. "But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars--their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."

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Are you ready for Heaven?

Revelation 21:27 NLT

Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty--but only those whose names are written in the Lamb\'s Book of Life.

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Until then…

Titus 2:13 …while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Until then…

Titus 2:13 …while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

1. Refocus and realign your energies and priorities.

Matthew 6:19-20 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…

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Until then…

Titus 2:13 …while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

1. Refocus and realign your energies and priorities.

2. Reach people around you.

Revelation 22:17 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.

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Until then…

Titus 2:13 …while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

1. Refocus and realign your energies and priorities.

2. Reach people around you.

Jude 1:22-23 Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them …

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Until then…

Titus 2:13 …while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

1. Refocus and realign your energies and priorities.

2. Reach people around you.

3. Renew your relationship with God.

2 Peter 3:13-14 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.”

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