Key Word – Tabernacle

As we get started today, we will pick up where we left off in our last study.  We will examine now, with a couple of important questions:

  1. How do we know for sure that God is going to recreate the universe?
  2. How do we know that God is going to give us a perfect life in heaven?

Our study today will help us as we wrestle with these questions.  Put on your thinking cap and think about heaven and what God has told us thus far.  Our excitement about heaven will continue to grow as we pursue  our study today.

Just think!  Life will be perfect.  The day is coming when God is going to give us a perfect life.  Our study today will clarify some issues and cause us to rejoice.  The Psalmist helps us with what our heart should show to God.  Can you respond to God with a heart of rejoicing as we consider the opening words of Psalm 63?

“O God, thou art MY GOD; early will I seek thee; My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirst land, where no water is. To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.  Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise thee.  Thus will I bless thee while I live:  I will lift up my hands in thy name.”  (Psalm 63:1-4)

Good Question:  When are you stirred to seek God’s presence and security?  List for yourself some troublesome times and circumstances that have caused you to seek God’s comfort and security.

When all is well in our lives it is easy to forget how much we need God’s presence.  Some of us may become too casual in our devotional lives or even totally neglect prayer and meditation on God’s Word.  Then, the crisis strikes, and we are shaken to our core and into the reality that we desperately need the LORD, today, right now, not next week or next year.

Frantically, we begin to seek God’s help, and we turn to His Holy Word for comfort, security, and direction.  We long for the LORD’S assurance that He hears us and is working things out for us.  Fortunately for us [true believers], God is faithful all the time.  He is always ready to hear and answer our prayers when we come to Him sincerely.

Think about the following verses and apply them to our lives:

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God MUST believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  (Hebrews 11:6)

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  (Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 6:10)

“But my God shall supply ALL your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:19)

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that LOVE God, to them who are the CALLED according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)

Now apply the Scriptures to your struggles in this life and then think about everything being perfect and apply them to heaven as we study today.

Now let’s move our thinking to Revelation 21: 1-8.

In making our life in heaven perfect, God is going to make a new heavens and earth and He is going to make all believers perfect because He is perfect.  Think about it, not only is God going to make all true believers perfect, but He is also going to make all of the heavens and earth and all that is therein perfect.

Note: There is no greater hope than this glorious promise of God, the promise that He is going to perfect the universe and everything in it.

“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters:  and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”  (Revelation 7:17)

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.”  (Revelation 21:4)

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”  (2 Corinthians 4:17)

“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”  (I Corinthians 15:26)

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”  ( I Corinthians 15:54)

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”  ( I Peter 4:12-13)

“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth:  for the LORD hath spoken it.”  (Isaiah 25:8)

“And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion (God’s city) with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads:  they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”  (Isaiah 35:10)

“Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion [God’s city]; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head:  they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”  (Isaiah 51:11)

“Thy sun shall no more go down; nether shall thy moon withdraw itself:  for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.”  (Isaiah 60:20)

“And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people:  and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.”  (Isaiah 65:19)

God assures us that He is going to perfect all things.  He gives us several assurances.

  • God Himself assures us.  Note that God Himself spoke from the throne in heaven and declared emphatically that He was going to make all things new:

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…”  (Revelation 21:5)

  • God’s Word assures it.  God gave a double declaration (v. 5).  He declared that His words are true and faithful.  By true He means true as opposed to false.  He is not lying.  He is God; therefore, what He says will happen.

Note:  By faithful He means that He will do exactly what He says.  We can count on it.

Note:  God instructed John to write down all He said.  God wanted us to know about His promise of a new heaven and earth, of a perfect body and life, and He wanted us to be assured of His promise.

God’s sovereignty assures it.  How?  By the power and sovereignty of God.  God declares, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”

Note:  Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and means THE BEGINNING, and Omega is the last letter and means THE END.  God is declaring that He is the beginning and the ending, the Creator and Sustainer of all things.

All things have their beginning in Him.  And He is the end of all things, the consummation and goal and the end and objective of all things.  All things find their meaning and being in Him.  And He spans all things just as the beginning and end span all things.  Therefore, God can do as He wills.

Note:  The point is this:  God has willed a new heavens and earth.  Therefore, He has already, spoken it into being.  He has already declared, “It is done.”  The clock is set, and the event fixed.  The minutes of time are ticking away, and the hour will come when the set time arrives.

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”  (I Thessalonians 5:24)

“…He abideth faithful:  he cannot deny himself.”   (2 Timothy 2:13)

“For verily I say, unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”  (Matthew 5:18)

“Heaven and earth shall pass away:  but my words shall not pass away.”   (Luke 21:33)

“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (I Corinthians 1:9)

“Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised:  there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.”  (I Kings 8:56)

The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are pure.”  (Psalm 111: 7)

“Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is:  which keepeth truth forever.”  (Psalm 146:6)

Now let’s move tow tho Revelation 21: 6-8 and new believers:

Note:  Believers will be the citizens of the new heavens and earth.

Fact:  God Himself is speaking.  What He is saying is important, so important that He must make the declaration Himself.  It is too important to have an angelic messenger declare the message.

NOTE:  God tells us who the citizens of His new heavens and earth will be; but note something else as well: He tells us who will not be in heaven.  He warns us that not everyone will live in the new heavens and earth, not everyone will be acceptable to Him.  But He shows us how to make sure that we are acceptable, that we do receive the right to become citizens of the new heavens and earth.  How:

  1. The citizens of the new heavens and earth will be those who thirst for life, God says that:
    • He will give the water of life to all those who thirst after it.
    • THAT IS, the person who thirsts after life will be the person who will receive the WATER OF LIFE.
    • God is going to give life to the person who thirsts after it.  He is going to give the fountain of water of life and give it freely.  (Hebrews 11:6)

NOTE:  To thirst after life means that one thirsts…after what?

  • To know the life that God wants man to live.
  • To know the life that God gives.
  • To know the fulness of life that is in God Himself.
  • To know the hope of life that God has planned for man.
  • To know the perfection of life that God longs for man to live.

Simply stated, to thirst after life (John 3:16) means to thirst after the life that God gives, to thirst after God Himself.  It means… to know at least five things.

  • To know God personally; to fellowship, commune, and share with God. (Hebrews 11:6)
  • To know the salvation, forgiveness, cleansing of sin.  (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • To know the hope, assurance and security of God.  To accept God’s free gift of salvation and thereby know that you are eternally saved.  (Ephesians 1:7-14; Romans 10:9-13)
  • To know is to live for God, to obey and follow God.
  • To know and to accept that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  (John 14:6; also, all of John 14)

FACT:  The person who thirst after God will be a citizen of the new heavens and earth.

2.  Another fact is that the citizen of the new heavens and earth will be the overcomer.

The overcomer is the person who overcomes this world and remains faithful and loyal to Christ.  (Ephesians 6:10)

The overcomer is the person who remains pure and follows the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • The overcomer is the person who lives in the power and strength of Christ and the one who conquers all the temptations and trials of life through the power strength of the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Ephesians 6:10)
  • The overcomer is one who walks [lives] in the spirit and thereby does not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  (Galatians 5:16)

Two great promises are made to the overcomer in Scripture.

  1. He will inherit all things, all the new heavens and earth offer.
  2. He will be a son of God.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”  (John 1:12)

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”  (Romans 8:14-17)

“Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”  (Galatians 4:7)

“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”  (Philippians 2:15)

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us:  and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”  (I John 1:3)

3.  The rejection and fate of the people who will be rejected by God are clearly spelled out in the Bible.

What a tragic list it is, and we will begin in our next study by outlining those unfortunate folks.  You want to make sure that your name is not on the list of rejected folks who will spend eternity in the lake of fire.  We will start with the FEARFUL OR COWARDLY.

Today there seems to be a number of folks who claim to be saved but are not sure of their eternal condition.  If you fall into that category, please consider reading and thinking about the following passages of Scripture.  Write out how each applies to yourself and what action, if any, you must take to make sure you will be in heaven,  with God for all of eternity.

  • John 3:16 – God’s free gift of eternal life.
  • Ephesians 2:8-9 – God’s free gift of eternal life, can’t work for God’s free gift.
  • Hebrews 11:6 – must come to God in faith, believing “HE IS”
  • Romans 10:9-13 – must follow the Road to Heaven.
  • Acts 2:21 – must call upon God for salvation.

God bless you as you study carefully God’s eternal and Holy Word.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Remember that every word of God’s Holy Scriptures is fact and true.