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Afterlife  Series Part 3 – Heaven

The Bible has promised heaven to the righteous or doer of good things and to those who the Father will give mercy.  We are living on a temporary term in this earth according to Paul’s letter to the Philippians 3:20-21—“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it, we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” If Paul was talking about our destination after our life,  is heaven, Jesus never said that!

We ought to be a citizen of heaven and inheritor of the New Earth.  This means that our destination after everything is set.  The new earth, the new heavens, and the New Jerusalem and other new things are new.  Those who will make it, the reward is the new earth.  No ministers or pastors spoke of our future, where we are now, where we are standing right now and where we will die.  They overlooked or intentionally did not preach or teach this doctrine because they are not sure if we are going to inherit the earth or heaven.

Apostle John stated in Revelation 5:10 “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” Literally, we will be on earth because our rulership is here on earth as kings and priests.  Becoming a King is no joke but if that’s how God trusted us, He did, to rule our own kingdom. Yes, it’s true!  God is going to give us our own domain to rule from everlasting to everlasting.

Do you still have a doubt?  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ’s preaching never mentioned the word heaven. Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall INHERIT THE EARTH”—Matt. 5:5.

The new earth is totally different from the old one.  Everything will be different like there will be no need for sunshine in the morning, we don’t need to go to work, no need to eat, and go to bed at night, no family to take care of, no sickness or maybe no death.  There will be no more worries, stress, and anxiety and there will be no happy and sad days because every day is a happy day, and becoming old is not part of the new earth.  God’s new design for humans is still to be revealed.

When Jesus was transformed into His heavenly glory before the eyes of some of His disciples, “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light”—Matthew 17:2. And yet His looks never changed. Our hope for heaven will never fail because failure will not be in our mind because when we feel the never-ending joy exactly where we are standing now is heaven on earth reformed and transformed to New Earth.   Thank God for our hope of eternal joy.—the gift of salvation, our hope we have in Jesus Christ; a savior and a deliverer.

What do we have to know to avoid confusion and doubt?

He (Jesus) said, “And no man has ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven” (John 3:13).  When Jesus said that “No Man”, he means not anyone has gone to heaven, but the one who came down. Who are we to have the courage to raise our own opinion when we know that he is the way, the truth, and the life of being a new creation.  Do we believe Jesus Christ when he said that we are earth’s inheritors, or the ministers, who said that heaven is a wonderful place to be with in the new life? These ministers themselves have never been there.   Do you think these ministers, when they meet Jesus, face to face they can still claim what they are falsely ministering to lost souls?

The Bible said that David is still with us until now.  Therefore, David is not in heaven; but what about those faiths heroes listed in the Book of the Hebrews like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, the Judges, the minor Prophets, and the Apostles could not be in heaven as Jesus said. There are these people with great minds testifying that they went to heaven and saw their loved ones, saw the beautiful garden, angels, and the presence of Jesus.  They have their own personal motive of interest to gain profit financially and be famous to gain popularity by publishing books, make movies, public appearances, and other ways to make money.

Heaven is real in a couple of its existence.  Heaven is the holy of holies where God is, and the heavenly earth or heavenly places where the reward of the saved will be.  If there is one man that at least made it to heaven, I believe it was Adam.  Adam, the son of God; Luke 3:38— Enosh was the son of Seth. Seth was the son of Adam. Adam was the son of God.

Our inheritance is over the earth, the kingdom of heaven under the government of God that will be ruled by Jesus Christ together with his kings in the kingdom that gives providence and priests in the church that intercedes between men and God.

Many Christians do not really understand the verse of John 3:13, “and no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven”, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Why do most Christian believers believe John 3:16 and not believe in John 3:13?  There is a simple explanation because 3:16 is centered on salvation and we are brainwashed on salvation.  Through this date for centuries, salvation is all that is being preached in service.

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.

Back in the 14th century when Dante Alighieri an Italian poet wrote the Divine Comedy wherein many early church fathers took the idea of heaven, purgatory, and hell (Paradiso, Purgatorio, and Inferno),  Dante’s poem explores ideas of the afterlife in Christian belief.  Christians to this date, Catholics and Protestant Christians alike have this fear on their shoulder.  It should be stopped so the generation after us will not suffer from false beliefs.  The eastern superstitious belief passed to us those beliefs, but since we did not pass it to others, it died in our generation.

Where did the righteous Old Testament people go?  Where are they?  Are they in the other dimensions waiting for judgment day or they are with Jesus Christ the first time?  When Jesus, died there was a great power that was released, and people who were dead were raised and made alive and they all walked!  “The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” Matthew 27:45–53

We keep heaven as it is. The joy of hope that when life ends new heaven begins.

Part 1 Life After This Life Series

Part 2 Resurrection Afterlife Series

Part 3 Heaven Afterlife Series

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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