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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012 5:45 am

The Bible indicates the existence of three heavens. (2 Cor. 12:2) The one that the birds fly in. (Rev. 19:17) The one in which there are stars, planets, the sun and the moon.(Gen. 1:14-17) Jesus referred to the third heaven as a place of escape from this world.(John 14:2,3) Paul called it “better,” “heavenly” and a “city.” (Heb. 11:16)

Paul described the hope of Abraham for the city of God. (Heb. 11:10) This is the Jerusalem that Jesus promised in John 14 and that He would prepare for us. (Rev. 21:10, 11) The city is real and it is huge. (Rev. 21:16) A furlong is one-eighth of a mile. That would make the city 375 miles in all directions. There is to be a cleansing fire. Not that burns forever, but that does a thorough work. Complete, burned up, done, burned till the fuel is gone. (2 Pet. 3:10) God has prepared a better version to replace what has been ruined by sin. (2 Pet. 3:13)

When Jesus said who will inherit the earth He didn’t mean the one we now inhabit. (Matt. 5:5) Man isn’t the one to make the world to “blossom like a rose.” No mighty reclamation projects. No engineering genius of man. The creative power of God will recreate what He intended for us in the first place. (Isa. 51:3) This great promise was made many centuries ago to give hope to those who would believe in any age." (Isa. 65:17) There will be no foreclosures, no tax liens, no robber barons to take away what is produced. (Isa. 65:21-23)

This has been the plan for the believers as long as time. (Matt. 25:34) We can not imagine the glory that awaits us if we choose to follow the “Righteous guide.” (1 Cor. 13:12) We may never be able to stop the tears in this life, for there are still so many things to cause sorrow, but God will rid the universe of all sorrow. (Rev. 21:4)

God has never changed the requirements for citizenship in His kingdom. (Rev. 22:14) The Ten Commandments may be banned from the public school, but better that than lost from our hearts. (Ex. 20:3-17)

Picking and choosing which ones you like is not an option. (James 2:10)

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