Heaven: It is Real
Revelation 21: 11 - 22: 4
having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. 17He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. 18The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads
Heaven and hell are real places
- The Rise of Utilitarianism
- A Change in Justice
Romans 12: 19
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Galatians 6: 7
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
Angels and demons are real
Ephesians 6: 12
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.
2 Corinthians 11:14
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Hebrews 1: 14
Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
Matthew 4: 11
Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
Matthew 8: 31
And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.”
Matthew 18: 10
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that
in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
Proverbs 25: 28
A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without
Good and evil are real
Isaiah 5: 20
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light
and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
The conflict circulates when my happiness and morality results in your unhappiness and immorality and then we are both unhappy and immoral.
“Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone - except God.” - Billy Graham
John 3: 16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
- “The present state is short and transitory; but our state in the other world, is everlasting.” Jonathon Edwards in The Christian Pilgrim
- “I find the concept of conscious eternal torment intolerable” - John Stott
- “My emotional response is not the barometer of truth”- Dr. Albert Mohler