- Wed, Feb 03, 2010
No. Angels and human beings are entirely different creatures.
The doctrine of Hell is suggested in the Old Testament, but it is much more clearly revealed in the New. Jesus said more about Hell than anyone.
I wish I had time to fully answer your question, but I would suggest that you go to some resources online concerning the subject of Hell.
- Tue, Feb 02, 2010
Question from a reader:
Why should we sharpen our gifts, skills, abilities and character now while on Earth, partially in preparation for Heaven (where those gifts will be used for Christ), when we'll have eternity to do so?
Part of the issue is why should we be working on something now? Because this life is a limited opportunity to make choices to follow Christ in a world that is opposed to Him. The idea of why not wait until eternity, since we’ll have all eternity to learn things, is answered because God says not ...
- Sat, Jan 30, 2010
When writing about the New Earth, did you mean to leave out the New Jerusalem, which is the final Heaven, and is described in Rev. 21 and 22?
The point is where the New Jerusalem is located. It is brought down to the New Earth and is the capital city of the New Earth. When I talk about the New Earth I am including the New Jerusalem. However, the New Jerusalem does not include the whole New Earth. For example, when you speak of Oregon, does that include the city of Portland? Yes. But if you speak of Portland, that doesn't include the whole state of Oregon.
- Sat, Jan 30, 2010
Where in Scripture are we reassured that we will have the comfort of making up lost time with loved ones in eternity?
Scripture tells us we will all be living with the same person (Jesus) in the same place (Heaven), and will be seated at tables with the people of God of all times, and 1 Thessalonians 4 says we are to “comfort one another with these words” about being together with the Lord forever. So clearly we will be spending eternity with our loved ones.
The millennium is an interesting subject. It’s also a theological lightning rod, one which I didn’t want to be a center of attention in my book Heaven. This is why I dealt with it there only briefly. As I say in the book, the focus of our attention should be on the New Earth, which is the center of our eternal dwelling place and our rule as God’s children. Regardless of our differing beliefs on the millennium, it is possible for us to agree on the nature of God’s New Earth.