- Mon, Jan 18, 2010
Jesus told the dying thief on the cross, "Today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). The apostle Paul said that to die was to be with Christ (Philippians 1:23), and to be absent from the body was to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).
- Thu, Jan 14, 2010
Yes, people in Heaven have some idea of what’s going on here. They may not know or pay attention to everything that’s happening (like the time you slipped ice into your brother’s pillowcase). But the martyrs in Revelation 6 knew that God hadn’t yet brought judgment on those who killed them, so it’s likely that they knew many other things about what’s happening on earth.
Does the idea we may inhabit other planets lend credit to the Mormon belief that you get your own planet when you die?
Question from a reader:
In Chapter 26 of your Heavenbook, you discuss space and time. You say, “I can easily envision our inhabiting and governing other resurrected planets.” Does this lend credit to the Mormon belief that you get your own planet when you die?
Does the Old Testament reveal many, if any, specifics about the location of those who died and were saved?
The New Testament reflects much more specific revelation from God of the afterlife. Yet there are some strong Old Testament indicators, though not nearly as many.
Job had the assurance that although he was going to be eaten by worms, he would receive a new body and in that body would actually see God face to face, obviously conscious. In Job 19:25-27 he says that “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself ...
Eternity is outside the presence of time, not just from now to forever. Though eternity clearly doesn’t end, it also cannot have a beginning. It is where God Himself dwells, and therefore there is no beginning. Therefore, a person in time cannot be eternal; rather he can enter into eternity and eternal life.
Your distinction about eternity being “without time” is interesting, however perhaps not supportable. Only God is timeless. The self-existent attribute of God is called His Aseity (from two Latin words “a” and “se”, meaning “from Himself”). His personal name revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14 ...
- Wed, Jan 06, 2010
I’ve been searching online for something to help you concerning purgatory, and I’m not happy with anything I’ve found. Some are brief, but too brief, don’t cite sufficient Scripture, and are just too shallow.
If what I provide from a couple of old systematic theologies below isn’t sufficiently helpful, or if the theology and writing style is too obscure, I would recommend Googling these words, together in one search: purgatory Bible Christian grace evangelical. Then start checking the articles. I checked a number in a different search, but as I said, I wasn’t happy ...
In Heaven, we will recall some—likely most or all—of our lives on earth.
This is among the most controversial beliefs I’ve presented in my books, yet there’s clear scriptural evidence for it.
- Wed, Dec 23, 2009
- Randy's Books
Throughout the book, "intermediate" Heaven was changed to "present" Heaven.
- Wed, Dec 23, 2009
Unlike God and the angels, who are in essence spirits though capable of inhabiting bodies (John 4:24; Heb. 1:14), man is by nature both spiritual and physical (Gen. 2:7).