This is an attempt to give us an idea about heaven that I thought was a good effort. But heaven is not in sitting on cloud 9 playing a harp. In fact, Heaven is way beyond our ability to even comprehend.
Hope Through Prophecy, PO Box 2022, Priest River, ID 83856 (An attempt to give us an idea.)
So lets start out with what the church is to be like and then get into what is about heaven. The Church is the key to the door into the heavens part. And church is not really as what we now see around us.
In my book “Key To The Kingdom” (available on Amazon.) I do an intense study on what the Church (bride, body of Christ, Rod of Iron, wife) of Christ Jesus is to be and look like. You can also find the book among the links at the bottom of the Home-Page of: www.OhanaChurch.Life if you like more details. And I truly hope you do spend the time finding out what the target looks like as we can never learn to hit what we don’t practice aiming at. So the prophesy of what the church would look like started with GOD (The WORD) sharing with Moses how to build the Tabernacle in the wilderness, Exodus 40 and this was all prophetic of the Church in Acts 2:38-47. I hope you get your Bible and read this as it is the heart of what we are supposed to be doing today. We have never been given the authority to change the simplicity of this union between GOD & MAN. In fact in Acts 5:16 the power of God became so evident that everyone who came, in need, to Jerusalem was healed and set free of demons due to the loving faith and unity factors. As we consider the Tabernacle and the Church we find the following 7 steps of ascending into the presence of GOD.
1. It is all about Jesus as LORD and nothing about denominations or so called leadership.
2. It is all about GOD’s TRUTH and nothing to do with the vain traditions of men.
3. It is all about fellowship in sharing love & unity with each other. Acts 5:12
4. It is a reminder memorial of what Christ Jesus did for us in love, of being the “Lamb of God.”
5. It is all about bringing our Prayers & Petitions collectively to our Heavenly Father.
6. It is all about ministering to each other in the Holy Spirit. James 5:16
7. It is all about finding God in Christ Jesus and being healed, delivered & perfected for eternity, Isa.61.
The early Christians would go to the local Synagogue and evangelize among the Jews and invite them to a House/church at sunset on Sabbath evening which was the 1st day of the week in Jewish culture. And after the meal would possible make a break for those who wished to go home. Then they would proceed with the “Lord’s Supper” with those who stayed for the rest of the evening. And they would continue with the gathering until the Holy Spirit was finished. Some times that would be way late into the early mornings. But unless the LORD build the house, they labor in vain (pride, uselessness) of them who build it. Psalm 127:1. We have been trying to build big houses for the LORD but not directed by the Holy Spirit. So then most gifts and offerings have been tied up in supporting buildings & clergy rather than being used for evangelism and helping the poor. The U.S. is obvious of this fact, we have denominations of division and church building everywhere and very little power of the Holy Spirit in helping folks to be healed and set free of demons and filled with the HOLY SPIRIT. In Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth 1 Cor. 14:26-33 as follows: “What then is the right course, believers? When you meet together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation (disclosure of special knowledge), a tongue, or an interpretation. Let everything be constructive and edifying and done for the good of all the church. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be limited to two or at the most three, and each one speaking in turn, and one must interpret [what is said]. 28 But if there is no one to interpret, the one [who wishes to speak in a tongue] must keep silent in church; let him speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak [as inspired by the Holy Spirit], while the rest pay attention and weigh carefully what is said. 30 But if an inspired revelation is made to another who is seated, then the first one must be silent. 31 For [in this way] you can all prophesy one by one, so that everyone may be instructed and everyone may be encouraged; 32 for the spirits of prophets are subject to the prophets [the prophecy is under the speaker’s control, and he can stop speaking]; 33 for God [who is the source of their prophesying] is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order. As [is the practice] in all the churches of the saints (God’s people),
So as you consider the above instructions by God’s apostle to the Gentiles, has it ever been your experience in “going to church?” This can only work in smaller groups as a work of the people who are full of the Holy Spirit in the Unity of the Faith and in the Bond of Peace. We find the same concept in Paul’s writing to the Ephesian Church in Eph.4:11-16 for the perfecting of the saints. So we actually need to find unity in the loving Truth of God so HIS power and once again flow. So we need to change our concept of the meaning of CHURCH to be according to Holy Scriptures rather than the traditions of man. And we can not learn to hit something that we don’t practice in aiming at. Here at the Church of Jesus at the TrueVine that is what we are doing. And even the Children are enjoying and want to come. More like show and tell about Jesus. And we now meet on Friday evenings at 6 for a shared meal and 7 for Bible Fellowship at this time.
Heaven, Obviously Jesus is LORD here and with us in the Holy Spirit, John 17:20-26 but Jesus also tells us in HIS Father’s House there are “Many” places to live. So we could be only one of HIS many creations through the universe. But we probably have the only lucifer and are the only spiritual hot house in the universe. So we have the challenge of being “perfected” in Christ Jesus in LOVE with a Free Will and a total desire to live in loving humility, obedience and righteousness by choice. So I suspect that if there are other creations, that they know little about what we are learning in being perfected in Christ Jesus. And it seems to me that our Heavenly Father wants to permeate all of HIS whole creation with the example of that loving humility, obedience and love of righteousness in Christ Jesus to the rest of HIS creations by example and loving power rather then by painful experience. That is why in Christ Jesus HE is making us into Kings, Priests and Ambassadors. 2 Cor.5:20, Rev. 17:14, 20:6, Luke 19:17. Notice in The Revelation of Jesus, chapter 21, that in Verse 20 that upon completion of the 7,000. years of this dimension of time that GOD converts all of the matter/energy of this world and possibly the sun and moon into a new creation as in verse 1, the sea is gone, and it would seem that the sun and moon is also gone in verse 23. And the dimensions of New Jerusalem (City of Peace) is 1500 miles at the base and 1500 miles high as in verse 16. So it appears that this City becomes home base for GOD the Almighty, Christ Jesus, the Word of God and the Holy Spirit as also the Church. And notice that in verse 24 nations who make Jesus LORD will bring honor and glory to GOD in righteousness to this new Heaven.
Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life