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The End: Some Easy Questions

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December 31, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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The End: Some Easy Questions

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: Revelation 6, and you could put a marker
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  • at Revelation 21.
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  • It'd just be a few pages to the right.
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  • This week's title is, "Some Easy Questions."
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  • All right?
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  • We did a tough question, now we're gonna do some
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  • easy questions about heaven, and I'm actually gonna answer
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  • some easy questions about heaven, and a bonus question.
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  • All right?
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  • And I'm gonna go ahead and answer
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  • the bonus question now, because I get asked this a lot.
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  • People will say, "Pastor, will my pets be in heaven?"
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  • My answer is, yours will, but mine won't.
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  • All of mine will go to hell, so.
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  • From hell they came, to hell they shall return.
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  • That's personally my... well, I take that back.
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  • Actually, I had one that will probably get to heaven,
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  • because although it lived to be 12 years old on this earth,
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  • it never reached the age of accountability.
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  • It never knew the difference between right and wrong,
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  • where to poop and where not to.
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  • So anyway, that one'll probably make it.
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  • The Bible does say though, just to help some of you,
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  • because I know this is actually an important question
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  • for some of you, that animals will be in heaven.
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  • "The lion and the lamb shall lie down together", and so,
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  • there are references to animals in heaven,
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  • so hopefully that's comforting.
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  • Although again, those of you that had some from hell,
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  • they will not be there, so don't worry about that.
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  • All right!
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  • Revelation 6, only three verses we're going to read,
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  • and there's so much truth in these three verses,
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  • it's just gonna be incredible.
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  • We'll put other verses in, but let's begin
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  • with these three.
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  • Revelation 6:9, "When He opened the fifth seal,
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  • I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain
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  • for the word of God and for their testimony
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  • which they held.
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  • And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long,
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  • O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge
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  • our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
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  • Then a white robe was given to each of them, and it was
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  • said to them that they should rest a little while longer,
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  • until both the number of their fellow servants
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  • and their brethren, who would be killed
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  • as they were, was completed."
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  • All right, here's the first question we're gonna answer.
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  • Will we have bodies in heaven?
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  • Will we have bodies in heaven?
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  • You know, people have misconceptions
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  • that we're gonna float around on clouds,
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  • we're gonna play harps, we're gonna eat grapes.
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  • But some people think, well, we're not gonna have bodies.
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  • We're gonna be like air, we're gonna be like a wisp
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  • of smoke or something.
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  • But, let me just ask you a very simple question,
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  • and then I'll give you a Scripture to show you
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  • exactly that we will have bodies.
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  • But a very simple question is, why did He give robes
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  • to them if they didn't have bodies?
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  • And by the way, it said there was given
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  • "to each of them" a robe.
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  • I think it's a custom-made robe.
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  • I don't think that it is a one size doesn't fit all,
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  • X-rated hospital gown that doesn't close in the back.
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  • I think it's a good, custom robe.
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  • 1 Corinthians 15:47-49 say, "The first man was
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  • of the earth", this is speaking of Adam, "made of dust.
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  • The second man", Jesus, "is the Lord from heaven.
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  • As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made
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  • of dust."
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  • In other words, Adam had an earthly body,
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  • we have an earthly body.
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  • "And as is the heavenly Man, so also are those
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  • who are heavenly.
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  • And as we have borne the image of the man of dust,
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  • we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man."
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  • In other words, Jesus is our example.
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  • He had an earthly body.
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  • He got tired, He got hungry, and that body actually suffered
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  • and died a physical death, but He was resurrected
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  • with a heavenly body, and that heavenly body
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  • walked on the earth, that heavenly body ate meals,
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  • so we are gonna be able to eat in heaven and never gain weight.
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  • That's my theory!
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  • And by the way, the first meal in heaven obviously,
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  • Jesus' first meal, was fish and chips.
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  • So, we will have fish and chips in heaven.
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  • That body was walking along a road one day,
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  • talking to some disciples, and then disappeared.
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  • That body walked through a wall, through a locked door.
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  • So, it is a resurrected body, but our bodies and our spirits
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  • reunite at the second coming.
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  • Many people don't know this.
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  • Remember, Jesus said, "Touch Me."
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  • Look, touch.
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  • And He also said, "Touch the scars in My hand."
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  • So, there is something of the physical body becoming
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  • a heavenly body.
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  • 1 Corinthians 15 would be a great chapter to read.
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  • The whole thing talks about the terrestrial
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  • and the celestial body and the differences between them,
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  • if you want to do some further study on that.
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  • All right, here's number two.
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  • Will we go to heaven immediately?
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  • Many that's popular are teaching soul sleep,
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  • that those who have died are actually in some sort of
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  • suspended state until the second coming of Jesus Christ.
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  • That is not true.
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  • The Bible does not teach that.
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  • The Bible teaches that immediately, when we die,
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  • we go to heaven.
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  • I want you to notice that these martyrs
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  • in Revelation 6 have died.
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  • They are in heaven, talking to God, in the presence of God,
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  • but it's before the second coming.
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  • The second coming is not until Revelation 19.
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  • And so, they are in the presence of God immediately.
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  • Jesus said to the thief on the cross, "Today you will
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  • be with me in paradise."
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  • 2 Corinthians 5:8 says, "We are confident, yes,
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  • well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present
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  • with the Lord."
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  • In other words, immediately when you're absent
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  • from the body, you're present with the Lord.
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  • Any person that you've lost, that's saved, is in the presence
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  • of the Lord.
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  • Here's number three.
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  • Will we be able to communicate?
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  • You know, again we just kind of think that we're floatin'
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  • on clouds, some people think, and you're just kind of
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  • sittin' there playin' your harp, you know?
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  • And another cloud floats by, and you know, you just kind of,
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  • you don't recognize the person.
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  • It could have been your mother, you know?
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  • You're just playin' your harp and eatin' your grapes and all.
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  • That's not what heaven is about.
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  • It's not what heaven is like at all.
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  • Matter of fact, we'll get into this a little bit more
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  • later in the series, but I want you to notice that
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  • the martyrs talked, and they talked to God.
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  • And, by the way, they talked loudly.
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  • It says, "They cried with a loud voice."
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  • Heaven is not going to be like some of the church services
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  • we grew up in.
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  • You know?
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  • Shhh.
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  • Shhh.
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  • Shhh.
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  • We don't want to wake God up, He's very old.
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  • Here's number four, will we have emotions?
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  • Will we have emotions?
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  • I want you to notice that they cared deeply about what
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  • was going on on the earth.
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  • And remember, we're created in the image of God.
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  • We're not going to get to heaven, your emotions
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  • are part of your soul.
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  • Your soul's going to go to heaven.
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  • You're going to have a mind, you're going to have a will,
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  • you're going to have emotions.
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  • Now, you say, well, could I choose then not to serve God?
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  • No, you've made your choice.
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  • You only have one lifetime to make your eternal choice.
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  • It is appointed unto man once to die.
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  • After that, the judgment.
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  • Please understand, there is no second chance.
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  • That is completely falsehood, and I'll cover a little bit
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  • of that next week in the message next week.
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  • It is completely false that there is a second chance.
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  • There's nothing in Scripture that teaches that.
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  • But, we will have emotions.
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  • As a matter of fact, there is joy in heaven when one
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  • sinner repents, and that joy will be unspeakable,
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  • unimaginable joy.
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  • The joy that we have on this earth cannot even compare to
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  • the joy, the peace, the presence of God,
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  • that we will experience while we're in heaven.
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  • Number five, will we know everything?
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  • Will we know everything?
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  • It is a very, very common misconception,
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  • and the reason is that people believe this is because they
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  • put two Scriptures together, and the Scriptures don't say
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  • what they think they say.
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  • They think it says that we will know everything,
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  • or we will know as He knows.
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  • It does not say we will know as He knows, it says,
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  • "We will see Him as He is", and it says, "We will know
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  • as we are known."
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  • Let me actually read you those two Scriptures.
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  • 1 Corinthians 13:12 says, "For now we see in a mirror,
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  • dimly, but then face to face.
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  • Now I know in part", now watch this,
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  • "but then I shall know just as I also am known."
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  • In other words, I will know others and they will know me.
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  • But it's not saying I'll know everything.
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  • 1 John 3:2 says, "Beloved, now we are children of God,
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  • and it has not been revealed what we shall be,
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  • but we know that when He is revealed,
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  • we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."
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  • In other words, we are going to have an eternal
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  • heavenly perspective, and when it says we're gonna be like God,
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  • remember Adam and Eve were like God.
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  • We're created in the image of God.
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  • But please understand, we will not be omniscient.
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  • We will never, ever know everything, but actually,
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  • this is a great thing about heaven.
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  • If you got there and you knew everything,
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  • you wouldn't have anything to learn,
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  • or anything to explore, or anything to discover.
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  • We are actually going to be discovering things
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  • for the rest of our lives.
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  • I believe in heaven we're gonna be able to travel
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  • at the speed of thought and visit a star
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  • that the Hubble telescope has never even seen,
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  • and we're gonna continually be able to see the creation of God,
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  • and learn things about God and about the kingdom of God,
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  • and it's going to be a wonderful, wonderful place.
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  • It's gonna be much better than the Discovery channel, even.
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  • Here's number six.
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  • Will we know what's happening on earth?
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  • This is a common question people have.
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  • Will we know what's happening on earth?
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  • Yes, we will.
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  • Again, we'll have a heavenly perspective, but the martyrs
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  • said, when are you gonna avenge our blood?
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  • They knew it had not been, their blood had not
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  • been avenged.
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  • In other words, they said, hey, those guys are still
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  • walkin' around.
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  • We see those guys walkin' around on earth that killed us.
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  • When are You gonna avenge our blood?
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  • We are going to understand what's going on on earth,
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  • but again, with a heavenly perspective.
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  • Hebrews 12:1 says, "Therefore we also,
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  • since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
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  • let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily
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  • ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race
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  • that is set before us."
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  • This is Hebrews 12:1, right after the whole chapter of
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  • Hebrews 11, which is the "Hall of Faith", we call it -
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  • all those Old Testament saints that have gone to be
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  • with the Lord.
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  • And then he says they are witnessing what's going on
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  • right now.
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  • They are cheering you on.
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  • Listen.
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  • You have people in heaven, family and friends that have
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  • gone on before you, that are cheering you on right now.
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  • We have a cloud of witnesses.
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  • Luke 15:7, I referenced this a moment ago.
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  • "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven
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  • over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine
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  • just persons who need no repentance."
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  • Listen to me.
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  • This has to be before the coming of Christ,
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  • because after the coming of Christ,
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  • no sinner's going to repent.
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  • He's saying, I'm tellin' you when a person gets saved,
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  • and I personally believe that mainly it's your family
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  • and friends that are throwin' the party,
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  • and some of your family are saying, thank God,
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  • I never thought he'd get saved.
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  • He was the most hard-headed person I ever knew.
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  • Thank you, Lord.
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  • And they are going to throw a party when people get saved.
  • 00:12:09.150 --> 00:12:12.140
  • Number seven, will we remember our lives on earth?
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  • Will we remember our lives on earth?
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  • Well, that's very simple.
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  • Again, from this very simple passage, Revelation 6:9-11,
  • 00:12:20.130 --> 00:12:22.110
  • they remembered they were murdered.
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  • They had not forgotten that.
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  • Well, how'd you die?
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  • That dude right there.
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  • That guy killed me.
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  • That's how I was murdered.
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  • That's how I got here.
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  • And he's not mad at him, 'cause he's livin' in heaven now.
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  • He's excited about it.
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  • But, they remembered their lives, and listen.
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  • Abraham said to the rich man, which is the passage
  • 00:12:42.200 --> 00:12:44.280
  • we're gonna cover next week...Abraham said, "Son,
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  • remember in your lifetime."
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  • Remember in your lifetime you received good things,
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  • and this man received evil things.
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  • Remember, this is what most theologians believe,
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  • and I believe this as well.
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  • In heaven, our memories will make us grateful.
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  • If you don't have anything to compare heaven to,
  • 00:13:04.250 --> 00:13:07.100
  • why would you even appreciate it?
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  • But, we're going to have something to compare it to.
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  • But now, listen.
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  • In heaven, our memories make us grateful.
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  • In hell, memories torment people, because they know
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  • that they had a chance and they refused God's love
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  • and God's goodness.
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  • So, yes, we will have memories of our lives on earth.
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  • Here's number eight.
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  • Will we know people?
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  • Will we know people?
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  • I said a moment ago, people sometimes think
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  • that we're gonna be up there and not going to know anybody.
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  • Remember 1 Corinthians 13?
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  • We read it a moment ago.
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  • "We will know as we are known."
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  • And, can I just give you my answer to this?
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  • We will finally know people.
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  • We don't know people on this earth.
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  • We really don't.
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  • We think we do, but on earth... let me say it another way.
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  • We're finally gonna understand people.
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  • You're gonna see someone [indiscernible].
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  • I finally understand you.
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  • You're probably gonna say that to your wife.
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  • Finally.
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  • You are a great, intelligent person.
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  • I just couldn't figure it out on earth.
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  • I never could figure out what you were talkin' about.
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  • Finally, we're going to know people.
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  • By the way, I think also, I think we're gonna be surprised
  • 00:14:11.200 --> 00:14:16.070
  • at some people that are there that we didn't think
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  • were gonna be there.
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  • We're gonna [indiscernible].
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  • You...you made it?
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  • Of course, you know what they're gonna say, don't you?
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  • You made it?
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  • Yeah, back at you.
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  • Okay, so.
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  • All right, let me show you a Scripture here.
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  • This is a great Scripture about are we gonna know
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  • people in heaven.
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  • Matthew 8:11, this is Jesus speaking.
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  • "And I say to you that many", many, "will come from
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  • east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac,
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  • and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven."
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  • Do you realize what you just read?
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  • You're gonna be able to sit down with Abraham.
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  • You're gonna be able to ask Abraham, what was going
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  • through your mind when you were walking Isaac up that
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  • hill to sacrifice him?
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  • You're gonna be able to sit down with Moses, and David,
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  • and Deborah, and Ruth, and Samuel, and Ezekiel, and Isaiah.
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  • You're gonna be able to sit down with these
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  • wonderful people.
  • 00:15:10.090 --> 00:15:11.090
  • Now, I've got to tell you, I thought about this
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  • and all of a sudden I had this kind of doom come over me,
  • 00:15:12.270 --> 00:15:16.260
  • because I got to thinkin' about, I have preached on
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  • just about everybody in the Bible, and I have aired
  • 00:15:20.010 --> 00:15:23.060
  • their dirty laundry on television.
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  • And I'm just wonderin', when I meet someone, they'll say,
  • 00:15:28.080 --> 00:15:32.150
  • "Why did you say that about me in that sermon?"
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  • You know?
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  • I mean, because you know, like Peter.
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  • I make fun of Peter a lot.
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  • I don't mean any disrespect, Peter.
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  • But I liken myself a lot to Peter, because it seems
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  • to me that Peter was always saying the wrong thing
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  • at the wrong time.
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  • You know what I'm saying?
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  • He was just always blurting things out that he wished
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  • he could take back.
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  • Like when Jesus came walking on the water, Jesus said,
  • 00:15:56.090 --> 00:15:59.010
  • "Don't be afraid, it's Me."
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  • Peter said, "Lord, if it's You."
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  • And Jesus is thinkin', I just said...yeah,
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  • I said it was Me, didn't I?
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  • And of course, you know how Peter was.
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  • "Lord, if it's You, tell me to come."
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  • Come.
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  • Excuse Me?
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  • You know, he wished he could have taken that back, right?
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  • And then at the Mount of Transfiguration,
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  • Moses and Elijah show up.
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  • Moses, been dead for thousands of years,
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  • and Elijah, two of the greatest Old Testament prophets
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  • that are either in Revelation, the two witnesses,
  • 00:16:32.150 --> 00:16:35.150
  • or like that, okay?
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  • Because it talks about these two witnesses,
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  • and it describes Moses and Elijah.
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  • But, they show up and Jesus... now, this is what's amazing,
  • 00:16:41.040 --> 00:16:44.120
  • is transfigured before them.
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  • I mean, He takes off His flesh and the glory of God
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  • is standing right there.
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  • So, Jesus, Moses, and Elijah are talking, and Peter says,
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  • it's a good thing I'm here.
  • 00:16:56.170 --> 00:16:58.060
  • It didn't matter that Peter was there.
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  • He just blurts it out.
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  • As a matter of fact, when you read your Bible it says,
  • 00:17:04.060 --> 00:17:05.270
  • "Then Peter answered."
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  • No one asked him anything.
  • 00:17:07.130 --> 00:17:10.240
  • And then, Jesus said... now, this is something
  • 00:17:10.270 --> 00:17:13.030
  • that people, we see this as a good thing
  • 00:17:13.060 --> 00:17:14.230
  • Peter said and it is, but Jesus' response
  • 00:17:14.260 --> 00:17:17.100
  • just blows me away.
  • 00:17:17.130 --> 00:17:18.120
  • Jesus said, "Who do men say that I am?"
  • 00:17:18.150 --> 00:17:20.280
  • And the disciples said, "Well, some say Elijah,
  • 00:17:21.010 --> 00:17:22.140
  • some say John the Baptist or one of the prophets."
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  • Jesus said, "Who do you say that I am?"
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:26.170
  • Peter said, "You're the Christ,
  • 00:17:26.200 --> 00:17:27.280
  • the Son of the Living God."
  • 00:17:28.010 --> 00:17:29.130
  • Jesus said, "Flesh and blood does not reveal this to you,
  • 00:17:29.160 --> 00:17:31.120
  • Peter, but My Father in heaven."
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  • This is what he was saying... this is a miracle.
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  • That you got the right answer, Peter, that's a miracle.
  • 00:17:35.080 --> 00:17:40.090
  • This is a miracle.
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  • Okay.
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  • I'm sorry, I just...it's just for fun, you know, so.
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  • All right.
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  • Yes, we will know people in heaven.
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  • Number nine, will it be boring?
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  • Okay, let me tell you.
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  • Do you realize that Satan is the one who has basically
  • 00:17:59.260 --> 00:18:05.130
  • put the theme out there, heaven is going to be
  • 00:18:05.160 --> 00:18:08.090
  • the most boring church service you've ever been in
  • 00:18:08.120 --> 00:18:12.160
  • for all eternity, and hell is gonna be the fun,
  • 00:18:12.190 --> 00:18:16.200
  • exciting party place?
  • 00:18:16.230 --> 00:18:17.260
  • Have you ever had people say, well, I don't want to
  • 00:18:17.290 --> 00:18:19.280
  • go to heaven, none of my friends are gonna be there.
  • 00:18:20.010 --> 00:18:22.220
  • Isn't that foolishness?
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  • Well, I'm gonna go to hell.
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  • Hell's gonna be the fun place.
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  • It's amazing.
  • 00:18:27.080 --> 00:18:28.270
  • Heaven is losing the marketing battle,
  • 00:18:29.000 --> 00:18:32.060
  • and the reason is, is because those of us
  • 00:18:32.090 --> 00:18:34.090
  • who are going don't even know enough about it
  • 00:18:34.120 --> 00:18:37.200
  • to invite someone to go.
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  • We just tell them, hey, there's this great restaurant
  • 00:18:40.180 --> 00:18:42.000
  • you gotta go to.
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  • You just gotta go.
  • 00:18:42.270 --> 00:18:44.020
  • Well, where is it?
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  • I don't know.
  • 00:18:45.030 --> 00:18:46.190
  • Well, what kind of food do they serve?
  • 00:18:46.220 --> 00:18:49.000
  • Don't know.
  • 00:18:49.030 --> 00:18:50.250
  • Well, have you been there?
  • 00:18:50.280 --> 00:18:52.230
  • No, but you gotta go.
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  • You gotta go.
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  • Don't know anything about it, don't know what the menu is,
  • 00:18:56.240 --> 00:18:58.060
  • but you gotta go.
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  • Listen, we need to understand this.
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:01.240
  • The more we understand heaven, the more motivated
  • 00:19:01.270 --> 00:19:04.080
  • we are to get our friends there.
  • 00:19:04.110 --> 00:19:07.000
  • And the more we understand hell, which I'll talk about
  • 00:19:07.030 --> 00:19:10.070
  • next week, the more motivated we are to get people
  • 00:19:10.100 --> 00:19:13.160
  • to never go there.
  • 00:19:13.190 --> 00:19:15.210
  • Heaven is going to be the most spectacular place
  • 00:19:15.240 --> 00:19:18.180
  • in the world.
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  • Heaven's gonna be wonderful.
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  • I've talked about it a little bit, but you know,
  • 00:19:21.210 --> 00:19:23.000
  • run up a thousand steps and never get tired.
  • 00:19:23.030 --> 00:19:26.080
  • Travel at the speed of thought across the universe.
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:28.280
  • Eat banana pudding all day, and never gain a pound.
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  • Heaven is going to be such a spectacular place.
  • 00:19:38.080 --> 00:19:42.020
  • Let me read you from a book called, "90 Minutes in Heaven",
  • 00:19:42.050 --> 00:19:48.180
  • by Don Piper.
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  • And there are several good books about this,
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:53.100
  • and you do have to obviously be careful with any book
  • 00:19:53.130 --> 00:19:55.190
  • of a person's experience, because we can't
  • 00:19:55.220 --> 00:19:58.000
  • put it on the same level as Scripture, but if it agrees
  • 00:19:58.030 --> 00:20:00.280
  • with Scripture then we can, and this is a wonderful passage.
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  • I just think this is absolutely amazing.
  • 00:20:04.210 --> 00:20:06.270
  • This man actually was dead for 90 minutes.
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  • Listen to what he said.
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  • "As I try to explain heaven, my words seem weak
  • 00:20:11.160 --> 00:20:14.190
  • and hardly adequate, because I have to use earthly terms
  • 00:20:14.220 --> 00:20:18.050
  • to refer to unimaginable joy, excitement, warmth,
  • 00:20:18.080 --> 00:20:22.290
  • and total happiness.
  • 00:20:23.020 --> 00:20:24.240
  • Everyone continually embraced me, touched me,
  • 00:20:24.270 --> 00:20:28.260
  • spoke to me, laughed, and praised God.
  • 00:20:28.290 --> 00:20:30.190
  • This seemed to go on for a long time,
  • 00:20:30.220 --> 00:20:32.120
  • but I didn't tire of it.
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  • My father is one of 11 children.
  • 00:20:34.050 --> 00:20:35.250
  • Some of his brothers and sisters had as many as 13 children.
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  • When I was a kid, our family reunions were so huge we rented
  • 00:20:39.040 --> 00:20:42.160
  • an entire city park in Monticello, Arkansas.
  • 00:20:42.190 --> 00:20:46.150
  • We Pipers are affectionate, with a lot of hugging
  • 00:20:46.180 --> 00:20:48.200
  • and kissing whenever we come together.
  • 00:20:48.230 --> 00:20:50.130
  • None of those earthly family reunions, however, prepared me
  • 00:20:50.160 --> 00:20:54.040
  • for the sublime gathering of saints I experienced
  • 00:20:54.070 --> 00:20:57.050
  • at the gates of heaven.
  • 00:20:57.080 --> 00:20:59.060
  • Those who were gathered in Monticello were some of
  • 00:20:59.090 --> 00:21:01.100
  • the same people waiting for me at the gates of heaven.
  • 00:21:01.130 --> 00:21:04.000
  • Heaven was many things, but without a doubt,
  • 00:21:04.030 --> 00:21:06.090
  • it was the greatest family reunion of all.
  • 00:21:06.120 --> 00:21:09.090
  • Everything I experienced was like a first class buffet
  • 00:21:09.120 --> 00:21:12.260
  • for the senses.
  • 00:21:12.290 --> 00:21:14.010
  • I have never felt such powerful embraces,
  • 00:21:14.040 --> 00:21:16.230
  • or feasted my eyes on such beauty.
  • 00:21:16.260 --> 00:21:19.110
  • Heaven's light and texture defy earthly eyes
  • 00:21:19.140 --> 00:21:22.000
  • or explanation.
  • 00:21:22.030 --> 00:21:23.060
  • Warm, radiant light engulfed me.
  • 00:21:23.090 --> 00:21:26.000
  • As I looked around, I could hardly grasp the vivid,
  • 00:21:26.030 --> 00:21:29.010
  • dazzling colors.
  • 00:21:29.040 --> 00:21:30.070
  • Every hue and tone surpassed anything I had ever seen.
  • 00:21:30.100 --> 00:21:33.210
  • With all the heightened awareness of my senses,
  • 00:21:33.240 --> 00:21:36.010
  • I felt as if I had never seen, heard, or felt anything
  • 00:21:36.040 --> 00:21:39.240
  • so real before.
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  • Never in my happiest moments had I felt so fully alive."
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  • Doesn't that make you want to go?
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  • Isn't that a great place?
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  • Now, go to Revelation 21 and let me read a little bit
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  • of a description of heaven.
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  • By the way, on down in Revelation 21
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  • it gives a description, a literal description,
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  • of the New Jerusalem.
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  • And just to let you know, the New Jerusalem, if you want
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  • a literal description of it, it's 1.380 miles long,
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  • 1.380 miles wide, and 1.380 miles high.
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  • It's a perfect cube.
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  • You can read that in Revelation 21.
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  • Revelation 21:1, "Now I saw a new heaven
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  • and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth
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  • had passed away.
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  • Also there was no more sea.
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  • Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down
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  • out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned
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  • for her husband.
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  • And I heard a loud voice from heaven, saying,
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  • "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,
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  • and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.
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  • God Himself will be with them and be their God.
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  • And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
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  • There shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
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  • There shall be no more pain, for the former things
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  • have passed away."
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  • And then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold,
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  • I make all things new."
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  • And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true
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  • and faithful."
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  • Listen, the greatest thing about heaven is going to be
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  • the fellowship of other believers and the fellowship
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  • with the Father we're going to have.
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  • And here's number ten, the tenth question.
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  • It's the most important one.
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  • Who will be there?
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  • Who will be there?
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  • Well, we stopped at Verse 5.
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  • If you'll look at Verse 6, "And He said to me, "It is done.
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  • I am the Alpha and the Omega", that's the first
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  • and last letters in the Greek alphabet,
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  • "the Beginning and the End.
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  • I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely
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  • to him who thirsts", and I love the word "freely".
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  • Revelation 22, just one chapter over, Verse 17.
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  • "And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come. "
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  • And let him who hears say, "Come. "
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  • And let him who thirsts come.
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  • Whoever desires", whoever desires, "let him take
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  • the water of life freely."
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  • By the way, the Old King James says, "Whosoever will."
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  • Whosoever will.
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  • Romans 10:9, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus
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  • and believe in your heart that God has raised Him
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  • from the dead, you will be saved."
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  • And Romans 10:13, "For whoever calls on the name of the Lord
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  • shall be saved."
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  • Who will be there?
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  • Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • and those who call on His name.
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  • Heaven is going to be wonderful,
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  • and I want to encourage you, if you've never given
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  • your life to the Lord Jesus, you can give your life
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  • to Jesus right now.
  • 00:24:34.170 --> 00:24:36.100
  • Right now, you can ask the Lord to come into your life
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  • and save you, and receive the free gift of salvation
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  • through the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:24:44.100 --> 00:24:46.070
  • I also want to encourage you that we need to spread
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  • the word to every person we meet.
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  • God created heaven so that we could spend eternity with Him,
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  • and God gives us all the opportunity to choose Him.
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  • Share this.
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  • Go out, tell everyone Jesus said, "Compel people to come in,
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  • that My Father's house may be filled."
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  • Hey, thanks so much for watching.
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  • I want to encourage you to watch next week
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  • as I continue this series, "The End."
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  • ANNOUNCER: We're so glad that you joined us
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  • for today's program, and we hope that you enjoyed
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  • this important and timely message from Pastor Robert.
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  • The afterlife is mysterious, and can often be scary
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  • and overwhelming to think about.
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  • Just the thought of it raises question after question.
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  • What's Heaven like?
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  • Is there a literal Hell?
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  • Is there a judgement?
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  • What about the second coming?
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  • How can you know for sure?
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  • In this five-part series, "The End: What Happens Next"
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  • Pastor Robert reveals the answers to these questions
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  • and so many more so that you can begin living a life
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  • that truly matters.
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  • Because, ultimately, what you believe about death and eternity
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  • will determine how you live.
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  • So don't live another day without knowing the comforting
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  • and motivating truth about what happens next.
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  • Be sure to take a moment to call us or visit us online
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  • at PastorRobert.com so that you can request your copy
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  • in your knowledge of God's Word, and in your relationships
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  • Inside you beats a heart for ministry.
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  • A sense that you're called to serve God in a greater way.
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  • But perhaps, you feel stuck, not knowing how to get
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  • from where you are to that envisioned place.
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