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					 HOW BEAUTIFUL
HEAVEN MUST BE!
  (Rev. 21:1-8)



              (By Ron Halbrook)
I. THE BEAUTY OF HEAVEN
     Rev. 21:1-8
A.   Vs. 1 New Dwelling Place
     “And I saw a new heaven and a new
     earth: for the first heaven and the
     first earth were passed away; and
     there was no more sea.”
      Heaven: God’s Present Dwelling Place,
       Man’s Future Dwelling Place
       (1 Pet. 1:4-5; 2 Pet. 3:13)
 I. THE BEAUTY OF HEAVEN
         Rev. 21:1-8
B. Vs. 2 Jerusalem: City of God,
    Place of Worship
  “And I John saw the holy city,
  new Jerusalem, coming down
  from God out of heaven, prepared
  as a bride adorned for her husband.”
  Heaven Filled With Praises to God
   (Rev. 5:9-13)
  Heaven’s Beauty & Splendor “As A Bride”
 I. THE BEAUTY OF HEAVEN
         Rev. 21:1-8
C. Vs. 3 Dwell in Fellowship With God
  “And I heard a great voice out of
  heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle
  of God is with men, and he will dwell
  with them, and they shall be his
  people, and God himself shall be with
  them, and be their God.”
  Enter God’s Tent,
    Share Blessings of His Family
 I. THE BEAUTY OF HEAVEN
         Rev. 21:1-8
D. Vs. 4 No Suffering
  “And God shall wipe away all tears from their
  eyes; and there shall be no more death,
  neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there
  be any more pain: for the former things are
  passed away.”
  Sin Brought Suffering & Death (Gen. 2:16-17)
  Spiritual & Physical Death (Gen. 3:8, 24)
  All Forms of Sin, Suffering, & Death
    “Passed Away”
   I. THE BEAUTY OF HEAVEN
           Rev. 21:1-8
E. Vs. 5 New Order Prepared by God,
  Promise True!
  “And he that sat upon the throne said,
  Behold, I make all things new.
  And he said unto me, Write:
  for these words are true and faithful.”
  God Not False, Fickle, Forgetful
    (Num. 23:19; Tit. 1:2; 2 Pet. 3:9)
  Hope Anchored in Promise of God
    & Victory of Christ (Heb. 6:17-20)
  I. THE BEAUTY OF HEAVEN
          Rev. 21:1-8
F. Vs. 6 Eternal Life
  “And he said unto me, It is done. I am
  Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the
  end. I will give unto him that is athirst of
  the fountain of the water of life freely.”
  God’s Purpose Complete, Certain, Final
  Alpha, God Always Has Been:
    Points to Origin of All Things
  Omega, God Always Will Be:
    Points to Completion of All Things
  Offers Eternal Life to All Who Will Receive
 I. THE BEAUTY OF HEAVEN
         Rev. 21:1-8
G. Vs. 7 For God’s Prepared People
  “He that overcometh shall inherit
  all things; and I will be his God,
  and he shall be my son.”
  Preparation: Stand for Truth & Right
    at All Costs, Against All Odds
  Only Prepared People Enter
    God’s Heavenly Family & Home
       I. THE BEAUTY OF HEAVEN
               Rev. 21:1-8
H. Vs. 8 Hell’s Horror Vs Heaven’s Blessing
 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the
 abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers,
 and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall
 have their part in the lake which burneth with fire
 and brimstone: which is the second death.”
  Satan’s Dwelling Place
  Cries of Anguish
  Fellowship With Satan & Every Sinner
  No Rest from Suffering
  Inconceivable Punishment
  Eternal Torment
  For Weak, Wicked in Character
      II. CHRIST SHOWS
     THE WAY TO HEAVEN
A.   Jn. 14:1-6 Christ:
     Only Way, Truth, Life
B.   Heb. 9:8; 10:19-20 His Death
     Opened the Way to Heaven
C.   1 Cor. 15:23-26 Deliver His Kingdom
     to Heaven
 III. MUST FIND & ENTER
       HIS KINGDOM
A.   Christ Proclaimed Kingdom Near
      Matt. 4:17; 5:3 “At Hand”—
            Prepared Men to Receive It
      Matt. 16:18-19 To Be Established
            Through Apostles’ Preaching
      Mk. 9:1 People of His Time to See It
      Matt. 28:18-20 Apostles to Proclaim
            Him as King
  III. MUST FIND & ENTER
        HIS KINGDOM
B. Kingdom Established In Jerusalem
   on Pentecost A.D. 33
  Acts 1:3-8 Apostles Wait in Jerusalem
  Acts 2:30, 36 Preached Christ
    on His Throne
  Acts 2:37-38 How to Submit to King Christ,
    Enter His Kingdom
  Acts 2:41, 47 Many Entered His Kingdom
        III. MUST FIND & ENTER
              HIS KINGDOM
      C. Contrast His Kingdom & Others
   KINGDOM OF CHRIST           OTHER RELIGIONS
    Christ: Founder, Head       Wrong Founder, Head
    Introduced by               Introduced by Wrong
      Preaching                    Doctrines &
      of His Apostles              Commandments
    Founded in Jerusalem        Founded Wrong Place
    A.D. 33                     Wrong Time
    Enter by Faith:             Wrong Entrance:
      Repent,                      Baptism Only
      Confess Christ,              Faith Only
      Baptized
        IF YOU DIE TODAY,
      WHERE IS YOUR DESTINY?


   BEAUTY OF HEAVEN      HORROR OF HELL
    with God Forever       with Satan Forever

				
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