What is the New Jerusalem? – Part 3

What is the New Jerusalem? – Part 3

The idea is certainly not new and even the Old Testament describes newness of things especially in Isaiah 65. But the New Jerusalem is something described in detail in the Book of Revelation. It certainly is spiritual first and foremost, but it may also be describing natural things to come. Some have suggested that the “New Jerusalem” is here on earth, and others have suggested that we all have a destination beyond this planet, that is in the heavens, the “New Jerusalem”. This week I will talk about the idea of the “New Jerusalem” using the Bible as the go to reference book of choice…cont’d.

The last important point of the new Jerusalem is that it represents eternal life; newness, refreshing and forgiveness (Rev. 21:1, 3-7). There are many more verses to describe the Jerusalem from above, but it is probably best understood in the context of the Holy Spirit. God is Spirit after all (John 4:24). And this “new Jerusalem”, although likely having a literal context at the final resurrection and judgement of all mankind, has a much simpler context today. It represents the Holy Spirit descending on Jesus like a dove, it represents our acceptance of God’s kingdom in our own life and finally it represents the final destination of all of those whom believe in and follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth to the end (Rev. 21:8-27). It is a place that, like God, is Holy and will never be destroyed. It is the place where peace and righteousness dwell forever (Rev. 22)!

Darrell

Seven Steps to Freedom

Time, Times, and a Dividing of Time – What did John really see?

What is the New Jerusalem? – Part 2

What is the New Jerusalem? – Part 2

The idea is certainly not new and even the Old Testament describes newness of things especially in Isaiah 65. But the New Jerusalem is something described in detail in the Book of Revelation. It certainly is spiritual first and foremost, but it may also be describing natural things to come. Some have suggested that the “New Jerusalem” is here on earth, and others have suggested that we all have a destination beyond this planet, that is in the heavens, the “New Jerusalem”. This week I will talk about the idea of the “New Jerusalem” using the Bible as the go to reference book of choice…cont’d.

In the epistles it describes the Jerusalem from above as being the “mother” of us all (Gal. 4:26). And Hebrews 12:22-24 speaks of the spiritual context of this “heavenly” Jerusalem, “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” This describing the nature of heaven itself, which is God’s spirit essentially, the fellowship of the church made perfect in Christ and Jesus Christ himself as the High Priest before God and men.

Darrell

Seven Steps to Freedom

Time, Times, and a Dividing of Time – What did John really see?

What is the New Jerusalem? – Part 1

What is the New Jerusalem? – Part 1

The idea is certainly not new and even the Old Testament describes newness of things especially in Isaiah 65. But the New Jerusalem is something described in detail in the Book of Revelation. It certainly is spiritual first and foremost, but it may also be describing natural things to come. Some have suggested that the “New Jerusalem” is here on earth, and others have suggested that we all have a destination beyond this planet, that is in the heavens, the “New Jerusalem”. This week I will talk about the idea of the “New Jerusalem” using the Bible as the go to reference book of choice.

One article would not do justice, the description of the idea of the “New Jerusalem”, but I will sum up a few points about it. The first and most important idea being that of marriage, the topic is spoken of by Jesus many times and is completed in the final chapters of the Book of Revelation. It says in Rev. 21:2, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Jesus spoke about the kingdom of heaven in parables as a wedding supper (Matt. 22:14, 25:1-13, Luke 12:36). And God speaks in the Old Testament about His ongoing relationship with Israel through referencing marriage (Isaiah 49:18; 61:10, 11). The point is that marriage is an important, arguably the most important part of God’s plan for us as humans, both physically and more importantly spiritually.

Darrell

Seven Steps to Freedom

Time, Times, and a Dividing of Time – What did John really see?

Part of the problem, solution or neutral…

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Seven Steps to Freedom

Time, Times and a Dividing of Time – What did John really see?

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Part of the problem, solution or neutral… – Part 2

Part of the problem, solution or neutral… – Part 2

In the military, staying out of trouble meant being the “grey” man. This type of person does not say or do too much or too little. Just enough to be of use without looking like a “brown nosier” or a “sleuth”. And this has its roots in the Bible (Eccl. 10:11-15, 18). We can become zealous at times to a fault and attempt to bring things to pass that were either not meant to be or are not at the right time. Jesus did say seek and you shall find, but how far do we go and where do we go and whom do we seek to find the truth? And what are the results? This week I will talk about the topic of problem solving using the Bible as the go to reference book of choice…cont’d.

In John 6, the disciples were speaking with Jesus about what type of work they should do. And Jesus said that the work of God is to “believe on him whom he sent” (John 6:29). What a simple way of explaining the reason why we are here on earth.  In general the Bible says to “…study to be quiet, and to do your own business…” (1 Thess. 4:11). The fact of the matter is that Jesus said that we would have troubles in this life, but do not fear, because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). We can try our best to be a “grey” man, “coast” through life or “just go with the Flow”, which may be possible for some people in this life and God bless them for it. But for those who do experience troubles, we need to know and understand that Jesus is still there with us!

Darrell

Seven Steps to Freedom

Time, Times, and a Dividing of Time – What did John really see?

Part of the problem, solution or neutral… – Part 1

Part of the problem, solution or neutral… – Part 1

In the military, staying out of trouble meant being the “grey” man. This type of person does not say or do too much or too little. Just enough to be of use without looking like a “brown nosier” or a “sleuth”. And this has its roots in the Bible (Eccl. 10:11-15, 18). We can become zealous at times to a fault and attempt to bring things to pass that were either not meant to be or are not at the right time. Jesus did say seek and you shall find, but how far do we go and where do we go and whom do we seek to find the truth? And what are the results? This week I will talk about the topic of problem solving using the Bible as the go to reference book of choice.

In Jeremiah it says that if the heavens could be searched out above and the depths beneath that God’s covenant with Israel would be removed (Jeremiah 31:37). It is interesting that with science and technology today, these could come to pass. Whether or not mankind ever completely understands the heights of heaven and the depths of the earth entirely could be argued until the final judgement. However, as the Bible says, “…with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26). Nevertheless as individuals we can still do our part in bringing God’s plan for mankind here on earth and in eternity to come to pass. This will always start with accepting the true God and Jesus Christ as our Saviour and authority, above all else in heaven and in the earth.

Darrell

Seven Steps to Freedom

Time, Times, and a Dividing of Time – What did John really see?

How do you define yourself?

This weeks podcast is about definition. Have a listen.

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Seven Steps to Freedom

Time, Times and a Dividing of Time – What did John really see?

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How do you define yourself?- Part 2

How do you define yourself?- Part 2

Years ago if you would have asked me what I do I would have said, play soccer, cook, go to school, work at a certain job, etc. We can define ourselves, by any number of activities we do, but what is most important? How do we influence others, can you be sure that when you leave this life that you have left a positive influence on those around you? This week I will talk about defining ourselves using the Bible as the go to reference book of choice…cont’d.

We can all get caught up in the “hype” of this fad or that fad, this idol or that idol, in our lives, but we often go off on a tangent from one of the most important goals here on earth, which is to be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 1:26-28). This goes with both spiritual and physical blessings, in family, life and in work. I heard a saying by a fellow one time that ran a financial company; he said that his philosophy was God, family and then business, as his order of priorities. I think this to be a great start. And with Jesus Christ as our chief cornerstone, we have that perfect foundation to work from.

Darrell

Seven Steps to Freedom

Time, Times, and a Dividing of Time – What did John really see?

How do you define yourself? – Part 1

How do you define yourself? – Part 1

Years ago if you would have asked me what I do I would have said, play soccer, cook, go to school, work at a certain job, etc. We can define ourselves, by any number of activities we do, but what is most important? How do we influence others, can you be sure that when you leave this life that you have left a positive influence on those around you? This week I will talk about defining ourselves using the Bible as the go to reference book of choice.

Peter went back to fishing after Christ was resurrected, and Christ came to Him and asked him if Peter loved Him more than the other disciples (John 21:14-17). Peter replied “yes” three times. And I believe Jesus was doing something in those questions. He was teaching Peter to change his frame of mind. There is no doubt that Peter and the other disciples had their heads in the clouds when Jesus just up and suddenly left them after so many years of shepherding them. Put Peter had a wife and children, among, now, continuing the gospel message. Was Jesus trying to tell Him to get on with life? It’s very possible.

Darrell

Seven Steps to Freedom

Time, Times, and a Dividing of Time – What did John really see?

Happiness, Joy, Contentment – How do we become satisfied with what we have?

This weeks podcast is about being content. Have a listen.

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Darrell

Seven Steps to Freedom

Time, Times and a Dividing of Time – What did John really see?

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