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  • MESSAGE FOR HOME COMING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2008

    CHRISTIAN HOPE CHURCH OF CHRIST, PLYMOUTH, NORTH CAROLINA

    by Reggie A. Braziel, minister

    The Seven Wonders of Heaven The Seven Wonders of Heaven The Seven Wonders of Heaven The Seven Wonders of Heaven REVELATION 21:1 REVELATION 21:1 REVELATION 21:1 REVELATION 21:1----27272727

    (Homeco(Homeco(Homeco(Homecoming Introduction)ming Introduction)ming Introduction)ming Introduction)

    First of all I want to welcome each and every one of you to HOMECOMING SUNDAY First of all I want to welcome each and every one of you to HOMECOMING SUNDAY First of all I want to welcome each and every one of you to HOMECOMING SUNDAY First of all I want to welcome each and every one of you to HOMECOMING SUNDAY

    here at Christian Hope. My ishere at Christian Hope. My ishere at Christian Hope. My ishere at Christian Hope. My isnt it great to see the Lords House filled today. I nt it great to see the Lords House filled today. I nt it great to see the Lords House filled today. I nt it great to see the Lords House filled today. I

    dont know about you, but I wish every Sunday could be Homecoming Sunday.dont know about you, but I wish every Sunday could be Homecoming Sunday.dont know about you, but I wish every Sunday could be Homecoming Sunday.dont know about you, but I wish every Sunday could be Homecoming Sunday.

    I know a number of you have loved ones and friends with you I know a number of you have loved ones and friends with you I know a number of you have loved ones and friends with you I know a number of you have loved ones and friends with you

    this morning. Its as though we have a lot of little reu this morning. Its as though we have a lot of little reu this morning. Its as though we have a lot of little reu this morning. Its as though we have a lot of little reunionsnionsnionsnions

    within this one BIG reunion. within this one BIG reunion. within this one BIG reunion. within this one BIG reunion.

    Sort of reminds you a little bit of HEAVEN doesnt it? Which brings me to the Sort of reminds you a little bit of HEAVEN doesnt it? Which brings me to the Sort of reminds you a little bit of HEAVEN doesnt it? Which brings me to the Sort of reminds you a little bit of HEAVEN doesnt it? Which brings me to the

    subject I want to preach about this morning. For a few minutes this morning I would subject I want to preach about this morning. For a few minutes this morning I would subject I want to preach about this morning. For a few minutes this morning I would subject I want to preach about this morning. For a few minutes this morning I would

    like for us to focus our thoughts on THE GRElike for us to focus our thoughts on THE GRElike for us to focus our thoughts on THE GRElike for us to focus our thoughts on THE GREATEST HOMECOMING OF ALL and that ATEST HOMECOMING OF ALL and that ATEST HOMECOMING OF ALL and that ATEST HOMECOMING OF ALL and that

    is the HOMECOMING we will one day enjoy in HEAVEN.is the HOMECOMING we will one day enjoy in HEAVEN.is the HOMECOMING we will one day enjoy in HEAVEN.is the HOMECOMING we will one day enjoy in HEAVEN.

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    Illustration Illustration Illustration Illustration (star (star (star (start here for Revivals)t here for Revivals)t here for Revivals)t here for Revivals)

    They are known as THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLDThey are known as THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLDThey are known as THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLDThey are known as THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD

    The great PYRAMIDS of Egypt The great PYRAMIDS of Egypt The great PYRAMIDS of Egypt The great PYRAMIDS of Egypt

    The T The T The T The Taj Mahal in Indiaaj Mahal in Indiaaj Mahal in Indiaaj Mahal in India

    The Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon

    The Panama Canal The Panama Canal The Panama Canal The Panama Canal

    The Empire State Building in NY city The Empire State Building in NY city The Empire State Building in NY city The Empire State Building in NY city

    Saint Peters Basillica in Rome Saint Peters Basillica in Rome Saint Peters Basillica in Rome Saint Peters Basillica in Rome

    And the Great Wall of China And the Great Wall of China And the Great Wall of China And the Great Wall of China

    Some of these great wonders are natural, some are manSome of these great wonders are natural, some are manSome of these great wonders are natural, some are manSome of these great wonders are natural, some are man----mamamamade, all are de, all are de, all are de, all are

    labeled a WONDER because of their UNIQUE SIZE , GRANDEUR orlabeled a WONDER because of their UNIQUE SIZE , GRANDEUR orlabeled a WONDER because of their UNIQUE SIZE , GRANDEUR orlabeled a WONDER because of their UNIQUE SIZE , GRANDEUR or

    DESIGN.DESIGN.DESIGN.DESIGN.

  • F F F For the next few minutes I would like for us to think about or the next few minutes I would like for us to think about or the next few minutes I would like for us to think about or the next few minutes I would like for us to think about

    THE SEVEN WONDERS OF HEAVEN.THE SEVEN WONDERS OF HEAVEN.THE SEVEN WONDERS OF HEAVEN.THE SEVEN WONDERS OF HEAVEN.

    PPPPlease open your BIBLES to thelease open your BIBLES to thelease open your BIBLES to thelease open your BIBLES to the 21 21 21 21stststst chapter of the Book of Revelation. chapter of the Book of Revelation. chapter of the Book of Revelation. chapter of the Book of Revelation. As you know, the apostle JOHN was exiled on the Isle of Patmos the last As you know, the apostle JOHN was exiled on the Isle of Patmos the last As you know, the apostle JOHN was exiled on the Isle of Patmos the last As you know, the apostle JOHN was exiled on the Isle of Patmos the last

    years of his liyears of his liyears of his liyears of his life. It was on this island, GOD gave JOHN a glimpse into fe. It was on this island, GOD gave JOHN a glimpse into fe. It was on this island, GOD gave JOHN a glimpse into fe. It was on this island, GOD gave JOHN a glimpse into

    the future of the WORLD and HUMANITY. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the future of the WORLD and HUMANITY. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the future of the WORLD and HUMANITY. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the future of the WORLD and HUMANITY. Inspired by the Holy Spirit,

    John put into words what he saw in that divine revelation. John put into words what he saw in that divine revelation. John put into words what he saw in that divine revelation. John put into words what he saw in that divine revelation.

    Rather than reading this passage in its entirety, we will read a fRather than reading this passage in its entirety, we will read a fRather than reading this passage in its entirety, we will read a fRather than reading this passage in its entirety, we will read a few ew ew ew

    verses at a time as we examine each of the SEVEN WONDERS .verses at a time as we examine each of the SEVEN WONDERS .verses at a time as we examine each of the SEVEN WONDERS .verses at a time as we examine each of the SEVEN WONDERS .

    The First Wonder of Heaven is The First Wonder of Heaven is The First Wonder of Heaven is The First Wonder of Heaven is

    The Wonder ofThe Wonder ofThe Wonder ofThe Wonder of Heaven's Existence Heaven's Existence Heaven's Existence Heaven's Existence

    Revelation 21:1,2Revelation 21:1,2Revelation 21:1,2Revelation 21:1,2

    1. One of the classic Christmas movies of all time is the movie 1. One of the classic Christmas movies of all time is the movie 1. One of the classic Christmas movies of all time is the movie 1. One of the classic Christmas movies of all time is the movie

    Miracle on 34Miracle on 34Miracle on 34Miracle on 34thththth Street. Street. Street. Street. And one of the most memorable lines And one of the most memorable lines And one of the most memorable lines And one of the most memorable lines

    from that movie is, from that movie is, from that movie is, from that movie is, Yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus.Yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus.Yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus.Yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus.

    2. I would say to you this morning, YES VIRGINIA, THERE REALLY2. I would say to you this morning, YES VIRGINIA, THERE REALLY2. I would say to you this morning, YES VIRGINIA, THERE REALLY2. I would say to you this morning, YES VIRGINIA, THERE REALLY

    IS A HEAVEN! The fact that such a magnificent place IS A HEAVEN! The fact that such a magnificent place IS A HEAVEN! The fact that such a magnificent place IS A HEAVEN! The fact that such a magnificent place eveneveneveneven

    exists is a WONDER in and of itself. exists is a WONDER in and of itself. exists is a WONDER in and of itself. exists is a WONDER in and of itself.

    3. Historical Literature has given us many wonderful make 3. Historical Literature has given us many wonderful make 3. Historical Literature has given us many wonderful make 3. Historical Literature has given us many wonderful make----believebelievebelievebelieve

    lands such as: lands such as: lands such as: lands such as: The Land of Oz.Never, Never Land..CamelotThe Land of Oz.Never, Never Land..CamelotThe Land of Oz.Never, Never Land..CamelotThe Land of Oz.Never, Never Land..Camelot

    and Atlantis and Atlantis and Atlantis and Atlantis just to name a few.just to name a few.just to name a few.just to name a few.

    These These These These places have captured the imagination of readersplaces have captured the imagination of readersplaces have captured the imagination of readersplaces have captured the imagination of readers

    for many generations. If only they truly existed! for many generations. If only they truly existed! for many generations. If only they truly existed! for many generations. If only they truly existed!

    4. I thin 4. I thin 4. I thin 4. I think some people believe HEAVEN is just another LAND OFk some people believe HEAVEN is just another LAND OFk some people believe HEAVEN is just another LAND OFk some people believe HEAVEN is just another LAND OF

    MAKE BELIEVE. But JOHN tells us heaven is a very real place. MAKE BELIEVE. But JOHN tells us heaven is a very real place. MAKE BELIEVE. But JOHN tells us heaven is a very real place. MAKE BELIEVE. But JOHN tells us heaven is a very real place.

  • 5. As a matter 5. As a matter 5. As a matter 5. As a matter----ofofofof----fact we find over 400 references to HEAVENfact we find over 400 references to HEAVENfact we find over 400 references to HEAVENfact we find over 400 references to HEAVEN

    in the Bible. in the Bible. in the Bible. in the Bible.

    Remember how Jesus began the LORDS PRAYER?Remember how Jesus began the LORDS PRAYER?Remember how Jesus began the LORDS PRAYER?Remember how Jesus began the LORDS PRAYER?

    Our Father, who art in Our Father, who art in Our Father, who art in Our Father, who art in HEAVENHEAVENHEAVENHEAVEN, h, h, h, hallowed (holy) be your name.allowed (holy) be your name.allowed (holy) be your name.allowed (holy) be your name.

    (Matt (Matt (Matt (Matthew 6:9)hew 6:9)hew 6:9)hew 6:9)

    In In In In ACTS 1ACTS 1ACTS 1ACTS 1 on the day Jesus ascended, the two men in white clothing on the day Jesus ascended, the two men in white clothing on the day Jesus ascended, the two men in white clothing on the day Jesus ascended, the two men in white clothing

    said to the apostles, said to the apostles, said to the apostles, said to the apostles, Men of Men of Men of Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking intoGalilee, why do you stand here looking intoGalilee, why do you stand here looking intoGalilee, why do you stand here looking into

    the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into HeavenHeavenHeavenHeaven,,,,

    will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into HeavenHeavenHeavenHeaven....

    (Acts 1:11) (Acts 1:11) (Acts 1:11) (Acts 1:11)

    And remember that wonderful promise the Apostle Paul wrote about And remember that wonderful promise the Apostle Paul wrote about And remember that wonderful promise the Apostle Paul wrote about And remember that wonderful promise the Apostle Paul wrote about

    in in in in II CORINTHIANS 5:1 II CORINTHIANS 5:1 II CORINTHIANS 5:1 II CORINTHIANS 5:1 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live inNow we know that if the earthly tent we live inNow we know that if the earthly tent we live inNow we know that if the earthly tent we live in

    is destroyed, we have a building f is destroyed, we have a building f is destroyed, we have a building f is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house inrom God, an eternal house inrom God, an eternal house inrom God, an eternal house in

    Heaven Heaven Heaven Heaven....

    6. These are just a few of the hundreds of scriptures that tell us 6. These are just a few of the hundreds of scriptures that tell us 6. These are just a few of the hundreds of scriptures that tell us 6. These are just a few of the hundreds of scriptures that tell us

    HE HE HE HEAVEN is a very real place.AVEN is a very real place.AVEN is a very real place.AVEN is a very real place.

    7. Yes, the first wonder of Heaven is the WONDER OF ITS EXISTENCE. 7. Yes, the first wonder of Heaven is the WONDER OF ITS EXISTENCE. 7. Yes, the first wonder of Heaven is the WONDER OF ITS EXISTENCE. 7. Yes, the first wonder of Heaven is the WONDER OF ITS EXISTENCE.

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    The Second Wonder of Heaven is.. The Second Wonder of Heaven is.. The Second Wonder of Heaven is.. The Second Wonder of Heaven is..

    The Wonder of Heaven's PerfectionThe Wonder of Heaven's PerfectionThe Wonder of Heaven's PerfectionThe Wonder of Heaven's Perfection

    Revelation 21:3Revelation 21:3Revelation 21:3Revelation 21:3----4444

    1. Brothers and sisters, it just doe 1. Brothers and sisters, it just doe 1. Brothers and sisters, it just doe 1. Brothers and sisters, it just doesnt get any more PERFECT thansnt get any more PERFECT thansnt get any more PERFECT thansnt get any more PERFECT than

    that. that. that. that.

    (A) First, we will live in the (A) First, we will live in the (A) First, we will live in the (A) First, we will live in the PRESENCEPRESENCEPRESENCEPRESENCE of the of the of the of the PERFECT ONE.PERFECT ONE.PERFECT ONE.PERFECT ONE.

    Notice the emphasis John places on God and usNotice the emphasis John places on God and usNotice the emphasis John places on God and usNotice the emphasis John places on God and us

    being in the same place together. being in the same place together. being in the same place together. being in the same place together.

  • The dwelling of God is with men.The dwelling of God is with men.The dwelling of God is with men.The dwelling of God is with men.

    God Himself will be with them and be their God. God Himself will be with them and be their God. God Himself will be with them and be their God. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

    Truly one of the great wonders of Heaven is that Truly one of the great wonders of Heaven is that Truly one of the great wonders of Heaven is that Truly one of the great wonders of Heaven is that we whowe whowe whowe who

    have been so UNHOLY will be living in the presence of the have been so UNHOLY will be living in the presence of the have been so UNHOLY will be living in the presence of the have been so UNHOLY will be living in the presence of the

    One who is PERFECTLY HOLY for all One who is PERFECTLY HOLY for all One who is PERFECTLY HOLY for all One who is PERFECTLY HOLY for all eternity. The fact thateternity. The fact thateternity. The fact thateternity. The fact that

    God, Himself would even want to live with us is a wonder in God, Himself would even want to live with us is a wonder in God, Himself would even want to live with us is a wonder in God, Himself would even want to live with us is a wonder in

    and of itself. and of itself. and of itself. and of itself.

    (B) But not only will Heaven be PERFECT because we will be living (B) But not only will Heaven be PERFECT because we will be living (B) But not only will Heaven be PERFECT because we will be living (B) But not only will Heaven be PERFECT because we will be living

    in the PRESENCE of the PERFECT ONE, i in the PRESENCE of the PERFECT ONE, i in the PRESENCE of the PERFECT ONE, i in the PRESENCE of the PERFECT ONE, it will also be greatt will also be greatt will also be greatt will also be great

    because we will be living in a PERFECT ENVIRONMENT. because we will be living in a PERFECT ENVIRONMENT. because we will be living in a PERFECT ENVIRONMENT. because we will be living in a PERFECT ENVIRONMENT.

    NO MORE TEARS NO MORE TEARS NO MORE TEARS NO MORE TEARS

    NO MORE DEATH NO MORE DEATH NO MORE DEATH NO MORE DEATH

    NO MORE MOURNING NO MORE MOURNING NO MORE MOURNING NO MORE MOURNING

    NO MORE CRYING NO MORE CRYING NO MORE CRYING NO MORE CRYING

    NO MORE PAIN NO MORE PAIN NO MORE PAIN NO MORE PAIN

    NO MORE SICKNESS NO MORE SICKNESS NO MORE SICKNESS NO MORE SICKNESS

    NO MORE CANCER NO MORE CANCER NO MORE CANCER NO MORE CANCER

    NO MORE HEART ATTACKS NO MORE HEART ATTACKS NO MORE HEART ATTACKS NO MORE HEART ATTACKS

    NO MORE STROKES NO MORE STROKES NO MORE STROKES NO MORE STROKES

    NO MORE ALZHEIMERS NO MORE ALZHEIMERS NO MORE ALZHEIMERS NO MORE ALZHEIMERS

    NO MORE FUNERAL PROCESSIONS NO MORE FUNERAL PROCESSIONS NO MORE FUNERAL PROCESSIONS NO MORE FUNERAL PROCESSIONS

    NO MORE AMBULANCES NO MORE AMBULANCES NO MORE AMBULANCES NO MORE AMBULANCES

    NO MORE NO MORE NO MORE NO MORE HOSPITALS HOSPITALS HOSPITALS HOSPITALS

    NO MORE EMERGENCY ROOMS NO MORE EMERGENCY ROOMS NO MORE EMERGENCY ROOMS NO MORE EMERGENCY ROOMS

    NO MORE AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS NO MORE AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS NO MORE AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS NO MORE AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS

    NO MORE MURDERS NO MORE MURDERS NO MORE MURDERS NO MORE MURDERS

    NO MORE RAPES NO MORE RAPES NO MORE RAPES NO MORE RAPES

    NO MORE ROBBERIES NO MORE ROBBERIES NO MORE ROBBERIES NO MORE ROBBERIES

    NO MORE SUICIDES NO MORE SUICIDES NO MORE SUICIDES NO MORE SUICIDES

    2. All the things that bro2. All the things that bro2. All the things that bro2. All the things that brought us so much sorrow and suffering in thisught us so much sorrow and suffering in thisught us so much sorrow and suffering in thisught us so much sorrow and suffering in this

    imperfect world, will be absent in HEAVEN. imperfect world, will be absent in HEAVEN. imperfect world, will be absent in HEAVEN. imperfect world, will be absent in HEAVEN.

  • 3. Yes the second great WONDER OF HEAVEN is the WONDER of its 3. Yes the second great WONDER OF HEAVEN is the WONDER of its 3. Yes the second great WONDER OF HEAVEN is the WONDER of its 3. Yes the second great WONDER OF HEAVEN is the WONDER of its

    PERFECTION. PERFECTION. PERFECTION. PERFECTION.

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    The Third Wonder of Heaven is. The Third Wonder of Heaven is. The Third Wonder of Heaven is. The Third Wonder of Heaven is. The Wonder of Heaven's Incredible SiThe Wonder of Heaven's Incredible SiThe Wonder of Heaven's Incredible SiThe Wonder of Heaven's Incredible Sizezezeze

    Revelation 21:15Revelation 21:15Revelation 21:15Revelation 21:15----17171717

    1. According to John, Heaven is laid out like a perfect cube that 1. According to John, Heaven is laid out like a perfect cube that 1. According to John, Heaven is laid out like a perfect cube that 1. According to John, Heaven is laid out like a perfect cube that

    is. is. is. is.

    *1,400 m *1,400 m *1,400 m *1,400 miles longiles longiles longiles long

    *1,400 miles wide *1,400 miles wide *1,400 miles wide *1,400 miles wide

    *And an incredible 1,400 miles high *And an incredible 1,400 miles high *And an incredible 1,400 miles high *And an incredible 1,400 miles high

    This figures out to about 2 MILLIO This figures out to about 2 MILLIO This figures out to about 2 MILLIO This figures out to about 2 MILLION SQUARE MILES, which is aboutN SQUARE MILES, which is aboutN SQUARE MILES, which is aboutN SQUARE MILES, which is about

    half the size of the United States. By comparison, NEW YORK CITY half the size of the United States. By comparison, NEW YORK CITY half the size of the United States. By comparison, NEW YORK CITY half the size of the United States. By comparison, NEW YORK CITY

    is about 305 squar is about 305 squar is about 305 squar is about 305 square miles in size. This means you could fite miles in size. This means you could fite miles in size. This means you could fite miles in size. This means you could fit

    the city of New York inside Heaven approximately 6,500 times the city of New York inside Heaven approximately 6,500 times the city of New York inside Heaven approximately 6,500 times the city of New York inside Heaven approximately 6,500 times

    And surr And surr And surr And surrounding this massive cube is a WALL that is ounding this massive cube is a WALL that is ounding this massive cube is a WALL that is ounding this massive cube is a WALL that is

    200 FEET THICK. Now I dont know about you, but I would 200 FEET THICK. Now I dont know about you, but I would 200 FEET THICK. Now I dont know about you, but I would 200 FEET THICK. Now I dont know about you, but I would

    feel perfect feel perfect feel perfect feel perfectly SAFE and SECURE behind a wall that thick.ly SAFE and SECURE behind a wall that thick.ly SAFE and SECURE behind a wall that thick.ly SAFE and SECURE behind a wall that thick.

    2. As incredible as the massive width and breadth of heaven is, 2. As incredible as the massive width and breadth of heaven is, 2. As incredible as the massive width and breadth of heaven is, 2. As incredible as the massive width and breadth of heaven is,

    the he the he the he the height is what truly amazes me.ight is what truly amazes me.ight is what truly amazes me.ight is what truly amazes me.

    The average jumbo jet flies at an altitude of about 7 The average jumbo jet flies at an altitude of about 7 The average jumbo jet flies at an altitude of about 7 The average jumbo jet flies at an altitude of about 7----8 miles8 miles8 miles8 miles

    above the ear above the ear above the ear above the earth. Mt. Everest, the worlds tallest mountain isth. Mt. Everest, the worlds tallest mountain isth. Mt. Everest, the worlds tallest mountain isth. Mt. Everest, the worlds tallest mountain is

    approximately 5 miles high. HEAVEN is 1,400 miles high. approximately 5 miles high. HEAVEN is 1,400 miles high. approximately 5 miles high. HEAVEN is 1,400 miles high. approximately 5 miles high. HEAVEN is 1,400 miles high.

    If Heaven were a sky scraper it would be nearly 375,000 stories high. If Heaven were a sky scraper it would be nearly 375,000 stories high. If Heaven were a sky scraper it would be nearly 375,000 stories high. If Heaven were a sky scraper it would be nearly 375,000 stories high.

    3. Yes, one of the truly great wonders of heaven 3. Yes, one of the truly great wonders of heaven 3. Yes, one of the truly great wonders of heaven 3. Yes, one of the truly great wonders of heaven is theis theis theis the

    WONDER OF ITS INCREDIBLE SIZE. WONDER OF ITS INCREDIBLE SIZE. WONDER OF ITS INCREDIBLE SIZE. WONDER OF ITS INCREDIBLE SIZE.

  • The fourth wonder of Heaven is..The fourth wonder of Heaven is..The fourth wonder of Heaven is..The fourth wonder of Heaven is.. The Wonder of Heaven's Incredible The Wonder of Heaven's Incredible The Wonder of Heaven's Incredible The Wonder of Heaven's Incredible

    BeautyBeautyBeautyBeauty

    Revelation 21:11 Revelation 21:11 Revelation 21:11 Revelation 21:11----14; 1814; 1814; 1814; 18----21212121

    1. It should not surprise us that God has creat 1. It should not surprise us that God has creat 1. It should not surprise us that God has creat 1. It should not surprise us that God has created Heaven to beed Heaven to beed Heaven to beed Heaven to be

    a place of INDESCRIBABLE BEAUTY. Anything that God creates a place of INDESCRIBABLE BEAUTY. Anything that God creates a place of INDESCRIBABLE BEAUTY. Anything that God creates a place of INDESCRIBABLE BEAUTY. Anything that God creates

    is BEAUTIFUL beyond description. is BEAUTIFUL beyond description. is BEAUTIFUL beyond description. is BEAUTIFUL beyond description.

    Look at the SUN, the MOON and the STARS in the SKY above Look at the SUN, the MOON and the STARS in the SKY above Look at the SUN, the MOON and the STARS in the SKY above Look at the SUN, the MOON and the STARS in the SKY above

    you and they DECLARE THE GLORY OF THE LORD. you and they DECLARE THE GLORY OF THE LORD. you and they DECLARE THE GLORY OF THE LORD. you and they DECLARE THE GLORY OF THE LORD.

    Look at the mighty oceans.and the winding, twisting rivers. Look at the mighty oceans.and the winding, twisting rivers. Look at the mighty oceans.and the winding, twisting rivers. Look at the mighty oceans.and the winding, twisting rivers.

    Look at the majestic mountains and the Look at the majestic mountains and the Look at the majestic mountains and the Look at the majestic mountains and the luscious green valleys.luscious green valleys.luscious green valleys.luscious green valleys.

    Look at the RAINBOW in the sky after a spring RAIN..or a Look at the RAINBOW in the sky after a spring RAIN..or a Look at the RAINBOW in the sky after a spring RAIN..or a Look at the RAINBOW in the sky after a spring RAIN..or a

    blanket of FRESH FAL blanket of FRESH FAL blanket of FRESH FAL blanket of FRESH FALLEN SNOWand they all tell usLEN SNOWand they all tell usLEN SNOWand they all tell usLEN SNOWand they all tell us

    everything that comes from the hands of GOD is a masterpiece. everything that comes from the hands of GOD is a masterpiece. everything that comes from the hands of GOD is a masterpiece. everything that comes from the hands of GOD is a masterpiece.

    2. I dont belie 2. I dont belie 2. I dont belie 2. I dont believe our human minds can even begin to wrap aroundve our human minds can even begin to wrap aroundve our human minds can even begin to wrap aroundve our human minds can even begin to wrap around

    just how beautiful HEAVEN is going to be. just how beautiful HEAVEN is going to be. just how beautiful HEAVEN is going to be. just how beautiful HEAVEN is going to be.

    What John is des What John is des What John is des What John is describing for us here is a place that so glistening,cribing for us here is a place that so glistening,cribing for us here is a place that so glistening,cribing for us here is a place that so glistening,

    so brilliant in color it was as though he were looking at the so brilliant in color it was as though he were looking at the so brilliant in color it was as though he were looking at the so brilliant in color it was as though he were looking at the

    most luxurious piece of JEWELRY he had ever seen. most luxurious piece of JEWELRY he had ever seen. most luxurious piece of JEWELRY he had ever seen. most luxurious piece of JEWELRY he had ever seen.

    3. In 3. In 3. In 3. In verse 11 verse 11 verse 11 verse 11 John describes the over all beauty of Heaven as beiJohn describes the over all beauty of Heaven as beiJohn describes the over all beauty of Heaven as beiJohn describes the over all beauty of Heaven as beingngngng

    like like like like jasper. jasper. jasper. jasper. The greek word that is used for jasper in this verseThe greek word that is used for jasper in this verseThe greek word that is used for jasper in this verseThe greek word that is used for jasper in this verse

    refers to a completely clear DIAMOND wi refers to a completely clear DIAMOND wi refers to a completely clear DIAMOND wi refers to a completely clear DIAMOND with the brilliant light ofth the brilliant light ofth the brilliant light ofth the brilliant light of

    Gods radiant glory shining out of it. Gods radiant glory shining out of it. Gods radiant glory shining out of it. Gods radiant glory shining out of it.

  • The foundation of the Heavenly city is made of 12 PRECIOUS The foundation of the Heavenly city is made of 12 PRECIOUS The foundation of the Heavenly city is made of 12 PRECIOUS The foundation of the Heavenly city is made of 12 PRECIOUS

    GEMS. Because some of the names of these g GEMS. Because some of the names of these g GEMS. Because some of the names of these g GEMS. Because some of the names of these gems hasems hasems hasems has

    changed through the centuries it is difficult to identify all changed through the centuries it is difficult to identify all changed through the centuries it is difficult to identify all changed through the centuries it is difficult to identify all

    twelve. But we do recognize EIG twelve. But we do recognize EIG twelve. But we do recognize EIG twelve. But we do recognize EIGHT of these gems as beingHT of these gems as beingHT of these gems as beingHT of these gems as being

    the same gems that were in the BREASTPLATE of the High the same gems that were in the BREASTPLATE of the High the same gems that were in the BREASTPLATE of the High the same gems that were in the BREASTPLATE of the High

    Priest of the Old Testa Priest of the Old Testa Priest of the Old Testa Priest of the Old Testament.ment.ment.ment.

    Chalcedony Chalcedony Chalcedony Chalcedony--------------------is a SKY BLUE gem with translucent, colored stripes.is a SKY BLUE gem with translucent, colored stripes.is a SKY BLUE gem with translucent, colored stripes.is a SKY BLUE gem with translucent, colored stripes.

    Sardonyx Sardonyx Sardonyx Sardonyx------------------------has parallel layers of RED and WHITE.has parallel layers of RED and WHITE.has parallel layers of RED and WHITE.has parallel layers of RED and WHITE.

    Chrysolite Chrysolite Chrysolite Chrysolite------------------------is a gem with transparent GOLD or YELLOWISH tonesis a gem with transparent GOLD or YELLOWISH tonesis a gem with transparent GOLD or YELLOWISH tonesis a gem with transparent GOLD or YELLOWISH tones....

    Beryl Beryl Beryl Beryl----------------------------------------------------has a wide range of color from emerald green to goldenhas a wide range of color from emerald green to goldenhas a wide range of color from emerald green to goldenhas a wide range of color from emerald green to golden

    yellow. yellow. yellow. yellow.

    TopazTopazTopazTopaz------------------------------------------------is a soft yellow or yellow green.is a soft yellow or yellow green.is a soft yellow or yellow green.is a soft yellow or yellow green.

    ChrysopraseChrysopraseChrysopraseChrysoprase----------------is is is is like an APPLE green colorlike an APPLE green colorlike an APPLE green colorlike an APPLE green color

    JacinthJacinthJacinthJacinth----------------------------------------is a deep red or reddish brown is a deep red or reddish brown is a deep red or reddish brown is a deep red or reddish brown

    AmethystAmethystAmethystAmethyst------------------------iiiis a purple gem.s a purple gem.s a purple gem.s a purple gem.

    Now I tell you all that just to give you an idea of the brilliant, Now I tell you all that just to give you an idea of the brilliant, Now I tell you all that just to give you an idea of the brilliant, Now I tell you all that just to give you an idea of the brilliant,

    rich colors of the FOUNDA rich colors of the FOUNDA rich colors of the FOUNDA rich colors of the FOUNDATION of heaven.TION of heaven.TION of heaven.TION of heaven.

    4. And of course theres the 12 GATES of HEAVEN , each gate 4. And of course theres the 12 GATES of HEAVEN , each gate 4. And of course theres the 12 GATES of HEAVEN , each gate 4. And of course theres the 12 GATES of HEAVEN , each gate

    made of a SINGLE PEARL. Of course a made of a SINGLE PEARL. Of course a made of a SINGLE PEARL. Of course a made of a SINGLE PEARL. Of course a pearls are producedpearls are producedpearls are producedpearls are produced

    by the wounding of the oysters flesh against the shell it by the wounding of the oysters flesh against the shell it by the wounding of the oysters flesh against the shell it by the wounding of the oysters flesh against the shell it

    inhabits. inhabits. inhabits. inhabits.

    These gi These gi These gi These giant PEARL gates will serve as eternal reminderant PEARL gates will serve as eternal reminderant PEARL gates will serve as eternal reminderant PEARL gates will serve as eternal reminder

    to all of us that CHRISTS FLESH was wounded on the Cross to all of us that CHRISTS FLESH was wounded on the Cross to all of us that CHRISTS FLESH was wounded on the Cross to all of us that CHRISTS FLESH was wounded on the Cross

    in order to provide us with ETERNAL LIFE. in order to provide us with ETERNAL LIFE. in order to provide us with ETERNAL LIFE. in order to provide us with ETERNAL LIFE.

    5. Yes, the FOURTH WONDER of HEAVEN is the WONDER of its 5. Yes, the FOURTH WONDER of HEAVEN is the WONDER of its 5. Yes, the FOURTH WONDER of HEAVEN is the WONDER of its 5. Yes, the FOURTH WONDER of HEAVEN is the WONDER of its

    BEAUTY. BEAUTY. BEAUTY. BEAUTY.

  • The Fifth Wonder of Heaven is.. The Fifth Wonder of Heaven is.. The Fifth Wonder of Heaven is.. The Fifth Wonder of Heaven is..

    The Wonder of Heaven's HolinessThe Wonder of Heaven's HolinessThe Wonder of Heaven's HolinessThe Wonder of Heaven's Holiness

    Revelation 21:22Revelation 21:22Revelation 21:22Revelation 21:22----26262626

    1. NO TEMPLENO SUN 1. NO TEMPLENO SUN 1. NO TEMPLENO SUN 1. NO TEMPLENO SUNNO MOONNO NIGHT..NONO MOONNO NIGHT..NONO MOONNO NIGHT..NONO MOONNO NIGHT..NO

    CLOSED GATES. HEAVEN is going to be a place of awesome CLOSED GATES. HEAVEN is going to be a place of awesome CLOSED GATES. HEAVEN is going to be a place of awesome CLOSED GATES. HEAVEN is going to be a place of awesome

    Holiness! Holiness! Holiness! Holiness!

    NO TEMPLE NO TEMPLE NO TEMPLE NO TEMPLE------------------------because to be in the glorious presence of because to be in the glorious presence of because to be in the glorious presence of because to be in the glorious presence of

    God, the Father and God, the Son will be like be God, the Father and God, the Son will be like be God, the Father and God, the Son will be like be God, the Father and God, the Son will be like being insideing insideing insideing inside

    a HOLY TEMPLE. They are that TEMPLE. a HOLY TEMPLE. They are that TEMPLE. a HOLY TEMPLE. They are that TEMPLE. a HOLY TEMPLE. They are that TEMPLE.

    NO NEED FOR A SUN OR MOON..because the NO NEED FOR A SUN OR MOON..because the NO NEED FOR A SUN OR MOON..because the NO NEED FOR A SUN OR MOON..because the brilliantbrilliantbrilliantbrilliant

    radiance of God the Father and God the Son will illuminate radiance of God the Father and God the Son will illuminate radiance of God the Father and God the Son will illuminate radiance of God the Father and God the Son will illuminate

    all of Heaven. all of Heaven. all of Heaven. all of Heaven.

    And there will never be NIGHT in HEAVEN.It will be a place And there will never be NIGHT in HEAVEN.It will be a place And there will never be NIGHT in HEAVEN.It will be a place And there will never be NIGHT in HEAVEN.It will be a place

    of NEVER of NEVER of NEVER of NEVER----ENDING DAY, because the brilliant raENDING DAY, because the brilliant raENDING DAY, because the brilliant raENDING DAY, because the brilliant radiance ofdiance ofdiance ofdiance of

    God the Father and God the Son will never stop shining. God the Father and God the Son will never stop shining. God the Father and God the Son will never stop shining. God the Father and God the Son will never stop shining.

    And the GATES of HEAVEN will ne And the GATES of HEAVEN will ne And the GATES of HEAVEN will ne And the GATES of HEAVEN will never be closed. Here on earthver be closed. Here on earthver be closed. Here on earthver be closed. Here on earth

    we CLOSE OUR GATES, WE LOCK OUR DOORS, and we FASTEN we CLOSE OUR GATES, WE LOCK OUR DOORS, and we FASTEN we CLOSE OUR GATES, WE LOCK OUR DOORS, and we FASTEN we CLOSE OUR GATES, WE LOCK OUR DOORS, and we FASTEN

    DOWN OUR WINDOWS DOWN OUR WINDOWS DOWN OUR WINDOWS DOWN OUR WINDOWS because of ALL THE UNHOLY things that because of ALL THE UNHOLY things that because of ALL THE UNHOLY things that because of ALL THE UNHOLY things that

    go on in the dark of night. Because there is NO UNHOLINESS go on in the dark of night. Because there is NO UNHOLINESS go on in the dark of night. Because there is NO UNHOLINESS go on in the dark of night. Because there is NO UNHOLINESS

    and NO NIGHT in heaventhere will never be any needand NO NIGHT in heaventhere will never be any needand NO NIGHT in heaventhere will never be any needand NO NIGHT in heaventhere will never be any need

    to SHUT HEAVENS GATES. to SHUT HEAVENS GATES. to SHUT HEAVENS GATES. to SHUT HEAVENS GATES.

    2. Yes, the FIFTH great wo 2. Yes, the FIFTH great wo 2. Yes, the FIFTH great wo 2. Yes, the FIFTH great wonder of HEAVEN is the WONDER ofnder of HEAVEN is the WONDER ofnder of HEAVEN is the WONDER ofnder of HEAVEN is the WONDER of

    Heavens Holiness. Heavens Holiness. Heavens Holiness. Heavens Holiness.

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  • The Sixth Wonder of Heaven is The Sixth Wonder of Heaven is The Sixth Wonder of Heaven is The Sixth Wonder of Heaven is The Wonder of Who Won't Be In HeavenThe Wonder of Who Won't Be In HeavenThe Wonder of Who Won't Be In HeavenThe Wonder of Who Won't Be In Heaven

    Revelation 21:27Revelation 21:27Revelation 21:27Revelation 21:27

    1.One of 1.One of 1.One of 1.One of the wonderful things about HEAVEN is that those people the wonderful things about HEAVEN is that those people the wonderful things about HEAVEN is that those people the wonderful things about HEAVEN is that those people

    who made this world a dangerous and deadly place in which towho made this world a dangerous and deadly place in which towho made this world a dangerous and deadly place in which towho made this world a dangerous and deadly place in which to

    live are NOT GOING TO BE THERE.live are NOT GOING TO BE THERE.live are NOT GOING TO BE THERE.live are NOT GOING TO BE THERE.

    2. Heaven is going to be absolutely wonderful because of all2. Heaven is going to be absolutely wonderful because of all2. Heaven is going to be absolutely wonderful because of all2. Heaven is going to be absolutely wonderful because of all

    the NO MORES!.the NO MORES!.the NO MORES!.the NO MORES!.

    ----No more RAPISTSNo more RAPISTSNo more RAPISTSNo more RAPISTS

    ----No more MURDERERSNo more MURDERERSNo more MURDERERSNo more MURDERERS

    ---- No more ROBBERS No more ROBBERS No more ROBBERS No more ROBBERS

    ----No more PEDIPHILESNo more PEDIPHILESNo more PEDIPHILESNo more PEDIPHILES

    ----No more WIFE BEATERSNo more WIFE BEATERSNo more WIFE BEATERSNo more WIFE BEATERS

    ----No more CHILD ABUSERSNo more CHILD ABUSERSNo more CHILD ABUSERSNo more CHILD ABUSERS

    ----No more CON ARTISTSNo more CON ARTISTSNo more CON ARTISTSNo more CON ARTISTS

    ----No more KIDNAPPERSNo more KIDNAPPERSNo more KIDNAPPERSNo more KIDNAPPERS

    ----No more ARSONISTSNo more ARSONISTSNo more ARSONISTSNo more ARSONISTS

    ----No more SERIAL KILLERSNo more SERIAL KILLERSNo more SERIAL KILLERSNo more SERIAL KILLERS

    ----No more MANIACAL DICTATORSNo more MANIACAL DICTATORSNo more MANIACAL DICTATORSNo more MANIACAL DICTATORS

    ----No more SUICIDE BOMBNo more SUICIDE BOMBNo more SUICIDE BOMBNo more SUICIDE BOMBERSERSERSERS

    ----No more AL QUIDA TERRORISTSNo more AL QUIDA TERRORISTSNo more AL QUIDA TERRORISTSNo more AL QUIDA TERRORISTS

    NOTHINGNOTHING IMPURE WILL EVER ENTERNOTHINGNOTHING IMPURE WILL EVER ENTERNOTHINGNOTHING IMPURE WILL EVER ENTERNOTHINGNOTHING IMPURE WILL EVER ENTER

    HEAVEN, NOR W HEAVEN, NOR W HEAVEN, NOR W HEAVEN, NOR WILL ANYONE WHO DOES WHAT ISILL ANYONE WHO DOES WHAT ISILL ANYONE WHO DOES WHAT ISILL ANYONE WHO DOES WHAT IS

    SHAMEFUL OR DECEITFUL! SHAMEFUL OR DECEITFUL! SHAMEFUL OR DECEITFUL! SHAMEFUL OR DECEITFUL!

    3. Yes, the SIXTH great WONDER of HEAVEN is the WONDER 3. Yes, the SIXTH great WONDER of HEAVEN is the WONDER 3. Yes, the SIXTH great WONDER of HEAVEN is the WONDER 3. Yes, the SIXTH great WONDER of HEAVEN is the WONDER

    of WHO WONT BE THERE. of WHO WONT BE THERE. of WHO WONT BE THERE. of WHO WONT BE THERE.

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  • This brings us to This brings us to This brings us to This brings us to

    The Seventh Wonder of Heaven is.. The Seventh Wonder of Heaven is.. The Seventh Wonder of Heaven is.. The Seventh Wonder of Heaven is..

    The Wonder of Who Will Be In HeavenThe Wonder of Who Will Be In HeavenThe Wonder of Who Will Be In HeavenThe Wonder of Who Will Be In Heaven

    Revelation 21:27 Revelation 21:27 Revelation 21:27 Revelation 21:27 again (with emphaagain (with emphaagain (with emphaagain (with emphasis on the latter part of the verse)sis on the latter part of the verse)sis on the latter part of the verse)sis on the latter part of the verse)

    1. We have already learned that GOD, THE FATHER will be there.1. We have already learned that GOD, THE FATHER will be there.1. We have already learned that GOD, THE FATHER will be there.1. We have already learned that GOD, THE FATHER will be there.

    VER VER VER VERSE 3 Now the dwelling of God is with men, and HeSE 3 Now the dwelling of God is with men, and HeSE 3 Now the dwelling of God is with men, and HeSE 3 Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He

    will live with them. They will be His people, will live with them. They will be His people, will live with them. They will be His people, will live with them. They will be His people, and and and and

    God Himself will be with them and be their God. God Himself will be with them and be their God. God Himself will be with them and be their God. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

    I dont believe any one of us c I dont believe any one of us c I dont believe any one of us c I dont believe any one of us can even begin to imagine what itan even begin to imagine what itan even begin to imagine what itan even begin to imagine what it

    is going to be like to be living in the very presence of the One is going to be like to be living in the very presence of the One is going to be like to be living in the very presence of the One is going to be like to be living in the very presence of the One

    who created who created who created who created us. The One who knew us and loved us beforeus. The One who knew us and loved us beforeus. The One who knew us and loved us beforeus. The One who knew us and loved us before

    we were ever born. we were ever born. we were ever born. we were ever born.

    2. And we have already learned that JESUS CHRIST w 2. And we have already learned that JESUS CHRIST w 2. And we have already learned that JESUS CHRIST w 2. And we have already learned that JESUS CHRIST will be there.ill be there.ill be there.ill be there.

    In In In In VERSE 23 VERSE 23 VERSE 23 VERSE 23 we read that we read that we read that we read that THE LAMBTHE LAMBTHE LAMBTHE LAMB (referring to JESUS CHRIST, (referring to JESUS CHRIST, (referring to JESUS CHRIST, (referring to JESUS CHRIST,

    THE LAMB OF GOD) will be THE LAMP of THE LAMB OF GOD) will be THE LAMP of THE LAMB OF GOD) will be THE LAMP of THE LAMB OF GOD) will be THE LAMP of heaven. heaven. heaven. heaven.

    In their hit song, In their hit song, In their hit song, In their hit song, I Can Only Imagine I Can Only Imagine I Can Only Imagine I Can Only Imagine the group MercyMethe group MercyMethe group MercyMethe group MercyMe

    talks about what it might be like talks about what it might be like talks about what it might be like talks about what it might be like for us the very first time for us the very first time for us the very first time for us the very first time

    we see Jesus we see Jesus we see Jesus we see Jesus

    Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel?Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel?Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel?Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel?

    Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still? Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still? Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still? Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still?

    Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall? I fall? I fall? I fall?

    Will I sing for You Jesus? Will I be able to speak at all? Will I sing for You Jesus? Will I be able to speak at all? Will I sing for You Jesus? Will I be able to speak at all? Will I sing for You Jesus? Will I be able to speak at all?

    I can only imagine.I can only i I can only imagine.I can only i I can only imagine.I can only i I can only imagine.I can only imagine.magine.magine.magine.

  • 3. And we know the PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT of GOD will be3. And we know the PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT of GOD will be3. And we know the PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT of GOD will be3. And we know the PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT of GOD will be

    there there there there

    Revelation 21:10 And He carried me Revelation 21:10 And He carried me Revelation 21:10 And He carried me Revelation 21:10 And He carried me away in the Spiritaway in the Spiritaway in the Spiritaway in the Spirit

    to a mountain great and high, and showed me the to a mountain great and high, and showed me the to a mountain great and high, and showed me the to a mountain great and high, and showed me the

    Holy City, Jerusalem, coming d Holy City, Jerusalem, coming d Holy City, Jerusalem, coming d Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven fromown out of heaven fromown out of heaven fromown out of heaven from

    God. God. God. God.

    The Holy Spirit has been our COMFORTING COMPANIONThe Holy Spirit has been our COMFORTING COMPANIONThe Holy Spirit has been our COMFORTING COMPANIONThe Holy Spirit has been our COMFORTING COMPANION

    since that day we f since that day we f since that day we f since that day we first accepted Jesus Christ. Isnt itirst accepted Jesus Christ. Isnt itirst accepted Jesus Christ. Isnt itirst accepted Jesus Christ. Isnt it

    comforting to know, the Holy Spirit will still be with us comforting to know, the Holy Spirit will still be with us comforting to know, the Holy Spirit will still be with us comforting to know, the Holy Spirit will still be with us

    for all eternity for all eternity for all eternity for all eternity....

    4. And we know the ANGELS will all be there. Throughout 4. And we know the ANGELS will all be there. Throughout 4. And we know the ANGELS will all be there. Throughout 4. And we know the ANGELS will all be there. Throughout

    the Book of Revelation we read about the ANGELS many the Book of Revelation we read about the ANGELS many the Book of Revelation we read about the ANGELS many the Book of Revelation we read about the ANGELS many

    times. Wont it be great to be with these MINISTERING times. Wont it be great to be with these MINISTERING times. Wont it be great to be with these MINISTERING times. Wont it be great to be with these MINISTERING

    SPIRITS who looked after us while we were here on earth. SPIRITS who looked after us while we were here on earth. SPIRITS who looked after us while we were here on earth. SPIRITS who looked after us while we were here on earth.

    5 5 5 5. And wont it be wonderful to meet the GREAT MEN and. And wont it be wonderful to meet the GREAT MEN and. And wont it be wonderful to meet the GREAT MEN and. And wont it be wonderful to meet the GREAT MEN and

    WOMEN we read about in the SCRIPTURES? Moses..Elijah. WOMEN we read about in the SCRIPTURES? Moses..Elijah. WOMEN we read about in the SCRIPTURES? Moses..Elijah. WOMEN we read about in the SCRIPTURES? Moses..Elijah.

    A A A Abraham..SarahRuth.Mary Magdalene..braham..SarahRuth.Mary Magdalene..braham..SarahRuth.Mary Magdalene..braham..SarahRuth.Mary Magdalene..

    Mary the Mother of Jesus..Joseph the earthly father of Jesus Mary the Mother of Jesus..Joseph the earthly father of Jesus Mary the Mother of Jesus..Joseph the earthly father of Jesus Mary the Mother of Jesus..Joseph the earthly father of Jesus

    ..John the ..John the ..John the ..John the Baptist.Peter.PaulJohn the Baptist. Baptist.Peter.PaulJohn the Baptist. Baptist.Peter.PaulJohn the Baptist. Baptist.Peter.PaulJohn the Baptist.

    THEYLL ALL BE THERE! THEYLL ALL BE THERE! THEYLL ALL BE THERE! THEYLL ALL BE THERE!

    6. CHRISTIANS FROM EVERY NATION will be there too 6. CHRISTIANS FROM EVERY NATION will be there too 6. CHRISTIANS FROM EVERY NATION will be there too 6. CHRISTIANS FROM EVERY NATION will be there too.Brothers.Brothers.Brothers.Brothers

    and Sisters and Sisters and Sisters and Sisters----inininin----Christ we have never met before. And for theChrist we have never met before. And for theChrist we have never met before. And for theChrist we have never met before. And for the

    first time we will see the LORDS CHURCH in first time we will see the LORDS CHURCH in first time we will see the LORDS CHURCH in first time we will see the LORDS CHURCH in all her radiant all her radiant all her radiant all her radiant

    glory! glory! glory! glory!

  • 7. And of course we are ALL looking forward to seeing OUR LOVED 7. And of course we are ALL looking forward to seeing OUR LOVED 7. And of course we are ALL looking forward to seeing OUR LOVED 7. And of course we are ALL looking forward to seeing OUR LOVED

    ONES and FRIENDS who have gone on before us. ONES and FRIENDS who have gone on before us. ONES and FRIENDS who have gone on before us. ONES and FRIENDS who have gone on before us.

    Most of us has had the sad experience of going to a funeralMost of us has had the sad experience of going to a funeralMost of us has had the sad experience of going to a funeralMost of us has had the sad experience of going to a funeral

    to beid farewell to someone we loved so dear. to beid farewell to someone we loved so dear. to beid farewell to someone we loved so dear. to beid farewell to someone we loved so dear.

    --------Perhaps you have already laid to rest your preciousPerhaps you have already laid to rest your preciousPerhaps you have already laid to rest your preciousPerhaps you have already laid to rest your precious

    husband or your dear , sweet wife. husband or your dear , sweet wife. husband or your dear , sweet wife. husband or your dear , sweet wife.

    ---- Perhaps you Perhaps you Perhaps you Perhaps you have already said your last earthly goodbye have already said your last earthly goodbye have already said your last earthly goodbye have already said your last earthly goodbye

    to your mom or dad. to your mom or dad. to your mom or dad. to your mom or dad.

    ---- Perhaps you have gone through the hea Perhaps you have gone through the hea Perhaps you have gone through the hea Perhaps you have gone through the heartbreaking experiencertbreaking experiencertbreaking experiencertbreaking experience

    of burying a son or daughter cut down in the prime of their life. of burying a son or daughter cut down in the prime of their life. of burying a son or daughter cut down in the prime of their life. of burying a son or daughter cut down in the prime of their life.

    Or maybe it was a b Or maybe it was a b Or maybe it was a b Or maybe it was a brother..or a sister..or a lifelong friend.rother..or a sister..or a lifelong friend.rother..or a sister..or a lifelong friend.rother..or a sister..or a lifelong friend.

    8. In his book, 8. In his book, 8. In his book, 8. In his book, The Applause of Heaven, The Applause of Heaven, The Applause of Heaven, The Applause of Heaven, Max Lucado describesMax Lucado describesMax Lucado describesMax Lucado describes

    the moment the moment the moment the moment of our glad reunion with our loved ones. Listenof our glad reunion with our loved ones. Listenof our glad reunion with our loved ones. Listenof our glad reunion with our loved ones. Listen

    carefully.. carefully.. carefully.. carefully..

    Youll be home soon, too. You may not have nYoull be home soon, too. You may not have nYoull be home soon, too. You may not have nYoull be home soon, too. You may not have noticed it, butoticed it, butoticed it, butoticed it, but

    you are closer to home than ever before. Each moment is you are closer to home than ever before. Each moment is you are closer to home than ever before. Each moment is you are closer to home than ever before. Each moment is

    a step taken. Each breath is a step taken. Each breath is a step taken. Each breath is a step taken. Each breath is a page turned. Each day is a mile a page turned. Each day is a mile a page turned. Each day is a mile a page turned. Each day is a mile

    marked, a mountain climbed. You are closer to home than marked, a mountain climbed. You are closer to home than marked, a mountain climbed. You are closer to home than marked, a mountain climbed. You are closer to home than

    youve eve youve eve youve eve youve ever been.r been.r been.r been.

    Before you know it, your appointed arrival time will come; Before you know it, your appointed arrival time will come; Before you know it, your appointed arrival time will come; Before you know it, your appointed arrival time will come;

    youll descend the ramp and enter youll descend the ramp and enter youll descend the ramp and enter youll descend the ramp and enter the City. Youll see faces the City. Youll see faces the City. Youll see faces the City. Youll see faces

    that are waiting for you. Youll hear your name spoken by those that are waiting for you. Youll hear your name spoken by those that are waiting for you. Youll hear your name spoken by those that are waiting for you. Youll hear your name spoken by those

    who love you who love you who love you who love you. And , maybe, just maybe, in the back, behind. And , maybe, just maybe, in the back, behind. And , maybe, just maybe, in the back, behind. And , maybe, just maybe, in the back, behind

    the crowds the crowds the crowds the crowds--------the One who would rather die than live without youthe One who would rather die than live without youthe One who would rather die than live without youthe One who would rather die than live without you

    will remove His nail will remove His nail will remove His nail will remove His nail----pierced hands from His heavenly robepierced hands from His heavenly robepierced hands from His heavenly robepierced hands from His heavenly robe

    and applaud. and applaud. and applaud. and applaud.

    9. Yes, the SEVENTH wonder of HEA9. Yes, the SEVENTH wonder of HEA9. Yes, the SEVENTH wonder of HEA9. Yes, the SEVENTH wonder of HEAVEN is the WONDER of WHOVEN is the WONDER of WHOVEN is the WONDER of WHOVEN is the WONDER of WHO

    will be there. will be there. will be there. will be there.

  • ConclusionConclusionConclusionConclusion

    This morning/evening after looking at the Seven This morning/evening after looking at the Seven This morning/evening after looking at the Seven This morning/evening after looking at the Seven

    Wonders of Heaven, I believe we can understand why Wonders of Heaven, I believe we can understand why Wonders of Heaven, I believe we can understand why Wonders of Heaven, I believe we can understand why

    this will be this will be this will be this will be the greatest Homecoming of all.the greatest Homecoming of all.the greatest Homecoming of all.the greatest Homecoming of all.

    And if I were to ask you, How many of you want to And if I were to ask you, How many of you want to And if I were to ask you, How many of you want to And if I were to ask you, How many of you want to

    go to heaven, I would imagine everybo go to heaven, I would imagine everybo go to heaven, I would imagine everybo go to heaven, I would imagine everybody here woulddy here woulddy here woulddy here would

    raise his hand. raise his hand. raise his hand. raise his hand.

    But this brings us to a very sobering truth. And that is But this brings us to a very sobering truth. And that is But this brings us to a very sobering truth. And that is But this brings us to a very sobering truth. And that is

    NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO HEAVEN.NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO HEAVEN.NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO HEAVEN.NOT EVERYONE IS GOING TO HEAVEN.

    *Those who had NO PLACE for JESUS in their hearts in this life*Those who had NO PLACE for JESUS in their hearts in this life*Those who had NO PLACE for JESUS in their hearts in this life*Those who had NO PLACE for JESUS in their hearts in this life will find NO PLACE with JESUS in eternity. will find NO PLACE with JESUS in eternity. will find NO PLACE with JESUS in eternity. will find NO PLACE with JESUS in eternity.

    * * * * Those who REJECTED JESUS in this life will be rejected BY Those who REJECTED JESUS in this life will be rejected BY Those who REJECTED JESUS in this life will be rejected BY Those who REJECTED JESUS in this life will be rejected BY

    JESUS in eternity when He says those dreadful words, Depar JESUS in eternity when He says those dreadful words, Depar JESUS in eternity when He says those dreadful words, Depar JESUS in eternity when He says those dreadful words, Departttt

    from me you evil doers, I never knew you. from me you evil doers, I never knew you. from me you evil doers, I never knew you. from me you evil doers, I never knew you.

    What are you going to do my friend?What are you going to do my friend?What are you going to do my friend?What are you going to do my friend?

    What are you going to do with the reWhat are you going to do with the reWhat are you going to do with the reWhat are you going to do with the rest of your life? You say, Well I plan st of your life? You say, Well I plan st of your life? You say, Well I plan st of your life? You say, Well I plan

    to WORK. to WORK. to WORK. to WORK.

    Then what? Well I plan to retire.Then what? Well I plan to retire.Then what? Well I plan to retire.Then what? Well I plan to retire.

    Then what? Well I plan to travel Then what? Well I plan to travel Then what? Well I plan to travel Then what? Well I plan to travel and enjoy life and spend time withand enjoy life and spend time withand enjoy life and spend time withand enjoy life and spend time with

    my family. my family. my family. my family.

    Then what? Well Ill probably die.Then what? Well Ill probably die.Then what? Well Ill probably die.Then what? Well Ill probably die.

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