An Inconceivable Heaven?

I really like to listen to modern Christian praise and worship music. It is very encouraging that people can make a lot of money in our day and age singing songs about God and His Son. The music is very uplifting and encouraging as we make our way through the day in the Babylon that is western society.

Of course, as I am singing along in my car, I start to notice some doctrinal issues with the tunes. OK, a whole lot of doctrinal issues. Lately, I have been focused on how mainstream Christianity describes heaven as something that is simply inconceivable. The doctrine is about a heaven that is so full of bliss and joy that we can’t possibly imagine how it will be. The picture often painted is one of ecstasy and not much else. However, the Bible does actually tell us a little about what the future holds for the saints of the Most High, and it is quite tangible and comprehendible.

And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9-11

Yeshua is coming back here. To this planet. The Kingdom of God is going to be here. Eternal life is not going to take place in some ethereal place floating around on clouds. Granted, Yeshua and His Father are actually in an ethereal place now, but we even have a small inkling of that place now:

Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer. Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law; who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, “SEE,” He says, “THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN.” Hebrews 8:1-5

Yeshua now sits at the right hand of His Father in a tabernacle that resembles what was shown Moses upon Mount Sinai.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 1 Th 4:16-17

When Yeshua comes back, and no sooner, the dead in Christ, the faithful who have lived from the beginning, are raised and join the remnant who are alive as they ascend to meet Yeshua in the sky.

In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. Zech 14:4

Yeshua will descend upon Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives will be split. He is really, visibly, and literally coming back and His headquarters will be Jerusalem. That city will finally have peace and it will serve the purpose it was supposed to have served originally: evangelism.

Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. Zech 14:16

This is a millennial prophecy, not one of the ultimate new heaven and new earth, but it is still part of the future fulfillment. All those who are resurrected at the first resurrection will keep Torah. Those who survive the tribulation and live to start the millennia will also keep Torah, especially the appointed times. Those who do not will starve, as it is written, because they will not get rain in their lands.

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the LORD, “So your offspring and your name will endure. “And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the LORD. “Then they will go forth and look On the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm will not die And their fire will not be quenched; And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.” Isaiah 66:22-24

All mankind will observe the Sabbath and the holy days in the future. All. Those who have broken the law will rot in the open as a testimony to their transgressions. The few verses cited show a tangible future for those who keep the Commandments of Yahweh and the testimony of Yeshua, not an inconceivable of indescribable existence.

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