Our Bible overview sermon series has covered from “In the beginning” (Genesis 1:1) to the return of Christ and the end of times. But, the Bible tells us that there is more to things than just time & history—there is eternity. There was eternity before time began and there will be eternity after time ends. God “is, was, and is to come” (Revelation 1:8) i.e. he is eternal. The Bible says that human beings, though having a definite beginning point in time (when we were conceived), we will continue to exist in eternity future.
Our final message looks at what the book of Revelation says about how that all comes to pass and what will happen to us.
Revelation 19:11-21 tells us about the glorious return of Jesus, defeating the antichrist and his false prophet. They will be thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:1-6 describe the millennium (1,000 years) reign of Christ on earth. During this time Satan is locked away. It won’t be exactly “heaven on earth” but the earth will experience a peace it has not known since the Garden of Eden.
Revelation 20:7-11 shows us that Satan will be released for a short time and will encourage a rebellion with many people on earth. They will be defeated, Satan will be cast into the lake of fire, and the Great White Throne Judgment will take place. Those judged will be those who never followed Christ (their names are not found in the book of life) and they will be condemned because of their evil deeds. They will be thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation 21-22 describe, in amazing terms, the heaven that God prepares for his followers.
So let’s summarize:
The Bible says about hell: It is a real place (Jesus taught more about it than heaven and more about it than anyone else in the Bible), it is a place of punishment for rejecting God and the salvation that Jesus died for, it is a necessary place (sin must be punished), and it lasts forever.
The Bible says about heaven: it is a literal place and beyond compare in goodness and it will last forever.
Every person will live forever in either heaven or hell. Have you received Jesus as your Lord & Savior so that you can enjoy heaven (and life right now)?
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