Heaven and Hell–Here on Earth

kingdomMany people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore. (Isa 2:3-4 NKJ)

His delight is in the fear of the LORD, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, And decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, And faithfulness the belt of His waist. “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together;  And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. (Isa 11:3-8 NKJ)

The Jew believed that there was ‘this age’ and the ‘age to come.’ Several prophets spoke about this, with Isaiah being the best known, with his prophecy of a ‘Peaceable Kingdom.’ No floating on clouds, and no harps, in fact, doesn’t it almost sounds as though Isaiah is talking about here on earth and not another place. That’s because he is?

When we die, we go to be with the Lord, as spirit beings, in timeless eternity, in another dimension. But ultimately the resurrection takes place; we get a new body; the heaven dimension comes down to the earth, and God restores his Kingdom here on earth.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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