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Welcome and thanks for reading.

Last week we read that heaven is upward in the sky.  Heaven is above the earth.  Next, where does heaven
start.

Daniel 7:13  In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was the one like the son of man, coming with the
clouds of heaven.

Mathew 24:30  …  They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

Mathew 26:64  “You have said it yourself,” Jesus answered, “But I say to all of you:  From now on you will see the
Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Mark 14:62  And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty one and coming with the
clouds of heaven.

It appears that heaven starts around the clouds.

Next week we will read how high the heavens (plural) go?

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Posted: May 18, 2017 in Heaven
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This week we will read about the location of heaven.  Where is heaven?

Psalms 103:11  For as high as the heavens (plural) are above the earth, so great is the love of those who fear
him …

Mark 16:19  After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven …

Luke 24:51  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Acts 1:11  “Men of Galilee,” they said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has
been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.

Acts 7:55  But Stephan, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God.

Isaiah 40:26  Lift your eyes and look to the heavens (plural).

Jeremiah 31:37  This is what the Lord says:  Only if the heavens (plural) above can be measured and the
foundation of the earth below be searched out …

These scriptures clearly tell us that heaven is upward in the sky.  Heaven is above the earth.

Next week, where does the heavens (plural) start.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Welcome and thanks for reading.

Last week we read that mankind built a tower to reach heaven.  Only believers that are sealed with the Holy Spirit
can enter heaven.  God put a halt to their attempts.

Genesis 11:7  Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.

Genesis 11:8  So the Lord scattered them from there over the earth, and they stopped building the city.

Genesis 11:9  That is why it was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole
world.

The Hebrew word for babel is babal which means to jumble and confuse.

At this time, the people of the world began speaking different languages.  At this early time in history, the
people of the world could no longer join together as one.  God divided them.

Of course, the known world at this early time in history is what we now consider the Middle East.

Next week, following the ancestry from Peleg to Ren to Nahor to Terah to Abram (Abraham).

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

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Last week we ended with the following question.  Why was sex with a close relative allowed in Genesis but not in
Leviticus?

Initially, in Genesis, there was nothing inherently wrong with close relative sex.  It’s how the world was populated.

In Genesis, human genetics were far more free of defects.  That changed with time.

When sin entered the world, genetic defects increased with every generation.

As time went on and genetic defects increased, God made close relative sex (incest) illegal.  God gave this law to
Moses to communicate to the Israelites in Leviticus 18.  See Old Testament 3 to read a couple scriptures.

I’m not a scientist but here’s how I understand it.  We all have genes from our parents and these
genes have defects in them.  When identical genes with the same defect are combined from a brother
and sister into a child, it causes the child to have deformities.  The more closely related, the more 
likely the problem.  As time went on, this is why incest was made illegal in Leviticus.  This is why
incest is considered illegal and immoral today.

Next week, we will continue with the lineage from Adam and Eve to Jesus.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Conclusion 2:  As we mentioned last week, only the prophets and apostles are given a specific task or assignment
from God.

I want to clarify that a prophet is different from a person who has the gift of prophecy.  If you have the
gift of prophecy, it doesn’t mean you are a prophet.

A prophet is the chief spokesman of a movement or cause that comes from God.  A prophet sometimes
foretells the future- what God is going to do or what his plans are.

A person who practices the gift of prophecy, gives words of strengthening, encouragement and com-
fort.  They may see a vision or have a strong impression to deliver words of encouragement to people in the
church.  Prophecy is random as needed for people in need.

Next week, we will start reading about the history of the Old Testament.  We will quickly look at how we went from
Adam to Jesus.  One of the subjects we will examine is “Did Adam and Eve’s children commit incest in order to
populate the world?”

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Conclusion 1:  Based on scripture, only the prophets and apostles are given a specific task or assignment
by God.  Prophets are chosen when God has a specific cause or movement to take place.  This person will be the
chief spokesman for God.  Apostles are chosen when God wants to initiate a moral reform or important belief, a
way of thinking.  All other Christians do not have a task or assignment that comes from God.

God does call all people to salvation through a relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Through this relationship, believers are called to pray and praise the Lord.  Believers are called to have
joy and give thanks in all circumstances.  Believers are called to live a quiet life and be humble,
gentle and patient.  Above all, believers are called to deeply love each other.

Each believer should discover their spiritual gifts, using their gifts to serve others in a way that
honors God.  Always remember, your gifts are useless if not accompanied by love.

How you serve the Lord with your gifts is totally your choice.  Once you have decided, God will give you
the desires of your heart by guiding your steps.  Of course, if there are special circumstances, like pending danger,
God may warn you or guide you away from that choice.

Next week, Conclusion 2.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

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Welcome and thanks for reading.  Last week we read that there are a few times when God calls people to a
specific task or assignment.  These people are set apart as prophets and apostles.

Let’s review a scripture that Christians mistakenly use as proof that God has a specific task or assignment for all
people.

Psalms 32:8  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;  I will counsel and watch
over you.

After examining this scripture in its context, Psalms 32 is a dialogue between God and King David.  In
Psalms 32:7, David says “You are my hiding place, you will protect me from trouble and surround me
with songs of deliverance.  In Psalms 32:8, God responds to David “I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go;  I will counsel you and watch over you.”

Psalms 32:8 does NOT refer to all people.  This scripture is pointed at King David.  God choose David and
his dynasty to be his royal representatives.  He was the Lord’s servant.  God anointed David and
adopted him as his royal “son” to rule in his name.  Through him, God made his people “the Israelites”
secure in the promised land and subdued all the powers that threatened them.  David was a PROPHET.

As we mentioned above, only a few people have a specific task or assignment set out by God.  These
people are set apart as PROPHETS AND APOSTLES.

Next week, we will read another scripture that confuses Christians concerning God’s plan for all people.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff