Paradise

God created such a beautiful place for us to dwell. He took the matter into His own hands and worked it like a Potter with His clay, molding it, and fashioning it to His liking.  Like a Sculptor, He chiseled out the mountains, and dug out the rich green valleys, and the waters go on as far as the eye can see. He painted a picture of many colors, a masterpiece when completed, and He hung it in the universe for all to see, and He sprinkled the vastness with stars to glitter and shine. The Bible is full of the Creation story. It tells us of the glory of the Lord. But we as humans get to experience such great workmanship. The details in every part of the human body is beyond our knowledge. The incredible speed of sound and light that just keep going forever. The variety of animals and trees and different foods to eat for our enjoyment. The Earth was truly a paradise. God created a garden for Adam and Eve to enjoy and they did. They were eternal creatures shining like the sun, with nothing to fear, till they sinned and became mere mortals, who would one day die. They lost the glory of the Lord that shone around them, and they saw themselves for who they truly were, naked and vulnerable and the earth was cursed along with man. Genesis 3:17-19 says,  “Cursed is the ground because of you; with hard labor you shall eat from it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; Yet you shall eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

The animals that they once enjoyed, now feared them. Today we are living in a world that has fallen due to Adam and Eve. But the world did not lose all of its beauty; yet, it still is not the same. The world is broken and sin has destroyed much of  its beauty, but God in His mercy has kept the foundation of the world intact.  We still have the hope of a renewed earth when Yeshua will come back and restore all things, even though war after war will destroy our habitations, and its destruction will destroy society as a whole, and the light that once shone will keep turning into darkness, but Yeshua will come back and makes all things new again.  As Acts 3: 20b-21 tells us, “God will send Him (Messiah) back to you again.  Yeshua must stay in heaven until the day that God will cause everything to become new again.”  

So the world will return to all of its original  glory in what is called the Millennium or the Messianic Age when Yeshua will sit on the throne of King David for 1,000 years. 

Ezekiel 36:33-36 tells us this about the restoration,  “This is what the Lord God  says: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your wrongdoings, I will populate the cities, and the places of ruins will be rebuilt.  The desolated land will be cultivated instead of being a desolation in the sight of everyone who passes by.  And they will say, ‘This desolated land has become like the Garden of Eden; and the waste, desolated and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.’  Then the nations around you that are left will know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted that which was desolated; I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it.”

Isaiah 11: 6-9 speaks of the restoration with the animals.  “And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fattened steer will be together; and a little boy will lead them. Also the cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Revelation 21:15-21 speaks of the New Jerusalem that will come down after the 1,000 year reign of the Messiah. The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.  The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, twelve thousand stadia; its length, width, and height are equal.  And he measured its wall, 144 cubits, by human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.  The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.  The foundation stones of the city wall were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald;  the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst.  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” So I say all of this, to say this, why do we fear death? With all the beauty that is around us in this life, and the beauty that will come in the restoration of the earth  during the Messianic Age, and the beauty beyond what we can even imagine in the life eternal when God will have His eternal new city with such beauty and His glory shining forever, why do we think that there is no beauty in death? Would not this same God have created a place for us to go to after we die that is also filled with the glory of God?  Would not God’s presence be there also?  Psalm 139:7-10 says,  “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take up the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will take hold of me.”

Yes, our bodies may go back to the dust of the earth, but our spirit lives on. We do not sleep as some people teach. Soul sleep is just all wrong and is only a new concept. Sleep in the Bible is only a Jewish idiom, like when we say it is raining cats and dogs. Well, we all know that cats and dogs are not coming down like rain. So too, with sleep. Yes, the body rests in the earth, but we have an eternal spirit, and that spirit when it crosses over the divide, no longer feels pain or tiredness or hunger, because these are things only known to the body. We have spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear, because God dwells inside us. He is a spirit and He sees and hears. The angels are spirits and they see and hear. They fight a spiritual battle with spiritual weapons, like we fight a spiritual battle by putting on the Armor of God and speaking truth to lies. And who do the angels  and we fight, but the devil himself and all of His demons who are also spirits.  God and His angels reside in a real place, the throne room of God where they continually cry Holy, Holy, Holy!  There is a real place where all those who have gone before us reside in the beauty of the Lord. I’m sure that this place is no different than the Garden of Eden, Paradise, as Yeshua called it in Luke 23:42-43, “And he (the thief on the cross) said, “Yeshua, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Now does that sound like you’re sleeping?  

No! No, you will be with your loved ones and friends just basking in the beauty and the glory of the Lord. There is a song called, “Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort”  written by Max Wilberg and is song by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir If you fear death, then keep these God given words close to you.

“Death shall not destroy my comfort. Christ shall guide me through the gloom.

Down, He’ll send some Heav’nly convoy to escort my spirit home.

Jordan’s stream shall not o’er flow me while my Savior’s by my side.

Canaan, Canaan lies before me! Soon I’ll cross the swelling tide.

See the happy spirits waiting on the banks beyond the stream!

Sweet responses still repeating “Jesus! Jesus!” Is their theme.”

This is the God I know, for He will never leave my side and one more thing,  2 Peter 3:8-9 says this, “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.  The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.” 

This reference was made for our benefit, because God does not dwell in time. The estimation of time is that the world, since Adam and Eve left paradise, is about 6,000 years or 6 days ago. Now with that in mind, is there a loved one that can be that far away from you? If Adam and Eve have only been gone 6 days, how about the one who has only been gone, well, less than a thousand years, of course, so they have not even been gone a day. Yes, that’s how close they are to us. They are never far away. Now should we fear death knowing the beauty that awaits us in Paradise?

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