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Key Question - What happens next?


Key Idea - I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus will return to judge all people and to establish his eternal kingdom


Key Verse - John 14:1-2

1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in Goda ; believe also in me. 2My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.


We are eternal beings - We were not created to die - we were created to rule with God forever - but sin stole that a bit

something of your existence will continue on forever - you will never end.


the question is what will your eternity look like?  That is something that begins here in this time - you are deciding that RIGHT NOW.


  1.  Will your eternity be based on your righteousness or the righteousness of Christ Jesus?
  2. Eternal Time Line
    • Today
    • Death
      • Hades
      • Paradise
    • 1st Resurrection - at the Rapture - these people stay
    • Millennial Reign of Jesus
    • 2nd Resurrection all who have ever lived and died
    • Great White Throne of the Final Judgment


      • New Heavens and New Earth
      • Gehenna - The Lake of Fire
      • “for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
  3. Hell is a real place and the eternal destiny of those who reject God’s offer of forgiveness
    • was not created for mankind - it was created for Satan and His “angels” Matt 25:41
    • It is not God’s will that ANYONE go there at all - 2 Peter 3:9
    • Hell is deserved - by all sinners - thats all of us Romans 3:23 - ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory
    • God provides a way OUT
    • Men choose to be with God forever or to run from God forever and God allows them that choice.
    • There is are 3 different “hells” in scripture
      • Hades - the current abode of those who have not been written in the lambs book of life
      • Tartarus - the place where the worst of the angels who rebelled in different ways are being held until judgement day
      • Gehenna - the lake of fire where those who are lost and resurrected will go after the final judgement
      • a brief end times time line - we will go into this MUCH deeper on May 20th!!!!
  4. Heaven is a real place and the eternal destiny of those who receive God’s righteousness as their own by grace through faith in the work of Jesus on the Cross.
    • there are multiple heavens
      • Abraham’s side - where the promised redeemed dwelled before the Cross which is now empty
      • Paradise - the place where the saved dead go now until the resurrection/rapture of the church
      • The New Jerusalem - a city 1600 MILES cubed. - the dwelling place of the resurrected saints for all eternity
      • The New Heavens and the New Earth
        • Heaven is not some place far away which we will go to.  Heaven is coming HERE for all eternity
  5.  Still more to think about… REWARD
  6. SO!!! What will make it through the FIRE???
  7. Matt 25:14-30 - the parable of the talents
    • What have you done with all that you have?
    • based upon your understanding of the nature of the master - 
      • will you invest?  Risk?  Do the scary unsafe thing?
      • do you trust the master?
      • Things done BY FAITH
      • Things done AT GREAT PERSONAL COST
  8. No Pain, No tears, No death, No Sorrow, All things will be made new.  All we have lost because of sin will be returned to us.  All that we were meant to be we will be.  Far greater, far more glorious, far more FUN and beautiful than we can imagine, because we will be with Him.