reply to post by jiggerj
Heaven in the Bible is always the word for heavens (Sky). We pass through the waters of the Jordan before crossing over to the other side. Baptism
is the immersion of the soul into the river of life. Beyond the Jordan, we are promised a new Heavens and Earth. Looking out across the vast expanse
of infinity, it is not hard to make the connections and significance of what the promised land beyond the water might represent.
In Deuteronomy 4, it outlines a bit of the story for us to consider.
19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them and
worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven. 20 But as for you, the Lord took you and brought you out of the
iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you now are.
What do we see here? First, Earth is compared to Egypt (Picture of Heaven and earth) where we are refined like iron in a furnace. Why smelt iron?
To glean out impurity. The same reference is made with the Dew, which are little drops of water from the vast ocean. When the sun rises, the
impurities are distilled. We return back to the ocean from where we first came.
1 Kings 17
17 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe[a] in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew
nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”
Here, Elijah shows us that the dew is shut off because of Ahab. Why does this matter? Read further and you see Elijah traveling to Zarephath, which
means refinery. There, he meets a widow woman who had a dead child in her bosom. Elijah takes the child up stairs (Picture of rising to heaven),
then returns the soul to the body. He then returns the baby to the bosom of the mother below (Picture of baptism / Involution). Why does the Bible
tell this story of Elijah? Because he was later personified as the reborn John the Baptist who would come to prepare the way for the Christ. How?
By turning on the water. Baptism is the immersion of the soul into the water (Jordan). For what purpose? Refinement.
Now, return to the promise and hope of heaven. What does Deuteronomy 6 say we inherit on the other side of the Jordan?
10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing
cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves
you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land
Things you did not build or need to work toward. The kingdom you enter is perfected and is already in existence.
Future bliss can neither be imagined, explained, nor described. We know nothing of its nature, form, greatness, or beauty, its quantity or quality.
This much one should know, the phrase, "the world to come," does not imply that it is a world yet to be called into existence; it exists already, but
the phrase is employed to describe the life into which those who are in the present stage of existence will be transposed when they throw off this
What do you need to do now, before entering the other side of the Jordan? Repent of the animal nature. The mark of the beast (Antichrist) is
selfishness. A child is selfish until he learns to broaden awareness beyond the mother's breast; beyond the confines of home; beyond the teaching of
the Father. We are children of God until we are no longer children. Right now, we exist in an image of the true reality.
23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better
sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself,
now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy
Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has
appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and
after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to
bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
In this image, we see dimly. We are children.
1 Cor 13
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind
me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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